Saturday, August 21, 2010

So I Thought

I was being a super organized girl. It was my job to pack up the computer stuff and all the cords and such. I went through and put the computer camera and the digital camera cord into the suitcase so I would have those in the midst of chaos. The rest of the stuff got packed up and loaded up and hopefully is making its way to a ship somewhere. So I sit down tonight to post some really cute pictures and what the heck...I have the WRONG CORD! Why does it always work that way? Why, when you think for once you really got your shit together you realize sorry charlie you really don't. So there goes my plan for this posting.

On another more exciting, scary, overwhelming and crazy note. We leave on a jet plane for Rwanda tomorrow (are you singing the song in your mind?). It seems absolutely amazing that we have been in the D.C. area for almost exactly two months. We just spent a great week with MB. She helped us out so much and made it that much easier to get things done. Dropping her at the airport made for a sad sad day.

Alright folks - until I figure out our Internet connection in Africa - here's sending you a ton of love and kisses from the Ali Crew to you!

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

11 Days to Go

It has been a stressful couple of days - feels like so many little things to do and so little time. We each have a mile long to-do list and slowly but surely things have gotten crossed off but not without our fair share of "Eric and Stacy Bickerson". After work today we walked to dinner and talked about how we will have had 3 moves in 6 months. No freaking wonder we are the Bickerson's. Our lives have been in a state of chaos and we are sooo looking forward to getting settled into a place for at least a couple of years.

I got an email today from our sponsor in Rwanda. Like the military, the State also pairs people up to give you someone to answer your million questions, offer advise and get you settled while all of your worldly possessions are in transit. Her email was so upbeat and friendly. It made me forget all the craziness and a feeling of excitement came over me again. What an emotional roller coaster this has been.

My MB comes for a visit in 2 days - she will stay for a week and leave the night before we do. She was worried about the timing and I told her she would be a good diversion. I love my MB and am excited to share what little we have discovered about Falls Church with her. I also bought her a fab Christmas present that I am so excited to share with her. I know she will love it!
The pictures are from our newest favorite park - The Longbranch Nature Center. It's a FAB place!

Sunday, August 8, 2010

What A Find

Our walk to the park this morning was great. The weather was beautiful - not too incredibly steamy hot and pretty dewy. We walked back through the neighborhood and came upon a little bull dozer parked on the side of the street. Orion was in heaven - it was all I could do to stop the stroller before he was trying to jump out. I figured it wasn't too crazy to get a picture of him on the dozer.

Roger and Joy

We met such great people while living in Fort - those kinds of people that you may not see for years and then when you do see them KABOOM its like you just saw them yesterday. Our friends Roger and Joy are like this. They were on vacay in Pennsylvania and drove down to spend a day with us. It was fantastic and just what the Ali Crew needed to boost our spirits. We headed to downtown DC in AC comfort (gotta love their mini-van rental) and checked out the National Museum of the American Indian and the National Gallery of Art. It was really nice to spend some time wandering around and reconnecting. We got caught in a torrential downpour and found ourselves in the middle of the National Mall with bolts of lightening striking down around us. It was really crazy and a little scary as well. Roger and I - see how wet my shirt is?!
Eric and Joy
National Museum of the American Indian - Fantastic building
O had no time for the Degas but he loved the vent covers - beauty is in the eye of the beholder
Tall and O chilling in the museum

Better then the real thing!

Thursday, August 5, 2010

Ah Pane - Ah Pane - Ah Pane

These days O is a tad bit obsessed with airplanes. It started when he turned one and we were in Vegas celebrating with the family. The rooftop pool had airplanes flying over it all the time and grandma would continually point them out. This continued as we went and lived with grandma and grandpa for a couple of months. We would be sitting on the back porch and every plane that flew over would be pointed out and by this time O knew the sign for airplane so every time he heard a loud noise he would sign "airplane, airplane". Our new home is the same way - airplanes everywhere - Ronald Regan Airport is only about 6 miles away. Not to mention that we just got new books about going to the airport - thought it might make the flight to Rwanda better (and shorter - but you know I am just kidding myself).

Anyways...we were sitting in the waiting room eagerly awaiting our next set of vaccinations and O picked up the National Geographic sitting on the table - he flips through it and what do you suppose he finds? A HUGE 747 airplane landing over a beach with people right below it. Of course we had to "borrow" the magazine and he wanted to read it at least 20 times a day. I finally googled the picture and found the video above. He has loved watching the videos posted on youtube of this!