Tuesday, August 6, 2013

This & That

Summer has officially arrived for our family. As most of you know, I work on Capitol Hill and Chris's schedule revolves mostly around what Capitol Hill is or isn't doing. The month of August is a district work period which allows members to go back to their respective districts to attend events, meet with constituents, host town halls, etc. For Capitol Hill staffers it's a time to take a deep breath, get caught up on their work and enjoy a little peace and quiet. 

We've enjoyed two relatively low key weekends which has been nice. The weather has been picture perfect and considering it's August in Washington, D.C. we hope it sticks around. Unfortunately Carter has come down with a little summer cold so he joined me in the office for a few hours yesterday afternoon while dad finished up his golf game.

Recently Carter has become obsessed with the iPhone and iPad. You can't use either device without him having a complete meltdown. You can imagine how challenging this makes FaceTime. I even try to give Carter my phone to play with but of course he has to have the iPad. We've downloaded several apps for him and have discovered some fun sing along songs on YouTube but good luck pulling them up for him. If you even attempt to touch it he starts to cry because he thinks you're taking it away from him. We quickly learned that we're going to have to invest in a better case. We need something that will protect the iPad when it's thrown on the floor, from sticky fingers and drool. I polled the mom's club yesterday and here are the recommendations I received. The funniest part of this situation is that this is Chris's iPad. I just keep picturing Chris on the couch using his iPad in one of these crazy kid covers, ha!

Fisher-Price Laugh and Learn Apptivity Case
Speck Products iGuy Free Standing Case

OtterBox Defender Series Case
Griffin Survivor Extreme Duty Military Case

Two Sundays ago we decided to take Carter to McDonald's for his very first happy meal. I cannot explain how excited Chris was about this! He has wanted to take Carter to McDonald's since the first day he started eating solids. Uncle Brandon came and met us for lunch to witness the special occasion. Carter ate two chicken nuggets, a cheeseburger and several fries. The boy can eat! After lunch we headed into the city to go to the National History Museum to see the dinosaur exhibit. I have lived in DC for nine years and people always ask me why I don't go to the museums more often. Well Sunday answered that question. I cannot deal with all the tourists. They're everywhere. They love to walk down the sidewalk, side by side, taking up the entire walkway and not paying a bit of attention to anyone else. They're notorious for coming to a dead stop while walking along the sidewalk, or through the museum, and then they give you a nasty look when the stroller hits their feet. Really? Anyways, we managed to maneuver through some of the exhibits at the museum and then decided it would be something best to do during the fall and winter months when there aren't so many people in town.
Hurry up with my food!
Carter's 1st happy meal

This past Friday evening Carter went to his cousins house for his first sleepover. Chris and I joined two of our good friends to see Bugs Bunny at the Symphony at Wolf Trap. I'm not sure if you paid attention as a young child, but the original Looney Tunes cartoons were brought to life with classical music. The show featured some of the famous cartoons on a large screen while the score was played live by the National Symphony Orchestra. We had a perfect evening with temperatures in the uppers 60's and we were able to stretch out on the lawn with our own picnic complete with several bottles of wine and bubbly! Date night score!!

The rest of our weekend was spent at the pool, going on walks, catching up on Homeland, preparing Carter's food for the week, running errands and doing laundry! Exciting, huh? We have a lot coming up this week so my to-do list seemed never-ending.

We ended our weekend with a truly southern, summer meal. Chris's tomato plants have done extremely well this summer. We enjoyed BLTs for lunch over the weekend so Sunday evening he decided to make a tomato pie. I had never heard of tomato pie until I met Chris. If you haven't tried it, you're missing out! We also enjoyed fresh squash, fried chicken and watermelon and cucumber salad. While it may not have been the healthiest meal it sure was tasty!
Watermelon-Cucumber Salad
Tomato Pie 
On a side note, I received an email from Gap this morning about a new jean they're introducing this fall. It's a high-rise skinny jean and I couldn't be happier! In recent years high-rise jeans have become my favorite. There is nothing worse than having your rear end hang out the back of your jeans every time you sit down and high-rise ones keep everything tucked in nice and snug. LOVE!
1969 high-rise skinny jeans

I hope everyone has a great week!

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