07 July 2014

Independence Day Guests

We were lucky enough to have the Michigan Joneses come spend the Fourth of July with us! We had so much fun with them!

We went to the splash park near our house to play in the water.


The next day we went to a park called Huntley Meadows, which is a wetlands preserve. We saw turtles, frogs, lizards, and maybe an otter. I forgot my camera, though, so only took pictures with my phone and, unfortunately, my phone and computer sometimes have trouble communicating. That night we made s’mores in our fire pit and lit sparklers. Over the course of the week only two children were burned by sparklers. :(



After a lot of debate we decided to watch the DC fireworks from the parking lot of the Pentagon. It turned out to be a pretty good spot and it was easy to get home. Lincoln got a new camping chair that day and loves it. I would have bought Conan one too, but Walmart only had one boy chair left. We are currently fighting over it until they restock.


The kids took turns tackling Jonathan and each other while we waited for the fireworks to start.




Lincoln took the following two pictures. I was there too!


On Saturday we went to the National Zoo and so did everyone else in the DC metropolitan area. It was busy, but the humidity was low and we saw a fair amount of animals.


A police officer was nice enough to let my boys (the girls weren’t interested) climb up on his… vehicle. They were pretty excited as you can see.


It is always so much fun to have visitors, we were sad to see them leave yesterday. The DC area has a ton to offer if anyone else wants to visit ;).

07 June 2014

Truck Touch

We attended DC’s annual Truck Touch in June. Organizers gather every sort of truck imaginable, assemble them in the parking lot of RFK stadium, and allow children to climb all over them. My boys were in heaven. They have been talking about the Truck Touch since it happened and cannot wait for next year.




22 May 2014

Lincoln’s Preschool Graduation

Lincoln graduated from First Baptist Christian Day School on May 22, 2014. Here is is with his teacher, Mrs. Gilmore. She was really a wonderful teacher and we’ll request her again if Conan goes to the same preschool.


Jonathan was, unfortunately, travelling for work on the day of Lincoln’s graduation so I was flying solo. This was only a problem because the graduation ceremony was incredibly long. Conan had a really hard time sitting, but we made it through somehow. The children presented a musical program and then they each walked across the stage to receive their “diploma”.


One proud mama, one happy graduate, and one wiggly toddler.DSC_0724

20 April 2014

Easter- A Month Later


Here are a few belated Easter pictures.

We had a wonderful playgroup Easter Egg Hunt through Church on a very chilly day. I didn’t get very many pictures of Lincoln on this day because he and Conan were hunting in separate areas.


We also attended an Easter Egg Hunt at Lincoln’s preschool. There were approximately 3.5 million kids there, nowhere to actually hide eggs (they were just on the ground basically), and no one limiting how many eggs each kid picked up. There was no time to take a photo during the actual hunt.


On Easter morning the Easter Bunny left a bunch of eggs in our backyard and, luckily for Lincoln and Conan, there wasn’t nearly as much competition. It was a happy day, mismatched pajamas and all.



09 March 2014

Lincoln’s Lego Party

To celebrate Lincoln’s birthday this year we had a Lego party. Lincoln loves all things Lego so it was an obvious choice and I had a lot of fun planning it (although there are things I will do differently next time). As always at birthday time, I had a ball playing with Photoshop. Here are the invitations I made:


We constructed the number five out of Legos so our guests knew they had the right house.


This cake was one of the easiest cakes I’ve ever made for Lincoln. I wish I had made the frosting a darker blue, but other then that I have no complaints.



I saw the idea for these favors here and customized them for our purposes. The Abraham Lincoln mini-figure came out with the Lego Movie and it was too perfect not to use all over Lincoln’s party.


I had never made a piñata before, but it was a really fun project. I loved that I didn’t have to buy anything to get started. I had newspaper, flour and water just laying around at home after all. I used an empty ice cream bucket and an empty butter tub for the mold.


For games we played about 1.5 rounds of Don’t Eat Pete. The kids got tired of that fast. Then we brought out a ton of balloons Jonathan and I had blown up with mini-figures inside. Most of the kids had fun popping the balloons to get the mini-figures out, but it was a little loud for a few. Finally we got out the piñata. I was actually worried that the kids wouldn’t be able to break it because of all the layers of paper mache I had to put on it, so we weren’t really counting hits. The third kid really wacked it and that was it. We could have used a few more games, but the kids had fun just playing together too.


The birthday boy blowing out his candles.


The last things I made were the coordinating shirts Lincoln and Conan wore for the party. Lincoln kept wondering why Conan got one too, but it was just too cute an opportunity to pass up. And, of course, I had to photograph Lincoln’s hobo socks.