Saturday, March 21, 2015

Fun night in DC!

On Friday, Zev and I traveled to the retirement of a good mutual friend, Carmen, in Northern Virginia. Since we were so close, we stayed Friday night in Washington D.C! Dave and Judy were so kind to watch Zachary on Friday night, so Zev and I could enjoy a date night and a little time away from our beautiful boy. We sure did miss him though!!

So Friday, we rested in the hotel room (Zev has been working really hard lately). I went for a walk and drank some tea in NoMa, the area where we stayed. On Friday evening, we took the Metro to Chinatown and are some Vietnamese food and then went to watch a movie! 

Then, on Saturday, we had a lazy morning getting up late. We drove to the Smithsonian museums and enjoyed walking around, enjoying the sun and people watching and popping into some museums.

We visited the Natural History Museum, which was beautiful and I was able to experience the Live Butterfly exhibit! It was so peaceful and beautiful to see these beautiful butterflies fly around; one even landed on my head! 

Here is a video of it!

Then, we visited the beautiful Freer Museum of Art. There were so many fun museums to visit. I chose Freer, because of the beauty of the building and the focus on Asian art. Mr. Charles Freer had an interesting story as to how he came about to purchase his art collection. I just felt connected in a way to his story that encompassed a hardworking early life and then traveling to the locations of where he bought the art. How cool is that: to travel to the foreign locations "back in the day" to purchase beautiful art and sculptures?!
Zev and I in Chinatown for tea!
I love all of DC's gorgeous buildings! This is the Museum of African Art:
Museum of Natural History! The Live Butterflies exhibit was exquisite! Loved seeing the "set" of the movie "Night at the Museum" :-))
So excited! 








Thursday, March 19, 2015

Zachary cuteness; yellow is the new color; first daffodil of the season and cooking with Grandma Judy!!

Ha. Don't you love my long "capture all" titles? That's our life right now, with a PRESCHOOLER! Zachary is about to turn 3, which I think officially means he goes from toddler to preschooler! Yikes! Where does time FLY? I ask Zachary (jokingly of course) if he could stop growing and remain a toddler for ever and without thinking he says "no mama." 

So the other day this week (we've done so many things and it's been so nice out that I forget which day!), I asked Zachary to go wash his hands, while I unpacked the groceries. It must have been Monday, because I went to the Commissary on Monday (all the treatment to the brain means my short term memory is SHOT!). So he is in there for 5 minutes. He doesn't say anything and doesn't respond to his name (my clue that he's up to something or doing a #2 :-)). When I go in to check (I was only gone for 5 minutes!), he has somehow created this massive pool of bubbles!! Haha. I laughed and said "ok Zachary, obviously there's somehow wrong with the downstairs sink. We'll ask Daddy to fix it when he comes home." Boys!!

Grandma Judy and NoNo Dave took Zachary to the zoo yesterday! Such fun! I ran errands which included picking up his cute "Wild Kratts" birthday T-shirt and he Wild Kratts vests that I had made for his party! More on that later :-)) And yes, he seems to be moving on from his fireman obsession :-((

Grandma Judy and I made Martha Stewart's DELICIOUS (and healthy!) and Kale and Pasta (we snuck some whole wheat pasta in there!) casserole last night. She helped me because we made a double portion. I am bringing one of the asserted over to a sweet friend who just had her 3rd baby! I even printed out the recipe for her to make it again. 

I love that Zachary is interested in the Resurrection Eggs that I bought (on a really good sale) at Lifeway! I tell him the very abbreviated and appropriate for an almost 3 to version. But he does understand the basics: that Jesus suffered a cruel death on the cross; that he was betrayed by Judas; that the "bad" or "mean" soldiers crucified him, but that 3 days later, Jesus ROSE from the grave and lives forever in our hearts! Amen to that! Zachary points to his heart and says "Jesus lives right here, mama" and that melts my heart! He also says that God is a cowboy at dinner prayer time, and Zev an I correct him (after stifling our own giggles). 

Enjoy the pics :-)
A sneak preview of the Wild Kratts vests!
The first daffodil of the season! I think after pink and Gray, YELLOW is my favorite color. It's a HAPPY color, don't you think? I LOVE these daffodils!
Real Simple magazine says that yellow is the new color!
Cooking with grandma ;-)






Monday, March 16, 2015

Student of the Day; Indoor Skydiving and a Good MRI update

Hi! So Zachary was "Student of the Day" at his preschool this past Friday! I thought he wanted to go as a Fire Chief (due to his interest/ slight obsession with all things fire related), but he's waning off his interest in fire fighting and is now into all things Wild Kratts! Ha! Boys...

