Thanksgiving Trip Day 4

It appears that we took absolutely no pictures on Friday. I can't even remember what we did! Rachel and Wes arrived at some point, and we did some Thanskgiving preparation (since we had our Thanksgiving dinner on Saturday). Then, all of us married younger folk went to dinner, leaving the grandparents to babysit. They were very noble, and we were the loudest table in the restaurant. Hannah had to wax quite stern, but she got a good picture in the end. Wesley also tended towards high spirits, but Rachel looks beautiful, as ever. And we…
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Thanksgiving Trip Day 3

I just realized a horrible thing. I have no pictures of Oliver! How could that happen?! He was always around, but I guess I was holding him and not the camera. And so, I stole one of Hannah's pictures of him. The boys spent Thanksgiving morning outside. Pepa and Oliver.... oh, I guess I do have one picture of Oliver, anyway. Drawing on the crab boil paper. They did it so thoroughly we ended up putting on fresh. Alli, Meme, and I played around with water colors. We were doing Christmas tags with birds. It…
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Thanksgiving trip Day 2

Not many pictures on Wednesday. Mel was busy letting the dog finish her granola. Bad Melody. Gross. Bad. At least on the floor. ;) We went on a really cool walk into some 30 foot deep canyons you'd never suspect were there, but didn't bring the camera. Good thing - we barely go the boys up and down without the camera getting in the way. Fastforward to early evening, Evan's babysitting Simon on the trampoline. And Dad and Mom are trying to put a coat of varnish on the new table leaf so the table…
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Thanksgiving Visit Day 1

We have at least four converging viewpoints in my collective Texas family, with more emerging all the time. I am grateful for the continued understanding, hope, and love my family endeavors to practice towards each other. We have many disagreements, and even times when personalities rub the wrong way. Everything in a large family becomes exaggerated. But through all that, there is patience, hope, and a persistence in extending love, trust, and hope to each other that I value more each year. I'm also grateful for my older and younger siblings who have grown up…
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Campfire

Or Candle? Have Marshmallows will Travel? Clearly I am the worst blogger in the world. Here's Jackie almost a month ago. Notice how interestingly he writes Rollie's name. His "E" is a many-rung ladder. No longer, but certainly at that time. Ready for some really bad phone pictures? At a park after a birthday party last month... Hike with the Jacobsons on the Chattahoochee River last month. Kai, trying the new contraption... Train show/sale last weekend with friends.. And below, the ramshackle but very cool house we saw over by the Zoo on Jack's birthday.
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Jack’s “Real” Birthday, “Pretend Birthday”, and Zoo Birthday – an exceedingly long picture post

Since Jack's birthday landed on a Wednesday this year, we divided it into "Real Birthday" and "Pretend Birthday". We opened half the presents on Wednesday, and half the presents on Saturday, when Marty's parents could come. I think it's a pretty sweet deal to have two birthdays and get cake twice in a week. Makes it a lot more festive. On Sunday we went to the zoo, and rode the carousel for additional Birthdayness. End of "Real Birthday"... Beginning of "Pretend Birthday", with monkeybread making on Saturday morning. This is what Marty saw out of…
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Halloween 2014

Jack planned to be an army man, but he changed his mind and decided he wanted to be a witch. Two witches, in fact. He would wear black for the Wicked Witch of the West from The Wizard of Oz, and white for White Witch in "The Lion, The Witch, The Molerat and the Dog", as he calls it. Sometimes when they are playing legos or cars, I hear things about the White Witch. She's very present in this house. In case you're wondering, Rollie was a knight, and Kai was John Henry.
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Biking, Mandolins, and 3D prints

See that grin down there? It's very mischievous, isn't it? He is so very happy because he's writing the wrong answer instead of the right one. Egads. And see that pen hold? Yes, it's rather marvelous. Hopefully my continual intervention will help him. Kai is the greeter. He greets people, wherever he is. As we're riding on the bike trail, he lifts a suave (and sometimes Hitler-Youthish looking) hand and offers up a "hi!" to everyone we pass. There are a lot of different kinds of people on the bike trail. You see a lot…
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Various and Sundry

Oh, you know. Just some desultory quarterstaff sparring... Jack went with me to Aldi this morning. It was remarkably pleasant! Not that it's normally unpleasant with all three, and they are quite good in the store, but it's just so calm with only one. We had some good conversations. Here's one of them: Jack: "When I'm as big as you will I get to drive?" Me: "Oh yes, definitely. Of course, you'll be bigger than me. I'm pretty small." Jack: "Oh. Yes, I'll be a giant like Dad." Me: "Oh-ho, Dad's a giant, huh?" Jack:…
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Venetian Blinds

Venetian blinds.. They're a sore spot. I have a deep and abiding hatred for venetian blinds. Some day I want to move away to the country and find a place where you don't need blinds at all. At one point in my earlier life, a person (who shall remain nameless) paid me to clean venetian blinds; blinds that were going to be taken down and thrown away. I did it, but I left that experience badly scarred. Enter life in the city. We live right next to the street. Unless we want to share every…
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