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playin’ hooky with Nora November 20th, 2013

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On Tuesday I took a random day away from the grind to hang out at the cabin with this little baby bear. D+K were supposed to be doing work while I was playing with her… And they did do *some* work, but mostly it was a relaxing day spent in front of the fire, eating a pumpkin roll, and watching this little one be a total goofball. which she is. at all times.

   

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family September 2nd, 2013


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Nora is crawling all over the place! She is so loud and giggly.

   

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All she wants to do is play with my iPhone and slobber on it. I tried to lure her away with some old Rainbow Brite stuffed toys I had in hiding, but she was not into it.

   

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She does, however, like to point using her middle finger. HAHA!!! “Nora, count to one!” and this is what you get. What a gangster!

   

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Happy 40th July 15th, 2013

Over the weekend, we celebrated my parents 40th wedding anniversary with a surprise party at the cabin. Happy Anniversary Mom and Dad!

   


Kristy's decorations were beautiful

Kristy’s beautiful decorations

   

Jill's cake

Jill’s cake

   

lots of good stories were told

lots of laughter over old stories being told

   

family and friends

family and friends

   

Nora tastes a watermelon

Nora tastes a watermelon, MMMMmmm!

   

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Union Market, etc. May 19th, 2013

Twas a fantastic weekend! We spent Friday evening tasting all that Union Market has to offer with Jill. I even ate (2) oysters and slightly enjoyed them. I probably would have no photos of this outing, but Jill kept insisting, “Take pictures for me so I can blog!” Uhhh, someone is addicted. Just as I told her she would be. It reminds me of many, many years ago how Jill said she would never listen to country music and that she would always hate it. I urged her to give it a little liten, but she adamantly avoided it and refused to see the light. Then one special day I came home to Jill, alone, sitting in front of the computer signing this song at the top of her little lungs, knowing all the words by heart. THERE IS NNOOOO ARIZZOONNNAAAA… Such was her entry into the blogging world, and now she can’t stop.

   

On Saturday morning, Matt took me on a little surprise shopping excursion as an early 3-year anniversary gift. I know, I was shocked too. Where did we go? Only the greatest place EVER! I got to pick out some sweet new cowboy boots and I cannot think of a better “leather” gift than this. omg I’m so excited for my Dan Post boots to arrive!! They didn’t have my size in stock at the store, but they will still be here soon :):):) YAY

   

Today we have been working our butts off to put the house back together after having the floors redone. All new hardwood upstairs!! It’s been a bit of disarray in the process, with my office stacked full of all our junk… but things are finally getting back to normal. Just in time for Monday. Going to be a great week!

   

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family time May 13th, 2013

This weekend consisted of family time at the cabin! We went riding in the truck, hiking, cave exploring… Also, Nora tasted a lemon for the first time!!! So so cute. Pics:

   

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David’s truck tours, ready to go

   

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littlest rider

   

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Bowsin’ through the woods

   

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where the pond used to be

   

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DOUBLE CAVE

   

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cave portrait!

   

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cave party!

   

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cave hiker mom

   

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hello matt!

   

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cousins!

   

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wagon rider

   

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the Jill, elusive and difficult to capture in the wild, pensively eyes the double cave

   

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goodbye Ivory Road March 4th, 2013

After 32 years, my parents finally sold the house we all grew up in. Yesterday we said goodbye to 3737 Ivory Road.

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one last cheers to Ivory Road!

   

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the woods. I think I climbed, at one time or another, every tree in this picture.

   

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goodbye back field! i have many memories of hours and hours spent cutting your grass on the ride-on mower, wearing my bathing suit, getting a tan and listening to my walkman mixed tapes recorded from the radio. ohhh yeahhhh!!!

   

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a last family walk through the backyard.

   

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The firepit, a later addition to Ivory Road, but we had some good memories here, usually centered around holidays and celebrations. I (vaguely) remember chugging Parrot Bay here at my high school graduation party, while David jumped over the flames… then years later singing and listening to the guitar being played a few nights before our wedding… and then another bonfire send-off party for Jill, with S’mores, before her departure for south america world tour part 2.

   

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the shed. Most of our summers revolved around all the toys and things held inside here — basketballs, jump ropes, kickballs, bicycles, baseball bats and gloves, garden tools..

   

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all that is left of the poor willow tree…

   

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so many games of Bob Ball.

   

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measurements on the wall. dad kept track of our heights every birthday. we all grew pretty fast, when you look at it like this. is that Howard the fish drawn in at the bottom??

   

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one last slide! until my hips got stuck at the bottom, that is a pretty good indicator when you’ve literally outgrown the swing set.

   

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*HUG* goodbye house.

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merry christmas December 26th, 2012



my mom’s popcorn and orange slice tree

   

We spent Christmas weekend in Maryland and Delaware: window shopping, eating family meals, drinking wine and talking, watching a light snow fall outside, catching up with friends we haven’t seen in forever, exchanging gifts, posing the doggies for pictures, scarfing down cookies and fudge, and playing team Scrabble. Just perfect.

   


for reference, that was a pretty big gift box

   


<3    
LEON!

   


merry christmas to all

   

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Skyping with Nora November 28th, 2012


   

   

   

   

Look at those cheeks!!!!! How cute is she!!!!!!!!!

   

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welcome nora! October 12th, 2012



   

My little neice!! Nora Emily was born in Anchorage, AK on October 9th. How cute is she!!!???? I can’t believe I am an aunt!! We got to Skype when she was only about 12 hours old, and she is just so tiny and chunky, I wish I could squeeze her through the computer. Welcome to the world, Nora! I can’t wait to meet you.

   

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dinner with Jill July 26th, 2012



   

Jill and I had the most amazing dinner last night. It was even pleasant enough to dine outdoors! we sat and ate and ate and ate, for 3 whole hours, and yes, we consumed all of this. Aren’t these dishes beautiful?! Artwork almost too perfect to eat… Having a pastry chef sibling is just about the best thing ever. Nom nom nom.

   

Besides all the wine and the food and the people watching and meeting Jill’s coworkers and chefs and the outdoor air, we also got to watch a squirrel bury a nut pretty close by to us. Like a foot away in the flower bed we were sitting next to. Perhaps we showed our total unsophistication by laughing and squealing as this process was going on. But if you’ve never seen a squirrel with a nut in it’s mouth scampering through a flower bed, digging a hole, burying a nut, and then fluffing the flowers back around it to hide its treasure… I can assure you this has to be the most comical thing in nature.

   

Anyways, Jill, thank you for this dinner!

   

   

   

   

   

   

   

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