Thursday, May 5, 2016

Trey Visits 2016

Trey had a wedding in New York last weekend so he came up to see our new house and visit. Saturday night he Kevin went to Port Jefferson and went to the Port Jefferson Brewery and Brewology. It was a short but nice visit. And we even Skyped with Andrew while he was here- Boca Boys reunited.

Trey Visits 2016
Mirands shows her painting skills to Trey

Trey Visits 2016
Skyping with Andrew in Japan

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Lio's 1st Birthday 2016

Lio is a year old already! I remember when I used to hope that Lukas and Sarah would have a perfect little red-headed baby and now she's a year old already. Even though we don't see her as much as we'd like to, James think of her as the little sister he should have-- a "good baby."

Lio's 1st Birthday
Happy birthday, Lio!

We celebrated with her parents, all her grandparents, some local friends, and cake! 

Lio's 1st Birthday
It's a lucky baby that has all her grandparents and this much love.

Lio's 1st Birthday
Yum, cake!

Then we went over to Astoria Park which is beautiful. I don't think Kevin and I have been there since Jon's 30th birthday in 2010!

Lio's 1st Birthday
Lio, Sarah, and Lukas in Astoria Park

Lio's 1st Birthday
Miranda trying to read up on how to be a New York Baby

Lio's 1st Birthday
Fashion baby

Lio's 1st Birthday
Kevin playing catch with James and Miranda- M has a wicked arm!

Lio's 1st Birthday
Standing and ready to walk.

Lio's 1st Birthday
Lukas, Sarah, and Kevin used to party at UVA- now this!

Lio's 1st Birthday
And this! James hugging and smooching Lio.

Lio's 1st Birthday
Uli took a family picture for us.

Lio's 1st Birthday
Weee!

Lio's 1st Birthday
So much fun!

Happy birthday, Lio! Congratulations Sarah and Lukas! We're excited to have you guys visit this summer!

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Baby Jasper 2016!

Dear baby Jasper, we've all been waiting for you for almost 5 years! You are here at last! You are very dearly wanted and loved by so many- and especially your super awesome parents Cory and Robin. You really lucked out there little buddy. Clearly good things come to those that persist! We can't wait to meet you!

Jasper 2016
Jasper Henry- brand new and super adorable


Robin and Jasper

With his hardworking happy mom Robin

Jasper 2016
With his dad Cory

Jasper 2016
Miranda is super excited too- A baby! A baby!

Congratulations Cory and Robin!

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

PreK: Frog Journals 2016

James's Pre-K class has a tadpole and they're observing it through it's metamorphosis into a frog. So adorable. Also I love kids' science. And I love talking to James about science. It also reminds me of my dad, and the answers he'd give me to my questions when I was little.

James Pre-K 2016
Frog Station

James Pre-K 2016
Dillon and Adrianna coloring their journals

James Pre-K 2016
James, Rebecca, Lyla, Lexi working on their journals

James Pre-K 2016
Here's the star, Polly

James Pre-K 2016
There's the little tadpole

Monday, April 25, 2016

Miranda is Two Years Old- and Interview- 2016

Miranda is two years old! She loves books and cartoons. Her favorite books are about Team Oomie Zoomie or Dinosaurs, or in one case, both. Her favorite cartoons are Minnie Mouse, Team Oomie Zoomie, Bubble Guppies, Big Big Friend, and Paw Patrol.

April 2016
Miranda, a week before his second birthday

A year ago, Miranda turned a year old, and we had her first birthday party as a joint 4th birthday party with James.  I compiled a picture from each of the first 12 months of Miranda's life. Two weeks later, Uncle Andrew moved to Japan!

 1st and 4th Birthday Party 2015
Miranda at her first birthday

Cape Cod- May 2015
Sayonara Uncle Andrew!

Miranda turned 13 months old  and said about 5 words: dada, tickle-tickle-tickle, mama, go, and yesh (yes). (At this age, James said mama, dada, no, and leche).

Memorial Day Weekend 2015
James at 13 Months, May 23

When Miranda turned 14-months one of her favorite books was "Dinosaur Versus the Library," and she still loves dinosaurs.

CSTL 2015
Miranda at almost 14 months, June 19- James's Nursery Graduation

Miranda turned 15 months old, and was already over half my height. She could say about 8 words. She started insisting on using a spoon or fork to eat her food. Miranda was sort of the ring leader back then, and James would follow her around imitating her.

July 2015
Almost. got. it. July 16 (Old house)

Shortly after Miranda turned 15 months, we moved to our first house!!

