Monday, April 20, 2009

Go Go Go!

Audrey having some pre-bath fun. She loves to run around in her diaper.

Monday, April 13, 2009

Happy Easter!

Audrey loves the flowers we planted last Fall.

Easter Egg Hunt (or the Gathering of Obviously Placed Eggs)

Easter Grass was everywhere... we might have to have Grass-less Easters from now on.

Progression of Spring

I am amazed how fast Spring changes. Here are some pictures of the Smithsonian Castle's Courtyard. The first set was taken the first week of March and second set the first week of April. And yes, I go to DC a lot these days, at least four times month.

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Cherry Blossoms

When we decided to make this big move across the country, one of the things I was most excited about was being so close to Washington DC and being able to see the Cherry Blossoms every year. Eric and I came to visit his family three years ago for Easter but I was disappointed to have missed the peak by only a few days. I have been looking forward to seeing them since I moved, but I had to first endure winter. We went last Thursday. It was a gloomy day, but the blossoms were amazing. It was like snow in a weird way, kind of like that fight scene in Kill Bill, but with a striking lack of Samurai swords. There were a lot of people for a week day, I cannot imagine what Saturday must have been like. I am already hoping that next year it will be sunny when I go.

My Dad's Visit

My dad and his wife, Arlene came to visit us last week. We did some touristy things and took a road trip to Virginia and North Carolina to see my Aunt Karen, Grandma Deans and Grandpa Deans. Here are some pictures from our trip.

My Dad & Arlene in front of Mount Vernon.
While at Mount Vernon we witnessed a sheep give birth to two lambs.

I am an animal nerd, so I thought it was the coolest thing.
Eric and I got to go to Monticello sans Audrey. Thanks for Dad & Arlene for babysitting (or should I say babyrunning).
We had lunch with my Aunt Karen and Eugene in Tappahannock, VA.
They spoiled Audrey with gifts.

My Grandpa Deans' Farm house in NC.
It was Audrey first time meeting her Great-grandfather.
Audrey got spoiled with more presents.
She even started singing "Happy Birthday" to herself.
We were given a Victrola that my Great-grandmother owned.

Audrey found my Grandpa's hat and work boots.
She looks so cute when she's guilty.

My Grandpa Deans and Grandma Gail with their new love.
We had a wonderful trip and we so blessed we could go before Eric started his new job.

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Job Celebration

We have been very excited about Eric's new job. We went out for Ice Cream the night he received the offer. Audrey loved the ice cream and being up past her bedtime.

That weekend Eric's Dad, step-mom, sister and brother-in-law generously treated us to a night at a bed and breakfast called Peralynna in Columbia (the city Eric will be working in.)
We ironically were in the "Peacock Suite." The room usually runs $1,000 a night, but they got a much better deal.

Although, it was appropriate to have peacock pictures, I was not sure if they knew that the albino one was not a female. From our five years on the farm, I knew that only the males have the tail feathers so we weren't sure what exactly what was going on in the pictures.

We explored Columbia (which is much like Irvine) and also found a quaint historic city center in the next town of Ellicott City. We ate dinner in an old tavern that was built in the 1830's, Eric and I are nerds for old places like that. It was a wonderful trip and great to have a break from our little girl.