Sunday, June 19, 2011

Swimming Lessons

Joseph has been wanting to take swimming lessons for a long time. Last summer he wanted to swim in the deep end and jump off the diving board. He did not like being told he wasn't ready to do that yet.
So this year, we signed up for the first session of swim lessons--every morning this week.

Before lessons begin...

All the kids before being split into classes.

I must confess I love watching Joseph "swim" because it is so indicative of his personality--so much passion bottled up in this little package but without much control.  He gets in the water and thrashes around--arms and head and feet going all directions at about 1000% energy--but doesn't propel forward much at all because it is so wildly out of control. 

June 13-17, 2011

Hula Hooping

At Marc's work picnic, Joseph won the hula hoop contest.  I think it was because he was the only child participating! 

The prize was a sand bucket and shovel, a couple water toys, and a Visa gift card. Joseph informed me that this was his "first credit card."  He promptly spent it all the next day on a slurpee at 7-11 and matchbox cars at Target.  Isn't childhood wonderful?

Marc's boss offered to take a picture of us.  Afterward said she had taken a video.

June 15, 2011

Eight Months

At eight months, Abigail is just a delight.  Her most common noise is a squeal! She squeals when she sees Joseph, when she sees a toy that she is aiming to crawl/scoot to retrieve, she squeals and laughs when we laugh. She is so happy! I'm so in love with her!

She keeps charming everyone wherever we go.  I was at the doctor's office  with the kids (not the pediatric department), and I could overhear the nurses in the back room saying, "You've got to go see that baby out there. I'm not usually a baby person, but she is so cute!"  Then one by one, the nurses would come out to see Abigail. 

Abigail is still petite. I took her in for a weight check at eight months.  She gained one pound since her six month appointment. She is now at a whopping 13 pounds, 9 ounces.  But she is moving upward and that is what counts.

Abigail is on the move!  She is doing an "army crawl"  where she pulls her body with her arms and drags her legs behind her. We have to be extra careful about what is on the floor. Joseph has been great about keeping his legos up high. Listen for the squeals in the video! 

Abigail is also babbling away.  "Ddddd", "Mmmmm", "Nnnnn", "Bbbbb"  We think she might be saying "Daaaa" for Daddy because she often says it when Marc's around. It is hard to definitively say if she is actually saying Daddy or just babbling. 

At eight months, Abigail is also sleeping 8 hours!!! Yippee.  While I was in Puerto Rico, Marc had Abigail sleeping through the night.  I should have left town months ago!!  Anyway, she has regressed a bit, but overall is doing significantly better with sleep.

Abigail also gives a sort of hug.  She puts her face in the crook of your neck and snuggles in for a little hug and then pops right back up to her alert position of looking all around--she did this to our pediatrician and melted her heart!!  And she also gives kisses by sucking your cheek--she's been doing that for a while. 

June 5, 2010 Abigail was eight months.  The pictures are actually from June 6--we were a day late!

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Assateague Island

We visited Assateague Island which is famous for its wild horses--and is only half an hour from where we stayed in Ocean City.

First stop: the visitor's center where Joseph was able to reach into the tank and pick up crabs, clams, and other "sea creatures."

 We saw the wild horses!
 Joseph and Marc took a little hike down to the water while I stayed in the car to feed and change Abigail (a theme of the trip).
 We rented a canoe, and even Abigail got a little life jacket.

 After realizing how shallow the water was, Joseph hopped out to see what he could catch with his net. No crabs, but minnows and mussles!  Also, it made the life jackets seem a bit ridiculous!
June 4, 2011

Friday, June 10, 2011

Ocean City

This year we decided to take little weekend trips instead of a big road trip. That way, there are only a couple nights in a row of terrible sleeping in the hotel with the cutest little baby ever. The first of our summer weekend trips:  Ocean City, Maryland!

Our little Abigail--see the ocean through our balcony window behind Abigail? I also wish you could see the seashells on her bloomers--very cute little beach outfit.
 Our hotel room opened on to a balcony overlooking the ocean. We ate dinner in the dark looking out at the ocean and hearing the crashing waves.

Joseph enjoyed all the funny little things along the boardwalk (as well as the pizza, fries, and ice cream...)

Abigail liked running her hands through the sand, but didn't like the way it tasted when she tried to put her whole face down for a big bite.

June 2-4, 2011

Thursday, June 02, 2011

Memorial Day

On Memorial Day, we visited the Accoceek Foundation's National Colonial Farm to learn about life on a colonial era tobacco farm. 

We were just across the river from Mt. Vernon. We spent a short stint on the fishing pier to let Joseph fish, but he didn't catch anything.
After leaving the farm, we visited the home of Frederick Douglas that is located in Washington, D.C.

The home was beautiful and view from the house of D.C. was spectacular.
We had just a few minutes in the visitor's center before it closed and we headed out to dinner. What a perfect holiday.

May 30, 2011

Wednesday, June 01, 2011

Puerto Rico

I went to Puerto Rico to present a paper at a conference. I was nervous about leaving the kids, but I think they all had a great time without me. Grandma Donna took me to the airport and watched the kids on Thursday afternoon; Marc took the day off Friday so they all had an extended weekend together.  By the time I returned, Marc had Abigail sleeping through the night! I should have left months ago! When they picked me up from the airport on Sunday, Abigail got really excited to see me--so I guess she didn't forget me! And we still had Memorial Day Monday to spend as a family.
It was a wonderful,whirlwind trip filled with things that I enjoy doing from my former pre-kids, pre-marriage life: peacefully reading a novel--The Help by Kathryn Stockett--on the plane,  eating mofongo at an outdoor cafe, getting eight hours of sleep one night, taking morning runs along the water, staying out all night with new friends at a local club featuring a live salsa band, eating authentic foods like rice and beans and root soup, and getting to meet and visit native Puerto Ricans when the woman on the plane offered me a ride to my hotel. I met two of her children and grandchildren and practiced my Spanish.
I explored the two forts in Old San Juan--which are very similar to the forts Marc and I have seen in our travels in the Dominican Republic and south Florida.
I loved the architecture and colorful buildings, but not the humidity!

The vast majority of my time I spent in the conference sessions.  I loved meeting new people and hearing about their research. However, that part is less exciting for my blog so I'll just include one photo of the group of presenters (and our moderator) for the session in which I presented.
I presented in the session "Addressing the Global Trends of Human Trafficking and Sexual Violence"

May 26-29, 2011

Abigail at play

Abigail has a great time playing! 

When Joseph was at preschool, Abigail had the cars and racetrack all to herself!
She likes bouncing and swinging in this little tigger bouncer.
Abigail gets right in the middle of the action when friends are over. 
May 24, 2011