1st Day New House 2015
First day at the new house- no furniture yet, July 31

At 16 months Miranda started having typical toddler tantrums. She also fell madly in love with books. Her favorites were Potty, Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus, Dora and the Rainy Day, the Belly Button, and ¿Dónde está el ombliguito?

August 2015
Pretending to read out loud, August 12

September 2015

At our local beach, September 6

By the time Miranda turned 17 months she had started chatting quite a bit and understood most of what we said to her. She demanded to sit at the dinner table without the baby chair. She yelled at James to "Go back!" one day when she wanted him to get back and not take her toy.

Grandparents' Day 2015
With her favorite ladies, September 12... almost 17 months

October 2015
October 10

Shortly after she turned 18 months, she celebrated her first Halloween. At 18 months she said: Dada, James, milk, no, yes, stuck, up (to be picked up), go!, book, ball.... Mama (infrequently). She repeated a lot more words than that.

October 2015
Back when they were twinsies, October 21

Halloween 2015
Miranda's 2nd Halloween at 18 months old

Mommy n' Me 2015 
Being pet by Olivia at Mommy N' Me.

Shortly after Miranda turned 19 months old, we celebrated our first Thanksgiving in our own house!

Thanksgiving 2015
Thanksgiving 2015, Miranda is 19 month

Miranda turned 20 months old and we spent Noche Buena and Christmas morning on Long Island with my mom and Bob, and some days after Christmas with Kevin's family in Cape Cod. And we celebrated New Years Eve together.

Noche Buena 2015
Christmas Eve at home, Miranda is 20 months old

Christmas 2015
Being tickled by Nana

Christmas 2015
Opening presents with James

Cape Cod- Dec 2015
Grandma Ruth reading Miranda stories

NYE 2015 --> 2016
New Years Eve

Miranda turned 21 months old and started saying two or three words together at a time.  We celebrated Valentine's Day and Kevin's 36th birthday.

January 2016
Pointing out the birds in our feeder

David & Mel Visit- Jan 2016
With Aunt Melanie and Uncle David

Snow Storm Jonas 2016
Snow storm Juno!

Valentine's Day 2016
Valentine's Day with Grandma 2016

On February 20, she turned 22 months old. We celebrated my 37th birthday, then St. Patrick's Day.

My 37th Birthday 2016
My 37th birthday

At 23 months old, we celebrated Easter on Cape Cod with Kevin's family. Miranda got her first real haircut. She also went to her first (primary) election.

Easter 2016
James, Great Grandma Ruth and Miranda at Easter

First Haircut 2016
First haircut at 23 months

She turned two years old and celebrated her joint birthday with her brother. She's such a smart funny girl. We love you so much, Miranda!

Miranda's 2nd Birthday 2016
Miranda's 2nd birthday party with family

James & Miranda's Birthday 2016
Rocking her new raincoat.

Miranda Interview, 4/27/16
What's your name? No.
Who's that? James.
Who am I? Mama.
Who is that? Dada. 
Who are you? Me. I am me.

How old are you? Do you know? No. (Two)
What is your favorite color? One.
That's a number. What's your favorite color? Pink.
What is your favorite animal? Sheep.

What is your favorite food? Prepes. (Pretzles.)
    What's your favorite breakfast? Dedios. (Cheerios.)
    What's your favorite lunch? Pretzles. (Usually wants peanut butter and jelly every day.)
    What's your favorite dinner? Pasta. Chee. (Pasta and cheese?)

Do you love me? Yeah.
Do you love Dada? Yep.
Do you love James? Yeah.
Do you love Grandma? Yeah.
Do you love Nana? Yep.

What is your favorite book? ...
Do you like books? Yep!
What is your favorite song? Itsy Spida. (Itsy Bitsy Spider)
What is your favorite toy? Itsy Spida.
Do you sleep with anything? Yeah.
What do you sleep with? Bed.
What toy do you sleep with? Pig. (Sleeps with a pink bunny that she calls Bunny. Has no pig toy.)

What is your favorite show? Big Big. 
Big Big Friend? Yeah.
I thought you liked Team Oomie Zoomie the best? No, Big Big Friend. (Starts singing song.)

Are you funny? Noooo.
Who is your best friend? James is.

What do you want to want to be when you grow up? You.
You want to be me when you grow up? No.

What do you like better the beach, the library, the Aquarium, or the playground? Beach!

What do you think the meaning of life is? Cheese! Hot chocolate.
Is there something else I should ask you? Nope.

Real Birthday 2016
Caught "reading" in her room, April 21

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