September 2018

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And now for the joint party, which we held at Spring Garden Park. The kids jumped, climbed, and played their hearts out in between bites of lunch, opening presents, and birthday cake and pie. Oh and Spider Man also made a special appearance. Happy birthday Autumn and Mia, we enjoyed this week and a half of celebrating both of you wonderful, amazing kiddos!

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This year Autumn decided she didn’t want to do a joint birthday party with Mia. She has been asserting her individuality more lately, and wanted to have her own party. We agreed on a compromise, where she and Mia could have their own small parties at home on their actual birthdays, and then a joint, bigger party with the whole family on the weekend. So here is round one, individual parties:

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Fun Run!

This year we had two runners in the annual Montclair Elementary fun run fundraiser. Not an easy task in 85 degree weather!

I snapped a few pics of Luca before joining him for the remainder of his laps.

Enjoying a well-deserved treat afterwards

Then it was Autumn’s turn – all smiles and excitement!

Warming up…

And off she went, first one out of the gateShe kept herself cool by pouring water on her head every time she passed the water station, and of course by enjoying her ice cold popsicle at the end

So proud of you both!

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Siblings

We are so lucky

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Happy Birthday Mia

Happy fourth birthday little chickadee! What would we do without your bright, sizzling spark to illuminate our lives? We love your singing, dancing, laughing, joking, fiery passion, and fierce loving more than you’ll ever know. We are so thankful to have you as part of our family!

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Happy Birthday Autumn

Happy sixth birthday little dragon! Your sharp mind, acute observation abilities, inquisitiveness, offbeat sense of humor, sentimentality for all things tiny and cute, and transcendental aura continue to amaze us and make us smile every single day. We are so thankful to have you as part of our family, and we love you more than the gravity in a black hole!

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We don’t know how, but somehow our little baby is starting preschool today! After weeks of asking if it was time to go to school, Mia was eager to carry her bag and pose for her first day of school picture.

Proud big brother and big sister supporting our little chickadee on her first day

And some love from Daddy and Mama

Finding her cubby

And she had a great first day! Well done Mia Mae! So proud of you!

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