Grandma visited over the long Columbus Day weekend. She took James to a farm (Miranda fell asleep in the car) and all the Irish Clouthers explored the Hamptons together. Monday, she took the kids to the playground and lunch. Thanks for visiting Grandma!
James at a farm on Saturday
At a Hamptons library on Sunday
Trying to pick up some Hamptons girls
Miranda working on art while Grandma posts pictures of her on Facebook
For Girls' Weekend this year we went to Dewey Beach for the Dewey Goes Pink 5K and walk. Ash, Megan, and I were going to do the 5K and Janice and Christina were going to do the walk but poor Christina got sick. We had a lovely roomy Air BnB condo by the beach, which we enjoyed despite the rain. The 5K was scenic, but the best part of the weekend besides the amazing people participating was the after party. Holy cow, Dewey knows how to party. There were mixed drinks, beer, roast pig, mac n'cheese, and cookies, though the cookies went very fast. Live music! Group toasts! Just so much fun and all for a good cause.
Pre-race picture in the rain.
The three that have been to all the Girls Weekends.
The three in the 5K
We were sad to split up from Janice when she went to the walk area and we went to the walk area. And we were jealous when she texted us that she was already done.
Getting ready for the 5K. Do you see us? (Hint: close to 1A sign.)
And we're off!
After the race we met at a designated location so we wouldn't all get lost.
The three that were done first, grabbing many beers.
Toasting with Crush mixed drinks at the after party. Woo!
There was so much delicious food.
The band was really good.
It kept raining on us, so we decided to go back and have Megan's Magic Hurricanes. Which we did. Which then rendered us unable or unwilling to go out and party. But we had a lot of fun at the condo, and did ultimately get dressed to go to dinner.
Heading back post-race with extra Hurricane orange juice.
Next year, if it's not raining, maybe we can drink at the beach?
Post Hurricane-drinking, dressed and posing with Seahorse Christina (we missed you!)
Selfie where Megan made a funny face so she got cut out.
Making pouty faces because Janice went home early because she's a new mom!
We ended up back at The Starboard for dinner. Dinner was yummy but the hurricanes started catching up with us, and we started feeling ill. So we walked back after dinner, now in the POURING RAIN. We felt grateful it hadn't rained in the 5K. We swear.
Megan and me before the Hurricanes caught up with us
Ash pretending to hug Janice and Christina- I promised I'd photoshop but nah.
Sunday morning, we were recovered, so we went to Greenman Juice Bar & Bistro in Rehoboth, and then we tried to do a little souvenir shopping but everything said Rehoboth so I guess it's just going to be the race shirt. I'm super excited for the next Girls' Weekend. Soon I hope!
Brunch at Greenman Juice Bar & Bistro was extra delicious!
*My Race Stats: Time: 43:09.9, Pace: 13:55/mile, Place: 888/1207 37 F, Bib #197, Division 30-39 F, Division Place: 116/150 Worse time than last 5K, but the ranking made me feel less bad, haha.
Five Years Ago in 2011 Megan and Ed visited New York shortly after Christina announced she was pregnant; Megan was not-so-secretly pregnant. We took James to the Bronx Zoo! James started crawling on his belly, holding himself in a standing position, he turned 6 months old, and then we did the obligatory it's-October-visit-a-pumpkin-patch thing. He had his first snow in October, which is another sign of the apocalypse after the earthquke and hurricane in August. James made the cutest monkey ever on his first Halloween.
James on Halloween 2011
Ten Years Ago in 2006
This was a great month. Kevin and I had only been dating for a short while. Cathy came to visit us, and we went out on an accidental and rainy Charlottesville crawl to South Street Pub, X-Lounge, Millers, C&O, and back to X-Lounge. It was a lot of people too: Becky, Brandon, Sarah, Donald, Josh, Jon, and later Roger. Though I think only Cathy, Jon, Kevin, and I made it to all the locations. For a Thursday night in Charlottesville, it was epic.
Cathy, Kevin, me, Sarah at X-Lounge
I went to DC for a call-back interview. I went to an Eric Clapton concert. Kevin and I went hiking at Ivy Creek. Kevin, Brady, Nick and Emily, and James W. and I went to an Islands concert. A bunch of us went to a UNC v. UVA football game. On October 17, the United States population reached 300 million.
Kevin, me, Audra, Jon, and Roger at the UVA football game
Kevin took me to Bridgewater to see where he taught. Kevin and I went back to DC for my 5-year college reunion and then spent some time with Cory and Robin at Busboys and Poets.
First time I met Robin 2006
The next day we went to the National Arboretum, then met up with Brooke, David, and Jordan for lunch at our old grad-school stomping grounds, The Dubliner. Finally we had dinner with Megan and Ed, Janice and Darren, and Christina and Dan. Even though at the time only Megan and Ed were engaged, we all ended up getting married to our dinner date. Finally, before leaving town we went to see Mike and Anna's new baby girl Abigail.
Megan, Christina, me, Janice 2006
We went out for Brian's 23rd birthday at Flaming Wok, and the after-partied at Jane's while she reveled in the St. Louis Cardinals winning the World Series (her great-grandfather is Branch Rickey). Finally, we closed out the month with a two crazy Halloween parties in one night.
Brian's 23rd birthday: Audra, Donald, Sarah, me, Katy, Brian, Jane
Fifteen Years Ago in 2001
I was living in Northern Virginia with Janice. Christina, Megan, Teresa, Allison and I went on a big fun bar crawl. Christina, Jamie, Chris and I went to the Maryland Renaissance Fair and had a lot of fun (without wearing costumes). Christina, Natalia, Chris, and I had adventures on the subway and went to Dave and Busters. I think this is the only time I ever went. Janice, Ryan, Paige, Chris, and I went to Ryan's Halloween Party, and then Janice and I had our own "Goth" theme Halloween party the following weekend.
Teresa, Megan, Christina, and I on a DC Bar Crawl
Our Halloween Goth Party (Technically in November)
Twenty Years Ago in 1996
I was a senior in high school. Our homecoming dance had a Mardi Gras theme. Crawford and his family invited a huge group of us over before the dance.
We took the kids to Harbes Family Farm this weekend with the intention of not picking any apples. Because we're played out on that. Kids picked berries this summer, and that's going to have to count for our fruit picking this year. Kevin also had the brilliant idea to drink wine while we were there because it's a family farm + vineyard. Genius!
Harbes Tomato Sign
Fisher price farm- more fun than real farm?
Old-school rocking horse!
Tractor play gym
Tractor play gym
James and Kevin went on a hayride
Snoopy was there too! James was psyched.
Miranda was terrified of him.
Delicious apple donuts yum!!
Time to get wine! Woo! Vineyard up ahead.
Wine + huge pumpkins.
Multi-tasking with wine!
Carriage family picture
Inside the carriage
Bubbles with the runaway kid I returned to his mom...