Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Hot Wheels

Grammy and Grandpa came down for the weekend and brought a big surprise - a tricycle, the one that I used when I was a toddler. Having never ridden any kind of bike before, he did a pretty amazing job pedaling!

That was literally his 1st attempt at it, and he's gotten much better in just a day or two. Now we need to go buy a helmet.....and maybe even a new trike, one made this century.

Sunday, March 28, 2010

Staycation, Stage 3

Stage 3: Quality time without the kid.
We kept our nanny for the week so Joseph could stay with her and we could have some rare time together without him in tow. Was that so wrong??

It's been so long since we toured some of the famous sites of our city. There's a brand new visitor center at the Capitol Building, and we lucked into a public tour of the Capitol itself to boot.

Very cool to see the inside of the dome again (it's easily been more than a decade), especially having recently read "The Lost Symbol" by Dan Brown, which prominently features symbology in the architecture and artwork around DC. Especially "The Apotheosis of Washington," the painting at the top of the Capitol dome.

They also built a tunnel from the Capitol to the Library of Congress, which I had never been to in more than 15 years of living here. Hard to tell, but I'm reading "The Help" in the top picture. It is a library, after all. So far I've been keeping up with my resolution to read a book a month this year.

This building was Over. The. Top. Quite a bit ornate, but cool to see in person, and a nice thing to do on a leisurely day about town.

Staycation, Stage 2

Stage 2: Getting stuff done that haven't had the time to do. Get the cars serviced, run tons of errands, actualy get to the gym instead of just thinking about it. And finally, finally, finally having the house powerwashed and painted.

We've always loved the "weathered brick" look, but there was just way too much yellow paint in some areas for our liking. Since the paint on the dormers, window trim, and garage was literally peeling off in chunks, we finally needed to call in the professionals and get this taken care of. The powerwashing did exactly what we wanted it to do.

Much better! The result wasn't as impressive in the back, but I just love Joe Joe's little head sticking up at the bottom of the last picture that I had to post it.

Saturday, March 27, 2010

"Staycation" (in stages)

Many of you know we decided to take this past week off for vacation, but in the end decided not to actually go anywhere. It's amazing how fast the week went, but also how much we really did.

Stage 1: Spending quality time with the kid.

On Tuesday we headed up to Baltimore to see the aquarium again. It's probably been a year since the last time. All we said in the morning was, "I think we're going to see some dolphins later," and he was sold. Could. Not. Stop. Talking. About. It.

This is really a great aquarium! HUGE tanks with GIANT windows with ledges that the kids can stand on to get the best views. There were some BIG fish.

Of course we delivered on the dolphins! He loved every minute of it!

We actually got a family membership. One more visit in the next year and it pays for itself. Well, except for the stuffed animal dolphin you know we had to buy on the way out.

Friday, March 26, 2010

Handy Andy

Our little buddy Andrew turned 2 and had a construction themed party last Sunday. ( Hmmm, sounds familiar. But Andy wasn't able to come to ours in July, and I'm relieved I was finally able to pass on all those leftover party supplies.)

Joseph was able to dress the part by wearing his Tonka truck shirt (I'm gonna miss that - he'll definitely outgrow it soon), and was a big help with Andy's present.

They had a huge bounce house in their backyard :)
something we'd never be able to fit in ours :(
so we both took advantage and had a turn too ;)

Why is our kid obsessed with blowing out the candle?!?!? No one stands a chance when he's around. Probably shouldn't have sat him right next to it.

Happy Birthday, Andrew!

Thursday, March 25, 2010

When life hands you lemons,

make chicken piccata and a lemon layer cake.

This is a long overdue post about last weekend, when Missy was sweet enough to entertain us to celebrate both of our birthdays.

Mis always sets a fabulous table, and even had a separate kiddie table for the boys, complete with linen napkins and a flower vase.

Dinner was delicious (a great recipe by Giada, executed flawlessly by Missy), but the lemon pudding cake was just divine. One candle for each of us, and Will got to see what birthdays are all about.

What could be better than this? Good friends, good food, and our kids having the time of their lives together!

Long overdue thanks and props, Missy!

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Back in business!

Over the past week our computer system has been overhauled! We finally got our new Mac powerbook (and printer), and everything is finally installed, transferred, updated, and backed up. At least I think it is. I hope it is! So now I can get back to blogging.

There's plenty to fill you in on, but 1st and foremost is Brent's birthday, which was yesterday. We spent a great day together with Joseph and went to the aquarium in Baltimore. Then we surprised Papa with flowers, presents, and cupcakes - AND a babysitter, so we could go out for an upscale dinner alone.

We had to make sure Joseph got his own candle to blow out, or no one would ever get their wish.

Happy birthday, Brent!

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Me & My Shadow

We've been at the parks a lot enjoying these warm and sunny afternoons (70 degrees today!!). While walking around, Joseph randomly catches sight of his shadow and starts wiggling his hands around and watching what happens. Then he always says something like "See Mimi! See my shadow!?" Mimi taught him all about shadows last time she was here. He must think he has a direct line to her, that she can hear whatever he says to her whenever he says anything at all. So I told him we'd have to take a picture of our shadow and send it to her so she can see he remembers all the special things they do together. Love you and miss you, Mimi!

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Energizer Bunny

Joseph woke up early as usual on Saturday morning. He stayed awake the entire 3ish hour drive to Philadelphia. The hotel room wasn't ready when we arrived, so we couldn't put him down for a nap around his usual time. He finally fell asleep in his stroller walking around the city, but he only slept for about 40 minutes, max.

This did not effect him at all.
Here is a sample of his energy level around dinner time. It makes me dizzy.

Sunday, March 14, 2010

Philly Fun

As I mentioned, we went to Philadelphia last weekend. The main point was catching the annual Philadelphia Flower Show, which Brent has always wanted to see. I'd love to show you some gorgeous pictures I took, but as it happens we left all our luggage at the hotel since our room wasn't ready, and that included the 2 cameras that are usually glued to my hip. Oh well, there's always next year!

A perk of traveling to Philly is that my parents live close enough to pop over from Jersey, so they met us for dinner and got a chance to spend time with their adorable grandson (who by the way, was an absolute angel during a several hour dinner).

Here's some more from the sculpture plaza we came across. Giant monopoly game pieces - but interestingly no Scotty dog. Isn't that everyone's favorite?

Sunday morning we checked out the "Please Touch" museum, specifically geared for young kids to put their hands on everything.

Joe Joe got to operate an excavator, drive a race car, and steer a bus.

A touching "like father, like son" moment: in the kitchen Joseph pretended he was baking. Melts my heart!

He loved the grocery store too. What is it with this kid and carbs?

Very cool water play area, and they have waterproof smocks for the kids to wear.

Also a fun "Alice in Wonderland" zone, where we ended the day with a tea party next to the Mad Hatter and March Hare, and headed back to DC.