life lately

just some photos of our life over the past two or three weeks...

1.  hazel in her happy place
2.  coramae munching on what could quite arguably be the best beef gyro of my life
3.  the leaves that i desperately loved that are all gone now
4.  making it outside to enjoy the 60ish weather we were having mid-november
5.  nighttime ritual, complete with diet coke

1.  sleeping eyelash profile... is there anything better?
2.  dadda and hazel on jane's carousel
3.  posing in front of darth vader.  p.s. does anyone really understand this side-smile thing she does sometimes?  because i don't.
4.  our apartment-living christmas tree.  we decorated it together as a family and it was very exciting
5.  mae mae humoring me with selfies

1.  wearing a dress my grandmother knit
2.  that's how i think nativities should be arranged too, hazel.  everyone peering in at baby Jesus.
3.  also, swings appear to be cora's happy place
4.  blue steel
5.  from our family photo shoot where i got zero good photos of all of us as a family... but we still had fun
6.  no caption necessary?


brooklyn birthdays!

last saturday we went to brooklyn to celebrate our cousin claire and aunt janessa's birthday!  it was so much fun!  we rode jane's carousel, took pictures by the brooklyn bridge, ate at julianna's, ate birthday cake and just hung out.  hazel had the best time.  we feel so so lucky to have family living so close!  thanks for inviting us, brunts!

the best view of any city park, ever?^^^

if cora mae doesn't look happy in a photo, it is most likely a fluke.  she always looks like this^^^

the pizza dreams are made of:
 just a view of downtown on our way to brooklyn.  nbd.
also, we discovered on this day that cora knows how to use a straw.  what!?!


the springfield firehouse

our play group went to the springfield fire station yesterday and took a tour.  after we left, hazel kept talking about how fun it was.  i'm so grateful for people in public service jobs - firemen, policemen, nurses, etc.  they truly make our community a safe and wonderful place to live.

look at the joy on hazel's face in the fire engine!
firefighter 7!  be still my heart.


philly with honey.

when my mom decided to come to town {and granted, she still probably would have come if we lived in a small town in wyoming} we thought we would probably get into the city at least a couple days while she was here.  would you believe that we never made it into the city!?  we saved it for the last day, and then the weather decided not to cooperate and it poured that day.  but, we did drive down to philly on saturday, because my mom was born and lived there the first three years of her life while her dad was going to dental school... plus, cheesesteaks.  here's some photos from our day in philly.  {i'll spare you from the photos of hazel throwing a complete crying fit when she powered right through nap time.}
 independence hall ^^
^^ not pictured: hazel in the stroller next to us, having a total fit!


honey's in town!

honey has been hanging with us in new jersey the past few days!  we are beyond excited to have her here.  the girls are in heaven, and i'm in heaven, and we never ever want her to leave!  here's some photos from the zoo the other day:

look at our cora girl! she is the sweetest thing.

spot the cougar, and also, there were almost tears when hazel thought that she wasn't going to get the tiger.  

we really love our honey and the zoo.


love life: cora mae at 8 months

here's what is going on with cora mae at 8 months:

we call her heffalump 50% of the time
she tries everything we put in front of her
she has started crawling!
she stares at her big sister and smiles and laughs half the day
she loves playing on the ground with anything she can get her hands on, including cords
she is always touching the xbox power switch
she loves scrunching up her nose and breathing heavy - she thinks it's so funny
her favorite thing to do is look at herself in the mirror
she loves peekaboo and touching my face when we are nursing
she beams when daddy gets home
we love her so.


i don't know why this video turned out so pixelated!
BUT, you get the idea.