The Oldest Balloon Ever.

This balloon was fully inflated until last week, when Kasen finally poked a hole in it. Oh, did we mention that it’s left over from his birthday …. six months ago???

We popped all of its friends back in January, keeping just this one until it deflated.  Who knew it would last six months?!

Our Summer Resolutions

Happy Memorial Day, Readers!

Memorial Day is, of course, a day to remember our fallen heroes.  It also marks the start of summer – barbecues, pools, parks, and beaches!  This year, we’ve decided to use it as a New Year’s Day of sorts…  featuring our New Summer’s Resolutions!  Two resolutions to be exact.

Resolution #1: More picnics!

Photo taken on May 19, 2012.  Gotta love Kasen’s Memorial Day t-shirt featuring an American flag!

We live 5 minutes from Valley Forge National Park, which is the perfect place for a picnic.  It has grass, trees, walking paths, and historical significance.  (What else could you want in a picnic locale?  What, Gigi?  You think picnics should involve squirrels?  Good news- Valley Forge has that too.)

We have hit the park a couple times in the last few weeks and have gotten into a routine that makes it easy.  We keep the picnic basket ready to go and just add a couple Uncrustrables (they’re defrosted by the time we are ready to eat), chips, cookies, and drinks.  It literally takes only a few minutes to get set to go.  We’re all about attainable goals.

Resolution #2: Hit the Pool.

We love our house.  Not only are we minutes away from George Washington’s Revolutionary War encampment (and the second-largest mall in America), but there’s a public pool here too!  Okay, we know they don’t sound comparable but they all get the job done – they wear Kasen out!

Last year, we had hoped to get to the pool a few times, but with all the rain and traveling, we never made it.  This year, with Kasen’s higher activity levels, we’re definitely going to need to get him in the pool to tire him out for nap time.  Plus, they have a baby pool that Kasen can walk around in all by himself.  So much fun for a toddler!

So, those are our resolutions.  We tried to keep them attainable, so hopefully we’ll stick to them.  Happy Memorial Day and Happy Summer!

Broad Street Run 2012

Kristin ran the Broad Street Run again this year.  In recent years, the BSR has become the largest 10 mile roadrace in the country.  In fact, despite being open to about 40,000 participants, the race sold out this year in 4 hours!  That’s a big change from when Kristin first started running it years ago, when she would register a couple days before the race.

Imagine Kristin’s surprise when she went to pick to her race packet and had to wait in this humungous line!  (Yes, the line continued up about 4 stories up, into Lincoln Financial Field.)


The starting line was even crazier:


But the race itself proved to be just as much fun as usual, especially since Kristin shaved 15 minutes off her time from last year!


…and she can’t wait to run it again next year!

Kasen isn’t the only one who likes chalk.

Turns out, retired professors are attracted to chalkboards like bees to honey.  And the grandchild of a retired professor is a very good student.


Billy the Babysitter

Daycare was closed on Good Friday, but we still had to work.  Kristin’s brother Billy was awesome enough to fill in as the care provider for the day.  We knew he must’ve been an awesome babysitter because both he and Kasen slept for hours in the afternoon!

Kasen was totally attached to Uncle Billy all weekend!

The Big 3-1

It’s official.  Kristin and Krister are both 31.

Kristin turned 31 only a few days ago; Krister’s birthday was a few weeks ago. Well, we technically celebrated a few weeks after his big day, so we’ll just say his birthday was more recent.  We were driving home from Boston on his real birthday and that’s no fun, so (after eating a bunch of cake) we agreed that we would celebrate two weeks later when we had the whole day to ourselves.

Krister’s sister Prudence actually came down and babysat Kasen, so we could get all dressed up and party the night away at the Red Ball, a benefit for our local chapter of the Red Cross.  The next day we opened presents.

For those of you who were wondering, neither Krister nor Kasen turned out to be the biggest present-opener of the day.  The award goes to Gigi, who is obsessed with wrapping paper, thanks to years of getting wrapped treats on her birthday and Christmas:

For his birthday, Krister got lots of presents including some saw horses (pictured above), running clothes, and a new “beer kit” so he can brew a new batch of beer.  Krister’s “real” birthday present will be a tool chest that he picked out that we’re going to put in our garage when it’s finished.  Something a la this one:

(Original picture found here.)  Stay tuned for more info on that one.

Kristin’s birthday was on Tuesday.  We celebrated with a big party on Sunday.  It’s family tradition to have a mimosas and coffeecake party on the weekend closest to Kristin’s birthday and it’s always a huge success.  This year was no exception.  Of course, no one actually took any photos, so you’ll just have to trust that the mimosas were flowing fast and so was the conversation.

Kristin’s big birthday present was a “mosquito grill” which is a propane grill that baits mosquitoes into its trap.  Theoretically, the grill will eliminate mosquitoes on an acre of property.  Here’s hoping!  We want to finish and open up our patio this year, so a mosquito-free yard is a must.

On Kristin’s real birthday, we celebrated after a long day of work with sausage-and-pepperoni pizza and a delicious cookie cake!

We also received a number of super generous Home Depot and Best Buy gift cards, which you’ll see put into action soon.

Happy birthday to us!

Hunting for Easter Eggs

Kristin’s mom tells a story about how Kristin and her brother Bill used to hunt for Easter eggs when they were toddlers.  It goes a little like this: “They would pick up two Easter eggs, put one in each hand, find a third one, and not know where to put it!  I had to teach them how to use the Easter basket.”  Well, apparently Kasen was blessed with problem-solving skills that developed earlier (he can probably thank Krister for that):

The dogs had to get a time out from the Easter egg hunt because they were stealing the eggs:

After little Kasen wore himself out, the adults got to do some egg hunting too:

Uncle Billy better watch out:  next year, Kasen might find more eggs!