Friday, January 30, 2015

Snow Storm Juno 2015

Nothing much has happened here in a little while other than a stomach bug, followed by a big brouhaha over a snow storm that was supposed to bring us 3 feet of snow, but actually brought us a little over a foot. We even took both kids out to go grocery shopping the day before which is especially ill-advised in a snow-storm-grocery-crowd. To be fair, it snowed more by Kevin's job, and Grandma Kathy and Great-Grandma Ruth got totally snowed in for days in Cape Cod!

Snow Storm Juno 2015
The boys get ready to shovel.

Snow Storm Juno 2015
Post-Juno on our block

Snow Storm Juno 2015
James eating snow during the snow storm

I ran out to take pictures of them shoveling but it was so cold out that they quit early. So here's a picture from the previous light snow the weekend before.

January 2015
He's great at this!

January 2015
Not really, James actually kind of shovels snow onto the walk... haha.

January 2015
Bonus picture of Miranda judging us for shopping last minute.

Friday, January 23, 2015

Miranda is 9 Months 2015

Miri is 9 Months 2015
9-month old speed-crawler

Sleep: Around New Years, we started sleep training again... I couldn't bear to let her cry for more than a few minutes so I moved into the kids room temporarily, but as a few nights ago, I'm back in my own room, sleeping sans baby (most of the night). Victory?

We still hold her for naps, but now I rock her to sleep in the glider since I don't nurse or walk-bounce her.

Food: I have been trying to wean her because she has 3.5 teeth: the two on the bottom, one and half on top. She's been somewhat cooperative until recently when she went on formula-strike.  This is because she's really smart now. Seriously. She's also pretty confident at this point that if I'm eating something different than her, it's better than what she has. The fact that she eats so much food is pretty helpful though. I feel like formula is more of a beverage for her than her main meal.

Miri is 9 Months 2015
She looks most like herself when she makes these expressions.

Growth: She's an expert crawler now, though she has her own peculiar style with her right leg sticking out to the side. But she's really fast and can be to the exact spot she's not allowed to be in just a second. She sat up for the first time when we tried to sleep train her on December 30-31. She pulls up and tries to balance standing sometimes. We think she might try to walk soon.

She is in size 6-9 months, 9 months, 9-12 months. I sometimes squeeze her into 6 month pajamas because we don't have the right size and are too lazy to buy them. As mentioned above, she has 3.5 teeth.

Miri is 9 Months 2015
Her height versus James's height.

Personality: Miranda has a great personality. Everybody loves her. She does whatever she wants all of the time and gets everything she wants, which suits her. On the rare occasion that she's unhappy--this only happens several times an hour--she cries until whoever is closest to her cycles through the several hundred things that might make her happy. Then she eats.

She has 1 real word and a few made up ones: 1) Dada- refers to Kevin, and possibly also me, the lesser "dada"; 2) Bwah- made up word meaning "I don't like that"; 3) Num-num-num- means "this is yummy"; 4) Ah-tah- Made-up word meaning "Awesome sauce" I think; 5) Rrrrrrrrr- Look ma, I can roll my rr's.

January 2015
Making art

Me: Miranda and I have a strange relationship right now. She has what we call "mama-itis" which means that if enter the room I have to stay in the room and hold her. But she actually favors Kevin. Unless she's in a bad mood, then she'd rather make me suffer. She's teething, and I'm trying to wean her, and sleep train her, so she has every reason to kind of hate me. But I love her. So much!

January 2015
Smooshy faces

January 2015
She's sneaking up from behind me

Kevin: Miranda and I are in the midst of a honeymoon phase that I expect to last until she moves out or her mother places her on the Orphan Train. Things Miranda and I do to bond include my holding her, my pretending to eat various parts of her anatomy, and my feeding her bottles while I stand in front of a mostly sunny window. She also enjoys almost drowning in the bath.

January 2015
The romance is real

James: Oh they are hilarious! They're not really the right ages to play together yet, but they don't care. They think they're friends.

