Thursday, May 19, 2011


Joseph and I  have put a lot of miles on this jog stroller.  It is now Abigail's turn. We've started taking walks or jogs (I use that word very loosely) together. We're trying to follow a daily schedule that includes a walk/jog for me with Joseph riding his bike ahead/behind/in circles around me--Joseph loves it, and it is a great outlet for his early morning energy. Joseph loves writing out our schedule and posting it on the wall. He must be my child. The only problem? When I don't want to do something, he points to the schedule to remind me it's already planned out.  The discipline book that I read not too long ago (Positive Discipline by Jane Nelsen) touted that I would be able to point to the schedule as the enforcer so he couldn't argue with me;  apparently it works both ways.

May 12, 2011

Abigail Sits!

Here Abigail is sitting up all by herself. She would still prefer to be on her tummy or her back, but she can sit up. 

May 11, 2011

Time of Jesus Dinner

Our Easter tradition is a "Time of Jesus Dinner" with foods that Jesus would have eaten. The plan is to do this the week of Easter; this year, we had the dinner on May 6.  Better late than never, right?

These pictures were taken about 30 seconds before Joseph knocked the glass of grape juice over and splashed it down the white wall and about two hours before a violent stomach flu hit Marc.  Sometimes life wears me out. 

May 6, 2011


We celebrated Easter with Marc's family the day before Easter.  Marc's parents' hosted an extended family dinner. Great Aunt Janice and Kent were in town from Utah, and John, Gwen, & Lucy were in town from Princeton.                    
 Aunt Elizabeth and Aunt Rachel with all three grandkids.
 Lucy and Abigail in their matching pajamas from Grandma.
 Abigail met and charmed her Great Aunt Janice.
 Joseph all dressed up on Easter Sunday.
Joseph and Abigail on Easter Sunday.

April 24-25, 2011

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

We love the zoo

We love the zoo. Joseph requested the reptile house for this visit, and it was really neat! Talk about huge snakes!

 An alligator outside the reptile house made the wait to go in pass much quicker. (That, and all the adoring of Abigail by everyone in line around us)

An orangatang on a zip line the, "O Line," above our head.  Possibly my favorite part of the National zoo!
 A lion family with little cubs--I wish I were a better photographer.  When I explained to Joseph it was a whole lion family, he asked, "Even a grandma and grandpa?"

Joseph inside the dinosaur head sculpture.
 Abigail and Mommy.
 My favorite way to get to the zoo is the metro. When you walk to the zoo from the metro station, you pass this hotel with what I believe are the most beautiful flowers in the whole city (The National Shrine adjacent to Catholic University runs a close second). 

 The pictures really don't do it justice.

 Victory!  Joseph has long wanted cotton candy. I finally agreed to buy some on this zoo trip.
Joseph didn't love cotton candy like he thought he would. After a few bites, he said, "I wish I would have gotten ice cream!" 

Abigail doesn't sleep outside of her crib very much anymore. But apparently we really wore her out at the zoo because she conked out in the Bjorn. Which I love--nothing better than a sleeping baby cuddled up to you.

April 20, 2011

More Egg Hunting

Joseph's spring break from preschool was a fun-packed week with egg hunts #2 and #3, two trips to the zoo, a visit from cousin Lucy and more! 

 Abigail at the Chick-Fil-A egg hunt in Fairfax City.  She didn't mind the cold, rainy day.

The field scattered with eggs before the kids head out...

Joseph is out there somewhere. He got four eggs. The real highlight were the moon bounces that he played on after the hunt.

April 22, 2011

Preschool Easter Party

For each holiday, we have a potluck lunch with all the kids and their families.  Since Joseph's class is a mini United Nations, we get delicious food from around the world.

 After lunch was an egg hunt.
Joseph took his spoils off under a tree to assess what he'd found.  Unfortunately, this picture was taken a few minutes before Joseph had a meltdown and we had to leave the party early. 

April 15, 2011

Grandma Donna

Grandma  Donna had some surgery on her arm at the beginning of April so she wasn't able to keep watching Joseph and Abigail on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons. They really missed her.  We tried to go visit her a couple times so everyone wouldn't have withdrawal.  And she even came over with Aunt Elizabeth one night and fed Abigail!  Today, as I blog, Joseph is over at Grandma's house--he insisted on bringing his backpack to show her his artwork--she used to see him each Tuesday and Thursday after preschool, and I think he misses showing her his homework.

April 12, 2011

Science Experiment

 For Christmas, Uncle Dave and Aunt Joyce gave Joseph a butterfly garden and ladybug land. You mail away for the larvae (after March 1st) and then watch them develop and grow.
 Here are the butterfly larvae on April 9--the day they arrived in the mail. 

Here is one of the butterflies inside the garden before it flies away on April 25.  They actually emerged from their chrysalis (we used to call it a cocoon when I was a kid) on April 21-22, but we kept them through the weekend before releasing them on Monday.  It was really neat.  In this picture, if you look closely, you can see the empty cocoons. They actually emerged without us seeing them. After the first three emerged, I wanted to stay around the house to see if we could see the final two emerge. I'm glad we didn't stay home all day because they didn't come out until the middle of the night. It is pretty amazing.

  Here is one of the butterflies after it has flown away and landed on our neighbor's fence.

Joseph Gets Glasses

I had noticed that Joseph's right eye crossed sometimes when he would talk to me up close.  I mentioned it to the pediatrician at his five-year check up. She said she didn't see anything, but said that she knows that Moms see things that others don't and sent him to a specialist.  The pediatric opthamologist confirmed that Joseph had some eye crossing going on and said he was slightly far-sighted.  He put him in glasses to see if it would help correct the problem.

I think Joseph was a bit worried about his new glasses. The first day he got them, he came up to Abigail in her little seat, and I overheard him saying, "Hey Abigail, it's still me--the same guy that loves you" 

Joseph has been a great sport. Despite his initial disappointment about wearing glasses (I was sad for him to have to start so young, too!) he has been really great about wearing them.  He also has been a good sport in dealing with the responses of other kids.  His first day at church after getting the glasses, he came home and gave me a report. One child said, "Joseph when did you become an old man?"  Joseph related this and then said, "But I did not reply."  Seriously. He cracks me up! 

I am glad I purchased the insurance. After only two weeks, Marc described the glasses as "in tatters" with one nose pad missing, scratch down one of the lenses, and bent frames.  I'm glad the glasses aren't slowing him down.

April 6, 2011

Cherry Blossoms

My mom was here during the Cherry Blossom Festival so we could show her one of our favorite times in Washington.

April 2, 2011

Grandma Charlotte

My mom came to save the day at the beginning of April. I told her I needed her to come before the end of the semester or I wasn't going to make it to the end of the semester! She watched the kids while I wrote papers and went to class. By watching the kids, I mean she took them to various parks, McDonalds playland on rainy days, dyed Easter eggs and made Easter crafts, read stories, got Abigail to give up her bottle strike. She talked with me, shopped with me, and got me sane again before heading home.

 Joseph and Grandma play Memory while Abigail looks on. Those pretty flowers in the background are from my friend Lisa who dropped them by because she knew I was stressed about school. I am a lucky woman on all accounts.

 Abigail in a little robe after her bath--so cute!!
 Joseph and Grandma dyed Easter eggs. After this event, Joseph asked us, "Do you want to see the dead eggs?"  Ha!  The eggs "died"?  Kids are awesome.  Especially this kid!
 Joseph always wants to include Abigail in a picture.
 Grandma caught Abigail and me on camera.

Abigail wore her hat and jacket to the park with Grandma! 
Best buddies!
March 31-April 8, 2011