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Home for the holidays

We saluted the US military this year with the Reston Town Center Holiday Parade! It was a grand celebration and Doug and I were so happy to be a part of it. The tree lighting was magical as always!













Snow Day!

Now that the kids are getting older.. it actually is getting more fun. We slept in and awoke to a winter wonderland outside.

IMG_6758Bob’s first time in the snow. He was licking his lips… as the flakes continued to fall

adora and bob feb14 snow IMG_6781 IMG_6779 IMG_6786 IMG_6808 IMG_6805

So I have to be honest. It was a snowman making attempt. But we settled on calling it our snowbird.  IMG_6811

Mr. Knick Knack

Hey parents.. if you’re looking for something great to do with the kids.. the famous Mr. Knick Knack is back at Reston Town Center on Mondays at 10:30AM. It’s the perfect place to catch up with your mom friends while your kiddos dance the morning away!

Someone slept through it all

April and Sophia

She was shy at first…

But warmed up!

Little Cole and Maddy

Playing with Serena

Shannon and Serena

Crashing a day care’s play group..

When it’s hot outside we break out the bubbles!

The end!


Learning another language

Me on the monkey bars in Hannam Village in Seoul

I keep saying I’m going to learn Farsi.. it’s been more than a year. I just can’t find the time.

I also keep kicking myself for refusing to become fluent in Korean. True story: I was born and spent most of my life in South Korea. My Korean mom tried hard to teach me her language. She tells me when I was a child I would threaten to run away if she tried to teach me. She says I even told her “you talk funny”.
Kids… they say the darnest things.

Kids also do things they don’t realize they’ll grow to regret when they get older. That’s why when I saw a Living Social deal for Language Stars I figured I had nothing to lose. I enrolled Adora (at 19 months) into Mandarin classes. Today she had her first lesson. Despite appearing as if she is head of the class… the baby didn’t bring her best Kai Lan. She was actually a little scared and was mostly a mute. I think it was all the new people.

When I tell people Adora is learning Chinese I get mixed responses.

“Shouldn’t she start with English,” my sister replied.
Considering Adora’s limited vocabulary consist of dog, duck and dad… my sister had a point.

But I also get people who say.. NOW is the time, start them young.
As someone who failed Spanish in college– I know learning languages later in life can be tough. What do you think?



Free Car Seat Checks

Car Seat Check Event at Lake Anne Plaza

(Hosted by Baby Blossom Boutique of Reston)
Date: April 21
Time: 2-5PM
Location: Lake Anne Plaza Parking Lot, 1609 Washington Plaza, Reston, VA 20190
Cost: Free

Baby Blossom Boutique is hosting a FREE Car Seat Check event on Saturday, April 21st from 2-5PM in the parking lot at Lake Anne. Safety checks will be performed by nationally certified car seat technicians. First come, first served.

Trim Time Goes By

It’s bad enough I wait too long to get my own haircut but now I have to worry about her hair too! Adora’s hair grows so fast and before you know it she can’t see. Today we stopped by James’ studio for a little trim. I am amazed at how much she has grown in a year. The best part of keeping a daily baby blog.. I can go back to exactly a year from today and see what she looked like and what she was up to.

This was a year ago…March 23, 2011

and how that time flies


Small wonders at the petting zoo

First visit to the petting zoo. Funny how babies are like little animals. She fed the piglets..then tried to drink from the same bottle. When the red kangaroos wouldn’t give her the time of day.. she said I’m not getting up to see you either. The sheeped baaaaaaa… and she baaaaa back.

Baaaaaing Back

I found two new friends that now go with me everywhere!

Fine Art for as low as $100

Looking for some fine art for the home or the office? The Greater Reston Arts Center (GRACE) will present it’s popular C-Note Art Sale. We’re talking more than 300 pieces of original artwork by notable artists going for as low as $100.

Potential buyers can preview the works available during gallery hours between Sept 9-15th. On Thursday, the 15th at 5pm guests will line up to buy the art right off the walls!

Available artworks include pieces made exclusively for this event by stone sculptor David Petlowany, painter Connie Slack, watercolor artist Dana Ann Scheurer, printmaker Joseph Craig English and fiber artist Candiss Cole. The sale will also feature contemporary ceramic pieces by Ann Batton and Thomas Clarkson, colorful mixed media pieces by local favorites Ann Barbieri, Laurie Fields and Gina Cochran. Sophisticated jewelry pieces by Geoffrey Giles, Caroline Viene, and Erica Zap. As well as exciting hand pulled prints by Stephanie George and Paula Wachsstcok and fantastic photographs by award winning artists Catherine Day, Marie Gruber and Laura Howell.

The sale of the artwork will continue during extended gallery hours on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, September 16 – 18, 2011. The fundraiser supports GRACE’s exhibitions, educational programing and the participating artists – many of whom are donating their entire portion of the sale of their work to GRACE.

What: Annual C-Note Art Sale
Who: Greater Reston Arts Center
Where: Reston Town Center – 12001 Market Street, Suite #103, Reston, VA 20190
Preview Artwork: 11am – 5pm Friday, September 9-14, 2011, 11am – 4pm Thursday, September 15, 2011

Sale Begins: 5pm – 8pm, Thursday, September 15
Sale Continues: 11am-8pm Friday, September 16 and 11am-5pm Saturday, September 17 & Sunday, September, 18

Cost: Event is free. No tickets required.

Mom who makes Noms

Nikki's white cake with chocolate chip cookie dough filling for baby's 6 month old birthday

I love seeing women start their own businesses. I have the utmost admiration for moms, especially new ones who venture into this world. Meet my neighbor and girlfriend Nikki Hill. She just had a baby like an hour ago and also around the same time decided to start Noms by Nikki. What’s a nom you ask? According to Nik it’s an onomatopoeic adjective based on the sound emitted when something is “oh so tasty.” I can attest her noms live up to it’s definition.

MORE: Noms by Nikki Facebook Page

See exhibit A & B below- the chocolate cake with peanut butter buttercream icing she made me. It was gone in 1.5 days.

You can see from her creations she can do just about anything: cake pops, chocolates, cakes, brownies, cookies, you name it.

The Sweet Crab Cake

Brownie pops

Baby Shower Ruffle Cake


My Chocolate Peanut Butter Cake aka Exhibit A

Exhibit B

BRB: Neighbor with a big bite

Okay if you’re gonna break your diet.. and you’re doing it with burgers you must go big or don’t go at all.

Yes that’s my table at the new BRB burger joint in Reston Town Center. BRB which stands for Be Right Burger opened up right next to the ice skating rank.

FREE BURGER: Check in w/ Foursquare

DEALS: Join BRB on Facebook

It’s really a cool concept. There are touch screens for you to place your order and pay for it while you’re waiting in line. The signature items run the hunger gamut.. from the Samurai Turkey Burger, to the Shroomin Burger, the Lobster Roll and the monster Hangover (see below). What I love is that the meat is all-natural, hormone and antibiotic free Angus beef from a local Maryland farm.

Adora who has just started to eat solids took a liking to the kid french fries- cut out like smiley faces! Sauces were amazing too– my fave was the wasabi mayo which is what I dipped my fries in. Oh the best part. Thursday through Friday BRB is open until 3AM! BRB is located at 1820 Discovery Street at the Reston Town Center.

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