Wednesday, June 27, 2007

Monday, June 25, 2007

To Wrap Up

The rest of our vacation week was eventful as well. We went to the pool, Ocean City's Boardwalk, Billy went crabbing (I'm sure he'll be blogging about it soon), and relaxed competed with a game of cards. I got the high score. That means I win, right??

Enjoy the slideshow of more vacation hi-lights.

Sunday, June 24, 2007

Because We Just Can't Get Enough

Of the zoo, that is.

On Monday last, we went to the National Zoo in Washington, DC. This is the first time I've visited this zoo.

Traditionally, in our family, we visit the zoo on the hottest day of the year. Or so it seems. Especially when visiting family in different cities. We have been to the Fort Worth Zoo when it was around 100 degrees. We've been to the Cleveland Zoo on super hot days. We've been to the Albuquerque Zoo. Guess what? It was hot there, too.

All this to say, it was hot and humid the day we went to the National Zoo. All this hotness doesn't make the animals very playful or energetic. It doesn't make me very playful or energetic, either. But we pressed on.

Thankfully, there are several indoor exhibits for the animals. With air conditioning. Yeah!

Here we are riding the Metro into DC. That was a fun experience for Abby to ride the "train."

By the "heffa-lants."

Getting a better view.

The zoo had several stations that sprayed out a mist so the patrons could cool off. Abby liked standing under it. She got soaked.

Talking to the Prairie Dogs.

Sleepy Panda Bear.

Regal Lioness.

"These monkeys are stinky!"

"Oh! They're so CUTE!" (referring to the babies -repeated about 50 times).

Cuddly Tigers.

At the end of the visit, Abby was too tired to give up her binky.

She promptly fell asleep on the way out of the zoo, right before we got back on the Metro. During rush hour.

Oh, to be three.

Thursday, June 21, 2007

Uncle Michael's Beach

The much anticipated trip to Uncle Michael's Beach took place on Sunday afternoon. Can I just say that it did not disappoint!

The beach we visited was Assateague Island in Maryland. There are wild horses on this island and we did get to see a couple on the way in. After dark, our dog was barking at something in the distance and it turned out to be three horses. I was glad the dog was tied up or he might have tried to herd them.

There are no pictures of Abby actually in the water because she was not too fond of it. It was a litle cold but I think it was the waves that intimidated her. She did, however LOVE. THE. HUGE. SAND. BOX! She loved digging and pouring and digging some more. Mommy was the "water girl."

Uncle Michael built a fire on the beach, and we roasted marshmallows. Yum!

After an afternoon in the sun and an evening around the campfire, Abby was a little tired (and grumpy).

We had so much fun! Thank you Uncle Michael and Aunt Melissa! We will remember this for a long time.

Tuesday, June 19, 2007


One night, while tucking Abby in for the night, she was saying that she did not have a "Grandmother." She has a Nana and a Grandma but no "Grandmother."

Have I mentioned that she likes to be formal?

So, we discussed the possibility of calling my Aunt Linda "Grandmother." She liked this idea.

Last Friday, we got to visit "Grandmother" in West Virginia. Abby helped decorate her very own cake.

I'm Ready!

Grandmother and Abby

Here is the finished product. Please note that it was Mommy's fault that the "A" is messed up. Cake decorating is harder than Grandmother makes it look!

Mark It With An A

Wednesday, June 13, 2007

Tuesday, June 12, 2007

"Go Forward!"

This past weekend, we bought a bicycle for Abby. Last year, she had a tiny one that someone gave us, but Daddy accidentally ran over it backing the car out of the garage.

She's been wanting a new one all spring. Sometimes, she gets to ride the cousins' bikes, but not enough. I was thinking that I might be able to find one at a garage sale, but I didn't want to go through the whole summer and still not have one for her.

So, we did the next best thing: Walmart!

Here's Abby on her maiden voyage (if you don't count trying it out in the store)!

When she first started riding, she would pedal forward a few times, then pedal back, which makes the bike stop. So, we started and stopped all the way down the street. It took about 20 minutes to get down to Auntie's.

Now, she's starting to get the hang of it and can turn into the driveway from the sidewalk. She's even learning to use that brake for a good purpose at the end of the driveway where it slopes to the street. We still have to tell her to look where she's going because she tends to look down at her feet. It's a lot to learn all at once.

Look UP, Abby!

She's on her way!

Monday, June 11, 2007

Few And Far Between

That's how my posts have been lately. So here's a little update.

There has been a flurry of activity over the past week or two: Graduation, graduation parties, birthday party, Beauty and the Beast production, and a Youth Car Wash, all added to the usual activity like gardening, going to the Library, park, and now the pool. I'm so glad the lazy days of summer are here. Hmmmm.

This week, we'll be getting ready to go to "Uncle Michael's Beach." My brother lives on the Eastern shore of Maryland and we'll be visiting him for a few days. Abby has been looking forward to this trip since January when it was still cold and snowy outside. It gave us warm days to look forward to.

Here are a few pictures from the past couple weeks.

Abby at a friend's graduation party. Funny, I didn't get a picture of the graduate with Abby. Sorry, Super-K.

Gaston singing, "I'm roughly the size of a barge!"

Beauty and the Beast dancing. This is after he got a "haircut" and got rid of his awful werewolf look. To see pictures before the haircut, click here.
Abby with "Gaston," my nephew.

Wednesday, June 06, 2007

WW- One Lone Bloom

My first ever peony bloom!

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Friday, June 01, 2007

Just For Fun

I saw this quiz over at The Sparrow's Nest. Those who know me know this is right up my alley. I heart Jane Austen!!!!

I am Elinor Dashwood!

Take the Quiz here!

You are Elinor Dashwood of Sense & Sensibility! You are practical,
circumspect, and discreet. Though you are tremendously sensible and allow your
head to rule, you have a deep, emotional side that few people often see.
Well, that about sums it up. Who knew all those personality tests could be summed up this way? :)

Please take the quiz and let me know who you are!!!