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  1. Monday, September 07, 2020:
    Maia Battle Report: Year 3 Month 2  By week and by month seem like too short of a period to keep writing these Battle Reports, but I feel like I should check in occasionally to make sure that the miscellaneous quirks of our daughter are not forgotten.     Maia is now 2 months beyond the age of 3, has reached the age where she clearly has a short-term and long-term memory and is mostly capable of communicating with us. On Friday, she reminded Rebecca to bring cash in the car because the apple-picking farm didn't accept credit cards. She finds it easy to express herself, repeating stock phrases like "I'm so excited!" that she's heard elsewhere. She'll also say, "I love you too!" if you start.   Maia still loves dresses. We've moved all of...
  2. Monday, August 31, 2020:
    End-of-the-Month Highlights Day  New photos have been added to the  Life, 2020  album.       Events   Drove home from the Outer Banks on S 8/2.    Rebecca and Maia went to the Smith's house for a two-night getaway on F 8/7 while I stayed home and talked to no one.    The Smith girls came over for a visit on H 8/13.    Came in 25th in a virtual work poker tournament on H 8/20.    Porch visit with Rebecca's parents on S 8/22.    Porch visit with my parents on H 8/27.    Caught up with Jack on the porch on S 8/29.       Projects   Released the  Janny Wurts - Official Website  on ...
  3. Monday, August 10, 2020:
    Weekend Wrap-up   things Amber and I did while Rebecca and Maia spent the weekend at the Smiths in post-beach quarantine       Friday      Wrapped up work and spent 6 hours on my web development side gig.   Attended a virtual work happy hour celebrating another $500M proposal win.   Had shells and cheese for dinner.      Saturday      Had breakfast and did the entire crossword without interruption for an hour.   Spent 8 hours doing web development.   Cleaned the house and steam cleaned the sticky toddler zones.   Ran 1.5 miles on the treadmill while rewatching  Twelve Monkeys, Season Two&nb...
  4. Wednesday, August 05, 2020:
    Beach Day  Our beach trip last week was a great success in spite of the lack of Olympics to watch. We drove down in 7 hours on Sunday the 26th, a task made more logistically difficult with fewer public restrooms open. 100% of observed people at the Fredericksburg rest stop wore masks, and this decreased to 75% around Hampton Roads and 50% in North Carolina. Maia had her first Happy Meal outside of Richmond, eaten in the shade of a tree near the restaurant.     After extra quarantine time upfront, we merged our bubble with the Smiths for the week, which meant we got to have normal interactions like "too many people in the tiny kitchen" and many esoteric Kickstarter board games. The house was a perfect size for us, and feature...
  5. Friday, July 31, 2020:
    End-of-the-Month Highlights Day  New photos have been added to the  Life, 2020  album.       Events   4th of July barbecue at the Smith's on S 7/4.    Maia's 3rd Birthday Party Part I with the Uri grandparents on S 7/5.    Maia's 3rd Birthday Party Part II with Rebecca's parents on M 7/6.    Outdoor visit to our Taylorstown relatives, Carol and Dave, on S 7/11.    Yet another tack-driven flat tire, this time on Rebecca's car on S 7/12.    Outdoor visit with the Uri grandparents on H 7/16 and H 7/23.    Off to Duck in the Outer Banks with the Smiths on S 7/26.       Projects   Worked on ...
  6. Wednesday, July 29, 2020:
    Beach Day  
  7. Monday, July 27, 2020:
    Beach Day  
  8. 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...
  9. 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...
  10. 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...
  11. 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...
  12. 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...
  13. 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? 
  14. 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! 
  15. 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....
  16. Friday, May 01, 2020:
    Data Day: A Representative Day in Self-Quarantine  
  17. 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...
  18. 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.    ...
  19. 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! 
  20. 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...
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