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Monday, May 25, 2015

Life in Between

Found this picture of our last snow fall of the year!!!  

Driving to Walter Reed is exhausting, 
but hearing this piano as soon as you walk in quite relaxing. 

My big boy!! 

Gracie loves her mini me!

The glamorous life of a girl scout. 

Lexie and Eli are best buds!

Date nights are mandatory. 

She makes my heart happy. 

Trying to find the perfect hiding spot.  

Big sisters can be a pain. 

The kids requested this for their Easter dinner and I happily obliged them. 

WH Easter Egg Roll souvenirs 

Ethan's self portrait using a Picasso like style. 

Some moments are too sweet for words. 

National's baseball game goodies. 

Spring time is just too sweet. 

Teacher Appreciation gifts courtesy of Crafty Satci on Etsy. 

Some more goodies that I did for Teacher Appreciation Week

Eric and the kids having fun with the warmer weather

Mother's Day cuddle and kiss. 

My Mother's Day treats and trinkets. 

School drop off selfie

Lexie's and Eli's favorite thing to do outside, ride in the bike trailer. 

When the in-laws were visiting, I was spoiled. Yum! 

Such a beautiful place full of history and respect. 

Yup, I'm in love with it. 

He's now a Webelo! 

Drum lessons for our drummer. 

 Girl's Night Outs are the best

Monday, May 18, 2015

Grandparent Visit

Eric's parents flew in to spend some time with us before our big move south which was wonderful since this was their first time visiting D.C.  We kept them busy visiting the major landmarks and memorials because those places are just too cool to pass up, but I think they really enjoyed hanging out with our crazy offspring and seeing what they do on a day to day basis.

White House East Wing

Watching Marine One fly away from the South Lawn 

Arlington National Cemetery 

Lincoln Memorial 

Vietnam Memorial 

Mount Vernon 

White House West Wing 

Friday, May 01, 2015

Charming Convos

One morning as we were getting ready for school, I heard this conversation and I think of it often. Siblings of special needs kiddos have a special place in heaven for them.  

Ethan- Eli and Lexie are so cute!! I wonder why they are so cute?! 
Gracie- I know!!! It must be the Hydrocephalus, Ethan. Being special needs must make them adorable. {pinches Eli's cheek}

Here's another one that pretty much made my heart explode.

Gracie- Mom, what will happen to Lexie and Eli after you guys die? 
Me- Lexie and Eli will never be able to live on their own, but there are places that Lexie and Eli can go live at where people will take care of them like we do. 
Gracie- You mean strangers??? 
Me- Well they work there so it's a job for them, but we don't personally know them. 
Ethan- No way, they will come and live with me. 
Gracie-How about Eli lives with you and Lexie comes and live with me. That's crazy to leave them with people we don't know.
Ethan- I'm going to adopt Eli that way I can tell people he is my brother and my son. HAHAHA!! Oh wait, that sounds weird. No to the adoption. He will just stay my brother.   

One day as we were all on the way to lunch, Eric was driving a little too fast and got pulled over by a police officer.  After talking to the police officer and admitting his wrong doing, the police officer gave Eric a pass and let us go.  As we were starting to drive away, this hilarious exchange between a father and son still makes me laugh. 

Eric- Alright, guys. Did you see that I didn't throw a hissy fit or start arguing with the police officer. I kept my cool and admitted that I was going a little too fast. I respected him and his job. I didn't start crying like a baby.  
Ethan- You weren't crying on the outside, but I'm pretty sure you were crying on the inside. {giggling}
Eric- {Laughing }  Oh, I don't deny that, buddy.   

During the week, bedtime is at 8:30, but on the weekends it changes to 10:00pm.  One Friday night as the kids were going up to their rooms, I reminded them that it was the weekend so they could stay up later if they wanted to.  Gracie's reply was so cute and funny. 

Gracie- {Giving me her sly grin} Girrrl, you know I'm not going to make it past 8:30.  

She's too funny, but she's right. When she starts relaxing, she can't stay awake.