Showing posts from July, 2009


We took the kids bowling for the first time today and we had a really fun time. The bumpers were up and we let Richie and Sophia push their balls down the lane. Sophia's balls barely made it to the end of the lane, even with my help, and Richie was more excited to see what the t.v. screen showed after his turns than he was to watch the ball hit the pins. Sophia liked to lay on her tummy and watch her ball roll down to the pins. They both enjoyed dance breaks between their turns. I got two strikes and almost beat dad, but he pulled it out on his last frame and tied with me. It was a fun family activity and now Dad wants to take me bowling on a date, his competitive side was awakened and he wants to beat me.

Nap Hair!

I don't know what this girl does in her sleep, but she usually wakes up from her naps looking like this:

These aren't even the best examples of nap hair; sometimes it is sticking straight up. She is moving swiftly into the terrible two's, and as you can see, can throw a mean tantrum.

Friday Fun

We didn't have anything else to do yesterday, so we took a drive down the shore and spent the afternoon at the beach. We played in the water, built sand castles and ended the day with italian ice.

A week with cousins

After spending the 4th of July weekend in DC, we headed back home and then to my brother's house in New York. My sister-in-law was going to girls camp for a week so we went up to watch their kids. We left Giselle's house on Sunday and stopped at our apartment just long enough to re-pack for the week and then got back in the car. We decided to try and avoid the holiday traffic on the GW bridge and took an alternate route that took us through parts of New Jersey we have never been before. It took us a little longer than it would have normally, but it was a beautiful drive. By the end of the day the kids were very tired of being in the car, but they were really excited about spending time with their cousins.

The kids had so much fun playing. We spent a lot of time outside in the back yard. We brought the little pool with us and all the kids enjoyed it. They used it so much that the slide ended up with a couple holes in it.

In addition to the pool there was a slip and slide …

4th of July in Washington DC

This year we spent the 4th of July in Washington DC with my sister-in-law and had a fantastic weekend.
We drove down on the third and headed to the National Zoo. Little Richie had been wanting to see the panda bears ever since he saw Kung Fu Panda last summer, and then Aunt "Sissy" told him that there were real pandas in the zoo where she lives. We got to the zoo around 4:00 and it closed at 6:00, so we didn't have a lot of time, but it was actually just the right amount of time to spend and we didn't feel any pressure to stay any longer. Plus, the weather was perfect at that time of day; it was hot, but not super hot, so we had a nice time. 

The first thing we wanted to do was see the pandas, but it looked like we were going to miss out on them, because when we went to the panda enclosure there was a super long line and eventually a zoo worker came out and said all the pandas were sleeping and there was nothing to see. So we went and saw elephants, and hippos (one reg…