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  1. Tuesday, September 27, 2022:
    Weekend Wrap-up  This post is delayed because we took a three-night vacation into the country (and when you announce it in advance, hooligans show up at your house and steal stuff). We went to a crazy farmhouse outside of Front Royal. The family was accompanied by my mom and our friends, Car and Jordan.     We tried to have Ian sleep in the giant cedar closet because it was so dark but he hated it, waking up twice a night. This sunrise picture is from the first full day, when he was fully awake by 6 AM. There is an outtake version of this picture where he faceplanted on the driveway. He fell over a lot this weekend and his face is currently covered in tiny purple bruises.      Every room was chock-full of t...
  2. Wednesday, September 21, 2022:
    Ian Year 1 Month 5 Battle Report  Ian has made it five months past his first birthday.     He walks well and likes climbing unsafely on chairs, tables, and high beds. Things with wheels are still his favourite and he'll always point out the wheels in books, even the books most unlikely to have cars in them. He likes picking Maia up at the bus stop in the afternoon and yelling "BUH!" when the bus rolls down the street.   He still only has 4 truly visible teeth although there have been signs of other indecisive ones near the gum line. Teething as a kid that is old enough to understand pain a bit seems rough -- he'll wake up crying in the middle of the night and won't always be able to get back to sleep.   He doesn't speak muc...
  3. Monday, September 19, 2022:
    Easy Photos Day    Walking past the wildflowers at Claude Moore Park last Thursday.      Ian enjoying the bounce house at our neighbour's 2nd birthday party on Saturday.      Back at Lake Anne Plaza with my parents on Sunday.      First kayaking trip! 
  4. Wednesday, September 07, 2022:
    Easy Photos Day    Eating sweet corn cooked over the fire in Taylorstown.      Helping Rebecca shop for clothes online.      His first trip to a farm full of animals and he doesn't want to leave the toy tractors.      The animals at Frying Pan Farm were in high form, since we arrived right around feeding time. 
  5. Wednesday, August 31, 2022:
    End-of-the-Month Highlights Day  New photos have been added to the  Life, 2022  album.       Events   Maia's first school event, Popsicles with the Principal, on H 8/4.    Date Night at Parallel Wine & Whiskey Bar on S 8/6.    Rebecca's parents visited on S 8/7.    Ian got his first COVID shot on F 8/12. Maia went to my parents' for the weekend, F 8/12 - S 8/14.    Dinner at Burton's with Ian on S 8/13.    Flew up to Rhode Island to visit my sister and her family, T 8/16 - F 8/19.    Rebecca's parents visited on S 8/20. Family dinner at Burton's.    Open House at Forest Grove Elementary School, on T 8/23. ...
  6. Friday, August 26, 2022:
    Kindergarten Day    Maia's first day of kindergarten on Thursday was a success!     She's in the Yellow Crayon class and sits at a table next to our across-the-street neighbor. She was super excited for her first school bus ride ever.   She told this story about the bus ride home: "Two girls sat next to me on the bus home. They didn't know where to sit so I told them they could sit with me!"   She also wore those cat ears all day long. 
  7. Wednesday, August 24, 2022:
    RI Day  We spent Tuesday through Friday last week with my sister's family in Rhode Island. This was my first trip up since we took Maia in 2018. We had a trip planned in 2019 but I caught a weird flu bug the day before and Rebecca and Maia went up without me.     The plane trip up went very well, in spite of the fact that we left from the three-character A terminal of Dulles which required at least 20 elevator rides for our stroller, car seat, and kids. Maia disliked how much patience each phase of travel required, while Ian enjoyed everything about the trip until he reached ultimate tiredness and boredom on our descent.   My sister has three kids, Sam, William, and Luca, and a commensurate number of toys to ...
  8. Monday, August 08, 2022:
    Easy Photos Day    First date night since our anniversary 10 months ago: Dinner at Parallel Wine & Whiskey Bar in Ashburn. I had a tempranillo, Siglo, and a malbec, Llama. Rebecca had a cocktail, SMASH AND PASS.     Post-dinner walk through the muggy wilderness around Beaverdam Reservoir.     Ian rekindles his love of lasagna. No word on whether he hates Mondays yet. 
  9. Friday, July 29, 2022:
    End-of-the-Month Highlights Day  New photos have been added to the  Life, 2022  album.       Events   Went to the dentist on F 7/1.    Had Ghazaley and Mike over for vegan tacos on S 7/2.    Had Elizabeth, Renae, and Sammie over for the afternoon on S 7/3.    Rebecca, Maia, and Ian went to Lake Barcroft with Rebecca's parents on M 7/4. Rebecca and Maia went to the Herndon fireworks that night.    Maia got sick with a non-COVID sore throat on T 7/5. Rebecca caught it and had the sore throat for another two weeks.    Maia had a family birthday party on W 7/6.    Maia had a kid-filled birthday party with water activities on S 7/...
