Happy 5th Birthday to our Girl

The last weekend of January it was all about Pearl and her birthday.  On Saturday we gave her an early birthday present, her American Girl Doll.  You can see she loved it.  She didn’t believe that mom would come through for her and told me so daily.

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Sunday we spent the day at the American Girl Doll store.  Pearl got to buy some new things, we went to the salon to get her doll and Pearl’s hair done and then do a birthday lunch.  Pearl has wanted the heart shape braid for about 6 months.  She got it for her and her doll.  She loved it.  We had a special lunch in the café that Pearl thought was so nice that the American Girl Doll people did for her.  She and the dolls got goodie bags.  Grandma took Munchkin’s crown and wore it throughout lunch.  Pearl LOVED IT.

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For Pearls actual birthday on Monday she went to school where we read and the kids all got Paw Patrol or Barbie cupcakes.

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For Pearls birthday dinner she wanted to go to a fancy restaurant that served hot dogs.  Because we couldn’t find a restaurant like that we talked her into having a birthday dinner at home.  I made her a Barbie cake for her birthday.

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Pearls yearly doctor appointment shows she is 40 lbs and 44.5 inches.  She is 90% for height and 50% for weight.

Over the past year Pearl has tried soccer, continues at her gymnastics and art.  She has bloomed as a little girl by dressing herself and being more vocal and independent.  She is very into her hair and doing her hair.  She loves to have her hair braided.  She loves her big brother so much and listens to everything he says.



We started off January with below freezing temperatures.  We still went into the city to the Downton exhibit and out to lunch since Grandma and Grandpa were around so we had free baby sitting.  It was a really beautiful exhibit that had the rooms in addition to costumes.  We went out to lunch and then headed home, that was as much cold as we could handle.

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Basketball season has begun.  We have a game every weekend.  Munchkin is by far the tallest kid on his team by maybe 9 inches.  We had another snow which the kids love.

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For Martin Luther Day weekend we had normal activities of basketball and dressing up like a pirate princess.  Sunday I headed into the city to go to Vogue Knitting.  I took a class with Tin Can Knits on designing a sweater and Veera on stripes.  They were great.  I got some inspiration from it.

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Our cat Harry Potter likes the Barbie dream house.

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The third weekend of January our girl had a PJ party for one of her friends since she was a baby.  She baked and ate breakfast.

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Saturday afternoon we went to our first real FLL qualifier.  The boys did well.  They won best research award, but didn’t move on to the finals.  They are pretty impressive presenters.

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We went and registered Pearl for Kindergarten.  She was such a big girl going off to talk with the teacher on her own.

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We had another basketball game.  Munchkin is getting better at being aggressive about blocking and getting the ball as the season went on.

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The first weekend of December Munchkin’s FLL (First Lego League) team had a practice tournament so they could learn what to do.  This is our first year in this league.  Last year we were in the Junior league that was a lot different.  The practice tournament was a great experience for the boys.  All the kids got a chance at the table.  They executed the challenge they had completed well.  It was a good learning experience for them.  They got a lot of complements on their blue jumpsuits and hats.

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We did errands and took the kids to Millridge village because they had holiday activities.  Pearl was very unhappy about being anywhere close to Santa.

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We went to our town tree lighting.  Pearl liked to sit back and watch, but wanted nothing to do with Santa.  Munchkin didn’t want to go because he had basketball practice.  We even told him we would take him a couple minutes late and he still insisted that basketball was more important.

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The second weekend of December it snowed a little bit.  The kids loved to play.  We went to the Charlie Brown’s Christmas play which was cute.  Pearl asked to leave the whole time.  She did sit through it.

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Munchkin had his first basketball game of the season.  He is by far the tallest on his team.

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On the third Sunday of the month we went to see Santa at Macy’s in NYC.  Santa had Nithin to an elfie/selfie.  This year both kids were excited to go.  Pearl was horrible to every other Santa, but wanted to visit this one.  She wasn’t too into going through the North Pole or doing much, but she did want Santa to get her letter and she was happy to talk to him.  She told Santa that she wanted Barbie, not a Barbie Dream house.  She didn’t convey her expensive taste, so Santa asks if there is something more she would like.  Both kids say no and then Santa says he will bring them something extra special in addition to their asks.  Munchkin asked for an O-gauge train.  In his letter he very nicely asked for his sister’s gift and his.  He is a good boy to her.

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After Santa we went and looked at the windows and then headed to Bryant park to do the holiday market.

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Munchkin wanted to do hibachi for his reward for a great report card.  Pearl was pretty good at hibachi this time.

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The last week of school Pearl had a holiday show at school.  She was a great singer.

