Saturday, August 31, 2013

Shopping and Swimming in NOVA

Autumn debuted her new haircut with a weekend filled with dining, shopping and swimming! We even drove out to Leesburg for some outlet shopping. Kylie resumed her swimming lessons with me in the hotel pool, which was even more fun than in Israel!

 Breakfast photo!



 Ahhhh! It's hot!

 Swimming lessons!

Matching USA swimsuits!!

Thursday, August 29, 2013

Back in DC!

While Autumn is in training this week, Kylie and I tagged along to catch up on dentist appointments, shop and get re-Americanized!! Grandpa Ron and Grandma Julie even joined in on the fun. After dragging everyone from store to store and doctor office to doctor office, we took the afternoon to check out the new MLK Jr. monument. We opted to wait until the day AFTER the 50th anniversary of the "I have a dream..." speech to avoid the enormous crowds, although it would have been great to see Obama and Oprah! Here is our restaurant schedule for the week, just in case anyone needs suggestions in the NOVA / DC area:

M:  Dogfish Head
T:  McCormick & Schmick's
W:  Lost Dog
Th:  Rosa Mexicano
F:  Lebanese Taverna
S:  Lyon Hall & Dogfish Head
S:  Austin Grill & Haandi
M:  Qdoba & Huong Viet
T:  Buzz

 Constitution Hall

 Statue of Simon Bolivar
Thanks Venezuela!

 Gramps, Gramma and Kylie

 Almost there...

 Entrance into the MLK Monument

 Very inspiring!

 MLK Jr. Monument

 Jefferson Memorial across the water...
...still haven't made it over to this one.

 K refusing to pose usual!

 Unless there are snacks involved!

 Clover closeup!
(Just testing out the new camera!)

 DC War Memorial

 Seal of the District

 WWII Memorial

 Washington Monument and Washington DC under construction

 My new to do list!

 Kids these days and their new-fangled dohickies!

 Cupcake stop after dinner

 Chocolate & PB...classic!

He he he! Sugaring up the baby!

Friday, August 16, 2013

Visit with Grandpa Ed

Autumn's dad came down for a visit this week, and we had a great time! He and Kylie got to spend lots of time together, and she even got to open a few early birthday presents! Thanks for the great visit!

 Autumn & Ed enjoying a coconut.

Even a baby gets to have some!

Windswept palm.

Happy early birthday Kylie!  If only she could figure out that present...

Kylie and grandpa enjoying the beach.

Rainbow on the ocean.


There's one happy beach baby!


Hanging out in playlandinha!

Wednesday, August 14, 2013


Today our section had a breakfast party.  Eric made pumpkin flavored whoopie pies.  They were amazing, as usual, and everyone loved them.  Eric is the best!

Sunday, August 11, 2013

Olinda in the Winter

Since my dad is here visiting, we made another visit to our neighboring city of Olinda to take in the historic sights.  It was a beautiful day for a walk, and we saw lots of cool stuff!

Breezy morning by the ocean.

Eric and Kylie ready for adventure!

We stopped at Convento São Francisco to tour.

Portuguese tile work in the courtyard.

Pretty old...

The view up from the courtyard.


Dad and I making the requisite stop, posing as Carnaval goers.

Ready for a busy day of coconut selling!

Everyone say queijo!

Look very closely at those vines...there are zucchini growing on that roof!

Street art brightening our day.

More street art, this one wins Most Creative Use of Already Existing Windows.

The courtyard of our last stop of the day.  A beautiful morning tour indeed!