A comparison

People love to speculate if the kids look alike. Some say they look exactly alike, some say they see no resemblance. Most agree that Larkyn looks more like Matt and Rhys looks more like me (and that will probably change throughout the years). But just for fun, here are my babies side by side:

When they were just born:

Snuggling in a blanket at Riverside hospital:

Sleeping at home for the first night:

We love animal hats (few days old)!

At one month:

At 2 months:

At 3 months:

And finally, 4 months:

I like seeing their mannerisms, which are probably just innate in all babies. But it's cute to see their hands in the same place or smiling at the same time. Now that Rhys' hair is lightening up, the difference is not as dramatic. What do you think?

Exploring the neighborhood: Worthington Farmers Market

Our new home is in a much more urban part of town, sitting right off one of the most exciting streets in town. High street is filled with independent restaurants, shops, and every Saturday, a farmers market on each end. We live within "walking distance" of the Worthington market, but I wasn't quite ready for that adventure yet. So we drove up a few blocks and got a little closer. These 2 were ready to roll (I think I've mentioned that I always let her pick her shoes)...

 Luckily, Grandma came with us to push Rhys so I could corral Larkyn. 

 He played with his hands and slept the whole time, which was helpful. 

Larkyn was on a mission for a chocolate chip cookie, which was easy to find. These soaps smelled so awesome and were made with local honey.

 And the flowers!

I wanted to get a better picture of The Worthington Inn and all the people brunching there, but I felt like a creep. So they are all cut out at the bottom, but let me tell you, their eggs and potatoes will be mine one day when the kids aren't with me!

 At this point, Larkyn was fading fast, so we were wrapping it up. 

But I really wanted to go in this boutique, Fritzy Jacobs. Next time!

Back at home, we pulled out our treasures. A pecan roll from Bak (which will probably get its own post soon), a sweet cut-out cookie from Batter and Bowl (which may be the perfect place for birthday party cookies!), and a peach pie from Stevens Bakery & Orchard (Matt's favorite is peach).

Want to go with us next time??

A belated 4th of July

A few weeks late, yep. But this is, after all, my third favorite holiday and I wanted to share pictures from the day.

If you are local, you know that our weather here in Columbus has been fab.u.lous. If you are like me and have no interest or time to lay out at the pool, you will appreciate the breeze and 70s temps. Usually July 4th in Columbus is HOT, humid and just all around gross, even at 9 AM for the parade. But this year, the weather was spot on and we were ready for our day outside!

We moved out of our house 2 weeks before, so we technically didn’t live in UA anymore. But that wasn’t stopping us from going with our old neighbors and seeing the over-the-top parade floats and Larkyn’s fave marching bands that were there. And of course, the old cars and the emergency vehicles that she hates.

Rhys alternated between sleeping in the car seat and being held, while Larkyn alternated between pulling the shade completely over her face because it was too bright or shaking her booty (and cracking everyone up) to the music.

I don’t know anything about the Worthington parade, but it better bring it on next year!

We headed over to Uncle Eric and Aunt Shannon’s for some food, drinks (am I the last one to try Red’s Apple Ale? Yum!) and pool time.

This is when we decided Larkyn should take swim lessons ASAP before she’s 17 and still afraid to get in water (she still screams bloody murder when I wash and rinse her hair in the bath). She was juuuust fine sticking her feet in. And Rhys was content to be passed around and loved on by all the ladies.

We didn’t see any fireworks this year. Next year, maybe we will try having Larkyn stay up for them, but it didn’t happen this year!

Rhys is 4 months old!

--> Our sweet boy. He just seems to take the world in stride. I’m so happy to be settling him in to his own room and seeing what the next month holds for him.

Loves: watching his big sister at all times, being swaddled, white noise, standing up on anyone’s lap and being talked to, bath time, holding his feet

Dislikes: Being buckled into his carseat, stopping at stoplights, being off his schedule. When this guy is over-stimulated, he needs his nap time!

Milestones: laughing, rolling over both ways just a few times, moving up to size 2 diapers, discovering hands and feet

Sleeping: This is changing a bit, but he has been taking a short morning nap around 10, a long afternoon nap from 1-4, a little snooze at 6:30, and then bed at 7:30. But he has suddenly been waking up at 6:15 all week! Not a fan of that, and trying to adjust things to get him back to 7:30ish.

Eating: At this point with Larkyn, I was DYING to start feeding her solid foods. That did not go well, and we tried again at 6 months. I think I’m just going to hold off until then with him too. He drinks 5 bottles a day, at about 30 ounces total.He weighs 15.5 pounds.

