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  1. Monday, May 20, 2024:
    Easy Photos Day    New bathroom color.      Happy and full of popcorn shrimp after Ford's Fish Shack.      Walking in Claude Moore Park.      Amber, 19 years 7 months, just after a mandatory bath.      Maia goes to the American History Museum with the grandparents.      Maia tours the latest in playground technology in Alexandria.      Newest gift from the grandparents, a mixed sand + water table with a valuable theme.  
  2. Wednesday, May 01, 2024:
    Ian Year 3 Battle Report  Ian has finally made it to the age of 3!      Primary stats:     Height: 36.25" (23%)   Weight: 28.4 lb (17%)     For scale, he is as tall as 6.042 standard hot dogs end-to-end, and weighs as much as 284 standard hot dogs.   Not much has changed developmentally since the  year 2 month 11 update . He knows his shapes, months, colors, and other trivia, reads the weather report in our Sunday paper, and recites books and songs from memory. He always wants a book at dinnertime but feels like he cannot make the choice himself.   His favourite catchphrase right now is "LET'S PLAY!" -- he doesn't always want to play Duplos by himself, ...
  3. Monday, April 29, 2024:
    End-of-the-Month Highlights Day  New photos have been added to the  Life, 2024  album.       Events   Belated Easter dinner with Char on T 4/2.    Solo dad dinner at Local Provisions on W 4/3.    Visited my mom for an early birthday celebration on F 4/5.    Went to Riverbend Park to see the bluebells, saw a kestral and owls at the Nature Center, and had brunch at IHOP on S 4/6.    Dinner at Fire Works Pizza on S 4/7.    Went to the optometrist on Eclipse Day, M 4/8. Discovered that my current glasses were actually 1 prescription behind in history which is why my eyesight was so poor. Saw the eclipse from home in the afternoon.   &...
  4. Monday, April 22, 2024:
    List Day: Labelled Years        1979:  The Year I Was Born    1980:  The Year I Came to America    1981:  The Year I Lived Next Door to the Fishers    1982:  The Year I Was Naturalized    1983:  The Year Rosa Started Babysitting Us    1984:  The Year I Started Kindergarten    1985:  The Year I Started First Grade    1986:  The Year I Started Second Grade / Skipped a Grade    1987:  The Year I Started Fourth Grade    1988:  The Year I Started Fifth Grade / Was a Lunchtime Dungeon Master / Played the Cornet    1989:  The Year...
  5. Monday, April 15, 2024:
    20th Work Anniversary Day  Last Friday was my 20th work anniversary. I've worked at one company (through renamings and acquisitions) for my entire career apart from a brief experiment at a commercial startup followed by some stay-at-home-dadding back in 2017.   Career highlights include:      2000 : As an intern, optimized a database load process by over 200% by creating a SQL-to-Java conversion language.    2008 : Accidentally deleted all the rows in a production table but figured out a way to regenerate the data from other tables before anyone noticed or was affected.    2011 : Convinced two diametrically-opposed ontologists to compromise on the definition of "Physical Entit...
  6. Monday, April 08, 2024:
    Weekend Wrap-up  On Friday (a day off of school), we took the kids over to my parent's house to celebrate Grandma's 83rd birthday.     On Saturday, we went to Riverbend Park to view the bluebells, arriving in the perfect early sweet spot: trails had been flooded and closed the day before, and a $12 "Bluebell Viewing" festival started 2 hours after we parked.       Here is a zero-effort, no-post-edit picture of bluebells taken with the camera on my new Samsung Galaxy S23.     There was also a raptor demonstration occurring in the nature center with two owls and a loud kestral.     Afterwards, we stayed in the park for a bit so Ian could play in the sandbox, then had I...
  7. Monday, April 01, 2024:
    Spring Break Wrap-up: Bethany Beach   Tuesday      Made the trip to Bethany Beach from Sterling in about 3.5 hours with 1 stop (at Wawa) and minimal traffic. Took a quick, cold walk to the beach access and dug in the sand for a few minutes before Ian's nap time. Got groceries and then made tacos with our travel buddies, the Smiths, in the evening.        Wednesday      Went back out to the cold, empty beach to dig in the sand in the morning. Had crepes for lunch and then poked around the boardwalk shops (especially the bookstore). Went to Bethany Beach BBQ for dinner (I had deliciously moist baby back ribs). Ended the day with a game of Splendor.        Thursd...
