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Happy Valentine's Day!

Happy Heart's Day! I was inspired by the holiday to pair one of my favorite poets with a picture of one of my "blue * birds * happiness" quilts. I rather like the result.

A little truth to antidote the typical sappy holiday mush (goodness but I despise shopping for pre-made Valentine's cards).

Take a Bow

All good things must come to an end -- including the run of the school play!

Peter Pan was a great success this year, with sold-out shows, amazing performances, and tons of fun to be had. BB and BJ did wonderfully in their roles -- BB as a pre-show pirate and BJ as a Lost Boy. He decided his Lost Boy name would be Ripsleeve (as he demonstrates below). And BB has been going around sending us all "To the Sea!"

100 Days of School

Today was the 100th day of school! BB made a flower with 100 tissue paper petals, and BJ glued 100 Joe's O's cereal pieces to a sheet of cardstock.

And here they are at the parade -- very sweet.

Birthday Girl

BB turns seven today! She'd been having a wonderful time anticipating her special day -- for weeks, she's been making decorations and planning her party: a sleep over with her friend A! Here's my favorite picture decoration. Make a wish!

More Family Fun

What else have we been up to lately? Well, there's always the fun of Saturnalia! This year we took the costume part of the feast quite seriously and all four of us dressed up. Very fun!

Living, Not Blogging

It was bound to happen, I suppose -- I got so busy living this past month, that I didn't have time to blog! In truth, keeping this blog has been more challenging this past year than ever before. Between the kids growing up (and my increasing sensitivities to their privacy) and schedules getting much more busy (amazing how working two days a week can take up so much time) it's been hard to keep up with posting. I'm not yet ready to abandon blogging, but what had become weekly posts may become even less frequent.

Whale Watching!

For our Christmas gift to my folks, we went whale watching -- what an amazing day!

The weather was gorgeous, clear and just a little bit nippy. We got to keep company with two magnificent humpback whales for quite some time as they surfaced and dove, surfaced and dove. So impressive.

Merry Christmas!

What a lovely Christmas and Christmas Eve! On the 24th, we took a nice walk around campus. The weather has been so gorgeous!

Don't forget the traditional viewing of "It's a Wonderful Life!"

And watching the Santa tracker -- look, he's on the east coast!

Pop-Pop and Giki Are Here!

Christmas can really start now: my folks have arrived! They came in on Tuesday, coming early especially so that they could attend singing on Wednesday morning. (Always a special time, made even more so when we sang "We Are" with the line about grandfather's dreamings and grandmother's longings; I was all choked up.) We've been having a lovely visit filled with fun times. So nice to have them with us! Here are a few of the memories we've been making:

Santa! and Christmas Preparations

We visited Santa!

BB has asked for a guitar (and capo -- thanks to singing on Wednesday mornings when teacher J shares a bit with the kids about how a guitar works) and BJ would like a large LEGO Harry Potter or Star Wars set, or a a robot, or more Pokemon. (Note the OR, not the AND. The parental programming is working.)

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