Monday, August 31, 2009

Bad Mommy

There was a time when the little digital camera was basically stapled to my hand. We had so many pictures of the Muggins we didn't know what to do with ourselves! I don't really know how it happened but I just can't seem to remember to bring the camera with me when we go fun places anymore. So unfortunately you will not have a picture of my sweet girl spinning around Eastern Market in a fit of giggles or eating delicious shrimp on the waterfront with Aunt Claire. You will just have to imagine Miss Maggie in all her cuteness having a wonderful weekend. We also visited the Torpedo Factory where Maggie found some great music to dance to and during nap time fit in a movie-yeah!! Busy week with lots of meetings but a 4-day weekend coming up. Can you believe it is September tomorrow-Hooray for Fall!!!

Friday, August 28, 2009


I love thunderstorms! Especially when they come in the middle of the afternoon while M is taking her nap. I plan on curling up with a new library book and being lazy for a few hours before Claire arrives! She has not been here since Maggie's birthday and I think she is in for a big surprise. We are still debating what to do this weekend while she is here-depends on the weather! Saturday there is a DC Dance Festival which might be fun, or we might try Georgetown, Eastern Market or the fresh seafood market. So many possibilities!!

Monday, August 24, 2009

The Fair

Daddy-I don't like that baby goat!
Birdie ride with Mommy

Happy Monday!! Hope everyone had a great weekend! We did a little shopping and resting on Saturday but on Sunday we went to the Arlington County Fair!! Maggie had a great time at the *tiny* petting zoo, ate some yummy Lebanese food and ice cream and went on two rides! YAY!

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Tuesday, August 18, 2009


In reading some of my recent posts I feel I am becoming really boring (maybe except to my Mom). So, I am going to try to make my life seem a little more interesting by posting on something besides my wonderfully adorable little girl. Like what?

On the trip home Megan gave me The Zac Brown Band CD and the new ones by the Kings of Leon-both pretty good! I am really loving the KOL CD though and listen to it in the car all the time. Bridget sent me a mix of some of their older stuff which I am currently working my way through.

My sister Claire is coming to visit next week/end and Bridget will be here for Labor Day. I am super excited to see them and think they will love hanging out with Maggie. Also excited for a night out in DC with some of my gfs this week-whoo hoo!!

So am I a little less boring now? Hope so-have a great week and stay cool!!

Monday, August 17, 2009


Maggie had a 3 day streak going where she used the potty a few times but we are back to just sitting on the chair for fun! She did say "uh-oh pee pee" today during lunch and sure enough she had a wet diaper. We are making steps in the right direction but I am guessing it will be a few more months before we are in the thick of it.

We had a nice (hot) weekend that began with a really fun Company Org day. Maggie loved seeing all of the kids, drinking lots of "melmo" juice, and hanging out with Daddy. There were lots of fun games, races, and obstacle courses for the kids and way too much food! We went to the neighborhood "camp out" (families pitched tents in the common area and camped out with s'mores, ghost stories,etc) with the Zuz's to meet some new neighbors on Saturday and had a relaxing family Sunday at home. Just what we needed after the crazy past few weeks!!

Thursday, August 13, 2009


Warning: potty talk to follow!!

Maggie totally surprised me today! After seeing her cousin Caddie interact with her little potty chair Maggie became really interested in "pee-pee". She said it all the time and pointed to her diaper. I kind of thought she was just copying Caddie but we bought her a potty chair anyways when we were out on Sunday. She has been sitting on the chair all week with no results-totally OK with me as I think it is still way early to start potty training. However, during playgroup this morning she walked over to the bathroom and said "mommy-pee pee". We all laughed but I took her in and let her sit there for a few minutes. To my shock and surprise she peed in her potty!! Its hard to tell if it is just a coincidence or the start of a new and wonderful diaper free household but either way-we were all excited. Nothing like a bunch of ladies getting really excited about pee. I will keep you posted on the progress or lack there of, but for today, I will continue to smile and think- I have a really smart little girl!!

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Faygo, Vernors and Bell's

I realize that there are more than delicious carbonated beverages that come from the wonderful state of Michigan but I just have to say how excited I was to bring those three items home with me (along with some others that I have been unable to find here: garlic expressions salad dressing and Nabisco chocolate wafer cookies). What do you miss from your home state and stock up on when you go home??

We are headed to the Zuzulocks for dinner tonight (yup-walking down the street). I made my favorite refrigerator cake (with the above mentioned cookies) and can't wait to dig in! Off to pack Maggie's bag and wait for Rob to get home from work!

Monday, August 10, 2009

Running around with Beckie and Kangas
Having so much fun with Caddie!
Great Grandma with Laila
Happy Birthday Caddie!
Bubbles with Baby

Great Lakes Great Times

Drinking to forget our experience with Jay!Worlds largest (sideways) pavlova-yummy!
Maggie and her new bf Tom

Proto pups taste better without the pup!!

Sunday, August 9, 2009

Home Again

July pretty much flew by with all of our travels this summer! We had a great time in Florida with the Pantanos (and a visit from LL and Reed) and a quick transition to Michigan.

The drive went really well and is actually a lot better than the drive from Missouri. Maggie was absolutely amazing and the best little traveler ever. Having Megan and Beckie along made the drive so quick and easy (with a wonderful soundtrack!)

We spent the first part of our trip in Spring Lake enjoying the pool, company and Coast Guard Fest. Though we ran into some trouble with a crazy waiter at the Kirby, it was an overall success. Maggie enjoyed swimming in Nana and Grandpas pool and Erin and I made the largest, most delicious pavlova ever! The weather was amazing and I have decided we need a backyard set-up like Rob's parents-fires on a Michigan summer night=the best thing ever!

We stayed in Lansing the second part of our trip and had a great time with my Mom and my brother's family. We got to meet my new niece Laila and Maggie had a really fun time with her cousin Caddie. They got along really well and only fought over the baby dolls a few times! I took Maggie to SBS for some Spartan gear and and got her an ice cream at the MSU dairy store.

It was a busy 3 weeks but totally worth it. I am happy to be home again and looking forward to the fun times to come with the Zuzulocks just down the street. Who would have thought we would be so close again after all these years??

Finally-Congrats to Young and Hanna who were married this afternoon! We can't wait to see the pictures!!