Sunday, February 7, 2016

First Hike

Last weekend the weather was so nice that we just had to get outside. So we took the kids on our first Morrison Family Hike.

We went to a state park not too far from our house, where there are ten miles of hiking trails and several ponds. There weren't many other people there, except the occasional person with a dog or a fishing pole. The kids were enthusiastic about picking which direction to go at each fork, finding ponds, and running far ahead of us on the trails.

We walked about 1.5 miles (not bad for tiny legs!) and found plenty of treasures. Daddy showed the kids how to skip rocks on the water, and CC climbed up a surprisingly large boulder. Eventually Sweet Pea stepped in a puddle and got her sneakers wet, and Little Man broke his "magic wand" stick, so we called it a day. But it was still a nice outing! I'm looking forward to more -- and longer -- hikes as the kids get older. What a nice way to enjoy the outdoors and spend time together!

Friday, February 5, 2016

Photo Friday

Rub a dub dub, three cuties in a tub ...

Thursday, February 4, 2016


Sweet Pea: (singing to the tune of "If You're Happy and You Know It")
     If you're only four years old, please stand up ...
     If you're only four years old, please stand up!
     If you're only four years old,
     Please stand up and staaaaaaaand up ...
     If you're only four years old, please stand up!

Little Man: I like that song!

Sweet Pea: Me too. It's about tricycles.

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Bad Day

Sometimes, when you're having a massive, never-ending meltdown (because you didn't get to go to storytime at the library, because when Mommy asked you if you wanted to go, you said no, and then changed your mind too late), the only cure is to take a little break on the couch, tucked in with a cozy blanket.

We've all been there.

Saturday, January 30, 2016

With a Wink and a Smile ...

Sweet Pea is learning how to wink.

It makes me laugh every time!

Friday, January 29, 2016

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Vegas, Baby!

I haven't seen Kris since she came to visit me after Sweet Pea and Little Man were born. It's been more than three years! So when she called to say that she was being sent to Las Vegas to attend a conference, and did I want to meet her there, I didn't even hesitate.

(Well, actually I did hesitate. I had to make sure that MJ was okay with the whole plan, that I could find a flight, that the kids were covered, etc ...)

Reunited! It was awesome!

We stayed at the Stratosphere, a Space Needle-like tower with an observation deck 107 floors up.

The lounge up at the top had a nice happy hour, with amazing views of the strip. I headed up there every evening to watch the sun set and wait for Kris to get back!

 The view from our hotel room wasn't shabby, either. 

And at sun set, it turned into this! 

I slept in. Actually read a book. Took long showers. Had a massage (thanks, Mom and Dad!). Got a pedicure. Walked about 100 miles a day. Ate at Shake Shack (double Shack with onions, strawberry shake) and it was awesome.

Together, we had lunch at In-N-Out Burger (double double with grilled onions, fries well done), saw Jersey Boys (so much fun!), ate dinners at Giada and Tao, and savored dessert at Carlo's Bakery.

Unfortunately, Kris' flight back to BWI was cancelled, so she was stuck in Sin City until Tuesday. My flight home on Sunday, fortunately, was unaffected. I came home to three happy children, an exhausted husband, and (gasp!) a clean house. Maybe I should go away more often?!