Thursday, May 24, 2018

Things My Wife Complains About #32: Packing

When I met my wife, she had one condition: Move me to Nebraska in the next twelve years or I'll find someone who can. I'm ready to deliver, and we move to Omaha this summer. The only problem: packing. Who is going to put all of the things we own, almost all of which we neither like nor need, into boxes? The answer, unfortunately, is she is. While I've been dutifully unpacking my juvenalia, texting pictures of it to my high school and college friends, and then putting that back into the same boxes, she has been depositing the rest of the house into boxes, taping those boxes, and stacking them in our den.

How many blankets do you think we own? The answer is 5,000,000,000,000, after we donated a bunch. My wife, personally, has 36 tank tops (actual number), which is good because Nebraska screams tank top. We also have several million legos of mutually exclusive sizes. Our kids have not been super helpful. Whenever we secretly remove something, they not only find it but also passionately love it, regardless of how long it's been since they played with it. There are stuffed animals they haven't seen in years, which they now treat as siblings. When I donated a stroller that my daughter no longer used, she stood in the door like a child from a Stephen King novel, staring down the person from Craigslist.

My wife, on the whole, has maintained a pretty good attitude. Not even three times a day she says some variation of "I hate everything" or, more convincingly, "I'm burning everything." But she hasn't burned one thing. Instead, she's packed it all into boxes, and after those boxes have been moved, they'll be unpacked, where she'll remember how much she neither needed nor liked the things inside in the first place. Then we'll get a bunch of new stuff.

Possible solutions!
1) Buy new blankets in Omaha.
2) Commute to Nebraska from New York.
3) Make honest and responsible decisions about what we care about and prepare our future accordingly (hard)

moving 2018
How much for 36 tank tops?

moving 2018

Monday, May 21, 2018

White Post Farm Field Trip 2018

White Post Farms Animal Farm and Petting Zoo in Melville NY is a pretty unique petting zoo. They have actual zoo animals! Ms. Gambino's first-grade class went last week.

White Post Farm 2018
James is front row on the far left

White Post Farm 2018
Meeting a llama

White Post Farm 2018

A giraffe!


White Post Farm 2018
Zebras

White Post Farm 2018
But goats are still super cool too.

Friday, May 18, 2018

Dr. Ash 2018

Ash has a Psychology Doctorate! She's Dr. Ash! We had a nice family dinner the night before. The main event was the doctoral hooding ceremony and better-than-average graduation speech by a former graduate who basically gave us some free group therapy. After the graduation, there was a big reception with all-you-can-eat delicious appetizers, sushi, and dessert. Such a fun weekend!

Ash- May 2018
Dinner with the family. I've been adopted as the middle child.

Ash PhD Grad 2018
Ash's PsyD. Crew

Ash PhD Grad 2018
It's happening!

Ash PhD Grad 2018
That happened.

Ash PhD Grad 2018
Dr. Ash!

Ash PhD Grad 2018
Congratulations!

Ash PhD Grad 2018
Close-up.

Ash PhD Grad 2018
Family picture: Mom, Dad, Ash, sister Aneira

Ash PhD Grad 2018
Friend picture: me, Ash, and Amara

Ash PhD Grad 2018
We also got some drinks after the reception. The party don't stop.

Ash- May 2018
My kiddos visited Ash too.

Ash- May 2018
Miranda "helping" with the puzzle.

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Baby Sadie 2018!

Mike and Havi had a beautiful baby girl Sadie. Good thing Mike was a beautiful baby because she looks exactly like him! Her mom is also beautiful, so I guess either way she was going to be crazy cute. I ran right over to Manhattan to meet her.

Sadie 2018
Cousin Sadie is born!

Sadie 2018
Aunt Jen showing Sadie to Cousin Brielle and Uncle Damian

Sadie 2018
Aunt Megan and Uncle Chris are in love

Baby Sadie 2018
Sadie's grandparents Fran and George with Miranda and James

Baby Sadie 2018
James and Miranda meeting their 3rd cousin!

Baby Sadie 2018
Mine. All mine.

Baby Sadie 2018
Third cousins Brielle and James

Baby Sadie 2018
The proud dad Mike showing how Sadie looks exactly like him as a baby

Monday, May 14, 2018

Mother's Day 2018

Because we had a lot of things going on this weekend, and because we wanted to keep Mother's Day low-key this year, we celebrated on Saturday. James had baseball and Miranda had dance so we started the day with that.

Mother's Day 2018
Mother's Day with James and Miranda

Mother's Day 2018 
James up to bat!

Mother's Day 2018
Oh did I mention it was raining the whole game? 
Selfie with my wonderful mom friends Candace and Erica!

Mother's Day 2018 
Miranda at dance class

After that we went to lunch at C'est Cheese. The kids gave me all the gifts and cards they made at home and at school. I loved everything!

Mother's Day 2018 
Reading how Miranda thinks I'm 4 years old.

Mother's Day 2018 
Necklace James for which made the center

Mother's Day 2018 
Kisses!

Mother's Day 2018
Smooches!

Friday, May 11, 2018

First Grade Animal Project 2018

James spent month researching ducks, filling out a report about ducks, and drawing ducks.

Animal Project 2018
James and his duck project

Animal Project 2018
Reading his report: "Hello, I'm James, and I am a duck."

Animal Project 2018
Michael B the peacock

Animal Project 2018
Taylor the Dalmatian

Animal Project 2018
Mia the dolphin

Animal Project 2018
Michael B's parents Cara and James

Animal Project 2018
Zack

Animal Project 2018
The menagerie

Animal Project 2018
Kayla the piggy

Animal Project 2018
With his teacher, Mrs. Gambino

Wednesday, May 2, 2018

Someone Special Celebration 2018

Miranda's nursery school had a concert to honor "Someone Special" which I guess is their answer to Mother's Day/ Father's Day/ Guardian Day. Adorable kids.

Someone Special Celebration 2018
Miss Sabrina introducing the kids

Someone Special Celebration 2018
Miranda is in the back over here

Someone Special Celebration 2018
Ella and Miranda

Someone Special Celebration 2018
Ella and Carrie

Someone Special Celebration 2018
Love this little flower

'Someone Special Celebration 2018
Cherry Blossom pic
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