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Genevieve finished her second session at the Little Gym! This last class was a little celebration of the milestones achieved throughout the semester. Genevieve still really loves going to her class and now she is graduating! Genevieve is no longer a bird; she is a beast! Let’s just hope she doesn’t live up to the name!!

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Genevieve’s little tongue was sticking out in aboput 90% of the photos I took! She lives climbing, hanging from the bar, walking on the balance beam… just about everything. The only thing that she doesn’t seem to like is having to do those things when we want her to! Genevieve refused to do any of the skills with her teacher, Evan.  She would very happily hang from the bars in her own time, but not when we asked her to.

She wasn’t too pleased about going up to get her medal either…

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What a difference from 5 months ago!

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But after she got that medal, she sure did like it!!!

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Cape May… Continued

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Here it is- Part 2 of our Cape May trip. John booked this trip and he decided we should stay at Congress Hall. I am glad that I listened to him because we really had a great experience staying there. Genevieve especially loved it. There was a cute little Koi Pond out by the pool.

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You can see some of the fish in the background here. Genevieve would have stood here all day watching those fish!

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We took a trolley tour of the historic district of Cape May. It was really interesting to learn about all the different architecture and some history of the town as well. Genevieve did great on the trolley. The tour was 45 minutes long and she sat so nicely on my lap for the entire time. I guess the Elmo crackers helped a bit!

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We took a ride over to the Cape May lighthouse and Genevieve and I climbed all 199 steps to the top! Well, I carried Genevieve up (and down) all 199 steps actually. I was pretty tired on the way up and it helped to stop at the windows to take a little rest. It is not easy climbing all those steps while carrying 22+ pounds!! The way down was actually worse for me. It definitely wasn’t as difficult but it was a lot scarier. John took the easy way out and waited for us at the bottom.  As we were on the way up I started to get a little worried that Genevieve would be scared once we got to the top because she didn’t like looking out of the windows. As soon as we stepped outside, the wind hit us very strongly. Genevieve loved it! She pointed to everything around and we enjoyed the view from way up there.  I didn’t get the greatest pictures, but this one shows what it looked like.

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On Wednesday John thought it would be fun to rent bicycles and go for a ride. We thought that Genevieve would really enjoy it. I convinced John to rent one of these instead:

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People were riding all over Cape May in them and they looked like they were having so much fun! Well, those people must have been athletes or just plain old superhuman because pedaling those heavy wagons around is hard work! (Well, that is what John tells me. Apparently I wasn’t contributing much!) Besides the fact that our thighs were burning after about 30 seconds, Genevieve absolutely detested the thing. She cried the entire time!

So we decided to take the wagon back and trade it in for some regular bicycles. Genevieve screamed her head off on that too! We left the parking lot and I tried to ride alongside her to cheer her up. We were only a half a block away and it started to rain… oh well! Maybe next year we will try again!

One of Genevieve’s favorite things to do was play with the water fountains along the outdoor mall. She looks like she is going to drink the water in the second picture!

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Genevieve’s other favorite thing was the view from the window in the hall outside of our room. When we would walk out the door each day, Genevieve would start squealing in delight to see that window. Outside she could see the pool and the ocean. (I know that is not the best picture. I took it the day we left and it rained the entire day!)

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On the way home Genevieve slept almost the entire time. She must have been worn out! Here she is when she woke up- well rested and happy!

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Can you believe it is your second Father’s Day as a dad? I am so glad that we get to celebrate this day with you because you are truly what this day is about. I could not ask for a better dad for Genevieve. You are so patient and kind to her and you make it clear every day just how much you love her.

I love to watch you and Genevieve together, to see how you adore each other. There is nothing that you wouldn’t do for your little girl. As a matter of fact there is nothing that you DON’T do! You take such good care of Genevieve; from changing diapers and potty time to dressing her and combing her hair, you do it all. It was especially nice when you cooked her such a nutritious and tasty meal a few nights ago. Quin-what! (You take good care of me too- I am writing this while sitting in the car while Genevieve naps and you just brought me some salad. Thanks!)

You have made some really special memories with Genevieve these past 18 months, like the dance baby changing table song and how about poop there it is! You taught Genevieve to play guitar and can I get a what what! Speaking of guitar, I can remember Genevieve at just 5 months old crawling over to you so excitedly when you would sit on the floor and play guitar or ukulele for her. She wanted to just climb right into your lap as you played! Genevieve loves music and I can’t wait to see how you two will continue to share a special bond through it.  It is so wonderful to watch the two of you playing the drums together or moving your shakers to the music.

You are such a thoughtful father and I am constantly amazed at the insight you have about bringing up Genevieve. You notice everything about her and you are so attuned to her needs. Genevieve is blessed to have you as a father and I am blessed to have you as my husband. I thank God for you every day. I am so glad that Genevieve has a dad that she can look up to. I know that you will teach her to love and follow Jesus. I appreciate how hard you work each day to support your family and I want you to know that although I don’t always acknowledge them, I see all the things you do to take care of us. From the smallest things like changing a diaper to the bigger things, like working seven days a week, I see that everything that you do is out of love for your family. I know that you put us first above all else. I respect and admire you and I am so glad to celebrate this Father’s Day with you.

