Friday, August 21, 2015

Cora is Three-Years-Old!

Cora is three!

I really cannot believe that our wonderful, bubbly, independent little girl is already three-years-old. It seems like all of a sudden she jumped from toddler to full-fledged little girl.
Cora at 0, 1, & 2

No matter what we are doing, Cora is often the life of the party. She is outgoing and confident; engaging to everyone around her. With Dylan, Cora is a caring and considerate big sister. Cora holds her own, but definitely looks up to Noelle for direction and tries to do everything she sees Noelle doing.
Taking care of the little man
 Along for the ride

We love you, Cora, and can't wait to see more of the little person you are becoming!
Cora, all her own

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

July 2015

Summer fun hit full stride in July with the Danby Fun Day. This is a little 'parade' our town puts on consisting of the town fire trucks and local residents' old cars. It reminds me of the small-town Midwestern parades I attended as a child.

For our kids' ages, this activity was absolutely perfect. Everyone in the parade threw candy so the littles could not have been more thrilled! The parade was followed by small carnival games and a cookout; fantastic!

All set for the parade

Getting a better view (and harassing Dad)

Enjoying the post-parade goodies

Our little fire fighter

We also started doing one of our favorite activities again; visiting wineries! Here we are set up at Sheldrake Point, one of our go-to spots with the kids. They have an outdoor grassy area where we can set the kids up with a picnic and enjoy a bottle of wine in relative peace... not a bad outing at all!

Picnic with a view

Our final outdoor adventure in July was our first visit to Seneca Lake State Park. The primary draw to this park, about an hour from our home, is the fantastic spray park installed there. Even Dylan, who isn't walking yet, could get in on the fun and essentially had to be dragged away when it was time to go!



Where shall I go next?

Monday, August 17, 2015

June 2015

June was such a fun-filled month that it's hard to know where to start!

While the other kids are in daycare and extra day, Noelle and I started spending some special one-on-one time together. I wanted to really enjoy some time with her since she's going off to school in the fall. Plus, there are several fun things we can do alone that are tough with the little two around.

For example, we have been going on some wonderful hikes in the area. One of our favorites is to hike up Cascadilla Gorge, eat a snack at College Town Bagels, and then hike back down. We have been calling these 'Noelle & Mommy' days and we both look forward to them!

Loving the trail...

...but the snacks are even better! 

In addition to planned activities, much random fun went on in June.
Lots of water play,

sibling love,

and general shenanigans filled our days. 

The real highlight of June, however, was a trip to Wisconsin for Uncle David's wedding. My brother married this lovely woman, Kim, much to our family's happiness:
Rehearsal Dinner

Siblings: Stacy, Lindsey & David

The girls, along with Dave & Kim's niece Nora, were flower girls in the wedding. They were beyond thrilled to fulfill this important duty (and attend the party afterwards!). Cora was so enthralled that she slept in her flower girl dress and, upon waking at 6am, insisted on being taken back to the party for more dancing!
Sorry, honey, the party is over!

The final excitement for the kids was a trip to the Milwaukee County Zoo. Also a favorite from my childhood, it was great fun to take our kids around there!
First train ride!

Best face-paint ever! 

By the end of June, everyone was completely exhausted!

Friday, August 14, 2015

May 2015

May brought us the first real stretch of warm weather this year (our last snow was in mid April) and the kids were quick to take advantage of it!

Finally using the water table

No coats and outdoor eating was welcomed with open arms. The Sciencenter even opened their outdoor play area. 

Grocery shopping in style

Dinner at Ithaca Beer Company

Bubble jail

Tired but loving it

I also cut most of my air off. It only took Alex almost an entire day with me to notice. Funny, since he was so insistent that I not cut it ;)

No difference there, right?

We closed out May right with a fun-filled weekend at Ithaca Festival. This annual tradition is more and more fun as the kids get old enough to really enjoy it!

Beautiful butterfly

Shaved ice done right

Thursday, August 13, 2015

April 2015

April was a big, fun-filled month for us. The main highlight was our 'little' man, Dylan, turning one-year-old.

Dylan's first (of many) birthday cupcakes

A name stool all his own

Honestly, I don't remember much about Dylan's first year. If it wasn't for all of the photos on my iPhone I believe April 2014-April 2015 would be completely blank in my mind. I spent the year in triage mode.

The kids were fantastic... they are spectacularly easy to live with as far as little kids go. It's just that there are three of them so someone always needed something. Noelle was only 3.5 years old when Dylan was born; still so little!

Now, though, things have definitely shifted to a place where I have time to just sit and enjoy them. Noelle  and Cora engage each other and their brother in games, get each other snacks, and generally enjoy being kids together. It is wonderful.

This shift, and my in-laws superb willingness to take care of our kids, gave Alex and I the opportunity to take a vacation together... alone. It was AWESOME...

...and that's all I'll say about vacation

But wait! There's more! April continued to entertain us; Noelle and I took a special trip to see my family in Wisconsin. All-in-all, April was a spectacular month.

Noelle's first cheese head experience!

Airplane safety is no joke; Noelle took it very seriously!

March 2015

March was fairly uneventful; our primary activity was waiting out the last of the snow and  looking forward to spring! The kids were stir crazy at this point and got into more than a little trouble.
Tight fit!

Budding artist?

We did what we could, though, to pretend that spring was already upon us. Fortunately, we all survived and fun times were just around the corner!

Ice cream in winter coats? Why not?

Sun bathing in the kitchen 

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

The Blog is Live Again!

To our adoring fans,

Six months ago I took the family blog offline for a few reasons; redundancy with other social media, fatigue, and just the general business of life. The primary reason, though, was that this blog had started getting too much unknown traffic. I became a bit uneasy leaving the blog open to the public without any idea who was reading it.

Then some of you started asking us where the blog went and telling us that you liked it and would like to see posts again. (We love you, too!).

So, let's make a deal; I'll post if you guys comment every-so-often so I know who is reading. Then I won't worry that we're being cyber stalked. Okay?

Much Love,
The Hayes Family