Things to Do - Make a Grateful List (July 2011)

(During July, F became obsessed with dressing everyone in "America's colors." Unfortunately, she chose to do this AFTER the holiday's end).

1. Listening to the Del McCourey Band and watching fireworks from my in-law's condo
2. Watching Treme Season II on HBO
3. Listening to Treme Traditions
4. Watching Star Wars Trilogy as family (and explaining over again who is a bad guy and who is a good guy)
5. Rereading Love in the Time of Cholera (Penguin Great Books of the 20th Century)
6. Reading the Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
7. Watching Afghan Star(documentary movie)

8. Watermelon/feta salad
9. Summer squash, bacon, and mozzarella quiche

10. my new Mizuno running shoes
11. Rosie Flos Colouring Fashion Show
12. eucalyptus essential oil in the diffuser
13. Just Dance Kids for Wii
14. Our baby pool

15. Riding the skilift to the lake in Snowshoe, WV
16. Sunset and fireworks at Snowshoe, WV
17. National Gallery of Art's summer stories in Art series on the Dutch masters
18. The Beatles laser light show at the MD Science Museum (and T falling asleep on my shoulder)
19. Checking out the stars from our campsite in Cunningham Falls State Park (Houck Area campground)
20. A long afternoon at Cabin John with friends
21. Spending a day at Harpers Ferry, WV with our family and a pregnant "Aunt" Jenny
22. The Loudoun Heritage Farm Museum (this place is AWESOME!!!)

23. Eurobungee
24. T's love of fireworks ("they 'o Boom!!")
25. all three kids in the same summer camp 3x a week for 3 hours a day (and T telling me "I go upstairs and drive car!!")
26. Watching afternoon thunderstorms with the kids
27. T's eyelashes
28. Our morning characters (P - chameleon, me - bear, F - bunny, P - snail, Dan - cheetah)
29. T calling both girls "sissy" instead of saying their names
30. The color of P's skin - so healthy compared to last year
31. "Aunt" Jenny visiting from NYC
32. T singing happy birthday to everyone
33. P's forts for T
34. F's cartwheels
35. F always taking pictures of T as soon as he wakes up

P's List - my princess crown, my family, everything in our house, grandmas & grandpa, pools, birthday parties, Val, dollies, books, nature walks, staying up late [while camping], sleeping in our tent

F's List - blue bunny, my princess crown, Grandma and Grandma M, Disneyworld, market fairs [at Claude Moore Colonial Farm], stars, art class [Stories in Art at the National Gallery], Aunt Jenny, summertime, Wii Just Dance, guests, flowers, all my grandparents, Eeyore, drawing pictures, weekends when Dad is home the whole time


I love walking in the house and witnessing the transformation of clutter (i.e. shoes left in the hallway) into something beautiful.

HAVE A GREAT WEEKEND EVERYONE!! If you live in the DC area and are looking for something to do Great Country Farms hosts its Annual Pancake Breakfast and Potato Harvest where you can dig for your own potatoes, we went last year and had a blast. Click here for the info.


  1. You totally had me at cheap red wine! And I love this list. I'm going to make my own list, now. Thanks for the inspiration.

  2. I haven't been keeping up with reading my usual favorite blogs (still trying to get unpacked/settled into our new environment)...but caught up a bit with yours today. It made me miss you and your family, the DC area, my old life! Your beautiful kids are growing up so fast. And as always, your blog is beautiful as well! Hugs to you all from Hawaii!

  3. Tracie - We miss you here! F still talks about C and keeps saying "I have to be careful about making friends with boys, I'm not ready to fall in love again." How is Hawaii? If it helps, it is really cold and dreary here this week. Really dreary.

  4. F is so funny and precocious! Hawaii is fine...although I'm feeling homesick and I really miss seasons and change. I mean, how many hot, sunny days can I take? It's great to be around family, though. I'll send you some pics of C soon. Take care!



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