And then there were 4...

And then there were 4...

Sunday, April 21, 2013

One Hot Date

TJ and I have been in a rut lately when it comes to date night.  In an attempt to break the cycle I booked two tickets to the National Museum of Crime and Punishment, booked a babysitter, and told TJ that he was in for a real treat. 

On Friday night we dropped Dominik off at the babysitter and started the date off right by heading to TGIFridays for some delicious dinner.  After dinner we drove down to the museum in great anticipation of our fun date night in store. 

As soon as we got to the museum they promptly handcuffed us together and sent us on our merry way.  We perused the museum taking in all the artifacts and information regarding different forms of punishment, criminals throughout history, and a lot of interactive exhibits.  TJ and I got prison tattoos, analyzed blood splatters, looked at a crime scene, got fingerprinted, stood in a line-up, escaped from prison, walked the line with drunk goggles on, and so much more.











The overall museum was a lot of fun.  It was a good combination of interactive, and self-led.  We learned a lot, and had a lot of fun together walking through it.  At the end of the date we both agreed that we need to do ore date nights like this one!!

Farewell to a Friend


Since he was born, Dominik has had a binki.  When I say "had," I mean he has had a binki in his mouth or clipped to his shirt...it was pretty much a 24/7 thing.  He found so much comfort in his special "friend" that neither TJ nor I had the heart to tear them apart.  However, TJ being the dentist that he is decided that on his third birthday the two would be separated with no turning back.  So on his third birthday we collected all of the binki's, placed them in a plastic bag, and hid them as well as we could.  We knew that Dominik discovering any evidence of a binki would result in one catastrophic event in which he would never trust us again. 

 


When Dominik went to bed on his 3rd birthday he asked for his binki, we replied with a "you're a big boy now and baby Fletcher (our good friends son who is 7 months) needs them to help him go night-night."  I'm not going to lie and say that it wasn't a rough couple of days...but it has been totally worth it!  It has been a month now and we have only had one relapse (he discovered a binki under our bed about a week ago, but I was able to sneak it away during a nap) since the separation.  He is no longer overly whiny during the day, and actually sleeps way better at night.  We are so proud of our big boy!!!

DC Cherry Blossom Festival


Since we are in DC this year and there are some pretty famous cherry blossoms downtown, we thought "what the heck."  So on Sunday when we thought the blossoms were at their peak...we headed downtown.  We took the metro in an attempt to avoid traffic at all costs, and by the looks of things downtown, we made the right decision.  The place was packed!  There was people and cherry blossoms everywhere.  Even with all the blossoms surrounding us I was told that we were on the tail end of the actual event.  There was some barren trees surrounding the tidal basin, but the overall view was spectacular.  Not only did it look great, but it also smelt great too!  I'm definitely glad that we ventured out to see them during our brief year here in the DC area.













Wednesday, April 10, 2013

A Night with the George's

Originally the plan was to go to the Cherry Blossom Festival in downtown DC with the Georges.  We were going to peruse the street vendors, enjoy the blossoming cherry trees, and top it all off with fireworks from the Tidal Basin.  Unfortunately, TJ and Steve (probably more TJ) wanted to stay on the golf course until the last possible second, and they didn't get home until 7:45.  With the fireworks starting at 8:30 and a 45 minute travel time...it was time to resort to plan B...bowling!! 

I will be the first to admit (with TJ being a close 2nd) that I probably wasn't the nicest about having to change plane.  I was so excited to see the cherry blossoms and fireworks that going bowling seemed pretty drag.  However, I was pleasantly surprised.  I should have known that anywhere with the George's is going to be a good time.




We went to the bowling alley on base and it was glow in the dark/rock in roll bowl.  There was black lights, strobe lights, some rockin good music and some fabulous people to share it all with.  It's nights like these that make me so happy that we get to go to Okinawa, Japan with the George's!!!









