Saturday, November 29, 2008


I guess it needs to be past tense since the holiday is over and I'm just posting pics now....

We had a lovely intimate dinner for a change this year, just 6 people and JT at the head of the table. We were thankful for the good company of Grammy and Grandpa, Miss Meredith, and Grammy's cousin Jo. We broke out my Grandmother's china and crystal, and JT got to use the set of silver Tiffany utensils he received as a gift at his christening.

I was thankful the meal turned out well, even though some people would prefer to eat their shoes...

The weather was nice enough to take an afternoon stroll to burn off some calories, and I was grateful to not have to clean up after cooking all week!

The only food picture I took of the entire feast, a caramel apple cake with brown sugar buttercream. Mmmmmm!

All-in-all, another great day, another wonderful holiday. Peace out!

Monday, November 24, 2008

No laughing matter

Lesson learned from last week's playdate:
kidnapping Elmo is a serious offense - just ask Jack.

And here's Jack setting a bad example for Joseph by scaling the furniture and walking on the window ledge - no laughing matter there either.

Sunday, November 23, 2008

Mimi of Mine

We were so lucky to have our Mimi come for a visit last week! You already saw pics from our trip to the aquarium, but there was so much more. She came bearing gifts - a wonderful musical book that immediately got Joe Joe rockin', and his new favorite toy, the "tiger tail-football," which he loves to catch and try to throw back.

She helped us so unbelievably much. She pretty much babysat nonstop while Brent worked and I went off to the dentist and meetings. She fed him almost every meal too. And then there's her video skills, which we've all seen by now....

It was also time for a trim, since Joseph's last haircut was when Mimi last visited for his birthday party in July.

And one last gift before she left for Louisiana - a webcam! Now we can see Mimi and Poppy whenever we want!

Thanks Mimi! We love you and miss you already!

Friday, November 21, 2008

Do Re Me, Me, Me

The most amazing and unusual thing happened today: I had a "me" day.

I had off from work, yet our nanny was still scheduled to come. I hadn't scheduled a single other appointment as I normally would have on a free day like this. So today, I got to do whatever I wanted to do!
Brent brilliantly suggested I treat myself to a movie, and I saw what every other tween girl trapped in a 40 year old man's body would.

I was literally the only person in the theater! But hey, it was 11am on a Friday when most of the other girls are in school. And I loved it. I was also able to make it to the gym, do a little shopping, and hang out at Starbucks with an US Weekly and a white chocolate mocha.

And you're thinking: "That is so ____________!"
Gay? (It's OK, it totally is.)

So what would YOU do on a "You" day?

Thursday, November 20, 2008

"Tub Nugget"

A lovely phrase I've come up with. If you don't get it, you're not looking closely enough.

Seriously, this is not quite my type of humor, but several insiders (including the filmmaker, Mimi) insisted it needed to be shared with the world. I hope he forgives me.

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

The Age of Aquariums

Mimi is here for a visit, and since we thought Joseph was old enough to finally appreciate it, we roadtripped to Baltimore to check out it's well-known aquarium. We also got to see some friends that we really should see more often, since Baltimore is less than an hour away. The aquarium makes you check your stroller, but they give you a backpack to carry around the little ones. Joe Joe was not really thrilled to be strapped in that thing at 1st, but then he realized he had the best view, and it was smooth sailing after that.

After a while, my shoulders couldn't take the pressure anymore, so we had to let him loose. Pretty much every picture is the back of his head while he's staring at the fish and all the other exciting sights (which isn't so terrible, since his eye is really black now).

It's totally worth a visit! Next time we'll plan better, since there's also a dolphin show to catch, but someone needed a nap...

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Shine on!

Yesterday was just one of those days when you throw your hands up in the air and let your kid do whatever the heck he wants to do, as long as he just stops whining. Well, 2 minutes into that decision, which this particular time meant playing on the stairs, Joseph face-planted and screamed his head off. I was pleasantly surprised to find all of his teeth intact and no blood spewing from any orifice, but then I noticed the ping pong ball sized swelling on his eyebrow, which I just knew was going to turn into the most lovely shiner today:

Strong work, Daddy!

Truth be told, it doesn't look this bad in person. When his eye is open you can barely notice it's a little swollen. This angle just makes sure I feel really guilty.

Bummer is that we had a photo shoot scheduled today that we clearly had to cancel. Photoshop can only do so much.

Like father, like son

Or is it the other way around?

I got Joseph dressed 1st and ready to go for a walk in the crisp Autumn morning. As we're strolling along, I'm looking at him thinking he's so cute in all the new clothes we had to buy recently that will fit him though winter, like his adorable little jeans and sneakers, and striped sweater. Then I catch sight of my arm, and realize I'm also wearing a striped sweater. And jeans. And sneakers. And even a down vest too. Oh my...

So am I copying his style, or am I forcing mine on him?

(By the way, see how you can't really notice the black eye?)

Sunday, November 9, 2008

Sleepless in DC

Who would think this cute little angel could be causing so many problems in the middle of the night? We've been up 4 out of the past 7 nights for about 2 to 3 hours. Tonight we're going on an hour and 20 so far, but it sounds like he's finally drifting off.....

JT has always been a great sleeper, and this situation isn't really his fault. He just has a cold that he caught at a friend's dinner party last week, but unfortunately the congestion or a cough will wake him up, and then he just wants to be up. When we try to convince him otherwise, that's when the crying starts, and it's an uphill battle from there. Which, after being dead on my feet for the majority of the past week, leaves me and leads me to wonder why on earth people insist on bringing their kids out when they're sick?!?

Fall is funny!

It's hard to think of anything I love more than Joseph's laugh!

Saturday, November 1, 2008