Keeping up with our busy Navy lives....wherever we live :)

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Sisters through and through!!

Oh the faces!!!

Maddy may be Miss Personality these days, but Abby has so much on her mind these is coming out of her in the form of faces, voices and CONSTANT talking. 
We try to keep the craziness to a minimum, but the other night at dinner I indulged her with some faces!!
Oh did I forget to mention she pulled out her 8th tooth in our hotel in Washington last weekend??!!
She has a lot of holes in her cute smile now!!

Sunday, March 15, 2015

Adios Minivan!!!

After leaving DC we headed south to visit our friends in Maryland! We sold our minivan to them!!
They have adorable twin 2 year old boys who will make good use of this family-mobile!!!
They just returned from Japan....and we got lots of good information from them on what to do while we are there. 

Washington DC

Our DC Trip this past weekend!!! And MORE!
Visiting Old Abe
Excited as we were about to walk to the White House
At the White House front gate!! 
We rode the metro to and from the museums one day!
Fun at the Air and Space Museum--lots of hands on learning about flight, lift, etc
Saw an IMAX movie about D-Day in 3D at the Air and Space Museum narrated by Tom Brokaw, we really enjoyed it. 
Landing on the moon!!
The Capitol Building (under some construction)
Had to make another visit to the Natural History Museum--Abby was giving me her best "Sapien" smile
Orchid exhibit

The Hope Diamond exhibit
After leaving the museums our last day we drove to the Jefferson Memorial on the Potomac River
I caught a great shot of the Washington Monument's reflection across the water

Bedtime Giggles

This girls giggle (obnoxious cackling....) more often than not when it comes to bedtime. 
So sometimes we have to resort to separating them....and then returning Abby to her own bed once they are both asleep. Otherwise they will giggle for HOURS!!! After playing together all day!!!! Not sure how they still find one another entertaining ��

Trying new things

We went out for sushi last week and Maddy blew us all away!!
She asked to eat this "green leaf" out of Mikes sashimi dish
Then she voluntarily ate a chunk of broccoli
Then she asked to try an edamame 
And she ate a pile of Gyoza dumplings with green bits in them!!!!
YES that's a LOT of green stuff for this picky 5 year old. Overcoming some hurdles. YAY!!!!
She was proud of herself and we were equally proud of her. We've given up forcing it on her so apparently she decided to take it upon herself to go outside her box (her Big Sis is beyond a good example!!! Well for eating at least ��)

Weeeeeeeeee....a little exercise

We got out of the house for some "PE" time last week

Tuesday, March 10, 2015


We've been spending a lot of time at the library each week

Monday, March 2, 2015

Snow Angel

Snow angels never get old--Abby made this one

Miss Serious

Practicing her bridge pose from gymnastics

Girls and their dolls.....

The girls still love their dolls!! Really the only toy they brought with us on this part of the journey. 
They have been clothed and brushed today and propped up. Rarely happens :) 
Kind of scary having them just sitting there......

How we survive the snow

Snow season and Girl Scout season 

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Snow--Round 2

Second snowstorm in a week!! We got another 4-6 inches. 

Holding hands to get thru the snow
Our street
Snow tree bullseye 

We walked across the street to see what the beach looks like with snow....just colder and windier

Yes we built a snowman
And yes they licked the snowman

Sister LOVE ������

They amaze me everyday how well they get along--mind you we are together now 24/7 in a small apartment. Mike and I are losing it......the kids are unphased!! 

Sister Drawings

Abby drew this of Maddy
And Maddy drew this one of Abby

Swim Fun

We have been spending a lot of time at our local gym to escape the cold and cabin fever. 
One of the locations has a wonderful indoor pool we use often!!

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Fun Cooking this week

Valentines Day Weekend EATS!!
French Bread French Toast + Abby's Fav......Raspberries!!
 Marinated Chicken that when split resulted in a heart :)
Cut up to make Greek Chicken Salad---DELISH!!
(Marinate 3-4 butterflied boneless breasts in 1/4C Olive Oil, Juice of 2 Lemons, 1-2 Tbsp Oregano, and some chopped garlic---Let it all marinate in a ziplock gallon bag overnight to cook the next day/night. Longer the better! Normally I then grill them, but seeing as we are in an apartment with no grill.....I just cooked them on the stove and they came out great. Top the chopped romaine with chopped kalamatta olives, cucumers, Mediterranean Feta Cheese, tomato and some Red Wine Vinagrette dressing. The dish is so filling and tasty!! NOTE: Make enough for'll want it again the next day!
Another great dish I ate for three days!!! Yes 3!!!
Dijon Rosemary Pork Loin-- the simplest to make--And we enjoyed it on Valentines night!
Baked in the oven at 425 for 1 hour!
Sauteed chopped carrots and parsnips and onion for 5 minutes in pan with some olive oil.
Pour these veggies into the baking pan (I used a 8x10 pyrex). Place the pork loin directly on top of the sautéed veggies. Now to make the sauce. Chop 3 tablespoons of fresh chopped dried Rosemary and mix with 2 tablespoons Dijon mustard and a teaspoon of chopped/minced garlic and 2 tablespoons olive oil. Mix this up and spread it over your pork already in the dish. Bake uncovered for 1 hour!!
Super easy and as tender as I've ever had a pork loin.

 Learned from this week......good eats can come out of a small kitchen.....just takes a little more effort
(You should see how I have to cram a weeks worth of groceries into our small fridge.....Its a Jenga game getting something out)


Bored we tried a new braid. "Bow Braid"
Not perfect, but Abby loved it and enjoys being my test subject.

Mike, Allison, Abby and Roxy Smith

Living life in beautiful Virginia Beach, VA!