Tuesday, June 30, 2009

7 Days & Counting

This is where we live now.
We live in the bottom 1/2 of the house.
The inside is new.
The neighborhood is ideal.
We will miss 667 Lovett Avenue.

We plan to close on our new house July 7th.
Packing began a month ago & continues.
Excitement increases each day.

My blog has been severely neglected.
I have lots of posts...but they are still in my head.

Monday, June 22, 2009

Not Me Monday

We are in summer mode...so my postings are way less frequent as I am enjoying time outside. Oh, and packing! But I thought I'd squeeze in a Not Me Monday....as my list is accumulating. So I proudly confess yet another list of all the things I did not do or say in the past few weeks.....

  • I did not teach Sofia how to log into my email so she could do it while I was in another room. That demonstrates email addiction....I could care less about my computer, emails, or blogs that I follow.
  • I did not watch Stella discover & then play with several dust bunnies found behind our couch. Not only is that gross to let my child to play with such things....but it also confirms that I even allow those disgusting collections to grow & thrive in my home....sweet Rach.
  • I did not round up all the toys that make noise & light up & pack them into a box because we are moving....in a month. That's way too early. I do not deprive my children of items that contribute to their entertainment & happiness.
  • I did not get stared at, laughed at, & then mocked by a bunch of 16-year old kids at a stoplight because I was dancing & belting out lyrics to Hakuna Matata. Nope, I am always a calm driver & definitely do not know all the lyrics to almost every animated Disney song created.
  • I did not hold Stella over a giant trashcan at Wilcox park, unvelcro her diaper & let her dirty business plop into the trash....and then put that same sort of "clean-ish" diaper back on. Not me, that is disgusting & totally unsanitary & would not dream of doing such a thing....especially in front of several cute families having a playgroup picnic.
  • I did not spend an entire afternoon taking in the sides of my tank tops & adding extra fabric to the lower 1/2 of my bathing suit....ha ha ha....not me. Why would I need to do that? My cups runneth over....my body is definitely the shape of a perfect hourglass & not an exaggerated pear.

I did not have the chance to say the following:
  • "I'm not stretching Fia....well yeah, I know I'm doing squats & lunges.....I'm just trying to fit into my jeans. No, not everyone has to do this..."
  • "No Sofia,....I did not get scratched,...those would be stretch marks....no, not everyone has them, only people who gain 65+ pounds in a 9 month period....but thanks noticing & pointing them out"
  • "Fia, I have to sit like this right now because my legs are hot.....I know, it's not very lady-like....because mommy's legs touch & then get hot.....no, not everyone's legs touch, only the super lucky ones....yes, maybe someday when you're a mommy, your legs will touch up top too...."
  • "No, Mother Nature is not a real person....so no, you can not invite her to your tea party....but maybe we can have the tea party outside"

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Vacation Snapshots - Final Edit

Our vacation to DC was nothing short of AWESOME. I thought a few pictures posts would be the easiest way to show our trip. I'll begin with the typical "oh, looks like you had a fun time in DC" photos.....and a few of my personal vacation highlights.

Friday night: went to a sports bar for the Wings Game

Saturday: A few hours spent on Capital Hill doing the tourist stuff....I had to get a few pictures for the blog....I'm so shallow.

WW II Memorial....it was really quite spectacular.

Shout out!!

Lincoln...I didn't know he was so tall

Major highlight....we got to meet Brian McBride!!! Peter's cousin Kyle has the coolest job ever. Brian (yeah, we're on a first name basis) was on his way to training. To view our (mostly Peter) obsession with McBride....click here.

Kyle got us VIP passes for the game.....so we were basically on the sidelines...it was so awesome.

Look how close we are....it was so cool.

Check us out in the background!

DC fans were crazy! Loud drums, chants, & jumping did not cease. Although they might consider increasing the flag size.

Isn't my camera awesome?
Aren't I a super good photographer?
Oh wait...Kyle got this from one of the professionals at the game


We sat in the mezzanine for the 2nd half of the game....the view was incredible.



