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Monday, January 23rd, 2017 06:55 pm
Andrew's registration fees for the after-school enrichment courses this term is paid. And Ian's kindergarten registration is filed now, and I can forget about it for the time being. Yay! It's different from when Andrew entered kindergarten, but not by a lot. No choice of half-day or full-day (it's all full-day now) and no fee for full-day. But now you need a form that they've had a dental and vision check. Before that was not required (although Andrew had had both; they simply didn't care if I had proof or not).

Also today, Andrew's backup pair of glasses arrived. He likes them, though hopefully he won't need to wear them often.

Tomorrow I have a meeting at Ian's preschool. Wednesday I have my annual physical (and have to fast for it, because blood tests), and Andrew has a dental appointment in the afternoon (which Scott is handling, fortunately for my ability to get work done). Thursday will hopefully be the day that I pick up Apple. Friday we have the gaming group over in the evening.

Saturday I may hibernate. ;)
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Friday, January 1st, 2016 09:10 am
So, we went to Disneyland for Christmas this year. (This was partially a whim and partially not - we had savings for, and plans for, an eventual Disney trip. I'd been waiting until the boys were old enough to enjoy it, and when our Christmas plans shifted a bit we said 'why not?' I'd meant to do 5/8 for the ages, but 4/almost-7 seemed close enough.) The one bad thing about timing is that Ian is 41 inches tall at the moment, or perhaps 41.5 with shoes on, and that makes him a half-inch too short for several rides. He was very disappointed by this once or twice, but honestly, mostly he didn't miss it. I think the Grizzly River Run is the one thing he really regretted it on, and if he had ANY idea how cold Andrew and I were...well, he'd still have regretted it, because four-year-old excitement and practicality do NOT mix. Heh.

I am not going to try to describe the Christmas decor in the hotels, Downtown Disney, or the parks. It was GORGEOUS and AWESOME and I will have pictures up later and let them handle it because seriously, awesome to look at, probably boring to read about.

I'm including steps/miles walked, as registered by my phone, because they amuse me.

I'm cribbing some of this from text messages sent to other people to jog my memory, so some of you may recognize parts of this. :) Day by day, because I'm not sure I can keep it coherent even so.

MONDAY (11,112 steps; 5.22 miles):

Travel, hotel, and Downtown Disney )

TUESDAY (16,475 steps; 7.34 miles):

Disneyland )

WEDNESDAY (18,098 steps; 8.39 miles):

Breakfast with Mickey and Friends; Disney California Adventure; Laura's health (bah) )

THURSDAY (18,364 steps; 8.26 miles):

Chip & Dale, DCA, Disneyland, and the Rainforest Cafe; one lost item )

FRIDAY (18,759 steps; 8.27 miles):

Goofy's Kitchen, Disneyland, and DCA )

SATURDAY (6,919 steps; 3.32 miles):

In which small children having their routine disrupted catches up with us, and we go home. )
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Sunday, July 5th, 2015 06:32 pm
GOOD weekend. Yesterday was awesome - we went to Canby, enjoyed the street fair and the parade and the music. The kids loved a parade with candy tossed, but for my money the most pure joy was on the playground. Then fireworks, which I got some really good shots of - on my digital camera. (The phone couldn't have done it. Which is a pity - if they'd have been on the phone, I'd have downloaded all the pictures from IT to the computer last night...well, see next paragraph.)

This morning, my iPhone died. Not completely, but interestingly - some kind of software issue where it decided that all space was used up despite the fact that nothing it could point to was using very much space. About 90 GB of space unaccounted for. Delete anything and the bug expanded to fill the space.

Restarting and other cleanup mechanisms didn't work, so after a 2.5-hour wait, the experts restored it to a factory default. And...that means I lost all the photos of Ian giggling happily on that spinny swing except for _one_ I shared on FB. Worst part is it wasn't the best one, which I found later in the sequence. Oh, well. My backup of photos and other stuff is otherwise recent and complete, and I have a photo and a LOVELY memory. We had so much fun, the two of us, at that swing. ***EDIT: Oh God I forgot!! When I found the better pictures I _put the best of them as a comment to the post with the first picture_, I just found that and a couple other pictures from that day. They're not lost!!***

Now to reinstall and reconfigure my phone. Pfeh, but I saw this coming and made notes of what I had where. (Also, anyone who texted me today before 5 pm, it was lost. My phone would accept it - but couldn't store it. As far as I know, that means one text from Scott and a couple about my appointment from Apple. Those weren't important anyway, since I was basically camped in their store.)

