Darn It

May 28, 2010 by Adam in Family

I noticed a hole in my sock this morning. Joanna immediately whipped out a needle and thread and darned me. It was very sweet.

I was a little mopey yesterday, the first of Emma's birthdays that I've ever missed. I talked to her on the phone a couple times, which was nice, and we have a bunch of parties planned this weekend. I kept myself busy yesterday, shopping for vast quantities of food, working on laundry, and taking in the mail. Life feels very full these days.

Tonight Joanna and I plan on making Emma' birthday cake, an elaborate blend of cheesecake and chocolate cake, shaped into a guitar. Hopefully it'll be well received by the girls descending on our house Saturday afternoon. Sunday evening we have a family birthday for Emma and Jenny. Monday is a BBQ of some kind, though I don't know when. Hopefully we can have some time to relax or play outside. I'd love to get Emma practicing on her bike again.

As for me, I'm going to finish my mocha and work on our new Internet site. It feels good to finally be able to fix things after the last of the vendors have been swept away.



More Family!

May 28, 2010 by Sue in Wielesek

Yesterday morning Richard brought a baby squirrel which he found on the ground outside their apartment complex. Unfortunately there didn't seem to be much chance of leaving it in the high traffic kitty path for the mom to rescue, so we warmed it up (it's been cold and rainy) and got some puppy milk substitute from the pet store. He was pretty subdued yesterday, but this evening started wolfing down his food. I think he's about a month old. I'll check with the animal rescue center; it would be nice if he could just move into the Doug Fir with the other two squirrels when he's older.




Birthdays and more!

May 27, 2010 by Seraph in Cortez

Happy Birthday Jenny!!  I'll do a celebatory happy dance in your honor!


I had so much fun with Sadie & Greg that I was making plans to move into their closet.  It was great to see Sadie become a master (hood, robe, only missing the staff), meet Greg's family, and have game night with their truly wonderful neighbors!  Plus, we went to the most amazing mall and touched beautiful things.  Ok, so maybe I'm the only person who will remember the mall as one of the highlights, but there really were amazingly beautiful things to see!  We also saw quintisential New England places, full of history and trees (Sadie - shall I mention the trees again??)



Birthdays Galore!

May 26, 2010 by Adam in Family

Last Sunday, Joanna and I made baklava for Sam, his favorite sweet.  She has a tradition of celebrating half birthdays, and this morning we whipped out a half-birthday bakalava with candles, a card, and presents.  He was surprised and happy, quite enthusiastic about this new excuse for a celebration.  He immediately turned some of the money in the card, coupled with his savings, into a new computer game.  Hopefully he'll wear the new socks sometime too, as his current ones are surprisingly holey.


Jenny also has her birthday today, and for a few months we're the same age.  Happy birthday, Jenny!  I'm throwing a family birthday for Emma Sunday night, and you're welcome to come.  I need to send out e-mail invitations, as I've been slacking off lately.


Emma's birthday is tomorrow.  For some reason seven seems so much older than six.  I've arranged for a rock-and-roll themed party for her and her friends Saturday afternoon.  It should be an exciting weekend.


Sam informed me this morning that he actually enjoys school.  He went on to say that it was because they weren't learning anything, but I suspect that he's just gotten good at school and enjoys the things they've been doing in class.  I'm a fan of secretly teaching kids while they have fun.


This morning was filled with children as Joanna and her clan were over last night.  Emma played with Berry and Duncan in the basement while Joanna and I rushed about making breakfast and cleaning up.  Everyone was generally cute and funny, with a few moments of tears when they had to go to school.  Duncan cheerfully offered up his Tears of Suffering for others to devour after he'd settled down.











Crepes and Tricycles

May 24, 2010 by Adam in Family

I'm back at work, the frantic activity at work replacing the frantic activity of home.  Both are pleasant though, in their own ways.


Friday night Joanna and I hit up a gardening store, ate relatively good sandwiches at the Go Healthy Cafe, and turned in early.  Saturday morning I collected the kids and went home.  They'd had doughnuts, which evidently stifled their appetite until noon.  Until then, we played Munchkin and had a great time, with Emma winning in the end.


Joanna, Berry, and Duncan arrived for lunch and we generally hung about the house.  Sam spent much of the afternoon at John's house, with Emma and I collecting him for pizza and Mythbusters.  After the smaller kids went to bed, Joanna, Sam, and I watched Doctor Who to round out the evening.


