Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Anna Bella

Anna is trying out teething toys and bumbo chairs....

After her immunizations, she got to nap in my bed, poor baby. Isn't she sweet?

April 2013

Just a few pictures

I'm so, so, so glad winter is over this year. But lest we forget some of the wonderful moments from these months in our family life, here are a few pictures of everyday life.

Isn't she just the cutest!?!!? Marc does baths with the kids, and I just had to snap this one!

Anna is such a sweetheart. This is Anna with me at a doctor's visit that turned into forever. She was as happy as can be.

Abigail likes to sit on the counter and watch me cook

Abigail reading in my bed, all "snuggy" as she says.

Two of Abigail's favorite activities are playing in her kitchen and dancing--I think she is combining both here.

Warm little Anna

Lots of sister time

Joseph loves being a big brother

Joseph wore these cougar paw gloves as slippers all winter. Thanks Aunt Elizabeth!
 From time to time, I find lots of pictures on my phone. Joseph enjoys taking pictures of Anna and legos.

Winter 2013

Monday, April 29, 2013


For me, life can be incredibly challenging with a two-year-old and a baby. I've found it can also be simply beautiful. I love these girls. And they absolutely adore each other.

A fort in Abigail's crib while we rearrange Joseph's room: both girls occupied and happy! Abigail was reading stories to Anna in their fort.

 With the arrival of spring, we ventured out in the double stroller. Picking up Joseph from school is a four mile round trip from our new house. The girls love it!

Even though the picture quality is terrible, this is one I will always treasure. It captures our little life these past few months where these two sisters cannot even be separated for a feeding!

April 2013

Friday, April 26, 2013

Dissertation Work with Mom

When your mom is a PhD student, you get to help with some field research...like going to an Ethiopian restaurant for lunch to find native Amharic speakers to review mom's instrument.

Hanging out in the bumbo while mom meets a deadline.

And visiting campus to help mom put the pressure on the powers-that-be to get the paperwork moving on her proposal.

It has been fun having these two girls with me on some of my doctoral work lately.  When we arrived for our most recent visit, word traveled fast that there was a baby in the building. Everyone we saw said, "I heard you were here." Anna showed off her charms; Abigail showed off why my dissertation work is slower than it used to be.  Abigail loved getting to make her first vending machine purchase--peanut m&ms-- and watching the Irish dance club performance on the patio of the student center.  Abigail is always excited when we need to go by "Cafolic" and announces our arrival as soon as she sees the tree-lined street and the first glimpse of the shrine.

April 2013

Thursday, April 18, 2013

Zoo again

Joseph had an early release day, so we headed downtown. We intended to make our first trip to the Washington location of the National Aquarium. But parking wasn't going our way so I made an executive decision to re-route to the zoo, where there are designated parking lots.

The zoo never fails us. We got to see the cheetahs up close, the zebras going "crazy" as Abigail described it (they were chasing each other around the pen and trying to bite each others faces--it was a little crazy), and the pandas. We saw a poor mama panda who looked miserable--laying on her side, panting. The volunteer explained that she may or may not be pregnant. Every single year she has the symptoms of pregnancy but it is only a few weeks before she delivers that it is evident if it is a false pregnancy or a viable one. I am glad I am not a panda. I am also glad I am not pregnant this summer!

Abigail loved the sea lions. The new exhibit is mesmerizing.

Joseph always loves to pose with the animal statues. Here he is sitting on a red panda.

April 17, 2013

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Good Morning World!


A grainy, arm-outstretched picture I took with all the kids in bed with me at the start of the day... Not a one sleeping, but happy to be all snuggled together. This is right before the mad rush to get Joseph off to school with homework finished, a stomach full of breakfast, a lunch packed...

Thanks for the comments and emails expressing concern for me and mine. We're surviving...and hopefully back to blogging regularly!

Saturday, April 13, 2013

The Henry Challenge

Joseph's school has an annual 5k called "The Henry Challenge."  The whole family joined in the fun.  Marc pushed Abigail in the stroller, I carried Anna in the Bjorn--we were all walking. Joseph ran the whole way--and lapped us. We then went directly to his baseball game--he didn't stop for a minute! 

 Here is Joseph just as he lapped us. I love that kid! I am chatting it up with a first grader in the background; maybe I should have been focusing on moving and I wouldn't have gotten lapped!

April 13, 2013

Assateague Island

We took a quick overnight trip to Assateague Island National Seashore
It wasn't quite camping season yet, but we had the place to ourselves. Friday night it was pretty cold and windy camping right along the beach, but by Saturday afternoon we had sunshine and blue skies. There are wild ponies on the island, a fantastic nature center, and neat marsh trails. On the way home, we stopped for dinner and Abigail was thrilled to try cotton candy for the first time. What a trip!

 April 11-12, 2014