Wednesday, December 7, 2016

LI Aquarium- December 2016

Took the kids to the aquarium again because our membership will expire soon. As usual, they loved it!

LI Aquarium 2016
Super awesome sea creatures!

LI Aquarium 2016
Fishing for toddlers.

LI Aquarium 2016
Stingray obsession.

LI Aquarium 2016
James loves the camouflaging flounder display

LI Aquarium 2016
Looking at more creatures.

LI Aquarium 2016
Squid?

LI Aquarium 2016
Spiny fish.

LI Aquarium 2016
Sharks!!

LI Aquarium 2016
People in the shark cage today too- scary!

LI Aquarium 2016
Petting Sponge Bob

LI Aquarium 2016
Sea lions!

LI Aquarium 2016
Kissing the sea lion.

LI Aquarium 2016
Penguin observatory.

Monday, December 5, 2016

Ear Infections 2016

Kids had a little cold early in the month. Then they started getting sick again right before Thanksgiving, around the 22nd. James had a light fever and sinus stuff, but James was off from school anyway for a few days. Miranda just had sinus stuff. James seemed better by Monday, and didn't have any problem at school Monday or Tuesday, but on Wednesday the school nurse called us because James was complaining of ear pain. Off to the doctor they both went.

December 2016
December 1, Wednesday at doctor

James had an ear infection and was prescribed antibiotics. Miranda had two good ears. Neither kid had a fever so they got flu shots while they were there. (Continuing our perfect flu shot record since at least 2010.)

Thursday was a half day, and Friday was no school because of parent-teacher conferences. So the kids scored 4 days at home together in a row ... again (like Thanksgiving).

November 2016 
James is miserable, Miranda is snuggly.

Despite Miranda's ears being "perfect" on Wednesday, Saturday night she woke up screaming with ear pain. She refused to take any pain medication for an hour so that was fun too. Sunday she went to urgent care and got her own antibiotic prescription for an ear infection. Fun!

December 2016
Miranda feeling sick and dramatic at urgent care

James was better before Monday. Miranda is still working on it.

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Mt. Sinai Turkey Trot 2016

After I ran my first 5K, James asked me incessantly about running in a race with me. I told him he could do the kids fun run the next year, but the concept of a year is still long for him to grasp, so he kept asking. Despite his enthusiasm, I know that he's still slower than I am. Given how much energy children have, their inability to run well for any distance must be some kind of parent-child-survival mechanism? So when I saw a local 1K coming up, I decided this was perfect because most fun run are a full mile and 1K is only .6 miles.

Mt. Sinai Turkey Trot 2016
#299 is 5M, and #298 is 37F

Mt. Sinai Turkey Trot 2016 
Stretching

He still struggled. He was sick, but he's not much of a runner yet as you can see by this 3-year-old girl kicking his butt. Final time: 9:50 minutes.

Mt. Sinai Turkey Trot 2016
Good effort, buddy!

Mt. Sinai Turkey Trot 2016
Finishing strong

Mt. Sinai Turkey Trot 2016
Failed finish line photo

*James's 1K Race Stats:
Time: 9:50, Pace: 16:4/mile, Place: Towards the end
5 M, Bib #299, Division 1K Fun Run



Monday, November 28, 2016

Thanksgiving 2016

We hosted Thanksgiving at our house for the second year. Kevin made the turkey again, but I observed carefully so that I could duplicate his method next time. He also made fabulous creamy mashed potatoes. I made the sweet potatoes, mom made some stuffing, and Bob made spaghetti squash. We also had jellied cranberry sauce, biscuits, three kind of apple dessert: pie, crumb cake, and apple crisp, and of course vanilla ice cream. The food was all a great success. We also had a lot of fun though most of it was after the kids went to sleep.

Thanksgiving 2016
James, Jen, Bob, Kevin, bits of mom, (not pictured: Miranda, and me

Thanksgiving 2016
Kevin took this one so you could see my mom and Miranda

Thanksgiving 2016
Flashback to Kevin carving the turkey

Thanksgiving 2016
Miranda spent hours playing with the pilgrim shakers

Thanksgiving 2016
Post-turkey nap with James and Jen

Thanksgiving 2016
Mom, Miranda, Jen, James, Bob

Thanksgiving 2016
Me and Kevin

Thanksgiving 2016
Family picture. James felt sick all day so this is the best we got.

Thanksgiving 2016
Jen is awesome with kids.

Sunday, November 27, 2016

James's Fall Kindergarten Art 2016

Some of my favorite art that James has brought home from Kindergarten so far:

October 2016
Square jack-o-lantern?

October 2016
Poofy candy corn!

November 2016
Tree changing colors

November 2016
Cornucopia

November 2016
Rainbow turkey!

November 2016
Stick-together Native American and Pilgrim turkey

November 2016
Handprint turkey! So cute!

Friday, November 25, 2016

Movie Date: Trolls 2016

So it was my goal to take James to a movie for his half birthday, but I fell behind on half birthday celebrations. Then he missed a birthday party because we were going to Mike Havi's wedding. His kindergarten class was invited to watch Trolls for the birthday party. So I was finally motivated to take him to make up for both things. Then it occurred to me that Miranda could probably sit through a cartoon movie by now too, so off we all went.

