Wednesday, November 30, 2011

What we're thankful for

Almost a week late.

Yummy Thanksgiving food made with love by Grandma.
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Will is thankful for this cheap-o guitar purchased with left-over Halloween funds.  In fact, I hid it in the closet during today's playdate for fear he'd lay the smack down on anyone who dares touch it.
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Especially thankful for warm weather over the holiday weekend and the opportunity to make memories during family hikes.
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Will sat down on this little ledge and said, "Mommy picture."


Thankful for (and loving) the magic of Christmas.  As is tradition, the tree went up the day after Thanksgiving.  We had one very eager little helper this year.
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No toys yet, but Santa will be here soon, Will!

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

The dirty 30

The craziest thing happened.  I turned 30.

It's weird, really.  I feel like I should still be 25.  We're having our second (and last) child and, sometimes, I just can't believe that I'm in this phase of my life already.  When it comes to being 30, I think I'm still in a state of shock.

Since Will was due on my birthday, I feel like November 18th belongs to the both of us.
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We spent the afternoon at the National Harbor with a very special outing in mind.  But first, some play time outside on a chilly day.
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The Gaylord Hotel has an amazing ice show every year.  When we discovered it would be opening on my birthday, we took it as a sign that we should go.  In fact, we did the same thing last year when we were in Dallas.
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And after some ice fun, it was time to decorate some over-priced gingerbread cookies.
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Yum!
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Such a fabulous day.  One that ended with a delicious chocolate mousse cake.  Maybe 30 isn't so bad after all.
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Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Sunday, November 20, 2011

A trip to the zoo and other stuff

Mike was gone for most of last week and I was determined to keep Will busy because, you see, busy equals less time at home which equals less tantrums (and less of Mommy losing her mind).

Last Monday was gorgeous, so I took Will to a local (small) zoo that will soon close for the winter.  We took our time, did everything (sometimes twice!), and enjoyed ourselves.
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A little makin' out with the zebra statue never hurt anybody.  Hey, I'm glad he was kissing as opposed to copying what we had just seen the giant tortoises doing.  Just sayin'

Will was happily playing in the sand, completely oblivious to the giant horses behind him...
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Until, that is, one of them made a loud sound.
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But he actually went for a ride on one!  This surprised me completely as he absolutely refused last month at the pumpkin patch.  

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Hi!

We bought a 'lamb bottle' only to discover there were no lambs in the petting barn.  I asked the worker what we what should do with it and she suggested we feed the pigs.  Uh, OK.
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Will wanted no part of this.  Smart boy.
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On Tuesday Will went to his first movie!  Since he has a great love for all things cat, we went to see "Puss in Boots."  He LOVED it.  He spent some time on my lap, some time in his own chair, some time standing up, some time eating popcorn.  But never once did he want to leave.  And, sure, he'd periodically holler "Piss" throughout the movie, but it was obvious what he was really trying to say.  Right?
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Watching the Christmas light show at the town center after the movie.  I actually think this was his favorite part of the day.  Dude loves himself some Xmas trees.


On Wednesday it was pouring rain and we spent the afternoon at the Children's Museum of Richmond.  Will was a huge fan, though I don't think he spent more than 45 seconds in any one particular location (and that includes the art station).  He was on the move for a full 3 hours.
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*casually leaving out the part where I left my car lights on and the battery died and for a brief moment in time I panicked and thought we'd have to stay in Richmond FOREVER*

Mike came home late Thursday evening and we were very happy to have him back, especially Will who seems to be over his intense Mommy-phase (for now anyway).  I had a fun week with Little Monkey!

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Three things

1. Homemade chocolate chip cookies are perfect for rainy afternoons.
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The expert egg-cracker...
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The camera remote is so easy, a toddler can do it!


2. Will had his first trip to Chuck E. Cheese's.
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Not so sure about Mr. Cheese...
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3. Fall is fun!
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Daddy left for a business trip right after this picture was taken.  He'll be back late Thursday so plenty of Mommy and Will time happening this week.