Love,

Gabrielle

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Cape May

We’re back from Cape May! We had such a wonderful time being away for a few days. The weather wasn’t as great as we were hoping for, but it really didn’t matter. The best thing was that we were all together! Genevieve absolutely loved being on vacation. She would wake up every morning, find her shoes, run to the door and say “bye bye.” The girl knows how to have fun.

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We did get to go in the pool the first and second days that we were there. We were really happy about that because we wanted Genevieve to have a chance to go swimming. She really loved being in the water. Even when her lips were blue she didn’t want to get out!

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Genevieve loved splashing around the water. There was a window right outside our room that faced the pool and the ocean and every time we would walk out there and see it Genevieve would start squealing! All she wanted to do was go back there.

IMG_1977We had a nice time on Tuesday just sitting by the side of the pool for a little bit after Genevieve did some swimming. The sun was out and it ended up being a lovely day. We were blessed to have a little sunshine to break up all the clouds and rain we’ve been having.

We got a lot done on Tuesday actually because Genevieve woke up SUPER early! First we had breakfast outside.

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Then we walked on the beach.

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We took a ride over to the Cape May Zoo.  It is a really beautiful zoo with lots of animals that you get to see up close. IMG_1969The most memorable thing for all of us was definitely the lion. This guy walked out of his little house, right up to the fence and started roaring like he was putting on a show. It was pretty amazing to be so close to that majestic creature and hear that powerful roar. It scared Genevieve- she hung on to John and said “all done,” but now she talks about that lion all the time. (and the crocodile!) I took a video of the lion roaring and Genevieve loved watching it when we got home.

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The zoo was so pretty and after all that we still got to go back to the hotel and go in the pool for a bit.

Wednesday we went to the airplane museum. That was pretty fun. They had some nice hands-on exhibits that Genevieve was able to enjoy.

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Here she is with the wind blowing on her! She was having a blast!

More to come…

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Eighteen months seems like a huge milestone Genevieve! You are definitely leaving those baby days behind. You are becoming more and more girly! You LOVE getting dressed up, wearing jewelry, sunglasses, barrettes…. So here are some things you have been doing lately.

At 18 months you:

  • Love pretend play- You rock your baby to sleep in her cradle and sing to her. You give Ernie water from your cup.
  • Like to watch “animals”- (Planet Earth)
  • Like playing with balls- You throw, kick and even catch!
  • Love playing in the grass. You run around and then roll around too!

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  • Put 2 words together- your first sentences!
  • Love to sign along with music
  • Always want music on in the car
  • Remind us to clasp our hands together when we pray.
  • Help Daddy get ready for work. You remind him about his shoes, hat, watch, glasses…
  • Play for longer independently. You seem more focused lately.
  • Love to read Mother Goose rhymes. You say “Goose!”
  • Like to listen to your favorite song- “If all the raindrops were lemondrops and gumdrops…” known to you as “Ah ah ah ah”
  • Can sing all the words to “Row, row, row your boat”
  • No longer sleep through the night =)
  • Like to say no!
  • Love to go bye bye
  • Say “how pretty” about yourself! (Because we say it to you so much!)
  • Say “me” and point to yourself
  • Weigh 22 lbs. 7 oz.
  • Are 30 3/4 inches tall
  • Say “oh no!” to just about everything- if you get hurt, drop something, when the monkey in “5 Little Monkeys” falls down and bumps his head, when you pee pee…

Although you are growing, you are still the most beautiful and lovely baby I have ever laid eyes on. I am totally and completely in love with you! I miss you every moment that I am not with you. You are my precious and wonderful gift from God.

Love,

Your mama

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Genevieve had her first muffin tin lunch today and she loved it! She had lots of fun eating today. I had seen this idea a while ago but Genevieve was too little for it. Now that we have tried it I am sure that this will be the way lunch is served quite frequently in the future. Doesn’t is look so colorful and pretty?

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Part of Genevieve’s muffin tin today was some yummy tabbouleh. I think  I am addicted to tabbouleh. I just can’t get enough of it! Genevieve likes it too! Here is the recipe I followed to make the tabbouleh pictured here! (Ina served it in a pita with shards of feta… I am sure that would make it even better!)

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(courtesy of Ina Garten)

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  • 1 cup bulgur wheat
  • 1 1/2 cups boiling water
  • 1/4 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice (2 lemons)
  • 1/4 cup good olive oil
  • Kosher salt
  • 1 cup minced scallions, white and green parts (1 bunch)
  • 1 cup chopped fresh mint leaves (1 bunch)
  • 1 cup chopped flat-leaf parsley (1 bunch)
  • 1 hothouse cucumber, unpeeled, seeded, and medium-diced
  • 2 cups cherry tomatoes, cut in half
  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

Place the bulgur in a large bowl, pour in the boiling water, and add the lemon juice, olive oil, and 1 1/2 teaspoons salt. Stir, then allow to stand at room temperature for about an hour.

Add the scallions, mint, parsley, cucumber, tomatoes, 2 teaspoons salt, and the pepper; mix well. Season to taste and serve, or cover and refrigerate. The flavor will improve if the tabbouleh sits for a few hours.

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Genevieve has been getting her molars and when I saw this picture I just had to post it. There it is… the cause of lots of pain and night wakings!!! That one is just about all the way through. The top one on that side has just started cutting through. The other side is a little bit behind but they are coming!

By the way, Genevieve’s mouth open like that is her trying to wink… or what she thinks winking is!! =)

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