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I’ve been the worst blogger this fall, and I’d like to offer sincere apologies to those of you who look here for recent pictures of the kids and such. It’s been busy! But I’d thought I’d check in and post some photos. (I post very often on Instagram so if you’d like to keep daily track of us, you can find me there under the handle @jemcross25)

So I’ll post again quickly with some of our family photos we did about a month ago, but these start thanksgiving weekend. We spent the holiday at my moms and it was just wonderful. I did really miss our annual trip to Pittsburgh, but it was great to be with my mama and sister so not a bad alternative!

Their first ice skating lesson was pretty funny. Lucie got frustrated and cried, but Teddy laughed the whole time despite all the slip-sliding. The instructor said little kids improve really quickly so keep your fingers crossed for us!

We just got this fancy shmancy space heater that looks like an old wood stove and I was inspired to put up a chimney! The kids had a ball with all the gluing, ha! I think it turned out pretty cute. Oh the things you can do with construction paper!

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Our Playroom

We have a small extra room in our apartment. It’s served a number of functions in the last few years. Library, pop-up guest room (with a truly deluxe air mattress), and storage space. It has a small closet (filled with wrapping paper, never used board games, and a filing cabinet, and a curtain for a door. We city dwellers become pretty adept at creating multipurpose spaces. The room’s next life is twin play space. Over the past couple of months I’ve cleared out almost all of the adult stuff in there with the exception of a few rows of books (and that closet full of crap that can probably be thrown out), and installed the Teepee, the majority of the toys, and their fancy Chanukah present. Their very own table and chairs! It was love at first site, and they’ve been dragging their little chairs all over the apartment, as they seem to be most enjoying the novelty of sitting on something that is so very toddler-sized. It was a pretty easy DIY project to fancy up a basic $20 IKEA furniture set. All it took was a little paint, 2 pieces of trim, a dowel rod, and a pair of closet pole brackets. Now, fingers crossed to keep the art on the table!  And yes, the rocking hoses live in the teepee.  Cheers!