Monday, November 10, 2014

Nana Visits- November 2014

Things have been really busy at work, so last weekend when Nana visited, instead of going out on our own for a little while, we holed up in our office and worked.

Nana Visits- Nov. 2014
Nana reading in Spanish to James

Nana Visits- Nov. 2014
Look Miranda is entertaining herself for little periods now!

Nana Visits- Nov. 2014
Nana dressed them up like Cubans

Nana Visits- Nov. 2014
We let Nana have a little taste of Halloween

Nana Visits- Nov. 2014
Group pics!

Nana Visits- Nov. 2014
Happy pajama time!
Nana Visits- Nov. 2014
Dinner buddies, James and...

Nana Visits- Nov. 2014
... Miranda. Both are BIG eaters.

Saturday, November 8, 2014

A Look Back- November 2014

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
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).

Boston Celtics v. NY Knicks 2009
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 2009
Thanksgiving with Kathy's family

Thanksgiving 2009
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.

Girls' Night- November 2004 
Laura, Brooke, Chrissy, and me at some club in DC

Todd and Nicole's Engagement Party
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.

Hightop Peak
Hiking with Brady

I had a really nice Thanksgiving that year in Cape Cod with my dad's family.

Thanksgiving 2004 
Me, Dad, and Mom

Thanksgiving 2004
Uncle Richard, cousin Griffin, and Aunt Elaine

Thanksgiving 2004
Catherine and Jim

Bryan's 25th Birthday
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:

1999 11 05 Initiation 911b2 
Sorority stuff: Meghan (big), me, Sarah (little)

1999 11 19 ADPi Semi-Formal 034c
Sorority Semi-formal: One of the best nights I had a college. So fun!!

Twenty Years Ago in 1994

1994 11 19 Sophomore Homecoming 003
Highschool Homecoming Dance with Chrissy

Cape Cod- Konica
Thanksgiving on Cape Cod

Twenty-five Years Ago in 1989
Thanksgiving in upstate New York with my dad's family.

Thanksgiving 1989
Hiking!

Thanksgiving 1989
Dad on top of kind of high rock, but I cut off the picture funny.


Thanksgiving 1989
Aunt Elaine and Uncle Nick (aka Bob)


Thirty Years Ago in 1984

1984 11 Family Photos 169
Kevin's family at Thanksgiving: Chris, Nesie, Katie, Andrew, Kathy, and Kevin

1984 11 Family Photos 165
Andrew's first birthday! (I had a smurf birthday too!)

1984 11 Thanksgiving Play 672
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.

1979 11 13 Robertico Birthday 433
Roberto's birthday

Friday, November 7, 2014

Our Friends on Halloween 2014

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:

Halloween Kids 2014
Owen and Hailey

I am biased in favor of awesome group costumes- so they come next!:

Halloween Kids 2014
The Where's Waldo crew: Rachel, Tim, Eleanor and Isaac-Waldo

Halloween Kids 2014
Wizard of Oz: Michele-Dorothy and friends

Halloween Kids 2014
Jim and Lisa the vampires and theirs son Otto as a bat 

Family cuteness:

 Halloween Kids 2014
Kevin's tiny princess cousin Abigail

Mike and Havi 2014
Kevin's cousin Mike and Mike's gf Havi

Childhood friends and their kids:

Halloween Kids 2014
Casey's kids, Oliver and Laurel (far left)

Halloween Kids 2014
Jon's kid Ben as Elmo

Halloween Kids 2014
Trey and Sunny's pirate Cort and parrot Max

Halloween Kids 2014
Neil the ape and his baby banana Bettina (and mom Ann)

College friends and kids:

Halloween Kids 2014
Christina and Dan's superhero Hudson

Halloween Kids 2014
Megan and Ed's Buzz Lightyear William

Halloween Kids 2014
Princess Meghan and her knight Evan and ninja Nate

Halloween Kids 2014
Batman-Cory and Cat Lady-Robin, although this would have 
been a perfect opportunity for Robin to be Batman's Robin 

Halloween Kids 2014
Jeff and Inga's panda Silas

Other adorable friends:

Halloween Kids 2014
Cathy's princesses Madison and Kennedy

Halloween Kids 2014
Anna's kids: fairy Clara, lion Maxwell, Hogwarts student Abby, Princess Leah Lydia

I only had one fur baby submission this year:

Halloween Kids 2014
Janice and Darren's Fudgie the spider

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Halloween 2014

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.

Halloween 2014
The doctor laughing at the bunny- I mean, can you handle it?

Halloween 2014
Sharing is her carrot! I can't handle it.

Halloween 2014
Pre-Trick-or-Treating picture! We quickly took off the ill-fitting cap.


Halloween 2014
Kevin looks pretty amused at the bunny. Off we go!

Halloween 2014
Trick-or-treating at Margaret and John's house!


Halloween 2014
For now, he's not too cool to trick-or-treat with Mama. I will enjoy it while it lasts.

Halloween 2014
She encouraged him to take some extra candy (because he's cute)


Halloween 2014
Figured out Mama was just slowing him down.

Halloween 2014
Miranda wonders: What's happening here? This is the weirdest day of my life so far.

Halloween 2014
Posing with the awesome street decorations.

Halloween 2014
Coming back from another successful collection.

Halloween 2014
Crockpot Vegetarian West African Peanut Soup for dinner - Delicious, easy, 
ready and waiting for us when we got back, and appropriately orange-colored

Halloween 2014
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.

Spooky Fest 2014
James making a "scary" face outside of Spooky Fest. (Cannot handle it!)

Spooky Fest 2014
Glow-in-the-dark dinosaur head. Does it get better than that for a kid?

Spooky Fest 2014
Wandering around the (not-so) scary trail.

Spooky Fest 2014
Duck or the "spider webs" will get you!

Spooky Fest 2014
Peekaboo pumpkins!

Spooky Fest 2014
The ghost on the right moves fast!

Spooky Fest 2014
Haha, Miranda looks awesome.

Spooky Fest 2014
Toddler craft area!

Spooky Fest 2014
Make your own sticker-covered owl ornament. But why?

Spooky Fest 2014
So excited to meet Mickey and a random wizard at Spooky Fest!

Spooky Fest 2014
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.


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