Sunday morning was filled with crepes, whip cream, and lots of playing.  Sam hung out with Josh for a few hours, and Emma with my mom.  Joanna and I made a special something for Sam's upcoming half-birthday, as well as getting things ready for Emma's birthday party.  Our hot date Friday night will likely involve making cake.


As the day wore down, I tidied up the house and forced the kids to go outside after dinner.  As usual, they complained loudly about going, but had a great time once they were out there.  Sam had the usual Nerf shootout with the neighbors.  Emma broke out the tricycle and rode around like a maniac.


This morning everyone was funny and cheerful, well motivated by leftover crepes and whip cream.












Outdoor School Wrap-up

May 24, 2010 by Adam in Sam

Sam's teacher passed along some photos of his outdoor school experience, which I'm posting here.  My general impression is that Sam didn't especially like outdoor school, though it was memorable.  He made some comments about singing a lot, and that normal school would seem so easy compared to outdoor school.  Hopefully he built a little character along the way.








Conquering Concord

May 22, 2010 by Sadie in Sadie & Greg

Sitting and listening to the shot heard 'round the world in Concord.



Thanks to all the graduation well-wishers!



Belated Mocha Friday

May 21, 2010 by Adam in Family

My morning mocha is but a distant memory, though I can still feel its magical powers bubbling through my veins. It's been a good work day, cleaning up vendor messes and generally whipping our new Internet site into shape.

Joanna wasn't up for open mic night, so we saw Date Night for date night. Quite funny. Tonight we're hitting a gardening store and heading out to west Eugene to visit a gluten-free restaurant we've been meaning to get to for ages.

I haven't heard any more from Sam, who is probably on his way to Jamie's house at this moment. I hope he had a good time. I Skyped Emma last night, who told me how she made root beer from scratch at Coyote Kids. I think she likes doing nature things, so hopefully we can do more of that next year.

Kirsten showed up at my house last night, delivering Josh's old bike to Sam. I hope to find some time to get it ready for him in preparation for the summer and next year. It's in pretty good shape and really only needs a fender for rainy weather. I'll see if I can teach Sam some basic bike maintenance too. I have fond memories of replacing bike tubes with the use of two forks (sorry, mom!).

I'm excited to see the kids tomorrow. Emma has asked to plant something this weekend, so I'll try to oblige her. Swimming would be fun too, though I'm not sure I'll get everything ready in time. Both kids are wrapping up the school year, and I'm trying hard to get everything ready for summer. Time flies.



I do exist!

May 21, 2010 by Sue in Wielesek

Woould you believe that organization is moving right along! Other, of course, than forgetting my League of Women Voters board meeting. I went to see the first film in the Archeology Film Festival on Tuesday night, The Secrets of the Nile, ancient Nubia. Here's what I don't get. I knew as soon as the graduate student published the article in Nature in 1984 that the Out of Africa theory was the only thing which made sense. But if that small band of people and their descendants wandered down the Nile over 100,000 years, why aren't there more artifacts from that time period along the Nile, even with the annual flooding. Now they're putting in major dams on the Nile, and all these things will be underwater and covered by silt.


Bob, Aric and Anna had a nice trip to Canada, but for the fact that the basketball coach at Simon Fraser suddenly quit his job after 15 years, and after making an appointment to meet with Aric, didn't call Aric, and completely blew him off. Aric enjoyed meeting the coach at University of Victoria, but they can only take one more US player, so we can only hope. They could only offer a tuition only scholarship but we're hoping for something.


Sadie and Seraph, I'm hoping to Skype with you while you're together. We need to talk telephones.


I had a nice lunch with Dad, and got caught up on his news.



Outdoor School

May 20, 2010 by Adam in Sam

I was a little worried about Sam, who wasn't very excited to go to outdoor school this week. This morning I got a report from Dave, one of Sam's teachers, along with this picture.

Any anxiety Sam had before coming has seemingly washed away. He's doing great, and has a great cabin with his buddies. See ya Friday!


It sounds like the brainwashing is working.



Mid-Week Shift

May 19, 2010 by Adam in Family

Wednesdays are always sea changes for me. The kids are off and I usually hang out with Joanna or get things done at my house until Saturday morning. I've felt a little off all day.

