Monthly Archives: September 2013

Family Fundays (part two!)

When it’s time for a BBQ at Minke and PopPop’s house, the planning happens for weeks leading up to the day, new recipes are tried, endless amounts of food are prepared for an army and the pool is cleaned and ready to go. It’s pretty much the best way to spend a quick summer weekend trip to LI. And because of the copious amounts of mouth-watering food, there are minimal photos… because yes, I was stuffing my face most of the time! Apparently for G, the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree. 😉

See cherry tomatoes.

Smell cherry tomatoes.

Gobble up cherry tomatoes right off the vine.

So after she used her sense of taste, we moved right onto smelling the flowers…

I can’t make this stuff up. 🙂

We got close to eating those too, but then we showed her all the food Minke and PopPop had ready for us. Grandma brought her famous cheese, meat and cracker appetizer platter and it was as tasty as ever. This was the response we got when she caught sight of all the edible goodies…

Since we hadn’t taken a recent family photo in awhile, we attempted one here. Trust me when I say there were about 18 other outtake photos from it and these 2 are the best. I don’t know how it’s going to be physically possible to take our holiday card this year and have everyone smile while looking at the camera, let alone stand still!

Oh yeah and thanks to Riese for the photobomb in this “2/3 of us look good in it…!” one.

I’m not sure G liked her time in the pool. What do you think?

As with every Susman event, the desserts were as delicious and plentiful as the main meal. We have an expert baker in our family, just in case you didn’t already know. Raq is a teacher by day, but incredibly talented baker by night/weekend/early morning…she may or may not have baked 500 cookies to contribute to this BBQ (no joke. they weren’t all for us though…phew, we’d still be there eating them right now if they were! my mom had an orchestra concert party to bring them to the next day in case you were wondering).

And then we ended the night with a little stint at the firepit. It got smokier before it got fire-y-er, but it set the tone for a great night of conversation after a super filling BBQ. 🙂

Thanks for everything, Minke + PopPop! G still loves eating her tomatoes…although we try to wash them first now. 😉

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September 23, 2013 · 2:39 am

Month 19!

So, we’re definitely a month behind with our G update…but by no means lacking in fun developments! This girl of ours loves to converse and express herself in so many different ways these days: dancing, asking, demanding, testing boundaries, showing love, learning manners; the list goes on and on.

This photo isn’t one of my favorites of all time, but it is adorable in its own way. She’s finally realized what it means to say “cheeeeese” and stare at the camera for 0.00002 seconds. I’ve learned to snap that shutter button NONSTOP to get a shot these days!…can you tell? 🙂 Maybe one day, she’ll enjoy standing still for a monthly photo. That’s all Mommy wants. 😛

  • Gabby sings and dances to music in the car (Yay for Caspar Babypants CDs to keep us relatively sane as we memorize kid songs!)
  • She says “no!” and knows what it means – the “best” part is when she acts out to see how we’ll react.
  • Gabriella plays and interacts with her doll Maddy (Madeline!) all the time. “Maddy look!” as we’re driving…
  • G will use “here, Mommy”…and loves to give me garbage, stray hairs, food she’s done with.
  • G Straus-y’s recent phrases and 2-3 word sentences:
    “…raining outside?”
    “…hold it…”
    “…try some…” – whenever she sees us eating anything, she wants to try some or have a “bite!”
    “…be quiet…” – said mainly to any dog that may bark. She’s completely spoiled thanks to our non-barking dog.
    “…come’ere (come here) Riese…move Riese…sit Riese…”
    “…nooooo daddy. mommy sing…”
    “…mommy coming soon?”
    “…wash hands…” – this girl loves to wash her hands. I think she’s learning too much from her mama when it comes to disliking being dirty.
    “…you/I should clean it…”
    “…pick it up…”
    “…brush your teeth…” – from the girl who hated brushing her teeth, now it’s a favorite activity!
    “…read book…” – god forbid we go to sleep without reading a book. I love her love of books…or maybe it’s just a smart bedtime stall tactic. 😉

This phase is by far my most favorite and engaging…and I’ve heard it just keeps getting better. 🙂

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September 15, 2013 · 7:45 pm

Family Fundays.

Who loves babies, burgers, beer and bare feet? Everyone? Yeah, that’s what I thought. 🙂 So when the S+C families get together, there’s no shortage of any of those things. And if you know me at all, I had to capture every last one of them.

Just the way summer get-togethers should be. Although, now that summer’s over, I’m not gonna lie about how excited I am to pack the bathing suits away and break out the boots and sweaters. G has about 78 cute pairs of corduroy pants (and shoes to go with them) that need to be seen!

It happened so quickly that we didn’t catch who grabbed whose hand, but they both decided it was time for more fruit. I think this photo may have been the best cousin moment I’ve ever seen. Ever, ever, ever.

Baby tushy love.

From smiles to cries, quicker than you can blink. Oh, toddler emotions.

Baby bellies…nom, nom, nom.

This series of “we need a little cousin group photo!” absolutely cracks me up. Connor is totally chill and smiley in every single one of them. Charlotte looks scared and Gabby just looks unsure and skeptical. I don’t blame her; the boy who’s grabbing her earlobe was gently holding her hand before. I’d be confused too. 😛

Yay for polka dot crab pajamas to end the day! This is only the C half of the family fun that took place…the S half is up next/tomorrow! 🙂

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September 10, 2013 · 3:01 am