Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Miranda's Dance Class 2018

Miranda started dance classes! She's taking tap and ballet in the 3-4 age group. I am so excited. She got a little nervous in the days leading up to her first class but once she was dressed and there - she loved every minute of it!


First Dance Class 2018
All dressed except for shoes.

First Dance Class 2018

Loves her new outfit!

First Dance Class 2018
Getting fitted for shoes

Tap:

First Dance Class 2018
Miss Sommer helping her with her tap form

First Dance Class 2018
Tapping down the line

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Chorus line!

First Dance Class 2018 
And...

First Dance Class 2018
Snap!

After a quick shoe change, everyone is ready for ballet:

First Dance Class 2018
A little natural!

First Dance Class 2018
Look at those little toes!

Monday, January 8, 2018

Bomb Cyclone and Snow Days 2018

We knew the "Bomb Cyclone" was coming, so school was canceled for Thursday in advance. I didn't tell the kids though and told them they had to wear their pajamas inside-out and do a snow dance. And it worked! Too well, actually, because they had Thursday and Friday off. Very long weekend!

January 2018
Inside-out pajamas

January 2018
Hahahaha

January 2018
Lots of snow to shovel on Thursday.

January 2018
Building snowmen?

January 2018
About 12.5 inches

January 2018
Friday night

January 2018
Ready to go out!

January 2018
Cuties!

January 2018
Sunday snow angels

Monday, January 1, 2018

New Year's Eve 2017

For New Year's Eve, we did a countdown around 7 pm, drank sparkling apple cider, ate 12 grapes each for 12 lucky months in 2018 (Spanish tradition my family has followed a long time). Then we made smores in the fire place, a thing we did maybe too much in 2017. James performed many many magic shows for us. Here's hoping 2018 is much better than 2017.

New Years Eve 2017
Cheers!

New Years Eve 2017
Hugs

New Years Eve 2017
Cheers again!

New Years Eve 2017
Getting the fire going

New Years Eve 2017
Cooking marshmallows

New Years Eve 2017
The house magician

Sunday, December 31, 2017

Baby Blake 2017!

Chrissy and Jason had another beautiful baby! Their 4th baby and 2nd son is named Blake and he's the cutest smooshiest little guy.

Blake 2017
Blake is my new guy

Blake 2017
Hi little buddy.

Blake 2017
Six awesome peeps!

Friday, December 29, 2017

Trillium Brewery and the Cabot Theatre 2017

After we left Boston, we had two more fun stops. We had brunch a Sunrise Breakfast in Norwood. We met up with Janice, Darren, Ellie, Bill, and Jimmy at Trillium Brewery in Canton. It was so nice seeing everyone and also tasting the delicious beers.

Trillium Brewing 2017
Darren, Ellie, Janice, me

Trillium Brewing 2017
Darren Ellie, Janice, Jimmy, Bill

Trillium Brewing 2017
Kevin drinking all the beers

In the evening we met up with Casey and Jacyn and went with them to Casey's work party. He's been renovating the Cabot Theatre for several years, and this was a party to celebrate the progress and to celebrate the Cabot Theatre bar (yet-to-be-named) opening. We're extremely happy for Casey.

Cabot Theatre 2017
The Cabot Theatre outside

Cabot Theatre 2017
Casey talking to guests

Cabot Theatre 2017
Casey introducing Venus Mars Project

Cabot Theatre 2017
Venus Mars Project concert

Cabot Theatre 2017
Jacyn and Peter close-up

Cabot Theatre 2017
Group pics are my fave

Cabot Theatre 2017
Yummy dinner with little bahn mis.

Cabot Theatre 2017
Cheers to a friendship that's 32 years old.

Thursday, December 28, 2017

Boston 2017

Kevin goes to Boston once a year or more, usually for a sporting event, but I hadn't been since 2010 when I was pregnant with James. Before that, I used to go at least every other year.  I missed Boston but I was a little dubious about a trip in the winter.  But Grandma Kathy offered to babysit in Cape Cod so Boston in the winter it was.

We started with lunch in Cambridge on Tuesday afternoon. It was pretty chilly in the mid-20s. We went to the Crema cafe and got delicious sandwiches on pretzel bread, and warmed up with coffee and chai tea.  We started in Cambridge because there are two great bookstores in Cambridge: Raven books and Harvard Bookstore. It was heaven for bookworms and we bought 8 remaindered books altogether. We also cut through Harvard Yard.

  Boston 2017
Kevin at Raven Books

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Harvard Yard- the first time I was here I was 16. Over 22 years ago!

Our hotel was in Copley Square, so we went back, checked in, changed and went to our free hotel happy hour. Then we walked over to the Boston Public Library and looked at the amazing John Singer Sargent murals. We walked down Newberry Street and the nearby streets looking at the stores and Christmas decorations.

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Christmas tree selfie in Copley Square

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Boston Public Library

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John Singer Sargent murals

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My favorite. The blue goddess is amazing looking.

Then we went to a lovely Mexican restaurant Lolita where we met Jaime for dinner and drinks. It's a really cute place and the drinks were especially good. Jaime and I have our own little long-distance book club of 2, so we talked about those books with Kevin and discussed some future reads. I'd never been to "Top of the Pru" in all my visits to Boston so even though Kevin was dubious, we got one drink there. Now I can say I did.

Boston 2017
Jaime, me, and Kevin at Lolita Mexican restaurant

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Oh yeah they gave us cotton candy after dinner!

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Top of the Pru!

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Making my (sort of Jewish) friend pose in front of a big Christmas ornament

Wednesday was much colder than Tuesday, with temperatures in the mid-teens. We hustled to a nearby breakfast diner, the famous Charlie’s Sandwich Shoppe. But it was too cold to keep walking so we took the T to the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum. It's a small beautiful museum that was the former home of art-collecter Isabella Stewart Gardner, and which is most known for the famous 1990 robbery of its paintings including paintings by Degas, Manet, Rembrandt and Vermeer.

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Attempt to get pictures of famous people behind my selfie at Charlie's

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In front of the house's Spanish-style courtyard

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A part of the house with a painting of a Spanish Cafe and abbey replica

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Kevin + Mosaic

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Stolen painting fram

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Jazz band in the beautiful courtyard

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View from the top of the house

After warming up in the museum, we got brave about the cold again and walked along The Fens. We walked over to another- bookstore- the Trident Bookstore Cafe and looked through but it didn't have deals as good as Raven Books and the Harvard Bookstore. I was exhausted. We had a little nap back at the hotel, and then after a failed attempt at waiting outside a ramen shop, we ended up having delicious Cambodian food at Kim Pang.

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The Fens- it is so cold and all the ground is ice ice ice.

We took the T to the Museum of Fine Arts. Our first stop was the Takashi Murakami exhibit. Then we made our way through other parts of the museum that interested us, but ooh boy was I tired by then. I kept looking at my Fitbit, and by the end of the day I was up to 20K steps.

Thankfully, our final activity for the trip involved sitting. We saw the Strauss Symphony of America at Boston Symphony Hall. The performance is inspired by Vienna's beloved New Year's Concert, conductor Michael Zehetner, soprano Jennifer Davison, tenor Matjaž Stopinšek, and dancers from Kiev-Aniko Ballet.

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Me at the Murakami exhibit

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Murakami exhibit

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Regular exhibits at MFA

Boston 2017
Strauss Symphony of America

Boston 2017
Boston Symphony Hall selfie

Boston 2017
Strauss Symphony of America

A successful no-kids trip to Boston!
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