Monday night the kids and I went to Roosevelt for orientation, after a quick dinner at home. It was terribly nostalgic. Walking into the library was like a dream, as almost thirty years ago I spent many a lunch hour watching movies like Young Frankenstein. Emma was eager to stay, though tired by the end. Sam seemed a little excited, especially as we hooked up with three other Crest kids. There are at least two others in the neighborhood who are going into sixth grade.

Sam left for Outdoor School today, returning Friday afternoon after three days of no-electronics. He's been unhappy about going, so I put together a care package for him: the Munchkin game, another card game, baklava, home made beef jerky, and the Graceling book. Hopefully he'll have a good time, though he told me "If I come back saying I had a good time, I've been brainwashed." I guess I'm crossing my fingers for brainwashing, then.

We had Joanna and her kids over last night, a quick meal of quesadillas, followed by bath and bedtime. Emma was sweet, reading her school book to Berry and Duncan. Sam reveled in watching Malcolm in the Middle episodes. Everyone got up surprisingly early and I cleaned, packed, and herded my way through the morning. I think I got everything ready for Sam's trip. Emma was very huggy as I dropped her off to school. It's always odd that I won't see them for a few days.

Tonight Joanna and I are visiting an open mic at a coffee house. I may have to indulge in a decaf mocha.



Poster Girl

May 19, 2010 by Adam in Emma

Emma was given a school project on the Amur Leopard a couple weeks ago, in preparation for her upcoming zoo trip. Jamie helped her research, writing notes down on a piece of paper. Starting this last weekend, Emma's been enthusiastically making her poster, directing me to find certain pictures and writing notes underneath each one. It's impressive to see her so self-motivated. I've assisted when directed to, but otherwise it's all hers, typos and all.



Graduation Presents!

May 19, 2010 by Sadie in Sadie & Greg

Many, many thanks to all the gift givers and well wishers this graduation season! We've especially enjoyed the anonymously given luggage rack, which is used as a base for playing our favorite board game, Cosmic Encounter.




Talent Show Weekend

May 17, 2010 by Adam in Family

I'm back at work, another weekend come and gone.  Because of my work trip, I'd swapped days with Jamie and had the kids Thursday night onward.  Friday afternoon I picked up Sam and Emma from the Musgroves, with Emma returning home with a bag full of worms.  We stopped by Tasty Thai, which has lots of gluten-free food for Joanna.  Dinner was outside in the gorgeous weather, Duncan and Berry playing in the sandbox and running about the back yard.  That night Sam, Joanna, and I watched Doctor Who late into the night.


Saturday was a massive breakfast of oatmeal-yogurt blueberry pancakes for the grown-ups, and crepes and sausages for the kids.  Whip cream has evidently become a necessity as well, even more so than chocolate milk and marshmallows.


Emma and I went to the library with Joanna, Berry, and Duncan.  The newcomers were duly impressed with the library, Duncan remembering having gone there once before with his dad.  We loaded up on Dora books for the small kids, a puberty book for Emma, and a couple funny teen books for Sam.  Emma and I hung out a bit longer to eat bagels and slap the statue out front.  It felt good to have some one-on-one time with her.


The afternoon was pretty low-key.  Sam and I played Sleep is Death, a quirky two-player storytelling game.  He figured it out faster than I did, being the storyteller for three different tales: our first test, Adventures with a Skull, and Jail Break.  Sam has a bit of an exciting-streak, but I managed to turn most of them into comedies.  I later led a story with him, which I'll try to put online.


We wandered down to the park for play, and then had tacos for dinner.  We delayed pizza and Mythbusters until Sunday night as the day was just too full.


Sunday morning was equally low-key.  I took Sam and Emma to my mom's while the rest of us went to church.  I had some time afterward with Emma while Sam worked at my mom's house.  Later the two of us watched the talent show where Joanna, Duncan, and Berry performed.  After saying our farewells, I picked up Sam and we had a quiet evening.  Sam finished his poster.  Emma worked on spelling and helped me go grocery shopping.


The week ahead promises to be exciting.  We're off to Roosevelt tonight for Sam's orientation.  He helped pick his electives and woodworking and reading went to the top of his list.  Swimming and biking were in there too, with debate way down at the bottom.  We'll see what he ends up getting.


Sam's also going to outdoor school along with his entire 5th grade class.  He's not really looking forward to it, so I hope he has an okay time.  I'll see if I can put together a care package of sorts.  Donations are welcome.


 











Emma's Song

May 15, 2010 by Adam in Emma

Emma's asking me to write down a song she's making up in the bath:


 


Open my eyes, I feel the sun in my hair.


