Thursday, September 25, 2014

I met the Queen...

Big news, friends.... I officially met the Queen.  Queen Elizabeth and I spent some time together recently and she was kind enough to pose for some pics.  We're so close, she even lets me call her "Lizzie."  Meet my new friend...

Her ears are sooooooo cuddly!

Miss Lizzie is Kate and Chan's new puppy.  Kate has wanted a corgi for as long as I can remember and now she's here!  I got to catch up with Kate last week while Chan was out of town for business.   It was a gorgeous late summer night in DC - the perfect night to eat dinner outside and grab some gelato while walking around.  

We may have stopped for some gelato too...

After dinner, we headed back to Kate's apartment to free Lizzie from her crate and engage in some puppy playtime.  There is nothing quite like a welcome from an excited puppy...

I somehow managed to make it back to the 'burbs without dog-napping Lizzie, but I definitely offered to dog-sit whenever our travel loving friends head out of town!

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

I'm Officially a Soccer Mom...

After an amazing night at Rock-n-Roar followed up with another exciting night watching the new Cirque de Soleil show at National Harbor, our weekend STILL wasn't over.  

On Sunday morning, we were up bright and early for our first ever day of soccer.  Georgia took soccer at her school last year as part of their supplementary program, but we never got to see her play and getting information about class from a then 2 year-old is fairly non-existent!

Thankfully, the day before class started, I re-read the welcome email so we hurried off to the local sporting goods store to pick up a soccer ball and shin guards (for 3-4 year olds?!?!?).  Georgia was fairly excited about the shopping trip  and was TOTALLY excited about her new fluorescent pink soccer ball and new pink shin guards that she picked out all on her own.  Those were fairly big decisions in her little world.

As we walked out of the house to head to the field, Georgia asked which car we were taking.  Nick gleefully declared, "Mama's car - it's officially a soccer-mom SUV now!"  The commute to soccer is about 15 houses away, so it was a quick trip in my new mom-mobile.  We arrived just as Georgia's two little neighborhood friends arrived so she had no trouble joining them on the field.  We were pretty proud of her since a lot of other kids needed a parent to help them or had to stay with them during the entire class.  Not Miss G - off she went with her buddies!  

Coach Alex got the kids together to distribute their new shirts and then they were off...

Ready to take the field!

Note the ball in her hands and not being kicked!

We've quickly learned that "soccer" with 3-4 year old children is more like herding cats.  At least 2-3 children are always headed in a different direction that everyone else.  We also think that Georgia may be a tad confused about soccer vs football because she seemed to do a lot of carrying around her ball vs kicking it!  

Gorgeous Sunday morning for our 1st ever soccer class!

Of course, our little social butterfly likes to take lots of time outs to chat with her buddies or to come visit us on the sidelines for a quick hug/kiss and water break!

Hanging with Connor!

Poor Coach Alex - not sure anyone is looking at him during team meeting!!

The class lasts about 40 minutes, which is just about the perfect time for this age group.  By the end, they were all wiped out!  

The best news - Georgia loved it.  We even went back for week #2 this weekend!

Yup - she even managed to get a little bit of a bloody nose in week #2!

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Cirque de Soleil - Amaluna in DC...

After an exciting night at the National Zoo celebrating Rock-n-Roar, we didn't have much time to recover before we were back in the city at National Harbor for another fun night... Cirque de Soleil!  Nick's aunt and uncle generously invited us to join their family for an awesome night watching "Amaluna," the latest Cirque show to visit the area.  

As we arrived for the show, we reminisced that the last Cirque show we saw at National Harbor was 5 years ago right after we got married.  Ironically, we also attended that show with Liz/Nick, who were also newlyweds at the same (much different experience than this show with each couple with a toddler in tow these days!).   

A rainy Saturday morning turned into a beautiful September evening in DC...

Mommy & Georgia

We arrived plenty early in order to enjoy the VIP lounge.  Nick and I indulged in lots of great snacks and drinks while Georgia loved looking through the program as we waited for the rest of the family to join us.  Georgia was so excited to spot Bennett!  Great cousin hugs commenced...

A year younger and I think Bennett is officially taller than her now!!

As we were entering the main tent to take our seats, a staff member was handing out popcorn and attempted to give some to Georgia.  I quickly tried to intervene and told her that she has a severe nut allergy.  I was thrilled when he told me that the popcorn was safe (cooked in coconut oil) since so many kids have nut allergies these days.  Thank you for understanding, Cirque de Soleil!!!  We were escorted to our seats right as the show started.  Georgia and Bennett even got massive cushion booster seats to help them see better!  

I was a tad nervous as to whether Georgia would be able to sit the entire time and be entertained by the performers, but she ended up totally engrossed (just like the rest of the family)...

Georgia, Nick, Susan, Malon, Nick, Bennett and Liz checking out the show!

The Cirque performances are always amazing!  As the lights came on for intermission, Georgia got so upset thinking that the show was over.  We had to spend five minutes convincing her that it was just a short break.  She was more excited when her and Bennett each got fancy mask souvenirs to take home!

Ready to join the troupe!

When the show ended, the fun hadn't ended for the night.  The Wilkus crew had rooms at the nearby Gaylord Resort, so we headed over there for dinner and a little birthday celebration for Susan and Luis.  

As soon as we got into the hotel, Georgia immediately spotted the new Capital Wheel out by the waterfront.  We knew we wouldn't have time to take a ride that evening, so we had to promise to come back very soon.  Poor Georgia stood at the window whispering "please, please, please" under her breath every time she saw it!

The view from the suite was gorgeous!  Bennett and Georgia loved running around after each other and kept checking out that giant glowing wheel in the distance.  After a rainy start to the morning, the weather cleared and the sunset that night was beautiful as the sun set over the Potomac River and Virginia.  Every news channel talked about the sunset that evening and we had a front row view to the show...

Mesmerized by the giant ferris wheel

My pretty girl

Before the night could end, we had to have some cake to celebrate the birthday folks.  Luckily, I found out about the cake plan the night before, so I managed to hunt up some frozen Georgia safe birthday cake that we had in the freezer from her 3rd birthday.  Good to know it stays that long and is still tasty a few months later!!

Yummo - chocolate cake!

Unfortunately, although we were invited to stay the night with everyone at the hotel, we had to head home because our weekend wasn't quite over yet and we had early morning plans for Sunday.  What a weekend!  Rock-n-Roar and Cirque de Soleil all within about 24 hours and it was only Saturday night.  One more day to go...