Birthday Party & Quiet Weekend

It’s been a while since I’ve written!

Last weekend, Sarah & I took James & Julia to a farm to do some of their fun fall activities–we went on a hayride out to the Pumpkin Patch to pick pumpkins (which Julia calls “cumpins”) and then we went to their little petting zoo before getting lunch at the “Farm restaurant.”  10.20.2014(3)

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As is usually the case with Julia, she had absolutely no fear going right up to the sheep and petting them, sticking food in their mouths, etc.

The next day, we had Julia’s birthday party!  It was very nice and low-key, which was exactly what we were hoping for.  We just had people gather at the little playground near our house, and we provided a fruit tray, veggie tray, cupcakes, juice boxes and bubbles.  Julia had tons of fun and the set-up and clean-up were very easy since we didn’t have a million people in our house.  10.20.2014(9)

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It was especially nice that our friends Phil & Sabrina came up from Gaithersburg with their little boys since we hadn’t seen them in quite some time.  It was really nice to see them and Julia had lots of fun with Koren!  After the party we went and grabbed dinner at the Diner with them!

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Julia’s favorite birthday present is probably the Leap Frog laptop that Phil & Sabrina got her.  She calls it her “puder” (aka computer) and she loves the music that it plays.  She had so much fun with it the other day at dinner! 10.27.2014(9)

During the week I had the pleasure of visiting with two friends who we knew in New Orleans!  Kathleen & Justin were on the East Coast for Justin’s sister’s wedding so I got to meet up with them for lunch.  10.27.2014(8)

and then on Friday I took the train down to DC to meet up with Larissa for lunch!  10.27.2014(4)

Even though we only had a short visit together, it was so nice to see her and catch up!

This past weekend, despite Ken being on call, we ended up having a fairly low-key and quiet family weekend at home.  Friday night we went to Chabad for Shabbat dinner and we ended up being the only people there so it was just the Rabbi and his family and us.  It was so nice since Julia is really able to run around and play with their kids now and we were able to enjoy some time without any undergrads around!

Saturday Julia & I went to a Tot Shabbat service at the DBJCC and then we spent most of the rest of the weekend relaxing at home.  Julia had a bit of a cold yesterday, so we didn’t want to expose her to other kids but she did get to try on her Halloween costume!  10.27.2014

and she had lots of fun playing with her “doctor toys.”  10.27.2014(2)

She likes looking in my ears and eyes, taking my temperature and listening to my heart!  Saturday night Ken & I also went over to our next door neighbor’s house for her annual Halloween party.  We didn’t really dress up but Ken had fun with these eyeballs! 10.27.2014(3)

We have a lot of excitement coming up in the next few weeks… Bubbie & Zaydie are coming to visit this weekend for Halloween.  We’ll be going trick-or-treating with our friends Sam & Mark and their son Lincoln.  Ken is on call the following weekend, then we have one more weekend in town before we head to San Francisco for all of Thanksgiving week!  My best friend Julia is getting married the Saturday before Thanksgiving so we’re flying in on Saturday and staying until the Saturday after the holiday.  Ken & I are also going away to Wine Country for two nights while we leave Julia with my parents overnight for the first time ever.  We are definitely looking forward to having some time together just the two of us and to sleeping in (hopefully!) past 6 AM!

For now though, it’s time to get to work on this beautiful fall Monday!

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