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Munchkin had a holiday concert where he played violin.  He got dressed up for two days of concerts.  One of his ties was from Harry Potter’s house.

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Before Christmas we took the kids to the holiday light show at the beach.  Pearl fell asleep, but woke up enough when we got there.  They got to see Santa one last time too.


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Santa came by the day before Christmas Eve on the fire truck and gave out popcorn balls.  Pearl did not want to go out to see at all.  She stayed in and Munchkin and Nithin got her a popcorn ball too.

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On Christmas eve Pearl wasn’t feeling great and wouldn’t eat dinner so she took a nap.  Nithin stayed home with her and Munchkin and I went to church.  While we were at church Pearl woke up complaining of an ear infection.  Nithin quickly took her to a medical station that was still open and was closing within the hour.  She had an ear infection.  He had to go to the only pharmacy in the area that was open on Christmas eve.  Christmas Eve Church

We took our traditional family PJ picture in the morning.  For our Christmas card Nithin happened to get a picture of Harry with a Santa hat on.

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For Christmas morning this is what the kids woke to.  Pearl was so happy to get her Barbie Dream House and Munchkin was very happy for his train and nerf guns.  Here are some pics of the kids on Christmas morning.

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The day after Christmas we went to the infectious disease doctor to get ready for India.  Grandma and Grandpa came after Christmas.  Grandpa was here for his birthday.  Pearl and I made him a donut cake and we took him out to hibachi.  We got the chef to give Grandpa a LOT of sake, he didn’t drive home.  Pearl very clearly told Grandpa to not order dessert because he had cake at home.

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For Grandma and Grandpa’s Christmas present we took them to the aquarium and they went behind the scenes for a special interaction with the penguins.  They said it was pretty cool because there were so few people, only 7.

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Nithin and I went furniture shopping one afternoon/evening.  I was on the hunt for a couch to replace our living room one.  For New Years eve I pulled out the Julia Child Beef recipe that is to die for.  We also got a clock cake for the occasion.  The black frosting on the cake blackened the kids mouth.

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Happy 2017!!!!  Here was our families Christmas card shoot on the beach.  I love the beach and water.



The first weekend of November we had a super cold snap.  Of course that was the time that worked to take our family picture for our Christmas card.  We talked Pearl into going to get her haircut.  We said she could get a braid and she was into going.  She really didn’t want to get her hair cut before that.

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We got the kids these matching PJs that are fair isle Star Wars themed.  They loved them.  Star Wars Jammies

The second weekend of November we went to the city and went to the Radio City Rocketts.  This was Pearl’s first time and Munchkin’s second.  We took grandma and grandpa with us.  The kids loved it.  Pearl’s favorite part was the many Santa Claus’ dancing.

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Pearl had a school Thanksgiving that we were invited to.  They sang some cute songs and the kids at a Thanksgiving dinner.  Pearl only ate the turkey.

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For Thanksgiving we went up to Massachusetts to Nithin’s sister family.  The kids love their cousins and had a nice time.  Pearl was in heaven with all the Barbie’s.  Thanksgiving day was one of our cousins 18th birthday.

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The day after Thanksgiving we went to Plimouth to have a second Thanksgiving with the Pilgrims.  We got to Plimouth Plantation early and visited the gift shop and the indian village.  Then we went to a special Thanksgivng dinner.


At the Thanksgiving dinner they explained about the time and first thanksgiving and when it was made a national holiday (during Lincoln).  It was really interesting.  We had a lovely traditional dinner from the first national holiday.





After dinner we decided to go into Plymouth town.  The Mayflower was not there, but in Mystic being repaired.

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Saturday we went to the Plymouth Museum where the kids were able to touch a piece of Plymouth Rock.


We went to the gristmill and the Pilgrim monument.

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In the afternoon we met our college friends and their kids at Plymouth Plantation.  Munchkin and one of their boys joined the militia.  They had a group of people marching all over the village.

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It was a really special time to go to Plymouth for Thanksgiving.  We learned a lot and had a great time with family and friends.


In October Munchkin had two more sailing lessons before the sailing school closed down.

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Our town had a harvest festival.  Pearl loved to color a pumpkin.

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The first full weekend of Oct. Nithin took Munchkin to ComicCon in NYC and I took Pearl to the American Girl Doll store.  We had her Wellie Wisher’s hair done and went to lunch.  Pearl was hoping to get her heart shaped braid, but they can’t do that on the smaller Wellie Wisher, only on the American Girl Doll.

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The kids had election day off and were taken out to lunch at their favorite diner.


