Tuesday, August 19, 2014

The Good

Sooooooooo much good. Let's start with my brother. Brothers are awesome. We have played all summer and he's let me hang out with him and do so many fun things. He showed me how to play mini golf while wearing his Bob the Builder helmet and safety goggles for the entire round. He doesn't even get mad when I block the hole and eat his golf ball.

He's learning to skateboard and shows me how to do tricks WHILE looking cool in his movie star glasses. And I learn a new trick at the park from him every week. Thanks Bodie for being the best big brother.

Another "good,"is definitely Uncle Nick's visit. He played with us at the pool, we caught lightening bugs together, launched cars, read books, did puzzles, and just had fun. Thanks Uncle Nick for spending time with us. We loved seeing you!

Next good thing, friends. We played at Glen Echo with my buddies Francesca, Fletcher, and Mitchell. We went to Yards Park with our buddy Hudson. Bodie went to the waterpark with Poppy, Ginger, and Hazel. And we met our new friend Georgia (my mom said I looked too "suspect" to be in the photo in arms-distance of newborn Georgia). We really do have the best friends.

Lastly, let's talk about good knock knock jokes. Bodie is just learning to tell these jokes. I think he's hilarious. But sometimes he laughs and the person he's telling the joke to just looks confused. Keep trying big brother...


Lucky us. So much good in our lives!

Sunday, August 17, 2014

The Fair

Being pretty new to this world, I never quite know what to expect. I'm fastened in to the stroller and my observation of the world begins. We recently went to the Arlington County Fair. A few things stood out to me.

Observation one: People pay money to be strapped into large metal contraptions that make them scream. 

Observation two: The food is large; giant ice cream cones, cups of lemonade that could quench the thirst of a small village, and sausages longer than my arm!

Observation three: Rides that fling you around and giant food may not be the best combination. (Perhaps they should have a Saltine cracker and Ginger Ale booth too.)

Observation four: Who invents this crazy stuff? (Apparently George Washington Gale Ferris, an engineer who began his career in the railroad industry and later built the first Ferris Wheel. I'm guessing the guys who built the Zipper, Screaming Swing, and Tilt-a-whirl were a bit more eccentric.)

I made the height requirements for three rides - the train, the carousel, and the giant slide. Bodie also enjoyed the ferris wheel, several car rides with ridiculously loud horns, and fishing in the games area. He's pretty used to hearing, "nope, no quite tall enough, maybe next year." Whether it's waterparks, Disneyland, or the fair, Bodie's height and fearlessness do not match up. He'll go on any ride they allow; and he's a pretty good sport when he comes up a few inches short.

It may only be called a "fair," but I think it's much more fun than that!


Saturday, August 16, 2014

The Bad, The Fair, and The Good

Let's start with the bad. My mom wiped out. Not the embarrassing-trip-and-fall and everyone laughs type of wipe out. More like the she thought there was just one step but there were actually three, skydive-drop-without-a-parachute type of wipe out....while holding Gates. Before you panic, Gates is fine. Now let me continue with my story.

We had just picked some tomatoes and were leaving my friends' house when my mom stopped on the stairs to say something to the other mom. Then she turned around to step off, only to realize in mid air that she had a few more steps to go. Based on the expression on her face and the contortion of her body to correct this miscalculation, I knew it wasn't going to end well. This was confirmed when she landed on the concrete and was no longer holding Gates.

In the midst of the fall she launched him into the air - though the other mom later said she "softly dropped him" which was a nice way of saying the same thing - angels grabbed him, and set him down on his bum!  Yes, he landed on his bum and not his head. Unfortunately for him, he was also biting a cherry tomatoe at the time and the impact with the ground made the tomatoe shoot out of his mouth and he bit a hole in his tongue. THAT was messy. (By the way, we probably owe our friends a new beach towel from the clean-up.) Oh, and the first thing I said to my mom, as she and Gates laid there on the concrete, "Ah man, some of the tomatoes got squished." (I knew they'd eventually be okay.)

A nice stranger ran across the street with a horrified look on his face offering to help. He then quickly returned with a giant Popsicle in hopes of getting Gater to suck on it. Gater was too busy screaming at my mom so I helped him out and ate the Popsicle for him. Once the moms determined Gates hadn't hit his head, the bleeding from his tongue stopped, and no ER visit was necessary, my mom tried to casually collect herself and head home. Even with close friends this was an awkward moment. My mom said it was like after someone tells you your zipper is down or that your skirt is tucked in your nylons. It's just kind of hard to recover gracefully. Nevertheless, we departed.