Trolls Movie 2016
Super excited to share a movie theater popcorn

Trolls Movie 2016
Movie selfie

Trolls
Trolls!

Trolls Movie 2016
Dancing in the aisle during final credits.

Sunday, November 20, 2016

Miranda is Two and Half 2016!

Miranda is two-and-a-half! A month ago... but you guys, it's hard to remember to do these things the second time around. Miranda has been chatting a lot more, even at Mommy n' me where she used to be so shy she wouldn't talk or sing.

1. What's your name? Firanda. What? Viranda.
2. What's my name? Mama
3. How old are you? Miranda. Are you two? Yeah. Are you three? Yeah.
4. How old am I? Mama. (Same answer as six months ago.)

5. What is your favorite animal? Pink elephant on my head.
6. What is your favorite color? Pink. I mean purple and pink. Purple and pink.
7. What is your favorite food? Nanas and treats. (Bananas and treats.)
   What's your favorite breakfast? Dirt.
   What's your favorite dinner? Dirt.

8. What is your favorite book? Pink. (She does have a bunch of pink books she carries around because of their pinkness. She also loves her Dora Princess book.)

October 2016
Who me?

October 2016
Miranda loves driving at 2.5 years old

9. What is your favorite song? Twinkle Twinkle Little Star

10. What is your favorite toy? Bunny and babies.

11. Do you sleep with anything at night? Milk and books. (This is true, but I take them out of crib when she falls asleep.)

12. What is your favorite TVshow? Big Friend. (True. She also likes Goldie and Bear, Masha and Bear, and Lego Ghostbusters.)

13. What were you for Halloween? DocMcStuffins!

14. Are you funny? Yes.

15. Who is your best friend? The bunny and the babies.

As you can see from some of her answers, Miranda wasn't terribly cooperative this time around so I couldn't ask her about her thoughts on the meaning of life like at her 2-year-old interview.

Friday, November 18, 2016

Mike and Havi's Wedding 2016

Mike and Havi got married! It's always wonderful to go to a wedding when you know that couple has made the best decision ever. I mean look how happy they are in the photos. Also in real life!

Mike + Havi Wedding 2016
Havi circling Mike

Mike + Havi Wedding 2016
Looking at their guests

They had a beautiful Jewish ceremony in New York. Havi's childhood friend Shanna performed the ceremony and she was amazing. Shanna loves the bride and the couple. She sang beautifully, played the guitar, and was generally a wonderful officiant. She even kindly explained some of the Jewish traditions to the non-Jewish guests.

Mike + Havi Wedding 2016
Married!

Mike + Havi Wedding 2016
Smashing the glass while Jen and Damian watch on Skype (They had a baby!)

Mike + Havi Wedding 2016
Married kiss!

Mike + Havi Wedding 2016
Very happy Groom's parents, Fran and George

Then it was on to the cocktail hour with so much delicious food that everyone ate like Michael Phelps. "But it's so good," we kept excusing ourselves.

Mike + Havi Wedding 2016
Clous represent! Kathy, Andrew, me, Kevin

Mike + Havi Wedding 2016
With Mike and Havi! Bunch of old married people.

Mike + Havi Wedding 2016
Andrew is on a world-wide selfie tour!

Mike + Havi Wedding 2016
Close buddies enjoying cocktail hour

Then it was time for the super fun reception! The live band kept everyone dancing the entire time.

Mike + Havi Wedding 2016
Live band

Mike + Havi Wedding 2016
Beatuiful flowers

Mike + Havi Wedding 2016
We had a great "cousins" table! Kevin, Andrew, Amanda and Caitlin

Mike + Havi Wedding 2016
Lindsay and Matt (Also at our table Eric, Bella, and me)

Mike is our family so we'd probably love him even if he weren't also the most fun person ever. Seriously, Mike is basically the energizer bunny of fun-- a quality he gets from both of his parents. This while still being a smart and functional adult. Rare indeed! And Havi is a super exciting addition to the family. She's somehow the coolest, most fashionable, and down-to-earth person. And gorgeous. I think there's actually a rule against people simultaneously possessing all those qualities. Are some of them even contradictory? I don't know because she makes it work.

Mike + Havi Wedding 2016 
First dance- great match

Mike + Havi Wedding 2016 
Love!

Mike + Havi Wedding 2016
Hora time!!

Mike + Havi Wedding 2016
Mother-son dance.

Mike + Havi Wedding 2016 
Donna, Fran, Robert, and Patricia

Mike + Havi Wedding 2016
Cake time!

Mike + Havi Wedding 2016 
Cutting the cake!

Possibly my favorite part, but it's hard to pick, was the part celebrating Havi's dad's Morrocan heritage. Mike, where were the Scottish kilts? 

Mike + Havi Wedding 2016 
Morrocan chair dance!

Mike + Havi Wedding 2016 
Everything is better with a fez

Mike + Havi Wedding 2016
Havi's dad jamming out on the drums

Mike + Havi Wedding 2016
Fran and George are rocking the kasbah

Fantastic wedding! Congratulations on what is sure to be a fantastic marriage too!
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