Saturday, August 31, 2013

Labor Day Weekend

Our annual Labor Day weekend get-together with Nick, Ryan, and Marc:  This year, we had a breakfast on Saturday morning at the Kigin's in Maryland.

Outings with Joseph

Joseph and I  have started having some outings together. First, trying out Sweet Frog frozen yogurt.

Then, back-to-school supply shopping plus toy browsing, followed by ice cream. Joseph and I sat outside to eat, and he asked me if he could sit on my lap. I teared up, but tried not to show it. You don't cry on outings with a 7-year-old! 

Next, going to a Friday night concert at the Airforce Memorial. It was a little loud so we actually spent most of the time playing shadow games together in the adjoining parking circle. 

And our most recent outing was a trip to Menchies frozen yogurt and eating it outside by the Penrose fountain. Joseph thinks we should visit all the frozen yogurt places and find the best one. That's my boy!

Friday, August 30, 2013

Uncle Andrew

Uncle Andrew spent his summer vacation from college with us this year. The summer flew by, and we can't quite believe he is back at BYU already. It was a treat to have him here--the kids will always remember all the fun times and have a special relationship with Uncle Andrew since they have had so much time with him and gotten to know his wonderfully kind, gentle, and fun personality. I enjoyed chatting with him about his life and plans and opinions--and sharing mine too.

I've included pictures of Uncle Andrew and the kids at many of our fun summer outings in the summer blog posts--swimming, BBQs, beach day, etc.  But here are a few of Andrew in day to day life with the kids.

 Uncle Andrew, a great musician, taught Joseph piano lessons this summer.
Joseph loved piano lessons with Uncle Andrew. Abigail wanted them, too, so Andrew made her a little assignment sheet on a post-it note. She carried it with her everywhere.
Uncle Andrew read stories with Abigail, played soccer and baseball with Joseph outside for hours on end, and was the fun factor whenever we went swimming. He played the snake card game with Joseph every time we got in the car and swapped jokes with Joseph. He gave great advice to me on getting inside the head of a 7-year-old boy (he remembers how it felt to have a little sister get in his legos)! He taught the kids silly faces and even played the piano upside down for them!  We miss Uncle Andrew.

Uncle Andrew was a huge help around the house, too! He was the dishwasher and lawn mower while he was here. I called him my "dish fairy"--I went to bed with a kitchen full of dirty dishes every night and awoke in the morning to an empty sink. A few times, Marc and I put the kids to bed and left Andrew holding down the fort while we snuck out for a movie or ice cream or an evening walk.  These are the things young children's parents' dreams are made of!  

When we dropped Andrew at the airport, Anna started crying in her carseat on the way home. Abigail said, "Anna is sad that Andrew left."   I guess we all were!

Summer 2013

Monday, August 26, 2013


Our dear neighbor Bob still comes to dinner every once in a while. Since Joseph has been taking piano lessons this summer, he performed for Bob and then they played a duet together. Melts my heart seeing these two together!

August 26, 2013

Friday, August 23, 2013


Joseph is losing his! Anna is getting hers!

Joseph lost his top front tooth! He has also lost his two bottom front teeth (and a big one has already grown in to replace one of them!)  The tooth fairy left money the first couple times, and the third time: a CTR (Choose the Right) ring which he was thrilled about.  Lesson learned: he is still a sweet little boy who is more excited over a 50 cent trinket than a five dollar bill. I love that about him.

I was having the hardest time getting a photo of Anna's tooth (bottom front), so my dear friend Megan helped me out.  (And helped me out with an extra onesie after Anna dumped the waterbottle on herself at the park on a chilly day).

Tuesday, August 20, 2013


The sandbox was left uncovered during a rainstorm: pure delight!

Changing her baby's diaper--lots and lots of wipes!

July 2013

Monday, August 12, 2013

August Summer Days

Even though we went back to school, the summer fun wasn't over yet! One day after school, we walked over to the Penrose Fountain to cool off!

 Dad even joined us after work!

And we had another campfire party--our guests this time were an international bunch--a friend who recently returned from Pakistan, a family who moved here from Scotland, a friend who teaches World History and has traveled extensively, and a family who was leaving that week to live in Africa. The kids really got into ghost stories this time. And once again, we forgot to take pictures!

August 2013

Friday, August 09, 2013

County Fair

A summer fun event for after school one night:  The Arlington County Fair!

Grandma Donna & Grandpa Lincoln and Aunt Rachel & Aunt Elizabeth brought dinner over to our house, then we headed to the fair! We let the kids choose one ride. Joseph picked the swings; Abigail the carousel with Aunt Rachel.

9 months!

It has been a big month for Anna--she started scooting or "army crawling" and got her first tooth!
This month has also included raspberry blowing, peek-a-boo playing,and tigger bouncer bouncing.  We learned she does not like the swimming pool, but she loves the baby swings at the park.  She has tried all kinds of new foods and is a great little eater.  

She continues to have a sweet, happy disposition. And the best smile! This month I have had strangers ask to hold her and take pictures with her. I kid you not.  We have a celebrity baby, apparently.

She loves to be around her siblings and watch kids of all ages. She also loves to be held. At her 9 month check-up, she weighed a little over 17 pounds (35th percentile) and did not cry AT ALL when she had blood drawn (two vials) for her routine lead and iron testing.  She really is a happy baby--as long as mama is holding her. Just do not try putting her in bed. Or even sometimes putting her down at all :)  

Sporting her St. Louis Cardinals gear on her official 9 months--August 9

 August 9, 2013

Thursday, August 08, 2013

Screen time

In the waiting room at the pediatrician's office. I think it was an intense episode of Scooby-Doo.

We also had a family movie event. We showed the kids the old school "Chitty-Chitty Bang Bang" movie. Abigail did not move for the entirety of the 3 hour movie! She loved it!  She can be found explaining the plot to anyone who will listen; the woman next door gets a real kick out of it. Beware next time you see her, she may not be Abigail. She might be Jemima (the little girl in the movie) and she will giggle every single time you remember to call her that. And she just might assign you to be Truly Scrumptious or Mr. Potts, the grown-ups.

Wednesday, August 07, 2013

Getting in the Groove

On special days, Abigail gets to walk to pick up Joseph

Hiding in the oven

Drawing with the markers and new sketch pads in back to school package from Grandma Charlotte
Glad to have Joseph home!

Thursday, August 01, 2013

Back to School

August 1st was back to school for Joseph! He started 2nd grade at a new school, the neighborhood school for our new house. It is the only school in the district with a "modified school year," or year-round schedule. Joseph has a smart, dedicated, and kind first-year teacher, Ms. Carmichael. Joseph was pretty excited to learn that she has lived many places and was born in South Africa.

We're glad to be back to walking to school. Well, Joseph usually rides his bike while I walk behind with Anna and Abigail in the stroller (or Abigail in the stroller and Anna in the Bjorn).  But we all enjoy the fresh air to start our day (and run off a bit of energy after school).

One great thing about a new school is lots of new friends (and Joseph is great at making new friends)--plus keeping the friends from his old school. We went over to the playground at Patrick Henry after school one day in September after they went back to school. Joseph was greeted excitedly with hugs and smiles from his old classmates.