  10. Monday, July 18, 2022:
    Ian Year 1 Month 3 Battle Report  As of the beginning of July, Ian is now walking!     He consistently wakes up between 6:00 and 6:30 and will usually take a long nap around 11 AM. The 4 PM nap is either "asleep right away for an hour" or "shriek for 30 minutes until someone gets him". He goes to bed around 7, usually lying in the crib quietly for a half hour before dozing off.   Eating is still his favourite activity. Breakfast is usually a whole banana, many blueberries, 3 sausage links, and anything he sees me eat. Lunch and dinner are harder, as he's more picky when not super hungry. He tends to fixate on the things he wants so we hide the watermelon until the end of the meal and start him with a tray of healthy broccoli or a tin ...
  11. Monday, July 11, 2022:
    Weekend Wrap-up  Our first massively multiplayer birthday party experience was a success!     We hosted 8 extra kids and 5 parents on a surprisingly moderate day (postponed one day from Saturday to Sunday due to unexpected rainstorms).     Activities included the pool, water balloons, the new water table from the grandparents, a pinata, cornhole, soccer, and birthday cupcakes.     Lesson learned for next year: Pinatas are designed for adults. Reduce structural integrity before the party. 
  12. Wednesday, July 06, 2022:
    Birth Day  Maia is 5 today!     Her most recent favourite activities including drawing or painting bunnies and cutting endless crafts out of her Don't Let the Pigeon Finish the Activity Book activity book. However, bunnies have taken a slight dip in popularity -- on June 3, she said that she might not need Original Bunny anymore and that maybe Ian could have him as Ian grows up. She still carries Original Bunny around, but always pairs it with Lyla Cat, a fluffy white cat from her wall of stuffed animals.   Speaking of cats, Maia's favourite pretend game is to be a cat. She wears cat ear headbands (paired with a princess headband to be Princess Cat) and changes her name monthly. In May, she was Pussy Cat, June, ...
  13. Wednesday, June 29, 2022:
    End-of-the-Month Highlights Day  New photos have been added to the  Life, 2022  album.       Events   Hosted Oklahoma Emily and her 3 kids for an overnight visit on F 6/3 - S 6/4.    Went to the Loudoun Farm Heritage Museum on S 6/4 to donate a spinning wheel.    Rebecca and Maia went to a play, "Into the Woods Jr.", featuring the Smith sisters on S 6/5.    Family dinner at Bungalow Lakehouse on T 6/7.    Ian had a fever and slept a lot, W 6/8 - F 6/10.    Went to our new neighbor's housewarming party on S 6/11.    Went to Virginia Kitchen for breakfast with Maia on S 6/12. Family outing to the farmer's market and playground....
  14. Monday, June 27, 2022:
    Weekend Wrap-up  My new office art arrived on Friday afternoon, "Sitting Tree" by Cynthia Decker.     On Friday evening while Rebecca was at her physical therapy course, Maia played quietly by herself in the living room.      On Saturday, I took the kids on a trip out to Alexandria to see my parents. Ian's configuration knobs were all out of whack this day, as he only napped for 20 minutes all day long but did poop 7 different times. As such, we didn't stay long, but we did get Maia a Happy Meal lunch with an ugly toy on the way home. In the evening, Maia did a puppet show.     Here is the Sunday sunrise shift, sitting in the basement, trying not to wake up Maia. My window needs a little ...
  15. Friday, June 24, 2022:
    Birth Day, Part 2   A montage of photos from Rebecca's wild and stormy birthday afternoon    
  16. Wednesday, June 22, 2022:
    Birth Day  Happy Birthday to Rebecca!   
  17. Wednesday, June 08, 2022:
    Data Day: A Typical Summer Weekday  
  18. Monday, June 06, 2022:
    Easy Photos Day    Ian can now butterfly kick his way up onto couches and beds. He then pretends to be lazy like his parents.     The Gillises stayed overnight on Friday as a stop on their whirlwind tour of the East Coast.     Here's the family! 
  19. Monday, May 30, 2022:
    End-of-the-Month Highlights Day  New photos have been added to the  Life, 2022  album.       Events   Maia returned home from a weekend with my parents on S 5/1 (She went to the Zoo!)    Family dinner at Bungalow Lakehouse on W 5/4.    Rebecca had Mother's Day Tea at preschool on H 5/5.    Had Tammy and Patrick over for dinner (steak and mushrooms) on S 5/7.    Rebecca took the kids to see Char at the Goodwin House on S 5/8.    Family dinner at Miller's (first time since the pandemic) on W 5/11.    Had the Winters over for dinner on S 5/14.    Went to the HOA meeting on W 5/18.    Had Maia's ...
  20. Wednesday, May 25, 2022:
    What's Maia Up To Day  Maia is just 6 weeks away from being a five-year-old! She is awesome.     She's nearly at the age where I started kindergarten which means that, if she's anything like I was, 2022 will be the first year where she has strong core memories of things that go on. While her recall of events is still spectacular, some early memories (like almost anything pre-pandemic) have faded away.   Maia is always wearing a headband -- either she's a cat, or a princess, or a princess cat. She is less into bunnies these days, and her two main stuffed animals are Original Bunny and Little Cat. However, she will still interject into conversations to compare whatever we're talking about to how they do it in Bunnytown.&nbs...
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