His ENT visit at Nationwide Childrens for breathing stridor was at the end of June. Thank goodness his doctor and nurses were awesome, because it was such a traumatic experience for both of us. The official diagnosis is reflux and laryngomalacia (a “floppy larynx” that 90% of children outgrow) and the treatment is Zantac and time. I was hoping that by his next visit this month, it would be gone, but it isn’t.

With his new room, we will soon be trying out sleeping in a crib, using the swing, and pulling out the beloved exersaucer. Time is going fast with this little one!

Park of Roses 2014

--> If you do something twice, you can consider it “annual”, right?  Last year, I discovered that this gem of a park is the perfect place for pictures in mid-summer. This year, we got to make the trip with 2 new babies!

The plan was to take a few pictures of our respective kids with the beautiful backgrounds and then the girls in their matching seahorse shirts. Ha. We (I) did not account for the newly-moody 3 year old in tow. The grass had dew on it, so that was drama number one. It was hot, it was bright, she knew there was a playground around the corner…luckily Julie (seen below) had some words of wisdom.

It was all we could do to get these pictures. No wardrobe change to match Eva. Sorry, Julie. Perfect little Eva slept the whole time. Ah, those days are gone. But I love these pictures and my girl looks so precious in them that I just can’t take it.

After the roses, we went to the promised playground, where our first public tantrum proceeded to unfold because she got to the top of a huge slide and was too scared to slide down. And too stubborn to come down the steps because she wanted to go down the slide. And then just so mad at herself and at me for encouraging/saving/eventually carrying her down kicking and screaming that we just kept walking past the rest of the playground, through the park, and into the car. Shortest playground visit ever. Sorry Julie (again).

It ended on a terrible note, but we will make the trip out again next year (maybe before then because it is now just down the street from us!)

The details:

The park is located on High Street in Clintonville, just south of Henderson road. You don't see the park from the road, but can see the Whetstone Library, which is where you turn.  It seems like you are driving forever down the driveway, past tennis courts and through some woods, but at the bottom of the hill, there it is!

The Rose garden is separate from the playground, and is just up the hill. I always do the roses first and use the playground as a reward for all the photo opps and pretty views the roses have to offer. Make sure to bring your camera, for sure. All of this is free:)

The "before" home tour!

I think all of us still miss the old house and maybe always will. I still miss my childhood home. People move a lot, and only a few of the houses will hold a special place in our hearts. I’m hoping that our new home will do just that for many years. Here are the very first pictures of our new place. Unfortunately, I didn't know they take listing photos down the minute the house sells, we have a combination of my phone photos the day we moved in and google image results. So, not the best quality!

We wanted a place that allowed separate areas for each of us. A few options for times when we need a little quiet. Though we loved our old house, you could sit anywhere in the house and see every other room except one.

Our new home is a Cape Cod. When we walk in, we see the living room. It will eventually be painted Revere Pewter or Ozark Shadows. One drawback is that there is no dining room, so like the last owners, we will just put the table against the wall on the right and it’ll be fine. For holidays, we will turn the table.

Straight ahead is the kitchen, which is my favorite part. I want to just close myself up in those cabinets I love them so much. I should have plenty of cabinet space and finally a fridge that isn’t as old as me. And I never would have painted a kitchen purple, but I think it works! We are adding a buffet to the blank wall (on the left out of the frame) for some storage and a space to keep my calendar, bills, coupons, etc.

Off the kitchen is the backyard. The hostas make my heart burst because they were my grandma’s favorites and she planted them at my childhood home for us. The tall privacy fence is HUGE to us. Our dogs are terrible neighbors, so we are so thankful to have this already done for us. And the star of the show for Larkyn…a playset!  They did not have to leave this for us, and they did. Behind the fence is another yard and then (supposedly) the best Italian restaurant in Columbus. I may never cook again.

Back in and through the kitchen are the garage and basement. We are hoping to somewhat finish it, but if you’ve ever sold/bought a house, you know that in the end, you are never left with what you once thought you would have. Anyway, it will be Matt’s TV room and a playroom for the kids.

Back through the kitchen and down the hall are the bedrooms and bathroom. The bathroom needs nothing done (we hope) and I’m in love with the hex tile.

This one will be Larkyn’s room and I think we will be keeping the paint color. I had already bought her new bedding because I wanted something that would transition easily from her nursery bedding. And crazy enough, this room is painted to match!

This is Rhys' room.  It has already transformed from bright blue to soft gray. 

And finally, I did mention this is a Cape. We have always had one story, but now we go up the stairs and here is our master bedroom! I am so excited to have a little privacy and tons more space than our old room. Behind one wall is lots of storage space. If possible, we would love to add a bathroom and another closet up here.

So that’s it. I am eager to transform it into our place and experience a new city. Larkyn’s elementary school has an amazing reputation and it looks like the neighborhood is turning over to young couples like us. Come visit us soon!
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