Monday, April 30, 2012

Cape Cod- April 2012

We went to the Cape for the Pareseau wedding, but while we were there Great Auntie Mary babysat for us and hosted a little birthday brunch just for the immediate family. How lovely!  Here are a few pictures from the weekend.

Cape Cod- April 2012
Chewing grandma's reading glasses

Cape Cod- April 2012
Enjoying ice tea from a straw

Cape Cod- April 2012
Chilling with Uncle Andrew

Cape Cod- April 2012
With Great Auntie Mary who babysat while we were at the wedding

Cape Cod- April 2012
Disassembling Great-grandma Ruth's coffee table

Cape Cod- April 2012
Opening some birthday presents

Cape Cod- April 2012
Petting Chris's dog Harry...

Cape Cod- April 2012
and chasing Harry.

Cape Cod- April 2012
James thinks Nomar is a toy, and Nomar thinks they are mortal enemies.

Cape Cod- April 2012
"Yaya" Dolores teaching James to bat

Cape Cod- April 2012
Sharing cheerios with his best friend Ellen

Friday, April 27, 2012

Jen and Damian's Wedding 2012

I first met Kevin's cousin Jen in November of 2007, after Kevin and I got engaged. She was warm and friendly and made me feel very welcomed into the family.  It wasn't long before she was telling me about Damian and her desire to marry him. She was completely ready. When you know, you know. (See if you can spot Jenny at our wedding physically demonstrating the depth of her love.)

It was no surprise then that after the ceremony many of the guests said they had never seen a happier bride.  She was fluttering with glee at the altar.

Pareseau Wedding 2012
Jen and Damian, blissful after the ceremony (I'm pretty excited I took this photo)

After the ceremony, they both relaxed a lot and were able to get to the partying. The party was super fun for me because it was the first family wedding (other than my own) that I had ever attended. First there was the pleasure of enjoying the wedding with the family members I already know. On top of that, I was able to meet tons of family that were more distantly related to Kevin.   love genealogy so I ran around meeting as many of them as I could, and was delighted by all of them. Kevin comes from a really fun family apparently.
 
Pareseau Wedding 2012
Clouther-Rogers family right before the reception (photo by Amanda G. B.)

Pareseau Wedding 2012
Gontarz Table

Pareseau Wedding 2012
George, Kathy, and Fran, friends for over 35 years!

The maid of honor, Jen's sister Megan, and the best man, Damian's best friend, both gave really good speeches.  They both talked about the relationship to the bride and groom-- and the part that a lot of wedding speeches skip but shouldn't-- what happened when the bride and the groom met each other. The friends are often well-positioned to give the rest of the wedding guests a sneak look into the origins of the bride and the groom falling in love. And the speeches didn't disappoint at all. They gave us a front row seat to beginning of things from both Jen and Damian's perspectives.

Pareseau Wedding 2012
Me, Kevin, Jen, Damian, Megan, Andrew, and Mike, cousins and cousins-in-law

Also, the wedding guests could really party it up.  Perhaps I'm dating myself, but I had never seen spin-the-bottle used to select who dances in the middle of the dance floor, but it's a great idea.  Kevin ended up dancing in the middle twice- well done!  I was psyched to go too but I was occupied with photo-taking. So occupied that I climbed on a chair to take this last one because I lack the  fancy camera equipment that lets you hold your camera above the crowd.  I darted across the room, tearing my shoes off on the way, and leaping on to a chair, because oh my gosh, look how cute they are! And look at this fabulous love!

Pareseau Wedding 2012
Damian picking Jen up at the end of the reception

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Baby William T 2012!

I have been so excited for this little guy to arrive.  I was really hoping he would be James's birthday buddy since I adore his parents Megan and Ed.  Alas, much like James he didn't have any desire to come on his due date. But oh boy, is he delightfully scrumptious! Look at his little sleeping expression as if to say, "don't bother me, it's me time."  I have been staring at his photo more often than is healthy. I am in love.  Congratulations, Megan and Ed! You are going to be fabulous parents! I guess you already are!

2012 04 24 William Bruce
William is 7.2 pounds of snuggableness

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Baby Brooke 2012!

Adrienne and her husband Liel had their daughter Brooke a little early and on the same day as James's first birthday!  Look at the cuteness! Though it's no surprise, her parents are very pretty people themselves. Congratulations, Adrienne and Liel! I'm looking forward to meeting her!

2012 04 Brooke Hollander
Baby Brooke at 7lbs 1 oz

Monday, April 23, 2012

James's Month Photos 2012

Many people keep a set where they take a photo each day, it's basically an internet meme called "365." I tried once to do it in 2008, but it was so boring that I failed after a month or two. When James was born, I thought it was the perfect opportunity to try again Not only is James the most interesting person for me to document, but it would really show how much he changed day by day. And wow! He's grown so much!


Truth be told, it's really hard to remember every day especially when you're a sleep deprived parent, so I cheated a handful of times.  But it's pretty complete. Here's the summary version with 1 photo a month.


Cape Cod- May 2011
1 Month Old, first trip to the Cape

James at 2 Months 2011 
2 Months and smiling!

