So I saw this driving down Fairfax County Parkway

Jaime - did you know that you have a painting and drywall company?

The dishes can wait - my children can't!

It's been FOUR years since I took the pictures in the above video! They've all changed so much and yet it seems like only yesterday.

Mosquitos and Lice

I hate them! And I honestly don't hate many things in this wonderful world, but these two have a way of getting under my skin - literally AND physically!

Her Daddy said "She finally gave up"

She kept fighting a nap until she sat still.  Then it was all over!

Yesterday and This Morning

Sweet daughters on the swing before I warned them of the spider behind them!

Beautiful fall day and they can't stop playing with their i's =)

Here are some photos I took of Sabrina and Jaime's playdoh creations last night.  They are SO talented.  I was happy to make a snake or snowman when I was a child!

This morning I walked out of the house and almost walked into this...

The pictures above were taken this morning of "Charlotte".  My spider friend.  She was living in the upper corner of the doorway and made the most authentic spooky door spiderwebs but recently she has moved to a location directly over the front sidewalk!  Sooo cool!  Her web spans from the dogwood trees on either side and I caught her right in the middle working on her breakfast!  I have a feeling Joe is going to move her to a less traveled place while I am at work today.

TBall Video

A video from Joseph's game on 9.17.11. He was the last player to bat so he got to run all the bases. 

First Email with Joseph's Kindergarten Teacher

-----Original Message-----
From: "Vanessa Mueller" <>
Subj: Re: Ms. Mueller's Kindergarten Class - Contact Ms. Mueller
Date: Thu Sep 15, 2011 3:58 pm
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To: "" <>
Hi there,
Joseph seems very happy here at school. I do not see the behaviors that you are talking about here. He appears to enjoy what he is doing. In the very beginning he was prettyactive (disruptive type of thing), but he has jumped on board with our behavior system,stays in control of himself and is always on green light.
Thank you for your note. I will keep an eye on him and let you know if I see anything that gives me reason for concern.

Ms. Vanessa Mueller
Kindergarten, Room 38
Haydon Elementary

>>> "" <> 9/15/2011 3:47 PM >>>
Name : Viki Dalbo
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Phone : 703.401.5360
Comments: Good Afternoon Ms. Mueller,
I am writing today to see how Joseph did in class. I ask because he did not get off to a good start this morning and his father and I were a bit worried about him. Please feel free to tell us were are being overly concerned and not to worry if that is actually the case. You are a professional in this type of situation and we are just a pair of novices.
He said that he did not want to go to school ever again and that everything at the school made him sad. After some whys and probing questions from me he said that "homework like his sisters have (they are in 8th and 9th grade)" would make him happy.
He also cried to me that it upset him that I wouldn't go on the school bus with him, and day before yesterday he was in tears when he told me he doesn't like lunch because he misses me so much when I don't come every day.
We do realize that this is only day seven of a twenty-some year journey and that other children may be going through the same thing. I guess my expectations were just that he would stay excited or at least complacent and just go to school and enjoy it, like his sisters did.
We welcome a reply with your thoughts and ideas. I can also make myself available anytime if you feel a personal conference is appropriate.
Thanks so much for your time,
Viki and Joe Dalbo

Random Photos from Early September


Joseph and Nicole right before we went to Kindergarten Orientation


Nicole fussing at her brother for not catching a ball. Having the cast doesn't seem to phase her in the least.