Lazy Thanksgiving Weekend

November 30, 2015 by Adam in Family

We had four days off, mostly spent hanging out with kids and occasionally going outside for a walk.  Sam had a birthday thing at home on Friday, nibbling on brain-shaped cheesecake that Joanna made for him.  Emma was a little under the weather, but otherwise we were in pretty good spirits.

Isa came over to hang out with Sam on Saturday, from after breakfast until after dinner.  I really like her - she's funny, bright, nerdy, and Sam is completely smitten.  She didn't run screaming from our family, so that's a good sign.

We played 7 Wonders, a fun little civilization-like board game, and Drawful, which is played with tablets while everyone watches my computer screen.  The latter was lots of fun, and Duncan was especially enthusiastic about playing.  

Eventually we got around to the practical things.  Sam worked on final projects, including studying for his math final.  His retake score came in and he's back to a high B.  Emma worked on a project, and Duncan and Berry had miscellaneous homework at the end of the day yesterday.

My mom came over for dinner and I showed off a tablet in case she wants to get one.  Eventually we all collapsed in bed.

Today is a little frantic with getting ready for Christmas.  The little kids and Cecilia are leaving to visit family, so we'll do a mini-Christmas in a couple weeks.  Berry is also sick today, which makes life a little challenging for Joanna.  Hopefully we can find a little Christmas cheer in the next week or two.

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November 27, 2015 by Adam in Family

It's late on a Friday after we finally finished cleaning up after dinner.  It was simple - eggs and potatoes and veggies - after stuffing ourselves at Thanksgiving.  The best part was going around the table thinking of a word we'd say in some language or another.  We gave up after we got to Swahili.

Thanksgiving was generally good.  We got Sam and Emma early in the day and all headed to Wayne Morris park to hang out.  There was soccer, football with Duncan and Berry's friends, hot chocolate, and walking through the woods.  Berry's favorite part was burning things in the fire pit.  I guess we all commune with nature in different ways.

Joanna cooked up a storm and we headed to my mom's for Thanksgiving.  I stuffed myself and had pleasant conversations throughout the night.  Eventually we returned home, our minivan laden with leftovers. 

Today has been pretty low-key.  The kids did a little homework.  We threw a little birthday party for Sam.  There was lots of puttering around, playing games, and chatting.

Tomorrow Sam's friend Isa is coming over to hang out.  This is the first time I've met her, so that'll be nice.  He's been texting her fairly furiously throughout the day.

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November 27, 2015 by Adam in Sam

Sam is officially 17.  He's been surprisingly cheerful as of late and occasionally providing wise advice to his siblings.  Sam keeps getting better with age it seems.

Joanna found a brain mold and made peanut butter cheesecake for him.  It was appreciated.

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November 26, 2015 by Seraph in Cortez

Happy Thanksgiving and happy birthday Sam!

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November 27, 2015 10:14 AM by Lohring
Happy birthday Sam.

National Espresso Day

November 23, 2015 by Adam in Family

Happy National Espresso Day!  I'm having my second mocha of the day and made a mocha for everyone in the house.  The kids were quite enthusiastic.

It was a good, quiet weekend.  Friday night my mom watched the kids while Joanna and I went out for dinner.  We're a little closer to coming up with a plan for the holiday - California somewhere I think.  

Saturday morning was spent puttering about - I took Duncan on a fun little library excursion to pick up some French comic books.  I also paid off some fines and apparently have checked out 8,750 items since I first got my card as a kid.  Thanks, library!

Eventually Sam and Emma arrived and the afternoon was spent puttering about.  Joanna went off to sing and play the ukulele.  The rest of us watched Jurassic World and tried to estimate the lifespan of certain characters.  I think it was a little scary for Duncan, who left towards the beginning - I had to assure him that mostly it was bad dinosaurs being eaten by good dinosaurs.  