(Yes, I have a backup. But it's not super-recent and I adjusted things and added a bunch of apps in the meanwhile. And if it was super-recent, I'd worry it might have backed up the bug what did this, too. Aie.)

ANYWAY. Photos!

https://www.flickr.com/photos/kyrielle/sets/72157655490778181

One preview - but seriously, guys, check out the set, please. )
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Sunday, June 21st, 2015 07:42 am
...to all the fathers out there, and everyone who has a father they love. And gentle wishes for a good day to all those wanting to be fathers and not yet there, and all those missing their fathers.

Drew heard about breakfast-in-bed for Mother's Day (after Mother's Day) and declared his intent to do breakfast-in-bed for Scott on Father's Day. I got the stuff set up, including hot pan and oil, and brought him the eggs. He cracked the eggs, scrambled the eggs, spiced the eggs. I poured them in the pan, he stirred them in the pan. I lifted the pan, he scraped the eggs out on to the plate.

Ian put the toast in the toaster oven and turned it on (with me watching him). He could have buttered it but backed out, so I did that. We also put some of the pineapple (that Ian picked out at the grocery store because he wanted pineapple, not with Father's Day in mind) on the plate, so. :)

Scott asked us to take the breakfast back out to the kitchen so he could eat there, but still, he was brought breakfast in bed. I think it was pretty cool. And Scott liked his juice. (It was blue raspberry juice...lol.)
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Sunday, April 5th, 2015 07:20 pm
Went to Easter dinner at Uncle John & Aunt Julia's. I'm on call for work, as a back-up, but they have good wifi and aren't too far away, so I figured no big deal. I was right - especially since I didn't get called at all. Yay for not being needed right then! :)

It was a lovely meal, and the fruit and dip I brought got positive comments. (Mostly the dip: it was basic, but I served it in hollowed-out pineapples. I found that on the internet, which is why I had to bring fruit and dip, because seriously that's awesome.) There was a bunny race (of little pull-back-and-they-run bunny cars) and the boys got to run around and play (MOSTLY in approved ways, Ian had a couple moments where he was a bit too wild and got picked up by a parent to calm down).

The food was lovely, the company was more-so, and the weather was glorious - cloudy but bright, dry, and cool but not cold. After we finished dinner and the games and were about to clean up, the clouds grew more ominous, so the deck was cleared first. 15 minutes later it was raining and shortly after it was storming, with pouring rain.

So, a lovely Easter; the forecast weather held off until it was a welcome glory to watch, rather than something to be overcome.
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Tuesday, August 19th, 2014 05:45 pm
Well, okay, a piece of code is kicking my behind from here to tomorrow at work. (Hopefully no further. I need to make it behave and move on!)

But aside from that, so far so good. REALLY busy weekend, but fun.

Saturday:

Swim lessons, 9 am.

Then off to the Children's Museum where the Garage room (formerly 6+ years old only) is now open to all ages WITH parental supervision. I thought the boys would love it. They walked in, looked around, Drew said he was going to make a puppet and changed his mind, and they walked out. LOL. But they had a blast in the other rooms they went to, and it was a good time. Plus there's now a piano out front "feel free to play" and they did (unharmoniously, of course). (Neither is interested in piano lessons - at least yet - I did offer. But it's fun to push the keys anyway.)

Then on to our friend N's to celebrate his 50th birthday with gaming (and food and gifts, but lots of gaming). I played a game of Pandemic. We, um, failed to save the world. But only barely! We stopped three of the four pandemics. LOL. Scott and I wanted to stay longer but the boys were absolutely done, so we left. Just in time to dash to open swim! So we did, and had a blast.

Sunday we went to the Rennaissance festival for a couple hours. It's a pretty weak one, in that it's sort of a mix of things that fit and things that don't, and it's pretty small. But we got a good deal. It would have been more fun if the weather hadn't been so hot, but last year it _poured_ rain on us and at least this year we were not soaking wet! Got to see Cast In Bronze perform (omg awesome) and miscellaneous other fun. I would have liked to see more shows through, but the boys didn't really want to stay still for a whole show, and so it goes.

I got the most gorgeous hair ornaments there. I wasn't going to, but Scott talked me into them. I'm not sure how often I will wear them - but I really like them. So we'll see. :)

Scott was mourning after that, that he can no longer find his period-appropriate hat which he loved. It should be somewhere in the house, but if it is, it's totally missing. He'd been looking at the festival for another, but they didn't have one he liked. Well, I hunted up one online that I think he will like, and it's on its way. (I asked him, he agreed and said to surprise him, so.)

