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  1. Monday, December 09, 2019:
    Weekend Wrap-up  On Friday afternoon, we had the first of several consultations to talk about putting a screened porch in our backyard next spring. We then put up the outdoor Christmas lights with Maia, who greatly enjoyed the deer.   On Saturday, Rebecca taught a round of anatomy to prospective yoga teachers. Afterwards, I brought Maia to the studio for a trial run of Rebecca's first "Little Yogis" class. Maia was super excited for the first 10 minutes, but then spent the rest of the class sitting in the lobby with me rolling around on the floor. We followed up with dinner at Bungalow Lakehouse, where I had a very satisfying prime rib and baked potato.     On Sunday, we had another porch consultation and a dinner of ...
  2. Friday, December 06, 2019:
    Maia Battle Report: Year 2 Month 5    Maia's November was a dramatic acceleration in development, kickstarted by the evil of Daylights Savings Time. She initiated a successful visit to the toilet even though we're not actively doing anything to teach that yet. She managed to climb out of her crib on the 16th, and then opened the nursery door on her own on the 21st. I had to install one of those plastic doorknob condoms that irritate adults more than kids. Now during naps when she doesn't feel like sleeping, she'll just knock on the door saying things like "Trick or Treat!" and "Daddy? Daddy? Daddy? Daddy? Come get me."     "This one says...": What Maia says when she wants you to read something, like a panel in a comic strip or a page in a book...
  3. Friday, November 29, 2019:
    End-of-the-Month Highlights Day  New photos have been added to the  Life, 2019  album. Google Photos sucks.       Events   Family dinner at Cheng's Asian House on S 11/2.    Raked leaves and had dinner with Car and Ben on S 11/3.    Family "hike" in Claude Moore Park on M 11/4.    Took Maia to vote on T 11/5.    Took Grandma Uri out to dinner at Marumen on W 11/6 while Grandpa succeeded in fixing the ongoing electrical issue.    Had Katia & Ashley, Chih, Sena, & Nolan, and Tammy over for early Thanksgiving Dinner on S 11/9.    Rebecca and Maia went to church and had dinner with Ray and Christina, while I worked and then went ...
  4. Wednesday, November 27, 2019:
    Happy Thanksgiving!    We may have done these holidays in the wrong order. 
  5. Monday, November 25, 2019:
    Weekend Wrap-up  The tree is up!   
  6. Wednesday, November 20, 2019:
    Time-lapsed Blogography Day: Twenty Years Ago Today  Twenty years ago today, on  Saturday, November 20, 1999 , I was in Philadelphia for the VT-Temple football game.   It was the beginning of our extravagant week-long Thanksgiving break and I had driven home the night before with Jen and her cat. Liz, Shac, Kelley, and Melody converged on my house Friday night so we could get an early start, and we ate pizza and watched  Shawshank Redemption  on VHS. In the morning, we woke up early and met Jason and Richard to caravan two cars up to Philly. The three in the back seat promptly fell asleep while Liz and I sang along to musicals in the front.  The game itself was pretty monotonous, with VT winning 62-7. Afterwards, Jason insisted that we stop at Ho...
  7. Monday, November 18, 2019:
    Weekend Wrap-up  On Friday evening, we made minestrone soup for dinner. Rebecca went out and met up with our friend, Catherine, after Maia went to bed while I stayed home and worked on Puzzle Boat puzzles.   On Saturday, Maia did not nap. I was distracted from my office by the sound of knocking and realized the knocking was coming from INSIDE HER ROOM. Maia had climbed out of her crib and come to her door to inform me that she had crawled out like the protagonist in  Big Bed For Giraffe . After she easily did it a second time for an audience, we took the side of the crib off and permanently converted it into a big girl bed.     In the evening, we picked up carry-out from Cheng's in Chantilly and had Game Nig...
  8. Wednesday, November 06, 2019:
    Maia Battle Report: Year 2 Month 4    Maia is now 2 and 1/3 years old, somewhere around 33" tall, and about 24 pounds. Her favourite part of last month was the build-up to Halloween and her Sister Bear costume. We discovered that she had gained an instinctual fear to realistic decorations like creepy humanoids or giant spiders, as she wouldn't enter the Halloween costume store without being carried. This is also where she started giving us big, tight hugs -- sometimes now, she initiates big hugs unprovoked while lazing around the house.     Maia likes the new variety of clothes she can wear now that the weather is changing, and we spend a great deal more time outside. She's a climber at the playground, able to go up ladders without consideri...
  9. Wednesday, October 30, 2019:
    End-of-the-Month Highlights Day  New photos have been added to the  Life, 2019  album. Google Photos sucks.       Events   Dad-daughter dinner at Fireworks Pizza on T 10/1.    Went to the Uri grandparents on F 10/4 and had dinner at Fat City Kitchen.    Took a trip to  Montreal , S 10/5 - M 10/7 while Maia stayed with the grandparents.    Dad-daughter dinner at Fireworks Pizza on F 10/11.    Went to SterlingFest with our neighbours and won an Alpaca Sweater, then had Poker Night on S 10/12.    Had dinner with Tammy on S 10/13.    Family dinner at Bungalow Lakehouse on M 10/14.    Family dinner at Bee...
  10. Monday, October 28, 2019:
    Weekend Wrap-up    On Friday night, our family dressed up in Halloween costumes for the Sterling Community Center Halloween party. We went way back into nostalgia land to be the Berenstain Bears (although we were also mistaken as the Three Bears and The Wizard of Oz). Maia enjoyed wandering around the gym full of non-profit booths although she probably cheated at all of the ring tossing games that resulted in candy prizes. At a particular point in the night, she decided that she was done being surrounded by other kids and emphatically made a beeline out the front door without goodbyes.   We spent Saturday-day relaxing around the house. In the afternoon, we went over to Mike and Ghazaley's in Herndon for dinner and a fire for roast...
  11. 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...
  12. 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,...
  13. 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   
  14. 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...
  15. 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...
  16. 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.  ...
  17. 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...
  18. 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...
  19. 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...
  20. 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...
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