Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Fun Run

Joseph ran in the Marine Corp Marathon Healthy Kids Fun Run.  He ran a mile on a course set up in the Pentagon parking lot.  He also rode his bike to and from the run, a total of eight miles.What a fun day!

October 27, 2012

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Halloween Party

Marc ran the outdoor fire pit, s'mores, and ghost stories for the ward Halloween party this year. Joseph was involved in everything at the party--the mummy wrap contest, the doughnut eating contest, the costume contest (he was a lumberjack), trick-or-treating, games, eating dinner as well as visiting Dad at the fire pit.... He was off on his own and every time I saw him, he was involved in something new.

I basically chased Abigail during the party--she didn't trick-or-treat, just ran around the church like she owned the place and never stopped until Grandma Donna offered to take us home.  Abigail seems to have gotten a burst of energy lately.

Our pumpkin sitting still for five seconds while we were setting up.

The fire was a hit!
October 26, 2012

Monday, October 29, 2012

Saturday fun

Marc took an 88 mile fall bike ride with some friends. They call themselves the MAMILS (middle aged males in lycra).  Nice mental image, eh?  Anyhow, he said it was a perfect day--gorgeous weather, good friends, challenging ride.  They rode down into D.C., west into Maryland, and then they hopped on a ferry to cross the Potomac River back to Virginia.  Isn't Marc hot stuff?!

While Marc was on his ride, I took the kids to the zoo. We had a classic D.C. experience: an hour sitting in traffic to get to the zoo which is less than 10 miles from our house. It was 8 AM on a Saturday morning, I thought we would be safe. But, the kids were good sports about it so I can't complain.

At the zoo, we checked out the new American Trail which has sea lions and wolves--very cool. We also went through the small mammal house and Big Cats area this time. Of course, we had to stop by the pizza play area down in the kids' farm, which as it turn out is the only place I remembered to take pictures.

October 20, 2012

Day off School

Joseph had a couple days off of school for parent-teacher conferences. (Side report: his teacher loves him and enjoys his comments, kindness, and leadership in class--music to a mother's ears).  Marc took a day off while Joseph was off, too. Since I had a meeting with my dissertation committee to prepare for my proposal defense, Marc took the kids to the Franciscan Monastery of the Holy Land in America, a spot he's been wanting to go explore for awhile.  No playgrounds for our kids! Ha! 

Joseph in the replica of the catacombs

Afterwards, we all went with our realtor for yet another unsuccessful day looking at houses.  But it was still fun to be together--and a beautiful day.  We took the kids out for Cici's pizza that night, which ended up being Joseph's favorite part of the day. But Marc and I committed we never would go there again (ranks right up there with Subway on our list of restaurants to avoid).

I mean, really, who wouldn't want to buy a house in this neighborhood?

October 19, 2012

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Sunday Visits

Michael and Lila Pendergrass were in town this last weekend. They came over to our house for lunch after church and then went out with Marc and the kids to the Kigin's place in Maryland. 

Somehow Joseph convinced Wyatt and Parker to give them free rides.

Marc said Abigail got as many rides as she wanted; I think these boys are a little in love with her. Who wouldn't be?

 But the truth is this girl wants to be behind the wheel!

 October 14, 2012

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

New Glasses

Joseph  got new glasses. He picked them out all by himself. Isn't he a sweet, handsome boy?

The never-ending attempt to get Abigail to stay still for a picture. I actually think this picture could be quite cute if I knew how to edit photos and crop out the car and trash cans in the background.

October 14, 2012

Monday, October 22, 2012

Biking with Dad

On Saturday, there was a ward picnic at a park about five miles from our house. Most of that way could be traveled on a rail to trail bike path.  Marc took Abigail in the baby seat, and Joseph rode his own bike!  I joined them in the car. 

They stopped to visit a caboose-turned-museum along the former railroad line.a

Blowing the train whistles.

Once they got to the picnic, the kids were off playing right away. This sweet little girl in our primary class loves Abigail; she and her BFF doted on Abigail the entire time.  Abigail soaked up every minute.
October 13, 2012

Sunday, October 21, 2012

CUA Lunch

Sometimes I pick up Marc from work during lunch and zip over to Catholic University to meet with a professor while he watches the girl (and the boy before he was in school).  They explore the National Shrine or run around campus, or this day--snap a few pictures before playing in Mother Mary's garden.  We all enjoy seeing each other in the middle of the day; it is just one of the ways we've made this full-time PhD program work for us.

Is she the cutest thing you've ever seen or what?!?!?
 October 11, 2012

Saturday, October 20, 2012

Weekend with Aunt Rachel

Marc and I went to West Virginia overnight and left the kids with Aunt Rachel. The kids had a wonderful time, and Aunt Rachel was even talking to us when we returned home--despite Abigail's 5:30 AM wake up.

Look at these peaceful children at Aunt Rachel's house. She is a magic worker!

Abigail checking out the statue at the American History Museum. Aunt Rachel took, the kids to meet up with Grandma & Grandpa for a museum visit and then lunch at the Silver Diner. 
October 7-8, 2012

Friday, October 19, 2012


When I was pregnant with Abigail and had three weeks left, I was mourning leaving the blissful state of pregnancy.  With Joseph and Abigail, I loved being pregnant. After the first pukey trimester, I felt good and energetic. I enjoyed the pregnant "glow" and feeling the baby move and the anticipation. I even enjoyed the belly (and not having to worry about having a flat tummy). With Abigail, I was able to ride a bike almost to the end. People were very kind to me when I was pregnant. Strangers on the street told me how beautiful I was. It was nice.  I thought if the whole world would treat each other like I was treated while pregnant, we'd really have a peaceful place. 

This time, pregnancy has been a whole different ballgame (maybe because I'm chasing a toddler this time; a toddler who wakes up at 5:30 AM--if we're lucky--today it was the 4 am hour; maybe because I'm "older"; maybe just because every pregnancy is different).  I've tried (not always successfully) to be upbeat and mostly tell people I feel good, but the truth is that almost every single day of this pregnancy I have felt physically miserable!  I know that I still have easy pregnancies compared to my friends who get hospitalized because they cannot keep any food down, or are on bed rest for months on end. And even more importantly, I recognize that so many of my dear friends wish they were pregnant, but are not.

So my complaints really are petty--swollen ankles, sausage fingers, not able to close my hand into a fist because I'm too swollen, limping when I walk, completely out of breath after a flight of stairs, dripping sweat after walking the mile to and from Joseph's school, raging heartburn, a belly that will not be contained by most of my maternity clothes anymore, and a bunch of other symptoms not fit for the blog (but which really should be talked about somewhere before you experience them!!)  If I ever had the pregnancy glow this time around, it has certainly rubbed off and I'm at that haggard looking phase where everyone asks, "When are you due!?!?!!?" 

But I saw a friend's beautiful little newborn daughter on Sunday. She was so tiny and sweet; I was reminded why I'm doing this.  We're going to have a beautiful little baby at our house ...soon!

Waterford Fair

One of Marc's family's favorite traditions is the Waterford Fair.  This year Marc and the kids joined his parents, Rachel, and good friend Christy for a perfect fall day. 

I think Abigail loved the kettle corn!

These two would make great seat-mates in a one-room school house.

Joseph pretending to be in trouble!

Abigail checking out the BEES!

Fife and drum corps

Civil war re-enactor who was patient enough to answer Joseph's supply of questions

The highlight of Joseph's day:  FENCING LESSONS!

I love his look of concentration

The troubador who took a liking to Abigail and serenaded her throughout the day.

 Rachel and Christy taking care of Abigail!

October 6, 2012