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  1. Wednesday, October 09, 2019:
    Montreal Day  For our tenth anniversary, we doubled the big blind by heading north to our second-favourite Canadian city, Montreal. We last visited here in  July 2012  when the city was burgeoning with music festivals simply because the Montreal natives were happy to be outside with no frostbite imminent.   Montreal is a highly accessible vacation destination, with direct 1.5 hour flights from VA airports and an efficient subway and bus system. There's just enough French to feel exotic, but everyone speaks perfect English and all signs are in both languages. The only big change from our previous trip was the city-wide revitalization project which detoured our airport bus through Nunavut and closed entire city blocks for sewer...
  2. Monday, October 07, 2019:
    Maia Battle Report: Year 2 Month 3    Maia has grown about an inch since her 2nd birthday and is now solidly over 23 pounds. She is learning about the days of the week and starting to recognize letters and numbers in isolation. She still counts "1, 2, 4, 5, 8, 9, 10", but I prefer to think that she's just experimenting with exponents in some advanced way. She's starting to gain spatial awareness too -- when I told her we were going to drive to the grocery store, she said, "We gonna pass Maia's school!". She recognizes the outside of restaurants without prompting, based on the type of cartoon cup her milk comes in. "WE AT THE VEE! I GONNA GET DINOSAUR CUP."   "Just for 2s" school is going well: Maia has made art representing A for Ant and B for Bird,...
  3. Friday, October 04, 2019:
    Tenth Anniversary Day  As anniversaries pass, and senility robs us of our wedding memories, we'll always have the photographic evidence to fall back on.     Other posts in this series:  2013  |  2014  |  2015  |  2016  |  2017  |  2018  |  2019   
  4. Monday, September 30, 2019:
    End-of-the-Month Highlights Day  New photos have been added to the  Life, 2019  album. Google Photos sucks.       Events   Had the Jacksons and son over for London Broil on S 9/1.    Rebecca and Maia went out to Front Royal for cousin Sammy's birthday party while I stayed home to work on M 9/2.    Maia started "Just for 2s" class at the community center on T 9/3. BU-Maia dinner at Miller's in the evening.     Visit to the Uri grandparents on H 9/5.    Dinner at Mike and Ghazaley's on F 9/6.    Morning at Claude Moore Park with Chih, Sena, and Nolan on S 9/7. Dinner at Calypso on Lake Anne in the evening.    Dad-daughter dinne...
  5. Wednesday, September 18, 2019:
    Poker Wrap-up  This past weekend, we rented a sprawling manor in Clifton to celebrate my 40th birthday.     We had a simple dinner of pizza followed by the BUrld Poker Championship, where 11 people competed for the chance to win while eating atomic wings and chocolate-covered bacon. With an odd number of players, I instituted a rule where I automatically made it into the Finals (happy birthday to me!)     As is tradition, chocolate pie came out when 3 people were left in Finals.     The next day, Rebecca and I spent a quiet day in Clifton, doing some hiking, reading, hot tubbing, and having dinner at the Main Street Pub.   On Monday, we picked up Maia at the grandparents' hous...
  6. Wednesday, September 04, 2019:
    Maia Battle Report: Year 2 Month 2    Maia is still alive, hovering near 23 pounds and 33". We've started a height wall in our hallway where we can mark her height at different intervals, protected by a thin layer of clear gloss for the day when she inevitably starts drawing all over it like I did in my childhood.   She speaks in surprisingly complete sentences, except when she gets too exciting about desiring something and babbles "IwantIwantIwantIwant!" without ever telling us what she wants. I have been keeping track of her sentence lengths, and 5-6 words is about average. She's never said a 7 word sentence, but her first 8 word sentence was the appropriate and truthful, "I got a big poop in my pants!". It was the size of a small peach.  ...
  7. Friday, August 30, 2019:
    End-of-the-Month Highlights Day  New photos have been added to the  Life, 2019  album. Google Photos sucks.       Events   Family dinner date at Mellow Mushroom on F 8/2.    Dad-daughter dinner at The V while Rebecca went to her cousin Luke's wedding at Solomon's Island, on S 8/3.    Visited my parents in Alexandria on S 8/4.    Family dinner at Bungalow Lakehouse on M 8/5.    Visited my parents in Alexandria on W 8/7.    Dad-daughter dinner at Miller's on H 8/8.    Broiled delicious tenderloin cuts on F 8/9.    Went to Patrick Crane's 4th birthday party (with bounce house) on S 8/10.    Solo d...
