Monday, May 22, 2017

VIP Day 2017

James's School had a VIP Party. Each kid could pick one favorite person to bring and honor. We didn't actually let James choose though because it wasn't clear to us that it really was for any person, we thought it was a nicely-worded Mother's Day party so as not to leave any kids out that had special situations or moms who couldn't get out of work. Plus, I wanted to go. Actually, most of the kids invited anyone they wanted to invite: mparents, grandparents, even one uncle was invited!

VIP Day 2017
James and Me

VIP Day 2017 
The About Mom page

VIP Day 2017
Kyle's dad Kevin, Kyle's brother Casey, Kyle, Caris's mom Candace, and Caris

VIP Day 2017
Caris and Candace

VIP Day 2017
Darin and his Dad Brian

The kids gave us a flower when we entered, there was a video about why they loved us, they sang two songs (one was You Are My Sunshine) and then we did a birdhouse craft together. Awesome party! Thanks, Mr. J!

VIP Day 2017
Singing with hand-gestures. So adorable!

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Baby Penelope 2017!

Teresa and John had a third baby, and this time it's a girl! She's so adorable looking! I'm excited to meet her this summer! Congratulations, Teresa, John, JJ, Finn, and Penelope. What a great family!

May 2017
In the hospital

May 2017
At home!

Saturday, May 20, 2017

Mother's Day 2017

For Mother's Day we visited my mom and Bob and went to lunch at Mighty Quinn's. The kids always make eating out hectic but it was the first time we all went out on Mother's Day so worth the try- and the food was yummy.

Mother's Day 2017
With mom

Mother's Day 2017
Mighty Quinn's

Mother's Day 2017
Nuclear family

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Mother's Day Shout-out 2017

Happy Mother's Day to my mother Ana, Kevin's mother Kathy, my great-grandmother Daisy, and Kevin's great-grandmother Ruth!

Happy first Mother's Day to Allison, Emily, Janice, and Jenny!!

Visiting Janice and Ellie 2017
Janice and Ellie in the middle

Allison May 2017 
Sylvie and her mom Allison

Jen April 2017
Jen, Brielle, and Damian

Happy first Mother's Day as a mom to 2 to Lisa and Anna G! Happy first Mother's day as mom of 3 kids to Chrissy!

Chrissy Jan 2017
Jason, Chrissy and their 3 awesome kids

Happy Mother's Days to all our friends who are veteran moms:

Meghan C (2 boys), Anna S (3 girls + 1 boy), Cate L (3 girls), Rachel D (1 boy + 1 girl), Chrissy V (1 boy + 2 girls), Cathy S (2 girls), Adrienne C (1 girl), Audra P (1 boy+ 1 girl), Sunny G (2 boys), Christina M (1 boy + 1 girl), Sarah B (2 boys), Megan T (2 boys), Aubree (1 girl + 1 boy), Teresa (2 boys + 1 coming soon!), Becky S (1 boy + 1 coming), and Inga (1 boy + 1 girl), Caroline P (2 boys), Jane S (2 boys), Lina (2 boys), Anna G (1 boy + 1 girl), Lisa (1 boy + 1 girl), Anna F (1 girl), Candice (1 girl), and Sarah T (1 girl), Jackie (1 boy), Sarah W (1 boy), Robin (1 boy)! They're all great moms!

Current blog-baby count is 32 boys and 26 girls but more babies coming soon!!

Monday, May 15, 2017

Program in Writing Spring Party 2017

Gene hosted the end-of-the-year party on Friday. Lots of fun as always.

SBU PWR Party 2017
Gene, Miranda, Kevin

SBU PWR Party 2017
Jennifer, Cynthia, Dennis, and Emily

SBU PWR Party 2017
Michelle, MaryAnn, Dennis, Emily, and Daniel

SBU PWR Party 2017
Kristina talking to Rashmi (back turned)

SBU PWR Party 2017
Clare, Wilbur, Adam, Colleen, and Joe

SBU PWR Party 2017
Eva, Miranda, James, Maddy, Um

SBU PWR Party 2017
Sarah, Soni, and Joe

SBU PWR Party 2017
Photo by James, Photobomb by Miranda

Friday, May 12, 2017

Visiting Ash- May 2017

Last weekend I visited Ash. I got there on Cinco de Mayo so our first stop was a Mexican restaurant for dinner. Cancun Inn Chester, NY is a family restaurant and they kindly got us a table even though they were all booked and we had no reservation. We took it easy on Friday night though because we were running a 5K in the morning.

