week 39 - 52collages2014

Week 39 – 52 Collages 2014

Time to celebrate! Liam had a great week at school, transitioning to the next classroom for some additional challenges. He was so proud of the visual schedule he worked on with his teacher, and we celebrated at Orange Leaf after dinner on Friday. Liam loved picking out his favorite froyo and ALL the toppings. (Gummy bears on wedding cake and red velvet cupcake swirled, for the record.) Lila has been exploring books this week along with anything and everything that Liam has or is doing. They built forts together, played at their kitchen together, and Liam even read Lila a book. On Saturday we attended a friend’s pirate birthday party, yarrr!

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week 38 - 52collages - thekarpiuks

Week 38 – 52 Collages 2014

Lila is 7 months old this week! Her first tooth is really visible now and a second one is on the way. Teething is so much fun! (Said no parent ever.) The weather is starting to feel more and more like fall, with cool mornings and perfect sunny afternoons. Liam had to wear a sweatshirt for the first time this week, and he was excited to show grandpa that he was wearing a Colts sweatshirt. Last Sunday we ate dinner outside, and this weekend my parents came up and we grilled outside, too – look at the shrimp grandpa made! Liam and Lila have been playing together a lot, and Liam loved pushing baby sister around …

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week 37 - 52collages 2014 - thekarpiuks

Week 37 – 52 Collages 2014

Can you believe there are only 14 Fridays left until Christmas? It stresses me out to think how fast the year is flying by! This was the first weekend it started feeling like fall. Lila had her (belated) 6 month check up and all is well. She’s so smiley and growing up too quickly. Just this afternoon she got grumpy a few minutes after being put down for her nap, and we found her “stuck” standing in her crib, unsure how to get back down. Oh, and she’s got her first tooth! We took the kids to the bounce playplace this weekend and Lila was fascinated with her big brother jumping all over the place and …

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week 36 - 52collages 2014 - thekarpiuks

Week 36 – 52 Collages 2014

Games and more games! From Lila trying to help me play video games and taking over the controller to Liam playing several rounds of Sneaky, Snacky Squirrel… we’ve been having fun with games. Liam’s face when he realized that he’d won against daddy this week was priceless. Liam did some serious climbing at a nearby park on a large “mountain” and up the rungs of some pretty tall playground equipment. There’s no stopping his curiosity and sense of adventure! While exploring outside on the patio and in the backyard this weekend, Liam found a giant grasshopper and gently helped it get away from the lawn mower. Lila is continuing to try all kinds of new foods …

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week 35 - 52collages 2014 - thekarpiuks

Week 35 – 52 Collages 2014

As I sat down to make this week’s collage, I realized I barely took any photos at all. Oops! The week slipped by in a bit of a busy blur, which seems to be the norm these days. Back when we first had our fence installed, we cut it about 6 feet short of the real property line to avoid a public drain in one far corner. We’d been planning to have the fence re-done, though, and pushed back to extend our backyard space to its fullest potential, and just skirt the drain corner. The fence company showed up this week to complete the work in just a few short hours. The difference between the …

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week 34 - 52collages - thekarpiuks

Week 34 – 52 Collages 2014

Another week of the new school year under our belt, and the routine is starting to come along a little easier. I think all of the photos that make up this week’s collage were taken on the weekend; even though we’re settling into the routine better this week, I don’t feel like I have time to stop, let alone take a picture, during the busy week. That soon shall pass, I’m sure.
Lila started solid foods last week for the first time with banana, and this week she tried applesauce, zucchini, and peas. All homemade, because of course I need one more thing on my plate right now! But seriously, I loved making our own baby …

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week 33 - 52collages - thekarpiuks

Week 33 – 52 Collages 2014

Happy first week of school! Liam and Lila both started school this week; for Liam it was a return to his old school routine, albeit in a new location with new teachers and new friends… but for Lila it was her first time with the experience. The first day was a little rough for both kids, but they were doing much better by the end of the week. On the first day, Liam leaned in to give Lila a big kiss goodbye before he left her classroom to go to his own. It was so sweet!

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week 32 - 52collages 2014

Week 32 – 52 Collages 2014

Our last week of summer vacation was full of firsts and fun projects. We finally made a proper patio in the backyard and over the course of the week, completely transformed our outdoor space. We went from a 1′ x 1′ cement pad to a 12′ x 13′ patio. We picked out and planted bushes along the back edge and did a little landscaping around them and the backyard tree with log edging and mulch. We also needed some shade out there, so we invested in a giant offset umbrella that we put up today. It’s perfect! We will really enjoy spending time out back with the kids.
Lila is all about firsts and milestones this …

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