Friday, October 28, 2011

First Bike Ride

The good news for this bike ride loving family:  Abigail liked her first bike ride!

We were all so excited for Abigail to turn one because that is the minimum age for the baby bike carrier.  Joseph loved seeing his sister enjoy one of his favorite activities.

October 23, 2011

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Happy Birthday Abigail!

Can you believe she is a year old? We've had our little angel face for a whole year! 
We love you Abigail! 

At one year Abigail is crawling all around, but not standing or walking. She has four teeth--two on the bottom, two on the top. She can say mama, dada, JJJJJJ (for Joseph), yes, night. She can tell you what a dog says; she can show you where her head is, and she is very good at shaking her head and waving her hand to tell you she does not want to take any more bites of food.  She isn't sleeping through the night, but she has given up her morning nap. She loves people, loves the park, loves to swing. She loves to play with her big brother and loves to go pick him up from school. She is mostly bald, but what hair she does have is blonde. She squeals and chatters and is such a happy, social baby. She has become my little buddy and likes to go with me to the store and sit up in the cart--smiling and flirting with everyone along the way.

For Abigail's birthday, I took her to the park to swing on our way home from dropping Joseph off from school. Then I took her to have her one-year-photos, and of course she charmed the photographer--even though she refused to pose in a standing position holding my hands. She just won't put her feet down when we try to get her to stand.

Then, when Marc got home (don't you love the just bike home from work look?) we had a little party for Abigail. Joseph insisted on party hats.

 Mama and baby--we've come a long way since last year, little one.

 Oh my gosh. Could they be any cuter?

Grandma Charlotte sent one of her famous boxes in the mail--all kinds of presents to unwrap--balls, a book, stuffed animals, puppets, and lots of treats for the whole family. There was also a card that plays music when you open it--Abigail immediately started dancing. And everytime she opens it she starts dancing; we've tried to capture it on video, but no luck yet.
We sang happy birthday and Joseph helped Abigail blow out the candle in her strawberry icecream.

October 5, 2011

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Old Friends

 Marc's good friend Nick just got home from a year traveling abroad.  Ryan and Melissa hosted a dinner in Nick's honor.  Nick, Ryan, and Marc go way back.
Nick brought Melissa and me scarves from India.

Ryan and Melissa have three little boys and the most fun kid-house ever. Joseph had a blast.

October 2, 2011

Bath time

October 2011

October 1st

At our house, the first of October means HALLOWEEN!  We decorated for Halloween, started playing spooky music, and baked some delicious fall treats. Welcome October!

October 1, 2011

Penrose Neighborhood Picnic

September 10, 2011

School Days

Joseph has taken the kindergarten of Patrick Henry by storm. He loves it; they love him. He can't seem to get enough; I mean this kids gets excited on Sunday night because he gets to go to school tomorrow!  He rides his bike to school and I follow behind with Abigail in the stroller. He waits for me to cross the streets, and he and the crossing guard have a nice chat each morning waiting for me to catch up.

At back to school night, Joseph got to bring home the first portion of the "All About Me" book he is writing.

Joseph and his new friend Natalia.
Joseph's favorite toy is his teddy bear, Mr. Bear. Please note that Joseph started spelling his name Josef because it is shorter!!! 
Joseph's favorite color is blue; this page cause a great deal of concern for Joseph. He has several favorite colors, but his teacher told him he could only have one favorite color for this book. He started asking everyone what their "favorite, favorite" color is. 
Our family on the first day of school.

Sending our guy off. I didn't cry, I think I had done that enough the previous few months everytime I thought about it.  It took Joseph about a week and a half to decide he liked school.  The first day when I asked how it was, he answered, "Boring."  I think he was a bit surprised that you have to sit at your desk all day--and he told me that they only get to play with the toys during recess. He told me kindergarten was nothing like preschool and that his teacher "is no Ms. Anita."  One day during the first week he said he wished he was still four so he could go to preschool.  And, of course, we will always have a special place in our heart for Ms. Anita and her preschool--(Joseph even asked to go visit her when he had a day off of school this month).

But he has decided he likes school. I don't think he is learning anything academically, but he's have a wonderful social learning experience. I'm happy for him.  

