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Happy Independence Day 2019

Thursday, July 4th, 2019

The flag shirts are on!  Let’s grill some food and then blow something up! Grandma and Gichan came over for the food (and to help with another project – more on that later), but left before we blew anything up.  Ane’s friend Katie came over to help with the fireworks – yet another American first […]



Last Day of School 2019

Tuesday, June 25th, 2019

Here they are… now done with freshman year, 7th grade, 3rd grade, and kindergarten! And because it was a full day, and not just a half-day, we ended up getting an early dinner with Auntie at Chick-fil-A instead of lunch. Now, we can enjoy a few days off before the REAL summer work begins….



Folding Origami

Wednesday, May 22nd, 2019

Last week, I showed up in Auntie’s class on a different day than I usually do.  This is my second year volunteering in her classroom, and for the second time, I taught the class how to fold an origami paper crane. Teaching 21 third graders how to fold origami is not the easiest thing in […]



How Tall Is He?

Tuesday, May 14th, 2019

Tad is growing like a weed.  A completely body-fat-free weed.  Don’t ask me how the kid who eats like he has a hollow leg looks like a stick figure. Obachan is shrinking.  A consequence of osteoporosis and age.  And this was my favorite picture from Mother’s Day. Those smiles are absolutely genuine and yes, it […]