Monday, August 30, 2010


Tonight was Spencer's first soccer game of the season. (Gemma's team had a bye this week.) While the boys were playing and David was coaching, the girls found ways to pass the time. Gianna started by warming up on the side lines.

And then they were cheering the team. Gemma said she would like to have pom-poms for the next game - that way they would look more official.

And here is my boy in all his glory. He smiled the whole time he was running on the field.

Our team won 4 to 0, but I think Spencer would have been happy even had they lost. I think having his daddy on the sidelines as his coach has a lot to do with his smile!

Saturday, August 28, 2010

Changed Plans

We had plans to go out of town for the weekend, but at the last minute we decided to stay home and have fun in the city. We went to the sculpture garden at The Walker Art Center - I was able to get a lot of great photos of the kids.

After the sculpture garden, we went to Lake Harriet and road on the old streetcar.

(note the random guy behind David and the kids)
From Lake Harriet, we drove to Minnehaha Falls and walked around the park.

After playing at the playground, it was time for dinner.
On the way home we ran into something that looked familar.....
Not exactly the Washington Monument, but Gianna thought it was close enough. We drove by the Capitol and discovered the sculpture.

Friday, August 27, 2010

Fun In The Sun

As summer is winding down, we decided to take advantage of a beautiful day and go swimming. Fortunately, we had some fun company to share the day with - Titi Evelyn, Little Abe, Amanda and Joshua. A great time was had by all!

Monday, August 23, 2010

The Last Week - Part Two

Where did I leave off?

We left Arlington on Sunday and headed to our temporary "home" in Norfolk, VA while David finished the checking out process.

The accommodations were perfect. We even had a kitchenette - which was very handy for breakfast and snacks. On Monday, David was done early so we went out the back door to the playground.

Unfortunately, we didn't stay long because it was 95' with 95% humidity. Not exactly comfortable. We went for a drive had lunch and then came back to the hotel for a nap. We all needed it!
The Navy Lodge is actually off-base, but I wanted a photo of this sign just because.
On Tuesday, David was finished with everything by noon and we were on the road by 1pm. I was able to get a photo of the ships while we were on the road. There were actually 4 other ships, but I couldn't get a photo of them.

Anyway, we were on the road to our next stop in Hagerstown, Maryland.
Here is Gianna on the way....falling asleep.
And now sleeping.
However, once we checked into our hotel, she was ready for the pool!
Spencer and David clowning around.

On Wednesday, we were up early and back on the road by 9am. We had lunch somewhere in Pennsylvania.
I hadn't eaten at Chick-fil-A in over 15 years since I lived in Florida. It wasn't exactly like I remembered, but it was nice to have something instead of Mc Donald's!
By 6pm Wednesday we were in Michigan! David's godparents were kind enough to let us stay with them. When we pulled up in the drive-way, the food was just coming off of the grill! Timing was perfect!
The kids loved running around their beautiful yard and large house. It was so nice to just relax.
Our original plan was to stay until Friday morning, but David and I decided to leave at 9pm Thursday night. We figured the kids would sleep the majority of the drive and we wouldn't have any traffic to deal with.

So we arrived home around 8:30am (we had an hour delay due to a torrential down-pour in Wisconsin around 4:30am) and David and I were exhausted. We managed to stay awake the entire day, but I'm fairly certain we made little sense when speaking.

It's nice to be home, but I have to admit, I really miss DC!

Wednesday, August 18, 2010


We're "attempting" to potty-train Gianna.

This conversation occurred while using the potty chair in the bathroom.

Gianna: "Mommy, I need privacy."

Me: Stares blankly at the child sitting on the potty-chair.

Gianna: In an urgent tone - "Mommy, I need privacy!"

Me: This is only the beginning...........

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

The Last Week - Part One

I'm waaaaaaay behind on blogging. We've been busy trying to squeeze everything we can from DC, pack and drive half-way across the country. Here is the part of the recap...

Last Tuesday (the 3rd) we went back to the Natural History Museum for the THIRD time! We still weren't able to see everything, but we so more than the last two times!

After the museum closed, we ran to McDonald's for a quick bite to eat and then walked over to the Navy Memorial for an outdoor concert. We were expecting to enjoy the Navy band, however this evening it was the Coast Guards jazz band. It was their birthday, so a wreath was placed at The Lone Sailor.
David and the kids watching.....
Once the music started the kids began to dance. We even made a new friend, though I forgot her name. She really liked Spencer's camera and took lots of pictures.
On Thursday we tagged along with David to Bolling Air Force - the base is attached to Anacostia Naval Station. This was supposed to be a quick trip, however the van over-heated and we had to have it towed off base to be fixed. To make matters worse - a storm was passing through at the same time making traffic even worse than usual and forcing us to wait hours for a cab to rescue us. After being stranded for over 3 hours a kind Air Force Colonel with a Suburban offered to drive us to the train station!!!! We were soooo thankful!
It took over an hour on the train because of the time of day and delays due to weather, but we were so glad to finally be on our way home!

By the way - we picked up the car Friday morning and the repair cost $60!!!!! Apparently a hose came loose - that was it! Thank goodness!
Friday evening we went to Maryland and met up with our niece Christy for dinner. She's in the Air Force and recently moved to the DC area for her job. We had a nice dinner at an Italian restaurant named Remomo's - that name cracks me up! I didn't take a group shot, but the kids really wanted a photo with the fun statue outside the mall.
Sunday marked our last day in Arlington. :'( David and Spencer spent the better part of the morning packing up the van.
Once we put the kids in the car, we really didn't have room for anything else!

To be continued...