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  1. Monday, May 09, 2022:
    Mouse Update Day   An anticlimactic ending to our  mouse saga     The war against Little Asshole continued through the month of February and March. I scoured the house daily, using the presence or absence of mouse poop to triangulate the mouse's general living location. I applied flank pressure like a Civil War general to guide the mouse towards areas of the house that were easier to trap. Throughout, the mouse survived and avoided all traps. It even got one foot caught in a glue trap but managed to get free, unscathed, after a couple hours.     March 30 was the last day that I found new mouse droppings. On March 31, we took in some guest cats for a week. Unlike Amber, one of these cats was young an...
  2. Friday, April 29, 2022:
    End-of-the-Month Highlights Day  New photos have been added to the  Life, 2022  album.       Events   Watched the Smith cats (Titan and Abby), H 3/31 - H 4/7.    Marc came over for a visit on S 4/2.    Rebecca did a continuing ed. course S 4/9 - 4/10. Meanwhile, I visited my parents for my mom's 81st birthday on S 4/9.    Went on a Spring Break trip to Culpeper, VA and stayed on a cattle farm, M 4/11 - 4/16.    Visited the Ahlbins in Rhoadesville, M 4/11 - T 4/12.    Visited the Hickses in Fredericksburg, W 4/13 and F 4/15.    Went to the Bright Spot Playground and had Mexican food for dinner from Guacamole on H 4/14. &n...
  3. Wednesday, April 27, 2022:
    Ian Year 1 Battle Report    At one year of age, Ian is 22 pounds and has 3 front teeth, two on top and one on the bottom. He is an excellent crawler, raiser, and supported stander/walker. He's been going up stairs for weeks and is now comfortable going down stairs the right way (feet first rather than bodysurfing).      He hates being on the changing table and cries excessively when the world is not revolving around him. For most of his public-facing time though, he's super happy. Ian likes waving at people and swaying back and forth in his high chair. He says many syllables and particularly likes "DA". We can't tell if he is legitimately saying the word, "DADA", or if he's just lucky stringing syllables together in the right ...
  4. Monday, April 18, 2022:
    Easy Photos Day    Cue up the Sound of Music soundtrack.     Ian enjoyed his sunrise walks.     Curious calves.     Maia climbs a tree on the last day of our vacation. 
  5. Friday, April 15, 2022:
    Farmhouse Day    Friday is our last full day in the Culpeper area. We'll be back north on Saturday! 
  6. Monday, April 11, 2022:
    Birth Day  Happy 81st Birthday to my Mom!       For Grandma's birthday, Maia received a horse stable and promptly named the horses, Browny, Snowa, Chocolate, Dot, Sunny, Spot, Dotty, and Brownsie. Browny and Brownsie are brother and sister, of course.   
  7. Wednesday, March 30, 2022:
    End-of-the-Month Highlights Day  New photos have been added to the  Life, 2022  album.       Events   Rebecca taught more yoga anatomy, this time at Easy Day on S 3/5. Went to the grand reopening of the Sterling Community Center on S 3/5 - 3/6.    Maia went to the Uri grandparents for the weekend, F 3/11 - S 3/13.    Got our last round of snow on S 3/12.    Went to the HOA meeting on W 3/16 and became an official board member.    Went to Fiona's 5th birthday party (with pony) in Falls Church on S 3/19.    Went to Leyla and Dominic's 5th birthday party at HyperKidz on S 3/20.    Went to Zelda and Angelica's birthday at Algonki...
  8. Monday, March 28, 2022:
    Ian Week #48 Battle Report  Ian is 11 months old!     He can raise himself up to a standing position at the coffee table and maneuver around it, crawl very fast, and ascend stairs with ease. Going down is still prevented since he prefers a heads-first approach.   He has no teeth (Maia had her first at 8.5 months) and no words, although he just learned to form the word "Ohhh" so it sounds intentional. Now we can pretend to feed him fun facts and have him say "Ohhh" as if he just learned something new. He loves to eat: carrots are in decline in favor of carbs, yogurt, and bits of food off the adults' plates.   His phase of screechiness never went away fully, and it becomes his go-to mode when annoyed or tired. He gets...
  9. Monday, March 21, 2022:
    Easy Photos Day    Maia went to her friend's 5th birthday party in Falls Church on Saturday and may have ridden the pony several hundred times. She decided to dress up as Belle from  Beauty and the Beast  here.     When it was time for cake, Maia called out, "Move back, move back!" so the birthday girl would have room to be in the center.     On Sunday, we went to yet another 5th birthday party (for twins!) at the insane indoor playground in Ashburn called Hyperkidz. Notice that Maia is one of the smaller kids in her class. She is also dressed as Mirabel from  Encanto .     Meanwhile, Ian got a little bit older. 
  10. Monday, March 07, 2022:
    Easy Photos Day    Ian eats our house.     Sick day activity book (mild stomach bug).     At the Algonquian playground while Rebecca teaches yoga anatomy.     Ian is old.     At the Sterling Community Center's grand reopening. 