Truthfully, I still miss him terribly. But I go in once a week and have lunch in his classroom. He is thrilled to see me and runs for a hug and introduces me around to everyone (isn't is nice he isn't embarrased of me yet?)

Good-bye Summer

We bid farewell to summer on Labor Day with a day trip to Sandy Point Beach on the Chesapeake Bay. It was a perfect day--we grilled bratwurst and enjoyed the beach. I had a sprained foot so I sat and read a novel and drank a Diet Coke while Marc took the kids on the nature trail.   A perfect day!

I had a hard time letting go of summer this year--most likely because I knew it meant my little treasure would be heading off to all-day kindergarten.

September 5, 2011

Home from vacation

We made it home from our trip just a few hours before Hurricane Irene hit Washington, D.C.

We harvested our watermelon and enjoyed playing (or chewing) the toys we missed during vacation--as we had an extra day of vacation since everything was cancelled due to the hurricane.

August 27, 2011

Lake Erie

On one of our days at Allegany State Park, we took a day trip.  We stopped by Chautauqua, New York which is the home of the amazing Chautauqua Institution. Someday we'd like to spend a week or two there.  Then we headed on to Presque Isle State Park which is a peninsula in Lake Erie. 

 Our family with Lake Erie in the background.

 Abigail is so delightful--she waves at everyone with an adorable backward wave. As I'm walking along holding her, she often waves and squeals at people behind us.  She's flirting everywhere we go!

Presque Isle was a great park with beaches, boat rides, a light house, hiking and biking trails....But no camping so that is why this was a day trip.

We also stopped at the Tom Ridge Ridge Environmental Center, which is the park's new nature and education center. Joseph and Marc took this picture of Abigail and me from the roof exhibit.

 More educational moments:
August 25, 2011


I love to see Abigail and Joseph enjoying each other. During our trip, they had a great time together, especially during the car rides when they enjoyed laughing with each other. While we were on our way home, Marc captured this video. You can't see Joseph, but you can hear him laughing--as he tries to get Abigail to laugh.

Joseph also really enjoyed listening to The Music Man soundtrack during our drive. I brought a collection of books on cd--he's working his way through the Ramona books right now, as well as music--Mama Mia, Sound of Music, and Music Man. He really loved the Music Man--and so we all listened and danced and sang along.

August 27, 2011


One of the highlights of our trip for Joseph was spotting wildlife. He made a list of all the animals we saw: bear, geese, deer, praying mantis, chipmunk, dolphin, woodpecker, frog, swan, racoon, salamander, woodchuck... to name a few.

August 2011

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

By Popular Demand

The artist known for his original rendition of "Darci and Tracy" has released another original recording destined to hit the big time, "Big Trucks, Little Trucks"


Monday, October 17, 2011

Silver Linings

Sometimes it's just one of those days, or weeks, or months. But, today I was reminded that there are always a few good moments mixed in with the rest.

This morning I was not happy to begin another day. Abigail slept poorly, again. Boo.  Between these two children of mine and this darn PhD program, I'm learning how little sleep a human being can actually survive on. Survive, not thrive.

I'll blame it on aforementioned lack of sleep, but I was pretty snippy with Joseph in getting him off to school this morning. Boo.  That's not the mom I want to be.

Next, I took Abigail to her one-year check up.  She is not gaining weight. I've tried so many of your great suggestions--pudding with pure cream, breakfast sausage patties, ice cream, avacado, but to no avail. They are running more tests--blood work, stool samples, the works. Boo. 

However, the happy news is that she is darling and beautiful and cheers up everyone around her. The doctor called her "a beautiful rose" and said it is hard to be worried about her when you look at her, (but then you look at her growth chart and realize we need to check more things out). She even gave smiles to the nurse who gave her four shots!

Also, today I had three different people tell me she looks like me when she smiles. I couldn't ask for a better compliment.

And, today I had both kiddos with me while I was getting our flat tire fixed at Costco, and a woman told me she could really tell I enjoy my children by the way I interact with them.  I really do enjoy them; even when I'm a grumpy mom.

One last bit of silver lining: my hometown team is headed to the World Series!  Go Cards!