Wonderful holiday!

October 31, 2014 by Sue in Wielesek

Bob and I are seeing the best of Simon and the best of New England. Like my other seven grandchildren, Simon has only a best side.

Greenfield is a small town, which may have had a growth spurt in 1902, when the Lunt silverware factory opened here. The town is full of fairly large houses which look like Sadie and Greg's, nearly all of which are well maintained - and white. Sort of like the Island of Santorini, without the bright blue roofs.

It's really fun to see Greg in the house husband role. Right now, he and Simon are sitting on the couch, as Greg sings early Motown to Simon, accompanying his IPOD.  Simon seems entranced!
Greg takes him for a long walk for his morning nap.

It's Hallowe'en today and I'm sending lots of good thoughts for great trick or treating. Sadie and Greg definitely have it all together.

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Fun in Greenfield

October 29, 2014 by Sue in Wielesek

Hi, all.

We are just finishing a wonderful day with Sadie, Greg and Baby Simon. First of all, we had a fine trip back. No delays, no lost luggage, no plane repairs. Greg met us at the Hartford airport, which is about an hour from their house.

This morning we moved slowly - no surprise - but had a nice walk a few blocks to a coffee shop, looking at all the huge late 1800's and early 1900's houses. Greenfield has 1bout 17,000 people, apparently about the same number as it's had for the last 100 years. I bet it hasn't changed a whole lot during that time. Sadie and Greg's house was built about 1900, on a spacious lot with a huge oak tree. It has a basement 1st and 2nd floor, and a finished attic,  which Greg uses as an office.

We came back from our walk to find Greg raking leaves and Simon happily gurgling away on his blanket. We had a fine time playing with Simon while Greg raked. I am even more determined to smuggle funny boy back to Oregon; Adam suggests we try carry-on. We would all have lots of fun with the current model of The-Best-Toy-Ever line of gifts!

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October 31, 2014 05:15 AM by Seraph
Have fun! Isabell's new angle for moving to MA is that Simon should get to grow up with one crazy cousin :)

October 31, 2014 06:43 AM by Sue
That seems perfectly reasonable to me.

Halloween is Coming

October 27, 2014 by Adam in Family

Another busy weekend has come and gone.  Poor Joanna succumbed to the cold that's been going around.  Friday night we had a great night out at Ambrosia.  We returned to my mom reading Of Mice and Men to Honoka, to my great amusement.  When Joanna woke up the next day, she was sniffling and miserable.

Emma was off at the beach with her mom, though fortunately she returned Sunday night.  Saturday morning Berry and I woke up - we drew, played Terraria,  and she helped make crepes with me.  Eventually Sam and Joanna woke up for breakfast.  I took the kids to the library, returning with assorted piles of fresh books.  Joanna went off to play music on the radio, which we listened to with the kids.  Somewhere in there I did a ton of laundry.

That evening we went out to a Nearby Nature hike by the river.  It was focused towards small kids, with people dressed as animals imparting a little education about the creatures that live around Alton Baker Park.  Sam started making "I'm annoyed" noises, so he and I peeled off and walked around.  I think he ended up enjoying it - we saw two blue heron, and the lights across the river were pretty cool after the sun set.  We met up with the rest of the crew, picked up our pizza, and watched Mythbusters.

Sunday morning Joanna left early to go to church.  I took the little kids to a Halloween party and watched a scary movie with Sam and Honoka.  She kept hiding behind a pillow for the scary parts - I sometimes wished she'd share.  Eventually everyone returned, I pointed Sam to homework, then we played Crusader Kings II where I ran France into the ground.  Emma arrived, there was pumpkin carving, dinner, and more pumpkin carving.  Eventually we got all the kids in bed.

Now I'm at work, relaxing.

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Key Re-do

October 26, 2014 by Seraph in Cortez

I had my key redone.

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October 26, 2014 04:00 PM by Yayoe
very cool...it looks terrific

October 26, 2014 05:48 PM by Sue
I do like this a lot! Love, olemom

October 27, 2014 09:28 AM by Adam
That looks great, Seraph. I tell people that when the Earth is in dire need and all hope is lost, my sisters and I will press our keys together and form a giant fighting robot to save the day.

October 27, 2014 06:44 PM by Seraph
Adam - Me too! That, or it's a "family thing" with heavy mafia overtones.


October 26, 2014 by Seraph in Cortez

Should we be worried about this kid? :)

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October 26, 2014 11:53 AM by Joanna
She doesn't have an a for Lunch? Yep, I'd be worried. :-)

Mocha Friday

October 24, 2014 by Adam in Family

I have the delicious beverage waiting for me here, so I'll be brief.

