Happy days!

May 28, 2015 by Seraph in Cortez

It was a good day for the Cortez family.  

Today was Isabell's last day of middle school.  Next year she's off to high school! Robbie and I still have work tomorrow, and we'll probably be around the school next week because Robbie is moving rooms. 
I also got offered a new position at the school! In NM you can apply for an internship license once you've taken your initial set of exams, are enrolled in a certification program and already have your bachelors degree. So, with this provisional license in hand I will be the new special ed teacher for the upper grades (5th & 6th, maybe 4th depending on the case load).  
We're all excited to see everyone in a few weeks!  I think 1 large cake will be required to celebrate all the birthdays going on.

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Emma's 12

May 27, 2015 by Adam in Emma

Emma turns 12 today.  I called her on Google Hangouts and Berry, Duncan, and I sung her happy birthday.  Tomorrow she opens her family presents and we eat some cake.  Friday she has some friends stay the night.  Saturday mid-morning a bunch of girls descend on the house for cake, treasure hunts, and running about.

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May 27, 2015 09:51 AM by Sue
No, she's not.

May 27, 2015 11:11 AM by Seraph
Happy birthday Emma!!

Happy Birthday Jenny

May 26, 2015 by Lohring in Lohring

It's the start of the family birthday season.  Happy birthday Jenny

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May 27, 2015 08:07 AM by Adam
Happy birthday Jenny, Emma, and happy Sam half birthday!

Memorial Day Weekend

May 26, 2015 by Adam in Family

It was a pleasant, low-key weekend, full of hanging out, frisbee in the park, and board games.

Friday night Joanna and I went out to a little brewery, enjoying our crepes and cider.  Afterward we listened to some music and wandered home to our reduced horde of children.  Honoka was out at a catering event, dressing like an alien with her "catering Olympics" team.  I hear she won 2nd place for her dessert.

We released the science project frogs Saturday afternoon.  Emma went to Kate's for a birthday sleepover.  Sam returned home.  We both kept playing Witcher 3 and comparing how we played different quests.

The next couple days were generally relaxing.  Emma and I played a bunch of Munchkin.  I took the kids out to the park.  Duncan and Berry helped at a car wash.  Joanna went shopping, despite her gimpy ankle.  I mowed the lawn and did endless laundry.

Life's okay.

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Archeology Film Festival

May 22, 2015 by Sue in Wielesek

Last weekend was the Archeology Film Festival, followed by a conference on Archeology and the Media. I was a host to one of the presenters, a young (38) man from Pakistan. It was really interesting, and I couldn't help but appreciate, after a lunch with him and another film maker, from Iran, the freedom we have. His wife will be submitting her thesis to Cambridge University, and I agreed to proofread it for her. There must be a grammar and style handbook for Britain which is the equivalent of the one put out by the Modern Language Association. I'm looking forward to proofreading Joanna's memoir, and maybe she can take a look at Sarwat's thesis. Oh, how international we are. But I got to see a film of Pakistan, and it looks like an amazingly beautiful place.  Civilization started there in 7,000 BC. Then we went to the Museum of Natural History on campus and  saw the sandals from the "sandal factory" in Paisley Cave from 15,000 years ago. The guys in Pakistand had a better PR team!

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Mocha Friday

May 22, 2015 by Adam in Family

My mocha is gone and I'm settling into the work day.  It's been fairly uneventful this week.  Joanna's ankle continues to heal.  Sam and Honoka have been a little sniffly, but nothing too bad.  Emma's toenail fell off, the long-term consequence of her toe injury from a few weeks back.

Sam and I have both been obsessively playing The Witcher.  Joanna sent off an essay to The Sun and has been getting her book ready for publishers. She sent a couple more stories to Lane Monthly and wrangled a raise.  I've really enjoyed some of her recent biographical articles - this one in particular.

Berry and Emma were fighting over who was cooking what at breakfast this morning, a conflict I can get behind.  Hopefully they'll do the same over laundry and cleaning up after dinner.  Duncan was having some computer woes, but maybe it got resolved.  The life of an aspiring YouTuber is full of technical challenges.

Honoka is off on a catering trip for the next couple days.  Emma has a sleepover with Kate on Saturday.  I'm off next Monday, so hopefully we can all get some good hang out time over the weekend, maybe enjoy some sunshine for a while.  I need to do a library run tomorrow, and we've promised to release the frogs from Berry's science experiment.  The fun never stops.

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Wednesday Update

May 20, 2015 by Adam in Family

All is well.

I got a new hard drive at work, so I've been cracking open my computer and moving parts around.  It's a little weird, as I'm never sure what I'm allowed to do, but I knew how to do it and it all worked out fine.

Joanna's ankle continues to heal.  The crutches are long gone.  She's managed to limp around and do all the typical things, just slower than normal.

Duncan and Berry continue to go to track a couple nights a week.  I think they enjoy it still.

Sam's grades are slowly improving as he makes up work assignments.  We're back to two A's and a B for the things I can see grades for.

Joanna is slowly working on the various summer plans.  We have our Crater Lake trip booked, which should be an adventure.  My plan for the beach trip with everyone is to load up my mom's car with board games, clothes, and beach supplies.  I'll take people over in the minivan.  Can't wait to see everyone.

Witcher 3

May 19, 2015 by Adam in Adam's Games

Both Sam and I picked up Witcher 3 on the release date.  So far, it's a pretty great game, with murky morality and interesting story lines.  I've been riding my trusty horse around, getting into trouble. 

Sam is far past me, of course.  He'll ask what quest I'm on, and we speak in vague terms so as not to spoil the other.

Exciting Weekend

May 18, 2015 by Adam in Family

The weekend started with a bang, in this case Joanna twisting her ankle while playing with Duncan.  She managed to drive the kids home, then I arrived early to take her to urgent care.  It was the usual weird experience where no one could say how much anything costs, or even if they were definitively in network or not.  My mom swooped in to care and feed for the children, who enjoyed their outing to Tasty Thai.  Eventually Joanna and I made it home.  Sam went to see the latest Avengers movie with his friends and I stayed up late until he returned.

I was a little wonky Saturday morning due to fatigue and running around filling in for Joanna.  I played Castle Panic with Berry first thing, and then Superfight with Emma.  I took kids to chess and Emma and I went to the library.  Somewhere in there I got a haircut.  Sam went to work for my mom.  Pizza was purchased.  Honoka got ready for the prom and I took her and her friend to the Ford Alumni Center.  Honoka told stories of a little toddler one of the Prom Patrol people had taken with her, so I think Honoka mostly played with babies.   It made for another late night for me, though - Sam entertained me with more Metal Gear Solid and throwing things at me in the basement.

Sunday morning was pretty relaxing.  Kids were fed.  All but Duncan and Honoka went to see the Avengers movie.  Homework was done.  Emma and I puttered around outside.  Joanna slowly began limping around instead of using crutches.  I played more with Sam.  Everyone is getting excited for summer.

Life is never boring.

Flights Booked

May 18, 2015 by Seraph in Cortez

We booked our flight to Oregon last night!  We will fly in late on 6/15 (Monday) and stay over in Portland before heading to Eugene on 6/16.  We fly back to New Mexico on 7/2 (in the evening). 
We have a wedding to go to on 6/21, and we're starting to put together plans to see some old friends in the days leading up to the beach trip. We'll keep you all updated as plans develop!

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