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  1. Monday, July 06, 2020:
    Maia Battle Report: Year 3  Maia is three years old today! She's 34.5" tall and weighs 27.4 pounds, the lowest possible values in the ranges for average growth.     Due to COVID, she had two separate birthday parties, one for each set of grandparents. She's very aware of age this year and has talked about being 2 and turning 3 for weeks. She expresses excitement by proclaiming, "I so excited!" and then running down the hall and back for no apparent reason. She's also looking forward to our upcoming beach trip where she will "sleep in the top bunk and the bottom bunk".   We finally showed her  Frozen 2  and she had a rudimentary grasp of the plot without explaining (other than the endless sequences of nature fairies fly...
  2. Monday, June 29, 2020:
    End-of-the-Month Highlights Day  New photos have been added to the  Life, 2020  album.       Events   Took the day off to watch Maia so Rebecca could take the day off and go hiking on H 6/4.    Sprayed the yard for mosquitoes on F 6/12.    Rebecca went hiking again on S 6/13.    Screen porch visit with my parents on S 6/14.    Two nights at Weather Lea Farms in Lovettsville, H 6/18 - S 6/20.    Rebecca turned 37 on M 6/22.    Screen porch visit with my parents on H 6/25.    Family picnic dinner at Algonkian on F 6/26.    Maia and Rebecca had a picnic dinner with Tammy and Zoe on S 6/27. &n...
  3. Wednesday, June 24, 2020:
    Looking Ahead to Beach Day  One of the few activities that hasn't received a surprise evisceration from pandemics is our upcoming Outer Banks beach trip with the Smith family.     This trip celebrates 8 years since our  last beach trip together  and boasts several firsts:     First beach house directly on the beach, with no road to cross.   First beach trip with Maia, who knows that "the ocean is loud", and gets her own room with bunk beds in it.   First house in Duck, a town that's equally as "fresh off the bridge" as Kitty Hawk, but feels slightly classier.   First beach trip with masks at the ready for trips to Walmart and Food Lion and a very low chance of eating inside a restau...
  4. Monday, June 22, 2020:
    Weekend Wrap-up  For Rebecca's birthday weekend, we went back to  Weather Lea Farm  in Lovettsville, VA.     Very little had changed since our last visit, and we were greeted by Mimi the dog and Castor the cat (the latter of which walked into our cottage like a boss).     It was supposed to thunderstorm all weekend long, but we somehow managed to avoid every single one and had a cloudy, pleasant weekend wandering the grounds, feeding horses, sheep, and llamas.     During one of the almost-storms, Rebecca and Maia went down to the pond to watch it sprinkle while the sun shined. Maia insisted on bringing her umbrella everywhere, just in case.     We got curbsid...
  5. Friday, May 29, 2020:
    End-of-the-Month Highlights Day  New photos have been added to the  Life, 2020  album.       Events   Video chat with the Uri grandparents on T 5/5.    Video chat with Mike, Annie, Sam, and Kristen on W 5/6.    Got Maia a blue scooter on H 5/7.    Safe-distance Mother's Day visit from the Uri grandparents on S 5/10.    Safe-distance visit from Rebecca's parents on S 5/16.    First Costco run since February on W 5/20. Maia reunited with Nolan for a short outdoor scooter ride. Smashed my middle toe moving furniture in the evening.    Safe-distance visit from the Uri grandparents on S 5/24.    Safe-distance visit...
  6. Monday, May 18, 2020:
    Weekend Wrap-up  On Saturday morning, we had a physically-distanced visit with Rebecca's parents.     In the afternoon, Maia attended the virtual birthday party for her classmate, Morgan, whose parents dropped off a party favor bag in advance. Afterwards, we had artisanal sandwiches with fried eggs on top.     On Sunday, we took a walk in Claude Moore Park.     How was your weekend? 
  7. Friday, May 08, 2020:
    Shoe Day  You know it's time to get new shoes when your old treads wouldn't even pass a Virginia state tire inspection.     Rest in peace, my 11-year-old Rockports! 
  8. Wednesday, May 06, 2020:
    Maia Battle Report: Year 2 Month 10    Maia is just 2 months away from turning 3. Quarantine life has been challenging -- Maia understands that something is different in our routines and misses her friends, but doesn't really have the context to express this properly. She's tired of hanging out with just the two of us all the time, but we still have a lot of fun with few tantrums. It would probably be much harder if she were a little older and had more memory of what going to school every day was like.   Maia still loves bunnies and requires Original Bunny around to "dry my tears" whenever she has cried. Most games involve bunnies in some way, from building houses / dance studios / coffee shops for bunnies to dressing up the bunnies in her clothes....
  9. Friday, May 01, 2020:
    Data Day: A Representative Day in Self-Quarantine  
  10. Wednesday, April 29, 2020:
    End-of-the-Month Highlights Day  New photos have been added to the  Life, 2020  album.       Events   Virtual Game Night #3 with Mike, Annie, Sam, and Kristen on W 4/1.    Virtual Game Night #4 with Kathy, Chris, Anna, and kids on F 4/3.    Rebecca had a game night / happy hour with her coworkers on S 4/4.    Birthday Video Chat with the grandparents on F 4/10.    Dyed Easter eggs on S 4/11. Had Virtual Game Night #5 with Larry, Janice, Sara, and Karl in the evening.    Easter at home on S 4/12.    Did a virtual painting date through Pinot's Palette on H 4/16.    Video Chat with Mike, Annie, Sam, and Kristen o...
