Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Besties, conquering fears and enjoying the little every days

Taryn came out of her kindergarten class so excited to show us her new mustache, which fell off after the 5th removal of it so I showed it what it would look like if I really had a mustache. 

Gwen and Haddie are besties. We walk to school almost every morning (as long as it's not snowing or raining) and we meet up with our friends the Rinngers along the way. Taryn chats with Jane (in 1st grade), I chat with Tammi and Gwen and Haddie chat as they walk together. I have to chuckle every time I look over at them, doing just what their mamas do- talking about life and having fun together. 

Everyone needs a friend that they can dress up with and eat chips with :)

Haddie conquered her fear of the dentist. My mistake ended up working to my benefit the morning of her dentist appointment. I told Haddie she could have a playdate with her friend Gwen, totally forgetting that she needed to be at the Dentist in an hour. But then I realized that Haddie might do better if she had to be brave in front of her friend. Worked like a charm!!!!! No tears, they were able to get x-rays, and she was as happy as could be with her extra stickers (and prize bag) because she was such a good example to her friend. Mama win!!!

Enjoying time together as a family at the Crystal City Water Park. We played Ping pong with the girls and enjoyed a long walk after getting burgers with our friends.

Always creating with and enjoying what nature has to offer. 

Including the bugs!!!

Volunteering at Taryn's school has been so much fun. I love seeing her in a classroom setting. She is a strict rule follower and the kindest to everyone. I love her teacher (and teacher's helper) so so much. All the kindergarten teachers rave after Taryn's teacher. We got super lucky to have her for her 1st and last year because she will be moving back to CA. I'm sad Haddie won't have a chance to have her. 

Ya know, just mowing the lawn like Daddy

Sometimes you're just so exhausted from playing that your hands need a resting spot too. 

After errands, I sat at the table to do some computer work. Haddie found a nice little spot at my feet to finish our Costco smoothie. 

Smelling the beautiful roses on our walk to and from school. I love this time I get with the girls. There are times I am stressed about getting to school on time and then there are days we can just walk at a good pace, stop to enjoy our surroundings or our favorite dog Emma. These days will fly by so quickly that I want to be sure to enjoy those "slower" moments I have with them. 

Saturday, June 10, 2017

Taking a Cooking Class with friends

This cooking class was so much fun! 
Lynne had a brilliant idea to sign up for one of the county cooking classes and invited a few of us to do the same.  We decided the Spring Cooking from the Farmer's Market was the best class for us. 
This is a great bunch of ladies right here!

Zara and Lynne were prepping for their spring onion tart

I spy bacon and yummy yummy onions!

Love her!!
(And just realized we are totally matching in our stripes!)

Spring Onion Tart before baking

Asparagus two ways
A morel mushroom sauce and the other with a Tarragon Vinaigrette

Finished onion Tart with Dara

My was so so good! Special thanks to the all butter puff pastry !

Our cooking instructor was great. And like any cook, she would have the funniest mannerisms in the kitchen. I was laughing to myself half the time because I could see the little things she was doing here and there - like checking temps of chicken stock by sticking her finger right in etc... 

The smell of onions and butter is one of the most wonderful smells...

We learned a lot, had tons of fun, and it was the biggest classes our instructor had ever taught (not pictured are the other 5 or so ladies cooking away on the other side of the kitchen. 

We spent a night cooking from 6pm-10pm and it was so different from my usual night routine. I'm thankful our babysitter and Tyson made it possible for me to enjoy this night. 
It's so fun to get out and try something new and it's even better with good friends. 

Monday, June 5, 2017

Our love for the National Arboretum continues to grow!

The National Arboretum is my new favorite place for a leisurely stroll. We all enjoy being outdoors in the beautiful weather, the gorgeous flowers & trees, and the birds we see at every visit. 
This was the first time Tyson had ever been to the arboretum and it didn't take long for him to declare "I want to come back again!" 

Don't mind that sassy guy who refused to smile for photos. Actually, I kinda love these photos of him...makes me laugh because that's exactly what I was doing behind the camera with all of his poses. 

Taryn has really taken to Photography. We let her take our DSLR and go crazy with it. I love the perspective I gain by seeing the world through her eyes. 

Not bad Taryn! We were chuckling because she kept saying things like, "Move your this..." and "scoot over just a bit....right there!"
I wonder where she gets it from ;)

This pose Haddie threw out for Taryn had us busting at the seams. Not a soul told her to pose like that. That's just pure Haddie- ness right there. 

Tyson posing for Taryn's last photos before we got in the car :)

I really love the everyday scenes she snapped. Buckling in Haddie like I do several times a day.

The Azalea Gardens were just blooming to the brim when we visited. 

Another sassy Tyson photo ;) I'm pretty sure the girls were catching his feelings of not wanting to stop for photos either. 

On our 2nd visit a week or two later, we let Tayrn have the camera again and the photos we got back didn't disappoint. 


Picking wildflowers, seeing the bald eagles that nest at the Arboretum every year and running into friends. A perfect stroll indeed.

I love how small we seem compared to the last lands that is the Arboretum, and especially with the old Capitol building pillars in the background. 

In her element. 

We wandered for hours and had the best of times. My family thrives with constant outdoors time. I love what we discover and how we interact with one another. 
Nature has my heart. 
It became a great outlet for Tyson during some pretty stressful work events. He would wait for the weekends and we would get outside as much as possible. It was great therapy for all of us.