The second weekend of Oct.  we went and picked up a new kitten on Long Island.  The kids chose the name of Harry Potter.  We waited a couple of weeks after Charlie and we could see we had a loss in our family.  So I reached out to the same breeder a friend used and she had one more cat left from a litter.  It just felt meant to be.  So we now have a Harry Potter in our house.  His first day home he wouldn’t leave the bathroom.  He didn’t emerge until day 2 and wasn’t too social until later day 3 or 4.  He is a very friendly kitten.  He turns out to have an obsession with water.  He will sit in the sink and loves to play in the toilet.  We have had to learn to close the toilet lid.



The third weekend in Oct. is Rhinebeck.  This year we went on Sunday and met a Squam friend from New Hampshire there.  It was a really nice day catching up and hanging out.  What great ladies.

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Pearl loves Harry.

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More soccer.  Pearl started participating voluntarily at the very end of the season.

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The last weekend in Oct.  I took a yarn dying class at a local yarn store with some friends.  It was great fun and inspirational.

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On the last Sunday of Oct. we carved our pumpkin and saw Munchkin’s art displayed at the library.

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We also went to a local haunted house at a mansion with some friends.  It was pretty cool, but I am never going in that basement again.  It was pretty scary and this really big clown followed me screaming my name.  Nithin was no help.

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For Halloween, Pearl had a parade at school.  She loved being Totoro.

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The kids went out trick-or-treating in our neighborhood.  Munchkin and Nithin made that proton pack.  Munchkin was a Ghostbuster and Pearl was Totoro.

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The Tues day after Labor Day Munchkin went back to school.  His first day of 4th grade.  It is his second year at this school.  He had it down.  What a big kid.

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The Wednesday after Labor day Pearl went back to school.  She was so excited and needed to wear her Eloise bow.  She had the same teachers and class as last year.  She started Pre-K.


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Pearl did soccer again in the Fall.  She warmed up to the practices for soccer, but never ever liked the games.  By the end she did start to participate in the games.

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Pearl decided to be Totoro for Halloween.  Isn’t she cute?


That first weekend in September we decided to take the kids apple picking.  We had remembered berry picking that took a long time.  We let the kids pick more apples than we should have.  It only took them 10-15 minutes and we were $50 in apples poorer.  It was amazing how fast apple picking was.

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The second week in Sept. Pearl is still obsessed with princess’ and wouldn’t play in her soccer games.

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Munchkin did a 4 week Fall sailing class.  His instructors were really impressed with him and suggested he try joining the racing team next year.  That was the best complement.

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The third weekend in Sept. it was the day for kids.  We went after soccer to let the kids bounce around for a bit before Munchkin had to go to sailing.

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The third Sunday of the month we went to Maker Faire as usual.  It was a little smaller in past.  We hypothesis it was because of the Jewish holidays.  We still had a nice time.  Both kids were into it this year.

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During the last week in September Pearl had her soccer practice and the art class she loves.  In September she threw tantrums each day she didn’t get to art class.  It didn’t start until later in the month which didn’t make her happy.

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The last weekend in September we went up to Mass. as it was Aja’s 80th birthday.  We had a family dinner and cake.  On Sunday we went to the temple and had a special ceremony done.  It was my first.  Munchkin was so good about being one of the big kids and going with the flow.  Pearl required to be held the whole time.

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After going to Mass. we got home and our cat Charlie had lost a lot of weight.  He had tumors.  He had lived into his teens and had a good life.  We had to put him to sleep.  It was a big loss for our family.  Pearl didn’t really understand, Munchkin was hit harder.

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Niagara Falls

We took a long labor day weekend and drove up to Niagara Falls and upstate NY for a long weekend.  I got a hotel that had a view of the falls.  It was AWESOME!!!!  The room had two bedrooms and a big Jacuzzi tub.  We told the kids we weren’t taking them to the pool because they could swim in the tub.  They bought it and loved it.  It was so great to see the lights of the falls and not leave our room.  That hotel room was so worth it.  We really chilled out there.  We went and did the maid of the mist which was great.  Pearl wouldn’t wear the rain coat, so she just got wet.  We looked at going out to eat, but no place was as nice as our hotel room, so we just ordered in.
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After Niagara falls we went to glass museum in Corning, NY.  It was a great museum.  Very interesting and beautiful.  Munchkin chose to do the glass blowing activity and made a sculpture.


We moved to stay at a waterpark hotel in the finger lakes.  It was a small enough park that the kids loved it.  We went to the NY State Fair.  It was pretty similar in size to the Big E that we were used to.  They also loved the arcade they had there.  They won enough tickets to get two fidget spinners.  Munchkin kindly gave his sister some of his tickets for a prize.

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On our way home we stopped off to visit Uncle John for lunch.

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