Archive for May, 2008

part 2 of the girls’ weekend

Sunday, May 25th, 2008

As has been requested by some I have put together a slideshow of many of the images taken during the time when Tricia and her girls were here. I thought it would be more fun to use my client slideshow program to display these pictures (all set to music, of course). Enjoy.


yes, i have a bit of the ocd

Friday, May 23rd, 2008

Seeing as we’re heading into summer, I thought it would be appropriate to have the site reflect those changes in weather. I also have to admit that I was never truly in love with the previous design and wanted to start fresh with a whole new color scheme. As you can see, however, the changes have a caused a few glitches in the system. Please be patient as I work those out. I really only see one major boo boo, and that’s the post paragraphs running to the right too far. Please let me know if you notice anything else. In fact, feel free to give me some suggestions. Thanks!!

girls just wanna have fun

Monday, May 19th, 2008

After almost a year of planning, re-planning, and nearly not following through we finally got together with my friend, Tricia, and her 2 girls. Only 50 miles separate us, but we couldn’t manage just one little meet-up this whole time…until now! The ladies arrived on Friday afternoon and stayed until Sunday. We decided to spend Friday shopping and ate at the Silver Diner for dinner (it’s totally a kids’ place). It was a bit stressful for the younglings to be with each other but not really get to play, so all of Saturday morning was their time to run amok and get all their sillies out. Around lunchtime we headed out to Fuddrucker’s and then walked around downtown Silver Spring for a while. As a treat (actually a bribe) we got the girls some cupcakes from Cakelove. They had to behave for a teensy while longer in order to get their cupcakes. We then went to Ikea and let the girls go to the kids’ zone so we could shop for an hour. The last bit of the day was what we had been planning for ages: a photo shoot at the laundromat. The deal was that if they allowed us to take some fun pictures of them, then they could finally get their cupcakes. Boy, did we have such fun and got lots o’ freaky stares in the process, too!! We also did a quick photo shoot on Sunday morning, but I haven’t gotten to those yet. I’ll try to post those tomorrow.

My sweet Mimi.

Annie was so cute.

Thumb wreslting, anyone?

Miss Elena. The girls were in awe of her.

Elissa is bigger than my both my girls even though she’s 1 year younger than Annie and only 7 months older than Mimi.

Had to include this one, too, since it was their bribe:

some suck the heads

Tuesday, May 13th, 2008

Two weekends ago was our 2nd Annual Crawfish Boil. Well, it’s technically the 3rd, but the first was in Beaufort and only the Bells and Hawleys were in attendance at the 1st, so we’ll not count that one. In fact, we just call these the Annual D.C. Crawfish Boils to avoid further confusion.

This year the boil was held at the Bells’ home. It actually turned out to be a perfect day for the event. The girls had lots of kids to wrangle with. They were even brave enough to hold a live crawdad. As usual, I was full early on, but the boys made sure to finish off everything. Of course, Uncle Tiger had to make the 2nd batch very spicy which caused lots o’ tears in grown men’s eyes. Gotta love it! Leah was the gracious host and made sure my sweet tooth was taken care of with about 3-4 desserts from which to choose. Fabulous!

sail away…

Saturday, May 3rd, 2008

The past few days have been gorgeous around here. What better way to enjoy the weather than going sailing. That’s exactly what we did yesterday as part of a school activity for Mike and his classmates. The Schooner Woodwind Cruises took us out for a 2-hour trip on a 74-foot schooner. We sailed into the Chesapeake Bay. The guys got to assist, and Mike was even the captain for a bit. It was a great time had by all. And nobody got sea sick either! Afterward we caravaned over to Cantler’s for Maryland blue crabs. Yummy! Take a look at the pictures from our adventure. Remember: captions are below the thumbnails (I can’t figure out how to move them elsewhere.):


In other news, we got the girls bunk beds. Now that Mimi is potty-trained and acting more like a kid than a toddler we figured it was time to get her out of the crib. Plus, some friends needed the crib. It was time. The girls are beside themselves with glee. Of course, there was much debate over who got to be up top, but mom and dad made that decision for them.

our future home…we hope

Thursday, May 1st, 2008

There are still a few things in the works, but we’re fairly sure this will be our house for the next few years after moving away from D.C. I have numerous requests to see pictures. I wanted to wait until the house was no longer listed on the MLS so that strangers couldn’t see our address and such. Without further ado, here’s our future home:


the no baby method

Thursday, May 1st, 2008

Apparently, my strategy worked (that is removing all “designated” baby dolls from the premises)! Mimi did the #2 on the potty yesterday. And, I must say it was quite a masterpiece. Even Annie, who insisted she get a peek, was talking about it for the rest of the day. The first thing she described to Daddy upon his return home yesterday was how large Mimi’s doo-doo was. Mimi was quite proud of herself, too, not just because of the size but because she finally went #2 on the big girl potty. I even gave her an extra M&M over the allotted 3 for going poo.

The strange thing though is that Mimi has evidently formed a bond with baby flipflop. The original baby was returned to Mimi, but Mimi wanted nothing more than her beloved shoe.

Sorry to keep on about this, but I’m shrieking with laughter every few minutes around here. She sleeps with it, she’s found a bed for it, she feeds it, she carries it everywhere with her (even on car trips). It’s too much! I need her to stop making me laugh so much!

In case you’re wondering, that’s a bottle nuzzled in between baby’s “lips”.