Monday, March 28, 2011


Recently,  I watched a documentary, A Child's Century of War which was powerful--inspiring in some ways and terrifyingly chilling in other ways. I started thinking about what really constitutes success.   In one of the inspiring highlights of the film, a woman found over 200 Chechen orphans and took them in, one by one. She literally found children who were hiding for days in a cellar because their parents had gone out for food and had never come back because they had been killed. With fighting raging outside, the children didn't know if it was safe to leave the cellar.  This woman--who isn't pretty or thin or even well groomed --has literally saved these children. And she continues to do so.

I think about all the things our little family spends time doing. I think about what I am trying to achieve and why.  I think about all the ways I have started defining success (but none of which have I achieved):  earning my PhD, being able to buy a house in Arlington where the home price average is $579,615, getting back to my pre-Abigail size, growing our 401k, getting Joseph into a "good" school for kingergarten.  And I start to wonder if maybe I need to re-evaluate.

How do you define success?


 I love this girl!
March 13, 2011

Friday, March 18, 2011


 Abigail and Lucy are two weeks apart in age. They are becoming fast friends.

Abigail and I had fun posing with Aunt Rachel, Gwen and Lucy.

March 13, 2011

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Happy St. Patrick's Day!

 My little leprechauns...
 Green french toast for breakfast...
Abigail's first St. Patty's Day!

Friday, March 11, 2011

Slugging in the News

Remember how I said Marc had been talking to a journalist for Miller-McCune magazine?  Well, the story is in this month's edition of the magazine. Here's a link to an online version.

What do you think?

Wednesday, March 09, 2011

Little Olympians

This winter Joseph has taken a community recreation class called "Little Olympians."  Each week they learn the basics of one sport.  It has been a fun way to expend some energy during these cold, cooped up months.

They practice stretching and balance too.
This week's sport was hockey.

I love to sit in the observation area and watch Joseph with all of his passion and determination to figure things out (and be first--Marc claims he got that competitive streak from me).

February 23, 2011

Monday, March 07, 2011

5 months

March 5, 2011 Abigail is 5 months old
Abigail is five months old. We love our Abigail! This has been a big month for her--the bassinet is back in the attic--she's only in the crib. She rolls over--back to front now and so sleeps mostly on her tummy.  She had her first sickness this month--poor baby--but handled it well and is now all better. She still loves to smile and giggle. It seems she almost can't help but smile if you smile at her. She can sit in her bumbo chair, but still prefers her bouncy--or maybe we prefer the bouncy--we may have issues letting Abigail grow up:). She likes to play on a blanket on the floor. She went swimming for the first time this month at the local indoor pool and seemed to like it pretty well after the initial shock of cold water.  She also has gotten to do a few more park days since we've had some nice weather days. Her sleeping is terrible, but we love her still. We tried to "sleep train" her this month, but without any success. It actually made the situation much worse. So we abandoned ship. We survived Joseph not sleeping through the night until 18 months; we can survive it with Abigail too.  Abigail loves her Joseph. If she sees Joseph near her she squeals.

A few other shots from this past month:

Preschool Days

Joseph took cookies to preschool for his birthday. I was the parent-helper that day. We love Mrs. Anita's class!

March 3, 2011

Celebrations Continue

We kept celebrating Joseph all weekend long. Grandma Donna and Grandpa Lincoln hosted a family party on Sunday evening.

Joseph enjoyed dinner! Thank you to Aunt Rachel for cooking and coordinating!
Missy and Aunt Elizabeth entertained Abigail.
Aunt Rachel was trying to teach Joseph how to juggle
Aunt Rachel and Abigail
Aunt Elizabeth and Abigail
Abigail had a great time at the party
Joseph and Grandma
Joseph told Grandma a couple weeks ago that he wanted an excavator for his birthday.  She searched and shopped until she found this perfect toy. He was thrilled! 

David, Roxanne and Lila also joined in the party.

March 6, 2011

"Kid Party"

Each child decorated his or her own cupcake
The monster truck pinata was filled with Joseph's favorite fruit snacks
A party isn't a party without Aunt Rachel!
Joseph and I spent all week shopping for prizes and treats and pinatas. But, it was really Dad's energy and silly antics that made the party a success!

March 5, 2011

Sunday, March 06, 2011

Joseph Turns Five

Joseph's Birthday: 5!!!

It started with presents as any good birthday should! Joseph was opening his package from Grandma Charlotte and Grandpa Bill at 6:20 am!

Then pancakes with strawberries and whipped cream!
 Breakfast with Daddy before Dad leaves for work.
 A surprise birthday visit from Aunt Rachel on her way to work!
 A hilarious e-card with great dancing music from Aunt Catherine and Uncle John.
 Our neighbor Kirsten stopped by with a gourmet cupcake for Joseph!
 The birthday boy with his little sister. We spent all morning baking a cake (with sprinkles), building legos and eating the treats that came in Joseph's birthday package. It was really fun.
 Then in the afternoon Joseph and his good buddy Jakson went to the truck park!

 Bob joined us for a spaghetti and meatball dinner
 And birthday cake with FIVE candles! 

Joseph and Mommy before bed.  Joseph concluded it had been an "awesome" day.

March 4, 2011

Ella Jenkins

Last week we were listening to NPR in the evening when all of a sudden this interview with Ella Jenkins. Joseph turned the radio up as loud as it would go and raced upstairs to tell me. He wanted the whole house to hear it!  When he heard a song he recognized, he would tell us, "This one is on my CD." 

She talked about turning 86 in the interview. Joseph thought we should send her a birthday present.