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Elizabeth says (vol. 1)

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Elizabeth, at 2 years 5 months, is such a hilarious little soul. here are some of her latest quips! While looking at emojis: "Oh, it's a smiley! Look at him!" When standing at the top of the steps, asking to be picked up: "Mama carry you? Mama carry you?" a rare occurrence of drawing with her left hand. still hoping for a lefthanded kiddo like myself (and two of my siblings and my aunt!). In the ultimate Catholic toddler mash-up: "Itsy-bitsy spider went up the water spout. Out came the sun and the Father and the Holy Spirit AMEN!" She likes to eat "apple jackets" (Apple Jacks) and play with "weeps" (baby wipes). And she loves baby "Bicky" (Victoria) and watching "scoots" (squirrels) out the window! she insists on wearing these Christmas jammies even when it's 80 degrees out She asks to use the potty a few times a day and is usually successful. After we empty the bowl from her potty seat into the toilet, she&#

back to the races!

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last Saturday, I laced up my running shoes and joined 5500 (!) other runners for the Pittsburgh Marathon weekend 5K! the 5K is the first distance I've ever raced, and as my running has taken a long hiatus after each pregnancy, it's certainly the most attainable distance . I've run a few 10Ks, including my absolute favourite race to date, the Great Race with a slightly downhill course from the university district all the way to the downtown point where the three rivers converge; and trained for the Rome half marathon, which was scheduled for March 8, 2020 and got canceled three days beforehand for obvious reasons, so I ran it by myself. I still want to run an actual in-person half marathon -- maybe this fall? we'll see!  start line feels (also, LOVE my special Pittsburgh edition hat from Another Mother Runner! look at all those bridges -- and the inscription on the cap reads Runner of Steel) anyway, my training was fairly lackluster for this 5K, squeezing it in on the t

ten months

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dear Victoria, this month, your personality has really blossomed! you are very chill most of the time, but every once in a while you erupt into happy pterodactyl squawks to make sure that we're paying enough attention to you. you also are starting to get into more of a rivalry with Elizabeth -- you are very interested in whatever she's doing, and if she bumps you (sometimes on purpose, sometimes on accident) you immediately scream with rage and turn to us as if to say "can you believe this?!". you are constantly getting picked up and cuddled by Greta and Cecilia, and in general living your very best fourth child life.  one night Greta put this tiny backpack on you and we couldn't stop laughing after a few weeks "bear crawling" around the house or pulling up halfway on your car seat or bouncer, you are now pulling all the way up to stand. you sometimes get stuck that way and need help bending your knees to get down. you are super speedy crawling around an

April highlights {school carnival, solar eclipse, signs of spring, soccer}

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1) the first annual school carnival. our school is only three years old, and this year has seen tremendous growth in social events and community-building activities outside of school! with our work schedules and the littlest ones, we aren't able to volunteer and help with the planning as much as I would like to in a future season of life, but we so enjoy participating in these events and appreciate the hard work it takes to pull them off!  the carnival was set up with a dozen different old school arcade-style games and stations, including a firetruck and police motorcycle. the kids got their game card stamped at each spot and after their game card was filled up, they could trade the card in at the candy bar and fill up a treat bag to take home. I thought this was a genius way to get the kids motivated to try different games or things they might not have gravitated towards at first, and it also made sure that kids weren't filling up multiple bags of candy! several of the 8th gra

Disney World!

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last week, Greta and Cece went to Disney World for the first time with Nick's mom and sister! I have never been to any of the Disney locations (except for a Disney cruise as an adult, which was actually really fun!). Nick had been to Disney with his family as a kid but not since. after hearing about school friends' trips, our girls periodically have lamented the fact that they've Never! Been! To! Florida! to which we turn unsympathetic ears, considering that they've traveled to several European countries when we were living in Rome. so we knew they'd be super excited to go to Disney and knock both Disney World and Florida off of their bucket lists in one go! just before Valentine's Day, Sabrina came out to visit and brought the girls their Valentine's gifts. Greta and Cece both got Disney themed t-shirts and balloons. you could tell they were a bit underwhelmed, but they politely said thank you. then Sabrina asked if they could think of why they might need a