Thursday, February 4, 2016

A Look Back- February 2016

How is it already February? January was busier than normal for me and Kevin so it really got away from me. The last five years though, not so fast.

Five Years Ago in 2011
It kept snowing in Long Island. I got a 3D sonogram of the baby, which sadly my grandmother had really wanted to see before she passed away. We celebrated Kevin's 31st birthday at a Belgian restaurant in Manhattan. We went out for dinner for Valentine's Day in Long Island when I was a sexy 31 weeks huge.

30 Weeks and 5 Days 2011
Kevin's 31st birthday, 30-31 weeks pregnant with James

Ten Years Ago in 2006
I was 26, single, and living in Charlottesville. I was introduced to my first ever Feb Club. At UVA Law, there's a theme costume party every single night of February.  Only the brave attend all of them. I went to a few: Feb Club's Eve, Grey's Anatomy, Hawaii 5-0, Coyote Ugly, and Barrister's Ball.

Feb Club 2006: Grey's Anatomy
Grey's Anatomy 

Barristers Ball 2006
Barrister's Ball 2006, Section B

Fifteen Years Ago in 2001
I was a senior in college and I threw a fun Valentine's Day party made up of mostly single people. It turned into a dance party. This was just one of two parties I threw that week because that's how I rolled at 21.

Valentine's Day 2001 
Soraya, me, Michelle, Faisha, Natalia, and Monica

Valentine's Day 2001 
Natalia, Amy, Pete, Chad, and Erik- note my awesome decorations

Twenty-five Years Ago in 1991
Kevin celebrated his 11th birthday on the Cape with Casey and other friends. They watched the Slam Dunk Contest that the Celtic's Dee Brown won, and Kevin's been a big Dee Brown fan ever since.

1991 02 15 Slam Dunk

I was also on the Cape around that time. I met my cousin Graham.

Cape Cod 1991
Holding Graham.

Cape Cod 1991
Dad holding Graham.

Thirty-five Years Ago in 1981
Kevin celebrated his first birthday!

1981 02 Kevin 1st birthday- dated 390
Birthday boy Kevin with the Carter cousins

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

January Art Gallery 2016

This month, I only have art from James. Miranda didn't do Mommy n' Me this month because our schedule doesn't work with the class. And the few times I gave her crayons at home she decided to spruce up our fireplace. Taking a picture of that would probably send the wrong message.

Here is some art James did in Pre-K:

January 2016
Jan 8- James self-portrait

James Art- January 2016
Snowman

James Art- January 2016
Polar bear!

James Art- January 2016
Outdoor scene with clouds, sun, trees, and little running dude

James Art- January 2016
Hibernating bear in the nighttime


He does a little art at home too:

James Art- January 2016
Guy with a blue hat

He's still obsessed with the NYC subway politeness signs, since we went to NYC for Aria's birthday:

James Art- January 2016
Don't swing from the poles!

James Art- January 2016
Do sit on toilet, do wash your hands, do not fall down on your head.

Monday, February 1, 2016

Nana Visits- January 2016

Nana and Bob came to visit. They got here extra early so they could see James's indoor soccer practice. Fun! Mom was mesmerized by the amazing soccer abilities of 4-year-olds! Ha!

Nana Visits- Jan 2016
Bob and Nana at soccer

Nana Visits- Jan 2016
Nana taking action shots

Nana Visits- Jan 2016
Practicing with a new coach

Lots of fun for the rest of the weekend. Bob indulged James's love of Life, which James rewarded by asking him to play 500 more times. Miranda was well-behaved and affectionate with Nana all weekend and they bonded. The Clous went for a brief wintry walk, and when we came back in Kevin lit a fire. There was also a lot of food.

Nana Visits- Jan 2016
Bob won.

Nana Visits- Jan 2016
Nana and her mini-me bonding.

Nana Visits- Jan 2016
Ready to walk.

Nana Visits- Jan 2016
Pointing at the photographer- Dada.

