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

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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.

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Miranda's first day at soccer, 4/22

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Kick!

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Dribbling drills

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Ball control

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Kick!! (Notice Kevin's proximity)

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Playing a little tip-toe and freeze game

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"Get the broccoli!"

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Just so cute.

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Good job!

Friday, April 28, 2017

Miranda's 3rd and James's 6th Birthday 2015

For James and Miranda's birthday, Grandma, Nana, and Bob came over last weekend. We had pizza, cake, and lots of presents from the above but also from Great-grandma, Great Aunt Nesie and Great Uncle Steve, Great Aunt Mary, and Great Uncle Dickie, and Aunt Janice. Thank you everyone! Here are the pictures.

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Happy birthday James and Miranda!

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Miranda blowing out her candle

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James blowing out his candle

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Cubans eating cake

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More cake eating

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Nana and her little ones

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Opening presents!

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Opening presents!

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Nana explains real make up

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James loves his chess set!

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Miranda loves her Doc McStuffins doll!

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Having fun in their hideaways

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Miranda giving Grandma a checkup

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Playing chess with Bob in the tent

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Nana applying body glitter

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They call each other "huggy monkeys"

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Miranda's 3rd Birthday Interview 2017

Home vs. Tin Caps 2017
A picture is worth a thousand words.

Interview, 4/24/17
What's your name? Miranda Clou-fer
What's my name? Mama
What's my husband's name? Dada. 

How old are you? Um, two.
Aren't you three? Oh, free, I think.
How old do you think I am? Um, I don't know.
How old is Dada? Um, I don't know. Is he two? 
I'm 38, and Dada is 37. How old Jame is? 
6. How old Grandma is? 
Hey, are you interviewing me now? How old great-grandma is?
93!

What is your favorite food? My favorite food is oatmeal. (But I asked again later and she said, I think yogurt.)
What's your favorite breakfast? I think oatmeal I said.
What's your favorite lunch? Just carrots.
What? Are you a bunny? I don't eat bunnies! Yuck!
Don't you like sandwiches for lunch? Peanut butter sandwich but not cheese in it. (Peanut butter & jelly sandwich, not a cheese sandwich)
What's your favorite dinner? I think, orange juice, I think. Actually, I think I like milk for dinner. (Usually does not cooperate with eating dinner unless it's mac n' cheese or pizza, but we make her eat a lot of chicken.)

April 2017
Helping herself to clementines.

What is your favorite animal? I think Lambie.
What is your favorite color? Um, I think, pink!
What is your favorite book? Um, I think Caterpillars ones. (She makes me read Doc McStuffins books almost every night.)

What is your favorite song? I know which one, Twinkle Twinkle Little Star one.
What is your favorite toy? I think Lambie.
Do you sleep with any toys at night? Well, I think Doc McStuffins and Lambie. (Toys she sleeps with rotate. But she did recently sleep with them.) 
What is your favorite game? I think naked run!
What's your favorite sport? Find eggs outside. (Egg hunt with grandma.)
Well, do you like t-ball, soccer, running, or swimming? I think I like swimming most.

April 2017
Maybe she'll come around on t-ball because she's got a great arm.

What is your favorite show? I think Doc McStuffins. 
Which is your favorite movie?  I like Doc McStuffins ones. (There is no Doc McStuffins movie. She likes Room on the Broom and the original Ghostbusters best.)

Are you funny? No, you are funny.
How do you know? Cuz you are. Cuz you are silly I think.

March 2017
She is funny. 

Who is your best friend? Grandma is.

Grandma Visit- March 2017
With her bestie.

Do you love me? Yes! 
Do you love Dada? Yes! 
Do you love James? Yes!

What do you think love means? I think love means, I love you.
Do you want to get married one day? Yes.
What do you think the person that you marry should be like? Um, I don't know.

What's your favorite thing about Grandma? I think I love her.
But what do you like about her? When she gets my toys.
What's your favorite thing about Nana? I like when she visits. She justs puts makeup on me. (Took me a long time to understand her word for "visit.")
What about Bob? What I like about Bob, I like when he visits.

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Nana and Miranda's new makeup set

What do you like to do with Dada? Play games with him.
What do you like to do with Mama? Love you and play checkers with you. (I have never played checkers with her. Though we have done some Candyland.)
What do you like to play with James? I play with him.
But what do you play? Cuz I don't want to play Castle of Illusion, just doctor. (Castle of Illusion is a Kindle Disney game.)

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Good buddies.

What do you like to play with Grandma? Play doctors.
What do you like to play with Nana? I don't know. 
What about makeup? Oh, I like to do makeup but Nana puts the makeup on me.

What do you like to play with Bob? I don't know. 
What about the tent? Did Bob go in the tent? I don't know about that.

