Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Mia, Mia, Mia!!

Destructo-girl has struck again.  She used to do stuff like this all the time when she was TWO!  But she has decided to be a crazy girl a lot lately, again.  (I could seriously take a picture like this every day.)  Along with another 4 year old stage I am hoping to survive called POWER STRUGGLE!!!  It's a BAD stage!!  Eli was nothing like this.  We'll make it through, right??????

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

They like to "clean" the windows

Chris likes to walk on the wild side and let them out of the car while getting gas.  They apparantly squeegee the windows (oh that's what all those dried dirty water drops are all over the car!)  Recently they were out with dad doing this, and saw a rainbow.  :)

Monday, November 24, 2008


Before the weather around here became polar/sub-arctic (!), I was able to use this co-pilot on the back of my bike and take the kids with me to exercise.  It was a blast!  :)

Sunday, November 23, 2008

Random Picture Time

Eli learned about responsibility and service recently when we found 2 shopping carts in our neighborhood.  We like our neighborhood, but we don't like the one behind us, whose occupants cut through our neighborhood to go to the store and abandon their carts on their way back home!  Argh!  So it was really nice of Chris to say "Ok, I'm walking these carts back.  Anyone want to come?"  Eli was jumping up and down, "Me!  Me!"  and apparantly got the benefit of a little ride.

Saturday, November 22, 2008

Thought I'd Post The Halloween Pictures Before CHRISTMAS Rolls Around!!!!

They were obviously Tinkerbell and Peter Pan. They LOVED their costumes. Mia's wings and wand lit up. They had never seen the Disney movie Peter Pan! So we rented it, and that was their Halloween activity after trick or treating. That last photo is Mia's preschool class (no Halloween costumes at Eli's school! They don't let them celebrate it!). The funny thing is in that tall pumpkin stack, was the school's janitor, Mr. Jerry! He stood really still & quiet, then when the kids weren't suspecting, he'd move & make ghost sounds. So funny!

Monday, October 27, 2008

Word Cloud from the recent blog posts on Eli & Mia's site

Sunday, October 26, 2008

If I Do Say So Myself

You know, I sure do dress her cute sometimes! Having a little girl is so fun.

Friday, October 10, 2008

Visitors are so fun

We got to play DC tourists last weekend in this beautiful weather! Since Eli & Mia thought the visit was all for them, I'm posting the photos on their blog. My cousin Staci came up with her husband for a school project and Eli & Mia were delighted to learn that they have "ANOTHER" cousin. Staci got to experience soccer mom life (literally) by hanging out during carpool drop offs, kids napping, grocery store, dinner making, soccer practice & a soccer game!

All this when DC was down the road beckoning, "I have sites you need to come see!" She was such a good sport. We did get to see most of the monuments on Saturday. (Did you know Abraham Lincoln's hands are forming the sign language "A" and "L"?)

We ran into a mounted policeman on the mall.

And I got to see a bit of Georgetown University, that I've never seen before.

Also, I can't say enough what sweet house guests Staci & Ryan were. They were endlessly playing with Eli & Mia, reading books, building train sets, playing playdough, ETC., ETC., ETC.! We have such great extended family. When Mia sees pictures of Staci, now, her face lights up and she says, "THAT'S MY COUSIN, STACI!!!!!!!!"

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

She thought the hand worked a lot better than the fork.

1 Ravioli Lunch = 1 shirt change + 10 minutes wiping hands, chair, face, and table.

Monday, October 6, 2008

First of a bunch of pumpkin patch trips

I especially like the picture of Mia doing Karaoke with Eli as a groupie beside her.  :)  Fall is so beautiful.  They had a blast on the hayride, rope swing, slide, seeing animals, eating apples, and playing with friends.

Sunday, October 5, 2008

Ja, Må Hon Leva!

"Mia, you won't turn four until you blow out your candle," Eli informed her.  I don't know where that piece of information came from.  We had a small family celebration, seeing Fly Me To The Moon 3D (the kids liked it, but don't bother!)  Then we sung to Mia in English & always in Swedish, too.  :)

Thursday, October 2, 2008

Almost Every Afternoon, Up & Down the Sidewalk

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Beautiful little birthday girl

Happy Birthday, Mia!  We love you so much!