And I like going fast and I can't go where


And I'm late for my train.


Sometimes I can't realize


I'm standing right here in the world


The place I want to go


Is with you


Is the one I want to be with


But I can't find a place in my heart to fit you in


After twenty days


And I'm going all up in your life


And I'm feeling something new


That you should be with me all the time


And I just can't get loose


And I just came through another weekend


And another day until our date


It's seven in the morning


I just woke up and I'm running late for my second date


And I just can't get in my car


I have to do stuff fast now


Here's a hint for you to stay


Just with me, that's all I need


That's all I need.


You to do.  You to do.



They Pay Me To Do This

May 15, 2010 by Adam in Adam

I put together a short video of my work trip.  Yes, they actually paid me to do this.











Mocha Friday

May 14, 2010 by Adam in Family

My mocha is long-gone, the day feeling very busy and endless projects and tasks clamoring for my time.  It's nice being back after my work trip, returning slowly to the current routine.


I left work early on Thursday going food shopping and getting Sam to watch Iron Man 2.  It was big-budgettastic, with over-the-top special effects and Robert Downey Jr. in good comedic form.  The plot was serviceable, with some subtle digs at the defense industry.  I went home to a cheerful Emma.  She had a good time with the pink feather wig that Summer had given me from the trip.


As for the weekend, I'm going to try to be as low-key as possible in between the various things that are going on.  Joanna and her kids arrive for dinner, which I'm hoping can be orderd from Tasty Thai.  She's part of a talent show this weekend, so she has practice Saturday and is playing on Sunday.  Since she's playing Taylor Swift, I'll bring Emma along for the festivities.  Sam has some homework to finish and has requested that he learn how to program.  The latter may be a more exciting project, and take awhile.  The weather is also supposed to be beautiful, so I'm hoping we can get outside as much as possible.




Live!

May 13, 2010 by Seraph in Cortez

Here she is!  We spent way too much time last night on YouTube.  Ahhh... American past times.




All Work and No Play Makes Adam a Dull Boy

May 12, 2010 by Adam in Adam

It was another interesting day at our team's face to face meetings.  While originally intended for the woman behind me, we all tried on the pink wig Summer brought for everyone.  Lisa and her husband live on an island off the coast and we had dinner at her house this afternoon.  The weather was beautiful and the scenery amazing.


It'll be nice to get back home, though.  I especially miss Emma, who texted me "Frum Emma.  I love you." after I took a picture and sent it to Jamie's phone.




Birthday Roses

May 11, 2010 by Yayoe in Danica Miller

Here's a picture of Dorothy, who turned 92 on May 5th. She's back doing cross word puzzles, playing bridge, and thriving at her new facility in Rochester NY. She also sounded wonderful on the phone...like the old Dorothy we know and love!



Rain

May 11, 2010 by Adam in Sam

I sent Sam into the rain over the weekend with the waterproof camera.  Watching it makes me dizzy, so make sure you're sitting down first.











Internet

May 11, 2010 by Seraph in Cortez

Tomorrow the satalite dish arrives that should (crossing fingers, knocking on wood) deliver consistant internet.  We finally gave up on the resort delivering on their promise, so we're taking the initiative.  Anyway, once it's up we'll upload a pic of the new baby (our new computer that is)! 



Mother's Day Weekend

May 11, 2010 by Adam in Family

It's ten o'clock and I'm posting this from a hotel room.  After being up for nineteen hours, I'm exhausted.  Here's the video of our fun-filled weekend:











Gary and Lynda's Hostel

May 10, 2010 by Dick in Wielesek

Hi, guys, I'm going to curl up in my jammies as soon as possible and listen to the NPR show about Oakridge. Don't forget as people come and go during the summer that their hostel is available. It's "oakridgehostel.com"


The radio show is wwwlprx.org/30960-state-of-the-re-union.


 


 



4:30 a.m. Mocha

May 10, 2010 by Adam in Family

It's crazy early in the morning and I'm soon to be picked up for my ride to Bellingham.  It's one of those face-to-face meeting things, our whole team getting together.  I have a cold this morning, so my enthusiasm about this trip is lower than usual.  Hopefully it'll be a productive few days.


