Tuesday, March 29, 2011

"Dress Up with Grown Ups" Gala

On Saturday we attended a function celebrating the 25th anniversary of the Medical Care for Children Partnership Foundation. MCCP funds health care for something like 8000 children of underserved and uninsured working families in Fairfax County. Much of this care is provided by Kaiser Permanente, and my ever impressive partner just happens to be on the Board of Directors of this wonderful organization. Since children are the focus of MCCP's mission, they're included in the fun and festivities.


Joseph looked soooo freaking cute in his coat and tie, but he wasn't in the greatest mood for picture taking so the best I got was in his carseat on the way there.

Here's the full view.


How cool that there was a fire engine parked outside for the kids to explore! Joseph and Trey made quite the dapper duo on board.

Monday, March 28, 2011

Concentration

Not many 3 1/2 year olds can pedal a big boy bike.
The tongue definitely helps.

Sunday, March 27, 2011

Zoo, take 2

We loved our 1st trip to the Audubon zoo so much (hard to believe it was 2 years ago!) that we knew we had to go back again now that Joseph was a little older. We made sure to get there bright and early this time and really did spend the full day there.



He kept checking the map and telling us what he wanted to see next. Too cute!



He loved feeding the turtles, but his favorite part was when Mimi treated him to a ride on the carousel. Lord knows why he refused to sit on an animal and chose a bench instead, but his smile shows it was the perfect way to end a fun day.


Thursday, March 24, 2011

Audubon Aquarium Adventure

I love that a 7 day vacation can give me enough to (intermittently) blog about for weeks. Hope you feel the same....

We spent the last 2 days of our Louisiana trip in New Orleans to enjoy the city once the madness of Mardi Gras was over. We wanted to take Joseph to the great aquarium and zoo they have. Maybe it's the Pisces in me, but I love me a good aquarium.


I especially love when they have a walkway through a giant tank and you can watch the fish, turtles, and in this case stingrays swim over your head.



In another area they had a stingray petting pool!



I'm a big fan of seahorses for some unknown reason.


And I also love the giant underground tanks where it's dark and quiet and cool and you can just lose yourself in the serenity. Except for when the shark is swimming right toward you. Even Joseph ducked.


Aquariums bring out the big kid in everyone!



Wednesday, March 23, 2011

B Day



I guess, more technically, it's B's Day. Joe Joe and I spend a nice part of the afternoon doing this simple little craft. I got the clipart cupcake online, then I gave it my interpretation and Joseph ran with his. Then I asked him what he wanted to say to his Papa on this special day and wrote it in the card.

We also stopped at Georgetown Cupcake and Maggiano's Italian restaurant so we could buy at least half of what he listed. He let me know exactly which cupcake he wanted. Boy doesn't mess around.



In case you didn't catch how old Brent is today, Mr. The King is sporting Papa's number.


Hope you had a great B day, B!

Monday, March 21, 2011

I like Mike

Everyone was driving home the day after Mardi Gras. We decided to drive part of the way with them so we could all stop in Baton Rouge at the LSU campus where Brent & his brother Glenn went to college. B was excited to show Joseph Tiger Stadium and introduce him to Mike the tiger himself. Is it just me or does it seem odd to have a wild animal caged in the middle of a college campus?



The boys were all excited to see Mike.


Mike just wanted to nap.


But you know they gotta have a gift shop. Consolation prize!


Welcome to your future, boys. I see no way around it.

Sunday, March 20, 2011

I love a parade!

I never did post much about Mardi Gras, did I? Here's a little recap. You know it's all about the parades.


Great fun to watch all the floats go by, see the beads flying through the air, and share in the excitement, especially with the kids.




I don't think Leyton's feet ever touched the ground!

The parades go on for hours so we get to spend lots of quality time with family.





Here's a small sampling of 1 night's loot that the kids caught. In addition to beads they throw all kinds of different things like footballs, frisbees, stuffed animals....


....and a Saints bobblehead....


....dolla' bills, y'all!....


....sugar, sugar, sugar....



....masks, hats, wigs, more beads....



....recycled throws....
(yes, I caught a doll from the Krewe of Tucks (Angie's ride), but not at the Tucks parade!)


....and bags of pickles and bologna....


Wait, WHAT?!
Yes, a bag of pickles and bologna. Sherrie suggested that to her friends and they followed through.


Yes, Sherrie, the bad influence that got my mom to do Jello shots. Sherrie, who sprayed the kids' hair red.



Sherrie, who introduced the kids to Silly String fights.



Sherrie, who go what she deserved!!!


Well, enough about parades, right? I'll leave you with one of my favorite pictures from the trip, when the parades were all over and the streets were spotless. You'd almost never know Mardi Gras happened,


until you look UP!