On the blog, I write updates on what's going on in our lives for our friends and family, and he writes humor posts called "Things My Wife Complains About." The latter is everyone's favorite, but I'm going to keep assuming that some of you are a little interested in our actual lives (which is all about you). The name of the blog, "clou de la soirée," is a play on our last name, and means "life of the party" in French.
We met in Charlottesville near the end of the summer of 2006. We got engaged in 2007, moved to New York in 2008, and got married (and started this blog) in the summer of 2009. I've also written some retroactive posts about the time before 2009 using pictures and old emails.
Seventh date, Jefferson Vineyards, Charlottesville, VA, August 2006
Kevin proposes, NY Public Library steps, NYC, November 2007
Ericka's Graduation from Law School, Charlottesville, VA, May 2008
Our Wedding, Cape Cod, June 2009
One-year Wedding Anniversary, Brooklyn, June 2010
In April 2011, we had our beautiful baby boy, who I named after my father, James, and my maternal grandparents who took care of me from about the ages of 3-6, and my mother, the Riverons.
Our son James is born!, Long Island, April 2011
James's First Birthday, Floral Park, April 2012
Ta-da! NY, June 2013
We had our second child Miranda in April of 2014. And Kevin's debut story collection came out only a few weeks later in May! Between the baby and the book tour, it's was a crazy summer.
Our daughter Miranda is born!, Long Island, April 2014
In February of 2015, my mother's renal cell cancer came back. She is a fighter.
In July of 2015, we bought our first house in Suffolk County in Long Island. My mother moved in with us in September of 2017 and passed away that October.
August after our move, Port Jefferson NY, August 2015