And they share a room now for real! Over a year after I redecorated the nursery so they could share, but better late than never. The move in was bumpy at first because Miranda cried a lot and James would get up and come to tell us "she was hurt." I slept on an air mattress in the room for a while while she learned to sleep through the night and he learned to stay quiet and not wake her. But now it's going great!

January 2015
Playing hungry hippos together

January 2015
Teaching her to use a sippy cup (in progress)

January 2015
"Sharing" Legos

January 2015
Sibling love attack!

Miri is 9 Months 2015   
In their room together.

Miri is 9 Months 2015

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Patriots Playoff Game 2015

We had some people over for the Colts v. Patriots playoffs game on Sunday. I got super-inspired and made nachos and chili. The nachos were solid, but the chili was my first attempt and not spicy enough at all. Next time I'll step it up.

Also, I put Miranda in her Patriots onesie at the beginning of the day and she immediately spit up all over it. So now we know that's good luck for the Patriots! Super bowl!

Playoffs 2015
Pre-gaming with the kids

Playoffs 2015
Chili and nacho collage.

Playoffs 2015
Kevin, Lukas, Sarah, and Miri post-nachos

Playoffs 2015
So cute!

Playoffs 2015
James bringing Jon a (closed) beverage.

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

New York Transit Museum 2015

On Saturday we went to the New York Transit Museum in Brooklyn because everyone says it's a kid-favorite. It was pretty reasonably priced, and it was very kid friendly in that there was a lot of space where kids could run around and there were multiple buses and subways to play on so that sharing was not a huge issue.

NY Transit Museum 2015
Don't let the pigeon drive the bus!

NY Transit Museum 2015
Now boarding!

NY Transit Museum 2015
Kevin teaching him to pump gas!

The concept is pretty cool: the entire museum is housed inside an old subway stop. Be warned though, there's no coat check so if show up with ten million layers you'll be stuck carrying them. You also don't want to deal with stroller on the subway steps.

NY Transit Museum 2015
So many model trains!

NY Transit Museum 2015
Wrong lesson here.

NY Transit Museum 2015
Outside an old subway train.

NY Transit Museum 2015
Inside an old-timey subway train.

NY Transit Museum 2015
Going for a pretend ride underground.

Monday, January 19, 2015

Out with Rachel- January 2015

Finally went out with Rachel! Originally Christina, Rachel, and I had all planned to go out together, but getting three schedules to work together was too hard. Rachel and I picked Mandoo Bar in Koreatown because it was relatively easy from both our locations. Unfortunately we picked possibly the coldest windiest night ever.

Also, we failed to take pictures but here's some of the yummy food we ate: seafood pancakes, Mandoo sampler (pork, shrimp, and veggie dumplings), and beef Bibimbap. Yum!

Mandoo Bar 2015
The seafood pancake was the best.

Mandoo Bar 2015 
The green veggie dumplings were the best of the dumplings.

We were going to get drinks at American Whiskey afterwards, but it was too cold so we gave up when we saw Harringtons. The Yelp reviews are pretty rough, but the bar was fine for our one drink each.

As Rachel and I toasted, "Here's to husbands who are sick of us, and encourage us to go out together!" Haha. Just kidding. Who could ever get sick of us?

Friday, January 16, 2015

Daisy, David, and Melanie- January 2015

Great-Grandma Daisy, Uncle David, and Melanie visited! They are super awesome to come out here and the kids love spending time with them. James even got to practice a little of his Spanish. Thanks!!

Family Visit 2015
With Great-grandma Daisy

Family Visit 2015
Girls time!

Family Visit 2015
How gorgeous are David and Melanie? Very.

Family Visit 2015

Thursday, January 15, 2015

New Years Resolutions 2015

 I made a lot of resolutions last year! I only have a few this year though.

I want to address the question: What if I only had a year to live? If I really only had a year to live I wouldn't want to waste it doing all the things I should do, so I'm going to try do them now. This might not be possible, but I'm going to try. Besides, we don't always get a heads up.

