Tuesday, March 27

Big girl pants

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Monday was officially Big Girl Pants day. Who knew I could miss diapers?

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All current evidence to the contrary, MJ will not grow up to be a bag lady.

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Or a stripper -- no matter how well those rain boots were made for walkin'.

Oxon Hill Farm

Not too far from DC is a sweet little farm, owned and operated by the National Park Service. Oxon Hill Farm began as a plantation home during the War of 1812, became a hospital farm, and evolved into a park and farm for the public. We spent a little time there on Sunday -- MJ had a lot of fun visiting with "Old MacDonald's" farm animals.

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She marched right up to those big ol' cows.

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She reached out to pet one before we could stop her and the cow licked her leg in response. MJ was thrilled and a little grossed out at the same time. Heh.

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Goats & sheep, living together put MJ in a contemplative mood. Well, for a minute anyway.

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Then it was time for a ride on daddy's shoulders.

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Time to go home. :-)

We're pretty much all about nutrition here.

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Breakfast of champions.

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Slow down, it's not a contest!

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Whoa, sugar rush.

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Finally getting to the non-frosting part . . .

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. . . since all the frosting's on her nose.

Towers -- still fun.

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Just one more . . .

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MJ meets the (student) press

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"I'll be asking the questions here, pal."

Monday, March 19

Clownin' around

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Nancy, Kara, and me goofin' at Stanton Park.

Elephants!
MJ eyes a preview of "The Greatest Show on Earth!"

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All of us together!

Friday, March 9

Rolling stone

We've been all over the place the last few weeks because of the construction at our house, and MJ's been a real trooper. She doesn't mind sleeping in her "vacation bed" (the pack&play), she makes do with the few toys we carry around, and she understands we'll be back at home soon. Here she is at a hotel in Virginia, where we slept a few nights between staying at friends' houses.

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She loved the cotton ball container there and made sure we all powdered our noses at least a couple of times a day.

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MJ (hearts) Fitz

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Winter

Out for a walk by the Air & Space Museum a couple of weeks ago:

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MJ had a great time slipping and sliding on the snow, and eating "icy cones" in the Museum:

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Construction

If you think we haven't posted in a while, you're right. We've been out of our house lately while "the guys" work on it. Thanks to friends and a hotel in Virginia, we didn't have to sleep on the street. The basement a couple of weeks ago:

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The basement today:

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Here's the floor in our bedroom upstairs, which is being expanded - this is where the old and new meet, with the brick wall knocked down to floor level in between:

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Mostly things have gone fine, although someone did break in through our 2d-floor window a week ago. The only thing they did, however, was look through this box of CDs:

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I think I might have startled them away when I stopped by the house to feed the cats late that evening. But who knows. Maybe they just didn't like our taste in music and, disgusted, went to burgle somewhere else.