Elena's Second Birthday (November)

Elena’s Second Birthday (November)

For Elena’s second birthday, we… stuck to the model that worked for her 1st birthday! Janine and Ron were still in the same apartment building with access to the lovely club room. They picked up the berry cake from Whole Foods for us (seriously that cake is so good), and instead of Moana, we went with Elena’s current favorite movie … Continue Reading →


November Disney Trip: Day 3

November Disney Trip: Day 3

Our third day at Disney had us waking up, and Elena getting her shoes and ears on! And then getting her actual clothes on! We walked to the Poly to hit Captain Cook’s for breakfast! And then we took the monorail from the Poly to the Grand Floridian to check out the gingerbread house! Elena was more into this horse: … Continue Reading →


November Disney Trip Day 2

November Disney Trip Day 2

Our second full day at Disney had Elena wanting to lounge in her stroller where she snacked on last night’s popcorn. Then it was time to get dressed and get ready to head out for the day! We had splurged on park hoppers this time, so we could hit Epcot and Food & Wine as much as possible. So Epcot … Continue Reading →


November Disney Trip

November Disney Trip Day 1

In November, right before Elena turned 2, we took a trip to Disney – just a long weekend. We wanted to catch the end of Food & Wine, and had debated picking closer to Halloween, but we thought we hadn’t seen the Christmas decorations in a while…. Then last minute I decided to crazily add on tickets to the Very … Continue Reading →


Bustle Tea (November)

Bustle Tea (November)

In November was Stephanie’s annual Pumpkin tea. This year instead of Regency, she went with Bustle era. I do not have a bustle, but I lucked out on Facebook and scored a bustle gown and an 1880s tea gown (bustle era!) that fit me perfectly. I just had to hem them a bit. This gown is specifically from the Truly … Continue Reading →


Gunston Hall (November)

Gunston Hall (November)

I’m back for another one in my series “remember when we could go places and be near other people?” This also is a part of my “I’m now 7 month behind in my blogging so it’s good we haven’t done anything or gone anywhere in 3 months” series. So in November, Natasha organized a picnic at Gunston Hall in Virginia. … Continue Reading →


Halloween!

Halloween!

Let us return to a simpler time, a spookier time… well, actually it can’t be much scarier than it is now. Let’s go back to Halloween. Here are some Halloween season pictures I never got around to posting. This was my friend’s porch: I wore both my Kitschy Witch Halloween themed dresses! This one is Sleepy Hollow themed. Love those … Continue Reading →


Washington International Horse Show Kids Day aka the best day of Elena's life

Washington International Horse Show Kids Day aka the best day of Elena’s life

You guys, I’m super behind on blogging because apparently it’s a lot of work to both work full time and have a toddler at home. Not the catch-up time I imagined. But at least we are not doing anything so I won’t have new blog posts to write after Feb 2020. Sigh. Anyway, I did want to find time to … Continue Reading →


Redondo Beach Day 3/4 and 4/4

Redondo Beach Day 3/4 and 4/4

I started out my next morning with more room service for breakfast. Expensive but delicious and given that I was waking up so early, I went for it. This was Huevos Redondos (fried eggs, soyrizo & avocado quesadilla, black beans, ranchero sauce, feta, cilandro. It was delicious. Some pics from Doug and Elena’s morning at home: Facetiming with my girl! … Continue Reading →


Redondo Beach: Day 2

Redondo Beach: Day 2

Here’s Day 2 of my work trip to Redondo Beach! I, of course, woke up at 4:30am again, snoozed til it was time to chat with Doug and Elena at 6, and this time I though ahead and scheduled myself some breakfast. I didn’t know they would be feeding some some fruit and croissants at the meeting, but the meeting … Continue Reading →


Redondo Beach: Day 1 1

Redondo Beach: Day 1

I did some work travel in October, to a partners meeting for my project. It was in Redondo Beach, CA, where our prime contractor (and the telescope now) are. I was only there for a few days, mostly because the meeting wasn’t that long and I didn’t want to be away from Elena (and leave Doug single-parenting) any longer than … Continue Reading →


Fall Family Pics

Fall Family Pics

I really wanted to do a fall photo shoot with Elena, and since Stephanie takes such beautiful photos of Elena, I wanted to work with her. We managed to find a morning time that work, and even though I stressed about having us all ready and presentable for a camera, it worked out great, and the weather was beautiful. Stephanie … Continue Reading →