This past weekend we took Reagan back to the park on the end of the runway at Reagan National Airport. This time the wind was coming out of the opposite direction, so the planes were landing over us instead of taking off over us. Reagan had an absolute blast. She would get so excited as each one approached and went overhead. She would jump up and down and run around, squealing.
Ok, we didn’t go there just for her. There is a paved biking/walking trail that runs along the George Washington Parkway. The previous weekend we parked south of the airport and explored northward and ended up at the park at the end of the runway on the north side of the airport. This time we parked at that northern end and explored the trail further northward. We were able to observe the Washington Monument and the Lincoln and Jefferson Memorials from the west side of the Potomac. Rain was moving in on us so we didn’t get to go very far this time.
As of this posting, we are still waiting to hear whether or not our offer has been accepted on a townhome. It is a short sale, so the process is a bit more drawn out. The bank countered our original offer, which we countered. It took just over a week for the bank to respond to our original offer. It has now been about a week and a half since we countered their counter. Of course, we are in no hurry because the lease on our apartment doesn’t end until August 31. We’ll keep you posted if we hear anything new.
Reagan’s 19 month portraits are finally here! We took them last weekend and finally got around to uploading them.
She is getting to be such a big girl. She now jabbers…. A LOT. She understands complex instructions, and understands how a lot of things work. For instance, if Elise tells me to turn off the TV, Reagan will run to where the remotes are sitting and start pushing buttons. If she finds a scrap of paper on the floor or hanging over the edge of the desk or, well, anywhere, she will take it to the recycling bag. She takes her socks off and will run them to the hamper in her room. When it is supper time she will usually find her bib and recently has been trying to drag her high chair into position next to the dinner table. She will now ‘tinkle’ whenever she sits on the potty. She runs to grab her shoes when we say we are going out. If we take too long to get to the entryway, she will bring us our shoes. She knows where to find the crayons and runs to them whenever someone even whispers the world ‘color’. She tries to open the windows if you say “let’s open the windows.”
She still only utters single words, but now knows quite a few. She knows what a cow says, a monkey says, and even what a fish says. (she has known what kitties and puppies say for a while)
She no longer takes two long naps during the day, so she keeps Elise really busy while I am away at work.
She says hello and bye bye to everybody, and waves. People get a kick out of her – especially at church.
She points out babies (any child), balloons (she spots them EVERYWHERE and wants you to know about them), and airplanes. She really seems to like airplanes.
There’s so much going on with her, so many new things happening, that we dare not blink for fear of missing something.
The first gallery contains photos of Reagan running around in a park at the end of a runway at Reagan National Airport. The planes were taking off right overhead and Reagan was laughing and squealing with delight as each one went over.
The second gallery contains a few photos of Reagan playing on the jungle gym behind our apartment building. She can now climb the few stairs and go down the slide on her own. Her new favorite thing is to try to climb back up the slide – and she can almost do that on her own too!
We are wrapping up another wonderful weekend. Our friends Joe and Anna came out for a three-day visit. Friday afternoon we went to the National Zoo in D.C. We saw the pandas gorging themselves on bamboo, apes and orangutans doing weird things, and a pair of lions roaring at one another. Saturday we went to the National Air and Space Museum Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center. It is a larger visitor center located near Dulles International Airport and contains many awesome aircraft that they don’t have room for at the Air and Space Museum on the National Mall. Highlights included the space shuttle Enterprise (the one used for glide testing), the Enola Gay (the plane that dropped the first atomic bomb on Hiroshima), and an SR-71 Blackbird (the Mach 3 spy plane). Branden and Joe had lots of fun; Anna and Elise did a good job of not acting bored. (Elise actually said that this one was more interesting than the one at the National Mall.)
Not much new on the house-hunting front. We submitted an offer on another townhome shortly after our last blog post. After a week we found out we had been out-bid again. Now that the April 30 deadline has past for the $8,000 tax credit, there are not nearly as many properties on the market. As of right now, there is nothing in our price range in the region we wish to live. We will just have to wait for more to become available.