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Hosted a big Thanksgiving for 13 (5 family houseguests plus 5 friends and the three of us) at our new house.
Family at Thanksgiving
Had a great time cooking, eating, watching TV, playing poker and generally just hanging around playing and eating some more.
A few photos:
Mixing with SaftaBaking corn bread muffinsThanksgiving 2009Thanksgiving 2009Thanksgiving 2009Post-Thanksgiving TV

Travel party enroute Nome

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There’s Dad (the redhead with his back to the camera) on his way to the Arctic!

We’re following along at


Posted on: August 13, 2009

Brian’s in Pittsburgh for a conference and sent along this photo of our almost-100 year old Grandmother!

Grandma Reich

Thanks B!

Had a week off from work so we all went to Westport for a few days to see family and friends.  Clara had a fantastic time and I took a million photos of her playing with her cousin, her grandparents, 2 uncles, 3 aunts, a great-great aunt and some good friends.  We went to the beach, Stepping Stones children museum, the Maritime Center (aquarium), out on a boat, and did a lot of back yard playing.

Here are a couple of my favorite photos from the trip:

Family PhotoDuetDuetClara and HenryClara and HenryThree Generations on the CannonsHenry, Grandma and ClaraSplish SplashStepping Stones Water PlayEmily, Clara, Ann and SusanBoat ride

More photos on Flickr.

I took Friday off of work and made this a wonderful 4 day weekend.  Mom was out visiting for a few days so we played on Friday and took Clara to get her haircut.  She had to go home Saturday morning and S had to work, so Clara and I had a nice day just the two of us on Saturday (Little Gym, Storytime, a couple of trips to the hardware store, a nap, some painting, and a visit to Booksmart and a little of Mushroom Mardigras.)  On Sunday, we cleaned up the house (as best we could) and made cupcakes in anticipation of an exciting visit from Heather, Jared and Ilsa.   It was Ilsa’s second birthday and our first chance to meet her.  The girls got along quite well and it was wonderful to see everyone.  We hung out, went through Mushroom Mardigras, checked out the house we’re attempting to buy, played at Nordstrom Park, had dinner at VietAsia (our favorite local restaurant and one that tolerates toddlers quite well), and hung out some more until bedtime reading stories and playing with musical instruments and things.  Monday we all went for a small hike at Uvas Canyon where we saw a million ladybugs (so many that it was a bit creepy to see them all swarming around), had lunch, a nap (well, some people napped anyway) and played some more.  A really nice, relaxing fun holiday weekend!

Clara and GrandmaClara and Ilsa on the slideWaiting for dinnerIlsa and ClaraLady Bugs at Uvas

The Money Shot

The Money Shot

Brian sent this great photo of our brother Eduard (aka Aaron) just seconds after receiving his diploma from Bucknell University.

We couldn’t be there in person, but were able to watch it streamed online and captured a few seconds of video:

After putting it off as long as we could, we finally took Clara to get her first haircut (it was so long in the front that it was starting to get into her mouth all the time).  I’d seen the sign for a kid’s haircut place in town — Mouse Mania — and it got great reviews online, so we gave it a try.  From the second we walked in, she pretty much freaked out, but they were really wonderful with her and I think it turned out well (despite the screaming).

First Haircutphoto 080Cute new bangs

They even gave me a little certificate of baby’s first haircut with a sample of her little curls.

Almost missed this one!

3 Minute Ad Age, September 9, 2008
and then other people picked it up and talked about it in different places.

Lookin’ good B!

A big congratulations to Annie who graduated this week from Staples High School!!!!Congratulations Annie!

Mom and Bill sent along these photos of Betty and Liz in their graduation regalia! Congrats to both of them!!!

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