Monday, September 29, 2008

This little girl's smile never fades between 5:15 and 6pm on Mondays

One experience she's having that I didn't have is the copious use of PROPS! In this picture they got to use crowns. They have used ballerina dolls, little baskets with red pompoms (berries), scarves, and probably more. But very effective, I'm sure for this 3 year age group!!

Friday, September 26, 2008

I think a certain Fairy will be visiting our house tonight!

First lost tooth!!!!!  E-gads, it makes Chris and I feel old knowing we have a child that is losing teeth.

Thursday, September 25, 2008

Another wasted purchase?

My kids make tents/forts/"houses" OBSESSIVELY all day every day, every chance they get.  This is mostly Mia's obsession.  And I was getting tired of cleaning up all the messes.  Blankets, pillows, chairs, or books that they use for "walls," and then all the toys they take with them into the "house."  So I finally bought Mia this awesome castle tent.  Well, she plays in it sometimes, but often it just sits there lonely and empty, while Eli and Mia play under the desk behind the draped towels and blankets.

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Now I'm REALLY a "big kid"

Dug this up from the camera.  This was the first week of school, after we discovered how cool Eli now thinks the bus is, and how much more convenient walking 3 houses down the street is rather than walking all the way to school or trying to do the nightmare-ish long lines of cars at Kiss 'n' Ride.  Such a fun little memory for him.

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

FOUND THE CAMERA! We can start blogging again! :)

The problem with our McDonald's habit is that when the stress and hectic-ness rains, it pours, causing us to not space out our visits, and therefore it's still "Star Wars Month" and they get the same toys again and again.  Last month, we went to McDonald's 3 times!  (That's a lot for us.  I HATE McDonalds, so the kids only get to go probably 3 or 4 times a year, ideally.  But our schedule and a lot of different things got so crazy, that we ended up there quite a bit.)  If you visit McDonald's in a more spread out way over the months, your toys will have more variety.  Although they WANT you to "collect all" the figurines, I think the kids would have preferred to have (and I agree) some variety to their McDonald's prizes.  :)

Saturday, September 6, 2008


I jinxed myself.  I told everyone to come and read this blog, then I don't post over here for 2 weeks.

The story is that I LOST my camera!  It is so strange.  I don't know how that happened.  This blog depends heavily on posting pictures of the kids, so my ability to post is suffering a little bit.

Just keep checking back or subscribe to a reader so you don't have to keep checking back, and WISH ME LUCK THAT I FIND THAT THING!

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Name That Tune

If you guessed, "Popeye The Sailorman," you'd be right! I didn't know Popeye could sail a boat, either. :)

Friday, August 15, 2008

Mia Giving Her First Primary Talk

Wednesday, August 6, 2008

They like each other!!!! Yay!

I'm knocking on wood as I'm writing this, but it does seem like Eli & Mia are fighting less lately! They have been each others' play companions all summer, and they have had so much fun. Here are a couple of cute moments I caught on film recently.

Tuesday, August 5, 2008

What month is it??

The next couple of days I will be playing a bit of catch up with posting photos. For starters, now that July is OVER....!!!!, here are our 4th of July photos. We stayed local in Lorton, watching the little parade and doing sparklers.

Monday, August 4, 2008

So close.....!!!

You know those swim meets I talked about, a couple posts ago? And how Mia never got brave enough to participate? Well, this story deserves a post of its own. The final swim meet is called the Lollipop Meet, with only mini-swimmers participating, and they try to make it a lot of fun for the kids. Well, Mia heard there were large lollipops involved, and she said she would give it a try. She did the warm-ups, she sat on the bench with the mini-hawks waiting for her turn. She walked up to the race lanes with her flotation noodle and the instructor Mia chose to help her. The time came for her to get ready for her race, and they literally said, "Silence so the swimmers can hear the signal. Swimmers, take your marks,............."

All of a sudden came a HUGE TORRENTIAL DOWNPOUR OF RAIN, THUNDER AND LIGHTENING!!!!!!!!!!! The irony was absolutely incredible. She was getting up her nerve for this event and just suffering with anticipation and they canceled the meet because of the storm. There was so much rain that I was soaked to the bone just running back to our bench and gathering our belongings. I looked and felt like I had been immersed in the pool in my jean shorts and top. All the moms knew how brave Mia had been to be there and willing, and one of them joked with me that this is a sure sign that it will rain on her wedding, and told me I just HAD to put this event in her scrapbook to document it. Poor Mia. Maybe next year will be her year for swimming.