  8. Monday, August 19, 2019:
    Weekend Wrap-up  On Friday morning we drove to Fredericksburg to visit the Ahlbins and exceeded all previous records for the trip, taking 3.5 hours from driveway-to-driveway.   Maia ate lollipops with Felicity.     She also resolved to get better at Guitar Hero than Vegas Mike.     Maia had her first experience climbing up a bunk bed and announced that "Sister Bear sleeps in the top bunk, Brother Bear sleeps on the bottom, and Brother Bear eats honey in bed".     On Saturday afternoon, I spun up an impromptu Dungeons and Dragons game for the kids, where they had to invade the castle of Neightwang to get his treasure.     On Saturday evening, we visited the...
  9. Wednesday, August 07, 2019:
    Maia Battle Report: Year 2 Month 1  Maia is still alive!      She enjoys wearing dresses and dancing for delicious foods like mac and cheese or pancakes. She has started embracing pretending games, and will utilize each tool in her animal clinic toy set appropriately ("Maia works at animal clinic. Mommy works at people clinic"). One day, we must have spent 20 minutes pretending to be asleep in bed then waking up.   While packing for our trip to Pennsylvania, she pulled Rebecca's rolling suitcase and said "Just like bunny", in reference to a cartoon of a bunny pulling a suitcase for a vacation, a card that had been out of sight for at least 3 weeks. She also knows all sorts of trivia ("Amber is a calico", "Daddy drives fast", and "Daddy...
  10. Wednesday, July 31, 2019:
    End-of-the-Month Highlights Day  New photos have been added to the  Life, 2019  album. Google Photos sucks.       Events   Maia got another fever overnight going into July on M 7/1.    Father-daughter dinner date at Miller's on T 7/2 (kids eat free).    Independence Day in Taylorstown amidst the thunderstorms on H 7/4, followed by fireworks-watching from our front porch.    Maia's second birthday party on S 7/6, followed by a mini birthday with Mike and Ghazaleh in the evening. The kiddie pool popped during a freak thunderstorm.    Had Hannah over for dinner on S 7/8.    Family dinner at Fireworks Pizza on M 7/8.    Father-da...
  11. Monday, July 29, 2019:
    Weekend Wrap-up  We spent the weekend in Pennsylvania in the tiny town of Mill Run.     We drove 180 miles north with Maia on Friday in a reasonably non-annoying trip through Maryland, only stopping twice (once at a rest stop with a playground that Maia completely dissed and once at a Subway in Cumberland). We arrived at a fun farmhouse in the middle of a working farm with cows and friendly dogs. Our friends, Sayak and Elisa, drove in from Columbus, OH shortly after. That evening, we had pasta and salad on the wrap-around porch while watching the lingering fog from an afternoon thunderstorm.   On Saturday, we walked all over Ohiopyle State Park. Maia liked the waterfall and riding in Rebecca's toddler backpack (which ...
  12. Monday, July 22, 2019:
    Weekend Wrap-up  Since the best thing to do in a heat wave is drive farther south, we picked this weekend to head to urban heat bubble known as Richmond. Mike and Annie flew in from Vegas early on Friday and we all piled into the trusty Accord to brave the I-95 S vacation traffic. We arrived at the Sam and Kristen's house a little after noon, following a brief visit to the Virginia Welcome Center / Rest Stop so Maia could get out of the car seat a bit (70ish minutes seems to be her threshold before requiring outside entertainment).   On Friday evening, we grilled some burgers and stayed close to home. Maia got the experience of being the middle child between Owen (3) and Brooklyn (almost 1), and enjoyed jumping on the air mattress the mos...
  13. Monday, July 15, 2019:
    Weekend Wrap-up  On Friday evening, the continuing hotness (regularly 100 degrees on our sunny porch in the evening) convinced us to stay in and have Joe's Pizzaria for dinner. Maia did not nap this day, which is why she has a 1000-yard stare in the picture below.     On Saturday morning, Rebecca and Maia drove to Arlington to visit with Ben, Andrea, and their daughter Amelia while I stayed home and did things like put air in Rebecca's car's tires. In the evening, we went to Cascades Overlook for dinner. We returned to the new ramen place (Marumen), this time making sure to avoid the giant rice bowls that are about 80% rice. The pork buns and sushi rolls were good, but the fried tofu had too much volume to be tasty on the insides....
  14. Monday, July 08, 2019:
    Maia Year 2 Battle Report  We've made it two whole years!     Maia is now 32" tall and 22.4 pounds (she was carrying her favourite bunny when she stepped on the scale, but also had a helium balloon, so it probably balances out). This past month, she has balanced on the razor edge of constant whining, just as likely to teeter left into giggles or right into tantrums. Everything important (like brushing teeth) still gets done, but takes 30% longer with the added rounds of "no no no!" and the fleeing and the stalling.     Her favourite things this month have included little backpacks, dresses, sandals, splashpads, and riding in the grocery store cart. She enjoys helping Rebecca water plants outdoors and ate her first homeg...
