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: aka music, How to Live With a Phantom, japanese pop, mr. potato head, rainy afternoon, Shintaro Sakamoto, washington dc
Over last weekend, we found ourselves with a rare gift — a day with nothing on the agenda. The weather was rainy and dreary so we felt no obligation to leave the house. Staying hunkered down, Daryle brought out an old cardboard box filled with toys from when he was a child. He set up Mr. Potato Head and Jack quickly thought it was the best thing to gnaw on. Switching places, I assumed the role as DJ. That minty green album I’m holding was brought back from our trip to Philly when we stopped into the record stop, A.K.A. Music. It was one of those featured albums on the wall. The cover is of a guy standing slightly behind a life-sized, nude mannequin. It’s so bizarre and random that I thought we had to have it in our collection. Even if it wasn’t any good, it would at least be worth framing to hang on the wall. I’m not surprised, it is quite good Japanese pop, though not something I’d listen to every day. The artist is Shintaro Sakamoto, his album, “How to Live With a Phantom.” Here’s hoping for more rainy days just the three of us.
Tags: americana, anacostia, beer, budweiser, leed certified, washington dc, washington nationals staudium
Daryle and I spent a recent date night at the new Washington Nationals Stadium for a friend’s birthday. On the most gorgeous evening, we sipped Bud from tin bottles and eyed the game as I caught up with friends. The the sun set, turning the sky a pinkish shade of blue and the new stadium sparkled — it’s so clean and beautiful and is the first fully LEED certified baseball stadium in the country. Set along the Anacostia River, it’s an area of DC that I hadn’t visited much at all. The neighborhood is full of new buildings and highrises. There’s a bridge overlooking the river for visitors can walk across. We had such a pleasant time. Beer, burgers and baseball, that good ole American kind of evening never gets old.
Tags: black cat, building museum, night club, onesie, petit bateau, play date, sleeper, washington dc
Have any fun plans for this long weekend? Daryle and I staying in town and have a play date for Jack at the Building Museum with the same crew we used to go drinking with at the Black Cat. :) My how things have changed.
Jack had such a growth spurt this week. I had been saving this darling Petit Bateau outfit brought by my sister from Paris and overnight it was almost too small. I made him wear it any way!
Have fun. See you next week!
Tags: breastfeeding, breastfeeding center, bubbles hair salon, k street, newborn, washington dc
I’ve been a bit of a hermit these past four weeks. Breastfeeding takes up a ton of time because you have to do it so often. My goal is to feed Jack every 2.5 hours, but he’s been such a finicky eater that he likes to nurse for short periods of time — every hour. I’ve been going to the Breastfeeding Center on K Street (DC) for their weekly group breastfeeding class. This non-profit is a godsend. There to educate and empower breastfeeding moms and provide support for those who are on the fence on breastfeeding. Because Jack’s slow weight gain, I’ve been frequenting their classes and have met with two of their lactation consultants. I love more than anything the consultant named Pat. When I was so concerned and emotional about Jack’s weight, I was also wondering about my milk supply. Pat acted like an investigator asking me specific questions about how I was feeding, how Jack was responding, and helped come up with a plan to increase my supply. She was such a positive and reassuring source. She has literally met with thousands of women and has over 25 years of experience. I felt like she had definitely seen it all and could draw upon her experience to really help me and Jack.
When today’s class was over, I slowly shuffled out of the Center feeling like I wanted go anywhere but home. I’ve been cooped up for so long. Being that it is winter and everyone has the sniffles, I’ve been overly protective as I really do not want Jack to get sick. He’s just too little and it would break my heart. But I was dying for a little something besides my house. So I spotted a Bubbles hair salon and decided, what the hell. My hair was getting so long and stringy. I popped in to see if they could take a walk-in. Moments later, I’m getting my hair washed and head massaged while holding Jack in my arms. I got a few inches taken off. I bet you can’t even notice can you? haha. And had it blown straight. I used to religiously blow dry my hair but haven’t in easily over year and a half. It’s fun to see myself as the old Katie. I remember that style! So here’s some bathroom photos. Now, I just need to lose those hefty last pounds and the old Katie will really be back!
Tags: fresh spices, georgetown, salt rubs, sea catch, tea and spice exchange, washington dc
I’ve actually never been one to geek out on tea and spice shops — mainly because the few times I have gone in, I’ve been offended by the prices and wind up backing out of the store slowly being slightly embarrassed. But last night, I popped into Georgetown’s Spice & Tea Exchange after having an appetizer at Sea Catch a block away (love that restaurant, like l-o-v-e) to find such a special store with an apothecary vibe. All spices were lined up in glass jars and the owner encouraged my friend and me to open any of the jars to smell the aroma of its contents. How fun! What amazed me most wasn’t the unusual spices (and there were many) but the typical spices that I use on a daily basis. Take bay leaves (I love making soups) — I couldn’t believe how fresh and aromatic they smelled. Or, the varieties of cinnamon (hello Christmas cookies) from different regions in the world — decadent! There were so many cool salts — yes Himalayan of course, but so much more: smoked salts, chocolate salts, wine salts — no joke! So many neat rubs for meats, fish, pasta and olive oils. And teas too: green, black, and herbal all combining flavors you don’t ordinarily find. Obviously I’m excited about this — mainly because I’m done with buying spices from the supermarket. They’re old and have lost their flavor before they even hit the shelves. For the prices and the ambiance, I think I’ve just stumbled upon a new hobby.