Wednesday, September 25, 2013


Our good friends Mallory and David welcomed Thea, their 3rd little baby girl, recently - although she's anything but little, with a birthweight of 11 pounds, 3 ounces!  They chose a classic pink and brown color combo for her nursery in their brand new house.  Lots of change for one family!

I have always admired simple patchwork quilts, just sewing squares together, but I've also thought they can be a little boring.  I hoped the more graphic prints I gravitate towards these days would add a lot more interest to the simple pattern, and adding the pink squares and star points completely changed the look of the quilt.  I went with a solid pastel pink to calm down the bolder browns.

This is the basic block, made out of 4" squares.  I quilted it with pink thread in diagonal lines corner to corner through the squares, and I like how it's hardly noticeable except on the darkest brown parts.

The backing was supposed to be mostly solid pink, but I ran short on fabric, so I added a vertical row of leftover patchwork squares to widen it.  There are also 3 brown stars amid the pink backing, since she's one of 3 girls.  I also went with 3 since there are 3 rows of 3 pink stars on the front of the quilt.   I love how the front and back both compliment and contrast each other at the same time.

But the pink binding is just killer for me.  All along I thought I was going to use one of the browns, but it looked soooooo drab and needed that little peek of color around the perimeter.  Machine binding keeps getting easier the more I do it!

This was a pretty easy quilt to make, and it turned out adorable.  "Thea-dorable," in fact!  Pink and brown are just the perfect color combination for a baby girl's quilt!  Welcome, baby Thea and congratulations Mallory, Davis, Cella, and Jackie!

Saturday, September 21, 2013

Back 2 School

Back to School Night, 2013

I love getting a look at what's going on inside that classroom of Joseph's.  I have even volunteered to be the lead room parent so I can be as involved as humanly possible.  Joseph's teacher this year was hand picked for him by his kindergarten teacher to make sure he has someone who fosters literacy.  It's just a perk that Ms. Klane's class is called the Rockstars!

This sign is hysterical!  I wish it would work in my office, but unfortunately as a pediatrician all of those things happen on an hourly basis.  Well, except the fires.  

Ms. Klane had the kids write a note for their parents.  Joseph wanted us to see the "smart board."  He still reverses his b's, d's, and p's, hence the "beer" instead of "dear."

Interestingly, in DC public schools this year they have reintroduced the Pledge of Allegiance.  They say it once a week at morning Jamboree, and in the most ridiculously politically correct way, they are encouraged to participate, or not, as they so choose.  Joseph is quite taken with it.

It still needs a little fine tuning :)

Best Friends Sleep Over

Joseph and his friend Ronan had wanted to have a sleepover for quite some time.  They had even written to each other about it in Writers Workshop last year in kindergarten, and it finally happened last weekend.  Ronan's mom sent along a great book for them to read at bedtime called "Best Friends Sleep Over."

Even our cat Simon wanted in on the sleepover action.

Just like our 1st official sleepover, it went off without a hitch.  The boys had a great dinner, played games, shared a bath, and went to sleep pretty quickly.  All went well.......until they woke up at 5 am.  FIVE AM!!!  That was unexpected, and fairly painful.  Next time, Ronan's family gets to host.

Tuesday, September 17, 2013


It's got to be a right of passage of some sort for every little boy, going to his first Major League Baseball game with his father.  And since we've had our very our team here for some time now, attending a Washington Nationals game was an absolute must on the DC bucket list.  We finally checked off both things on Sunday when we caught the Nationals v. Phillies game with Ethan and Mr. Steve at Nationals Park, which opened in 2008.

Luckily no one ran screaming from the Presidents of Unusual Size.

Brent scored us some awesome seats in section 104!

Me at a sporting event.  Really!!  It's not generally my thing, but I had a great time, and I know I might as well get used to it, raising a boy who loves sports.  We managed to stay through seven innings, and the Nats won, 11-2.  Even though JT's attention span barely lasted one inning, we've got Natitude!

Monday, September 16, 2013

A Sweet Stay

A quick wrap up to our trip to Hershey, which included 2 nights at the amazing Hotel Hershey.  Joseph saved up his entire week's allotment of treats to use all on this weekend!   You can't blame him - within 1 minute of checking in, they ask for your chocolate preference and give you a big chocolate bar.

And they make s'mores at night.  Yum!

They have a fantastic pool too.  After a long day at the amusement park, we spent the rest of the evening swimming and even having dinner poolside.  Joseph wouldn't go near those slides 2 years ago, but this time he couldn't get enough of them.

The sweetest part of our trip was an unexpected visit from my awesome nephew, Michael, who just started his freshman year at Shippensburg University.  When he learned that we were in Hershey, he and his roommate drove an hour to see us.  We spent the whole morning visiting by the pool and then treated them to a nice lunch before heading home.

It's hard to say good bye to "the sweetest place on Earth!"

Sunday, September 15, 2013

Hershey Highlights

Over Labor Day weekend we took a trip back up to Hershey Park with some friends.  In the 2 years since we've been there, Joseph graduated from being a Reese's Peanut Butter Cup to a Hershey Bar!  Our original plans just included us and Ethan's family, but when Skyler's (one of Joseph's classmates) mom heard of our trip, she made a reservation and came along too.  We drove up on Saturday, by way of Lancaster County, so I could do some fabric shopping at my favorite stores, then headed to Hershey in the evening.  We met up with Skyler for dinner, and got an early start at the park on Sunday morning.

Ethan's family drove up on Sunday and met us at the park, and the 3 boys wanted to do almost every ride possible.  They started out with the tame rides near the entrance but quickly graduated to being tossed and turned and twirled in every direction.

We (thankfully) did not ride this rollercoaster,

but we did go on many, many more!

We reached new heights on several other rides,

while staying low to the ground on some others.

What do you know, with chocolate as far as the eye can see, Joseph picked cotton candy for a treat.  But we still give Hershey Park the thumbs up!