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Bob playing with Miranda in the tents

What do you want to want to be when you grow up? I think, a doctor I think.
How come? Cuz, I want to help everyone, I guess.
Do you know what Dada's job is? What? (I explained. Maybe she'll know next year.)

What do you like better the beach, the library, the aquarium, or the playground? I think the playground.
How come? Cuz, I love to be out there.

What else do you think I should ask? Oh, what? Why Grandma gets toys for me?
Okay, why do you think Grandma gets toys for you? Cuz she loves me.

Okay last one, what do you think the meaning of life is? What do you think life is for? For rescuing someone.

PJFL Pro Pics 2017
The little one is a wise and I love her so much.



  • Miranda's 2nd Birthday Interview 2016
  • James's 3rd Birthday Interview 2014
  • Monday, April 24, 2017

    James's 6th Birthday Interview 2017

    Easter 2017

    Interview, 4/24/17
    What's your name? James.
    What's my name? Ericka. What do you call me? Mama.
    What's my husband's name? Dada. 
    You know his real name too? Uh-huh. Kevin.
    How old are you? Five. I mean, six.
    How old do you think I am? Thirty-eight.
    How old is Dada? Thirty-seven.
    How old is Miranda? Three.

    What is your favorite food? Pasta.
        What's your favorite breakfast? Oatmeal and yogurt.
        What's your favorite lunch? Peanut butter & jelly.
        What's your favorite dinner? Chicken nuggets and pasta.

    What is your favorite animal? Dog.
    What is your favorite color? Blue and green.
    What is your favorite book? Sideways Stories (from Wayside School)

    What is your favorite song? I don't know.
    What is your favorite toy? My kindle.
    Do you sleep with any toys at night? Fudgie. 
    What is your favorite game? Chess.
    What's your favorite sport? Swimming.

    Home vs. Tin Caps 2017
    Does not like t-ball.

    What is your favorite show? Miraculous Lady Bug.
    Which is your favorite movie?  Zootopia.

    Are you funny? Yes.
    How do you know? Because I always be silly. (Said in crazy witch voice.)

    Who is your best friend? Kyle.
    Do you like school? Yes.
    What do you like about school? Computers.
    Who are your teachers? Mr. Jackowski and Miss Maloney. And do you know what rhymes with Miss Maloney?
    Baloney? Yes!

    April 2017
    With his best friend Kyle.

    Do you love me? Yes! 
    Do you love Dada? Yes! 
    Do you love Miranda? Yes!

    What does it mean that you love someone? That you really like them a lot.

    Do you want to get married one day? Yes.
    What do you think the person that you marry should be like? Um, pretty. A girl. 
    Is that it? Do you think she just needs to be pretty and that's it? Yeah and a girl. 
    What if she's mean? Oh, and not mean, and nice.

    What's your favorite thing about Grandma? She's nice. Gave me a lot of candy.
    What's your favorite thing about Nana? That she's nice.
    What about Bob? That he plays games with me.


    PJFL Pro Pics 2017
    James and Kevin

    What do you want to want to be when you grow up? A magician.
    How come? Well, because they're sort of magical.
    Do you know what Dada/s job is? He gets money.
    What does he do to get money? I don't know.

    What do you like better the beach, the library, the Aquarium, or the playground? The beach.
    How come? Well if the ocean's not cold, we can go in it. And we can throw rocks in the ocean.

    What do you like to do with Dada? Play chess.
    What do you like to do with Mama? Read Sideways Stories with you and cuddle with you.
    What do you like to do with Miranda? I like when she watches me play Scribble Hero.
    What do you like to play with Grandma? The French Game, and it's also Spanish and England. Oh yeah Italian, French and Spanish. (Duolingo)
    What do you like to play with Nana? I don't know.
    What do you like to play with Bob? Chess.

    What else do you think I should ask? I don't know.

    Okay last one, what do you think the meaning of life is? Reduce, Reuse, and Recycling.

    PJFL Pro Pics 2017
    Love you so much, buddy.




  • James's 5th Birthday Interview 2016
  • James's 4th Birthday Interview 2015
  • James 3rd Birthday interview 2014
  • James's interview at 2.5 years old 2013
  • James wasn't interview ready at 2 years old, but he was starting to use sentences
  • Friday, April 21, 2017

    Easter 2017

    The Easter bunny left two baskets and a kids' Bible. And the weather was so beautiful we went to the beach! Great day!

    Easter 2017
    Found the baskets!

    Easter 2017
    Basket close-up

    Easter 2017
    Breakfast of champions!

    Easter 2017 
    Timer photo at the beach

    Easter 2017
    Just such a nice day!

    Easter 2017 
    My cuties

    Easter 2017
    Taking off their shoes

    Easter 2017
    Best picture of James ever

    Easter 2017 
    Kevin picture took of me

    Easter 2017
    Pensive Miranda
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