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Spring Break In Photos

On Saturday night the kids and I returned from a week of visiting my sister and her family in Charlotte, North Carolina.

We went to parks, to swimming pools, to kid's museums, and ate out at kid-friendly restaurants. We went to story time at Borders. We celebrated Gabrielle's second birthday with a really great party. The kids ate a ton of popsicles. We had lots of hugs and kisses and "I love you" with a few "my toys" thrown in for good measure. We ate popcorn and watched Sesame Street and in the evenings Jessica, Simon and I hung out on the couch watching TV and playing on our computers. My sister and I did a bunch of high-5's as we passed each other on our way to retrieve our respective kids from their car seats.

We spent a good amount of time just hanging out on my sister's couch.

It was just right.

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  1. Juli says…
    03/28/2011

    Ali - Looks like you had an incredible trip! Life sure is good!

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  2. Ingvild says…
    03/28/2011

    Looks like you all had a wonderfull weekend. It is so nice for the children to spend time with their cousins. Have a great week.

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  3. Stacey K says…
    03/28/2011

    *matching stripey pj's - love*

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  4. traceyp. says…
    03/28/2011

    how sweet. how happy!

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  5. Christy says…
    03/28/2011

    A photo of you and your sister! So glad you had a good time away. :)

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  6. dawn says…
    03/28/2011

    Thanks for sharing these with us. Looks like you had a ton of fun. So happy for you getting to spend time with your sister and niece.

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  7. christen says…
    03/28/2011

    it looks like a perfect trip. sister/cousin time is the best!

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  8. Maggie says…
    03/28/2011

    1. Love your hair in the pic with your sis. So cute!
    2. love the girl's matching PJS...how sweet!
    3. My kids reached and age where they realized I was setting the cam timer to take photos and they didn't want me to. :( Enjoy this!
    4. CAPES! Who doesn't love capes! Don't you wonder how many more years your big guy will enjoy them? (My big guy stayed SO sweet, fortunately!)

    Our Spring Break is next week...can't wait for my photos! Need to get camera-ready! My little Sony digi-cam is about to bite the dust!

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  9. Lisanna says…
    03/28/2011

    when I see you photos I think only thing: "you are a great mum!"

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  10. Sally says…
    03/28/2011

    Looks like so much fun. Glad you had a good trip!

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  11. Christina says…
    03/28/2011

    Isnt it wonderful to be able to visit family, esp. if they live far away?! Love modern transportation. I'm glad you and the kids are back safe & sound. (PS: We LOVE Charlotte so I'm totally jealous right now!)

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  12. Katya says…
    03/28/2011

    Wonderful spring break!

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  13. Michelle L says…
    03/28/2011

    I love that picture with the kiddos in their capes! So cute!!
    Glad you had a great trip and that your little ones were good on the flights!

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  14. Linda Trace says…
    03/28/2011

    wow what beautiful photos!! I can't get over how much Simon looks like his dad in that photo where he's all wet from the pool!

    The matching stripey pj's are too cute and I agree with Maggie--who doesn't love capes?! (I want one)

    so glad you had a fabulous time, I'm jealous :)

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  15. Jo says…
    03/28/2011

    Looks like you had a fabulous time with your sister. You mentioned in one of the videos for your Scrapbook on the Road class that you were thinking of making a mini-book to document your trip, did you?
    I taking my boys on a plane to see their Grandparents (my in-laws) Easter week and was planning to make my SOTR book for that trip. Thought it would be a nice way for their Daddy who has to stay home (new job) to see what we get up to.

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  16. Karen Heisler says…
    03/28/2011

    Loved your photos, thanks for sharing. We used to live about 90 minutes from Charlotte, and my friend and I would load our 6 (now 7) kids up in her suburban and drive down to the museums. We had such a fun time, but were longing for the day we no longer had to wrestle with car seats! Now, the oldest of our kids is 16 and driving, and the youngest is 8. We live in separate states, but would need two cars now anyway!

    Thanks for bringing back the fun memories!

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  17. Carolyn HP says…
    03/28/2011

    Hi Ali, glad you had some R & R and enjoyed time with family, so important to recharge with the ones you love.

    I love the photo of Simon with the girls in their strollers, he looks so proud helping out :)

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  18. Nicky from Canada says…
    03/28/2011

    good for the soul

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  19. DebZorn says…
    03/28/2011

    Love the girls in their matching jammies. So cute.

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  20. Kendra says…
    03/28/2011

    Great photos and update. Would love to hear more details on travelling (especially by plane) with 2 kids. We are getting ready to fly in June to Florida with my 7 &10yo sons. WOuld love to hear what worked, what didn't and what you would do differently as far as packing for the plane ride. What snacks did you take? What activities did the kids do on the plane? I read your post on what you were preparing to take with you. How did it all work out?

    Thanks! Kendra

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    1. Ali says…
      03/28/2011

      Sure! I will do that this week.

  21. Jenni Hufford says…
    03/28/2011

    so glad you had a nice visit with your sister!!! sounds like it was alot of fun. i see alot of resemblance between anna and your sister!!

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  22. Libbi M. says…
    03/28/2011

    love the photos. thank you for sharing. you mentioned that some new shutterfly books were coming soon. could you share a date?

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    1. Ali says…
      03/28/2011

      Hi Libbi - I'll let you know when it's available. They are restructuring their whole book system - should be soon!

  23. Clynn says…
    03/28/2011

    As always, thanks for sharing.
    What a great trip.

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  24. Maureen says…
    03/28/2011

    I think I need pink striped jammies too! Oh such cutie-pies, adults and toddlers both.

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  25. sue says…
    03/28/2011

    Looks like a very nice week for all of you! I'm on spring break this week and am cleaning/reorganizing so there isn't a lot of fun but it will feel good to get things done.

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