Saturday, December 3, 2016


November was another fun month for us! I can not believe it is already December!
Seriously, how did that happen?
Anyway, here's the monthly photo dump!

We started out the month by taking some family photos!
(thanks Bri!)

We also had an awesome BBQ with some friends in the park.
I haven't had a hot dog in like two years, and it was fantastic!
James & Cohen loved playing in the leaves.

We made turkey hats with Char & James. 
(James refused to be photographed in his)

We visited a new playroom called Busy Bees in Arlington. It was lots of fun!

Also enjoyed more park days...
(Seriously 60+ degrees in November is my favorite!)

Charlotte turned 8 months!
At 8 months she is crawling, has one tooth, is starting to sleep better, loves to babble, play, take baths, and watch her brother. She is not a fan of any green foods, or sitting in her car seat. She is also getting really good at telling on her brother when he teases her too much! We love our little Charlotte!

Aunt Ruthie came to visit for Thanksgiving, which means we get the opportunity to do lots of fun touristy things! Our good friend, Jordan, gave us a tour of the Capitol building. 

Me & Char all bundled up to walk in the city

Inside the Capitol dome

Checking out the Speaker's Balcony

 We also got to visit Annapolis and took Ruth to our favorite hole in the wall there.
Brunch is everyone's favorite (except maybe James)

 Annapolis was FREEZING! But we had fun walking around anyway!

This year we shared Thanksgiving with friends! 
It was so fun and I am always happy when food is involved.

We took a little trip to see Lancaster, PA. It was a beautiful drive-
this is a picture overlooking the Susquehanna River. 

We visited Turkey Hill where they make ice cream. 
James got to milk a fake cow, we got unlimited ice cream, and we got to create our own flavor.
It was so much fun!
(again, I love food...)

We visited Amish country and took a ride in a buggy. The driver even let James drive for a little bit.
It was so fun learning about their way of life and getting out of the city!

We got to feed some goats, which James was LOVING.

We went out to dinner and James got a dessert with his meal.
Seriously, this is a kid dessert.
He was in heaven!

From Lancaster we drove up to Hershey, PA to visit the Hershey Factory.
We got there at night and so we got to check out the Hershey Sweet Lights.
It was fun to drive through the lights and get the Christmas season off to a good start!

The next day we visited the factory. It was interesting to see how Hershey's chocolates are made and not so fun listening to Rob complain about how American chocolate is not as good as English Chocolate. Next time we will visit Cadbury.

This is how I feel every time I eat a Reese's:

James is our chocoholic and was pretty much in chocolate heaven allllll day long.

It was a fun visit, and I highly recommend checking it out!
From Hershey we drove up to Gettysburg and visited the battlefield and the town.
It was very interesting, and James was hangry, thus no pictures.
When we got home from our trip we made a little gingerbread village!
From left to right:
Me, James, Ruthie, Rob

We had such a fun visit with Ruth and were so sad to send her home!
I think we wore her out though, so she is probably going to need a vacation from her vacation.
We can't wait to see her back in May for Rob's graduation!

We are SO excited for December.
This year we will be staying in DC for Christmas and we have had so much fun decorating our house and getting our first tree. Both of our kids even loved seeing Santa! James ran right up to him and gave him a big hug and started telling him everything he wanted for Christmas.

We hope you all have a wonderful Christmas filled with family and friends.
We have been truly blessed this year to be surrounded by amazing people who have laughed with us, cried with us, and served us in so many ways. Thank you for being our family, neighbors, and friends.
We love you all!

Merry Christmas & Happy New Year!
Love, The Starlings