Sunday, June 11, 2017

Piano Recital

Abigail performed "Somewhere Over the Rainbow" and "Fiddler on the Roof" at the piano recital today.  She keeps time with her little body as she plays.

Joseph was slated to play as well, but his baseball team kept advancing in the playoffs so he had game we were not expecting. Luckly, he did all the preparation for the recital (practicing, memorizing his piece, etc.) so he got the benefits even though he didn't perform.

Anna was very sick so I actually stayed home with her--missing both the recital and most of the game.

Saturday, June 10, 2017

Abigail Rides A Bike!

This week Abigail turned the corner on two-wheel bike riding. She's got it down and LOVES to bike. This morning she woke up at 6:30 and was ready to ride around the neighborhood. It is so fun to see her accomplish this; she has been afraid and it didn't come easily to her, which most things actually do. It is wonderful to see her develop confidence and independence.  

Joseph's First Track Meet

Joseph's running club at school participated in a community track meet. He ran several events, including the mile in which he got a personal best: 6 minutes, 30 seconds. I think

Abigail & Anna

Sunday, June 04, 2017

2017 Baseball

I am so proud of Joseph! He has worked really hard this year! I love watching him play. 
It is fun to see how much he has improved--stealing bases with these leads that often require diving back for the base, hitting hard, making great plays in the field. And, most important to me, being a good teammate. 

His games have been mostly late this season so the girls have only been able to attend a few. Marc typically puts them to bed while I watch my boy play!  But on the occasions they have come, they enjoy the nearby playground with the climbing apparatus, or playing on iphones--this definitely is a new generation!!


Friday, June 02, 2017

Family 5k

Marc's work hosts 5k running events each month early on a Friday morning. Our family enjoys going together.  Joseph is getting quite fast!  

Saturday, May 20, 2017

Family Day at the Outdoor Lab

Arlington County School District has a property called the "Outdoor Lab," that they use for field trips, nature and science education activities. They had an open house day for families--we got to take a pontoon boat ride, go fishing, hold snakes, roast s'mores, and just have an all around great day! To make it more special, Grandma Charlotte was visiting from Missouri so she spent the day with us!

Friday, May 19, 2017

Girl Scouts

 Abigail joined Girl Scouts as a Daisy this year.  She enjoyed being with friends, especially friends from our neighborhood, Bella and Ebha. Luckily, there were many family nights as well so Anna was able to join in with the big girls. 

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Bike to School Day 2017

 These cute kids did bike to school day with Dad. Abigail was on the trail-a-bike with Abigail, and Joseph pulled Anna in the trailer!

Saturday, May 06, 2017

Spring Soccer

Abigail played spring soccer with a new team--including a friend on the street. She has loved it. I enjoy watching the girls play. They high-five and encourage each other all the time. Very cute.

During Abigail's first game, Anna practiced her rock climbing at the nearby stream.

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Abigail and Mom Go to NYC!

Abigail and I rode the early morning bus from DC to NYC! What  fun adventure! Abigail loved the big building (especially the Empire State Building, which reminded her of a favorite movie, "Elf").  She decided she is definitely a fan of NY pizza! We even had time to play at a playground (where I had a celebrity sighting--Lucy Lui apparently takes her child there on Saturday mornings too!!!)
Last, but not least, we met up with my dear friend, Rob and Megan Thompson Ingoldby who were visitng from England! Rob had run the Boston Marathon the week before. They stayed in the states to do some sightseeing, and I jumped at the chance to meet up with them in NYC! And what a delight to introduce my Abigail to my dear friends as well as an awesome city!

Friday, April 14, 2017

More Spring Break!

We also dyed Easter eggs, visited Gravelly Point park to watch the airplanes take off (and fish in the Potomac), played at the park, got slurpees, and just enjoyed being together!

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Spring Break 2017

On Thursday, we played tourist. We took an uber down to the Washington Monument, looked at the views, and walked down to the WWII Memorial (where we talked about what happened during World War II AND saw a taping of the TV show, Madam Secretary--a bit of Hollywood mixed in with our history lesson). We then walked along the reflecting pool--stopping to see the ducks-- down to the Lincoln Memorial. We had a picnic and watched the throngs of tourists--fascinating people watching, really. We walked over to the MLK memorial and then along the tidal basin, where the kids loved finding the fish swimming so quickly along the edges. We chatted with a park ranger who explained they are herring, which come here each year in the spring to spawn.  We also visited the Jefferson monument (and learned it was his birthday), and then capped off our day with a ride in the paddle boats on the tidal basin.  We took a taxi home--where I needed a nap! It was a wonderful outing, the first with three big kids. We didn't have a stroller and everyone is willing and able to use public restrooms (still with terror of auto flush, but we're getting there).