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Let Me See That Tootsie Roll

We had a fabulous Halloween, and my little Tootsie Roll stole the show at every event. As I mentioned before, she won second place at this year’s Kiddie Day Parade, which she was SUPER excited about.

Then, there was the costume contest at our favorite Mexican place. There were 5-6 kids in the contest, and before the judging began, Lucy won over the audience by dancing along to the karaoke singers. So, it was no surprise that she won the contest by an overwhelming vote. It wasn’t close and, really, it wasn’t fair to the other kids. I mean, just look at the cuteness! Apparently, one of the older girls wasn’t happy that Lucy won, as you can see in the third photo. I didn’t realize that until now. Oh well. That’s what happens when you compete against an adorable toddler!




On Halloween, Joe left work early, and we took Lucy downtown for the annual Trick or Treat event. This may have been the last year for it so, even though I was only two days past surgery, I made a point to be there.







After downtown Trick or Treat, we stopped by Publix (where they always give out candy and have a little “haunted house”; unfortunately, they were working on the “haunted house” when we arrived so Lucy just got some candy) and then went to Chili’s for dinner to take advantage of our Kids Eat Free coupon. We normally go through the entire Publix strip mall, but I just wasn’t feeling up to it this year.

By the end of dinner, I was feeling pretty awful, so I went home to rest. Since we don’t live in a neighborhood with many houses for Trick or Treating, Joe took Lucy to a Trunk or Treat event at a local church and said that she had a blast.





When Lucy got home, she had to check out her loot.


She hasn’t eaten any of it. She doesn’t want to. She just wants to sit and look at it. She’s weird. And, of course, her attitude toward it doesn’t make it fun for us to eat for her. I did eat a mini bag of M&Ms, and she flipped out when she saw the bag I forgot to throw out. She still brings it to me and gives me her sad eyes. Nothing like a little Mom guilt.

Now, I can’t wait until next year. I’m already thinking about what Lucy will be. Maybe Strawberry Shortcake!

A Day at the Park

Last weekend after being confined to the house for five days with a horrible sinus infection, I was feeling a bit better, so we took Lucy to the park. It was a beautiful day, and she had a great time. The pictures say it all.










Family Night Out

Last night, Joe and I had plans to drop Lucy off with a friend and have date night.

However, that fell through. So, instead of staying in, we decided to just take Lucy with us! We headed to Outback Steakhouse for dinner and then took Lucy for a surprise. What was her surprise, you ask?


We went to a nearby mall for some play time in the soft play area. We had forgotten the mall has a carousel, and Lucy was THRILLED when she saw it. She rode one for the first time last weekend at the zoo (more on that later), and she is OBSESSED now! We might have let her ride it twice. :)



Unfortunately, it was hard to get a shot while she was riding it, so this was the best I could do.


After the carousel, we hit up the soft play area, and then Lucy wanted to ride one of the mechanical cars before we left. Of course, she picked the one with Garfield.




It’s really hard to get a non-blurry shot when your child won’t stop moving! We had a great night, and now we’re looking forward to another family day with a cookout, cookie baking and a trip to the park!

She Knows how to Work It

The other night, we grabbed dinner at Subway while we were out running errands. Lucy was in a mood and started banging on the window. By then, I’d had it with her, and I told her I was going to spank her because she wasn’t behaving.

She came up to me, patted my hand and said, “Don’t be sad, Mommy.”

I said, “I’m not said. I’m mad at you.”

She just kept patting my hand and said, “It’s OK. Don’t be sad.”

How can I be upset with her when all I want to do is laugh?? That girl really knows how to get herself out of trouble!

Enjoying our Nation’s Pastime in our Nation’s Capitol

We had quite the trip last week, and we were going, going, going every day except Saturday. Part of me feels like we should do all that we can on vacation while the other part just wants to relax!

Since we did *so* much, I’m going to break up our trip into three posts so I won’t overload you all at once. You’re welcome.

We left town on Tuesday. Our plan was to leave around 6 a.m. BUT…Joe woke up at 1 a.m. sick. He was up every two hours like clockwork until about 6 a.m. or so. It was awful. We thought maybe he had food poisoning at first, but we later come to think it was a stomach bug as my brother and Joe’s sister’s hubby both were sick as well.

We sloooowly packed up the car (we didn’t have much to put in since we spent the night at my parents’ and left most of it in the car) and headed out around 9 a.m. I started to feel nauseous at that point, so we stopped two exits up and headed to a pharmacy. We called our family doctor (thank goodness we have the same one!) to see if he could call in a script for Zofran (note to self: always take said Zofran on trips!), but the receptionist wasn’t sure how long it would take. Since we didn’t want to sit in the pharmacy all day, we went to a nearby urgent care clinic to be seen and get a prescription. It was RIDICULOUSLY busy for a Tuesday morning, and we waited a LONG time.

Two hours and three prescriptions later, we were on our way back to the pharmacy where we discovered our doctor had called in a script for Phenegren. We filled that and two of the new scripts, and were finally on our way.

That night, we stopped at the Tennessee/Virginia border because we were exhausted and Joe wasn’t feeling up-to-par enough to continue. Lucy was very concerned about her Daddy at dinner.


We didn’t make as much progress as we wanted, but the rest was necessary, and the next morning, Joe was feeling MUCH better, so we trekked on to Washington D.C.

We rolled into town mid-afternoon and went the house where we lived in Beltsville. My old neighborhood hadn’t changed at all (though the person who now owns our old house has made several changes to the house and property), and it was fun to be back there. We took Lucy (briefly) to my old neighborhood playground. It was too hot to stay long, but it was fun to see her play where my brothers and I did as kids (albeit on new equipment).



Then, we headed to the Metro to ride to D.C. We always rode the Metro when we lived in the D.C. area, and was excited to introduce Lucy to it, especially since she’s obsessed with trains. She loved it, as I expected, and she called it the “Lucy Jane Schulman” train. LOVE HER.



The Metro stopped right at National’s Park, which was super convenient. We were excited for our first game of the trip. Unfortunately, we only stayed through the 3rd inning because Lucy was super tired (she asked us to go home, which is something she never does), and it was already getting close to 9 p.m. and we didn’t want to get to my cousin’s house too late on the first night.

It is a beautiful park, though, and we had a lot of fun.







The view of the river from the stadium was awesome.


And, Lucy had fun meeting Abe Lincoln, Teddy Roosevelt and Thomas Jefferson!




It was a fun but exhausting day. Up next…BALTIMORE!