November is all about Thanksgiving. Both Kevin's brother and my brother have their birthdays in November. Kevin and I also got engaged in November, seven years ago. So November can be a pretty cool month sometimes.
Five Years Ago in 2009
Becky's friends celebrated her completion of the New York Marathon by eating burgers at Shake Shack. I think this was the first time I personally knew someone who ran the New York marathon. Or knew about Shake Shack.
Kevin and I went out to Manhattan to celebrate my brother David's 21st birthday. His friends were really nice, and we all had a great time drinking and dancing. We had brunch with Lukas and Sarah in Brooklyn. We could just do stuff like that at a moments notice because we didn't have kids. Ha!
David's 21st birthday 2009
On my way to work one day, I saw people walking three camels down the street in Manhattan (Rockefeller Christmas show!). A few of our friends went to a Boston Celtics v. NY Knicks at Madison Square Gardens. A bunch of celebrities were sitting in the court-side seats. James W. crashed with us for a few weeks in our Brooklyn apartment. I have no memory of him living with us except I think we drove him a little crazy (and not the other way around).
At the Celtics v Knicks game
Kevin and I celebrated our first married Thanksgiving with his family and had a second Thanksgiving dinner with my dad's family the following night!
Thanksgiving with Kathy's family
Day after Thanksgiving with my Dad's family
Ten Years Ago in 2004
President Bush was reelected. There was sadness. But we drank away the pain during an epic Girls' Night Out.
Laura, Brooke, Chrissy, and me at some club in DC
Nicole and Todd got engaged! Now they're married and have a lot of kids! Four, I think?
Kevin was 24, living in Charlottesville, and hanging out with Brady.
Hiking with Brady
I had a really nice Thanksgiving that year in Cape Cod with my dad's family.
Me, Dad, and Mom
Uncle Richard, cousin Griffin, and Aunt Elaine
Catherine and Jim
Me and Chrissy eating sushi when I got back to NoVa
Fifteen Years Ago in 1999
If I keep describing everything I might never put up this post, so photo-dump:
Sorority stuff: Meghan (big), me, Sarah (little)
Sorority Semi-formal: One of the best nights I had a college. So fun!!
Twenty Years Ago in 1994
Highschool Homecoming Dance with Chrissy
Thanksgiving on Cape Cod
Twenty-five Years Ago in 1989
Thanksgiving in upstate New York with my dad's family.
Dad on top of kind of high rock, but I cut off the picture funny.
Aunt Elaine and Uncle Nick (aka Bob)
Thirty Years Ago in 1984
Kevin's family at Thanksgiving: Chris, Nesie, Katie, Andrew, Kathy, and Kevin
Andrew's first birthday! (I had a smurf birthday too!)
I was in the the kindergarten Thanksgiving play. I was an awesome Pilgrim.
Thirty-five Years Ago in 1979
This is how my Hispanic family used to roll. It's my cousin Roberto's birthday. I'm the baby in the front, and that's my grandmother holding me, and my grandfather with his arm on her. My parents are to the left of batman.
All of our friends looked adorable on Halloween so I thought I'd feature some here.
First, let's start with the happiest Halloween ever. Last year Owen was getting stem cell treatment for his cancer, and this year he was running down the street trick-or-treating. So this wins for awesomest happiest Halloween picture:
Owen and Hailey
I am biased in favor of awesome group costumes- so they come next!:
The Where's Waldo crew: Rachel, Tim, Eleanor and Isaac-Waldo
Wizard of Oz: Michele-Dorothy and friends
Jim and Lisa the vampires and theirs son Otto as a bat
Kevin's tiny princess cousin Abigail
Kevin's cousin Mike and Mike's gf Havi
Childhood friends and their kids:
Casey's kids, Oliver and Laurel (far left)
Jon's kid Ben as Elmo
Trey and Sunny's pirate Cort and parrot Max
Neil the ape and his baby banana Bettina (and mom Ann)
College friends and kids:
Christina and Dan's superhero Hudson
Megan and Ed's Buzz Lightyear William
Princess Meghan and her knight Evan and ninja Nate
Batman-Cory and Cat Lady-Robin, although this would have
been a perfect opportunity for Robin to be Batman's Robin
This Halloween was awesome because two kids and two costumes means double the cuteness. James still doesn't care too much what he wears, so I picked his doctor costume based on how easy it was to buy and price, and Miranda's bunny costume too. But Miranda's costume had a little bit of extra significance since she was born on Easter, she's my little Easter bunny.
The doctor laughing at the bunny- I mean, can you handle it?
Sharing is her carrot! I can't handle it.
Pre-Trick-or-Treating picture! We quickly took off the ill-fitting cap.
Kevin looks pretty amused at the bunny. Off we go!
Trick-or-treating at Margaret and John's house!
For now, he's not too cool to trick-or-treat with Mama. I will enjoy it while it lasts.
She encouraged him to take some extra candy (because he's cute)
Figured out Mama was just slowing him down.
Miranda wonders: What's happening here? This is the weirdest day of my life so far.
Posing with the awesome street decorations.
Coming back from another successful collection.
Crockpot Vegetarian West African Peanut Soup for dinner - Delicious, easy,
ready and waiting for us when we got back, and appropriately orange-colored
Checking out his haul
But there's more! James's school was hosting a Halloween event called Spooky Fest, and even though it ran into the kids bedtimes we decided it was pretty necessary. Plus, James had randomly fallen asleep for a 2-HOUR nap in the afternoon before trick-or-treating so instead of being crabby as he might sometimes be, he was in a great mood and totally cooperative.
James making a "scary" face outside of Spooky Fest. (Cannot handle it!)
Glow-in-the-dark dinosaur head. Does it get better than that for a kid?
Wandering around the (not-so) scary trail.
Duck or the "spider webs" will get you!
The ghost on the right moves fast!
Haha, Miranda looks awesome.
Toddler craft area!
Make your own sticker-covered owl ornament. But why?
So excited to meet Mickey and a random wizard at Spooky Fest!
The bunny cashed out.
Luckily, all this late-night action dovetailed nicely into the end of Daylight's Savings Time so we're mostly adjusted to the new schedule already.