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Monday, January 23, 2017

This Weekend

Where does one start to capture the enormity of this past weekend? First and foremost it's not my intent to make this a political post or alienate anyone for their beliefs. Let my disclaimer be that we may not have all voted for the same person, but I hope we can agree that all Americans deserve the same rights and our personal freedoms should be protected. I also happen to think we need to continue to do our part to protect our planet, while also listening to science and fostering its advancements.

So, Inauguration first. I was really on the fence about going, but living here when the President changes power seemed like an historic event to miss if I could see it in person. Yet, it is a long day, is quite cold (though it was "mild" by DC standards), and there was the great unknown of crowds and demonstrators while managing a three-year-old and an infant. My judgement generally tends to play out worst case scenarios, so I opted to watch from home while Scott hopped around the city easily solo. In all honesty, I probably would have found a babysitter and/or braved the elements had the election turned out differently, but these were the circumstances and I just felt safer in the privacy of my own home with my kids. I did walk outside a few times just to share the air with the excitement, but while we are close, my neighborhood felt like any other day (we are in Capitol Hill but on the east side, and the festivities were on the west) while people jogged, walked their dogs, and went grocery shopping. Had their not been a helicopter hovering overhead for an hour it would have felt like business as usual.

Scott hopped around the district, venturing in and out of metro, which was challenging due to the volume of people, but he was able to get a vibe from various areas, moving out when things were looking to get hairy, yet enjoying a beer with work colleagues at a certain point too. I know he was glad to be able to be a participant in a Presidential Inauguration.

On to the Women's March. Again, we decided it would be best that I went solo, due to the large anticipated crowds, and weather (I've decided I'm just a West Coast wuss). I would have loved to bring Jo, but she had a cold and I didn't need to expose her as a three-month-old to those elements.

The energy was electric just stepping onto the metro with so many men, women, and children from all walks of life. I really want to shout out to the men who participated for the women in their lives--that shows such strong sense of character and self and appreciating the entire point of the movement itself. I'm really grateful to be married to a man who sees me as an equal partner. So the metro was PACKED-every car, sardines jammed in a can. The metro drivers were the clearest (i.e., didn't sound like gobbledegook) I've ever heard them, having conversations with the riders about having to miss stops just due to the amount of people on the platforms and playfully chatting up how these crowds were so great. When we were finally able to get off three stops after the original one, women were cheering as they emerged from the train and pouring out of the escalator onto the street. I teared up a few times that day.

Finally getting out of the subway took some time and once I emerged onto the street, it was a massive sea of pink, as any aerial photos have already shown. I was lucky to find a small retaining wall and climbed up to sit to have a better vantage point and since the crowd was essentially non-moving/very slow going, I wasn't going anywhere for a while. From there, I was able to watch the jumbo screens, try to hear the speakers, and take in the very clever signs as people very slowly moved passed.

Seeing so many smiling faces of men and women coming together simply to support equality for everyone made me feel proud to be a woman and an American marching that day, as there has been a heavy weight on my heart these past few months. This weekend proved that so many people share the same thoughts. That's empowering.






Tuesday, January 17, 2017

January 12, 2017

January 12 was an awesome day for several reasons:

  1. It was a rare 70 degree day sandwiched among 40 degree temps.
  2. The kids and I visited the National Zoo which was awesome.
  3. We had Indian delivered for dinner and enjoyed Patty's Cakes cake balls for dessert in honor of my birthday. 
  4. Scott met, exchanged words, and shook hands with President Barack Obama. 
Photo credit Pete Souza.

Photo credit Pete Souza.

Zomg. January 12, 2017 is one for the books.


Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Chatting with Henry

I wish I was able to record or transcribe everything that this kid says, but doing so while driving and multitasking makes it difficult. BUT, I am trying to get better at voice memos to help me remember the sweet thoughts and conclusions he draws each day. Hope those that know and miss this boy enjoy.

1. "Where are my guys?" (Referring to his dad and Grandpas after their respective visits.)

2. "Mom, what are we doing on Earth?"

3. While learning about clocks and telling time...
    Scott: "What time is it?"
    Henry: "Party time!"

4. "Mom, how has your day been on Earth?" (These deep, philosophical questions, I tell ya!)

5. When talking about seasons changing, leaves falling and being raked up...
    Henry: "Mom, can I jump in the red leaves at home?"
    Me: "Well, I think most of the leaves have been raked up and thrown away, buddy."
     Henry: (Genuinely defeated) "Well that's sad to hear."

6. Henry: "Mom, are you a girl?"
    Me: "I'm a grown-up girl, called a woman or a lady."
    Henry: "Mom, are you Wonder Woman?"

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Snow!

Oh don't mind the Californians freaking out about stuff falling from the sky. In this case, it was legit, fluffy and white, and fell all day last Saturday. It was magical to sit and watch it from our living room, silently coming down and creating the whitest wonderland we've ever been able to experience from the comforts of home.



Snow cat.