  15. Friday, June 28, 2019:
    End-of-the-Month Highlights Day  New photos have been added to the  Life, 2019  album. Google Photos sucks.       Events   Friends Dinner with Car and Ben (pasta with homemade pesto and mojitos) on S 6/1.    Popeyes dinner with Rebecca's dad during a thunderstorm on S 6/2.    Family dinner at Bungalow Lakehouse on M 6/3.    Visit to the Uri grandparents on H 6/6.    Went to Rebecca's work picnic at Lake Fairfax on F 6/7.    Visted Joe and Katie for dinner in Fairfax on S 6/8.    Solo dad dinner at The V on S 6/9 after a rainy morning at the Cascades farmer's market.    Had parents over for porch burgers on W 6...
  16. Monday, June 24, 2019:
    Weekend Wrap-up  For Rebecca's 36th Birthday weekend, we took a family trip to Weatherlea Farm in Lovettsville, a working sheep farm that was just far enough away to be "away" without travel hassles.     On Saturday, we had brunch at Market Table Bistro (deviled eggs, a white gazpacho, mac and cheese, and an overly decadent pork belly hash). In the evening, we drove out to Harper's Ferry Brewing for the views, bluegrass music, crabcake sandwiches, forgettable beers, and soft-serve.     Among the animals at the farm was a cat named Castor that welcomed himself into the cottage and our adventures.     Maia enjoyed seeing the dog, cats, 2 horses, and a herd of 18 sheep being guarded by 2 goo...
  17. Monday, June 10, 2019:
    List Day: 10 Imminent Events  Within the next 90 days:     Our little family (sans Amber who will stay home sleeping on the big bump in the bed) will fly up to Rhode Island to visit my sister's family.    We will spend a weekend a (brief) distance away in Lovettsville at a farm rental house with sheep for Maia to baa at.    Rebecca will turn 36.    We will book October plane tickets for a 10th Anniversary Weekend in Montreal.    I will earn another Amazon Web Services certification (#7).    Maia will turn 2 years old and have a party with all of her little friends.    We will spend a weekend in Richmond with the Edwardses and Catanias.   &n...
  18. Friday, June 07, 2019:
    Maia Month #23 Battle Report    Maia is almost 2! A couple weeks ago, she weighed 21.8 pounds though she feels much heavier when she goes sack-of-potatoes on my arm. She enjoys assisting with our routine, from putting away the clean dishes to watering the plants outside with her own personal watering can.   Her brain continues to word associate -- when I pointed at a bench, she mentioned the statue of frogs sitting on a bench drinking coffee at the grandparents' house. When I said Rebecca was tall, Maia said "long neck giraffe". She also likes to remind us to finish unfinished tasks or rectify unresolved situations by saying things like "shoes off", "put shirt on", "close gate", "put back". Other recent likes include riding on my shoulders, ...
  19. Friday, May 31, 2019:
    End-of-the-Month Highlights Day  New photos have been added to the  Life, 2019  album. Google Photos sucks.       Events   Rebecca and Maia went to visit the Gillis family in Oklahoma City, H 5/2 - T 5/7. I had a staycation, with dinners at Miller's, The V, and Burton's.    Visited my parents with Maia on H 5/9.    Family walk around the Pidgeon Hill pond on F 5/10.    Planted tomatoes and had Kathy over for dinner on S 5/11.    Family dinner at Mellow Mushroom on S 5/12.    Rebecca dropped her phone in the pool on H 5/16. Verizon briefly turned off mine somehow while trying to transfer her phone number to an old phone.    Im...
  20. Monday, May 27, 2019:
    Weekend Wrap-up  It's Memorial Day!   We spent our holiday weekend at home in a low-key way. On Friday, Maia and I met Rebecca at the yoga studio and then headed over to Cascades Overlook for dinner at the new Marumen Ramen restaurant. I ordered the "Hot Stone Pot" dish, which, in retrospect, was perfectly honest advertising since the food inside stayed too hot to eat for the entire visit. I'm indifferent about trying the place again (I feel like noodles can be done just as well at home) but it was nice that Maia could roll around in the astroturf like a golden retriever while we ate nearby.     On Saturday, I wanted to try something new on the grill, so I bought swordfish steaks with an Italian-esque marinade (and salm...
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