Sunday, December 31, 2017

After Christmas Fun

Jospeh and Marc went skiing in Masannuten

The girls and I had a movie night with Aunt Elizabeth and Aunt Rachel. We ate white chocolate popcorn and watched Wonderwoman.
 AND visited the library....Abigail checked out her first Nancy Drew book. And I still can't get over little Anna sitting down and reading a book, cover to cover!

AND, we invited over our neighbor and baked & decorated sugar cookies.

When Joseph was back, we finished off the year with a trip to our favorite, the Baltimore Aquarium. It is one place where all three kids can be entranced--despite their difference in age and developmental stage. I love this shot of them watching the dolphin research presentation/show.

It's been a good one, 2017!

Swinging in the basement

When it gets too cold to jump outside on the trampoline, our kids can still get some energy out in the basement, where Marc has made a swing from the rafters. 

Monday, December 25, 2017

Christmas in DC

This year we joined the Oliphant Family for all of the Washington, DC Christmas traditions!
The Muppets Christmas Carol & pizza and John & Gwen's
The US Botanic Gardens
The National Tree outside the White House
Christmas Day at Grandma and Grandpa's 
Zoo Lights & Grandpa's Birthday at Rachel's house

Saturday, December 23, 2017

The Nutcracker

One of the delights of Christmas--The Nutcracker. 
This year, Aunt Rachel joined the girls and me at the Warner Theater to see The Washington Ballet. Then, the trip home we took the metro--which is always quite the treat when you are 5 and 7. 

Thursday, December 21, 2017

Tea Party with Ms. O'Donnell

The girls have been blessed with the most wonderful teacher: Kathleen O'Donnell. On the last day of school, she invited us to her house for a tea party. We had a delightful time.

Gingerbread Decorating with Anna

Sugar filled mornings are the best when you're 5. I am the parent helper this year in Anna's class so I got to help with the holiday house building!

Friday, December 08, 2017

Spirit of the Season

I got to go on the first-grade field trip to see the US Airforce Band Christmas Concert! 
Abigail and I had a wonderful time together.  We especially loved the sing-a-long portion. After each song, Abigail begged in a whisper, "One more, please!"

Wednesday, December 06, 2017

Welcome Christmas!

Joseph and Abigail reading together in the early morning before school.

Below is a note that Abigail wrote for Santa. (It reads: Dear Santa, Please give toys to poor people, Love Abi.)

Monday, December 04, 2017

Happy Birthday Aunt Rachel!

We celebrated Rachel's birthday this year with a month of celebrations. We culminated it with a trip to NYC to see the Rockettes at Radio City Music Hall. Our friend Josh was in the show, and Matt traveled all the way from Sweden to roadtrip up to NYC with us for Rachel's 40th! 

Girls Night Birthday Dinner to Celebrate Rachel at Due South in DC

Family Party at the home of  John & Gwen 


After the show!

Rachel and I got to see Phil Racz perform with the Brooklyn Accordion Club
Shun, Josh, me, Rachel, and Matt brunching at the Blue Dog

Rockefeller Center at Christmas!!

Sunday, November 26, 2017

Thanksgiving in Jamestown, Virginia

We visited the Jamestown Settlement for Thanksgiving this year. We learned that there is a friendly debate between Virginia and Massachusetts over who truly hosted the first Thanksgiving.

We enjoyed the living history recreations of a Pohawatan Village, colonial fort, and ships.

Then, we had Thanksgiving dinner at Denny's, where there is something for everyone in our crazy family...steak for my poultry allergic husband; veggie burger for plant strong me; macaroni and cheese & mashed potatoes for Abigail; spaghetti for Anna; and Joseph got a traditional turkey dinner!

On Friday, we went to the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown before heading home. On our way back to DC, we stopped at Bass Pro--and the kids got to meet Santa. Let the Christmas season begin!