Thursday, September 29, 2011

Missing Mimi

Joe Joe always looks forward to visits with his grandparents, and he flat-out absolutely adores his Mimi. They are just 2 peas in a pod.

We dropped Mimi off at the airport on Tuesday but stopped at Gravelly Point on the way home to have a picnic and wait for her plane to take off.

Joseph waved and yelled goodbye at every plane until he started to complain about the loudness. We decided that last plane was Mimi's and returned home to find a special note from her with a countdown of the days until we see her again - which happens to be next week, so we won't be missing her for long.

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Dear Old Dad

Last week my Dad celebrated his 80th birthday! On Saturday we took a quick trip up to NJ to be there for the lovely birthday dinner Mom arranged at a local restaurant. My Dad is the greatest guy in the world!

In case you can't see the littlest member of our dinner party in the group photo, here he is all dressed up. Such a cutie!! Who doesn't love a toddler in a blazer?

That adorable little guy sure loves his Grandpa too. And cake. He loves Grandpa's birthday cake too.

Aside from the 1st photo, my niece Sami took over photography responsibilities for the night. She did a great job and made sure to gets pics of all the guests - Dad's siblings, my siblings, and our families, including our special guest Olga (Brent's mom) who was visiting from Louisiana.

What do you get a man who has everything and says he needs nothing? A case of red wine, which I like to call "the Italian fountain of youth."

Happy birthday, Dad! We all love you so much and hope we made it a special night for you!

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Safe Driving

"Daddy, can I strap Bear in with me so he will be safe?"

Well, of course! Quick road trip to NJ this weekend, details to follow.

Saturday, September 24, 2011

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Model Patient

What did I do in life to deserve this little angel of mine? He never fusses at the doctor or dentist! This afternoon he sat there completely still biting down on this thing in his mouth to take routine X-rays, then let the whole team get in there to clean his teeth and didn't budge an inch.

Can't say the same about all the patients I see at work.

Tuesday, September 20, 2011


Can it truly be that there are people with kids in the DC area that have never been to our beloved Turtle park? An impromptu playdate on Sunday with Jon William and Simon introduced them to our little gem of a neighborhood playground, and now they're converts.

As I told my friend Julie on the way in, it's only a matter of time before her kids discover the dirt hill and start rolling trucks (or themselves) down it. Dusty, dirty, whatever you call it, it's a kid magnet and every little boys dream come true.

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Sprint FOUR the Cure

I've declared myself a runner for some time now. The thing is, running is generally such a solitary sport. I've often thought about running a 5 or 10K just to see what it's all about. My friend Mallory, who is new to running, needed some inspiration and a goal to motivate her, so she did some research and found some runs for us to sign up for - the 1st one being the annual "Sprint FOUR the Cure," sponsored by the Four Seasons hotel, benefitting the Washington Hospital Center Cancer Institute. It's a 5K run/walk along the beautiful C & O canal in Georgetown to raise money for cancer research. Yesterday was the big day!

It was a really fun event, and think I get it now. It's about having fun and doing something as a collective for a good cause. While there are prizes, it's not competitive at all. In fact, I never tried to run my best time. I ran the 1st mile along with Mallory, then went ahead at my own pace. Then oops! I had put my headphones on and not heard the person telling me I had reached the turnaround point, so I just kept going. I realized after a while that there wasn't another soul running anywhere near me, so I finally turned back. I probably ran an extra mile, but the good thing was that I caught back up with Mallory and I ran the last mile to the finish line with her. She did an awesome job, completing a full 5K for the 1st time in her best time ever!

I had just purchased a new pair of running shoes 2 days before and wore them for the 1st time that morning. When I got back home, the 1st thing Joseph said to me was "Wow, those are really cool shoes!" You think?

Well, now I'll be wearing them for an 8K next month and a 10K in December!

Friday, September 16, 2011

Three Amigos

Joseph has been great friends with Julia and Sara from way back to our Gymboree days. We used to meet up at "open gym" once a week, and we've kept up getting together for weekly afternoon playdates for a few years now. We checked out Hadley's Playground for the 1st time this week, and other than running all over the place, the kids all loved this tire swing the most. Perfect for 3!

Julia & Sara had their 4th birthday a few weeks back. So sweet, Joseph really enjoys giving presents to his friends. Robyn threw a great carnival themed party with face painting (although Joseph flat out refused to even get a tiny tattoo), balloon animals, carnival games, and a super cute ferris wheel cake made by their grandparents.

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

The Same, But Different

I've never had to make quilts for twins before. Hmmmm. Matchy-matchy? Completely different? Coordinating? Yes, coordinating! Similar, but not exactly alike. Twin boys with a blue & green nursery, each with an assigned color.

Yes, I stared at those quilts long enough before assembling them and decided one definitely read more green, the other more blue. Definitely. Maybe? It's intended to be subtle. But to emphasize the difference the 2 are quilted with different color thread and have different color binding and backing.

Then there's really no question whose is whose when you flip them over. Green for Declan (the older by a minute), blue for Jacob. The back of each is essentially an elongated version of the basic quilt block from the front (using a great tutorial from "Film in the Fridge"), a rectangle & 2 squares with white sashing, which is rotated in different directions for interest.

And off they were shipped to New Orleans, hopefully arriving today.

I didn't quite realize until now it's been a full 3 months since they've been born! But they came 2 months early and I had other projects going (yes, blame Jackie and vacation), plus 2 quilts takes twice as long. Hopefully the Rivers family will forgive me. Welcome Declan and Jacob!

Monday, September 12, 2011

Back to School

How far behind the times am I? School started 2 full weeks ago! Guess we were more excited for his first 1st day of school last year.

Still, it was important enough for us to both take the day off to walk him there. This year Joe Joe is a Leopard. A good number of his friends are back from the Bears class, as is 1 of his wonderful teachers from last year, Miss Kasia. They move to the BIG classroom in the back. More space and more toys!

So funny: all of the boys ran to each other and gave big hugs and immediately started playing house - making breakfast, ironing, changing the baby, washing dishes......while the girls were all tossing a ball around. No gender stereotypes for these preschoolers!

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Marble Run Fun

Another rainy day. Another rainy day activity. This one took a nice long time to set up and get just right. In fact, as you'll see, 3rd time's a charm.

Thanks again to Ethan as well as Julia & Sara who picked out "marble run" sets for Joseph's birthday!

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Rainy Day Activity

Apparently, a very hands on activity.

After preschool, lunch, playing trains, cars, Connect 4 and Zingo, but before a movie (to give me a break) on this dreary day, JT and I made Reese's peanut butter cup ice cream. He was into it. Quite literally.

Monday, September 5, 2011

Hard to say....

.....what it is that I love about this simple little picture the most.

Maybe that our darling boy has learned to love the Tigers so much that he wore his game day jersey to sleep in and still had it on while eating breakfast the next morning. Maybe that breakfast consisted of blueberry muffins that he and I made together the day before, which are paired with the green apple slices that he and I both love. Maybe that Lightening McQueen is such a motivating force in our lives that he shares many meals with us. Or maybe that our kitty Simon is sound asleep on the table while much is going on around him. Regardless, it's life, and I love it all!

Saturday, September 3, 2011

Fightin' Tigers!

Hey! Fightin' Tigers! Fight all the way! Hey! Fightin' Tigers! Win the game today!

Yes, it's that time of the year again.