Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Wordless Wednesday

WBB at 2 weeks old

WBB at 2 years old

Monday, February 23, 2009

Riding the Rails

The weather is still pretty chilly here, so I decided to take William to ride the D.C. subway back and forth across town. He's been on the trains before, but he's getting older and really gets into the whole adventure now that he can talk and express his joy for the journey.

I parked the car at Pentagon City mall and decided we'd ride the southbound train towards Springfield. I thought this was the best route because 1. we didn't have to switch trains 2. a majority of the ride would be above ground and 3. William would hit the jackpot by riding a train AND passing by National Airport all in one trip.

So, we walked through the mall towards the basement where the trains zoom by. William was slightly confused and kept saying, "Deet Deets mama, Deet Deets!!!" I think he thought we were going to stop and do some shopping, but that was not the case. Now, I should clarify "Deet Deets" for you. William loves trains. LOVES them. When he first started playing with trains he was probably a year old. I would move the car around the track and say, "choo choo" or "toot toot." Then, we started watching Thomas the Train. His whistle is more of a sharp "ddduuttt duuuttt" sound. So, from all the sounds of our various train whistles came the word, "Deet Deet" in William's language. He never says "train" but instead, "Deet Deet!"

Ok, so waited for the train to come into the station and the whole time, William was talking and the words just didn't come out fast enough! He was so excited. Once on the train, William knew what to do. He took a seat and watched out the window as the landscape went whizzing by him. When we stopped at National Airport, he FREAKED OUT with joy...."MAMA AIRPLANES! SEE EM!!! WHEELS UP! WINGS, TAILS, BLUE SKY!!!!! BABY AIRPLANES!" He then scooted to the edge of his seat and wanted to get down and off the train! He kept repeating, "Mama, all done. Bye, bye Deet Deet. Airplanes!" Well, I was able to convince him that we needed to go one more stop just for kicks and he agreed.

Once at King Street, we got off the train and boarded a return train towards the airport. William was pumped. We got off the train at National Airport and headed for the exit.
Once inside the airport, William knew exactly where to go and what to do. We go to the airport all the time, so this is certainly a second home for the little guy. He walked onto the moving walkway with all the travelers and waited for the walkway to take him to the end. He said, "big step!" when it was time to get off the walkway.....he actually listens to his mama! ha. Then we made a direct B-line for the windows. William's windows. The windows that bring William sheer joy and excitement. There had to be 10 planes moving at once! It was a great time of day to be there. William watched them take off, he watched them land, he watched them pull back from the gates and he TALKED CONSTANTLY! He just kept saying, "landing, wheels down!" "wheels up, hi airplane!" and he constantly reported to me what the colors were on all the wings and tails.

Surprisingly, it wasn't hard to tell him we had to go home. Any time we have to leave a place he loves, I always say, "we have to go now, but we'll be back. We'll be back!" and it seems to cushion the blow a bit. To my surprise, he just said, "ok mama, bye bye airplanes!" and "ride Deet Deet!" So, I guess he figured he was getting to ride the train again, so it was ok to leave his watch post at the airport. We boarded the train towards Pentagon City and headed home.
It was a great morning and I am so glad we went on our adventure.

I appreciate living in a big city like D.C. when you take advantage of things like the Smithsonians, the Amtrak trains, and the subway system. I really enjoyed riding the rails with a 2 year old and absorbing every "awe wow" moment he checked into his memory. I can't wait to do it again!

Saturday, February 21, 2009

Dulles Air and Space Smithsonian

Today we headed for the Dulles Air and Space Smithsonian. We had a great time and William loved it. I think his neck might hurt from looking up at the airplanes all morning! He kept repeating, "airplane! airplane! wing! mama airplane, baby airplane" and he would say, "pisuuuu, pisuuuuu!" (like the sound they make in the sky) which was his early word for "airplane" before he could actually say it. He pointed out the airplane's colors and the colors of the wings and "wheels up" or "wheels down" for every aircraft. He really enjoyed the helicopters too. He talked CONSTANTLY and I really think his mind was on overload with excitement! After about 2 hours of good times, we headed home!

Checking out the runways from the watch tower

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Calvert Cliffs State Park, Maryland

Since Dan had the day off on Monday, we headed out of town on a day trip to the Calvert Cliffs and State Park. Despite the gusty frigged temperatures, we had a super time!

A little about Calvert Cliffs: The cliffs which dominate the shoreline of the Chesapeake Bay for thirty miles in Calvert County, were formed over 15 million years ago when all of Southern Maryland was covered by a warm, shallow sea. Over 600 species of fossils have been identified from these cliffs, with the teeth of various species of shark as the most abundant fossils. The park is 14 miles south of Prince Frederick on Maryland Routes 2 & 4.

Along with the interesting cliffs, the park offers nature trails, picnic areas, playground equipment, and fishing.

Thursday, February 12, 2009

A little nap time project

Do you remember the cute table cloth from William's birthday party last week? Let me refresh your memory:

This was about 2 yards of flannel vehicle theme fabric from JoAnn's. I bought it knowing full well that it could be a smashing table cloth for the party and that I could also make something out of it once the party was over.

William has a bounty of wheels theme pjs and only one construction theme blanket. So, I decided to make another blanket out of the table cloth. I knew it would be super easy and something I could do really fast while he's napping.

So, I dusted off this:

And whipped up this:

It's a cute flannel blanket for my wheels lovin' boy!

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Wordless Wednesday

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

A school bus birthday party!

William turned 2 on the 7th and we celebrated with a "William's Wheels" birthday party. Since he loves school buses so very much, it was only appropriate that his birthday cake be a school bus. William saw it and freaked out with excitment. Then it dawned on him that the cake was not a real school bus and he couldn't play with it. That didn't set well with him and he cried for 10 minutes. I felt so guilty for confusing him on his birthday! After the tears subsided, William went on to have a blast at his party and enjoy his friends. He got many a new vehicle for his birthday and we've been busy playing "goes" ever since!

Saturday, February 7, 2009




There are no words to describe my love for you, William.

Dada loves you too. This was about 5 minutes after you were born.

Friday, February 6, 2009

Happy Birthday Countdown - Friday

Happy Baby! - July 2007

Playing in the leaves - November 2007

Merry Christmas! - December 2007

Our pumpkin - October 2007

Playing with his WILLIAM Stool

Thursday, February 5, 2009

Happy Birthday Countdown -Thursday

Playing by the U.S. Capitol - August 2008

A boy who loves airplanes - August 2008

Delivery Day! February 7th, 2007 at 12:13 pm - Getting ready for the main event

Saying hi to the camera - 5 months old

14 month portrait - LOVE the belly

At work with my Dada

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Happy Birthday Countdown - Wednesday

Take your child to work day on Capitol Hill - Summer 2008

Playing in the park - June 2008

Chilling in the swimming pool - August 2007

WBB - May 2007

Heading to the Apple Orchards - September 2007

Happy Birthday Countdown - Tuesday

Tubbie time - September 2007

Mama and Dada return from Ireland. Clapping with joy! - August 2007

WBB 18 months - August 2008

Coming home from the hospital - 4 days old

William's best pal, his Dada. Only 1 day old.
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