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Thursday, September 01, 2016

#throwbackthursday


Outside The Shining hotel, Mt Hood, 2014.  We'll be back in Oregon later this month.

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Tuesday, August 30, 2016

among true geniuses the wounds always heal


Apprehensive on his first day of preschool, 2013.

As I've said before, it really is amazing we live in a community that provides pre-k for 2 years.  This offers great opportunities for kids, even if some residents think we should brush them under the rug, dump them on grandparents, etc, until kindergarten.


School picture, 2014.

This little boy has enjoyed great instruction, socialization, and intervention when he needed it most.  Without early pre-k, he would've been unprepared for kindergarten, and ultimately would cost our community and state even more money over the long run.


Traditional Mom/Son first day pic, kindergarten 2015.

Because we've had such great support, our little boy loves school, has excelled in reading and other academic areas, and is set up for future success.  Sure, his meds help, but they would be ineffective without the efforts of a lot of wonderful educators.


Even made the school newsletter front page!

Not only is our state and school pretty great, so's the photographer for the shot above, who just so happens to be the principal.  The joy I see not only in Samuel, but pretty much every student at Fletcher Elementary is a testament to our dedication to good education that doesn't crush the spirit but makes it soar.


He was up and hour early for the first day of FIRST FREAKING GRADE.

I cannot believe this munchkin has upended our lives for almost 7 years.  And now a new adventure awaits him, as well as our entire family...

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Monday, August 29, 2016

Кончится Лето


Not a cairn in the world as summer ends.


By the Stowe Rec Path.


Off to the races.


She demanded to take her helmet off.  STFU.  You parent your own child.

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Sunday, August 28, 2016

#throwbackwhateverday


This was TBT for August 28, 2014.  Samuel goes back to school on Tuesday, Sadie the following week.  No snow forecast.

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Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Birds Of A Feather


Sam and I went to the Bird Museum where this...


...becomes this...


...with cool power tools like this.


On the long and winding gravel roads to the place, Sam kept asking if there'd be dinosaurs, and he was thrilled to take a picture of Archaeopteryx to post on Instagram.


In the Treehouse.  "Why don't I see any birds?"


It is indeed a mystery.


Bird blind by a pond just just after we'd had a mutually startling encounter with a lovely doe.  Still no birds near us for some reason.

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Thursday, August 04, 2016

#throwbackthursday


Da Tail and Dear Departed Vinnie, just over 10 years ago.

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Saturday, July 30, 2016

Sculptures On A Mountaintop

If you're in the area of Enosburg Falls, Vermont, you should go to Cold Hollow Sculpture Park.  It can be hard to find, but is quite lovely all around:

David Stromeyer has been building it for more than four decades, but will they come? The combination of a remote location and a lack of signage could challenge anyone searching for Stromeyer's...Cold Hollow Sculpture Park. And don't count on finding cell service in the vicinity of this northern Vermont outpost. But persistence will be rewarded once visitors get a glimpse of the 55 large-scale pieces scattered around meadows and atop hillocks on the mountain-ringed, 200-acre property in Enosburg Falls.

The site ranks as one of very few sculpture parks in Vermont — and certainly thelargest devoted to the work of a single artist.

I can vouch for the bad mobile service: hard to get a signal so Google Maps would work.  But we're a hardy, resourceful people, and found our way.  Well worth the struggle and sacrifice.

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Thursday, July 28, 2016

Can You Tell Me How To Get Axed On Sesame Street?

I've been alive just a smidge longer than Sesame Street. I do not like change in my beloved neighborhood, especially when it involves losing characters who have taught me so much for over 40 years.  I just hope Big Bird doesn't really move to a new habitat with that Alexander Hamilton guy...

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Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Parenting: We're Doing It Wrong

Wonder if there's a lot of money in "off-grid" whoring?  Because I would totally blog our experience if people will donate for that sort of thing.

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Thursday, July 21, 2016

Iceberg, Right Ahead!


TURNNNNN! (Posted with permission.)

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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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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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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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Sunday, July 10, 2016

When You Gotta Go


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

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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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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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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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Thursday, June 30, 2016

#throwbackthursday


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

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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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Thursday, June 23, 2016

#throwbackthursday


There are days I really miss the Fortress of Solitude.

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