Saturday, December 31, 2016

Rob's 40th Birthday 2016

We celebrated Rob's 40th birthday at The Melting Pot. I'd never been before. It was kind of exciting though we definitely permanently lost some steak in the fondue pots- haha. First world problems. There were a lot of people there to celebrate Rob and his fabulous holiday llama sweater.

Rob's 40th Bday 2016
Erika, Rob, and Mark

Rob's 40th Bday 2016
Looking dubious about something!

Friday, December 30, 2016

Post-Christmas on the Cape 2016

Our fourth visit of the year to Cape Cod!

Cape Cod Xmas 2016
Nancy and Grandma Kathy

Cape Cod Xmas 2016
Aunt Nesie and Doreen

Cape Cod Xmas 2016
Opening presents with Grandma, Aunt Mary, James, Aunt Nesie, Kevin

Cape Cod Xmas 2016
A kitchen!

Cape Cod Xmas 2016
Great-grandma Ruth and Kevin

Cape Cod Xmas 2016
Opening more presents

Cape Cod Xmas 2016
Chris, Nancy, Miranda, Mary, James

Cape Cod Xmas 2016
Katie, Kevin, and Mike

Cape Cod Xmas 2016
Girls gossiping

Cape Cod Xmas 2016
Boys hiding in the cave

Cape Cod Xmas 2016
Katie and me

Cape Cod Xmas 2016
Cuties snuggling

Cape Cod Xmas 2016
Me, Katie, Kevin, and Mike at the 28 Club

Cape Cod Xmas 2016
Grandma took them to Taylor Brays Farm

Cape Cod Xmas 2016
Taylor Brays Farm

Cape Cod Xmas 2016
At Aunt Nesie's house: James, Katie, Nesie

Cape Cod Xmas 2016
Steve, Miranda, and Kevin

Thursday, December 29, 2016

Meeting Brielle 2016

Our first full day on the Cape we went over to meet little Brielle. We were so excited!

Meeting Brielle 2016
She is so sweet!

Meeting Brielle 2016
All comfy with baby and mama Jen

Cape Cod Xmas 2016
Nana Fran came over and hoarded the baby, haha.

Meeting Brielle 2016
Kevin likes his new cousin

Meeting Brielle 2016
So cute!

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Meeting Ellie 2016

Janice, Darren, Ellie, and Fudgie spent a week visiting Janice's parents in Massachusetts and we were able to stop by and visit while they were there. I was so excited! When I got there, Ellie was napping. Sigh.

Meeting Ellie 2016
So I took pictures of her napping because cute.

We hung out, had some snacks, caught up, and then she was awake! Hurray!

Meeting Ellie 2016
Ellie making a suspicious "Darren-face" at James. She's learning so fast!

Meeting Ellie 2016
My head tilt suggests I am proudly displaying my baby- haha.

  Meeting Ellie 2016
Smiling yay! I think she's smiling at Darren.

Meeting Ellie 2016
Kevin likes her too.

Meeting Ellie 2016
Best picture of grownups.

Meeting Ellie 2016
James was excited about the piano

Meeting Ellie 2016
Getting a piano lesson from Janice's mom Doris

Meeting Ellie 2016
Interactive story time with Doris and Dave

Meeting Ellie 2016
Trying out his new piano skills to entertain her.

Meeting Ellie 2016
Chaos! (for the next 18 years or more!)

Great visit! Thanks for letting us come by!

Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Christmas 2016

Santa came for the sixth year in a row!!! Lots of presents and cookies gone! James woke up at 6:45 AM and instead of following the plan to come get me, Kevin and Miranda, he ran back and forth to the tree like a little crazy person. He was initially overwhelmed because he bought presents for Miranda, Kevin, and me at his school holiday fair and he wanted to put them under the tree before we got up. Haha. His running steps alerted us that he was up and we- GASP- woke up Miranda. Bob and Nana emerged to join us too.

Christmas Eve 2016
Tree after Santa left presents

Christmas 2016
Miranda and Kevin are still waking up; James trying to give his present to Miranda.
This year, Miranda is 2.5 years old and James is 5.5 years old

Finally we got James opening his stuff, and Miranda cautiously opened one thing and announced she didn't want to open anything else. She tried to give away her presents to the rest of us. No, neither of my kids ever act like this, they were just overwhelmed by the excitement. It was funny and weird.

Christmas 2016
The only thing James asked Santa for this year: a jack-in-the-box.

Christmas 2016
Opening board games, lego-things, coloring things, kid-size basketball and soccer ball

Christmas 2016
Miranda with her plush brunette Stella doll (M creatively named her "Dolly")

Christmas 2016
Persuaded her to open Doc McStuffins Lego Clinic

Christmas 2016
Bob and Nana got a lot of Amazon Alexia love from Santa

Christmas 2016
In addition to Santa, Bob and Nana spoiled the kids like crazy- THANK YOU!

Christmas 2016
James bought me an ornament at the school holiday fair!
I was also spoiled by Kevin, Mom, and Bob- THANK YOU AGAIN!

Christmas 2016
This happened.

Christmas 2016
Just ridiculous.

Christmas 2016
Bob's favorite part of Christmas: building toys.

Christmas 2016
Success! 

Christmas 2016
Post-breakfast Battleship game 

Christmas 2016
Buddies. 

Christmas 2016
Miranda testing out James's soccer ball

Christmas 2016
And more Battleship!
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