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Thursday, July 21, 2016

Iceberg, Right Ahead!


TURNNNNN! (Posted with permission.)

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July 21, 2016 in Family Life | Permalink | Comments (0)

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Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Tranquility Base Here, The Sadie Has Landed


Four years ago: "WHAT THE EVER LIVING SHIT IS THIS?!"

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July 20, 2016 in Family Life | Permalink | Comments (0)

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Thursday, July 14, 2016

Like Rocks From A Highway Overpass

Oddly enough, Samuel and I were discussing the odds of something like this just today:

One afternoon in 1954 Ann Hodges of Alabama was napping on her couch when a meteorite the size of a software [ed note: softball, or MS Office bundle?] came through the ceiling, bounced off a radio and hit her in the thigh. She escaped with a giant bruise, but the meteorite inflicted much harsher damage in an unexpected way. The Air Force took the meteorite. Hodges and her husband Eugene fought to get it back, but their landlord, Birdie Guy, said the meteorite belonged to her and she sued to get it back. She settled with the Hodges, taking $500 in exchange for the rock.

Good thing he never naps these days...

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July 14, 2016 in Family Life, Mars, Bitches! | Permalink | Comments (0)

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Wow, Eight Years Already?


Me and Neppy with Deke Slayton, July 11, 2008, mere days before arriving at his new home.  Ericka came with, too.

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July 14, 2016 in Family Life, These United States | Permalink | Comments (1)

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Sunday, July 10, 2016

When You Gotta Go


Sometimes we gotta go potty even when it's raining.

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July 10, 2016 in Family Life | Permalink | Comments (0)

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Magnetball


Who will get there first?


Duh.


And she's off!


Such a great striker.


L'il Sis wasn't quite able to keep up, which is most upsetting.

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July 10, 2016 in Family Life | Permalink | Comments (1)

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Wednesday, July 06, 2016

I Don't Want To Know What Love Is

This is precisely what I thought parenthood would be like:

Sam: Am I a villager?

Me: No, you're a townsperson.  You live in a town, not a village.

Sam: Well, I will build my own village, and it will have 10 houses.

Sadie: I'm not going to build anything.

Sam: Then you can get a job, or fall in love.

Sadie: I DON'T WANT TO FALL IN LOVE!

Me: He's just telling you options, not that you have to do any of it.

Sam: Yeah, it's not like I'm controlling you, and forcing you to get married, and have kids, and fall in love.

Sadie: GROSS!!!

Then we moved on to a discussion about whether I ever stepped in hot lava when I was a kid.

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July 6, 2016 in Family Life | Permalink | Comments (0)

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Saturday, July 02, 2016

The Bridges Of Lamoille County


Morgan Bridge built 1871, right off Back Road.


It's like a time machine.


Damned tourists.


Pretending we've gone so far back in time that we don't have kids.


Lumber Mill Bridge, although built in 1887, leads back to Rte 109 and the 21st century.

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July 2, 2016 in Family Life | Permalink | Comments (0)

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Thursday, June 30, 2016

#throwbackthursday


Sam, with a breast pump, the week before Sadie was born.

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June 30, 2016 in Family Life | Permalink | Comments (0)

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Who Doesn't, Really?

In the car this evening...

Sadie: Everybody loves everything.  We love the sky.  We love trees.  We love friends.  We love our family.

Sam: Some people don't love pigs.

Sadie: I hate pigs!

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June 30, 2016 in Family Life | Permalink | Comments (0)

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Thursday, June 23, 2016

#throwbackthursday


There are days I really miss the Fortress of Solitude.

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June 23, 2016 in Family Life | Permalink | Comments (2)

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Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Behold, The Infinite Power Of Nature

Despite our best efforts, Bailey has not been a sleep-in-your-bed kind of dog.  Probably not a bad thing since she's larger than Mex--who can "nuggify" into a compact nugget that doesn't take up lots of room--and clearly has no sense of just how immense her booty is.  The Old Man also probably appreciates having his own privileged space.

But I have discovered one trick to make her spend the night with us: turn on the thunder storms.

The big baby stayed huddled against me all night.  Making it a rather uncomfortable night.  Glad I could provide her some comfort, I guess, but man, it's gonna be a long summer.  At least the nights are short...

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June 21, 2016 in Family Life | Permalink | Comments (0)

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Sunday, June 19, 2016

O, That Curly Tail


Kayla came to give me comfort (thanks to Dear C&D) mere days after Mom died on Juneteenth, 2006.  Missing them both something fierce right now.

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June 19, 2016 in Family Life | Permalink | Comments (0)

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Thursday, June 16, 2016

#throwbackthursday


They still love to sing.

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June 16, 2016 in Family Life | Permalink | Comments (0)

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Wednesday, June 15, 2016

When you get right down to it...


I'm just a little boy who misses his mommy (who I believe never knew I got in trouble during a tornado).

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June 15, 2016 in Family Life | Permalink | Comments (0)

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Parental Fears

Coming home from a doctor's appointment for Sam--who chattered non-stop about everything that popped into his head, including but not limited to Minecraft--I suddenly worried that in an active shooter situation he would quickly give away his position to the bad guy with a gun.  Because he's my son.  

I once got detention for talking during a tornado warning as we were taking shelter in the school basement.  Mr K, our vice-principal and disciplinarian, also assigned me a 500-word essay on why it's essential to not talk when there's a tornado nearby.

Somehow that seems a bit different.

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June 15, 2016 in Family Life | Permalink | Comments (0)

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Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Bring It On, First Grade!


Kindergartner crosses our bridge for the last time.

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June 14, 2016 in Family Life | Permalink | Comments (0)

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Sunday, June 12, 2016

Reading Is FUNdamental

From Sammy Sammerson's teacher:

Did you know that Samuel is an amazing reader? I assessed him on Friday, and he aced the Level I (i) book at 95%. The goal for kindergarten is level B or C. I hadn't heard him read for awhile and was so pleased. I have seen over the years that the others will soon catch up, but being an early reader makes life easier. How did he do that?!

For those of you keeping score at home, that means our firstborn went from not being able to read at the beginning of kindergarten to reading at the top of 1st grade expectations.  He now loves to read, and write, and draw when he used to avoid those activities like the plague.

Sam's not only caught up academically, he's blown past his classmates.  That gives us the space to focus on his anxieties and social interactions, all thanks to socialist education and health care, with a bit of Big Pharma thrown in.

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June 12, 2016 in Family Life, Monkey Brain | Permalink | Comments (1)

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Friday, June 10, 2016

#throwbackthursdayonfridaytwofer


Kayla meets a little morsel.


A couple years later.

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June 10, 2016 in Family Life | Permalink | Comments (0)

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Thursday, June 02, 2016

#throwbackthursday


The whole family is heading to my 25th college reunion this weekend, so here's a picture of me as an incoming First Year Student just before my Colby Outdoor Orientation Trip to Mt Katahdin in '87.  I look pretty much the same.

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June 2, 2016 in Family Life | Permalink | Comments (0)