Thursday, September 9, 2010

Easter Weekend

A.D. had quite an Easter weekend this year. Nana came down from Virginia on Thursday night then we kicked off the festivities on Saturday by spending the day with our church group hosting an Easter egg hunt at Table Rock State Park. A ton of kids showed up and after watching a few of the older ones, A.D. jumped right in. Saturday night, Lee and Amanda drove up to spend some time with us before A.D.'s baptism on Easter Sunday. We had a few people over Sunday after church for a quick brunch. Overall, don't think A.D. will top that for quite some time, even if he is still probably too young to remember it all.

Monday, September 6, 2010

Tourists in D.C., continued- April 2010

More photos from the top of the Lincoln Memorial. I loved the view from there. Probably boring for most but one of my favorite places we visited.

From the bottom of the Lincoln Memorial
Near the Memorials
Waiting for the Natural History Museum to open our first was sooo windy and chilly!
I think this was by the Natural History Museum also, but it has been awhile.
The Smithsonian Castle

Sunday, September 5, 2010

Tourists in D.C.- April 2010

A.D. and I have been to Washington, D.C., many times visiting Tim's family, but we haven't gotten to play tourist very often. To say my education of D.C. was lacking was probably being extremely nice. I had never visited the White House, the Lincoln Memorial, or many of the Smithsonian Museums. So when my parents planned a trip with my grandmother during April, A.D. and I tagged along to see some of the sights. I think we visited almost every major attraction and probably could have stayed another week visiting others. The weather stayed fairly cool but the wind made us keep our coats on for much of the vacation. I had a blast, loved the Metro (during non-peak hours), and decided I could definitely stay (if I didn't have to work). I think between my parents and me we took about 1000 pictures so here are just a few:

Korean Memorial
Grandma and Papa from the Lincoln Memorial
Grandma and Great-Grandma, also from the Lincoln Memorial
Relaxing for a few minutes on a bench near the Memorials
The White House, note, A.D. is asleep :)
Grandma and Papa in front of the White House
From the steps of the Capital Building
The Capital Building
I don't think he was supposed to be playing with the art...
Air and Space Museum

Sunday, August 29, 2010

Gone Fishin'- March 2010

As much as A.D. loves trains, Tim loves fishing. Tim is obsessed. Which is okay, most of the time :). Tim has been itching to take A.D fishing for the first time and an invite from family friends to fish a pond on their property was the perfect opportunity. Papa went along too but I opted to stay home since I was on-call and would have spent the entire time on the phone. I was actually hoping that if I stayed home then the on-call phone would be silent but, alas, no such luck. The boys seemed like they had a great time fishing and spending time with good friends.

Papa and his fish

Ohhh, slimy

Papa trying to get A.D. to kiss the fish

Friday, August 27, 2010

Giant Lightbright- March 2010

On one of my days off, A.D. and I decided to visit our local Children's Museum. We had only been once before when A.D. was about 6 months younger so this trip was a definite eye-opener on how much bigger A.D. has gotten. One of his favorite activities was playing with the giant Lightbright.

And more lights....(This was part of the Blue Man Group exhibit)

They also have a large wind tunnel to play in. Last time A.D. enjoyed watching others but this time he joined right in.

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Texas visit- March 2010

Texas visit continued...
A.D. was very eager to ride the carousel at the mall, however, not so happy when his time came to ride...

But after a few tears, the smile returns, sort of...
Mugging with Grandpa Jeff and Daddy in front of the train in the mall. How cool is Texas? We got to see Thomas then we found a train in the mall!

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Deja Vu- March 2010

No these aren't lost photos from the train show but from our visit to Grapevine, TX. We made the trip in early March to see Grandpa Jeff and Uncle Austin. Grandpa Jeff was on the ball and happened to catch a flyer that advertised a Day Out with Thomas during the time we would be there. The day was a lot of fun and A.D. had a blast with all the Thomas paraphernalia.

For all the concerned parents out there, yes we thoroughly sanitized, then washed, then re-santized his hands after meeting the petting zoo animals.

"Mom, can I have one of these please?!"

Train Show-February 2010

Trains, Trains, Trains....A.D. loves any and all things to do with trains. We happened upon a poster for a train show when we were visiting a local train store a few months back. I penciled the date on the calender and sort of forgot about it. Luckily I glanced at the calender earlier this month and noticed the train show was up-coming. I think our perceptions of what would be at the train show were different than reality, but I still think A.D. had a wonderful time. There was a lot of photo opportunities, however, I always seemed to catch other children in the frame so here is the only good one with just A.D.

And since I didn't catch a lot of good photos at the train show, this photo-op occurred a couple days later while sitting a train crossing.

Been awhile

So it has been awhile...and since our last post in February we have had a lot of stuff to post about. I am going to try to post it all in chronological order so here goes...

Monday, February 15, 2010

Dear Nana,

Thank you so much for sending me some of your snow. It was so much fun! I included for you some of my pictures from Saturday morning. Thanks again.
Love ya! A.D.

Monday, February 8, 2010

National Aquarium

On Sunday after Lindsey's Wedding, Tim, A.D., and I headed up to Baltimore to visit the National Aquarium. A.D. has only been to one other aquarium in Charleston, SC, when he was 4 months old so we were looking forward to seeing his reactions. He did learn how to quickly make fishy faces and noises, but other than seemed like any other day for him.
Riding on Daddy's have to check your stroller at the aquarium and they give you the handy backpacks.

Probably A.D.'s favorite activity--drawing on the chalk board table!

Look at how big this bookstore is! Tim is lucky he didn't let me go in!