Wednesday, February 24, 2010


Cutest. Thing. Ever.

This is only a few seconds long...but totally worth it!

Even though Ashley repeats this clever little routine about 100 times a day, I am certain there will come a time when I will have forgotten all about it. So I want to preserve the cuteness here as a little reminder!

Cute & Cozy x Two!

Sometimes you don't need a whole witty paragraph to describe a moment in time! this what it's like to love your daughters so much it HURTS???...

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Inside & Out

While the place is all spic'n'span, I thought I'd better post some pictures of the interior of our new home! I am offering this up as official evidence that I am capable of cleanliness!--at least in short little bursts that last until the pictures are taken and we start *living* in the space again! "Elizabeth...Ashley...Don't. Touch. ANYTHING!" ;-)

Above is the living room (taken from just inside the front door looking slightly to the left).

This one shows the front door standing just in front of the kitchen/dining room.

This one above is the dining room (taken from the living room) and the kitchen is just to the right. The kitchen/dining/living room make an open L-shape.

View of kitchen from the dining room.

This is the den. It's 7 steps down from the living room, so it has sort of a cozy basement feel.

This is a view of the den from the front corner of the built-in, next to the fireplace. Through that white door is the utility room--which houses the washer/dryer and a "guest bathroom".

Here is a view of Elizabeth's room from her doorway.

Saturday, February 6, 2010

Let's Start at the Very Beginning...

A very good place to start!
(Go ahead...sing along...) mom is insisting that it has been SO long since I posted an update that "those of us in blogworld don't even know you've moved!" Really, Mom?!? But you've BEEN to our new house and seen in for yourself! And I'm pretty sure that the other 3 people who read this have probably already been here too! ;-)

But,... just in case she is right and there are, in fact, more than three members of my reading audience in this blogoshpere...I will indulge and make the official announcement:
(Falls Church, be exact!)

Peter got a great new job offer at the National Defense University, so at the end of December, instead of celebrating Christmas in the traditional way, we packed up our belongings and headed out on the road--spent Christmas Day in Pittsburgh--then completed the journey to Virginia where we closed on our new house the same week Peter started work at NDU. Though it all happened very suddenly, so far, it has been a seamless transition, and we are enjoying our new home and new town.

And then, all of a sudden...(cue music of doom!)...we are hit by WINTER SNOWSTORM 2010!

I have posted an album of photos on Facebook, but since Grandma & Grandpa are not on FB and since Pop-Pop--who was briefly on FB--is a "Quitter"...(I think that's the official term for former members of the cult of Facebook!), it's only right that we share a few photos here as well! :-)

Peter spent most of the late morning shoveling snow from our driveway! And, were it not for the very friendly neighbor across the street (who happened to have a snowblower that he *just* got back from the repair shop YESTERDAY!)...Peter would probably still be out there shoveling away!

We forgot to bring the snow shovel inside last Peter had to force the front door open and wade through over a foot and a half of snow to the garage the get the shovel.

He then dug a path up the walkway to "rescue"
Elizabeth and me so we could come outside and play! :-)And here we are post-rescue...
making our way down off the porch along the path Daddy made for us!

And finally, here is a view of the backyard and playscape
so you can get a pretty good idea of how insane it is!
A LOT of snow (24 inches and counting!)...but it is SOOOO pretty!