Thursday, June 23, 2016

D.C. visit

We ended up heading up to D.C. for a last minute trip the other weekend. One of Chris' sisters was coming back from spending the last five months in France and we realized we hadn't seen his other sister since Christmas either. We spent the first evening surprising Auntie Jessie at Chris' parents' house where we enjoyed a lovely meal.

The next morning we went to Eastern Market and then visited Auntie Erika at her house.

It was a very short trip (right about 24 hours!) but worth it to see everyone in such a short amount of time.

Monday, June 20, 2016

Shug visits

Last week my dad came down to visit us for the day. We had gorgeous weather, so we went to Colonial Williamsburg, visited Chris at his office, and hit up both Eleanor and Shug's favorite store, the Peanut Shop.

After walking around and getting hot, we decided to go to Chick-fil-A for lunch. When we got there, a bus had just let off tons of people so there was a line out the door to get inside. We hit up the drive-thru and took our food home, much to Eleanor's dismay. It was a great day to be outside though so we sat out on the back porch and Eleanor perked back up.

Thanks for visiting, Shug! We had a great time!

Thursday, June 16, 2016

Jane is nine months old

Jane is now nine months old and so very emotive! She lets you know exactly how she's feeling, which thankfully is generally happy. She gets quite frustrated when Eleanor takes toys away from her, upset when her diaper is dirty, and excited when food is in front of her. She also gets sad when left alone. Jane is fairly mobile now, but not yet crawling. She can scoot backward when on her belly and scoot while seated to get into new positions, though likely not where she is intending to end up. Because she's not actually crawling, this kind of snuck up on us when unfortunately, she fell off the bed once this month while we weren't looking. She has been refusing all types of baby food and even non-baby foods that are the consistency of baby food, yet she will eat pretty much anything as long as there is some texture to it or if she sees someone else eating it, too. Jane learned to clap this month and loves when people join in with her. She is still sleeping through the night, even more consistently now, and takes one to two naps a day depending on our schedule. She will pretty much never nap on the go like her big sister used to do, but will sleep in the car or in her crib. She also loves saying, "da da," and has lots of short but thick, fuzzy hair.

Eleanor at nine months for comparison:

Jane at onetwothreefourfive, sixseven, and eight months old.

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

May wrap-up

May was our last month of all our regularly scheduled activities, so essentially now that May is over, summer has begun for our family. May was also full of rain. I feel like the sunny days could be counted on one hand, so we are all looking forward to a little more outside time. Chris still has a busy June ahead of him with the fiscal year ending on the 30th, but otherwise we are checking out of a lot to do a lot more relaxing, playing, and hanging out.

Eleanor painted her and my nails. She is also typically a style icon in her choice of dress.

These sweet girls just have smiles too cute not to share.

I worked my first night shift since going into labor with Eleanor.

We went to the fire station for a Chapel Family Fun night to deliver cards to the first responders and they had to head out on a call while we were there.

Sweet Jane is now too big for her baby bathtub but too unsteady sitting in water for the big tub so she gets her baths in the sink these days.

We went to a friends' one year old birthday party this month where there were lots of babies rolling around, including Jane.

Eleanor drove her power wheel car straight into the big hole in our front yard. Seriously, we have a huge front yard and she somehow missed all the flat parts and ended up here.

Jane got a tooth and learned to clap all in the same month. She's also scooting ever so slightly (backwards) so crawling should pop up in the next month or so.

Eleanor has been practicing her swimming in croc lagoon lately and she's quite adorable.

Jane and I often get a little alone time on the back porch after she wakes up from her afternoon nap but before Eleanor wakes up.

Eleanor had her last day of Mom's Morning Out this month - essentially her last day of "school" for the 2015-2016 school year. We are so thankful for Miss Sue and Miss Jeannette - her teachers this year.

Here's to a wonderful June...which is already halfway over because I am so late with this post ;)

Friday, June 10, 2016

Memorial Day - Chris' adventures

Chris went to Colorado for Memorial Day, and I won't narrate his whole trip, but the gist is that he and his college teammates decided to take a W&M Tribe Basketball reunion trip to Snowmass in Aspen. It's been 8 years since we graduated, and everyone's gotten together sporadically at weddings, Tribe games, the CAA tournament, and random weekends, but there was never a group reunion for the sole purpose of just hanging out and catching up. We were so glad it worked out for Chris to go - especially as two work trips sandwiched this one, it was wonderful that he was free. The guys had a great time, went golfing, hiking, and did a lot of grilling and hanging out at the ranch. These are just a few of the pictures Chris sent me while he was gone.

Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Memorial Day - the girls

Chris headed out to Colorado for Memorial Day weekend so Eleanor, Jane, and I headed up to Leesburg to spend the weekend at Grandma's. We hadn't been to Grandma's house since Christmas, so there were lots of new things to discover! Grandma had gotten a swing in the backyard (huge hit throughout the weekend) and a couple of new toys to play with - the biggest hit there being a fishing pole that Eleanor essentially used her imagination with all weekend long planning trips to go fishing and driving everyone around in her imaginary car to get there. Pretty much half to more of these pictures were taken by my sister, Lauren (thanks!!!).

My mom had offered to watch the girls Friday night so my sister and I could take my dad out for his 60th birthday! Happy birthday dad/Shug!!!! Eleanor and Jane gave him a little scrapbook gift they made before dinner and then we went to Tuscarora Mill and had a great time. Good food and great company - what more can you ask for?

We also had lots of down time throughout the weekend...slow mornings, slow evenings, and busy days.

On Saturday we went to Ida Lee pool. Eleanor loved it last year and after taking a couple hours to warm up to it again this year, she loved it again! She did the water slides, the lazy river, and had a blast jumping into peoples' arms in the pool. We stayed well past nap time.

We did a bit of relaxing that evening and everyone ended up going to bed early. The next morning we headed out to Bluemont to Great Country Farms. I wish we had known before going how much there is to do once you're inside! We didn't get there until 11, which if you know Eleanor, she has been up for 5 hours at that point and is nearing the end of her easy-going time. It is a little pricey but if you plan for the day there, definitely worth it! I was amazed at all there was in there and if it hadn't been so hot and we had planned for lunch we probably would have stayed longer. I felt like we rushed through. There were slides (galore!), farm equipment to play on, playground equipment throughout the woods, a huge bubble thing that you could jump on, animals you could meet and play with, and numerous other random activities, including a strawberry princess and live music. You could easily spend the entire day in there. We started finding one little slide, then we would find a bigger one, then a bigger one, until we came across this monstrous slide. Eleanor loved it! She even got to take her picture with the strawberry princess. There were a few minor injuries, including a particularly traumatic chin injury, but that's par for the course at a place like this, I'm sure.

After we ate lunch, we had a little ice cream break.

Then we decided to head over to the local pool just to cool off for an hour before dinner, though we got drizzled on while we swam.

We headed back to Williamsburg Monday after stopping to have lunch at Chick-fil-A. It was a great weekend and we had a wonderful time. Happy Memorial Day, and a huge thank you to all of those who have given their lives serving our country and their families for their sacrifice.