I am really far behind on posts, but Nana came to visit two weeks ago, and I failed to get a lot of cute pictures like I usually do. Nana helped a lot by getting Miri to take naps which is a constant struggle around here. Thanks, Nana!
We did nothing for the Fourth of July this year because Miranda is only 2 months old, plus the fireworks were rained out every where. But here's what happens when Kevin picks out our Fourth of July outfits.
This was the first World Cup for both James and Miranda. I wasn't even pregnant with James during the last one (that happened a few weeks later). We've tried to get James interested but he doesn't really understand the difference between sports yet, and doesn't know what countries are. He finds the games so boring that he asks us to take the "baseball" off TV.
Luckily the America v. Belgium game that Lukas and Sarah came over for was mostly after James' bedtime. Sadly we lost. Boo, Belgium. Pass me a Belgian beer to drown my sorrows in.
Sarah and James snuggling
Two men and a baby
More time with Miri- I think it's the third time Sarah's seen her already!
Ten Years Ago in 2004
July of 2004 was one of the best months of my young confused life. I was 25 and living in Virginia by myself, volunteering on the Kerry Presidential Campaign, meeting people, and enjoying my family. I will tell the story in interpretive dance... no? How about in pictures then?
My parents came to visit me in Virginia. Laugher is love.
On the 4th of July, my dad and I took the metro into DC and watched the fireworks on the Mall
My friends and I were young and hot. (Cathy, me, Becky)
I was really skinny. Sigh.
Former President Bill Clinton signed my book, and gave me an "I care deeply" look.
Seriously. (My friend Julie is my witness.)
My college girlfriends and I went on our first of many Girls' Weekends at Dewey Beach.
I mingled on the Hill with people who don't deserve my mention.
I visited my friend Allison in Boston, and she was super awesome to me for a whole week.
Jaime and I went to Shakespeare in the Park in Boston Commons
I was "Access Control" at the Democratic National Convention,
and I got to see my favorite president, former President Jimmy Carter!
I also saw both of the Clintons, but I already posted Bill, so here's Hillary.
(Then-Illinois State Senator Barack Obama was there too, but I didn't get a picture.)
Selfie with John Cusack, yo.
And a blurry shot with Jerry Springer, who is not-surprisingly a little creepy/nice
Fifteen Years Ago in 1999
This July was pretty awesome too. It was the summer between my sophomore and junior year of college, and my first summer living away from home. I insisted on making my friends call it, "THE SUMMER OF OUR LIVES" but of course, only I called it that. But still, I think it helped make it more awesome. So here goes... lots more pictures!
I was a member of the Spice Girls. (Chrissy, Candice, me, Stacy, Amy)
Fourth of July on the National Mall with no security check-points or lines!
And we didn't know how awesome it was.
My first time in Long Island for my sorority sister Dayle's pool party (Megan, Sam, me)
We celebrated my dad's 50th birthday (after surviving cancer) with a Luau
I got to show my friends around New York (Ask me the story of
how Candice saved me from an acid-laced contact in my eye that day!)
Me and Chrissy on top of the Empire State Building (on a foggy day, whoops)
We threw a going away party for Erik with many Czechs.
Twenty Years Ago in 1994
I lived with my parents in New Jersey and it was the summer in between my freshman and junior year in high school. Not a lot of photography back then. Haha.
I went to Upstate New York with my parents and my dog, Linda.
On Sunday, we headed back but made a stop at Pete and Adrienne's place. We saw Pete recently, but haven't seen Adrienne and Leni in a while, and none of them had met Miranda. We sipped wine on their porch, had dinner, and watched the kids play. A nice interlude from Miranda screaming on the highway!
Leni (tickling Miranda), Miranda, and Pete
James cracks me up in this one.
Lots of stuff happening here.
James loved spending time with Leni. She's a little older than him, but he was happy to follow her lead in the playroom.
Friday and Saturday we tried to cram in all the fun things we hadn't yet had a chance to do. After the Cape Cod Natural History Museum, Kevin went for a short kayak ride by himself, and then took James for a short little ride around. Grandma went to the pond with them while I stayed in feeding and napping Miranda.
Kayaking in Follins Pond on Friday
We had dinner at Great Grandma's. Grandma made swordfish and veggies and Uncle Dickie grilled them up. James played with Dickie's 50-year old toy bar set while he waited for dinner!
Delicious grilled swordfish outside
Dickie's childhood toy barn, still in good shape!
Uncle Dickie reading to James before bedtime.
James went to sleepover at Grandma's. We weren't exactly free though because Miranda doesn't take a bottle or go to sleep until very late, so we put her in pajamas and took her to get ice cream for me. The Smuggler is not my favorite ice cream place on the Cape, but it was the closest so Miranda tolerated the ride reasonably well. And I've decided they do frozen yogurt much better than they do ice cream, so as long as I stick that it's a win.
Friday night ice cream date at the Smuggler's
Saturday, James woke up at Grandma's and had some decadent breakfast she made him, then they went to the pond. Kevin, Miranda, and I ran out for lobster rolls at Sesuit Harbor.
Saturday- Back to the pond with Grandma!
Miranda is all 'tude at Sesuit Harbor
Then we started getting overly ambitious and thought we could do a few minutes at a Cape Cod League game. Miranda was her usual fussy self, and James had a total meltdown because there was a playground right behind the field and he wanted to play instead of watching the game. Letting him play for a short while did not appease him at all. He is not a fair negotiator at this age. Disaster.
Cape Cod League
We rejoined Grandma at Ryan's high school graduation at Dolores and Dave's place.
Chilling with grandma
Licking his second cupcake.
Sunday we cleaned up Nesie's house all morning (glamorous) and then went home by way of Pete and Adrienne's house. To be continued in Norton, Massachusetts.
Grandma wanted to take James to the Cape Cod Natural History Museum, and we thought it would be fun to join them. It's definitely a museum geared to little kids and they even had little step stools set up everywhere so the little ones could see exhibits better.
There's an upper level with reptiles, amphibians and bugs, and below there are birds and fish.
James is tormenting an Eastern Box Turtle
Kevin and Miranda and the shark tank
A honeycomb full of bees- the stuff of nightmares!
(Grandma is pointing out the Queen Bee.)
Kevin and Miranda watching the birds in the marsh.
The downstairs stuffed bird section.
James always calls Miranda a turkey. This is our comparison picture.
Looking at fish, sting rays, and other marine life in an open fish tank
Showing Miranda the jelly fish- these have a mild sting.
James loves the turtles.
Outside there's a garden, and two walking trails. We did half the John Wing Trail through the marsh to the little "Stonehenge" they officially call the Solar installation.