Ash- May 2017
Sangria on Cinco de Mayo! 

Saturday morning we ran the Hard Cider Run 5K at Warwick Valley Winery. It was my third and hardest 5K yet. First of all, it rained a lot Friday so the running path through the vineyard was muddy and I was a bit afraid of slipping or twisting my ankle. Second, the vineyard path went uphill, downhill, uphill, downhill, over and over again. It was never-ending! And the downhill was steep enough to worry about slipping so it didn't fully make up for the uphill. On the plus side though, the view was crazy beautiful.

Hard Cider Run 2017
View of the mountains on the run

Hard Cider Run 2017
Uphill and downhill through the vineyard

Hard Cider Run 2017
Ash and I ran separately, but Ash came back for me when she was done

Hard Cider Run 2017
More beautiful trail

Hard Cider Run 2017
After the race with our bottle opener medals

After the race, we got one complimentary hard cider, but we bought another two bottles and lots of food-- more food than we could eat, though we did fine with the cider. We had so much fun just being ridiculous.

Hard Cider Run 2017
Cider waiting for us

Hard Cider Run 2017
Cheers! Regular hard cider and cranberry hard cider

After some recovery time at Ash's, we walked around Warwick a little and then went to meet Kate and Cristin for drinks and dinner. We can't resist the pull of sushi, so we didn't. On the way home, we were too stuffed for dessert but we had ice cream anyway because the Bellvale Farms Creamery is amazing and it's worth it.

Visiting Ash - May 2017
Warwick flower fountain

Visiting Ash - May 2017
Flower fountain selfie

Visiting Ash - May 2017
Cristin, Kate, Ash, and me at Seven Lakes Station


Visiting Ash - May 2017
Sushiville in Sloatsburg, NY

Visiting Ash - May 2017
Bellvale Farms Creamery

Visiting Ash - May 2017
Right before I started spilling ice cream

Basically the perfect weekend, and if only we didn't live so far away we could do this more. Sigh.

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Jon and Ben Visit- May 2017

While I was out of town this weekend, Jon and Ben visited for an evening. Miranda's new best friend is Ben.

May 2017 
James, Ben, and Miranda

May 2017
Miranda and Ben playing cars

May 2017
Miranda and Ben camping in James's tent

May 2017
Sleepover for the boys. James reads Ben a book.

Sunday, April 30, 2017

Sunset Date Night- April 2017

Grandma said we could go out while she was visiting, and we were trying to think of a back-to-basics date so Kevin said he knew a place nearby where the sun sets over ocean. That's a tall order on the East Coast, unless you're on an island. And so we are.

Beach Sunset 2017
Sunset over the ocean

Beach Sunset 2017 
West Meadow Beach walk selfie

Beach Sunset 2017
It's pretty great

Beach Sunset 2017

After we went for beers at Checkmate Inn, which was fabulous. The owner is fabulous, though he doesn't remember why he named the bar that. Good easy date night.

Beach Sunset 2017
Checkmate Inn

Beach Sunset 2017
Under the bar selfie that Kevin did not approve 

Saturday, April 29, 2017

Miranda Plays Soccer 2017

Miranda started soccer last Saturday and she's pretty freaked out by the whole thing. She's pretty good at controlling and kicking the ball, and even following the coach's directions, but she's freaked out by the idea of being separated from either of us in a new environment. It might be that she's a year younger than James was when he started soccer, but I worry that it's just a difference in personality and that she'll be more anxious when she starts school too.

These pictures tell the alternate facts story of a girl who played soccer games for 40 minutes instead of the true account of a girl who cried several times and asked, "Now can we go home?" over and over again. Today's second practice went the same way.

Miranda- Soccer 2017
Miranda's first day at soccer, 4/22

Miranda- Soccer 2017
Kick!

Miranda- Soccer 2017
Dribbling drills

Miranda- Soccer 2017
Ball control

Miranda- Soccer 2017
Kick!! (Notice Kevin's proximity)

Miranda- Soccer 2017
Playing a little tip-toe and freeze game

Miranda- Soccer 2017
"Get the broccoli!"

Miranda- Soccer 2017
Just so cute.

Miranda- Soccer 2017
Good job!
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