And my latest order of Goat Milk Stuff's soap is here. And the tomatoes are still doing well.

And tomorrow, maybe I'll get that problem bit of code back in line.

Oh, and our road's now closed where it joins the main road, until some time in October. The other path out isn't too bad as long as they're not working on that corner, though. I'll be glad when they've completely finished that, because right now it's kind of un-fun if I have to go through it when they're there.
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Sunday, July 27th, 2014 09:07 am
First, thank you God and thank you all of you who prayed or thought of us or just expressed that you cared. Uncle Dick's melanoma was successfully removed and contained, and he was officially declared cancer-free on Thursday. He has some rehab to go through because of where things had to be removed, but that beats cancer by a great deal.

Parenting moments:

The boys needed new shoes. (Ian destroyed one pair, and the other pair was getting too small. Drew's last pair was coming apart at the toes.) So we got them new shoes...and I about melted, because after Drew picked out the Bumblebee transformers shoes, Ian got the same shoes in his size. (They were one of the three he was already looking at.) Small kids being hard on shoes, we usually get them two pairs. I was going to get the second pair rather more cheaply than the store we were in, but Drew begged very sweetly for a second pair there - Star Wars with light sabers and a light saber noise. So Ian got a second pair and picked police sneakers with flashing lights.

This wasn't deliberately a reward for swimming, but since it was right after swim lessons it may have been taken that way. Both boys have advanced a level! Drew to Water Safety 3, Ian to Advanced Parent-Tot 2. There's only two sessions of APT2 that suit our schedule, so he may have to go to APT1 again anyway, but I'll try to avoid that. Which is to say I'll be at the swim school when registration opens, next Saturday morning at 7 am, and will likely have been waiting a little while. Ugh. Well, so it goes. This is the only session likely to be that way for quite a while - Ian will graduate out of APT2 based on age, and move into either water safety 2 or 3 depending on what his teacher says, both of which have a lot more time slots.

Me and health:

I've had my annual eye exam and my prescription is the same and my retinas are fine. I'm not so fond of having my eyes dilated, but it is pretty important in general and especially with my vision. And by next weekend I will have prescription swim goggles to wear when I swim, which would be awesome, because right now I wear my glasses into the pool and that is _not_ good for them. (But I have to be able to monitor the boys, which means I have to be able to see them, and that means glasses.) New glasses are also in the works, but I'm waiting for frames that are being ordered in so I can see them.
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Friday, July 11th, 2014 04:45 pm
I was re-reading early 2002 (January-April) tracking down when we started the move into our first house (April, we got the keys on the 23rd).

I used to post A LOT back then. And I'm wistful for some of the exchanges and fun then.

I have two kids now, and I don't have as much time to post, but I am going to try not to be radio silent for weeks or months at a go. *nods*

Yesterday, we had our "regular" Thursday night gaming session. I put regular in quotes because we now only have one of those a month starting this month - the other three moved to Fridays!

That's awesome because Drew is five and starts kindergarten in the fall, Ian is two and will move up to preschool sometime in the next year (probably in about six months when he turns three, I'm guessing, but he's VERY verbal, so maybe sooner), and the "Friday morning meltdown after a late Thursday" symptom, which hits about 25% of the time, bites. So reducing it to once a month instead of four times a month for a potential trigger? HUGE.

Anyway, last night we were playing the Pathfinder Kingmaker game Scott runs (the one that is staying on Thursdays) and I posted a couple Facebook statuses that I think my friends here will also be amused by:

And now I cut because some of you are both places, and it's probably not so funny you want to read it twice. )

And a random bit of silly from Tuesday, involving picking on a 5-year-old a bit.

ALSO already posted on FB. )
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Sunday, February 9th, 2014 03:09 pm
Nearly daily (I try for daily), I post something I am grateful for to my Twitter and Facebook. I used to collect those here, but honestly, I'm not sure the medium really suited them and it became a chore. But today I feel like a longer post than Twitter/Facebook allows, because there is so much I'm grateful for:

I'm grateful for the snow outside, which is gloriously beautiful. I'm grateful for first snowballs, and first attempts at snowman, and kids "sledding" in cardboard boxes, and laughter and dashing inside to shed snow and snowy clothes all over the carpet, before burrowing into blankets.