  11. Wednesday, March 02, 2022:
    Ian Week #44 Battle Report  Ian is now in the age range where the photo letter blocks don't quite work because no one expects any parent to actually follow through and take a picture every single week.     In the above picture, his pajamas are only half on because he tends to crawl away or roll over completely before we have a chance to finish putting them on. He hates being on the changing table and refuses to cooperate in any basic baby logistics.   Ian crawls just fine now and likes making laps around each room (whose door we haven't shut) to see what's new. When he's completely bored of the main floor, we do the same routine in the basement. He decided to tackle stairs the other day and got up 3 before falling backwards into m...
  12. Monday, February 28, 2022:
    End-of-the-Month Highlights Day  New photos have been added to the  Life, 2022  album.       Events   Maia stayed home from school after a positive COVID test, M 1/31 - F 2/4.    I caught something which two rapid tests insisted was NOT COVID on H 2/3. Ian was also a little sick.    The COVID finally made it to Rebecca on T 2/8.    Last day of quarantine on F 2/18.    Mid-day carrot cake for my dad's birthday on M 2/21.    Went to my work's Tysons office for the end of the Technical Leadership Development program on T 2/22.    Ian and I got sick again on F 2/25. Ian picked up stair climbing in a single day.    ...
  13. Wednesday, February 23, 2022:
    What's Maia Up To Day    Maia is solidly in the four-and-a-half year age range. She has been going to Kids Under Construction preschool since last September and loves it. (She sometimes tells us when one of her classmates acts out, but she likes to note that SHE has never had a time-out there). She's learning a lot of things I didn't learn until kindergarten, although she's also started incorporating the dreaded "like" as a pause word when she's talking.   Her latest passion is to make signs and books by copying the words out of existing books. She wanted to have a bunny yard sale in her room, so she recalled the specific Berenstain Bears book with a Yard Sale sign in it and copied it down. Her letters are legible, which is more than I ...
  14. Monday, February 21, 2022:
    Easy Photos Day    Puzzling together.     Ian in the woods.     Soccer time.     Classic game time.     Ian ages. 
  15. Wednesday, February 16, 2022:
    Housiversary Day  As of February 13, I've now lived in this house for 18 years. Happy Housiversary to me!   Here's how it started:     Here's how things looked in 2012:     And here's how things look now, in 2022:   
  16. Monday, February 07, 2022:
    Ian Week #41 Battle Report  Ian is now 41 weeks old, just 11 weeks away from a full year (also, the longest year of my life).     Ian is the loudest child ever birthed. He sometimes wakes up crying. He cries when we put him on the changing table to change his diaper. He cries when we don't get him out of his carseat fast enough.   He started truly crawling at 39 weeks, which is great for being able to better entertain himself, but worse for keeping things like electrical cords out of his reach. He loves to pull himself on the coffee table, only to let go and bash himself in the face on the way, resulting in crying.   He likes playing with anything that has wheels most, followed by toys that make noise or motion. He ...
  17. Friday, February 04, 2022:
    Mouse Update Day  We discovered evidence of a mouse in the house last November and it remains uncaptured to this day.   Over the past three months, part of my daily mental load has been mouse management. I clean up mouse poop in certain parts of the house in an effort to induce migration towards areas more amenable to traps. I've filled in tiny gaps under the stairs that might somehow lead outside. I've tried traditional traps, humane traps, sticky traps, gravity-based DIY traps that would be more at home in a game of Mousetrap, and most recently, electric traps. I've use cat food, peanut butter, cookies, and granola as bait. I always make sure to handle the traps with a plastic bag on my hand to avoid any human scents.   Thro...
  18. Monday, January 31, 2022:
    End-of-the-Month Highlights Day  New photos have been added to the  Life, 2022  album.       Events   Enjoyed unseasonably warm weather for a visit to Frying Pan Farm on S 1/2.    Cold snap snow day on M 1/3, which Maia spent almost entirely outside in the snow.    Snow Day, Part II on T 1/4.    Yet another snow day on F 1/7.    Rebecca returned to work on S 1/15. Had dinner with the parents in the evening.    Snowy afternoon on S 1/16.    Went to my first HOA meeting in 17 years on W 1/19.    Maia visited my parents for the weekend following a brief snow, S 1/30 - T 1/31, but came home early due to fever.&nbs...
  19. Wednesday, January 19, 2022:
    Shower Day  Our latest home project is an overhaul of our guest shower in the basement. The previous shower was a haphazard relic from when I first moved in in 2004 and the basement had been subdivided into separate living areas for maximum renting. The groutwork finally decayed to the point where the wall was soft and I had to apply duct tape liberally to stem further damages.     We went with the same company that did our screen porch and patio. After a few false starts and snow events, the shower is finally complete.     The new shower is now nicer than our main showers, so I'd better start taking more post-workout showers in the basement to get my money's worth. 
  20. Monday, January 17, 2022:
    Weekend Wrap-up  Rebecca had her first day back in the PT clinic on Saturday, so I stayed home with the kids for a nap/Frozen matinee while work continued in the basement on our guest shower overhaul.   On Saturday evening, we had the grandparents over for a ham dinner. Maia learned about all of the places they had lived on a whiteboard map and then showed us where her bunny has lived (born in Alaska because he is a snowshoe, and his cousins are from Philly).     Sunday's snow event was worthwhile if shortlived. We got about 4 inches by evening, but then precipitation turned almost immediately to rain, erasing our gains. 
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