In part, I will use this website to help me:
  • Complete our powers of attorney
  • Living wills
  • Healthcare powers of attorney 
  • Related details
  • What would I do for our kids?
  • Time to get serious about teaching the kids Spanish!

My reading list :
  • Gilead by Marilynne Robinson (started)
  • Revolutionary Road by Richard Yates
  • Hateship, Friendship, Courtship, Loveship, Marriage by Alice Munroe 
  • Parable of the Talents by Octavia Butler
  • The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon
  • The Brothers Karamazov by Fyodor Dostoyevsky
  • Also fun reads (bonus): the rest of Game of Thrones 4-6, the third Magicians, and Enders Game 
  • One donation a month. I might also encourage you to donate to the one I pick.

Okay, so maybe that's still too many? But I feel really good about them!

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

How About Those 2014 Resolutions?

The blog has a lot of nice perks. I'm not sure if New Year's resolutions accountability is one of these perks or not. I made a lot of resolutions last year! This is the result.

On  my "Must" list:
  • We did complete our wills and check on the amount of life insurance, but we didn't complete our powers of attorney, living wills, and healthcare powers of attorney. I think this is because even though I understand the necessity of a will the other things seem so much more theoretical. 
  • I finished all my dental work, and now I have healthy teeth and gums!
  • I didn't back-up my entire computer.
  • I didn't finish James's baby book
  • I didn't a picture of Miranda every day (though I have taken pictures of her most days, and some days way too many). 
  • My walking pretty much followed my resolution. It dropped off significantly after it got cold, though I specifically said I would not do it in the cold. I do really want to go for walks. 
On my "Would like to" list :
  • Read more (quality) books! I read some books this year, but not the ones I intended to read and not as many as I intended. I will need to rethink this goal for this year. 
  • I did cook more quality dinners.... but this dropped off after Miranda was born mostly because she naps right when I'd like to be cooking. But I definitely cooked a lot more this year than last year. And I tried lots of new recipes.
  • I did not learn to bake.
  • I did not baptize the kids. That's been a fail. 
  • I did not learn Italian this year. That was a little crazy since anyway since I had a baby this year. 
Here's two that weren't originally on my list:
  • We donated more to charity. I think we gave ten times this year! 
  • I lost the baby weight I gained with Miranda!
  • I actually started culling my dad's books. I am 3/26ths done. We're going to call this one started, not completed.
Okay, so did I have too many resolutions? I think no. I accomplished 6 pretty big things! I think I did more than if I had just made one or two resolutions. Any suggestions for my 2015 resolutions?

Thanksgiving 2014
A couple more 2014 accomplishments.

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Review of 2014- Part 2

Oh more excitement in 2014!

The kids watched their first World Cup with Lukas and Sarah! Sort of. I barely paid attention either. Go Spain! Or something. Oh, we're patriotic! Here's our 4th of July outfits!

Nana visited her mini-me.  Christina, Dan, and Hudson welcomed baby Aria (Dan's mini-me) into their lives. Aubree, Patrick, and Avery welcomed baby Asher (Patrick's dad's mini-me).

Day in the Life 2014
The agony of naptime

Miranda turned 3 months old. I blogged about full days alone with both kids. But, really, that doesn't even happen anymore. Kevin is here so much to help and now we have mother's helpers for when he isn't. Still it's fun (read: painful) to look back on this precious time!

Grandma came to visit and got Miranda to laugh for the first time!

Grandma Visits- July 2014
Giggling with Grandma

And the Clou blog celebrated its 5th anniversary (which was also the 8th anniversary of Kevin and me meeting)!

We went back to the Cape- Miranda's second visit! And then we hurried back for one of the best visits to Jersey: to see cancer-free Owen and family!

New Jersey 2014 
So many beautiful people in front of the pool table!

Kevin's friends from Florida had a big month! Jim and Lisa had baby Otto! Trey, Sunny, Cort, and Max came to visit for a few days. So fun! And Neil and Anna had baby Bettina!

Trey and Sunny Visit 2014
Cort, James, Miri, and Max!

