Sunday, March 31, 2013

Some twinner pics

Here's a couple of quick excuses why we never have any pictures of the twins:

1. You don't want to choose favorites by only taking pictures of one baby.

2. But then you have to try to get both of them to smile at the same time.

3. But they both think the camera is a toy, so they end up whining and screaming every time you put the camera in front of them.

4. Which equals no cute pics.  

A couple of weeks ago I was alone with the boys for the morning on a Saturday while Dawnell did something, and I thought that the boys were looking cute, so we took a couple of pics.  For this set, the guy in the black jacket is Lachlan.  The orange and blue shirt is Aidric.   

 In case you can't tell, the one on the left is Beckett, the one on the right is Ciaran.  They were also cute and a little better at smiling on command.

 I thought these pics did a good job at showing off the pretty little blue eyes of the twins.  Yet, for happy babies they aren't very good at smiling on command.

D.C. Day 3

For the final day of our trip to Washington D.C. the Moon family took a trip to the National Zoo.  So, here are some interesting facts about the National Zoo:
  • They have pandas!!!  Beckett's favorite animal is a panda.  He has a book about a panda named Beckett.  Pandas are pretty cool.
  • The zoo is free.  I mean, parking isn't exactly cheap, but coming from New York it seemed like a pretty good deal.  
  • The best time to visit D.C. is definitely during a national holiday.  No one is working, so traffic is manageable, but all of the tourist attractions are still open. 
  • However, the best time to visit the zoo is not mid-February.  We stayed about as long as we could in 40 degree weather, but we eventually had to give in.  I guess Memorial Day or Labor Day would be the best days to visit.
The pandas only hang out in their grottos when it's nicer weather.  While we got to see them, it was in the inside.  Here's one of them eating his sweet bamboo.  

 Beckett and Ciaran were excited to see the bamboo dudes...

This is a red panda.  Apparently red pandas are not actually related to pandas, but are so named because of their facial resemblance.  (Or so I recall, that may not be accurate).

 Here's all of the dudes and their headless mommy.

 Since we couldn't get near the panda we took a picture near the panda cutout.

 It wasn't all pandas though. This was a howler monkey I think.  We enjoyed these guys who were hanging out in the small mammals area.  The large monkey building was not a favorite because it smelled very bad.

 Beckett doing his best Meerkat impersonation.

 Dawnell and Ciaran liked this monkey with her little baby monkey on the back.  Very precious.

Thursday, March 7, 2013

Washington D.C. Days 1 and 2

We took the boys on a weekend trip to Washington D.C. A couple of weeks ago. Actually, I went down a day early for a conference of LDS attorneys. The conference ended on Saturday though, so that still gave us some time to chill out together as a whole family.

Here is a picture of the whole gang on Saturday at the Air and Space Museum. You might notice a couple extra kids in there. We actually went down with our friends from law school. I went to the conference with the husband, and Dawnell and the wife hit the museum. They must have been quite the crew. Our dudes are 5, 3, and 1 year old twins, while our friends have a 4 year old boy and 2 year old twin girls. I actually stole this pic from their blog because Dawnell forgot the camera on Saturday.

Sunday we went to the Post Office Museum. It was okay, but very dark, and again, we forgot the camera, so you are stuck with pics from my phone.

The highlight for the boys was driving a big rig postal truck. Whooooooo whooooooo! That is Aidric trying to wrench the wheel from Ciaran's hands.

Here they all are on the Stagecoach. I don't know who that little girl is. She ain't one of the friend twins.

As huge fans of all things Utah, this sign was probably the highlight of the museum. Magna in the house!

We also showed our love of Utah by eating at Cafe Rio in suburban Virginia on Saturday night. An unexpected and delightful surprise when we drove by it on our way into the city on Saturday morning.

The boys probably had more fun swimming than anything else on the trip, so we have learned to always get a pool at your hotel. Good to know.

Coming up, day 3 of our trip, with a trip to see the Pandas at the National Zoo. We didn't forget the camera for that stop.

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