Monday, August 31, 2009

The Redskins

Uncle Hugh bought Archer an Washington Redskins outfit before he was born. Finally, 2 years later, Archer can finally fit into his gear. Below are some pictures of our Redskins fan.




Saturday, August 29, 2009

Airplanes

Archer's current favorite sign language word is airplane. He thinks any motor sound might be an airplane so he does the sign and makes a motor sound with his mouth. Yesterday, while David studied, Archer and I took a trip to the National Air and Space museum. I wish I could have done the flight simulators, but they wouldn't allow a 16month old to accompany me. Next time I will become a fighter pilot.

Here is how you say airplane in ASL:

Here was one of Archer's favorite planes - the Polar Star. It has skis to land on the snow. This plane took some explorer to Antarctica.



We had lunch on the Mall. Archer is looking at a plane up in the sky.

Sunday, August 23, 2009

An Old Fashioned Sort of Day

Our electricity bill was through the roof for the past month, so I decided to try something new. Laundry went outside on a line instead of the dryer and we turned off the air and are using fans.
(We are just trying this for the day and will see how long we last).

I hope the neighbors don't mind the decor.

Archer finds his own air conditioning.

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Diaper Helper

It has been hard for me to post and work mostly because there doesn't seem to be much to post about...let's see, here are the main things going on in Archer's life these days:

1. Archer still has a fit when I drop him off for daycare, but he is making progress and interacting more with the 3 other children there.

2. He got bitten by a little girl on the playground on Saturday. That was a little traumatic for David and myself.

3. We are having fun making forts out of furniture, playing with the fountains at the park, and sharing chores (see below), but it is kind of sad we can't go on big adventures during the week anymore and blog about them. I am determined to find the interesting amidst the seemingly mundane though!

I still think he gets more and more adorable by the second. :)

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Friday, August 14, 2009

Squam Pictures

Bumpson and mom took so many incredible pictures of Archer at Squam this year. Here are a few of the 800 (not kidding) they took.












Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Time to Play

The first day of work was a-ok. I think it will get easier to leave him as time goes on (or at least everyone keeps telling me that). My favorite part of the day was picking Archer up and going to the park. I think we will keep up this schedule of going to play in the water as long as it remains 90 degrees or above.




Monday, August 10, 2009

Charleston

The second part of the week was a great kind of busy. We headed down to Richmond on Wednesday afternoon after the emergency room visit.

Thursday around 2pm we left for Charleston to go to Kate Osborne's wedding. Things really looked up as soon as we checked in to the Meeting Street Inn. Archer's face was healing, the beach was calling us and we were happy to have a few days together before school, work and daycare resumed. Plus, Dad got some great bonding time with Archer since I was in the wedding.

My favorite times as a family were when we could hit the beach. Archer's favorite time was when he was drinking vanilla milkshakes and hanging out with his best girls. He was sort of embarrassed when I dressed him up in feminine clothing for the wedding. One of David's friends asked how old our daughter was. Oh well, I thought he looked cute. It was a wonderful ending to a wonderful summer.

The wedding was beautiful and Kate Osborne Adams was glowing. We really had the best time catching up with all of our friends. I wish we could do it again!

Daddy and Archer apres swimming.

Sunbathing...
Archer is pretending he is on the beaches in the south of France.


A few of Archer's doting Aunties (he loved the attention)

Hanging out before the wedding in his boy dress.


Do we have time for 18?

Archer made good friends with the Osborne's dog, Tuck.

Emergency Room at Children's Hospital...


Well, last week was a busy one - good and bad busy. This post is about the bad part of being busy.


I dropped Archer off on Wednesday morning at Mrs. Jackson's (the lady who is taking care of him). It was supposed to be an easy 3 hour introduction to being at her house where he could meet the other 3 children she takes care of and play with them. 20 minutes later I get a call from her saying that Archer has fallen on his face on the concrete porch. We rush to the emergency room to find out that he tried to knock his front two teeth out. Luckily he did not succeed. We will need to wait to see if he did any nerve damage by seeing if his teeth turn grey. However, he did get a big swollen mouth and a fat lip and a terrified mom.


What a way to start daycare.

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Changes...

are hard.

This time next week I will starting my job working as a part-time reading teacher at D.C. Prep. I love the school and the other teachers and am thrilled to be getting a paycheck, but I am feeling very sad that I have to leave my baby. I have had the best year and 3 months I could have imagined. I am hopeful and confident that I will still be able to the best mommy I can be when I am working.

Here is what has been happening the past few days:

The beginning of the end of my time as a stay-at-home began with Archer and I spending a dreamlike 4 days at Windwood on Squam with Aunt Mary, Cousin Roo, Cousin Ellie, Granny Goose, Boodad, Brother Bumpson, Great Aunt Holly, Great Uncle John Mason, and Barry.

We sorely missed Daddy, but were proud of him for studying so hard. I can't wait to post a blog about what we did at Squam and post pictures, but it will have to wait a few days until I can get Aunt Mary to send me the pictures. (I left my camera at home by mistake).

Here is what will happen this weekend:

We are going to Charleston for Kate Osborne's wedding! We are making it more a vacation than a wedding and are spending Thursday to Saturday down in beautiful South Carolina.


I know my mommy still loves me even though she's working