Post DCU game drink

Georgetown....a couple super cool paper stores. I love paper stores! Yes, it is weird to take a picture....this is for me. Although Les might appreciate this one too.


No, this was not my favorite part of the trip....but maybe it was...because it is the coolest store in the world! Only an OCD lunatic like myself would take pictures of this.

Two levels of everything that has to do with containers & organization.... I was in heaven.

Vacation Snapshots - Gag Reel

These are the pictures that usually get axed from final slideshow editing.....but they are easily my favorite. Really just our DC vacation from a different perspective....mine.

Wings Game....the sentiment was shared....BLAHHH!!!

More Wings game sentiments

Breakfast at hole in the wall Pete's Diner....excellent for 3 reasons.
1. Cheap & delicious food.
2. Cool name.
3. Run by lots of hard-working & efficient Asians (they wanted to hire me...but I had to respectfully decline because daycare in DC is outrageous....plus the commute)

Yes, spray painting a few bamboo sticks green & then hanging them from drop ceiling with paper clips DOES make Pete's Diner a step above....so authentic!

Peter never blinks during pictures & loves to pose for them....especially in small non-tourist locations when he can be "let's get a picture of ordinary stuff to appease annoying & obnoxious wife" guy.

Peter is not blinking for this one...his eyes are just really squinty

I am not sure how Ben achieved this face....but it is awesome. I, however, am not very creative with my funny face skills....kinda like how I was Asian for Halloween...."Hey Rach, how'd you get your eyes to stay that way? That's amazing!"

Ben's best attempt for my face.....although I do not think my overbite is that severe.

I don't remember what this was about....but Ben & I did not get the memo to wear brown.

Peter, what to do with that left arm? Do I put it on the small of Ben's back?...because that would be weird. Do I wrap it all the way around Ben's waist?....also kinda weird. Not enough time to consider all the options. I don't want Ben to be uncomfortable....this is kinda awkward. Wait, I'm supposed to be posing too? Why does my wife force me to take all these stupid pictures instead of enjoying the game? Whew....the moment done!

Peter, oh my goodness....Brian McBride has his arm around you! Why don't you put your arm around him & pose for the picture? Whew....the moment is gone....forever. (Yes, I know this picture is posted twice...it is that awesome)

This guy was taunting passing children with his DCU flag....what a creep

Peter explaining something soccer-related to me....me nodding & pretending to be mostly interested. Where is Kyle when you need him.

Woman, stop taking these annoying pictures & let me watch the game!

The chick in the front row wearing black tank top is our babysitter. She is friendly, kind, & loves children. The woman in the white tank top decided that perhaps black was the better color & bought a jersey on the way out.

Check out the hair on #3. I need to dig in the archives & find an almost exact picture of Peter....who is also #3. Awesome.

Peter told me we could visit local car dealerships for similar photos. I hate when he shoots down my dumb ideas with reasonable arguments.

Thumbs up! Kyle's favorite pose (1/4)

Thumbs Up (2/4)

Thumbs Up (3/4)
Kyle is a tall & athletic guy with a great sense of humor whose hobbies include reading, listening to music, playing soccer & spending time with family.....and making JC Penny poses.

Thumbs Up (4/4)

Aside from the sun was burning holes into our retinas....the weather was spectacular.

Find Rachel

Quit defiling our nation's capital & go back to Canada!!....& take your junk with you!

Not sure if I was more upset by this 14 year old's backpack choice or the shorts on the left.

5 Guys Burgers
Just like the burgers of EGR's Roses of old...before the Gilmore Collection bought it.


Yes, this is the 3rd picture of a 5 Guys burger

The worker's face is priceless. She's either afraid, embarrassed, or intimidated by taller than average Asians....but probably all 3. She'll think again before asking a passersby for a demo.

Inside the Puma store:
I feel this really describes who we are.
Peter = contemplative.
Rachel = crazy.

Kyle hates his phone.....he was never on it. He also did not have a perma-grin regarding the 3rd generation iphone he recently ordered.

Kyle demonstrating the extendo-long arm clutch gadget.....or burning time while I went up & down each aisle like a kid in a candy store. I heart The Container Store!

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