Sunday, January 1, 2017

The Holidays

Christmas this year was merry though certainly different to spend on our own. Christmas Eve Day, Scott and Henry took in some new sights--the MLK Memorial and Thomas Jefferson Memorial while I got dinner ready. That night, they came home and we watched a movie or two after dinner, and put out cookies and carrots for Santa and his reindeer. The next morning, Henry woke up VERY happy to see that the man in red delivered exactly what he wanted-"a kite to fly and red bike with pedals." He did note that St. Nick did not bring Josephine's requested "shiny new pacifier". Sorry dude!

Henry didn't waste any time getting on his bike to start riding. We have to thank the use of the balance bike to prepare him, because other than some more practice needed starting and stopping, he's got the actual riding down at 3 years old. It's amazing.

While he was out practicing Christmas Day, we met some more neighbors that day with kids which was also great.

Christmas and the season as told through pictures...




I scoffed at these until they became a necessity.



Winter in Capitol Hill. Please ignore that giant splotch-Santa needs a new iPhone.

At the US Botanical Gardens

Botanical Gardens (can't wait to go back in the spring when a)warmer and b)spring flowers.


Father/son Christmas Eve date






video
(Video is a little shaky as I'm running while filming, but worth seeing that he's actually doing it!)

Christmas Day naps for 3/4 of the house, which meant Parenthood for me!



For New Year's Eve we had over a neighbor couple who is expecting their first child in February, which was great because I didn't think we'd entertain at all. We made tapas, had dessert and drinks, and enjoyed an evening socializing, which I haven't done since our parents were here. Was a great way to ring in 2017.

Happy New Year everyone!

New Year's Day bike riding.

Monday, December 19, 2016

Three Months

So, we've been here nearly three months and it's flown by. Also, pretty obvious my blogging took a dive once Josephine was born, so I'm hoping to catch up somewhat in this post with what our lives have looked like since around Thanksgiving.

Our parents came and visited for a week, respectively, which was awesome. Nothing like introducing your daughter to her grandparents for the first time, and watching Henry be reunited with some of his favorite people. They saw the usual sights, and we joined them on a few for the first time as well. Scott went to the National Archives (keeper of the Magna Carta, Declaration of Independence, and Constitution) for the first time, and I joined my parents at Arlington National Cemetery and the National Museum of American History (highlights-the replica of Julia Child's kitchen, Sesame Street Muppets, and Breaking Bad props).





 

Henry developed a really weird rash and extreme itching that I was convinced was chicken pox, even though he's been vaccinated. We've since ruled it out but it made for some stressful days attempting to run interference between him hugging Josephine ( though adorable) and overanalyzing her every sound/reaction in particular. We still don't know what it was, but thankfully, it looks to be mostly gone.

I have made some friends! And found a playgroup for Henry!

We made our first trip to the mall (very weird to have to pay for parking) and visited Santa. Also, the mall was FOUR stories-crazy town. This Santa was exceptional too. He got up from his couch and chatted with Henry before the photo opp, and did the same thing after, engaging with him and the other kids. Josephine slept the entire time.


It has gotten COLD. In fact, I saw an icon on my iPhone I hadn't seen before-a snowflake with a thermometer. Turns out, that's "freezing rain." It rained overnight last weekend and well, it froze. I had plans to go to coffee with the new friends mentioned above but with it being so cold, I considered driving. When I saw the state of our car (below) it was determined I'd be walking. I made it there with a few close calls but did slip and fall on the icy sidewalk (I'm fine) on the way home. Womp womp. It's probably time we buy an ice pick/snow brush for the car. We've been teased with the snowflake about half a dozen times now, but no snow yet.






We've stayed indoors lately because the temperatures have been so low, and I'm still a bit nervous about Josephine's exposure to the cold. It's probably all in my head because obviously people out here have babies AND there are colder climates also with newborns, but her being only 5 weeks old and 40 degrees outside causes me more worry than enjoyment. I'm summing it up to the California weather part of me-freaking out with the change.

Last night we braved the elements and bundled everyone up to view the National Christmas Tree and accompanying White House decorations. I have to say at the sake of sounding critical, South Coast Plaza's tree is more memorable!




Missing everyone back home, especially as Christmas draws closer!

Visitors

We've been lucky to have both sets of parents pay us a visit since our move out here, and it was so nice to be able to obviously introduce their newest granddaughter, but also introduce DC to them all for the first time. Like any reunion, it was hard to say goodbye, but I think they'll be making trips back in the spring to see how much their grandkids have grown and more of the area.

Scott's mom flew out on a red eye the night Josephine was born, and stayed for a week before his dad joined us. Due to recovering, I couldn't join them for much sightseeing, though since Scott was still on partial paternity leave, he was able to join them on some excursions. They definitely earned their stripes walking the streets and riding the metro like pros.

My parents arrived a week and half later, and my mom was initiated right away. After settling into their house and walking over to ours, she tripped on the awful (like, 10x worse than the worst Fullerton street) sidewalks here and got a black eye and very bruised wrist. Welcome to DC!

By the time my parents came, I was able to be up and around, thus able to take in more sights with them, and they even got to be present for Josephine's first Metro ride.



















We're very lucky to have parents willing to travel and see us during this adventure! Miss you guys!

We were also very lucky to have my longtime and very dear friend Courtney swing by during her whirlwind professional travels for an awesome morning visit!