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 What did you do today?  We went to worship, came home to make lunch and watched the Moody Church’s service streaming live while cooking, had spaghetti for lunch, made oatmeal cookies, had resting time during which I was working on the checkerboard I’m making, had Dean over to play, had supper consisting of fried eggs, cheese, oranges and popcorn, watched “Frozen,” got ready for bed, read a bible story, facetimed with George, tucked everyone in and proceeded to work on the checkerboard until way too late.  

Lydia 12.5 months: she’s walking pretty well now, says daddy, mommy, down, more milk, Dean, dog, loves to sing, laugh, read books together and in general enjoys all our day-to-day activities. She waves to just about anyone and flashes her big gummy smile (though she does have two teeth now), blows kisses, and loves attention. Lydia may be our most opinionated child so far. She wins the prize by a long shot for not sleeping through the night the longest and has probably traveled more miles than any of the other girls. She’s a sweetie! Definitely a keeper ūüôā


National Botanic Gardens



This train exhibit was so creative!  There were all sorts of insects, toadstools and iconic DC monuments and buildings made out of natural plant materials: sticks, vines, acorn tops, colorful leaves, flower petals, etc.  It all looked like it had been shellacked with something to preserve it.


The tour guides ūüôā

Becky, Louis, Dean, Sarah, Grace, Elliana and Clara


More trains

Cookie exchange

Update: Pictures from the real cookie exchange have arrived!

DSC_0129-001DSC_0127-001I guess I didn’t get a picture of the actual cookies.¬† They were very good!¬† I did get a picture of some of the kids though!

A week ago, I was thinking it would be fun to host a get-together at our house with some of our new friends. The girls and I decided to host a cookie exchange.  For new, the motivation was more a social event than to get cookies, but hey! The cookies were an added delicious benefit!  Every kind was so yummy!  We had 7 ladies come and lot of kids.  I made beef/veggie/barley soup for lunch, another lady brought rolls and another, delicious Cajun red beans and rice.  Everyone came around 9:45 and the last people left close to 2!  We all had a great time!

Per my sister Therese’s advice, we made this recipe of toffee It was delicious!!!!


My pictures of the cookie exchange are on my camera. These are from a different cookie baking day at our neighbors’ house.¬†¬† We see Becky and the boys almost every day and are so thankful for their friendship and proximity to us!¬† It’s nice to know that there’s someone around if I need anything.¬† I think Becky has become my adopted sister ūüôā

Sushi Party

Leah and Nathan hosted what is becoming their annual post-Thanksgiving sushi party.¬† It was delicious, of course!¬† We didn’t get any pictures of the food, but we got a picture of the two of us.¬† This was after¬† several days off work for George…he looks so refreshed!¬† I’m so excited for him to be done with training and to have more time to sleep ūüôā¬† Seriously, sometimes (most of the time!), I don’t know how he does everything he does (and does it well!).


Maryland wildlife


We were doing school at the dining room table when Grace screeched and pointed to our window.¬† Thankfully this slow-moving giant bug was on the outside.¬† Eeeewww!¬† We found out it’s called a Wheel Bug and is one of the largest insects in North America.¬† I guess its presence is indicative of a healthy ecosystem and it’s considered a helpful insect like ladybugs because it eats destructive insects.


We’ve seen these vines and berries in our neighborhood several times.¬† They are the most unusual berries I’ve ever seen.¬† Turquoise, deep blue and lavender.¬† Anyone know what they are?

More pictures from Maine

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Flying kites on a grassy green by the ocean was a highlight for everyone.¬† It wasn’t super windy.¬† Actually it really wasn’t windy enough to fly kites, but if the girls ran with them, they stayed up.¬† I loved watching their delight and watching George help Clara put hers together.¬† She was so pleased!

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Bar Harbor Maine.  During low tide, we could walk across to an island on a sandbar and hike to the top.  It was so pretty!

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DSC_0356Portland, ME Lighthouse.¬† This was so neat to see too!¬† The coastline is so rocky.¬† While we were there, an orchestra was rehearsing Aaron Copeland’s Rodeo for an outdoor concert.

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