Thursday, August 21

A study in red

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There are, approximately, a gazillion more shots of MJ sitting on the porch in this dress, but these are a few of my favorites. So grown up and so much hair! :-)


MJ opened up some presents first thing in the morning. She's a big fan of WALL-E.

Late in the afternoon, we had cake with best buddy Fitz. MJ requested a castle cake. It looks more like a church, but she was happy with it.

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This is almost embarrassing haul -- and it doesn't even include the cards & presents that came the rest of the week.

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MJ's friend (& regular babysitter) Sadie came over Tuesday with her favorite childhood birthday game -- hands behind back, everyone has to eat the gummy worms buried in whipped cream. First one to finish wins!

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No surprises here -- MJ won. That's three eating contests she's won in the last year: eating donuts off a string during Cinco de Mayo day, jello eating at summer camp, and now this. What can this mean?

Thursday, August 14

Big birthday present

MJ's birthday isn't until the 18th, but we couldn't resist giving her the main present early. She's long outgrown her Kettler, so it was time for a big kid bike.

The first day she took two spills on the bike trail -- thank goodness for the helmet! She remains our plucky girl though and hasn't been even a little bit afraid of getting right back on.

Little ham

Let's celebrate at camp!

We celebrated MJ's birthday a little early so she could have cupcakes with her friends at Polite Piggy camp. Somewhere we have a movie of all the kids in a circle singing to her.

I'm pretty sure I never expected to type this phrase: "Safeway rocks!"


MJ loves to go to the bookstore and this is a pretty standard result.

Back in July . . .

MJ went to the Reston Zoo with the Polite Piggy Day Camp. She loved feeding the animals.



We also visited the White House with the Brent Camp one day last month. Alan and I went along, since we've never been inside. It was a pretty short tour through the east side, but it was still very cool. MJ wanted to know if we'd see Barack Obama on the tour. :-)

Here we are outside, where it clearly states "No Cameras." Given the crappy quality of my camera phone, I didn't think ours qualified.