Thursday, September 24, 2015

September 2015 Favorites!

Again, another month just flew by in the Thoman House!  I went to write down the date today and realized that it was already the end of the month.  A few favorites from this month...

1 - Truth!
This one definitely hit home in our house.  A few friends posted in on FB last week, so I took a screenshot and knew I had to post about it at some point.  Even better, Melissa text me the same image a few days later.  Yup, definitely applies to a certain little someone in our house!

2 - Hello fall!
The thermometer outside still hits 70s/80s most afternoons in the DC area, but the early mornings are starting to feel like FALL!  Last week, I started pulling out some of my favorite sparkly pumpkins and decorating the house.  I jokingly tell people that I only decorate from September-December.  After that, I'm out of idea.

Our fall mantle

I may have "accidentally" swung by Home Goods last week and I certainly couldn't walk out without some new pumpkins, so the white ceramic pumpkin (which lights up and changes colors) and the pumpkin/wooden candlesticks somehow jumped into my cart!

From my Instagram account:

3 - My morning buddy!
I've posted before that KC is the only other "morning" person in the house.  Nick and Georgia both sleep in until the last possible minute, so I'm all alone most mornings.  But, I have KC.  From the second my alarm clock goes off, she is meowing and all over me.  While I shower, she sits on the bath mat watching me.  While I dry off, she howls at me and paws at the glass door until I step out.  When I start doing my make-up, she plops herself on the counter and attacks q-tips and cotton balls while purring away happily.  It's nice to be loved by SOMEONE in the mornings!

4 - Butterfly B
Georgia was SO proud to show me this butterfly outside of her classroom, Butterfly B, this week.  Her teacher wrote her up for "being good!"  I'm assuming she straightened out the books???

5 - Fancy LED outlet covers
Awhile back, I saved a link on Pinterest with these super cool LED outlet covers.  I finally remembered to send the link to Nick and he ordered a few for the house.  They're awesome - we put them in the kitchen, the upstairs hallway and in Georgia's bathroom.  They're bright, but only shine the light downwards, so they're not blinding when you walk past.  I love them!

6 - Healthy Household
For the first time in weeks, we are ALL healthy.  I'm knocking on wood because I'm sure it won't last long.  After a case of scarlet fever/strep throat for Georgia a few weeks ago, I managed to come down with strep last week.  Somehow Nick has missed out on the all fun so far, so I'm sure he's doomed for something soon!

7 - Home runs!
My absolute FAVORITE moment from this month was this past Saturday at Georgia's tball game.  I felt like death and even after 48+ hours on antibiotics, I still just wanted to curl up and stay home.  But, it was a gorgeous day, so I put on clothes for the first time in days and dragged myself over to the field.  I'm so glad I did because it was Georgia's home run game.  Every week, a different kid on her team gets to end the inning by hitting a "home run" (aka - they get to run all the bases at the end of the inning!). It's hysterical to watch since the kids only practice running to 1st and stopping.  Go Georgia Go!!

Sunday, September 20, 2015

Zoo Trip 2015...

Fall is the PERFECT time to visit the Smithsonian's National Zoo!  It seems like we always manage to squeeze in a trip during these early fall days when it's still pretty warm in the DC area.

Flashback to Fall 2013

This year, both Mimi and Grandpa decided to visit on the same weekend, so we had some company during our annual zoo trip!  They must have brought us some luck too because we spotted lots of animals, including the orangutans crossing the ropes as soon as we entered the zoo.  The lion cubs (who are now around 18 months old) were out and about chasing each other and playing in their areas too.  

The sea lion was chasing the kids and trying to "bite" their hands!

Georgia.... you will NOT find the elephants in the rock!

Stopping for a ride on the carousel

One of the male lions grabbing a drink

The girls were just running around having fun!

My one (and consistent) complaint about the zoo... their food service options are ATROCIOUS!  Not only are the choices limited, but their healthy options are truly lacking.  I packed a lunch for Georgia and I, but Nick/Bruce/Mimi waited in line forever to get some sad looking meatball subs.  Why meatball subs?  Because they were the only thing they were currently cooking.  (?!?!?!?)  Thank goodness I took the time to pack Georgia a lunch because the zoo fryers were broken, which meant that there were NO SAFE food options available to a child with food allergies.  Hello, Smithsonian!!!  Rant over.  Zoo staff - call me/email me/tweet me.  I would love to dedicate a few days of my life to helping you help food allergy families.

Waiting for lunch

Unfortunately, the panda house was closed due to the recent birth of a new baby boy panda at the zoo.  But, we were still able to catch a glimpse at big sister Bao Bao sleeping in a tree outside and we spotted the baby cub and Mama on the panda cam/tv that they had set up at the panda exhibit.

Hands down, our favorite animals to visit at the zoo are ALWAYS the Asian otters.  These guys never disappoint and are always up to some funny antics.  This time, they were playing with rocks, flipping in the waterfall, and just being absolutely adorable!

A benefit to having grandparents with you at the zoo... the elusive family of 3 photo:

With Grandpa, Daddy and some otter friends

Unfortunately, the sloth bears were a no show.  But, Georgia had a blast climbing all over the stairs near their exhibit.

Fairly certain the small mammal house is uber-popular because everyone on the planet takes their picture on this cute little statue out front...

The zoo has lots of these little cute photo op statues, including the frog outside the reptile house...

The best part about the National Zoo... it's free!  Take advantage and stop in to say hi to all our favorite animals!!