Sunday, July 05, 2009

Mountain Celebration

Last weekend we journeyed to Virginia to celebrate the 70th birthday of Brandy's uncle. The party took place at the self-sustaining home he and his wife Thais built high up in the mountains.

Virginia made sure to stick close to the birthday boy in case some candles appeared on the birthday cake that needed blowing out.

In addition to cake eating, the kiddos enjoyed tons of games with all the friends and relatives who gathered together. Rose Marie was particularly interested in ladder ball,

while Virginia liked hanging with her cousins in the hammock.

Rose Marie made sure to sample all the different treats.

But perhaps the most exciting activity for Virginia was getting to go out on the raft with the big girls.

Thursday, June 25, 2009

On The Trail Again

A couple weekends ago we made our first trip back to Ijams Nature Center since the end of last summer. This time Rose Marie was able to actually walk on the trail a bit...though that didn't last too long.

So, of course, it's another year in the backpack for RM, but it doesn't seem like she minds going for a ride at all.

With Virginia trailblazing in the lead this year (her new sparkle shoes make her go super fast!) we made it to the Boardwalk along the river in record time. All our energy expended, we decided to stop for a snack.

Upon our completion of the 2 mile loop we staked out the nearby ponds and spotted several frogs, tadpoles and a multitude of insects. The ladies even managed to corner a giant tortoise.

This turned out to be our most successful hike to date. So much so that I headed back to Ijams with the girls solo the next weekend while Brandy was out of town for a wedding and we did the whole hike again!

Friday, June 19, 2009

Dancing Machines

Earlier this week, Virginia and Rose Marie decided they wanted to have a "Rock n' Roll" dance party. They disappeared for a few minutes, came back in the outfits they picked out, and proceeded to shake what their mother had given them.

Thursday, June 18, 2009


Last week we made the big switch transforming Rose Marie's crib into her toddler bed. We were prepared to have to work with her on staying in bed (like we had to do with Virginia), but so far it's been a great success! The girl just likes sleeping in a bed, apparently. Here's a snapshot of her from her first night, the darkness lit up by the flash of the camera.

Monday, June 15, 2009

A Camping We Will Go

Last weekend the Bird Attack clan journeyed East across Tennessee for some backyard camping with our family. We had a great weekend in and around Knoxville and, amazingly, all the children slept through the night in the tents we put up in our back yard.

(Again, click on the HD button once you've hit play if you want to see the movie in hi-def.)

Major kudos to Jason, Amanda, Henry and Ada for joining us in the camping experiment! Someday soon we'll hopefully graduate to sleeping overnight more than 10 feet from the house.

Friday, June 05, 2009

Summer Excursions

We've been out and about to all corners of the Southeast this summer. A few weeks ago we journeyed for the first time to the Oak Ridge Children's Museum for some serious playtime. We visited the rain forest room, rocket ship room and, the girls' favorite, the child-sized doll house.

There were also many toys and exhibits from past generations, so the girls took the opportunity to kick it old school in a turn of the century stroller.

Finally the girls enjoyed playing on the various train exhibits, both small and big.

Then we took a trip up to Kentucky to see numerous family members. Of course I only managed to capture this one photo before the camera battery died. So you'll have to imagine the next picture, after Virginia had thrown the ball in the creek and Junior jumped into the water to grab it, emerging drenched but with the ball safely in his jaws.

Finally, last weekend was the annual Children's Festival of Reading down at the World's Fair Park. There were many booths and vendors and activities, so the girls were overloaded with options. After face painting, making necklaces and signing up for the summer reading program, we managed to sit for a bit and catch some of the storytelling magic.

But probably the most exciting exhibit there had little to do with reading at all. In honor of the Llama, Llama books, there was a real live petting zoo at the festival. Virginia even got to ride a pony while her sister looked on giddily at the goats, sheep and camel.

Thursday, June 04, 2009

Total Posers

Just a quick shot of the girls hamming it up last week.