Saturday, May 31, 2008

Trip to Colonial Williamsburg

This week we took a trip to Williamsburg, VA to hang out and relax a bit. We had a lot of fun chasing Hadley around Colonial Williamsburg, and she had a good time exploring a different part of the world. Here she is with her Dad having a rest with Mr. Thomas Jefferson (who Jesse was proud to sit next to because he founded the "Survey of the Coast" which is the office he works for. As you might imagine, Hadley was quite impressed with this piece of history).

And here's another picture of her studying the water (just like her Dad....maybe she was interested in Mr. Jefferson's efforts to set up a place where hydraulic modelers can practice their work in peace without their spouses asking for the umpteeth time, "So...what is it that you DO?!?!").

However, the real impressive stuff comes next. I remember when Hadley was first born, walking around downtown Silver Spring with her. I saw a little girl who looked like she just learned to walk practicing her new found freedom on the grass. She fell down and I watched her push herself back up and continue walking. I thought this was simply unbelievable and couldn't imagine how it is we learn how to do that. But here Hadley is splashing in the water in one video, and in the next doing a fine impression of Cookie Monster. She is certainly becoming a little girl.

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Let's Get This Potty Started!

We have decided to slowly start Hadley on the path to using the potty. On Sunday, Jesse purchased the Elmo potty. Elmo is by far, Hadley's favorite Sesame Street character, and she was beyond happy to see (and hear) him in her very own home. Elmo says all sorts of different things to encourage kids to use the potty, and he even says them in Spanish. So if you think about it, we'll teach her two things at once. Now that's what I call efficiency. Maybe I'll teach her how to read while we're at it.

Hadley loves her potty. She sits on it all the time. In fact, she takes it into the living room and watches Sesame Street on it. Or, she'll place it next to a stack of books and read while sitting on it. She also likes to let her baby sit on it while she pushes her around.

Monday, May 5, 2008

Sheep and Wool Festival

Jesse and Hadley went to the Sheep and Wool Festival this past Saturday, and from what I hear, they had a good time. (I went a few years ago, and for someone who isn't the biggest fan of animals, this thing is pretty impressive.)

Hadley was a little nervous getting close to the sheep, but did find them intriguing. Her favorite part was the band. She went right up to the front of the stage and danced.