Thursday, March 26, 2015

Miranda is 11 Months 2015

While we were staying in Charlottesville, Miranda turned 11 months old. But have no fear! I packed her month sticker!

Miri is 11 Months 2015
My sticker says 11 months!

Her most noticeable change is that she started walking! She took her first steps on February 24, and just a few days later she was practically running around the house, turning corners with ease and even carrying heavy toys around with her!

March 2015
Running with the bottle, March 4.

Now that she can walk she has a better vantage point from which to attack-tackle James. This might look cute in pictures, but she is BRUTAL to James. The problem is James encourages it and even laughs most of the time, but every now and then she really clocks him!

March 2015
The anatomy of a tackle

The other amazing thing is that I was finally able to put her down for naps alone! She resisted this just like James did as a baby, but once I night sleep-trained her she got used to the idea that I wasn't going to pick her up after I put her in her crib until she slept. Besides, James used to throw up from anxiousness if I put him down for a nap. I found the fact that Miranda didn't do that to be very encouraging. My life is so much better now that she has a little alone time, and she actually naps better. Plus James hated being quiet while I held her, now he can be a little more active while she's in her room with the door closed.

March 2015
In her sleepsack on a morning we woke her to get her on Daylight Saving schedule

Skills and personality: This baby has mad skills. She says dada (first word), mama (for me and for milk), and for a little while she said baba for ball. That's gone away now though.

March 2015
"Baba"

She crawled, danced, and walked in that order. Her dancing is officially awesome. She drops her butt and bounces to the beat. She prefers funk music. She also claps when she really likes music. 

She points for things she wants. A lot. She's kind of running the place with her little index finger, actually. She also gives high fives though that's been going on for a long time.

She plays and copies us and James. She scribbles. She loves getting her picture taken and sometimes tries to see the result of the picture on my phone or camera.

February 2015
Doing a little baking...

February 2015
Stole James's Leapfrog but appears to be using it correctly

She has her own little sense of humor. She thinks she's funny. She kind of is. She's a little mean which is part of her humor, and she's very stubborn. She understands "no" and also that it doesn't apply to her.

March 2015
Pretending to feed James a bottle.

March 2015
Love this expression!

March 2015

She's been giving hugs for a long time, but while we were in DC she started making kissy noises which I take to mean she is giving us kisses. So far I've only noticed her blow kisses to me and Kevin.

Miri is 11 Months 2015
Best friends.

Miri is 11 Months 2015
Maybe.

Miri is 11 Months 2015
Love her like crazy!

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

WWFTC Reading at VA Festival of the Book 2015

Kevin read at the Virginia Festival of the Book last week. His read with Clifford Garstang (editor, Everywhere Stories: Short Fiction From a Small Planet) during a panel called "Short Stories: Great Fiction in Small Bites" at New Dominion Bookshop.

Charlottesville 2015
Kevin all set before the reading

Charlottesville 2015
The reading was upstairs.

Kevin read the title story and the reading went really well. He had a good rhythm and the crowd understood and liked the story. Kevin had some different answers to the questions this time.

Or so I'm told. I couldn't stay to the end because the kids were being kind of disruptive. The reading space was weird because it was upstairs and pretty narrow. There was some seating downstairs, which is where I had to park it because I had Miranda in the stroller. This turned out to be somewhat fortuitous as I could escape with bothering too many people.

Charlottesville 2015
James entertaining himself by reading some kids books

Charlottesville 2015
Miranda napping at the reading

[Not pictured: James whining, Miranda tearing all the books off the shelves.]

Charlottesville 2015
After the reading. (Photo by Pat Jarrett, VFH staff)

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Meeting Robert B. 2015

On the way to Charlottesville, Kevin, James, Miranda, and I were able to stop in for a very quick visit to meet Sarah and Donald's new baby Robert. Robert is so snuggly and cute, and he's only 3 weeks old! I love him so much. I have an unhealthy obsession with him really. I have been missing him since I met him.

Meeting Robert B 2015
Meeting my new little buddy Robert!

Meeting Robert B 2015
Oh Robert posed for this one!

I also got to visit with his big brother William who is so smart and even pensive. As a bonus, Sarah's mom, sister Jane, and Jane's three girls were there too! So that's a total of 5 adults and 7 children! Everyone behaved!

Meeting Robert B 2015
James (almost 4), Miranda (almost 1), Robert (0), William (3)

Meeting Robert B 2015
James bugging Sarah's niece Rosie (9.5)

Meeting Robert B 2015
Sarah's nieces Isabelle (almost 7!) and Penelope (3.5), and son William (3)

Monday, March 23, 2015

Washington, DC- March 2015

We spent St. Patrick's Day afternoon in DC on our way to Charlottesville. I love DC, and one of my favorite parts of the city is still the National Mall with all the free Smithsonian museums. We met up with Cory and took the kids to the National Air and Space Museum to see what James called "rocket ships." I also took James into the one space ship you can enter while Kevin fed Miranda.

Washington, DC 2015
At the National Air and Space Museum

Washington, DC 2015
Studying buoyancy.

Washington, DC 2015
Generating energy.