James at 3 Months 2011
3 months, getting a little bigger!

Cape Cod- August 2011
4 Months, visiting Grandma again

James at 5 months 2011
5 Months, Mr. Personality, wearing some pants

James at 6 Months 2011
6 Months, starting to sit on his own

James at 7 Months 2011
7 Months, being cheeky probably because he's starting to get teeth

James at 8 Months 2011
8 Months, enjoying Christmas crawling and pulling up

James at 9 Months 2012
9 Months, starting to walk and sleeping through the night!

James at 10 Months 2012
10 Months, running!

James at 11 Months 2012
11 Months, tantrumming about

James at 1 Year Old 2012
12 Months, running around outside

Thanks for the stickers, Christina!

Friday, April 20, 2012

James is a Year Old! 2012

I can't believe it's been a year since James was born! The first thing I said when I first saw James was "He's awesome!" and even though he only stared at us and cried for a few months, over the last year he has really lived up to my original declaration.  There is nothing better than hearing him laugh, seeing him shake his shoulders and break into a run when he's up to no good, or getting a big juicy hug from him. James, if you read this one day, your dad and I love you like crazy!

James at 1 Year Old 2012
James, today, at 1 year old!

Growth- James had his 1 year doctor's appointment yesterday! His measurements were 32.5 inches tall (though I think he's actually 31), and 24.4 pounds. He's wearing 12 months pants (or he would if we had any) and 18 month shirts.  He has 7 teeth but the 8th one is starting to show finally.

James at 11 Months 2012
Wearing his Huntsville shirt in the chair that Sarah painted for him

Eating- He's off formula now and according to his doctor he's allowed to eat anything now.  Nonetheless, we avoid cheese because it seems to disagree with him. He's loves everything else so he's just been getting part of whatever we eat at mealtime plus snacks. He feeds himself finger food but he also demands to hold his own spoon with more disastrous results.

Sadly, he still eats books.

James at 11 Months 2012
Studying, March 29

Sleep- James is still sleeping through the night from 8:30 p.m to 6:30 a.m. I don't necessarily have to hold him during naps if I let him sleep in our bed and sit there watching him, he's pretty happy for at least half the nap.

Language/ Social- He's not really into saying real words regularly, but he's been babbling up a storm lately He points at stuff to find out the word.  His favorite game is to point at (poke at) my eye until I say, "ojo."

He understands certain things and acts accordingly. If I ask him, "Quieres leche?" he removes his pacifier to drink milk even if there is no milk in sight. He understands, "no," and a bunch of other things though it's hard to tell sometimes if he doesn't understand or chooses to ignore us.

Even though he just turned 1, he's on month 2 of his "terrible twos."  Maybe by the time he's 2 he'll be perfectly well-behaved?

James at 11 Months 2012
Using his toy screwdriver, April 12

Moving- If he thinks that he's been caught doing something he shouldn't be doing, he jumps up a little, and then he runs away. He does this even though I have caught him every time. Maybe he knows the day he's faster than me is just around the corner.

James at 11 Months 2012
Up to no good, April 15

Happy birthday, James! We're looking forward to your birthday party next week!

James at 1 Year Old 2012
Today at the park for a birthday treat

James at 1 Year Old 2012
We set this up on a timer, but the train went by and distracted James

Friday, April 13, 2012

Easter 2012!

On Sunday, we celebrated our second Easter with James since he was born even though he's not yet 1 year old. Last year we had him home from the hospital just in time to celebrate Easter with his Nana, Great-grandma Daisy, Uncle David and his girlfriend Melanie.

This year, we were missing all the fun we had celebrating Easter with the Gorski's five years ago in Charlottesville. The Gorskis do it big with martinis and dinner and dessert.  Oh the martinis. So delightful.  Back then, neither Nick and Emily, nor Kevin and I were even engaged.  Now we're old married couples.

Easter 2012
Kevin and James with the Gorski family 

So we drove to Nick's parents in New York to relive the good times.  Nick's parents Betsy and Joe were such amazing hosts! Joe made me the best cosmo I have ever had, and Betsy made a delicious dinner of lamb and vegetables.  James even got to enjoy the potatoes. Betsy also got James his first Easter basket filled with a plush monkey and a Peter Rabbit book! How lovely!

Easter 2012
Emily and Nick's first married Easter

Easter 2012
Nick and James bonding

Easter 2012
Mick and Alex

Easter 2012
The Clous

Easter 2012
Kevin and James playing a little beach-soccer in the front yard

Easter 2012
Gooooooooooooooooooooooal!

What a difference a year makes!

Easter 2011
James on Easter last year! What a grumpy-pants!

Easter 2007!

I mentioned our first Easter together in the last post, so I thought I would share some photos.  Five years ago, we spent our first Easter together in Charlottesville at Nick and his roommates' house celebrating with the Gorski, Brady, Walsh family and their friends.  Here are some pictures.

Easter 2007
Our first Easter in 2007! Who are those kids? (Kevin is 27, I am 28)

Easter 2007
Gorski family at dinner

Easter 2007
Marilyn Walsh and her son James

<Easter 2007
The Brady family enjoying dinner

Easter 2007
Exuberant cheers!
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