National Cathedral Field Trip

For once, I took a field trip without the boys. The ladies morning bible study group from church arranged a tour and tea at the National Cathedral on Tuesday.

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It was a beautiful day.

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We enjoyed wandering around the Bishop’s garden.

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The flowers were gorgeous.

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Then we took a tour of the lower level of the cathedral. Our tour guide was full of information about a million little details I would have completely missed. One of my favorite windows commemorates the Apollo 11 mission to the moon.

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Sorry. I’m not much of a photographer. It’s hard to see, but there is a black lump in the middle of the white circle in the middle of the moon. It’s an actual chunk of rock from the moon. It’s the only piece of moon rock not in a museum.

The alter is beautiful, too. The cross and flowers are actually 5 feet tall.

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The tea was lovely, but I didn’t take any photos. I was too busy enjoying a fabulous chocolate eclaire. Yummy!

July 31, 2009. Mommy. Leave a comment.

Rolling Down the Hill

One of our favorite songs is about a wildflower who goes rolling down the hill when no one is watching. Every now and again, I catch Matthew singing to himself, “I’m rolling down the hill, I, I, I’m rolling down the hill…”

The other night, they got a chance to do it. Matthew went first.

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Then Daddy took a turn.

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David thought it might be fun,

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but he doesn’t really like touching the grass.

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He decided he’d just watch, instead.

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July 30, 2009. Uncategorized. Leave a comment.

Mini Burger Bites

Our small group had a cook-out on Sunday. I thought it would be fun to bring a kid-friendly dessert, so I made mini burger bites.

The ingredients:

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The process:

1. Tint the coconut green – this will be the “lettuce”

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2. Split the Nilla wafers in half. One half will be the top buns. Spread them with some honey and sprinkle sesame seeds on top. The other half are the bottom buns. Leave them plain.

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3. Begin to assemble the cookies. Put one chocolate cookie on top of the bottom (plain) Nilla wafer. Use red and yellow frosting to make the mustard and ketsup on the edge of the chocolate “burger.”

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4. Sprinkle the coconut “lettuce” on top.

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5. Top the burger with the sesame seed bun.

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Viola! Mini burger bites!

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Cute, but lots of work. Each cookie took 60 seconds to assemble (Steven timed me). I did 20 of them and then called it quits.

July 29, 2009. Mommy. 5 comments.

Coloring

The boys aren’t that into art. I don’t get it. I, personally, could spend an hour with my colored pencils. But they are who they are and coloring is not their thing.

Except that recently they spent almost 15 whole minutes quietly coloring at the table.

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OK, so David didn’t color the picture, but he had fun nevertheless.

July 28, 2009. David, Matthew, the boys. Leave a comment.

Sliding

The Nakeds went sliding in our backyard on Friday.

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David wanted to play, too,

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but he was wearing too many clothes.

July 27, 2009. Daddy, Matthew. Leave a comment.

Hide and Seek

David has started playing hide-and-seek. He can’t count, but he loves to close his eyes and pretend.

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Then he runs around yelling “Aaaah!!!!” like he is so excited to find us all.

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And then he hides and does it all over again.

The joys of hide and seek are endless for David.

July 24, 2009. David. Leave a comment.

Places to Eat

We have a few standard places we eat out as a family. One of our favorites is Aladdin’s on Monday night when Daddy has rehearsal. We pick up Grandpa at the train and then head over. We have been so many times we have a standard table and a waiter who knows our order by heart.

Matthew always gets kibbie and hummus. David gets the grilled chicken and rice.

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Then we go up the hill behind the restaurant and wait for the 7:15 VRE to go chugging by.

July 22, 2009. Uncategorized. Leave a comment.

Not Tired

Matthew was not tired. He did not need a nap. He asked if he could just watch an episode of Thomas, instead.

Fine with me. No need to nap if you aren’t tired.

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Max looks happy, doesn’t he?

July 21, 2009. Matthew. Leave a comment.

Party Time!

We had a birthday party over the weekend for a playgroup buddy. It had all the elements essential in a kid’s birthday party.

There was a pool,

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and a water table

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and a swing set,

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and cupcakes with blue frosting.

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What could be better?

July 20, 2009. David, Matthew, special occasions. Leave a comment.

Marriage By Numbers

Six years of marriage

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Five trips to the hospital

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Four cars

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Three homes

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Two kids

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One happy family.

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July 19, 2009. family, special occasions. 2 comments.

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