Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Happy, and we know it!

We showed Jack our "secret" park today. It's still within walking distance of our house, but no one ever seems to be there, so we always get the run of the place. Joseph discovered how fun Aunt Missy (his fairy Godmother) really is. She'll do anything to make him happy.

And as people with kids tend to do, we spontaneously broke into song, and the boys' reactions were too cute! Sorry you have to hear me sing. I'll make sure Missy is louder next time.

They're happy, they know it, and they really wanted to show it!
Hope you're happy today too!

Sunday, September 28, 2008

Same old, same old

Not much has been going on that's blog worthy lately - unless someone really wants to hear how many times I've tormented Brent to try to help me to figure out what Joseph is going to be for Halloween this year - so here's just a picture of Joseph that I think is really cute!

Saturday, September 20, 2008

I'm sew happy!

...that this quilt I've been making for Joseph is finally done and hanging in his room!

I went back and forth so many times just trying to decide if I was even going to do it.
Day 1: I'm not making a quilt for Joseph. He already has TWO gorgeous ones that Lance and Felicia made for him.
Day 2: How can I not make a quilt for my own son, when I love to quilt?
Repeat, for many months.
Until finally, there came a time when I wasn't making a quilt for anyone else, and I just had to run with it.
No surprise I went with a safari theme.

Joseph would like to show you a zebra. He loves to climb right up and point at the animals.

I'd like to show you my favorite, the elephant, as well as the king of the jungle, the lion. I love that the tails hang over the edges of the blocks and make it look more 3-dimensional.

I bought the blue polka dot fabric when we were in houston 4 months ago. The quilt was supposed to be a present for his 1st birthday. The top was actually done before his birthday, but then I got obsessed with the cake and party, so I didn't get to finish it until last month. Please don't tell him I was late!

What the F?

The boys learned a bad word this week that starts with an "F": Fence.

Jack has become too much of a "flight risk," so his parents fenced in the yard to keep him safe. He is clearly not pleased with their decision.

Joseph tried to be a good friend and spring him...

In return Jack tried to help Joseph learn how to walk a little better. Such sweet friends!

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

I "heart" OBX

What's not to love about the Outer Banks?
Heart shaped clouds:

Both an indoor pool and outdoor pool, complete with a separate kiddy pool:

The biggest sand box a kid could imagine:

Gorgeous sunrises visible from our balcony (which we saw daily since Joseph is a little rooster):

And spending time with the 2 people I "heart" the most:

Yeah, I think we'll go back!

Saturday, September 13, 2008

Cape Crusaders

Yesterday, after a lovely morning at the pool and a solid nap for Joseph, we drove south along the Cape Hatteras National Seashore to see the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse. As we took in the miles and miles of unspoiled beaches along the way, we were thankful hurricane Ike decided not to come this way and spoil our vacation. (Today we're thankful that all of our family in Houston are unharmed after Ike decided to visit them instead).

For you trivia buffs out there, this is the tallest lighthouse in the United States, and the tallest brick lighthouse in the world. It's over 200 feet tall, and in 1999 it was actually moved almost 3000 feet inland! You're not allowed a carry a kid up the stairs, so Brent and I had to takes turns climbing the 250 or so steps.

A view of the shoreline from the top:

A view from the top to the bottom:

A view from the bottom to the top:
(the little blue dot is Brent waving)

And this is what it takes to go off on a carefree little drive for the afternoon with 1 year old in tow:

Thursday, September 11, 2008

Duck, Duck, Goose

Here's a little preview of our trip to the Outer Banks in North Carolina (which is still in progress, but the resort has wifi access). We're staying in a town called Duck - how cute is that? For the trip, we bought this "beach shelter" from LL Bean, which 1 person should be able to assemble in minutes.....if it weren't for the wind, that is.

The biggest perk of "off-season" travel - no crowds. Not a soul in sight between our tent and the ocean (if you look really closely you can see Brent and Joseph near the water).

No one in the other direction either! But there are a few other people around. Just no one with school-aged kids. Only 4 or 5 more years before we have to travel based on the school year.

And here's our silly goose, charging right into the pounding surf without a care in the world, giggling when the waves crash against him.

Monday, September 8, 2008

1 small step for 1 big boy

It's a lightening quick 4 second video, but it's JT's 1st real independent steps!!!!

Well, not first 1st - it's not like he has the camera trained on him 24/7 (I'd love that, but we can't really afford the reality TV crew). But yesterday was the 1st time he did it, while Brent and I were both there, and then we made him repeat it a bunch more times so we could get it on video.

Sunday, September 7, 2008

He ain't heavy, he's my buddy

Jack came over today, and instantly realized that we have the same sports car as he does. So he just climbed right in, and Joseph just started pushing away. That's what friends are for!

Saturday, September 6, 2008

Party of 5

Last week I got to see firsthand what Joseph does while we're at work. I wound up taking him to the park around the same time of the day that our nanny usually brings him, and we ran into his "posse."

Willem, Luca, Austin, and Ethan are the 4 other boys on our street, and their nannies are friends with our nanny (that's how we found her), so they all go to the park together and play. Willem loves to push Joseph in the swing and play peekaboo with him, and the other boys bring him toys to play with in the sandbox and give him turns going down the slide. They are all such sweet kids and really seem to love being together. I guess it's good to know he's having fun while we're miserable being away from him.

Willem likes to pretend he's a cat, so you can guess which one he is.
And soon enough, when our neighbors have their little boy in October, we'll need reservations for 6!

Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Into the Wild

Hard to believe, but we finally made our 1st (of about 1000) trips to the National Zoo here in DC over the long weekend. It's sooo close, but I guess we figured Joseph wouldn't have appreciated it much before now.

In the "Bird House," Brent and Joe Joe were straining their necks checking out this interesting creature, which in the end turns out to just be a pigeon.

We never got close enough for Joseph to actually notice one of our famous panda bears, but he did get a thrill out of the baby elephant, who walked around, drank and sprayed some water, and then peed and pooped in front of everyone.

And here's the reason why I'm hardly ever in any pictures:

Brent just points and shoots, not even waiting to make sure you're ready. Then he gets upset when I make him take the picture over and over again. Oh well, everyone already knows what I look like, and we'd all rather see pictures of the baby.

Monday, September 1, 2008


Yeah, I know, anyone with kids has done the same thing, I'm sure. But this one's mine, and he's awfully cute!

(And this wasn't even with shampoo. Imagine the possibilities!)