I'm grateful for my house - it's messy, yes, because it's full of joy and family. It's also warm, secure against the elements, and we haven't lost power this whole storm. I'm REALLY grateful that the furnace died and was replaced in November, so that we have faced this snowy little storm with a brand new high-efficiency furnace.

I'm grateful for our health - horrible colds aside, we've been well, and we're sturdy enough to get through those. I'm grateful that Ian is healing well after being smacked in the nose with a wooden train tunnel - quite the dramatic cut. Noses like to bleed. But it appears to be mending fine.

I'm grateful for our two cats, for cuddles and purring - and for Ray's tolerance of small hands attempting to pet him, and perhaps doing so less than gracefully or comfortably at times.

I'm grateful for friends, family, and coworkers - I am lucky enough to have some of the best ever, of all three.

I'm grateful for a job that allows me to work from home, which is very handy when the forecast suggests that might be the only way I'm getting home at the end of the day - and even more handy when day care calls out closed early.

I'm grateful for an amazing day care that is so wonderful for the boys, teaching and guiding them as well as taking care of them.

I'm grateful for so much more, but I fear this is becoming self-indulgent. Feeling so lucky after this weekend.
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Saturday, August 3rd, 2013 04:33 pm
Every August, Wilsonville hosts Fun in the Park - a free fair. Lots of booths advertising companies, churches, and other organizations, and giving away freebies. Bounce houses. A food court (not free, natch). Vendors (also not free, as the name implies). This year (and last) a pony ride. This year also, a rock climbing wall and a carnival ride that spun you around. Police, fire, and EMS showing off vehicles / what they do / dive safety - and also being available just in case, I assume. Main Stage and some speakers kept music going steadily for the whole thing. (The speakers might perhaps have been better positioned back from the walkway, as one corner near the food court was Painfully Loud, but so it goes.)

Town Center Park, where this is held each year, has a water feature the kids can play in too - a great way to cool off mid-fair. And the visitor's center, with handy proper bathrooms, good if you're dealing with small kids who need changes among other things! :)

We went at 10:30. A little after noon, we left and got lunch - then Drew and I went back (Ian having fallen asleep in the car for his nap). We spent an awful long time by just two booths - first, Drew ate an entire mini box of Nerds...the first half of it one. nerd. at. a. time. Then he wanted to get his face painted. He was going to get a kitty-face on it, but then he saw Hello Kitty, so he got that done. It was a REALLY good job, I was impressed, and he held so amazingly still for it. I got photos, because I figured it was doomed, since we had to stop him from rubbing at his face twice during the process.

I was right, fifteen minutes later he'd swiped his arm across his face and by the time we left he was more Hello Kitty Zombie than Hello Kitty. So much so that we coaxed him to say "Braaaaains" on the way back to the car, which he did very creditably.

We got home about 4:30. The park's about 5 minutes away. I'd say Drew and I probably spent five hours there - Scott and Ian four or a little less.

Drew was very happily about the swag, it was hilarious. He came home with a spinny flying toy, a frisbee, a pair of sunglasses, a string backpack, an almost-empty bottle of water (THAT one was SUPER useful!), a bunch of free candy, some stickers, two posters, a plastic harmonica, a quack-like-a-duck toy, a toothbrush, a robotics team pin....

He also went on almost all the bounce houses (despite long lines), spun every prize wheel he could find (including at the Mary Kay booth, where they very kindly offered him a "prize" from their free candy basket instead of the "facial powder free at first appointment" that he'd won, lol), and had a BLAST watching the radio-controlled car (Hobby Town) and robot (Wilsonville high school's robotics team, right next door to the Hobby Town booth). Also, Lego Train and town! So cool.

They've started doing a "memory quilt" each year where people draw on a fabric square and they tie it together - the last four years at least. And this year, Ian and Drew each drew a square. Neither one is coherent, but hey. They're not the only incoherent ones. ;)

A good day. A tiring, exciting, very good day. And I totally have a temporary tattoo of a heart on my right arm. LOL.
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Saturday, May 11th, 2013 04:29 pm
Tomorrow is Mother's Day. I'm thinking a lot the last couple days about mothers and motherhood. My Grandma Bernice died when Mom was only four - and Mom missed her all her life, I know. My Grandma Ruth died when I was four. I remember her only barely, only vaguely, but I do remember her. My Grandma Evelyn, my mother's step-mother, was the one Grandmother I had all through my childhood - she lived until I was out of college. And I miss her most of all the three; I remember her best of all, and she was a wonderful lady. I imagine Bernice and Ruth were too, each in their own ways, but I never got to know them as much, as directly.

