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Audrey’s activities: making wardrobe decisions

For quite some time now (a year, maybe?), Audrey has been choosing her own outfits and pajamas each day. Sometimes this means she picks a summery dress on a snowy day, but hey, that’s fine by us as long as she wears a sweater and warm tights with it.

Naturally, Audrey has a few favorites. And by favorites, I mean one particular item strikes her fancy for the week (or month), so she picks that one each day until we convince her that it a) is in dire need of washing and/or b) she has lots of other nice items in her closet and dresser.

For the past several months, this pink tutu dress has made a frequent appearance, usually with these white pants.


Seriously, I would estimate that she’s wearing this exact outfit in 75% of the photos we’ve taken of her since the fall. (Also, look at how good she’s gotten at using scissors! Cutting is one of her favorite activities.)

In recent weeks, Audrey’s branched out, wearing a different pink tutu dress (thanks, Grandnan!) and a pink dress with white embroidered flowers (thanks, Nana!) nonstop.

But nothing has really matched her love of the first pink tutu dress until Nana gave her and Claire these matching purple nightgowns last week.


Since last Friday, Audrey has stayed in her nightgown as long as possible after waking up — quite a change from the girl who used to get dressed immediately after getting out of bed — and taken off whatever she’s wearing once we’re back home so she can put it back on.

It’s the perfect outfit for her favorite activity these days: spinning, dancing, and singing to the Frozen soundtrack.


I think it’s safe to say we have officially entered the Princess Phase.

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.

Memorial Day Weekend

We enjoyed our first Memorial Day weekend in Mayberry. Er, I mean, Falls Church. It definitely captured the feel of small-town Americana: BBQs with friends, family, and the neighbors, a parade through our neighborhood, kids playing in the backyard.

On Memorial Day morning, the three of us dressed in patriotic blue and joined the crowd for the annual Falls Church 3K Fun Run.

I can’t say there was much actual running, given the size of the crowd, but hey, we got free t-shirts and water!

We relaxed at home afterwards and got ready to BBQ. We only lasted about 10 minutes in our parade-watching spot in the neighbors’ yard because it was SO. HOT. Poor Audrey was pink almost immediately. We retreated to our shady backyard, where we still managed to get glimpses of the action (and hear all of it). The parade went on for about an hour and a half!

Nana and Grandpa came by our house in the afternoon, as did some friends — including adorable little Ian. The two kiddos had fun splashing around on the water table but the pool didn’t really hold their interest.

That’s okay — I’m sure both the pool and the water table (not to mention our lawn chairs and grill) will get lots of use in the hot summer months ahead!

Happy Mother’s Day

Happy Mother’s Day! Audrey took time away from her sorting toy to give me this greeting.

Between my birthday and Mother’s Day, I’ve been quite spoiled this week: two dinners out (including our first real evening date since Audrey was born!), extra sleep, flowers, and more.

It’s been a beautiful weekend, so we had a cookout to celebrate Mother’s Day with Kenji’s parents today.

Audrey thoroughly enjoyed exploring the yard (in her cute dress!).

And spending time with her Nana and Grandpa.

I hope all of you mamas out there enjoyed your day!

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!


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