Aw, what a cute picture! Right after Mira was born Brian took the kids to a friend's birthday party and this picture came with the thank you card. How thoughtful is that!? I love it. It's three-fifths of the Schneiders! We actually have parent night at Gabe's school next week and we're supposed to bring a family photo. Guess that means we're attempting to take a family photo this weekend. This should be hysterical.
Gabe wants to be a ghost this year, and since I'm going to be throwing his costume together myself, I've been trying to figure out what exactly he thinks a ghost looks like. So I asked him to draw me a picture. This is what I got. Wish me luck!
There are lots of beautiful places surrounding us, but Rockwood Hall is one of our favorites: An old mansion foundation that triggers the gothic-romantic in me? Check. Mowed, but not manicured, fields for the kids to run in? Check. Views of the Hudson that'll blow your mind? Checkmate.
It's pretty darn awesome. Plus, it's on my running route. I'm not back running (YET) but today the kids and I went for a walk and a little tree climbing. I also managed to get everyone back and forth from school, and pulled off a family Shabbat dinner. I rocked today.
"Are you sure this a good idea, mom?"
Checking out the view from the canopy. She's all of three feet off the ground here.
And Gabe starts preschool next week. It's going to be an adjustment - all of us learning our new routines and how to get everyone dressed, fed, out the door, and back again. Dressed, fed, out the door, and back again. That's the story of my life.
Someone's turning one month old tomorrow, and she's snug as a bug in a rug.
In other news truly worth celebrating, Gabe is out of diapers! Woohoo! Because potty training a three year old while taking care of a newborn is just the sort of crazy-making insanity we'd undertake. All credit for this goes to Brian who (rightfully) figured it made sense to train Gabe while he was on paternity leave. I may have cursed his name in the middle of it, but it was just crazy enough to work.
Mira started her official world tour with a visit to New Jersey. Next stop, Paris! (Ok, no, but wouldn't that be great?)
We went and spent the afternoon at our friend's pool and the big kids had a grand old time while Mira napped and the grown ups ate Cheetos. We also left the house a full TWO HOURS after we meant to. Oh the joys of getting out of the house with a newborn.
Is this first picture taken of the three of us? Other than the snapshot in the operating room I think it might be. Any guesses how long it'll take before we get a picture of all three kids? Or better yet, all FIVE of us? All five of us looking at the camera? Hah! Bet that will never happen.