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November recap

With Christmas only a few days away, a recap of our November activities is long overdue!

A major theme of the month: getting ready for Audrey’s baby brother! My due date was yesterday and I honestly thought he would be born weeks ago, since the second child often comes early. So we’ve been ready for his arrival for a while now. The freezer is stocked, the tiny newborn onesies are clean and in the dresser, diapers are at the ready, and the hospital bag is packed.

Most exciting for Audrey: baby beds/bouncy seats and toys abound throughout the house. She’s been “testing” them for baby brother.



The low point of the month: Audrey’s first (and perhaps only? I can hope at least…) bout with head lice.

She was a trooper, letting us “play hairdresser” after dinner each night. We opted for an herbal spray that made her hair smell like a citronella candle, followed by lots and lots of fine combing and nitpicking. It helped that she got to eat ice cream while we worked on her hair.


(I had lice too — no fun!) Thankfully we didn’t have a recurrence, so it only meant a few days of gross bug encounters, frequent laundry, and missed preschool.

Between the lice and a fever/cold, however, we were home a lot during the month. During a healthy period we made it to the zoo for some intense animal watching.


Thanksgiving was fun and pretty low key. Audrey made paper turkeys for Claire, Henry, Nana, and Grandpa, then we headed to Kenji’s parents’s house for Thanksgiving dinner.


Over the holiday weekend, we made our first trip to the National Air and Space Museum Udvar-Hazy Center, where Audrey enjoyed chasing James and Arlo (and even rode a space simulator with Kenji!).


Stay tuned for a Christmastime post soon!


Happy Easter

Happy Easter!


We started celebrating the holiday earlier in the week, when Audrey decorated paper eggs with sequins and glitter. Her favorite part, by far, was using Elmer’s Glue for the first time.


Pouring sequins (“sparkles”) all over the table came in at a close second.


Yesterday, the day of the annual Cherry Hill Park Easter Egg Hunt, was absolutely gorgeous. Shortly before 10 a.m. we headed with the throngs into the park. I think every single child living in Falls Church was there.


Audrey seemed pretty overwhelmed by the big event (who can blame her?), but she did manage to score one egg for her basket. And three lollipops, which she proceeded to eat immediately thereafter. Her first taste of a lollipop and it was love at first lick.


Today Audrey got busy decorating the hardboiled eggs sitting in the fridge. I wasn’t brave enough to try dyeing them with her, but stickers and paint seemed to do just fine.


She also got a special basket of treats from the Easter Bunny. She went straight for the (no-spill!) bubbles.


Audrey really seemed to enjoy just carrying her basket around.


Daddy got busy hiding eggs in the backyard, and then we headed out for a hunt.


Her basket was filled in no time. (Seriously, it took her about two minutes to collect them all!) Back in the house, she discovered the treats inside the eggs: stickers, graham cracker bunnies, fish crackers, raisins, and the occasional M&M.


After her nap, we headed to Nana and Grandpa’s house for Easter dinner.

The three cousins were so cute playing together. Nana bought sweet matching dresses for the girls. Grandpa staged an egg hunt in the house, which was a huge hit. (“More! More eggs!”)


We managed to get the three kiddos to sit still just long enough for a photo with their filled baskets.


Merry Christmas (and happy twenty-three months)

Merry Christmas! And happy twenty-three months to Audrey, too.


We started the morning bright and early, as usual — but this time we got to begin the day with gifts! After rooting through our stockings, Audrey happily tore into the big present Santa left while she was sleeping…


her new toy kitchen! She immediately got to work putting the little egg-filled pan into the oven, saying “Oo, hot” over and over again.

Kenji made waffles while she played and then we eventually got through opening the other presents. A quick chat with Grandnan, Tickles, and Bicycle and then we were off to mass. Audrey was super squirmy in church but thankfully we were surrounded by lots of other little kiddos, so she was in good company.

Home for a nap afterwards (while Kenji and I cooked) and then we joined Kenji’s family at Nana’s house for more gift opening plus a delicious turkey-and-fixings dinner.

It was a full day but Audrey seemed to enjoy it all. Tomorrow morning the holiday continues with a roadtrip to Rhode Island! A big purple gift bag is loaded with toys and distractions, new apps are loaded on the iPad, and Uncle Alan, who’s coming along for the ride, promises to be entertaining.

Wish us luck!

Happy Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving!

We’ve celebrated a very traditional Thanksgiving here: we watched the Macy’s parade (during which Audrey learned how to do “jazz hands”), hosted the Bohlin/Bowman clan for dinner, went for a post-meal walk, and watched lots of football.

We have so much to be grateful for. It’s been a great year.

Happy Easter

Happy Easter! Audrey (thankfully) recovered from her illness in time to enjoy a fun-filled day.

Kenji “hid” some eggs in our backyard for her first-ever Easter egg hunt.

She was very excited about shaking the eggs. The Cheerios and puffs hidden inside made great rattling sounds and were tasty treats.

You can see her in action, with mama’s help, here.

Audrey got her first Easter basket this year too. (She was so young at Easter last year that we skipped the basket and instead just put her in a cute dress and bonnet.)

Our yard is really pretty now with all of the flowers in bloom. I love Audrey’s look of concentration as she multitasked: walking, carrying an egg, and picking a flower.

After our egg hunt, we walked over to Saint James for a noontime mass. Audrey was a bit of a handful, but she took a shining to the woman next to us. This kind stranger held Audrey for half of the mass, bouncing her, flipping through the Bible, and letting Audrey pull at her necklace and earrings. She was amazing — and we didn’t even get her name!

We gathered with Kenji’s side of the family after church. Audrey was coordinated with her cousin Henry between her gingham and his plaid.

Audrey loved playing on the piano with her cousin Claire.

We posed for our annual family photo before all heading home. One of these years we’ll manage to get all three kids to look at the camera and smile simultaneously!

Visit with the Bowman cousins

Because of sickness and busy schedules, it had been several weeks since we last saw Audrey’s Bowman cousins, Claire and Henry. On Friday we finally made it over for a lunchtime visit with them and Nana.

When Misako came home from work we joked that we don’t make average-sized babies: Henry (seven months) and Audrey (thirteen months) are almost the same size.

The kids really enjoyed checking each other out. Henry shared his collection of hats and Audrey wore hers long enough to capture one photo, at least!


Happy Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving!

Today and every day I’m thankful for Kenji’s love and support, our families, great friends, and our wonderful baby girl.

We celebrated the holiday today with Kenji’s family, at his sister’s house. Audrey had fun with her cousins Claire and Henry, and she seemed to enjoy her first Thanksgiving dinner of turkey, mashed potatoes, and stuffing.

She looked so cute in the dress made by auntie Jess and her (too big) tights.

I hope everyone had a great day with family and friends!

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