Friday, May 20, 2011

I Go Out Walking

Hey Nik,

Baby Girl and I went out for our first walk today. I figured we'd better go before the day got too warm. And this time it wasn't because I'm a wimp. The little one sweats like nobody's business in her car seat. I spied a couple of cardinals along the way, so I thought I'd send you a shot. I could have cropped it closer, but where's the fun in that? You see the red bird, right? If I weren't so impatient, I think I could like birdwatching.
Along the way I saw this tree in bloom. The one tree in our backyard that didn't get cut down this week is the same kind of tree, but our blossoms haven't opened. Is it a tulip tree? I've heard of them before, and well, that sure looks like a tulip to me. I need some horticulture expertise on this one.
There are lots of houses for sale in our neighborhood, just in case you get the itch to move to Indiana and want to be our neighbor. That would be fun, wouldn't it? Though the houses in our neighborhood are all probably smaller than your apartment. I guess it would solve your Thursday night dilemma, if nothing else.

We don't have too many plans for my birthday. Sunday birthdays tend to be a little low-key. We're having some friends over for grilled pizza, then our new church building is getting dedicated and we'll top off the night with an ice cream cake. Sister #4 rocks the ice cream cakes, so I had her send instructions to the husband. It's going to be a chocolate-peanut butter wonderland (with peanut butter Oreos for the crust and peanut butter ice cream sandwiches layered between more ice cream goodness).

We've gone out to eat a couple of times over the past week, thanks to free birthday meal coupons. Signing up for email lists is the way to go. We went through this list and this list, subscribing to lots of email lists. It makes checking my junk email address exciting for once! If that doesn't scream cheap grad student, what does? Oh well, we might be cheap, but if it scores us free meals, why not? Plus it extends my birthday celebrating!



  1. Yep, that's a tulip tree and I think that is super cool that you have one in your yard. We have a catalpa tree that has very cute white blossoms but has yet to bloom. I like how with the tulip and the catalpa, the blossoms come after the leaves.

  2. hey there! thanks for the great DC advice. we love exploring, so we'll have to check out your suggestions. We are having such a ball here! We love DC! and lovely photos from your walk!