Gates seemed fine when we got home, but my mom wanted to make sure his mouth was okay so she gave us  each a Popsicle. This time he was happy to take it and begged for a second and a third. My mom's guilt was enormous so six Popsicles later, she finally decided he would survive. This was also about the same time she realized SHE was limping.

Her right foot was swollen and had skin missing from both the left and right side of that foot (how do you do that?!??), both knees were swollen and bruised, her right elbow was skinned, and she said her back felt like she'd been in a car accident. She'll be okay too, just a bit slower this week on the tennis court.

So what's The Fair and The Good you ask? Keep watching for posts, they will be up soon!

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Gates is One!

This is me. I'm one. I woke up on my birthday to find my family in my bedroom singing Happy Birthday and taking my picture - luckily I had on cool moose pajamas. As a first-timer with birthdays, I don't have a lot of experience to pull from, but I can definitely say that anything involving cake, parties, and presents is a good thing.

The doctor says I'm 24 pounds and 31 inches tall with a 19" head. That means I'm 85% weight, 65% height, and 95% head! Lots of people say Bodie and I look alike. Personally, I think his head looked kinda like a bowling ball when he was one, but if I'm lucky enough to turn out like my big brother, that would be cool.Here's the post from when he turned one  http://piantanidafamily.blogspot.com/2010/11/1-year-4x-size.html.

Having a big brother is a bonus on birthdays because he helped me open my gifts, show me how they work, explained the importance of cake in our diet, demonstrated how to blow out a candle, made me a card with my name on it, and was pretty much awesome. While I was in Heaven, Bodie prayed a lot for me. He would ask God every night for a baby until finally, God agreed to send me. I think he was a key reason I got to come o Earth and have a birthday. I thought I'd celebrate him on my birthday. Here's the card and gift I gave him for getting me to Earth.

And here he is showing me how to use some of my awesome new toys.
And now for the party. My mom made a 2 1/2 foot long alligator cake - because a lot of people call me Gater. My dad lit the candle, everyone sang, and then I attempted to put out the fire with my hand. This is not the preferred method at birthday parties, so Bodie came to my rescue and blew the fire out.
We also had a "toss the rings on the gator" game. My dad was victorious with three of six of his rings landing on the gator's nose or tail. I stunk at the game so I decided it was more fun to chew of the rings and tackle the gator. I was the winner at that game.

Lastly, here's a picture of my buddy Gus and me. Not the prettiest photo of us, but we sure look like we're having fun (and where did my pants go!?!?!)


Sunday, July 27, 2014


July has been a month full of celebrating - the Fourth of July, my dad's high school reunion, outdoors and summer, and the biggest celebration - Gates' first birthday!
Our neighborhood had it's annual crazy fourth of July parade. We had about 40 friends join in the fun, one of our best crowds to date. We decorated the Dori and Karl's truck for our "float" and called it, "President's on the Pike." (We live off Columbia Pike, so that's a phrase we all use.) My mom and dad made giant head's of some of the presidents and hooked them on sticks so we could hold them up in the air - it looked pretty funny. We're pleased to report that our float took first prize in the Most Patriotic category.
Next we headed to New York for my dad's high school reunion. He went to a small Catholic high school, so he knew everyone attending and was excited for the events. We took my cousin Francesca with us so she could babysit in the evenings while my parents went to some of the events.

They had a boat cruise, a basketball game, a family picnic, dinner at a restaurant, and Sunday mass. Our favorite was the family picnic because it was on a beach and we got to play soccer and volleyball in the sand with a bunch of kids. By the time we left, my mom said we could have a small beach of our own because of all of the sand we took home with us in our clothes!

When we're in town, you can find us at the pool celebrating summer. All of this pool time is really paying off. I've been perfecting my swimming skills and have recently attempted diving! My face and belly have learned the importance of my hands entering the water first - unintentional belly flops are not fun. Here's a video of one of my dives.
And last, but most important, is our celebration of Gates' first birthday. This is so important that it will get it's own blog post. So stay tuned....