Saturday, October 31, 2009

Pumpkin Search

In honor of All Hallow's Eve, I am going to tell you a little story I call "Pumpkin Search."Once upon a time, when Rock was just a month old, we took him to search for a pumpkin. But for some reason he doesn't remember that outing. So, we set out this past Monday to find a pumpkin to carve.
But we couldn't find the same pumpkin patch. We were going on the power of my memory -- which is usually very good for directions -- but again, we couldn't find the pumpkin patch. In fact, even the GPS on Fix's phone couldn't find the pumpkin patch.
We did find some beautiful horses. Rock insisted we get out of the car and take pictures.
Then we went to Homestead Gardens to find our pumpkin. It wasn't a traditional 'patch' in that they had no field, but they had plenty of pumpkins so Rock could pick the perfect one. This is not it. This one had a huge crack down the back of it.
Rock is saying "There are no pumpkins my size!"
He wanted one that he could carry.
We finally found one that was just his size. And we won't talk about how we discovered that it was rotting when we got home and that we couldn't in fact carve it because it was 'gross.'
Then we explored the rest of the fun Fall festivities... Having Daddy next to him gave Rock just enough bravery to stand somewhat close to the sheep.
Then, with his bravery bolstered, he ventured into the hay maze on his own. Dad hollered out "LEFT" "RIGHT" and Rock sometimes knew what that meant.
A few slide rides and we were ready to go back home for naps. The End. Happy Halloween everyone!

Friday, October 30, 2009


"Mommy, is this the logo for ice water?"

Thursday, October 29, 2009

A Series of Pictures

Question: Where does Rock's crazy smile come from?
You'll have to scroll through this series of pictures to find out.
Answer: He gets his crazy smile from his crazy mother!

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Pink or Blue?

Hard to believe, but I'm almost halfway through this pregnancy. I have plans to sew a few things for Fetus Fix #2 but before I buy more blue or pink thread, I'd like to find out if this baby will be a boy or girl.
Lord willing (and as long as Fetus Fix #2 cooperates), we will find out the gender of our baby next Tuesday morning. For a variety of reasons, Fix and I both think that we'll be using a lot of pink thread in the near future...
But we could be wrong! Perhaps we've got another boy on the way. Either way, we will be thrilled. The question is, what do YOU think?! Leave a comment with your prediction (pink or blue) and let your voice be heard! We'll let you know which color 'wins' next week!

Tuesday, October 27, 2009


Someone has been doing a lot of coloring these days.
But he doesn't like to do it on his own. He always wants Rachel (what he's calling me these days despite my protests) or Daddy to color with him. And he is always ready to command you to draw specific things.
The most recent requests were for big bread, little bread, an orange starfish, and a grey fish.

Monday, October 26, 2009


Found by Rock's father at Once Upon A Child.
Purchased last winter even though they were too big to wear then.
Now worn almost every day because they are impossibly cute.

Saturday, October 24, 2009

Natural History Museum

Rock loved loved LOVED the giant stuffed elephant in the atrium of the Natural History Museum.
Even the dinosaurs did not compare.
He was also very insistent that we stare at this modern-day fish for a long period of time.
The Hope Diamond was so brilliant it can keep you from taking it's picture... or at least keep you from taking a good picture of it.
But seriously, did you know there is an elephant there?! Fascinating.
We made sure to stop by the DIG IT exhibit in honor of Marty. Rock found the video presentation there particularly mesmerizing.
While his father was mesmerized by all the different soil samples.
But he was MOST thrilled by the mini tablets with ancient Akkadian writings. He took at least six more pictures of them, but I edited them out in consideration for you readers.
One of these things is not like the others.
People in 2000 BC were not tall.
An emu (skeleton) picture for Stephen C.
I now say "Act like a hippo" when I want to brush Rock's teeth.
By the end Rock was quite tired. In the picture above he is deliriously singing "Give me a home, where the buffalo roam..."

Friday, October 23, 2009


This past Monday we took a jaunt into DC. After breakfast at Cosi, we stopped at the IRS building.
In case you can't see what the building says, you should know that "Taxes are what we pay for a civilized society."
It was the perfect place to sit and soak up the morning sun and be patriotic.
And advertise for Starbucks.
It was also just across the street from the Natural History Museum which was our ultimate destination. I mean, c'mon! Who really likes taxes anyway?!

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Fix Birthday Pix

Flash back to September 6th. We called my parents on the way home from the beach to tell them we were coming for dinner whether they liked it or not. My Aunt Valeta and Uncle Bob were in town to celebrate Valeta's birthday, and we wanted to see them before they headed back to Ohio.
Ever the perfect hostess, my mom transformed the meal she had already planned into a birthday meal for Fix. The one problem was that she had planned a meal including the one thing Fix cannot eat. But Rock and I really enjoyed it! This was Rock's first straight-off-the-cob experience.But who can complain about the corn when Susanna made Fix a cake!
And by 'made Fix a cake,' I mean that she wrote Happy B'Day Fix on the half-eaten Happy Birthday Valeta cake from the day before. Regardless, it was delicious and it was fun to celebrate with the family!
p.s. I stole all these pictures from Aunt Valeta's Facebook page.