Washington, DC 2015
Checking out the equipment

After that, we got overly-ambitious, and decided to go to the Museum of Natural History to see dinosaurs. Yeah, apparently the dinosaur exhibit has been closed for ages. Sad! James enjoyed the marine exhibit instead. When we showed him a big gross dead squid he said, "whales eat them!" So true. Calamari is yummy.

Washington, DC 2015
On the way to our next museum, the guys kept calling me "the nanny."

Washington, DC 2015
Who has fingers and is at the Museum of Natural History?

Washington, DC 2015
Showing Miranda the big whale

Washington, DC 2015
Hanging out with our mammal friends.

We met Robin for dinner at 100 Montaditos, a Spanish tapas place that serves tons of delicious little sandwiches.

Washington, DC 2015
Miranda likes Robin

Washington, DC 2015
James had so many cute poses here, I could barely decide, but this one won.

You might be thinking that James appreciated all these great things we did for his benefit. If so, you probably don't have kids. Later that night Cory introduced James to some real video games including Ms. Pac Man and a racing game. After that, James only talked about that, and told us he wanted to live with Cory forever. Thanks buddy!

Washington, DC 2015 
Miranda has a video controller too. She uses it for teething.

Oh and here's when my children are best behaved:

Washington, DC 2015
When they are asleep! Sadly they only slept a little in the car.

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Grandma Visits- March 2015

Grandma visited Thursday evening through Monday. As always she was a life saver. She had a movie date with James (his first!) and took him for a haircut and ice cream. She watched Miranda while Kevin and I got some important errands done. (And then poor Miranda turned out to be sick!) We celebrated St. Patrick's Day early with her: we dressed in green and Kevin made corned beef sandwiches. Here are my favorite pics.

Grandma- March 2015
Fake St. Patrick's Day!

Grandma- March 2015
And on a timer!

Grandma- March 2015
Loves Grandma!

Grandma- March 2015
He's so affectionate.

Grandma- March 2015
Irish girls chilling.

Grandma- March 2015
Reading to Miranda.

Friday, March 13, 2015

My 36th Birthday 2015

My birthday was low-key but full of wonderful things. Here are 36 fun things I did on my birthday!

1) Slept late.
2) Woke up this morning to a family pile-on! Thanks Kevin, James, and Miranda!
3) James and Kevin made me some birthday cards.
4) Breakfast courtesy of Kevin,
5) Kevin watched the kids while I indulged numerous mood swings.
6) Mood swings might actually have been a hangover as I went to dinner and drinks with college girlfriends this weekend. Though this was not actually birthday-related I'm still riding the happy wave.
7) Lots of birthday texts (I didn't have a smart phone last year so this is fun) and calls
8-17) Lots of presents and cards this year! Thanks Kevin, Andrew, Kathy, Janice, Ash, et al.
18) Italian subs for lunch- I was totally craving one!
19) Hug-a-thon from James that lasted like 10 minutes.
20) Lots of people coordinating to come to Clou-a-rama today! Yay!
21) Miranda and I had girl-time while James went to school.
22) But because she takes naps in her crib now I had child-free guilt-free time in the afternoon!
23) Kevin made dinner
24) My first birthday with two kids!
25) We had 4 different flavors of cup-cakes!

My 36th Birthday 2015
Cupcake with candle! Miranda is even more excited than I am.

26) Kevin and James sang happy birthday to me and James helped me blow out the candles

 My 36th Birthday 2015
James is helping.

27) We also took numerous photos of this event.
28) We played cupcake-smash with the kids, the goal being to get as much frosting on our faces as possible.

My 36th Birthday 2015
Cupcake happiness.

My 36th Birthday 2015 
Don't mind if I do!

My 36th Birthday 2015
Only frosting on his mustache could make him cuter than he already is.

29) Miranda decided this was the best day of her life yet and she expressed it with lots of smiles and happy sounds.

My 36th Birthday 2015
Best. day. ever.

30) Kevin gave the kids their baths ... and put them to sleep
31) ... and basically did everything all evening.
32) While I watched Dr. Who.  And I got to a lot of people's favorite episode "Blink" which was totally solid.
33) We had drinks after the kids went to bed.
34) And watched my favorite comedy Brooklyn 99.
35) Back massage.
36) Went to dinner and drinks with my gorgeous mother the following day!

My 36th Birthday 2015
Me and mom at Biggie's Clam Bar in Carlstadt

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Girls' Weekend in NYC 2015

We had a very short Girls' Weekend this year, which could more accurately be called Girls' Night. We didn't plan in advance and we realized that since Megan is due in May, we might not be able to squeeze in another one for a long time. Despite the quick planning we had a really nice time. We started with pre-dinner drinks at The Growler in the Financial District. And their poutine is unique but tasty.

Girls' Night 2015
Megan, Ash, me at The Growler

Girls' Night 2015
Laurie, Janice, Christina

Girls' Night 2015
Our attempt to get a group picture with George Washington... in the dark

Then we had a super fancy dinner at White Street in Tribeca. I didn't take any pictures of us in the restaurant but this was our view from our booth. When we got there at 6 it was pretty empty but it was totally full when we left. Our appetizers and main dishes were yummy, and we shared wine and desserts.

Girls' Night 2015
White Street

After dinner we walked over to a cute little bar I really liked, Anotheroom. I wish our visit had been longer but we've already started planning the next year's.

Girls' Night 2015
All of us at Anotheroom

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