My mother died only a year after her step-mother, and I miss *her* terribly, as one does. She was wonderful; she was my mother; she was perfect, even as she was imperfect.

And now I am a mother myself, which she didn't live to see, and I wish I could nod and say how right she was in several ways. She wished I would have one just like myself, and I came close - Drew's awfully close to that - and oh my do I sometimes sound like her. And understand why she did.

Now, if only I could cook half so well....

...the boys would still refuse to eat half of it, but *I* would have a better dinner. LOL.
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Friday, May 3rd, 2013 07:06 pm
I gave Scott a See's candy (and had one myself). The boys did not see the exchange. Seconds later, Ian showed up and saw Scott holding the empty See's wrapper and was VERY SAD at Scott. VERY SAD. Empty wrapper SO SAD.

Scott looked at the wrapper, picked up one of Ian's binks, and folded the wrapper around it. Handed it to Ian. Who unwrapped it and danced around gleefully stamping his feet. NO MORE SAD. SEE'S BINK, ALL GOOD.
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Monday, December 31st, 2012 11:03 am
And how is it that I haven't done this since July 16??

July )

August )

September )

October )

November )

December )

Things I have noted: I am not surprised by how often family, immediate and extended, appears in my gratitudes. I'm especially not surprised at how often my joy at my boys' growing up appears. I am a little surprised at how often food appears. I am surprised - and shouldn't be - at how often references to warmth, and relatedly to tea, appear.

I need to remember that making my home and days warm and cozy, when I can easily do so, will yield a resultant joy. So obvious, and so easily skipped, overlooked, or deferred.
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Tuesday, October 9th, 2012 05:02 pm
Okay, saying on Facebook that I'd updated our wish lists probably precipitated this, but I've had more than one request for them, which draws my attention to the fact that it is October already. Who authorized this?

Oh, never mind who authorized it. I have a request. Respond here, respond on my Facebook, wherever.

But please make sure I have your proper address if you want a card and any of the following is true:
1) It has changed since last Christmas
2) You didn't get a card from me last Christmas
3) You did get a card from me last Christmas, but the post office had to forward it

If you don't want a card from us but got one last Christmas, please let me know? :)

And for those who have been asking, Amazon wish lists:

Scott's

Mine

Drew's

Ian's

As I noted on Facebook, this year brings a new milestone...there is nothing on Drew's wish list that he didn't agree should be there. Some things he suggested, some things I did, but all are there with his approval. He would love any of those things, and probably any similar things.
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Monday, July 16th, 2012 08:41 am
Um. I may have let these go too long. On the other hand, seeing a two-month span, I'm struck by two things:

1. More days with more than one gratitude posted/sent. This is becoming a habit of thinking - yay!

2. Ian has progressed from an itty bitty baby who needed support to sit, to sitting unassisted, to pushing himself to sitting. From struggling to commando-crawl (and failing) to crawling, to (just this weekend) pulling himself to *standing*. From eating no table food to eating a wide variety of foods.

May 21-31 )

June )

July 1-16 )
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Saturday, July 14th, 2012 04:35 pm
Well, today is productive. Much credit to Scott, who came up with the idea of the zoo run, and thus created an afternoon in which productivity was possible (WOW did Drew need to run off energy!). Today we have:

1. Gone to the zoo for three hours. Including watching the wild birds show. Which only briefly held Drew's attention but *I* enjoyed it. They now have to tell people, not only to sit down, but to put away all food. Apparently the turkey vulture has realized that humans have food and it's yummy (but bad for the bird). :P

On the ride home, both kids fell asleep. Getting out of the car, both woke up. Alas.

2. Gotten me new pants. I wanted one more pair in rotation, plus another to replace the lovely but easily-snagged mid-tan pair I had. Alas. It's a gorgeous fabric, but it snags on EVERYTHING. Including my wedding ring. No, thanks. Anyway, I got lucky as one of the two pairs I got was on clearance for 1/4 the normal price (and a color and style I like and can wear; there were rather a lot of OTHERS on clearance that I didn't get, including another pair of the snag-fabric, heh).

