Tags: family picnic rock creek park, go-cart, one year old in wagon, picnic, radio flyer wagon, red and white picnic blanket, washington dc
I’ve mentioned it before that I’m trying to be more spontaneous with our afternoons with Jack. I am the worst creature of habit and I’m trying to break free. Finally we’ve had a burst of warmth and it’s supposed to reach the 80’s this week. Yesterday afternoon, as soon as Jack awoke from his nap, we went for a picnic in Rock Creek Park. We are SO pale that I just laid in the sun without a drop of SPF. Daryle brought the Radio Flyer wagon so Jack could go-cart down the hill. Seriously, dad’s are the best for introducing a little recklessness in children. If it wasn’t for Daryle, Jack and I would have just sat and played in the grass. The two of them had the best time rolling down the hill again and again. We’ll be coming back to this park for as long as the weather lasts. It’s really the perfect spot to be; with wide open space, Jack is free to go where he pleases, collecting twigs and bladed of grass. I’ll be the mere spectator, but tomorrow I’ll be sure to bring the SPF (because Dad, I know you read this!).
Tags: art studio in gaithersburg md, billy mack orchestra, easter sunday, mimosas, old 78s, vintage art table, vintage record player
Trying to build upon traditions we started Easter Sunday at home and let Jack play with the goodies he found in his Easter basket. This year he even got some candy, which (selfishly) was for Daryle and me to snack on when Jack’s not looking. Then we put our Easter pastels on and drove to my parent’s house to see the loads of bunnies on display. My mom loves Easter, it’s always so special to see every last one of the bunnies she’s kept safe from year to year from when she was a child, through my childhood, and now for Jack’s! We spent the afternoon in the art studio next to my parent’s home where there were plenty of stations for Jack to stay entertained. There was a sandbox which must have kept him busy for a solid hour! And an art table with paper and crayons. My mom dug out old 78’s so we could listen to my grandfather playing jazz drums with Billy Maxted’s band in the sixties. It was the perfect way to spend a(nother) rainy afternoon. Jack was happy and we were happy to have mimosa after mimosa, because, that’s just what you do on Easter, isn’t it? Yes, that’s Jack trying to drink from an empty orange juice container. Hope you had a happy Easter!
This time last year, look how little Jack was when we were away at the beach!
Tags: child's first parade, constitution avenue dc parade, irish step dancers, little children at a parade, shriners in miniature tiny cars in a parade, st patrick's day in washington dc, top o the morning, washington dc annual st patrick's day parade
I haven’t been to a parade in forever, so I thought it would be fun to head downtown to Constitution Avenue with the family for some St. Paddy’s Day fun. We had so many layers on because the temperature was downright chilly and misty, and I swear we were decked out in green from head-to-toe, although you can’t really tell. The day started off a little questionable. Jack was not feeling very proud of his Irish heritage, but after we got out of the house, his moody behavior faded as we cheered on the Irish step dancers, the Shriners doing tricks in their miniature cars, and various ROTC groups. I’m a sucker for marching bands, as I participated in my high school’s marching band all four years (I’m sayin’ it loud and proud!). While we watched the floats go by, Daryle remembered his grandfather loved parades and it made me love the idea of starting a new tradition for our son, Jack to remember when he looks back at his young days with his mom and dad. Hope you had a fun St. Patrick’s Day!
Tags: baby crawling in the park, baby on the swings, dc, park for kids in washington, petworth park
At last, a hint of warm air drifted into DC promising that spring is just around the corner. Daryle was out of town for a gig, most of the weekend so Jack and I were on our own. We visited my mom in Maryland on Saturday for lunch and fun outside of the city. On Sunday, we marked the first afternoon of daylight savings by spending the entire time outside. We took a long walk around the neighborhood, stopping to chat with any neighbor who found an excuse to be outside. Sure, racking leaves sounded good on such a heavenly day. We then found our way to the local park where we met another little fellow Jack’s aged, blonde hair, named , well, Jack of course! The baby-swings prove to be total bliss for Jack. I love watching his utter glee as he soared back and forth, higher and higher until I get nervous and stopped pushing to let him swing closer to the ground. He’s not quite walking yet, so I put him down to crawl on the rubbery play-mat, among the gravel. He wasn’t terribly interested in the merry-go-round and instead made a beeline for the grass. I tried my hardest not to be a total helicopter-mom and allowed him to crawl through the dirt and cigarette butts promising myself that I’d wash his hands as soon as we got home. (He was fine!) I love watching Jack’s independence grow as he explores farther and farther away from me, though secretly, I want to smush him up and give him a million kisses, though, that’s life and being a mother I suppose.
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Before I had Jack, I traded in my tin-box on wheels for a Subaru and I’ve never looked back once. Those heated seats, the automatic transmission, yeah, that’s luxury. haha. I’m serious too (in the nerdiest way possible.)! Subaru’s marketing team has me pegged to a T. Every single commercial gets me. The one where the mom and daughter are in the community garden with the wheel barrow — Me. The other one with the man and the chocolate lab puppy, which fast-forwards to the guy getting married, having a kid and you slowly see the dog get older and more grey — wahhh! I can’t take it! And now the latest one of the handsome dad waiting with his young daughter to get picked up by the school bus. I’m crying as I type this. It made me think: that’s gonna be me someday!!! It’s so good. Watch and I bet you’ll have a spontaneous allergy attack come on.
I love the song by Tashaki Miyaki too. She has a voice that reminds me of Hope Sandoval (or Mazzy Star — my ultimate fave) and the background music has a Velvet Underground sound.
P.S. Thank you, my darling friend Alicia for sending this to me!
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All through the winter, Daryle and his DJ Associates have been spinning at the Smithsonian Sculpture Garden’s ice rink every Thursday evening. It was a flattering that the Smithsonian approached Daryle in the first place and he and his boys jumped at the chance to form an alliance with such a huge institution in DC. Jack’s bed time has been consistently 7pm for the last seven months, so I’m generally in for the night before the sun sets (sadly). But last night marked the last skating rink party of the season, so we put our layers on and found ourselves downtown to hear DJ Stereo Faith plays his tracks. Rusty B, one of the other DJs on Daryle’s team brought his two kids and even though it was way after 7pm, Jack was ready to party. I wish I got pictures of the little boy, Haven giving Jack high-fives. They’re super-sweet little boys.
In other news, I just got my hair colored (again), marking the most amount of chemicals I’ve ever had on my head in my entire life. I decided the super-platinum color was way too high maintenance for me and switched to a more normal color that’s still lighter than my dark blonde locks. Yay! I think it looks good. :)
Now that it is March, I’d like to notify you that I am officially over winter.