Monday, March 20, 2017

St. Patrick's Day 2017

Last week was Kevin's Spring Break from school. Unfortunately for the first time, James had real school that week. James's vacations are in February and April and don't line up with Kevin's March and May breaks. It was way too cold to go to the St. Patrick's Day parade in our town on March 12, and Winter Storm Stella- which was a huge blizzard by where Ash lives- was a bust here- hailing and raining and making it gross to play outside.

St. Patrick's Day 2017
Happy St. Patrick's Day!

The silver linings in our Spring Break were Becky, Chris, and baby Simon visiting, and on a different day Heather visiting. With a week "off" from work, Kevin was also able to help with stuff at home, and unusually we are all caught up on everything there is to do at home! (Has that ever happened ever?)

Also, St. Patrick's Day. We wore green, some leprechauns trashed James's classroom and left "gold coins" that he tried to put in his piggy bank, Kevin made corned beef sandwiches (Yum!), we drank the Guinness, and we took pictures! Yay pictures!

St. Patrick's Day 2017
Kevin making corned beef

St. Patrick's Day 2017
Corned beef sandwiches!

St. Patrick's Day 2017
Attempted timer-picture

St. Patrick's Day 2017
Love.

St. Patrick's Day 2017
Our cuties!

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Miranda in a Toddler Bed!- March 2017

Miranda never escaped her crib and though it is seemed liked a good idea to keep her in the crib as long as possible, lifting her in and out was getting a little tough. I've often regretted that drop-side cribs are no longer considered safe or legal.

I was expecting her to try to abuse her new freedom, and I figured it might be a two-parent job to keep bringing her back to bed at night. Kevin has Spring Break this week so it was this week or when his classes were over in May. But since we'll travel in May, this seemed like the smarter week. Also, it was the beginning of Daylight Savings this weekend so we could kill two birds with one stone.

March 2017
Converted the crib to a toddler bed on Saturday

March 2017
Lots of stuffed animal friends and dolls

She loved her bed and didn't attempt to escape on the first night at all, but she did greet us in in the morning in our bedroom for the first time ever. The second night went less smoothly as she got up by accident, confused about what time it was and was scared that it was dark and she couldn't see anyone, but I brought her back to bed and she went back to sleep. Surprisingly, it's been pretty smooth sailing since then. It's been easier than I remember the toddler bed transition with James, though James did it about 8 months earlier in his toddler career because he escaped.

March 2017
Testing it out.

She keeps asking me, "I a big girl now?" Almost, baby girl. Almost.

Sunday, March 12, 2017

My 38th Birthday 2017

My 38th birthday was better than I anticipated or planned. My family and friends sent presents, texts, calls, and Facebook posts. Thank you guys!

The actual day of was too busy to do anything about, but we had a great day on Friday. James went off to school in the morning, and I surprised him by being that day's (early) mystery reader. Kevin read in December so James wasn't expecting another surprise reader.

Birthday 2017
James

Birthday 2017
Books I read.

Since we were out and about, Kevin took Miranda for a donut, and when I was done we took her for another much needed haircut. Her second or third, but her most legitimate hairdo-like cut yet.

Birthday 2017
Still sits on a parent's lap

Birthday 2017
Front and back post-cut

In the evening, we got a babysitter so we could go out and celebrate. We went to a sushi place I hadn't tried yet, Wasabi, and I was a big fan. Then Kevin suggested Saviano's Hideway for drinks and I loved the place and got a big chocolatey martini. Good birthday!

Birthday 2017
Wasabi Japanese Steakhouse

Birthday 2017
Sushi chef behind Kevin

Birthday 2017
BBQ Squid was a winner!

Birthday 2017
Want to eat this again immediately.

Birthday 2017
Savino's Hideaway

Saturday, March 11, 2017

Tooth Fairy Strikes Again 2017

March 2017
Missing tooth

James lost his third tooth late Thursday night, and he awoke us early Friday morning because he couldn't find his tooth or his money. But all was fine, he'd just been tossing and turning and the dollar bill had gotten tossed in his sheets. Perhaps we should request she leave any cash exchanges on the floor under the bed?

Friday, March 10, 2017

Kevin Wins Gell Residency for Writers 2017

"Residencies at Gell: A Finger Lakes Creative Retreat

Announcing the Gell Residency for Writers with young children award winners — Kevin Clouther, Kelli Ford, and Patrice Gopo.

Writers & Books, the premier independent literary center in Rochester, NY is pleased to announce the three award winners for the one-week residency with young children — Kevin Clouther from Miller Place, Long Island, NY., Kelli Ford from Richmond, VA, and Patrice Gopo from Charlotte, NC.

Kevin Clouther will work on his novel manuscript Bermuda, while on residency with his wife and two children, ages 3 and 6 at Gell: A Finger Lakes Creative Retreat located south of Rochester in Naples, NY....

The three residency awards will take place between April – August 2017. Dates will be negotiated after acceptance.

Writers & Books promotes reading and writing as lifelong activities for people of all ages, through educational programs, publications, community events and author appearances. For over thirty-five years our programs, held at our Rochester and Finger Lakes facilities, have reached a growing audience of thousands, making us one of the largest and oldest literary organizations in the country. Our programs have received nationwide recognition while inspiring generations of people in Rochester and beyond to make literature a part of their everyday lives."

More at https://wab.org/gell-center-residencies-2/

Gell House

Thursday, March 9, 2017

ACC Tournament: Pittsburgh v. Virginia 2017

On Wednesday, Kevin, Nick, and Briggs went to the UVA game against Pittsburgh at the Barclay Center last night. It went late- almost to midnight!- but UVA was victorious!

ACC: Pitt v. UVA 2017
ACC Tournament

ACC: Pitt v. UVA 2017
Basket!

Sadly, UVA lost the next night to Notre Dame, ending their tournament in NYC.

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

PARP Night at Kindergarten 2017

Kevin took James to Parents As Reading Partners Week (PARP Week) last night. I had to stay and put Miranda to bed. Oh well, looks like it was fun!

PARP 2017
Cat in the Hat, aka the principal

PARP 2017
Dr. Seuss joy

PARP 2017
Caris and Darin

PARP 2017
The auditorium

PARP 2017
Reading One Fish, Two Fish

PARP 2017
Trying to make musical instruments?

Real instruments

PARP 2017
James playing bingo.

PARP 2017
Abby playing bingo

PARP 2017
Principal reading

Monday, March 6, 2017

Nana and Bob Visit- March 2016

Nana and Bob visited this weekend. The kids were super excited when they heard they were coming. We had a really nice time and gorged ourselves on Chinese food. Yum!

March 2017
Nana reading to Mirand

March 2017
Soothed her to sleep

March 2017
Hanging out with Bob

March 2017
Modeling pajamas from Great-grandmother Daisy

March 2017
Good night kisses

March 2017
Goodnight kisses
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