Sunday, August 3, 2008

Well, here is the swim lesson update. Poor Mia. She just let her fear of the water get the best of her. I finally realized that I had to back off. I was exhausting myself and her trying to get her to participate. I also realized that my "encouragement" was not allowing Mia to build trust with her instructor. And so I just decided to be in Zen mode and let whatever happen happen. Mia decided to participate a little and progress a little. Maybe next year will be a better year for her. I'm glad she progressed as much as she did, though. Eli made a lot of strides- his main one being that he will now hold his nose put his head under the water for short periods of time. THIS IS HUGE FOR HIM!!! I'm really proud of him.

The pictures are of the kids practicing "streamline" arms above their head, as they do "pencil jumps" into the shallow water. They both got brave enough to jump off the diving board in the deep end (with a lot of assurances from like 4 instructors working together.) At the last swim practice, one of the moms made a cute cake like a swimming pool and laminated pictures of the instructors & kids for the top of the cake.

Saturday, August 2, 2008

Swimmers, take your marks

The swimming lessons Eli & Mia participated in this year were part of the High School swim team's "mini" component. Our team is the Hayfield Seahawks, and they were the Mini Hawks. They were able to participate in official swim meets throughout the last couple of months, competing against other beginning "swimmers," with the national anthem, timers, the air horn signaling "go," and little prize ribbons for the participants. Eli participated in the kickboard races, and Mia was progressing, but is still too afraid of doing the kickboard. But it was such a blast and a self-confidence booster for Eli & for our family to go & cheer him on. Here's a little collage of the swim meet experience.

Friday, August 1, 2008

Baltimore Children's Museum

We went to Port Discovery Children's Museum in Baltimore a few weeks ago. What a blast!! It was just an amazing fun place.

Thursday, July 31, 2008

Ocean City 2008

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

My Karma Bistro

Here are the kids with us at our favorite Indian restaurant, My Karma Bistro. I'm sorry, but I had NO CLUE what Indian food was when I was age 3 or 5. I knew about root beer and pizza at Der Ratskeller. What torture Chris and I put our kids through at home on a normal basis- tasting artichokes, mushrooms, tofu, kale, spinach, peppers, fish, ginger, jalepeno, couscous, turnips... you name it! It was a welcome relief to them, probably to go have curry chicken and basmati rice at the Indian restaurant. They are great sports. Last night they had tuna burgers flavored with mustard and horse radish and cole slaw with rice vinegar and garlic & they said it was the most awesome meal they'd had in a long time! I'm so glad our kids have expanded their palates while they are young. It's funny, I just asked Eli what was the weirdest thing I'd ever asked him to taste, and he said stuffed pasta shells!!! It's to the point where marinara & pasta is weird to them!! Last night I also felt I'd done my job when we took them to get slurpees in celebration of Eli's swim meets being over with, and the kids said, "What is a slurpee?"

Friday, June 27, 2008

We have been spending some family time watching movies on Sundays occasionally. Last Sunday, as we were making popcorn, (Eli likes to climb up on the counter and watch the action in the air popper) he ran and got his Power Ranger's mask! He said the air from the popper was making his face too hot! :)

Thursday, June 26, 2008

The Swimming Lesson Struggles!

Eli and Mia love the pool. That is-- they love it when they can splash in the baby pool (1 foot deep), play on the shallow steps, or occasionally float with the security of a big floatie. Swimming lessons where they are encouraged to actually swim are a whole different story. Last year Mia was too little for formal lessons, but at Eli's lesson, his swimming teachers were literally begging him to try things. "Please jump to me. I promise I'll catch you. The water only comes up to your chest!!" Although Eli still refuses to get his face wet AT ALL (even with goggles!), he's doing much better this year. Well, the progress is still slow, but at least he's having fun & I have some hope.

Mia on the other hand is doing what Eli did last year, only a bit worse. Her anxiety is so strong that she won't let go of the wall. And if we force her, she will scream and cry uncontrollably and takes 5 minutes to calm down. Why oh why did I spend the money on these lessons for her???

Maybe by the end of the summer I can give a more favorable report.

Wednesday, June 25, 2008

I Wonder What He Was Listening To

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Some Fun With Lincoln Logs

Sunday, June 22, 2008

Dad & Kids' Trip to the Pool Last Week