Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Miranda is 14 Months 2015

Looking at James's 14-month post I'm really sorry that I've used my phone to take so many pictures of Miranda instead of my camera. I'll fix that a little this month.

CSTL 2015
One with the camera at almost 14 months, June 19

Miranda is up to everything. She has 5.5 teeth, and is in about size 18 month clothing.

She says Mama, Dada, yes, that and "tickle-tickle-tickle" and but understands A LOT of what we say to her. Nonetheless she rarely follows the instruction NO.

May 2015
iPhone Selfie at about 13 months

James is both her best friend and occasionally her oppressor.

June 2015
At the park

June 2015
At home

She's a pro at feeding herself and she's eager to use utensils though she's not adept at it. She loves all food.

June 2015
Go-gos

June 2015
Civilized dinner

June 2015
Smoothie dessert

She loves books and electronics. Her favorite books are "Dinosaur Versus the Library, " "Nosy Barker," and "Dora and the Rainy Day." She steals James's LeapFrog and my phone and Kindle whenever she has the chance. 

June 2015
With the LeapFrog

She loves loves to dance and she's so good at it! Nothing makes me happy like seeing her dance. I will retroactively insert a video here tonight.

Mike and Havi Visit- June 2015

Mike and Havi visited and they were full of awesome. I made some beef and broccoli for dinner, because I cook all sorts of things now, haha. And Havi made this super fun dessert that looked like worms in dirt, but was actually gummy worms in a chocolate-oreo pudding wonderfulness. They also brought gifts for the kids- books and toys that they love.

Mike and Havi- June 2015
Miranda checking out her new book-obsession, James and his baseball game.

Mike and Havi- June 2015
Snuggly bonding time.

Mike and Havi- June 2015
Dessert!

Oh and there was an impromptu dance party, because they are awesome.

Mike and Havi- June 2015
Dancing!

Mike and Havi- June 2015
Showing their Scottish-dancing roots.

Mike and Havi- June 2015
Reading by osmosis.

Mike and Havi- June 2015
Reading by actual reading

Also we decided to group Skype Andrew in Japan, though admittedly it must have been weird for Havi to meet Andrew for the first time via Skype. And then have to keep speaking to him while we gave him lots of unsolicited and uncivilized advice. Haha, oh well! Family.

Mike and Havi- June 2015
Our view of Japan

Mike and Havi- June 2015
Japan's view of us.

Monday, June 29, 2015

Michele Visits- June 2015

Michele came to visit again! This because 1) she can't stay away from NYC, 2) she loves me too much, 3) Nina made her, because she's getting married.

Michele Visits- June 2015
Michele! In a beautiful dress!

We had a Monday to go adventuring. Sadly it turns out New York does sleep- all freaking Monday. Everything was closed, particularly the Brooklyn Museum and the Brooklyn Botanical Gardens. So we decided to go for a short walk in Prospect Park. We actually walked over to Prospect Park, then got lost, checked a map and chose a "short cut" back which turned out to be longer than the long way around, and long story long, we ended up going on about a 10-mile walk. The walk will surely grow longer every time I tell this story.

Michele Visits- June 2015
Selfie in the park...

Michele Visits- June 2015
Starting to lose it.

Michele Visits- June 2015
We've lived in this park for so long now, we know other people that can take our picture

Michele Visits- June 2015
We got out!!!

Michele Visits- June 2015
Praying to the gods of hydration.

Finally, finally, finally, we ate lunch at Koto, reviving our old tradition of eating sushi every time we saw each other. We also had the best mochi ever- so good it actually converted Michele into liking mochi. Then, just to up the torture quotient a little we jogged to the train (but really so I didn't miss it).

I miss you already Michele!

Saturday, June 27, 2015

Father's Day 2015

Happy Father's Day to seriously the best dad ever, Kevin. Just in numbers alone, he works a full-time job and still spends an average of 8 hours a day with the kids! Yes, that's an insane number. But he's that deeply awesome. Our kids are so lucky to have have two full-time parents. We try to repay you in love.

Father's Day 2015
Happy Father's Day!!

Although he's getting some belated alone hiking, he decided to take us to Cold Spring Harbor Fish Hatchery & Aquarium on Father's Day. The kids loved it.

Father's Day 2015
James got to feed the fish food pellets

Father's Day 2015
There were trout and some other crazy fish (like the HUGE goldfish here)

Father's Day 2015
There were also chickens?

Father's Day 2015
Miranda pointing at the chickens. She was a little afraid of them initially.