Saturday, April 6, 2013

March Maddness

So when we first moved into the Rockville ward and I was called into primary, I'm not going to pretend like I wasn't completely and utterly devastated.  I have since found the silver lining and feel like the windows of heaven have really dumped a multitude of blessings on me!  One for instance is the fact the I was also called to be the YW basketball coach!!  When I was initially asked I figured my bishop called Bishop Kelly and he told him that I was the stake YW basketball coach.  Well Rockville ward needed a coach so it seems like an easy fit.  However, when I asked if he did talk to Bishop Kelly, Bishop Baird looked confused.  He then proceeded to tell me that he prayed about who in the ward would make a good fit, and my name came up!!!  Creepy right...perhaps creepy is not the right word...we will go with Fantastic!!!!

I LOVE basketball; whether coaching, playing, or simply watching, there is something about the game that is captivating.  I just love it!  When I was asked to coach I was informed that the year prior was not such a good year.  Our team lost every game and morale was pretty low.  I resolved that win or lose, I would try and impart as much basketball knowledge upon the girls as I could.


The season started out pretty rocky (to say the least).  There is a team in our stake that takes the game to a whole new level (one of their players even told one of my players that she "sucked")  Really!!  That's just crazy; this is CHURCH YW basketball for crying out loud!  Any ways....after about the 5th game the girls started learning how to play as individuals and as a team.  Watching them have their mini successes was so inspiring!  I love the look on a girls face right after she makes a basketball, it is as if magic just occurred on the court and they have this new found sense of pride and ownership over the game.  It is truly remarkable, and I am honored to have been able to work with each and every one of them.

From Left to Right: Me, Trishy, Ally, Jesica, Noah, Jasmine, Maddie, Ursey, Claudia, Danielle.
Not pictured: Cate, Maurie, Alexis, Savannah, Sara, Victoria, Alicia, and Bre
We ended the year with 5 loses, 2 wins, and 1 tie!  That's not bad considering last season was 8 and 0!  The girls did great and I could not have been more proud.  To finish out the season we had a BBQ, movie party at my house.  It was fun to see the girls off the court and get to celebrate our success.  I'm sad that I won't get to see them play next year! 





Monday, April 1, 2013

One Great Visit

These past two weeks have been some of the best weeks we have had here in Maryland.  This can not be attributed to one event, person, or thing, but rather all events/people/things that occurred during these two weeks.  My parents came to visit, we celebrated Easter (one of my favorite holidays) and we got to see and do a lot of things we would not normally have done!

My parents flew into Dulles airport on Wednesday the 20th at midnight (technically it was Thursday...but oh well).  It was so wonderful to see them!! They were still three time zones behind so when we got home at 1am, I was ready for bed and they were ready to party.  They were good sports though when I told them that I needed to turn in.

The next few days were spent relaxing, taking in a museum or two, and just getting in some good hang out/visiting time.  Even though we all talk on the phone every day (sometimes multiple times a day) it still seemed as though there was a lot to catch up on.










Saturday was Dominiks birthday party and they were such good sports to wear their capes I made for them.  They helped tremendously with the set up and take down, and you could tell by the elation on Dominiks face that he was super proud to have Grandma and Papa there to celebrate with him.



Sunday was spent at church and then topped off with a walk around the monuments downtown.  Despite the brief spout of snow near the end of the walk it was still beautiful and humbling to pay tribute to all the past presidents, soldiers who served and died in past wars, and overall great men and women who contributed to forming this the promised land into what it is today. 







 
 



The next week went about the same as the week before.  A few more museums, a tour of the capitol, watched a movie or two, took a scenic boat ride down the Potomac River, and had lots of playing at home or at the park.  I love that my parents are content to just chill at home! 



















Sadly, Papa had to leave on Wednesday night.  We were all terribly (Dominik most of all) sad to see him go.  We are so lucky to have such an awesome dad/Papa!  Parting would be so much easier if he wasn't so great! 

After Dad left, the rest of my moms trip was spent shopping (our favorite past time), and hanging out.  I have so much fun with my mom and each day was reminded of how much I miss getting to hang out with her every day.  In addition to shopping, we hit a baseball game, had an Easter Egg hunt, went to Church, and got lots of play time in. 




Overall my parents trip was so much fun!  Such a great break in our otherwise monotonous life.  They are such fun people and always a blast to be around.  They are easy going, love playing with Dominik (giving me and TJ a break), and are always helping!  I would definitely label the last two weeks as "One Great Visit!!!"