Sunday started with a hearty breakfast.  I took Emma and Berry to get my haircut with a Metropol stop as a reward.  Later Duncan and Berry went to Flynn's for a birthday party.  Sam and I walked to his friend Isa's house, turned around and headed back (she was apparently busy).  Later he walked over to Humble Bagel to chat with her.  Berry dropped a battery down the sink, so Sam and I fished it out - he seems to strangely enjoy plumbing.  My mom came over for dinner and I enjoyed the latest batch of Joanna's cider.  Sam and I studied more math - he did well on his latest test.  I'm hoping he'll work his way back to a B after this retake.

Looking forward to the short work week and long Thanksgiving vacation.

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Gold And Sulfur

November 21, 2015 by Adam in Emma

Emma has been learning about the elements and did this nice watercolor of Gold and Sulfur.  She's done 24 others, each with their own personality that reflects the properties of the particular element.

Mocha Friday

November 20, 2015 by Adam in Family

The week has been slowly moving along, with small bumps along the way.  Berry is sick again this morning, dooming poor Joanna to another day at home.  Hopefully she finds a clever way to get food into our house as we're on our last gallon of milk.

We had a full house last night.  Emma was drawing caricatures of elements and minerals, almost twenty anime style girls with styles that represented the qualities of the mineral.  I suggested she polish it up and make a book about it - they were great.  Duncan completed his elaborate Minecraft animation - it was really well done, with sound effects, music, camera work, and various special effects.  Sam and I worked on math and I remarked on someone called Isa who drew all over his hands.  I attempted to assure Cecilia that feeling lost in your twenties was pretty normal.  She has a couple visits with librarians that hopefully will be interesting.  Berry's been reading in her room quite a bit, still not feeling great.  Joanna continues her usual awesome activities, spinning yarn, brewing cider, and keeping us well fed.

My lovely wife and I head out to dinner tonight where we'll hopefully manage to make some vacation plans.  Jenny suggested I take off the 23rd to hang out with dad.  I've done so - maybe we can watch Star Wars or something and get some quality hang out time together.  I'm also taking some assorted time off and the whole week between Christmas and New Year's.  It'll be nice to have a little break.

Driving Through The Week

November 19, 2015 by Adam in Family

I headed up to Vancouver again yesterday, leaving the house before sunrise and coming home after sunset.  Hopefully this is the last one for a while.  It was vaguely useful, I suppose, though I had a headache that likely signals the start of the cold that's been going around.  I'm medicating with cafe mocha and Advil, which has me perky and pain-free.

I continue to fret about most everyone.  Joanna's had a cold for a few days.  Berry's been cranky and is staying home sick today too.  Sam and I studied math for two hours last night, hoping to perk up his grades.  Cecilia continues to be uncertain of her life goals and doesn't seem to be enjoying her internship.  Duncan is struggling a little with his French.  Emma . . . well, Emma's generally cheerful and doing well in school, so I suppose there's that.

Still, we're all alive and generally fumbling forward in life.  They do all entertain me in various ways.  Last night Joanna was planning to build her next business venture based on handmade dice.  Dad - we may need to pick your brain on manufacturing techniques.

I left Sam a couple chocolate covered espresso beans when I left work today, along with a note wishing him luck on his test.

Brief Stop in Normalville, PA

November 19, 2015 by Danica in Danica Miller

A couple of weeks ago when I traveled through PA on my way to visit Frank Lloyd Wright's Fallingwater and Kentuck Nob, I couldn't resist a stop in Normalville. We really were hoping for one of those fancy, big signs announcing the small town, but had to make do with this instead. The PA countryside is truly beautiful! Loved visiting the Wright houses, and of course took lots of photos.

Tuckered out

November 16, 2015 by Sue in Wielesek

For the last couple of weeks, I've skittered around among the raindrops trying to get all the fall gardening finished before it really starts to pour. The hard work has been a mixed blessing.In some ways I feel good, getting back some muscles. On the other hand, I'm sometimes so tired at night that I just sort of melt into a blob and watch old X Files. Looking forward to having everyone for Thanksgiving!

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