|Halloween in a Hotel|
|Lulu loves baby Mihren.|
|My dream come true...|
Lulu behaves on the plane.
8. We joined Darrin in Falls Church, VA. Falls Church is about 10 minutes from D.C. just west of Arlington. It seems like any suburb with plenty to do. It's pretty diverse and not too exciting, but it seems fine. One thing I am seriously disappointed in is the quality of community children's programs it offers more on that later. We live in furnished short term apartments which seems to house mostly foreign service people and others somehow associated with the foreign service. It has a shuttle that takes Darrin to the Foreign Service Institute everyday (and brings him home too, of course).
9. Lulu learned to climb out of her crib in the apartment. We've had a one bedroom apartment b/c they had a waiting list for two bedrooms and Lulu had a crib in the bedroom. Second night here she let herself out. We said goodbye to the crib and put the mattress on the floor for her.
10. We've been getting around and keeping ourselves BUSY! We've gone into D.C. a few times on the metro which is easy and convenient to use. We've gone to some fabulous farmer's market where I am happy to find humanely raised meat products and other fine food. I've been Christmas shopping and finding my way around Falls Church.
|Lulu and her new friend Solveig|
So I started looking outside the complex for activities. I started with the library since we loved going to the main library in ABQ for the music class and story hours each week. Falls Church has a beautiful library housed in a lovely old brick building and an open children's room with big bright windows and amphitheater like seating. When I first arrived, I thought 'this is going to be great!' I was wrong. The librarian read seven books and did three 30 second finger plays. This class was specifically for 18 - 36 months. After the second book most of the kids were acting up, but the librarian didn't seem to mind and just went on reading only to take a break after the third to do some fingerplays. At that point, I was thinking it might be o.k. but as I said she only did three and then went back to reading. Honestly, I was bored. Lulu was a champ and held up pretty well, but jeesh, come on. Again wishing I could be brave enough to make a comment to someone. Of course, we had a good time checking out books after and the library has a great selection of wooden puzzles to play with. I haven't been back for another story hour, but I'm hoping that there is another librarian who conducts some of the other ones.
Next I went to the county rec center which advertised music and gym classes. The music class was first and in the teacher's defense it was better than the other activities we'd been to, but not much. The teacher was a little on the crazy side. I ended up asking for a refund on the gymnastics class because it was taught by the same teacher. We went to the second class today and it was better. Maybe I'm just too critical. I'm not giving up though and I have a few other classes to try that start in January at the Arlington Rec Center. Keeping my fingers crossed! I am also going to start taking Lulu to the Smithsonian once a week. I hear the Natural History Museum is a hit with the toddlers.