I got out of work a little early to get all the kids but Honoka vaccinated.  We returned home and I spent time hanging out with Emma as I won't see her all weekend.  We played Terraria and chatted about school and life - she's gotten quite funny lately.  Sam seemed tired - he'll probably sleep late this weekend.  Honoka showed us her school, as her mom sent pamphlets with lots of pictures.  Berry took inspiration from a story at Emma's school and put up kind notes everywhere. 

I have a hot date with Joanna tonight.  Over the weekend we have a haunted hike, various birthdays, Joanna's doing a radio spot with Girrlz Rock, and I'm sure we'll do some pizza and Mythbusters.

Can't wait.

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Mid-Week Madness

October 22, 2014 by Adam in Family

It's actually not that mad, just the usual juggling of kids, laundry, dishes, and work. 

Honoka had some good hang out time with Berry and Duncan, playing Clue in the basement for a long while one evening.  Berry kept taking breaks to go to Google Translate, compose messages to Honoka, and then read them to her.  It was very sweet.  Honoka also seems glad her English class has moved from
Antigone to Of Mice and Men.  The latter is far easier to understand.

Duncan has been his usual goofy self.  I helped him out with Blender over the weekend - he's doing really challenging things that I vaguely understand.  It's all to make Minecraft videos, which is apparently a great motivator.

Sam's working away at homework endlessly.  We had a fun conversation about relationships as part of his health class assignment.  Joanna, Sam, and I were laughing in the kitchen, thankful the little kids were playing in the basement. 

Joanna and I are doing well, trying to arrange a date for this week.  I think we've got some last minute Halloween things to sort out, and next month the holidays start in earnest.

Getting Ready for Halloween

October 20, 2014 by Adam in Family

The weekend seemed quite full of both play and work.

Friday night Joanna and I went to see Singing in the Rain, which I thought was charming, with some pretty good dance numbers.  Joanna thought the scene changes could have been tighter, and it was admittedly a little long.  Still, it was fun to have a night on the town.

Saturday morning was breakfast, library, and then off to the farm to get pumpkins.  Everyone was in pretty good spirits, and I think Honoka was excited to ride the horse-drawn wagon and pick her pumpkin.  It was a little hot and muddy, but we survived the corn maze and fed the goats too.  The apples we got afterward were excellent.  The evening ended with Emma going to a sleepover and the rest of us enjoyed pizza and Mythbusters.

Sunday morning I picked up a relatively rested Emma, who told of silly string battles with her friends.  Duncan and Joanna went off to church, with Duncan going to a friend's house until dinner.  Joanna also had her Girrlz Rock photo shoot at three, plus assorted projects.  I ended up hanging out with the girls a bunch, first playing Terraria and then setting up decorations.  I also managed a ton of laundry and some planter box repair.  By the end of the day I was fairly worn out, but managed some graphic novel reading time.  Honoka and her friend Megan cooked up something for class and made Emma eat it for photographic proof, much to her delight.

It was the usual Monday madhouse this morning.  Everyone has scattered to their various daily activities.  All is well.

Mocha Friday

October 17, 2014 by Adam in Family

It was a bit of a madhouse this morning, getting everyone fed, clothed, packed with lunch, and so on.  Berry had a minor melt down during picture day, not wanting to wear a clean shirt and instead the one she wore the day before.  I eventually escaped the chaos to sip my sweet mocha.

Emma was over last night, which was a treat for me.  We played Terraria with Berry.  I taught her to swing dance in the kitchen.  She insisted on leading, which caused me to be flung about the room into Joanna and Honoka making sushi for dinner.  It was great fun, though.  Later that night she told me that she liked school and didn't mind going.  She has a sleepover at a friend's house this weekend and the next.  I think she's doing just fine.

I'm meeting with Glen, my old boss, for lunch today.  I miss the old crew and our sense of camaraderie. 

Tonight Joanna and I are being cultural and going to a play.  I do like hanging out with her, so I'm excited.

Crusader Kings II

October 14, 2014 by Adam in Adam's Games

Sam's gotten me into Crusader Kings II, which is a medieval dynasty simulator.  I'm playing the Kaiser of the Holy Roman Empire and Sam was playing a Countess in Italy.  He schemed and imprisoned his way to become Queen of Italy, while I slowly but nicely expanded my empire and birthed a couple heirs.  Eventually Sam turned against the Pope, got excommunicated, and lost a war because his character was old and infirm.  After complaining for awhile, I had his character imprisoned and executed, which cheered him up immensely as he could then play the son of the Queen, who people generally liked.

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