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Chillin’ in Baltimore

So it was a picture perfect day in Baltimore! A little chilly, but with the sun out we thought it would be good to do something outdoors. So at around 2pm off we went to the Inner Harbor.

Upon spotting the dragon boats, Mr Jalen insisted that we must go for a ride. No problem that Joshua was not old enough to get on, ‘Daddy and I (Jalen) could go for a ride while Mommy and Joshua go for a stroll.’ There wasn’t much of an answer for that. So off went Daddy and Jalen, while Mommy and Joshua went for a stroll After that, we found the balloon man.  After twisting and turning, Jalen got a nice fish, while Joshua got a fishing rod.  Before long these both popped when Jalen decided to test them on the grass!
[since Melissa usually writes the blog posts, she is happy to let you know that this one was written by Vaughn 🙂 ]
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Posted by on November 29, 2011 in jalen, joshua, outdoors


Advanced riding skills + new babies

One of Jalen’s favorite things to do is ride his bicycle.  He’s very excited that he’s a good rider now and can’t wait until Johann comes this summer so he can ride with him.  Poor Johie is going to have to ride very slowly for Jalen to keep up with him.  🙂  Anyway, with Grampa’s help, Jalen learned how to stop his bicycle on a hill, and successfully execute a turn without stopping.  He was very excited about this and made mommy come and take a video of him.  This child is such an actor – notice how he turns his head to look at me after the stop to see if I’ve captured it.  🙂  And, see if you see the skid marks from his first attempts using the brakes on the hill.  🙂

Oh right – you want to know about the new baby.  Well, it’s not ours!!  🙂  The boys are pleased to announce that Auntie Tammy and Uncle Dwayne are expecting a little boy – Isaiah Sam – in October.  Jalen is very happy that they listened to him and are getting a little boy like him.  🙂  We’re all looking forward to meeting little Isaiah.  But first, we get to meet new Baby Lemene in August.  As soon as Dalelene tells us the boy’s name, we’ll happily stop calling him Baby Lemene.  🙂

As you can see – boys abound in this family (Sonja – two boys; Shevi – two boys; Acolea – one boy; Michaela – two boys), so Melissa has decided that her chances of having a girl are slim to none.  With odds like that – there’s no need to gamble!

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Posted by on June 6, 2011 in jalen, outdoors


Summer’s here: Watkins Park train – here we come!

As you’ve probably already figured out, trains are a very important part of Jalen’s life.  Joshua likes them too – he likes taking them off the tracks when they’re running.  🙂  Here’s our first train ride of the summer.

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Posted by on May 30, 2011 in jalen, joshua, outdoors, trains


Gardening with Jalen

Jalen loves helping Daddy in the yard.  Here he is doing some watering.  Nevermind that that’s a picture of Joshua – just click on it.  🙂

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Posted by on May 15, 2011 in jalen, joshua, outdoors


An afternoon in DC

Vaughn and I took the boys in to DC – a little late to see the cherry blossoms, but it still was a fun day.  Click the picture to see the Zap I created.

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Posted by on April 25, 2011 in jalen, joshua, outdoors


Joshua and Jalen at the Park

This is the first day I found the Zapd app and this is my first Zap.  I was browsing the app store early on Sunday morning and it showed up as the featured app.  I downloaded it and fell in love.  These are pictures from an afternoon the week before when I took the boys to the park.

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Posted by on April 24, 2011 in jalen, joshua, outdoors, park