Tuesday, December 29

feliz navidad

We're used to a crowd on Christmas Day, but this year it was just the two (three?) of us. We thought it'd be depressing, but it was seriously a fantastic day. Awesome.

i must confess...

I like Taylor Swift. And I can't explain it.

Thursday, December 24

live nativity

We headed down to the Richmond Zoo the other night to see a free live nativity.

It was very well done and we really enjoyed the peace and beauty of the whole experience. But I have to say the camels and the sheep turned out to be huge distractions for us.

The camels just funny and camel-like, and the sheep were surprisingly aggressive--during the program one kept trying to eat out of the manger while Baby Jesus was in it. Luckily it was just a doll, because no matter how many times Joseph tried to shove him away, that sheep would come barreling back. Pretty funny.

Tuesday, December 22

snow time

When life gives you over a foot of snow, make a gigantic, pregnant snowlady.

And what's a snowlady without a tiny snowchild?

This brief storm helped us realize we're cool with having one big snowstorm a year. You can't help but love how beautiful everything looks when it's covered in snow or icicles.

Rock on, white pre-Christmas.

Sunday, December 20

the d.c.

We planned a short trip up to D.C. this weekend for our anniversary/my birthday/the last romantical getaway before baby. We went up Thursday night, played all day Friday, and then rushed home Saturday morning thanks to Blizzard 2009. Sigh...

We did manage to squeeze in quite a bit o' fun, including a personalized tour of the Capitol building (thanks to a hook-up from Brittany!), some visits to a few monuments, some excellent food, walking into one of the Smithsonian museums 5 minutes before closing, and the Rockette's Christmas Spectacular show.

Tour the Capitol some time. Very cool. We even got to hang out in the room where the House meets. They didn't ask our opinion on anything, though.

On the ellipse in front of the White House they have the gigantic National Christmas tree and smaller trees for each state and territory. Obviously we gave shout-outs to our home states.

What's a nice hotel without robes, right?

This is what we woke up to. D.C. was gorgeous, but very not equipped for so much snow.

A delightful trip indeed.

Thursday, December 17

i can't be trusted

In the past few days I’ve discovered three different scratches on my face caused most assuredly by my own fingernails. My nails aren’t even long! Apparently I need some of those mittens babies wear so I can’t scratch up my own face. Or maybe just one of those dog cones.

Monday, December 14

weird science

She just keeps getting bigger and bigger, and I'm amazed my body seems totally cool with it. Weird science indeed...

Sunday, December 13


There's just nothing like owning a home. Even if it melts in the rain and doesn't have a door that opens.

This beloved Christmas tradition left us with a deliciously jolly home, a snowman with a toupee, and our own pool.

The Lansgings, on the other hand, were ready to take a baseball bat to theirs. Of the two kits, it would appear Doug and I ended up with the good one, and Joy and Ted got the definitively lame one. Notice the can inside the house trying to hold the walls up. Sorry guys!

And speaking of homeowners... we also checked out some houses along Richmond's Tacky Lights Tour. There's festive, and then there's these people. Way to go above and beyond! May the rows of cars driving slowly past your house in disbelief make the electric bill all worth it.

Wednesday, December 9

say cheese

So Doug is down to just a few finals left, and he's a happy camper.

This has been a fairly humbling semester for him at times, but he's still doing great overall. For example he made these denture things out of wax and some other materials. They look exactly like human teeth and gums and I have a really, really hard time touching them. But hey, he did a great job. I just wish they weren't sitting on my kitchen table.

Friday, December 4

thanks it up

We spent Thanksgiving with my sisters up in New Jersey. But you'd hardly know it from the very few pics I have to document the week. Ay caramba.

But I can tell you that we dined with Jenn and Trav, and then Cyd and Phil joined us for dessert (delish!). We also shopped, played game, watched movies, and hit up Rice's market in good ol' D-town. Fabulous.

And I do have to say this... Jackie=cat person. Doug=person who makes fun of Jackie for being a cat person. But Jenn and Trav had a new cat that l-o-v-e-d Doug, and basically ignored me. And the best part? It made Doug cave and hold that cat more than once, allergies and all.