Family time: Concert outside the local library. Nana watched James and Miranda so we could we could go to Jackie and Rob's wedding.

Koslow-Choi Wedding 2014 
Jackie and Rob get married!

Miranda turned four months old! And we all went to meet her new bestie, Aria. James got to enjoy the Imagination Playground, and a visit to Kevin's job, which also has fun fountains everywhere.

James started Nursery School! He loves school and is so excited to go. It's a nature school and they go outside and commune with the elements even if it's cold or raining. Right now he only goes two days a week for 3 hours, but he really wants to go every day. Here's a little video they made at school.

First Day of School 2014
First day of Nursery School!

Kevin had A LOT of writing events this month. At the beginning of the month, he went on a writing retreat with his friend Pete, while Grandma and I bonded, drank wine, and watched the kids. Jaime came to visit too and helped while Kevin participated in Lit Crawl NYC. Kevin also had a reading at Fall for the Book at GMU so we took the whole family down to Fairfax and visited friends. I watched the kids at home while Kevin signed books at The Brooklyn Book Festival. And then! Kevin left on a multi-day book tour in the Midwest while Grandma came back to help with the kids. Seriously would not have survived the month without Grandma!

GMU Fall for the Book 2014
Kevin reading to a spill-over crowd at Fall for the Book

Grandma- Sept. 2014
James, Grandma, and Miranda are besties.

Nana babysat Miranda while we took James apple-picking for the first time. Miranda turned 5 months old and started taking a bottle and eating food regularly.

Windy Acres Farm 2014
James loving the farm's playground

Chrissy, Allison, and I went to Atlanta and I had my first night away from Miranda! (I had a deposition come up at work and I almost missed my flight because I cut it too close! But I made it!)

Atlanta, GA 2014
Allison, me, and Chrissy in Atlanta

We took the kids to get pumpkins and take some obligatory pumpkin photos. Miranda turned 6 months old and started saying "Dada" regularly. Since the kids have the same birthday, James turned 3.5 years old! And we had our first Halloween with two kids- best Halloween ever!

Pumpkins 2014
With my two pumpkins

Halloween 2014
Halloween with Dr. James and Bunny Miranda!

Nana visited and dressed the kids like Cubans. Miranda turned 7 months and went through a rough patch where she stopped sleeping in the co-sleeper or sitting in her bath. Um, yeah. I went out for the first time in a month to Jackie's birthday, making Jackie responsible for my first and third times out without Miranda.

  Nana Visits- Nov. 2014
Cuban clothing

We celebrated Thanksgiving with Kevin's family on Cape Cod. We spent a few days there with family and friends, including Casey and kids, and Kevin A and Monica and their kids. We also went to go see Grandma Catherine. When we got back we had more friends visit us at home: Lukas and Sarah, Jon, and Jaime.

Thanksgiving 2014
Miranda's first Thanksgiving!

Thanksgiving 2014

Great-grammy playing with James

Our friends Teresa and Jon and their son JJ welcomed baby Phineas to their family. And our friends Jeff and Inga and their son Silas welcomed baby Clio to theirs!

Cathy and her girls came to visit New York. We took James to hang out and he had so much fun with Madison and Kennedy. Nana babysat Miranda so we wouldn't have to hurry back for naptime.

December 2014
Christmas joy!

The four of us went to get a Christmas tree, and the kids got their picture with Santa. James had a Holiday Party at school. Sarah came over and decorated cookies with us! We went to the Holiday Train Show at the Bronx Botanical Gardens- it was kind of a bust.

Miranda turned 8 months old and started pulling up and crawling. Jaime visited again and the Casey came to town.

Nochebuena 2014
Nana made Noche Buena dinner

We celebrated Noche Buena and Christmas with Nana at home. It was awesome because James actually understood cared this year. After Christmas, we went up to the Cape to see Kevin's family. Also, here's our super crazy New Year's Eve- woo!

Christmas 2014
Christmas morning as a family of four!

Cape Cod- Dec 2014
Quality time with Uncle Andrew
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