Wednesday, June 13, 2012

When Mommy is away...

The boys will play....

So i've had the opportunity to leave K for a few days here and there over the past year. It's weird to think that for the first 2 1/2 years of his life, he was with me every day. The first time i left him was so hard. But i'm getting better. Plus it allows for K and Jeff to have quality daddy time, which is equally important as mommy-time!

So back in April, i left for a girls weekend. I came back home feeling totally rested and rejuvenated. It...was...awsome! And so necessary. I'm thinking a yearly girls trip is required for all mommas.

So while I was away, Jeff took K out on big brother's old scooter.
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Of course, i had to be a "mom" and give the hubby crap for K's lack of helmet here.

This past month, i've been in Washington DC as part of our summer scholars program. So it's 2 1/2 weeks without my bubba (and 4 weeks without the hubby - thanks to Grammy (my mom) she's coming to DC next week with K for the last week and a half that i am here). It's been good - i've gotten lots of work done and had some me time without feeling too guilty about it, plus K has been able to have some  quality daddy bonding time without too many meltdowns about missing mommy.

And what do Daddy's do when mommy's not home....i can't help but think about that Brady Bunch episode here...."Mom always said don't play ball in the house"!

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Thursday, April 26, 2012

Mommy Day photos with JeniRae

Today, K and I spent the afternoon at Fairview park with a mommy friend, JeniRae. She took some really amazing pictures of the two of us... Just in time for mothers day! Jeff always thinks I'm strange for always having K's pictures taken...ok so maybe I did have his pictures taken every month when he was just a baby, but now it's just a few times a year. He is just growing up and changing so much all the time that I want to make sure I remember things... Or at least be able to document how he grows and changes. You see, I see him every day, so he doesn't really look all that different to me. It isn't until I see pictures of him over time that I realize that my baby is growing up!

www.jenirae.com

Thursday, April 19, 2012

The Beauty of Iphone

Ok, so I get that I'm a bit slow on these things, but it just dawned in me today (as we were searching for apps for Jeff's new IPhone - yup that's right folks, he's come to the apple team!) that maybe... Just maybe..... There might be an app for blogger where I could post blogs right from my phone or iPad, and maybe, just maybe, post in my blog more than once a season. Voila! Of course there's an app for that. And here's the proof- I'm typing this entire blog on my iPhone....,as if I needed something else to do on my phone.

So over the past few months, there's lots of things going on in the Mallicoat-Randolph household. Perhaps the big thing is that I'll be headed back to Washington for the month of June. I'll be on my own for the first two weeks and then "Grammy" will be flying out with K - just in time to celebrate our birthdays.

Last month we went to NYC and Rhode Island. Jeff and Tay joined us for a few days and we did all the tourist things. Then K and I headed up to visit the McGrady's. We had so much fun that K still asks to "go on airplane and see me friend" - he can't quite wrap his tongue around "Ethan"
Here's some fun pics from our trip...

Monday, January 30, 2012

New Year....New Intentions

I started off last summer with the best of intentions of updating my blog for all our adventures from Italy. I did pretty good for a while. And then...life took over. Then i thought, well i'll do a monthly update. Highlight the fun times like Halloween and Christmas. And then.....life took over again.

So while i'm at it, here's some of the fun times that rounded out the second half of 2011...

Somedays, it's stil a dream to me that we spent the summer in Italy. I look at the pictures and life there seems like a world away. Yet it was just a few short months ago.

Towards the end of our trip, we spent a weekend at the Amalfi Coast. The word "paradise" doesn't even begin to be able to describe the magic of that place. Sorrento was this great family oriented town where lovers would stroll the streets hand in hand, children would run and play (at night, the main drag was closed to traffic) and tourists would wander in and out of the local shops until midnight (yes, things were open that late and everyone was out to enjoy the night!)













So here we are again. New year, new intentions.

I'm going to try and post once a month - if nothing else, i'm noticing that my memory is fading. Must be mommy brain or something. But i look at Mr. K and i think he's always looked this way, that he isn't growing up as fast as i think. And then i look at a picture that's 3, 4, 6 months old and i go, wow! Or i see younger babies, and i can't ever remember him being that tiny, which i have to admit is a thought that makes me a little sad.

So being that it is still the month of January (for at least another day or so...) here's my post for the month....of course i'm posting about an event in December, but hey, that's the last time i synched my computer with my camera, and i can't seem to find the camera cord at the moment to upload the latest pictures so that's as good as it gets right now....

Back in the beginning of December, we went with the family up to a cabin in Lake Arrowhead. Let me revise that statement....we stayed at a mansion! Jeff's cousin Elise works for a property management company and this was the owners house. Gorgeous!!!! And right on the lake too. It was wonderful. We had lots of fun sitting around the big table for dinner, making smores and painting pottery. But the best part was going tubing in the snow. Keegan LOVED it. Every time he went down the hill, he was like "again". Needless to say, we'll have to go up to the snow "again" soon!

Friday, July 1, 2011

Ah Venice….