So, he dressed up in his Tigger costume and I was his little "helper" as he talked to his little classmates about animals and then I read the class the cute Australian book "There's a Hippopotamus on our roof eating cake." Grandma Judy was able to visit with us and we all had so much fun :-)

Then on Sunday, Zev took me to fulfil his Christmas present to me: indoor skydiving it was so much fun! Different to real skydiving (not as much "wind") but lots of fun nonetheless! Thank you, baby cakes :-)

Zachary is getting cuter and cuter each day! Yesterday, he went for a walk with NoNo Dave and Grandma Judy. He picked up a flower and couldn't wait to come home and give it to me. Adorable. It was a cute little dandelion cut a little short. He said it was "the first dandelion." I told him that I would keep it forever :-) Oh how we LOVE that boy!

Today was a nice day, weather wise! We think it made it into the 70s Fahrenheit today! This past winter was a long and brutal one! It was so nice to sit in the sun a spell and talk to all our neighbors walking by and enjoying the sun! 

Oh, last Monday we met with my neuro-oncologist and he had good news to report! The MRI from the evening before showed a stable tumor! Yay! He was happy and therefore we were happy. It would have been great if he had of said that there was no tumor at all....but we TRUST in GOD'S PERFECT TIMING! I believe that God will heal me in His perfect timing :-) We just feel so SOOOOOO THANKFUL! God is good. All the time.

Enjoy the pics!

Zachary sure does LOVE him some cute redheads! It seems like there are red heads everywhere! Or maybe it's just that Zachary points out "pretty girls" and they all happen to be red heads :-))
Washing up for snack time. As Student of the Day, Zachary got to go first. He also got extra Hallah bread during Shabbat! I love that Ms. Karen sang the Shabbat song in Hebrew!
Zachary watching Ms. Karen pray the Shabbat prayers.
Zachary and most of the kiddos had second helpings of Hallah bread (which Zachary pronounces "hollow bread"!)
Indoor Skydiving was fun!
Feeling nervous but super excited! I was first up! 
Today was a beautiful and sunny day! I went for a nice (slow) run outside! I love sunny weather. I get excited seeing my favorite flowers about the bloom in the same places that have bloomed outside for the past few years! The yellow daffodil is (among) my favorite flowers (I also really like the pink stargazer lily) but the daffodil is pretty to me, because it is among the first flowers of spring, the first flower to truly break ground after a long and cold and bitter winter. And who doesn't smile when they see yellow anyway! Speaking of which, I think yellow is the NEW color of the season?
Ha, I just realized that I've been wearing yellow a lot lately! It's a happy color! And why not spread some JOY?!!
Hasta la proxima! (Ha: I'm even wearing yellow earrings in this pic!)


















Saturday, March 07, 2015

Visit to the Zoo on a sunny day!

Today I took Zachary to our local zoo. I found a Groupon last year with a great deal and today was the first "real" day that I was able to take Zachary! Sunny, and not snowing but still a little chilly! We just packed a lunch and enjoyed it together, while watching the giraffes and the zebras and the rhinoceros!
Aren't these the cutest pictures?!! Zachary's preschool teacher texted me these:
And yes, the irony of the book's title is not lost on me ��





Saturday, February 28, 2015

Daddy-son snow time and a lovely walk in the woods

Yesterday was a snow day for Zev and Zachary (no work and no school). Actually, Zachary has been home the past 2 weeks, due to his sickness as well. Zachary is feeling much better now, thanks to his antibiotics. Daddy and mummy are now coming down with the same cough and achy feeling that Zachary had. He asked me yesterday, as I was coming down the stairs into the kitchen to "please don't cough all over his food". Ha. Guess he heard Zev and I ask him the same thing about a million times a day!

Zev took Zachary out for a snow "ride" through the woods out the back of our house on a shovel. It was cute to see them explore the snowy woods.

Mummy was able to get some alone time walking through some other woods in our neighborhood. It was so beautiful and PEACEFUL and I was able to praise God for His beautiful creation.

Today I don't feel so good. Zachary is all active and jumping on all the couches, which is good to see. Hopefully I will be like that soon too! Maybe not jumping on the couches though :)

Enjoy the pics!

Twins

Twins. Same sweater, same jeans, same crocs (blue with white lining!), same beanie....oh and same face!! It's not like their names begin with the letter Z or that they have the same surname or anything :)