Monday, August 31, 2009

History and Chocolate


So the funeral of a certain "Lion of the Senate" happened about one mile from our house. Not wanting to miss out on sucha closeby historical event, we took the Dude down to see EMK's final resting place the next day. If you've never been, Arlington Cemetery really is a beautiful, tranquil place.

Then we introduced Ivan to the joy that is the Fudgsicle.

Hopped up on the non-fat dairy.

YES! That's what I'm talkin' about!

Sunday, August 16, 2009

So we're back

To our loyal readers we apologize for the long delay in updating. Setting up house has taken a bit of time, but after just about two months now it really feels like home here in Arlington. The whole transition has been so much easier thanks to Ivan's grandma Kathe, who has been staying with us.

In fact, Ivan and his "Nony" have formed quite the bond, making the rounds of our many neighborhood parks during these hot summer months. The one closest to our house features a "sprayground" where the little tikes to cool off.

Wait, how does this thing work?

Oh, I see.

Even better, after two years of city living, we once again have a backyard, so in a pinch we can set up a sprayground the old-school way.

This one's just for the adults.

Paging Calvin Klein...

No one is happier about the yard than old Loopy.

But it's not all naked watersports these days. We've also had the chance to re-connect with old friends and relations, both those who are full-time in DC and those who are just passing through like us. First we got to introduce Ivan to his great uncle and aunt (and cousin), the Pachecos...

Ivan really was happy to see them, trust us.

And Ivan finally met his local lady-friend Azra.

We gave our best effort at some local backyard eating, and some old DF pals came by to help us with the crab boil...

He has no idea what he's doing.

Or does he? (No.)

And let's not forget Sasha's big get: she is now a commissioned officer of the Foreign Service just like her old man. The State Department has lucked out again.


Sasha works at the Department downtown while Sergio brushes up on his politics, economics, customer service and public speaking (he talk pretty one day) among other training topics. Meanwhile we're enjoying the chance to show Ivan the good old U.S. of A. and all of it has to offer, such as avoiding pants:

sitting on stuff:

Big Boy Car Seat

and more sitting:

It's great to be back in the saddle.