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


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 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!


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!

Friday, November 25, 2016

An Ina Garten Thanksgiving

Since we spent this Thanksgiving just the four of us, I was not going to let the day pass without an attempt at making a (mostly) traditional spread. I've actually looked forward to hosting Thanksgiving for years-my house has just always been too small. So, this will be the dress rehearsal of hopefully future years in a home that has a table built for more than two!

Naturally, when menu planning, I decided to follow the guidance of entertaining extraordinaire and my personal food hero, Ina Garten. She hasn't failed me with any recipes yet, and even though I'm "entertaining" someone who already enjoys my cooking and a picky three-year-old, I still want to experience the foods of the holiday in celebration of the day. I'm keeping it simple and will miss some favorite sides but I only packed so many dishes, pots, and pans, and well, we always have Christmas to add in any missing favorites (like this-mushroom leek bread pudding-make and thank me later.)

Thanksgiving 2016 Menu:

I can't believe how simple this was and SO flavorful too. Leave it to Ina for simplicity and ultimate flavor.

In my opinion, haricot verts are always fancier than your average green beans, and when they are tossed with the gremolata, tasty! (I did forget pine nuts though, so they could have been even better.)

Full disclosure-I couldn't source the truffle butter in time, otherwise these would have been authentic Truffled Mashed Potatoes.

Cranberry Sauce and Stuffing*
Not pictured above. Trader Joe's fresh cranberry sauce and stuffing-because I'm the only one who likes them and,  #convenient.

Black Beans*
Not pictured above. Because the male Haseltons requested them...I find this so strange for a Thanksgiving spread... But, in the words of Henry: "Mom, I don't like green beans, I like BLACK beans!" Ok, kid.

As evident in the picture, there was some level of failure in the production of this pie. The crust was made a little big for the pan, and the filling made more than the pie could handle so the cup overrunneth when transporting to the oven. However, was my first pumpkin pie and taste was not compromised!

A good looking and tasting plate if I do say so myself.