In early January it climbed to a balmy 60 degrees, after 2 weeks of hard freezes. The wind was light, so we drove way down past all the condos and timeshares to take the kids and a friend for a few hours on the beach.
New facebook profile pic entitled, "Gulf Breeze Alien sighting" or "Pie Plate eyes"?
She was dancing here to "All the Single Ladies" only the version by Alvin and the Chipmunks
Somehow along the way in true Parrish fashion, Adeline lost her pants and was underwear girl for the rest of the hour
All Haley and Emma did the ENTIRE time on the beach was sit in the sand 5 inches apart and listen to Girls Just Wanna Have Fun on her Ipod
We arrived a day earlier than we planned, so we decided to let the kids decide what we did. Reece chose the Natural History Museum and Adeline chose the Air and Space, Emma was just happy seeing her cousins. Rick's Dad lives just feet away from the Iwo Jima Memorial.
Rick never fails to make friends no matter where we are. Adeline isn't too sure about that
Emma could not get over how big this walrus was- plus she is a little drama queen
The day of the burial at Arlington. I didn't include any pictures, as it's too fresh still and I just want to look back on happy things- ok? Ok
Here are my 2 sweet little nieces, Vivian(aka angry burrito or smily burrito) and Marjorie( Baby Carrot) We stopped in to La Madeline a french bistro for dinner with Annette and her sisters, with my sister and her good friend. Even though, Rick and I had just been to dinner there the night before with his father, no one can get too much French food, like puff pastry covered in mushroom sauce or crepes with beef and cheese inside. Come on, I could eat there everyday!
Emma can't get enough of Vivian. She is always asking when is the next time we'll be seeing her, even if we are with her at the time
The Parrish- Bunch cousins- Vivian, Marjorie, Adeline, Emma and Reece( does he look happy being the only boy?)
The Rysak-Parrish cousins - Bethany, Angela, Adeline, Emma and Reece( AGAIN, does he look happy being the only boy?)
Our last day there, we forced our old friends Ernest and Margaret to come and see us at Panera Bread in a crowded mall. Besides a little less hair, no one has changed and our kids got along quickly. Thumb wrestling at the table and watching short videos on i-phones. Ernie's son reminded Rick and I of a young Fonzi, we had to laugh at his little leather jacket and swooped dark hair :) Ernie was in our wedding and Rick's close friend all through high school. Some things never change. It was great seeing you two!
The Wii has finally come into it's own now that Mario Cart was brought by Santa. Even Adeline loves to be the baby character on the game and drive a rocket stroller into walls and over cliffs, so she can hear the baby scream " ahhhhhhhhhhh" as it plummets to it's cartoon death. This is her trying to "smile" for the camera.
My kids are also known as the Von Trapp kids, b/c of how much time they spend in the trees in our front yard. This night it was 30 something degrees out and as you can see Emma has no coat, no shoes and a huge smile. She even has a secret emergency exit from this tree that she uses for speedy getaways when the fuzz bust the joint.
Our baby turned 3 shortly after Christmas and just like that I have a little girl, not a toddler Yes I made the cake and before you get too gushy and overwhelmed, you are looking at it from a distance, up close you might say" hmmmm I think my dog coulda pulled off a cake slightly better than this."
Adeline was proud of her cake and wanted to pull the tablecloth off the table with the cake, hours before guests were to arrive
Double A - Adeline and Abigail
Her exact words " Abby has that at home!"
Aunt Robin sent a real kitty in a box. When we bought this together a month earlier, on the ride home from Tarjay, it sounded like the cat was trying to use the packaging as a litterbox
American Girl Bitty Baby Twins
It's my party and I'll be sullen if I want to, turning three sucks
Birthday Breakfast at Village Inn with Mimi and pancakes. Adeline Noel you may be the littlest one we've ever had, but you have more personality in your pinky finger than all of us combined. You can go from shy and clinging to mommy, to talking to random strangers in Walmart in under 5 seconds. Your classic Adeline grouchy face can be replaced by pure silliness and make me laugh just to look at you. You are going to be our jokster I can tell already. I have to hide my smile, when I see you snatch one of Reece's cars, run away while he chases you, then fling the toy under the couch out of his reach and run to the safety of mom's arms. Typical Addie. No one can tell you what to wear, you dress yourself, pick out your drinks at Starbucks along with Mommy, love shoes and purses, sit and wait nicely while your hair is done, and accessorize with sunglasses and pretend phones like young Hollywood. The one who is closest to Daddy's heart and squeezes the tightest, wants her hair pushed softly behind her ears at night, helps me look for fleas on the cats, is the first to start cleaning up when mommy asks for help and the one I am going to cry the hardest for when we watch you start college, because, then I will know the last baby bird has left our home. Happy third birthday Addie Boobal Bear
In front of St. Paul's they built a real manger and after this picture was taken Adeline sat herself in the creche
The Christmas break started with gingerbread houses and good friends
Reindeer food extravaganza at the playground, Miminette flew in and was immediately put to work
Kate, Angela( expecting Baby #5- a girl), Jackie and Dominique
Santa was here- on the wish list this year - Emma wanted a scooter, Reece wanted Devastator the transformer and Adeline the Princess castle- as you can see, Santa was good this year
Stocking goodies- doesn't the face say it all?
This is Adeline waking up and coming determined for some serious present opening into the living room
Let the madness begin- this year the present opening was broken down into three categories
Emma- knew the fun would end eventually so let the present opening linger
Adeline- opened one present, wanted it out of the box, play with it for an hour, then move on to something else
Reece- open everything as fast as you can, then look around with feverish eyes for anything else to open, realize that nothing else exists with your name on it, look with disappointment at what you have opened- resign yourself to play with the crap you got while believing your sisters have both gotten better and more toys than you
Mimi will you please open this toy that will take 5 minutes of untwisting little wires, 10 minutes of plastic ripping, a few minutes of cursing under your breath, and 5 seconds to realize it required batteries that we don't have- Merry Christmas Mimi
Reece and Emma smile for a Christmas morning picture, please. Reece, please smile. Reece just one picture, please. OK fine, I'll take your scooter away IF you don't smile just once..........
Thank you for the creepiest most serial killer resembling Christmas smile ever! Merry Christmas 2009 Everyone