7/21/17

Things to Do - Random Links & 5 Hours 'Til Bedtime

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Happy Friday!! I hope you all are having a great summer! The photo above is from our annual solstice/last day of school block party. Once water enters the picture everything became chaos.

If you have a chance, don't forget to check out this week's awesome on 5 Hours 'Til Bedtime! Have a great weekend!

RANDOM LINKS:

* 32 Hilton hotel rooms in different countries (oddly fascinating).

* Have you seen these creative architectural portraits? They're so so cool.

* This book sounds really good.

* 11 ways that I, a white man, am not privileged.

* Funny third grade reading list. Bookmarking for T.

* This look yummy.

* I really want to see this female photography exhibit in Chicago.

* Emmy snubs and surprises.

* 10 cool summer date ideas in DC.

7/19/17

Things to Do - Project 52, Weeks 23 & 24

Our everyday in the beginning of June . . .

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WEEK 23

(1) Grandma Troutman came to visit and P couldn't stop playing Scrabble with her.
(2) Artechouse's XYZT exhibit with my mom and the kids (have you been yet? it's pretty cool).
(3) Rather than clean up the vacuum cleaner I took a photo of the cord.
(4) T on the iPad.
(5) F having a blast at Yard Park.

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WEEK 24

(1) T outside on his iPad.
(2) I love when the girls both have their friends over and everyone hangs out together.
(3) Sibling bonding during a dog walk.
(4) Besties playing basketball.
(5) I can't figure out what to do with our signs from the Women's March, I don't want to throw them away so they remain in the corner of our living room.
(6) Three generations of Mathesons with T's new bow that Dan bought him as a birthday present.
(7) Sisters on a dog walk.

7/17/17

Things to Do/ Places to Go - 10 Days of Summer Fun (the Countdown)

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To be honest, the summer did not start off with a bang. For the first two weeks I had to work everyday and I assumed the kids could mostly entertain themselves (the first week P had basketball camp and the second week F had sleep away camp, but T was here). I was wrong. At first, they loved the unstructured lazy days, but then boredom set in. And trying to edit while bored kids complained in the background was a NIGHTMARE!

Luckily, last week their grandparents picked them up and took them to Smith Mountain Lake (yay!!) and I worked crazy hours trying to get all my editing done (I'm 90% there). This break from parenting allowed me to regroup and come up with a plan (as you've all probably realized, I love a plan). So here goes . . .

DAY 1 - MON - Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens in the morning (according to Kidfriendly DC the flowers are in peak bloom and look amazing), the pool in the afternoon. (rain plan - switch to day 3).

DAY 2 - TUESDAY - Apple Camp in Clarendon in the morning (it's free!), pool in the afternoon, and the King and I at the Kennedy Center at night (when I was a kid, my grandmother took me to see this play and I still remember loving it, so now it's my turn to take my kids).

DAY 3 - WEDNESDAY - Smithsonian Museum of Natural History (including butterflies and the IMAX Amazon movie at 11:20).

DAY 4 - THURSDAY - Apple Camp in Clarendon in the morning (it's free!), followed by Nicecream, which everyone says is phenomenal. Ice skating at Kettler in the afternoon (public skate is 3:40 to 4:40 on weekdays).

DAY 5 - FRIDAY - Apple Camp in the morning (it's free!) followed by chores to earn spending money for vacation. At night if everyone is motivated, drive to the Lincoln Memorial for a picnic.

DAY 6 - SATURDAY - Flag Ponds Nature Park and/or hiking at Potomac Overlook Park (rain plan - switch with day 8).

DAY 7 - SUNDAY - Spiderman in the theaters in the morning, pool in the afternoon. If everyone is motivated, at night drive to the Jefferson Memorial and watch the sunset.

DAY 8 - MONDAY - Newseum. Kids are free in the summer.

DAY 9 - TUESDAY - Apple Camp in Pentagon City (it's free!) with lunch/shakes at Shake Shack and the pool in the afternoon.

DAY 10 - WEDNESDAY - Tour the Mansion on O Street (thank you KidFriendly DC for the suggestion).

THURSDAY and FRIDAY - Get ready for vacation . . .

7/14/17

Things to Do - Grateful List (May/June 2017)

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MOVIES, TV, READING
* Watching Guardians of the Galaxy 2 for family date night (so good!)
* Watching Wonder Woman with my mom and the kids
* Watching Girls, Season 6 (especially episode 3)
* Watching Shameless, Season 7 (this is BY FAR the best show on TV).
* Watching Neighbors 2 (which was shockingly funny)
* Watching Manchester by the Sea
* Reading Rich and Pretty
* Reading Anything is Possible

PLACES & EVENTS
* A not-very-hot Sunday at Claude Moore Colonial Farm's market fair
* Artomatic with P on a rainy Sunday
* Artechouse's XYZT exhibit with my mom and the kids
* Attending Wilco at Wolf Trap for date night
* Last minute Nats tickets from a client (thank you!!)

