Category Archives: holidays

Long time no see….

Owen turned 3. Christmas was wonderful. New Years was fantastic. My friend Becky came from Cali and stayed with us for a couple of weeks. Alaska and Jensen came down from Ohio to spend New Years with us as well. Dane was accept to John Carroll University and will be living and working in Colonial Heights until summer. Don and I went to California with his folks and sister to visit Great Grandpa Mark. Owen had his first trip to Disneyland….

Did I mention that we are having another baby! Due date is July 17. A few more weeks and I’ll be able to post our 20 week ultrasound photo. This time around I’m seeing a midwife and it’s been a fantastic experience.

Now that the holidays, traveling and morning sickness are over I’m going to try to get back into the swing of this blogging thing. Besides, it’s snowing – again. Posting on here is probably a better idea than hibernate until spring.

Here are some pictures of Owen’s first snowman (or snow woman in this case). December 19th. The snow was fun the first time. Now I’m over it.



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A Tale of Two Costumes.

Still without a costume the day before Halloween I decided Owen was going to be a robot. We’d just spent Friday morning at a playdate and my friend Melissa had made a robot body out of a box and duct tape for her kids to play with. Owen thought it was really exciting. At home I didn’t have duct tape, but I did have tin foil. This is what I came up with…

… It wasn’t fantastic, but it was good enough. Owen loved the robot body…


…he refused to wear the robot head. We even tried scaring him.


Which was fun, but didn’t result in Owen wearing the robot head.

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Don and I thought wrapping Owen’s bike helmet in foil was a good compromise. Owen disagreed.


I ran to the store and bought face paint…


and glued felt to his clothes and stuck gym socks to the side of his head…


…and he was a puppy. A darn cute one too!


Colonial Heights has a fantastic community Halloween event at the park. We went there first and played games and looked at all of the cute costumes, got candy and ate popcorn.

The weather was perfect.


The volunteers let Owen cheat at bowling…


…and at football.


This is the closest I got to being dressed up.


Joe was the cutest skunk on the planet!


Drew and Shea dressed up as each other.


This lady let stand close and throw the ball five times.


The park filled up pretty quick and we moved on to Owen’s first time Trick-or-Treating. He got over being shy around strangers really quick. Ha! And he was good about saying “thank you” so folks could hear him (he usually whispers it when he doesn’t know someone). There was only one house he found too spooky to walk up to so they brought the candy out to him. He took it — suspiciously.

After on block of candy collecting we hung out with some friends and watched the kids coming up to their house. This was Owen’s favorite part of the night. He gave the other kids candy out of his bag and made commentary on the costumes. My personal favorite was, “That guy Crazy!”

How was your Halloween?


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One Year Ago Today….

a little lady named Frankie Love (real name) married us in a gazebo in her backyard in Nelson County. How are we going to celebrate? We are planting an apple tree in our front yard. I hear the first year is paper. Paper. Trees. Close enough.

417150038__mg_0606 thanks again seth and emily!


Carytown. Richmond, VA


Checkout that Obama t-shirt!


best wedding photo ever

to be continued....

to be continued....


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Labor Day Weekend.

Better late than never.

Owen and I spent Labor Day weekend with Don’s side of the family while we was working. It was a wonderful visit. Evergreen gave me a cooking lesson and took me to the best Asian grocery store on the planet. We watched “The Godfather” together (I had never seen it! Shame on me!) which was one of my favorite times so far hanging out with my mother-in-law. King took Owen, Me and Emily to a National’s game. And I got to meet some of Emily’s friends at their house warming party. Here are the pictures. We mostly relaxed and just hung out. At the end of the long weekend Emily gave us a ride back home and hung out for a couple of days in Colonial Heights. It was lovely. Below are some highlights. And there are more pictures here.

ghard at work

hard at work

pillow fight

pillow fight

cruising in grandpa's car

cruising in grandpa's car



Proud Grandpa.

Proud Grandpa.

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Happy Birthday Don!

We Love You!



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Church Hill Irish Festival.

Who knew there were that many Irish organizations, dance groups and bag pipers in the city?! I did not. The parade was great! Sadly, I worked all day so I missed the hoopla. Guinness and Harp right out my front door… and me on the other side of the river. Go figure.

Here are some photos from the parade Saturday morning. Don got some shots of the crowd later in the day. Apparently it was record breaking turn out for the Church Hill Irish Festival . Don could hear the announcer clearly…the main stage was also right out our front window… man it would’ve been a good day for a party.

St. Patrick himself.

St. Patrick himself.

Keeping the peace - in knee socks.

Keeping the peace - in knee socks.

If you're Irish, St. Patty's is no joke.

If you're Irish, St. Patty's is no joke.

Welsh Society of Fredricksburg.

Welsh Society of Fredricksburg.

Bagpipes and kilts? Extremely Irish. Fried Oreos and cheese fries? Not so much.

Bagpipes and kilts? Extremely Irish. Fried Oreoes and cheese fries? Not so much.

Princess St. Patrick pouting before work.

Princess St. Patrick pouting before work.

24th Festival. 10 AM.

24th Festival. 10 AM. before parade.

24th Festival. Approx 1:45.

24th Festival. Approx 1:45.

My lucky little Leprechaun.

My lucky little Leprechaun.

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Happy New Year! Love, the Marks.


Happy (belated) New Year! Hope everything is off to a great start. It’s been a busy couple of months. Christmas in Haymarket was wonderful!! ¬†We promise that we’ll start posting things again, starting next week. Have a great weekend!

Love, the Marks.

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