  11. Monday, April 20, 2020:
    39th Day  With each day of self-quarantine running together featurelessly like every scene in  Gosford Park , I don't have anything new to talk about today.   Here is a video of Maia going head-first down a slide for the very first time, taken exactly 1 year ago today.      Here's Maia independently discovering that she can hold a book up by crossing her legs, taken on the sly during the two hours she sneaks out of bed to read the Berenstain Bears every night.     And here are Maia and Rebecca reading yet another Berenstain Bears book online through the Loudoun Library, taken last night. Maia is intentionally wearing three layers, two of which are dresses.    ...
  12. Friday, April 17, 2020:
    Virtual Paint Day  On Day 35 of self-quarantine, we did a virtual painting date through Pinot's Palette. Rebecca picked up the canvases and paints from our local shop where we used to do paint dates in person. I jury-rigged an easel using scrap wood and dozens of zip ties.           Guess which one of us painted the Left and Right pictures! 
  13. Monday, April 06, 2020:
    Maia Battle Report: Year 2 Month 9    Maia is now 26.8 pounds and about 34" tall. This month, she gained the ability to use the toilet for all waste management needs and now wears  underpants  all day long instead of diapers. (With coronavirus keeping us at home, we figured now was a great time to practice, and she had it down pat after just a single day).   Self-quarantine has made this month very different for Maia. Just For 2s school is cancelled and she hasn't seen her best friend, Nolan, in over 3 weeks (other than a video chat). She seems to get that things have changed in some way but has no opinion one way or the other. The answers to her usual morning questions of "what day is it today?" and "what are we doing today?" have normali...
  14. Monday, March 30, 2020:
    End-of-the-Month Highlights Day  New photos have been added to the  Life, 2020  album.       Events   Earned my first Microsoft Azure cert on S 3/1. Had London Broil for dinner with Tammy in the evening.    Voted in the primary on T 3/3.    Dad-daughter dinner at Marumen on W 3/4, followed by free S'mores at Cascades Overlook.    Had the Uri grandparents over for steak dinner on F 3/6.    Visited Larry and Janice and kids in Rockville on S 3/7.    Family dinner at Burton's on S 3/8.    First dinner on our screen porch on M 3/9.    Started self-quarantine on H 3/12. Numerous delivery / take-out meals and family...
  15. Wednesday, March 25, 2020:
    List Day: 8 Ways We've Passed the Time During COVID-19    I've run 1 - 2 miles each day while watching  Better Call Saul  and  iZombie .    Rebecca and Maia have gone to the park many times, but often seem to run into our parent friends with the same idea.    I've gotten hooked on playing  Elder Scrolls Online , after trying  World of Warcraft  again and getting bored almost immediately. I also have  Borderlands 3  in my queue but the first 20 minutes felt identical to the previous 2 games so I haven't gotten any further yet. I'm looking at  Half-Life: Alyx  but am unsure whether I want to lug my computer downstairs for VR all of the time.    Rebecca and I have played a lot o...
  16. Monday, March 23, 2020:
    Weekend Wrap-up  This weekend, we took our self-isolation zone south to Sperryville for a two night stay in a private cottage. What was originally going to be a parent getaway planned weeks ago evolved into a family vacation in the face of the world going viral. We took all necessary precautions along the way: no stops to pee, one person on sterile take-out duty throughout the weekend, and only interacting with the innkeepers when handing off a growler for take-out beers.     The weather was wonderful Friday evening and we enjoyed a beer flight that was 9 for 9 in "beers I would drink again" on our private porch. Maia and Rebecca walked along and in the Thornton River until they fell in. Rebecca was more startled than Maia, who sp...
  17. Friday, March 06, 2020:
    Maia Battle Report: Year 2 Month 8    Maia is now 32 months old and 26.6 pounds of joie de vivre. She regularly talks about herself as if she is the Original Bunny that she carries everywhere, like "Bunny wants to go to the payground". If Maia doesn't want to eat vegetables, sometimes Bunny  does , providing a useful loophole in the logic. Bunnies are her obsession, and I have drawn far more bunnies in the past three months than anyone should.   Maia understands cycles like days of the week and the sun and the moon. She likes to consider things in order and regularly asks what comes "after" whatever I just said. She is in the "what" phase of annoying questions which sometimes feels like she wants to ask "why" but doesn't know any of the ot...
  18. Wednesday, March 04, 2020:
    Construction Day: Screen Porch, Part II of II   Continued from  Part I     The porch is complete!     
  19. Monday, March 02, 2020:
    Weekend Wrap-up  Porch work continued on Friday, with all of the railings and screens fully installed. There's probably 1-2 more days of work left before we can have raucous porch parties. On Friday night, we had broiled salmon with a new marinade and watched the movie,  Lady Bird , after Maia went to bed.     Saturday was too cold to count as the weekend, so hopefully we get a refund sometime soon. We had a delicious lunch with the Chous at Ariake in Reston. Maia liked tempura, but was more fixated on some new Splat the Cat books she'd never seen before.   In the evening, Rebecca and Maia made play-dough for the first time. Our dinner consisted of diverse leftovers from several recent outings.  &nbs...
  20. Friday, February 28, 2020:
    End-of-the-Month Highlights Day  New photos have been added to the  Life, 2020  album.       Events   Visited the Ahlbins and Hickses in Fredericksburg on S 2/1.    Had a Half-of-Super-Bowl dinner of marinated beefs with Chih, Sena, and Nolan on S 2/2.    Family playground time in the warm weather on M 2/3, followed by dinner at Ford's Fish Shack.    Preschool Open House on W 2/5 (Maia got into the mixed age Starfish class on 2/18!)    Maia's first stomach bug on F 2/7.    Rebecca and Maia taught Lil Yogis again on S 2/8, followed by family dinner at Red Robin.    Jax's 3rd Birthday Party on S 2/9.    Maia's f...
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