We spent the last two days in Venice. This was not my first trip down the Canal, as mom and I had spent a few days there in 2007. It’s an interesting thing….after I went the first time, I felt like, yes it was nice, but that I had been there done that. Now having gone back with Jeff (hubby) and Heidi (sister-in-law) and Linda (family friend), I feel that there are many more things to be seen in this watery city. For example, Mom and I did the whole Murano island thing and went to the Accademia when we were there. This time, we did lots of shopping (um, hello, three girls plus Jeff? Yes, there was lots of shopping) and spent some time at St. Mark’s Square. But as I look at some of the museums that are in town, I feel like I could go back and spend a few days there experiencing some of the modern art collections, which is perhaps my favorite period when it comes to art. It probably won’t happen anytime soon given all the other places in the world to be seen, but something to put on the “if I ever happen to be in Venice again, I’m going to see X, Y and Z……”

We arrived and everyone was pleasantly surprised. You see, they have been having some thunderstorms at night, so it was nice and cool, a bit overcast at times with like zero humidity. Happy campers here! Such a contrast from the last time when it was hot, sticky and sweaty (and not in a fun way, mind you). Our hotel was basic by Venice standards, but super close to the Rialto Bridge, which meant we were right in the middle of the city, a perfect place to do our exploring from. Here’s some pictures from the sights of the city.


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Alas, after just a short day and a half, we were on our way back to Florence and ready for our next adventure! Auntie Heidi and Linda will head out for Rome tomorrow and Jeff, Keegan and I are planning a trip to the park for a picnic for Daddy's last day in Firenze!

Fun with Daddy

Jeff leaves on Sunday to return to the good ol’ US of A, just in time for 4th of July. Boo! His two and a half weeks here has gone by very quickly. Now, it will be just three weeks until my time here in Italy is over. Wow, time really does fly.

We’ve had lots of fun with Keegan and Daddy while he’s been here. Here’s some of my favorite pictures from his time here…..




I'll share my gelato with you Daddy!




Here we are at a cooking class. Keegan helped us make gnocchi from scratch, bruschetta and tiramisu. Yum!



Enjoying an evening out on the Ponte Vecchio.










A ride on the carousel to celebrate Father's Day and Keegan's birthday, which were on the same day this year!


Cinque Terre




Last weekend, Jeff and I headed off for a holiday weekend. I decided to take him up to Cinque Terre, which is a place that I hadn’t been to, but had on my list. Cinque Terre is a region of five small towns that are built into the coastline of Italy. I thought it might remind us of the time we spent in Santorini on our honeymoon. My, how times have flown by in just a few years, having gotten married in 2008, Keegan was born in 2009, and now here we are in 2011. It seems like it was just yesterday that we went to Santorini.

But I digress…

The region of Cinque Terre is lovely. We decided to stay up in Levanto, which is just north of the last town and easily accessible by train. I have to say, it was perhaps my favorite area of the region, which surprised me somewhat. Don’t get me wrong, the 5 lands are beautiful, but Levanto is the type of town that you can see that families from all over Europe come to year after year for their summer holiday. We stayed in a beautiful villa overlooking the ocean and wandered the streets the first day that we arrived in town…..We even managed to catch a pretty good sunset. I love this picture of my two boys!

Evidently, i am contemplating something as i check out the view from our room...


The next day, we set off for Riomaggiore, the first of the five towns.


We didn’t spend too much time in each of the towns – they have mostly touristy shops (seen one, seen them all), but we did find our way to the Via della amore (the Lover’s Walk) which is the first part of the trail that connects the five towns. As we walked along the path to Manarola (the next town) we got to experience some pretty amazing views from the coastline.

Someday.......i want this.


We even had the opportunity to participate in a tradition along the way where you bring a lock to seal your love along the way. Keegan helped us out by choosing a spot for our lock and helped to close it up.


Next we hit the train to go to the town of Monterosso, which is more of a beach town area. We found a little cafĂ© on the beach to enjoy our lunch. We then headed back to Levanto and went to the Casino. Those of you who know my husband are probably laughing here. So was I when we first saw it on the map. But the “casino” was actually a beach club, complete with a swimming pool. So we decided to spend our afternoon here. Now Keegan is not a fan on the ocean and true to form, was a bit unnerved when Daddy took him out again. But after spending some time playing in the sand, he seemed to be slightly better when all three of us went out for a swim. But both K and I are more “pool people”, so we headed up to the pool where we donned our swimming caps (a requirement and oh so fashionable) and water wings for Keegan and off we went to splash around.

After a few hours of water play, we changed back into our clothes and headed off to Vernazza. This was perhaps the town that I was most looking forward to. We made it here for dinner and I was hoping to be able to head up the trail to get one of those postcard views, but alas I wasn’t able to find the right trail and the one that I did manage to hike up a bit had the sun right in my lens. Still, here's one that was worthy of posting from sea level of the town.



Apparently, Keegan is like his mama as he considers life in Italy....


We decided to come back a bit early to relax from our weekend away (I am here for work after all, so occasionally there is work to be done!). Alas, our plans were thwarted by the train strike. We ended up getting stuck in Pisa for a few hours, but made it home safe and sound.