Friday, September 30, 2011


Our doctor's office has a bunch of bulletin boards in the waiting room with pictures of all of the happy patients. When Lou and I were waiting for her recent check-up she kept saying "RAH! RAH! RAH!" (which is Louisa for "ROCK! ROCK! ROCK!"). I couldn't figure out why she was calling her brother who wasn't there. Then she pointed at this kid. Not a dead-ringer, but I see it.

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Outback Celebration

When Rocket and Juju got back into town, they took us out to dinner at Outback Steakhouse for Rock's birthday.
Rock LOVED the birthday dessert!
Lou loved the sweet potato fries! Poor girl still can't eat dairy. But she's happy nonetheless.

Monday, September 26, 2011

Jessica Herrin

This Fall, Jessica Herrin, the founder and CEO of Stella & Dot, came to DC for a morning conference with the local stylists. It was so much fun to meet her and get some good training. I wore my nametag for the photo so you'd be sure it was really me.

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Soccertots with Linus

Rock was SO excited that Linus decided to join him at Soccertots this Fall. I was so excited to have more time to sit and chat with his mom, Nancy. They are now looking forward to the next session: LACROSSE KIDS!!!

Monday, September 19, 2011

Rock's Birthday "Party"

I think the pictures I am most sad about losing are the ones from Rock's birthday. But at least we still have two videos from his big day to help remember. Those of you who know how much I like to throw a big party for a birthday may be surprised to learn that Rock had no such party this year. His birthday fell on a Sunday and since we believe that Sunday is about worshiping God, not celebrating us, we decided to keep his big day pretty low-key.

We invited over Nancy Salada and her kids (because she had rescued me earlier in the week when Louisa the kleptomaniac stole my keys out of my purse and lost them and because Nancy's husband was away in PA taking care of his mother who had just had surgery) and Nana and Papa and Susi (my parents were out of town helping Addy celebrate her birthday). All of these guests were sweet enough to bring Rock a gift or two and I made him some cupcakes with the cinnamon icing that he loves. But I wasn't thinking of this as his party.

Well, after Sept. 18th was said and done, Rock kept talking about how much fun he had at his party and how many many presents he had gotten (about 5). So I decided, what the heck, I'm pregnant and he's happy. We'll call it a day. A birthday that is. If you were bummed that you weren't invited, please feel free to watch these (somewhat lengthy) videos and experience the magic.

Saturday, September 10, 2011


After waiting for what seems like forever, Bethany and Kelly's new baby girl is here! Meet Miss Carys Eliza Brockman Barnett. And her birthday is SO COOL - 9/10/11!!! We can't wait to hold her come Christmastime!

Friday, September 9, 2011

Beach Fix

I'm not sure why I took a picture of the list of things I had to get done before we went to the beach with the Fix family. But I'm glad that I did because it is the ONLY photographic documentation I now have of the trip.
So you'll have to believe me when I say that we had a great time on our beach trip with the Fixes. Highlights included:

Having the whole Fix clan together, including the Zerfosses who flew in from Seattle.
Staying in a lovely house with lots of porch space and a pool and hot tub.
A very loud alarm to alert you if kids were going out to the pool.
A bunch of bugs - they could stand to find a new exterminator for said lovely house.
Lots of yummy meals with no dairy, corn, wheat, garlic or soy - There are LOTS of allergies in this family but thankfully there are lots of good cooks too!
Lots of tennis watching!
An anniversary dinner for John and Kerry at a local seafood place.
A birthday dinner complete with a Mater fire truck hat from the Mater card Rock picked out for his dad and two yummy chocolate cakes made by Aunt Susi.
Lots of help from the family with Rock and Lou when Fix had to go back early to go to class.
Lots of lazy time.
A girls coffee break with Auntie H, Aunt Susi, Nana Kerry, and Little Lou.
Lots of Playmobil time for Rock and Caleb.
A puppet show all about Blackbeard the pirate who had also been to Corolla, NC>

It was all delightful. I am so blessed to have married into such a wonderful family!