MLK Memorial- 17 Weeks

31 01 2012

We went into DC again with Amelia- this time to meet friends for lunch and check out the new MLK Memorial. It was another beautiful and unseasonably warm day. We liked the Memorial!

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A stone of hope…

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From a mountain of despair.

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Many inspiring Martin Luther King Jr. quotes.

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Trains, Museum, and Oysters- 17 Weeks

28 01 2012

This week we took Amelia on her first trip into D.C.

We took the metro train from Rockville to the National Mall.

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We decided her first Smithsonian Museum should be the Museum of Natural History, where she could get to know some wildlife!

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We stopped at one of our very favorite restaurants in DC- Old Ebbitt Grill. We wanted to be sure she knew how much we love oysters & happy hour, and how much mommy missed them during pregnancy!

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We took the MARC train home- just in time for bedtime.

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Amelia’s First Florida Vacation

23 01 2012

Paul and I had planned to overlap our maternity and paternity leave to take a nice, long, warm vacation with Amelia and my parents. We had a very fun and relaxing time visiting Mimi and Gaga in Marco Island, Florida!

Amelia was great on the plane.

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She was so happy to be in Florida, she spent a lot of time happily rolling on the floor and looking out at the ocean on the porch.

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She got a lot of special bonding time with Mimi and Gaga. She played with new toys, and practiced new tricks like learning to sit up and playing pat-a-cake.

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“Roll it and Roll it”

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Gaga really got her laughing!

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We had fun swimming every day.

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We also loved just relaxing by the pool with the baby.

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We had a very fun day at Tiger Tail beach where Paul built a sand starfish/pyramid, and a baby seat for Amelia to nap in.

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We got to go out on two date nights (and see two movies- woohoo!), thanks to Mimi and Gaga’s generous babysitting.

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We took a few beautiful morning walks on the beach with Amelia.

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And a brisk jog for Paul and Amelia.

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One of Amelia’s favorite parts of the trip was bath time with Mimi.

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We enjoyed visiting Mimi and Gaga at their weekly drawing class so much…

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that we took our own art class too.

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We learned the art of “Zentangle” or as some might say, fancy doodling!

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We are getting Amelia started early!

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We took Amelia to a bunch of our favorite Marco Island dinner and lunch spots, including the Snook Inn.

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Cheers to a wonderful vacation Mimi and Gaga!

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We already miss the beautiful sunsets and fun times!

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Don’t worry though, we’ll be back!!!

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