Father's Day 2015
Here I am, doing what I do in the wild- taking photos of the kids.

Father's Day 2015
Turtle pond! Super full of turtles and kind of awesome

Father's Day 2015
Turtle pond was my favorite.

Father's Day 2015
Inside James could get a close up of tiny turtles

Father's Day 2015
Miranda spots some water snakes

Also, there was a secret Nature Conservancy walk on the property, St. John's Pond Preserve. You had to know to ask the front desk for a key, and you had to unlock the property gate with said key. Secret garden! It was beautiful with a view of a gorgeous kettle pond.

Father's Day 2015
Opening the gate.

Father's Day 2015
Miranda's second hike- Aw, she rides on his shoulders now!

Father's Day 2015
Dad of the year and kids in front of the kettle pond

Monday, June 22, 2015

James's Nursery School Graduation 2015

James had his first move-up ceremony! On the one hand, I feel that wistful my-little-boy-is-growing-up feeling. On the other hand, it's only nursery school. He goes to preschool next year, and Kevin and I both started school in preschool. I'm really glad he got a little school this year though because he was home a lot with me before that and he needed some socialization with other kids. He's come a long way with sharing and cooperating. Plus we really enjoyed that he went to a nature and science nursery school with a lot of outdoors time and worm-handling and gardening.

James's Nursery School Graduation 2015
Same sign as first day.

James's Nursery School Graduation 2015
One of his friends, Celia.

The move-up ceremony was really quick. Like don't-blink-quick. The kids walked out, sang a butterfly song (which James did not seem familiar with, perhaps because he didn't actually attend school this week), and then they called their names for certificates. They also got a little gift bag with a book, their art projects and their final report card. James got his first perfect report card with improvements in sharing and caring and whatnot. 

James's Nursery School Graduation 2015
Ready to perform a song about a butterfly before "graduating"

James's Nursery School Graduation 2015
Close up! James, ?, Peyton, Riley, and Micah

James's Nursery School Graduation 2015
Future Class Clown? What he did when he saw I was taking A LOT of pictures.
With his teachers Ms. Sue and Miss Andrea standing right there no less!


Getting his certificate (15 seconds)

James's Nursery School Graduation 2015
Posing with his certificate. Ready for summer then PreSchool!

My own report on his progress is that he definitely communicates like a toddler now and tells little stories about what happened. He been able to read and write all the letters since before he started nursery school, but now he can sight-read some words. I'm not sure if he knows about sounding stuff out or not, but I think I might clue him into that this summer. He can also do a little simple addition. I'd also really like him to focus on Spanish this summer. Honestly, the hard part is making myself focus on it when it's so much easier to just stick to English.

CSTL 2015
Then they all got to play a while because they're 4 years old.

CSTL 2015
With his best school friends Elena and Sabina

CSTL 2015
He trusts Dada will catch him.

We told him we were proud of him for working so hard and being good in class. Then we took him for ice cream.

CSTL 2015
Good job, buddy!

James's Nursery School Graduation 2015
Post-graduation ice cream treat! (J picked cotton candy and M shared lemon with Dada)

Sunday, June 21, 2015

Father's Day Shout-out! 2015

Happy Father's Day to Kevin! We all love you like crazy. As always, there will be another post about how we spent Father's Day and how awesome Kevin is.

Happy first Father's Day to Neil and Lukas!!

Meeting Lio 2015
Lukas and Lio

Bettina 2014
Neil and Bettina

Happy Father's Days to all our friends who are veteran dads: Marc (1 girl), Jim S (1 girl + 1 boy), Ben C (2 boys), Mike Sh (3 girls+ 1 boy), Matt L (3 girls), Casey (1 girl + 1 boy), Tim D (1 boy + 1 girl), Jason V (1 boy + 1 girl), Mike St (2 girls), Rob P (1 boy + 1 girl coming), Trey (2 boys), Dan M (1 boy +1 girl), Donald (2 boys), and Ed T (2 boys), Patrick (1 girl + 1 boy), John K. (2 boys), Jon S. (1 boy), and Jeff P (2 boys), to Jeff M (1 boy + 1 girl), Rob S. (1 boy), Roger (1 boy + 1 coming), and Josh (1 boy)!

And happy first Father's Day as a dad of 2 kids to Dan M, Patrick, Jim S, John K, Jeff P, Donald, Ed T!

Visiting McLeods 2015
Dan and Aria- flying!

Jim and Otto 2015
Otto (the little one) and Jim

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