Nana Visits- Jan 2016
Mesmerized by fire.

January 2016
Drawing together the next morning.

Sunday, January 31, 2016

Baby Asher 2016

My law school "little sister" Sarah and her husband Aaron had a beautiful, healthy, and already very expressive baby boy. I can't believe a tiny person like Sarah had a baby that's over 8 pounds but that's great. It means good health! Congratulations! You guys are going to be the awesomest and most fun parents! I can't wait to meet this awesome person you created.

Baby 2016
Little Asher-face

Baby 2016
With Aunt Becca and mommy Sarah in the back

Baby 2016
With dad Aaron

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Snow Storm Jonas 2016

Snow Storm Jonas arrived early on Saturday, and then it snowed all day long. In total it snowed between 22-24 inches in our area which is the most snow I've seen in years. Kevin and James went out to do a little preliminary shoveling during the storm on Saturday.

Snow Storm Jonas 2016
Where did our deck go?

Snow Storm Jonas 2016
James shoveled out the car while Kevin did the driveway.

Snow Storm Jonas 2016
A little post-shoveling playtime

Sunday we didn't have any more snow so we all went out. Kevin and James touched up the driveway and car, and Miranda and I took pictures. Miranda was a little worried about the snow. She's just a bit above 30 inches (32?) and the snow was pretty high for her. So after an initial investigation, and as she's apt to do anyway, she made us carry her around. 

Snow Storm Jonas 2016
James and Miranda checking out the back yard

Snow Storm Jonas 2016
Me and Miranda

Snow Storm Jonas 2016
Cubans in the snow

The front yard was a little deeper than the backyard. And even in the front yard the depth weren't consistent.

Snow Storm Jonas 2016
Miranda and James in the deep end

Snow Storm Jonas 2016
Family picture in the shallow end- thanks Carol!

Monday, January 25, 2016

Miranda is 21 Months 2016

Wow! Miranda is a personality! She's so cute and interesting, and she's talking so much more than James did at this age. She sometimes speaks with just one word at time, but other times she combines as many three words. The first time she did it, she was jumping on the bed trying to sing "Five Little Monkeys." What she actually sang was, "No more jump jump! No more jump jump!" to the same tune.

A more typical example of something she might say is "Cookie please?" or "Apple sauce please?" Yes?" She'll show me things and tell me their name: "Shoes! See? Shoes?" Although, her pronunciation is that of a baby so "cookie" is "coco" and "please" is "peas." At night she'll ask us to sing particular songs, "ABC" means the alphabet song, "Bah sheep" means "Bah-bah Black Sheep."

January 2016
Here she is being smart and cute and giving her doll a checkup.

January 2016
Attempting a puppet show

And she's so funny. She knows she's funny and uses it to charm whatever she wants out of you. She's still rocking her evil Frenchman laugh too.

January 2016
Example of her sense of humor- "foot in face for selfie"

January 2016
This is her "hiding" during Hide-and-Seek (unintentionally funny but still)

January 2016
Oh HI!

January 2016
Squishing her brother

Oh she's a treat! She's unstoppable! No... really... I can't stop her. Can someone please come over and help?

January 2016
Breaking the law!

January 2016
Trying to break out!

January 2016
This day was particularly eventful...

January 2016
This isn't so bad...

January 2016
But this is...

January 2016
And so is this! And she can open the refrigerator if she's mad enough!

January 2016
Oh dear, baby overboard!

Also, she might be a little spoiled. I know that technically this is our fault, but I swear she's been wearing us down little by little. She's just stronger than us.

January 2016
Insists on sitting on our lap at dinner and eating our food- even though it's the same as hers

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She steals a tiny bit of my coffee every day

She also kind of purposely torments her brother. She'll wait until everyone's guard is down, snatch the one toy he's playing with, and make a run for it. James claims he loves her anyway.

January 2016
Taking selfies together because LOVE.

January 2016
Flying paper airplanes together (with my assistance)

January 2016
She's dancing- he's watching TV

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