3. Washed three loads of laundry (well, okay, #2 is in the dryer and #3 is in the washer, but...).

4. Washed a load of dishes (still running, but hey, running is running!).

5. Lowered Ian's crib mattress to the bottom position - okay, Scott did that, I held the baby, and Drew wandered about "helping" with his "tool box" (a game box of Uno Moos, which he fortunately did not roll under Scott's feet, so that WAS helpful!). Ian is officially pushing to sit at every opportunity, having started during our Wisconsin trip, and has started trying to pull to stand. Day care is predicting he'll walk early. I refuse to guess; I fell into predicting an early crawl along with them, when in reality, he *wanted* to for a long time but hit the milestone at a normal time, he was just intensely frustrated in between. :P

[EDITED TO ADD: I posted this, and then Scott walked in to show me a picture of Ian, standing. He'd pulled himself to standing successfully. And held it long enough for three pictures before he fell over as the fourth one was being taken. I still refuse to predict walking, tho.]

6. Put holds on a couple videos at the library. Also, managed to be the second hold on Libriomancer! YES! :)

Now taking a break to write things up here, but then I need to go juggle more laundry and write some letters. And sort some pictures that were printed earlier this week so they might, you know, actually get mailed.
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Friday, July 13th, 2012 02:44 pm
Something that was said at my father-in-law's memorial, in the discussions at lunch afterward, has been echoing for me ever since - because it is SO TRUE.

He was always, always about what he could do, and there were always things he could do and enjoy. He was one of the most active, doing people I have known.

He had health challenges, "disabilities," and while he never denied them, they never seemed to come up except rarely, either, and matter-of-factly then. He'd lost one leg from just below the knee, and while he could walk, he used a wheelchair or scooter much of the time, of necessity. He had poor eye sight.

My most vivid memory of the scooter is of him giving Drew, not yet a year old, rides through Walmart on it. As for his sight - it seldom seemed to be an issue, though I vividly remember borrowing his computer and needing help to dial the magnification back, once. ;)

What do I remember? I remember what he could do, and did. I remember an amazing (and happy) cook, a man who could often pick out the spices and flavorings in a dish by tasting it. I remember him playing "knock in the water" (Wii sports resort fencing) with Drew, and Drew's excitement at beating Grandpa, and Grandpa's astonishment. (Drew is VERY fast: the astonishment on the first bout is normal. Drew has knocked unsuspecting people off the platform before they realize the game has started.)

I remember polished rocks made into jewelry, and making a clock with a petrified wood frame. (Actually, that's a lie. I don't remember the clock at all. I remember him showing us the petrified wood, over Skype, with his face stuck in where the clock would go.)

I remember t-shirts with silly statements (sometimes profound, but always funny) on them. I remember laughter. I remember a back-and-forth debate with Drew where each claimed they were going to knock each other in the water the next time they played. I remember cookies. I remember hugs. I remember watching him cradle Ian, not yet a month old, so gently.

I remember stories of road trips, national parks, and casinos. I remember conversations about poker (though I don't remember the content, poker holding little interest for me other than as something they were enjoying). I remember his joy in having fresh oranges and grapefruit growing around them in Arizona.

I can still hear his voice. Whole phrases. And his laugh. His laugh was so big - when he was amused, it was clear. And he was often amused, being good at seeing the humor in things.

I think he very much lived in the moment, when he didn't need to be planning. And I think the moments were good to him - because he was good to them, and because he was focused on what could be done, what he wanted to do, what he was doing.

I will miss his laugh. And I will miss the fun of wondering what, when we next spoke, he would have taken up as the next thing to be doing.
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Monday, June 18th, 2012 08:53 am
(Yes, I know. I tried 16 bazillion subject lines. Oh well!)

This weekend, we went up to Seattle for our cousin JT's wedding to the lovely J. We drove up Friday, leaving at 11 am with the intent of arriving mid-to-late-afternoon since the rehearsal dinner was at 6. Instead, we arrived after 6 and joined the (informal, luckily) rehearsal dinner late.

I will now talk about the drive, the wedding, the reception, and our Sunday morning activities, at excruciating length. Behind a cut, because hey, excruciating length. )

It was a lovely, lovely trip, except for the traffic. And it was totally WORTH the traffic. (But if I'd known what that would be like, I would've planned our trip up differently. Heh.)
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Saturday, April 21st, 2012 02:54 pm
Scott (outside): "Open the door, Drew."
Drew (inside): "Not until you ring the doorbell!"
Scott: "I can't, my hands are full. Open the door!"
Drew: "Noooo...."
Me (inside but watching Ian): "Ding dong, this is the doorbell!"
Drew: *opens the door*

Every so often, I have moments of inspiration that *actually work how I expect*. Every so often.

And a few more, but if you read my Twitter or Facebook you've seen them. )