This blog shares the happenings of Chris, Lacey and Reese O'Donnell. We didn't used to have that much to say about ourselves which is why posts were few and far between, but now we have a little person that will give us a lot to talk about. The blog will also feature Lacey's Random Finds - event planning, paper love, pretty crafty things, etc.


Happy 4th of July!

The 4th of July is our FAVORITE holiday!!! Well, Lacey's and so probably Reese's too. Chris?

Seriously. I love it more than Christmas. This year did not disappoint!

We started the day with one of our favorite little traditions - the Fairfax City parade. Local politicians, Peruvian dance troupes, dc urban high school bands and dancers, and librarians with choreographed book cart routines. What's not to love?

We were all decked out in our patriotic best. Please note that the stroller is also decorated. Just wait until she fits in a wagon. Oh the joy!

One of Reese's new things is to twist her wrist. So we put a flag in her hand and she waved it without realizing. Classic.

After the parde, we bought hot dogs from the Lions Club (naturally!) and went home to prep (read: outfit change) for more fun. We spent the afternoon and evening with some of our favorite friends and the Rogers/Oliver Housewarming party. Reese was awesome and just played and visited all day. We headed home late and pulled into Fairfax just as the fireworks were about to start. We got a great lawn seat and enjoyed the end to a perfect day.

First Fireworks

We woke Reese up for the fireworks on Saturday night at Indian Lake - an unpredictable situation to be sure! She was awesome of course. We are still not sure she knows what was happening, but it was fun to try and show her one of our favorite things.

The Huck

We were so happy to spend part of the 4th of July weekend with dear friends at their vacation house Huckleberry Acres - The Huck. We sat outside under a big tree and ate our meals, took a nap in the hammock, played and laughed, had a campfire and went boating on Indian Lake.

Reese wasn't too sure about her fancy new lifejacket at first, but was a happy boater by the end.

The big kids on the back of the boat. Does that picture just scream summer or what?

Messy Girl

Reese loves to eat - just not baby food. She is so happy in these pictures because I stopped trying to give her pureed sweet potatoes after she spit them all over the chair and me!


Reese girl is 7 months old! She is as funny and great as ever. Here are some things about her this month:

* She is thinking about crawling - rocking, flipping from sitting to getting on her hands and knees and shimmying all around.

* She loves the pool more than ever. Swimming lessons ended but we have gone swimming with our buddies a few times since. She even likes getting dunked.

* She HATES baby food, but loves food. She has fully rejected purees, but will eat anything that has texture or that she can pick up herself. She particularly loves bread and bananas.

* She has super puffy gums. We think a tooth is about to make an appearance.

Father's Day

Did I mention it is getting harder to take Reese's picture? Here is my attempt at some Father's Day pics.

HAHAHA!! I did finally get some good ones though before we took Daddy to a delicious buffet at our favorite Indian joint

Swimming Lessons

We had a great time with Reese's swimming lessons at the community center. We are definitely going to sign up again in the fall. The instructor said that Reese was the best one (pardon my bragging) even though she was the youngest and was ready for the toddler class, except she is too small. On the last lesson, Chris came with and took some pics.

Here she is getting ready for swimming. LOVE that face.

Getting ready to jump in

Swimming around

Too Cool

Waiting for our play date at the park...