It was a good weekend, overall.  I picked up the kids Saturday morning and we puttered around the house until Joanna and her kids arrived later that day.  I recruited Sam and Emma to help outside with preparing a mushrom growing area behind the shed.  Somewhere in there the kids got wheelbarrow rides, cries of glee filling the yard.  Once Berry and Duncan showed up, it was our traditional pizza and Mythbusters and then bed.


As usual, I rolled up my sleeves Sunday morning to make a massive breakfast of crepes, sausages, and whip cream.  Joanna got her requested ultrasonic jewelery cleaner for her Mother's Day gift, and proceeded to clean everything she could fit in there.  The kids ran about until it was time for church, with Emma and Sam hanging out at my mom's house.  Joanna was having a hard time with back pain that day, which didn't quite clear up until later in the afternoon.  Fortunately she was well enough to prepare and cook the chicken, and peel potatoes while I set the table.


Mother's Day dinner was a hit, with my mom, Bob, Yayoe, John, and Colette chatting the night away.  Emma was a social butterfly, impressing everyone with her ability to hold a conversation.  The kids were enamored with the steady flow of cookies and chocolate mousse that graced the table.  Eventually everyone went home, full and satisfied.  I took Sam and Emma to Jamie's house, where they imparted a long list of presents.  She seemed to enjoy the pottery the kids' painted, our secret getaway from a few weeks back.


I best shave and get ready to be picked up.  My ride arrives soon.  I'll see if I can put together some weekend movies on my drive up.



Mushroom Farm

May 09, 2010 by Adam in Adam's Projects

Joanna ordered mushroom spore laced dowels from the local farm cooperative.  Yesterday the kids and I got the dowels "planted."  First, Sam dug a trench behind the shed.  We lined it with plastic so that it would hold water, and set up the water spout to empty into it.  I drilled holes in logs and Sam and Emma pounded the dowels into the holes.  Finally we set up the logs in the trench.  With luck, mushrooms should appear in a few months, and the logs should last a few years.




Happy Mothers' Day, Jeannie

May 09, 2010 by Sue in Wielesek

The dog party was pretty darn fun. Lucy was on her best behavior, and the other three dogs in attendance were cute, including a yorkie in a sun dress. I


know that Yorkies have to have really little brains, but when the owner does that little topknot thingy with the ribbon, they look smart and perky. Jenny gave me a lovely red cyclamen, and I will take a picture of it sitting by the lamp in the dining room.


The appraisal woman will be here on Wednesday to do an appraisal of the furniture, the plumber should start soon on the basement work, and I'm close to the point of planting flowers, etc.


Many hugs to all.



Happy

May 09, 2010 by Seraph in Cortez

Happy Mother's Day to all!!  We love you!



Busy week!

May 08, 2010 by Dick in Wielesek

The people who are buying the Reardons' house are doing some major remodeling, and had a person come in with a backhoe to do some terracing in the backyard. At the end of his project there, he came over and did a little work for me. I'm pretty pleased with how it turned out. We have the new window installed in the basement, and the floor dug up for the new plumbing. Haven't found any bodies, in spite of the murder here in the late 40's. Guess she shot her husband and called it quits thereafter.


Anna arrived mid-week, looking cheerful and as though she were looking forward to her job in Portland this summer. She'll be working at Sur La Tab, where she worked before, a fancy cookware place. Bob, she and Aric will be doing a road trip to Seattle next weekend, so Anna can see her friend Liz, about to mitose,


and Aric can look at colleges.


Adam is having all us moms for Mothers Day dinner, which should be nice. And of course, I'm going to the birthday party Jeannie is throwing for her dog at Jenny's


tomorrow.


 



Naked Mole Rat

May 07, 2010 by Adam in Adam

We've had a project at work that involves redoing our Internet site. It's been a comedy of errors, with vendors coming and going, and assorted obstacles and delays along the way. As of this week, we've finally been given permission to dig in and try to fix things ourselves. It's been a little crazy, with no documentation and occasionally vague requirements, but it's also been tremendous fun and satisfying to actually accomplish things.

That being said, I have taken to talking to the naked mole rat that Seraph gave me long ago. This morning Joanna snuck into my cubicle and put together a little movie of my quirky cubicle hijinks.



Mocha Friday

May 07, 2010 by Adam in Family

It's Mocha Friday, though my beverage of choice is but a distant memory. It was a free one today, after obtaining the required ten punches on a card. Free is always tastier.