STUFF
* Trunk Club (esp. Derek Brandt, my stylist)

ETC.
* Cooler temps in May (after a really hot April)
* Jim and Val in town from Indonesia
* T's May 9th grateful list: (1) that my mom didn't break her foot [I thought I did]; (2) that Coco is not dead yet [she's getting old]; (3) my family; (4) nerf guns
* Straight As for P and F (T doesn't receive grades yet)
* The grade school spring concert - F's flute solo ("I am sixteen going on seventeen") and F's performances in bucket drummers, music makers, and cello. P's music makers and flute performances.
* F scored one of two goals to win her team's soccer game
* Dan and P repainting the kitchen
* A week of wine nights and happy hours
* T and his friends fort building and nerf gunning for HOURS after school
* "Isla what makes you so awesome?" "Well, a beautiful day with beautiful dresses and being nice to animals all the time."
* F and her friends STILL singing Hamilton all morning (actually, I'm pretty over it, but it's probably better than other music 5th graders would love)
* P and my mom playing Scrabble all the time
* An afternoon off school - Shake Shack and Ice Cream Jubilee
* F rocking out her piano recital
* P's comment on T's birthday - "I was 8 once. Nobody cared."
* T's love of his new bow
* 9 kids of all ages playing sardines together on an early release day (they were hiding everywhere)
* P to T, "Adults usually swear when they drink, haven't you learned anything from watching our parents."
* T receiving the good citizenship award (only two kids in each classroom are recipients)
* Our 4th annual summer solstice/last day of school block party

ONE & TWO NIGHT TRIPS
* Great Wolf Lodge and Yorktown/Jamestowne with P's 4th grade class
* Camping in Arlington's Outdoor Lab with F's fifth grade class
* Camping in Shenandoah River State Park (F reading, T attending the fire, P exploring) and the smell of honeysuckle everywhere
* Josh Ritter's concert at Longwood Gardens for Father's Day (we took the whole family) & T belting out the lyrics to "Getting Ready to Get Down"
* One night at Great Wolf Lodge (T and his friends loved playing hide and seek in the hotel room's xx cabin)

VACATION - Our annual Memorial week beach house in Nags Head, NC (8 families, 36 people)
* "Darcy, your room looks like your car." - Isla
* Perfect weather and conversations
* Sleeping 10 hours a night (I'm getting old)
* Margaritas with beer
* T and F rocking out the lip sync contest

7/12/17

Places to Go (Vacation) - Josh Ritter at Longwood Gardens (Kennett Square, PA)

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Dan and I both love Josh Ritter's music, we've seen him in concert 4 or 5 times and he's always incredible. So when I learned that he had a concert in Longwood Gardens on Fathers Day, we decided to take the kids and make a mini-vacation out of it (does one night count as a vacation?).

The concert tickets came with full-day garden admission and we had a fantastic time exploring (especially the fountain show where the water dances along to music), though wow was it hot. And the concert was PHENOMENAL, as I knew it would be - music plus fireflies always makes for a wonderful night.

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F bought Dan the Raging Feminist Dad t-shirt. Of course.

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Dan and T saw Josh Ritter walking through the gardens and asked for a photo op. How cool is that??

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Pre-concert in the gardens.

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Tired children.






7/10/17

Things to Do - Project 52, Weeks 21 & 22

I'm still working my way through photos from the end of May. Anyways, most of my photos from week 21 and 22 are from the beach, but I took a few (not many) other photos throughout the two weeks.

Happy Monday!!

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(1) Chickens at Claude Moore Colonial Fair during their spring market fair.
(2) A friend came to stay with us for the weekend, so I asked the kids to clean the basement, which apparently exhausted T.
(3) F reading her book on the drive down to Nags Head, NC.
(4) T as Bill Gates for the 2nd grade wax museum night. We drove back from the beach in order to make the event and we were all a little exhausted.
(5) Sisters. I really wish we could make over our bedroom, but Coco likes to destroy blankets, so we're waiting awhile.

7/7/17

Things to Do - Random Links & 5 Hours 'Til Bedtime

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Happy weekend everyone!! We dropped F at camp last Sunday and it feels weird without her in the house. So I keep looking at photos from before she left. One one hand it's so fun to watch them grow. But on the other hand, it's hard when they leave.

Don't forget to check out this week's awesome on 5 Hours 'Til Bedtime.

RANDOM LINKS:

* Accidental Wes Anderson locations. So cool!

* Aren't these posters pretty?

* 11 novels about female artists.

* Follow your heart (DC has the best murals).

* Emmy's 2017 - Top show runners pick their favorite shows.

* 25 essential graphic novels.

* Funny.

* The best books of 2017 (so far).

* Lee Friedlander’s Photos of 1960s T.V. Sets are oddly mesmerizing.

* 10 great "accidental" documentaries about NYC in the 1970s.

7/6/17

Things to Eat - Beach House Recipes - Egg Cups & Corona Margaritas

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When we share a beach house with 7 other families, we go through a lot of food. Especially as the kids get older. To make things easy/efficient, every family chooses a meal (for dinner, one family cooks an "adult" meal and one family cooks for the kids). I love that after our work is done we get to sit back and enjoy a ton of good food (and alcohol).

Here were two of my favorite new recipes from this year's trip (thank you Colleen and Janet!):

BREAKFAST EGG CUPS (Recipe from Spend With Pennies)

Ingredients:

1 lb ground turkey sausage (or pork)
6 large eggs
1 cup egg whites
1/2 red pepper, diced
3 tablespoons minced onion
1 cup cheddar cheese
1/2 cup mozzarella cheese

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Brown turkey sausage over medium high until no pink remains.
Spray a muffin tin with cooking spray. Divide the red pepper, onion, cooked sausage and cheeses over 12 wells.
In a large bowl combine eggs, egg whites and salt & pepper to taste. Pour egg mixture over the sausage in each well.
Bake 22-25 minutes or until set.

CORONA MARGARITAS

Ingredients:

1 lime, cut into 8 wedges
2 (12-ounce) bottles Corona
1/2 cup frozen concentrate limeade, thawed
1/2 cup chilled tequila
Ice cubes

Directions:

1. Cut lime into 8 wedges, rub lime along margarita glasses and dip in salt to rim glass
2. Combine Corona, frozen limeade and tequila in pitcher and stir
3. Add ice to pitcher and serve

7/5/17

Places to Go (Vacation) - Memorial Week Beach House 2017 (Nags Head, NC)

Happy Wednesday! I hope you all had a good 4th of July!

More vacation photos from our beach week . . .

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