Thursday, March 28, 2013

Tell Your Son

Good thing we squeezed in an egg hunt on Sunday, because this is what we woke up to on Monday!  A beautiful, fresh coat of snow covering everything in sight - not what anyone wants to see in the first week of Spring, especially a guy on crutches.

Monday also happened to be Passover, a holiday we don't have much experience with, but we were thrilled to be invited to join in over at Ethan's house across the street.  (Poor Ethan, who didn't even get to join us since he came home from school with a fever and was banished to the living room.)
Ethan's grandfather read the Haggadah, a book that serves as a guide to the Passover seder, which is said to fulfill the commandment to "tell your son" of the Exodus from Egypt.  

Who knew Lisa was so domestic?!  She put together an awesome meal, and Joseph tried just about everything they served up.  By far Joseph's favorite part of all the rituals was the "Afikoman." During the seder some of the matzo is broken and set aside for dessert.  To keep the kids entertained, it is hidden, and when they find it later on they are rewarded for returning it.  Ethan's grandmother had some gift bags at the ready, but when I turned around with the camera I caught Pop-Pop slipping Joseph some cash!

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Waffles and Eggs

Sounds like a hearty breakfast, but it's really what we wound up with on Sunday by combining a celebration of Brent's birthday with an Easter egg hunt for the kids.  I decided to throw together a little last minute Belgian waffle bar and invited a few of our close friends from the block.  Everyone brought something to round out a nice brunch, and my friend Jocelyn was sweet enough to supply everything needed for the kids to scavenge about in the yard afterwards.

Of course there had to be cake afterwards - extremely decadent Cheesecake Factory cake, 1/2 Oreo Dream Extreme and 1/2 Hershey's Chocolate Bar Cheesecake.  Yum all around!

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Brent & His Boys

JT, Jeffrey, & Simon, all present and accounted for to help Brent celebrate #45.  Happy birthday, honey!

Saturday, March 23, 2013

White Belt

If you're going to be a ninja, you've got to look the part.

Although I'm not sure real ninjas have purple and gold toenails.

Or stalk squirrels with their cats.

But if they work really hard (and just show up for their second class) they are awarded their first belt: white.  I'm not sure if he's truly over wanting to be a police officer or if this is just a diversion.  It'll be fun to see where this goes.

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Ninja in Training

Somewhere in the beginning of the school year Joseph first heard about ninjas from some of the other kids.  I tried to explain to him that historically ninjas are spies and assassins and their job description includes sabotage and killing people, making it not really the nicest thing in the world to play.  I guess it's hard to grasp that concept when you're already used to playing with Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Lego Ninjago toys.  To kids these days, ninjas fight the bad guys and do really cool martial arts moves.  

As far as I'm aware, there aren't any local places specializing in teaching the art of ninjutsu, so we took Joseph on Saturday to demo Tae Kwan Do (which originates in Korea.  Huh, I did not know that.) at a studio right across the street from his school.

For whatever reason he was really, really hesitant about doing it, but the instructors were so incredibly kind and encouraging that he did just jump right in at the beginning of class (purple pants and all) and wound up loving every second of it.

As soon it was over he marched right over to us and say "OK, I will do it" without our even asking.  So we signed him up, and now we are the proud parents of a little ninja in training.

Saturday, March 16, 2013

Photo Booth Fun

The annual auction at Janney Elementary (which was a week ago already!) was my first big outing on crutches outside of dinner on my birthday.  Brent and I had hoped to go together but just couldn't round up a babysitter :(  It was a fun Hawaiian luau theme and we especially had a blast in the photo booth.

Me and Jocelyn (always my partner in crime):

Our kindergarten teacher, Miss Rockwell - front, center, and goofy with me - along with Jocelyn and a few of the other K-R parents:

More of K-R, my favorite set of pics!:

Congrats to Ronan's family, who were the lucky winners of our Class Creation!

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Purple and Gold

How many men get nail polish as a birthday present from their mother-in-law?  I'm guessing not many.  But people see your little toes sticking out from a cast and start to insist that your toenails must be painted.  And these people from Louisiana bleed purple and gold.  Joseph was incredibly eager to help out and came up with a pattern to follow.  Interesting way for a grandmother and grandchild to bond.

Naturally Joseph wanted his done too.

What can I say?  I'm a good sport.

Monday, March 11, 2013

The Snowquester

Last week we were supposed to get hit with a snowstorm that Washingtonians affectionately dubbed "The Snowquester" (referencing the recently enacted budget cuts known as "The Sequester").  With the threat of 5-10 inches of snow in the city, there was widespread panic (as usual), and everything in sight shut down.  Children were rejoicing with news of school being closed, and Mimi was excited to frolic in her first ever winter wonderland.  

While places much further outside the District did get some accumulation, what we got, in reality, was a lot of rain and nowhere near an inch of heavy, wet snow.  Just enough to make the cutest little snowman.

Friday, March 8, 2013


On a recent play date, another boy's grandmother asked Joseph if he had any brothers or sisters.  With a straight face, he answered, "No.  But my Dad is really old."

Welcome to 46.

Aside from not being able to walk, I had a lovely birthday yesterday!  Had a leisurely morning, received countless calls, texts, emails, and Facebook posts throughout the day, enjoyed the company of Olga (who has been taking good care of me all week), finished The Hunger Games, had a surprise visit from the girls at work with balloons and a gourmet lunch, played a few rounds of Uno with Joe Joe after school, ventured out of the house for the first time and had an awesome sushi dinner with great friends at Passion Fin, got my most favoritest cake in the world (lemon with lemon buttercream!) from Heidelberg bakery......Oh, and I found out that I can indeed sew with my left foot.  And I got some pretty interesting presents....

Although 46 sounds pretty old to Joseph, I don't think it's such a big deal.  
I hardly feel a day over 45.