Thursday evening was a bit of a frantic madhouse, rushing to the library, grocery store, post office, and home to Skype with Emma. She explained how she learned to follow a calf with her eyes clothed in her Coyote Kids class after school. I'm glad she's having a good time doing something a little different. Emma was a little worried she'd miss me due to my upcoming business trip, but I assured her I'd see her on Saturday. Sam also got on briefly to show off his new headphones.

I drove down to Creswell after packing my lunch and clothes for the night, collapsing early to sleep. I think I'm getting a touch of whatever Sam had, as I feel a bit of scratchiness in my throat. Fortunately caffeine and Advil work like a charm.

Tonight we have absolutely nothing of importance planned, other than making dinner and taking it easy. Tomorrow begins the kid and Mother's Day festivities. I have a Mythbusters and My Neighbor Totoro lined up for kid entertainment. Of course, anything is fun to watch with enough pizza to go around.



Mid-Week Omelette

May 05, 2010 by Adam in Family

I drove the kids to school this morning, after fulfilling their assorted breakfast requests. Emma wanted an omelette, which I managed to do quite well. Sam got cheese eggs and waffles, quite disappointed that Emma got the last of the whip cream in her frothed, warm milk.

Sam was really sick for most of this week, with a sore throat that made it painful when eating anything. We had some brief success with numbing his throat with teething gel, but it only worked briefly. Yesterday night he suddenly improved. We had Joanna and her family over for dinner. Sam ate chicken, macaroni and cheese, broccoli, and mashed potatoes. Later that night he had an entire peanut butter and honey sandwich.

There was some excitement yesterday, though. I was about to send him to school, when he went to throw up as Emma got in the car. I think it was lack of food combined with Motrin and vitamins. He perked up later and I left him at home so I could meet with auditors at work. Meanwhile, the SWAT team was called in a few blocks away. I called my mom and Sam hung out at her house for the rest of the day.

Emma has been cheerful and pleasant as always. She's gotten really good at sight reading and has been eagerly reading Frog and Toad to me at night. She also got some makeup and a hairbrush from my dad, presents from his time in Disney World. Soon I was chatting with him on the couch, straight hair and glitter on my cheeks.

As for me, Joanna and I have song circle tonight. I'm hoping to accomplish some miscellaneous shopping and house projects tomorrow. The weekend should be the usual kid-filled happy chaos, with Mother's Day dinner as a tasty finale.




You're graduating!

May 03, 2010 by Sadie in Sadie & Greg

I got this perfect little card from mom and Emma today. Thank you!




Singing Through the Weekend

May 03, 2010 by Adam in Family

I'm back at work, and the kids are at school. I'm not sure they were thrilled about the latter. Sam still has a sore throat, but I think he's on the mend. The hardest part is getting food in him, as swallowing hurts. I've been making a lot of rich, foamy, warm milk, and other things that have lots of calories and go down easy. Hopefully he'll be better by the end of the week.

Friday night Joanna and I went to the Supreme Bean to listen to Ali Losik. She played the piano and ukulele, wonderful jazzy tunes about love and happiness. Coupled with a mocha, it made for a fun night.

Sam was dropped off at the house Saturday morning while Emma and Jamie went to King Estate Winery for the day along with Jim, Judy, Josh, Dave, and Kirsten. Sam was feeling so miserable at the time that he wasn't up for pizza and Mythbusters. We ended up having yakisoba and Mythbusters, which worked well enough.

I think Berry and Duncan were feeling a little under the weather, as they seemed more tired than usual. They still had a good time playing and running around outside. Evidently Duncan is set on crepes every Sunday morning now. I made gluten-free pancakes for Joanna and I, and while we thought they were delicious, Duncan was quite adamant about his love of pancakes he can roll up.

The kids had a good time at my mom's on Sunday. She managed to find some food to feed Sam, and for some strange reason we played marbles on the table upon my arrival. Since the weather was so gorgeous, I borrowed a Frisbee from my mom and we ended up going to the park to play. Emma's gotten really good and we were out so long I got a sunburn. Sam finished up almost all of his research project, Emma's reading a chapter book to me for school, and everyone had a quiet evening together.

Emma loves Taylor Swift. I loaded up some songs on her mp3 player, so she's been running around the house singing along.



Ahhhh!

May 01, 2010 by Seraph in Cortez

Our internet has (again) been off and on this week.  I've just now picked up a very low signal, which is amazing as we got 8" of snow last night and our power was out for 6 hours.  I'm glad I've only planted things that are hardy to -30 degrees.  Sigh....



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