Sunday, July 6, 2014

National Zoo

Mark and I are partial to the Columbus Zoo (in Ohio) since we grew up going there with our families and for school field trips, so The National Zoo had big shoes to fill. Although it is quite a bit smaller, it is really impressive. Tip: Park at the bottom of the hill so you're climbing up to see the animals you want to see and when you're exhausted, you're going down the hill to go back to your car.

Here are some pictures from our visit last weekend (click on the picture to make it bigger so you can see the animals)

I was fascinated with the lions. I had thoughts of "what if.." scenarios going on in my head. Eeeek.

These monster turtles were Lily's favorite!

holy moly, this guy was BIG

When we told Lily we were going to the zoo and asked her what she wanted to see she said "a pig!" exciting

Hi, my little cutie 

R - week


Monday: "hop-hop-hop"

Tuesday: Lily snacked on raisins (the ultimate toddler snack)

She also made rice crispy treats with Mark!

Wednesday: A favorite verse of mine, "Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: REJOICE!" Philippians 4:4

Thursday: I wrote letters with an erasable marker for glass/chalkboards on the front door. I think Lily enjoyed wiping them off the most.  

Friday: Hi, Great-Grandpa Ron! Thank you for taking time on the 4th of July to talk!

Q - week



Tuesday: Quiche! (+ a lesson in how to crack an egg)

Wednesday: Our verse this week, "Everyone should be Quick to listen, slow to speak, and slow to become angry" James 1:19 

Thursday: We reviewed with a fun new alphabet game (Thanks, Barb!)

Friday: It was my week to Facetime; I was the birthday queen - ha!

Friday, July 4, 2014

Thursday, June 26, 2014

P - week


Monday: Oink, Oink, we made Pigs!

Tuesday: It was more like 'what didn't start with 'P' this week: pizza, popcorn, pasta, potatoes, prunes, peppers, pancakes (yes, we had all of that...just not all on Tuesday!)

Wednesday: Lily practiced praying. Currently, she thanks God for food, family, our day, and the pool.

Thursday: We reviewed outside with chalk

Hi, Popsy! Thanks for facetiming!

Phew, this was a FULL week. 
Other fun 'p' things included: a picnic, the playground, a park, going to the pool, dyeing pasta, and painting

 my little artiste 

AND...(drum roll please) Lily is officially potty-trained! She has been diaper-free for a little over 3 weeks now.
I'm SO proud of her!

Sunday, June 15, 2014

Happy Father's Day!

Happy Father's Day to all dads out there but especially today, we're celebrating the wonderful dad that Mark has become. Often I think being a mom is hard (it is) but then I give me self a little slap and remember how hard it is to be a dad. You have a lot of pressure to provide, support, encourage, love, have energy, be funny, and much, much more. Your title goes far beyond landscape manager; you're dadda, my birth coach, best friend, bother, son, neighbor, and husband. AND, you're doing all of them wonderfully. We love you and appreciate you more than cake, chocolate, and cookies.
Here's to another year of being the world's BEST dad! ...and hopefully more sleep! :)

We surprised Mark at the airport this morning. Lily yelled, "HOORAY!"
Happy Father's Day, Mark!