  8. Friday, March 29, 2024:
    End-of-the-Month Highlights Day  New photos have been added to the  Life, 2024  album.       Events   Date Night at Local Provisions on F 3/1.    Rebecca and Maia went to see a middle school production of Seussical Jr., while Ian and I went to Wegmans to watch the train run around the ceiling on S 3/2.    Our old neighbors (Vanessa and Chloe) came for a visit in the afternoon on S 3/3.    Maia spent a weekend with the grandparents (and went to the Aquarium), F 3/8 - S 3/10.    Ian and I rode the Metro from Innovation Center to Ballston and back on S 3/9.    Solo dad dinner at Local Provisions on W 3/13.    Family trip to the ...
  9. Monday, March 25, 2024:
    Ian Year 2 Month 11 Battle Report  Ian is just 1 month shy of turning 3 and, jokes about "half his life" aside, it feels like he's been 2 for longer than 50% of the dynasties in imperial China.     Ian is full of big emotions and very aware of how he feels, but struggles to adapt when things don't go exactly as expected. We can be having a perfect afternoon and then he'll fixate on something that isn't quite right and have a tantrum. He averages 1-2 tantrums per day at the moment. We're working through it patiently and we hope it improves in year 3.   He naps well and sleeps well. As soon as he's up, he runs to the living room to recite scenes from his tractor DVDs while driving trucks around. He likes to play by himself until he reali...
  10. Monday, March 11, 2024:
    Easy Photos Day      Guys on the Silver Line, heading to Ballston and back.      Ian mixes and matches some vehicles.      Maia goes to the Baltimore Aquarium with the grandparents.      Maia's new bud, Dolphinita.      New playground in Alexandria #5 of 7000. 
  11. Monday, March 04, 2024:
    List Day: Currently...      Currently listening to...   Formentera II  by Metric.     Currently reading...   Children of Memory  by Adrian Tchaikovsky.     Currently playing...  nothing since last November.     Currently considering buying...  a new couch.     Currently creating...  an online art print shop using OpenCart.     Currently planning...  a permanent migration away from GoDaddy webhosting to AWS for parts of the modest web empire I manage.     Currently watching...   Shogun  and (rewatching)  Fargo, Season Two , both on Hulu.&...
  12. Wednesday, February 28, 2024:
    End-of-the-Month Highlights Day  New photos have been added to the  Life, 2024  album.       Events   Date Happy Hour at Local Provisions on H 2/1.    Brief visit to Claude Moore followed by family dinner at Miller's on S 2/3.    Maia and Ian went to Fatima's 8th birthday party on S 2/4.    Fire Works Pizza (delivered) for dinner on M 2/5.    Went to the doctor for my annual checkup on T 2/6.    Rebecca got a new car on W 2/7: A 2023 Kia Niro PHEV.    Solo dad dinner at Local Provisions on H 2/8.    Family sushi night on F 2/9.    Maia and Ian went to Elizabeth's 5th birthday party on S 2/10. D...
  13. Monday, February 05, 2024:
    Ian Year 2 Month 9 Battle Report  Ian is 3 months away from turning 3. As Einstein theorized, the closer we get to age 3, the longer it seems that age 2 has lastest.     Ian is fierce. He knows exactly what he wants and isn't afraid to raise Hades when he doesn't get what he wants. Related, his emotional IQ is off the charts and he will conclude his tantrums with phrases like "Will you snuggle with me?", "I need to feel better!", "Take care of me!", or "I want to be happy!". He is great at using and throwing away Kleenex, but hates when we have to suction his nose. Even showing him the giant boogers is a non-starter because he'll turn away ("No! I don't want to see that!")   He likes when I make up songs and rhymes (his favourite for ...
  14. Wednesday, January 31, 2024:
    End-of-the-Month Highlights Day  New photos have been added to the  Life, 2024  album. Also, I have now been doing End-of-the-Month Highlights posts for  10 years!        Events   Maia started a weekly gymnastics class on W 1/3.    Solo dad dinner at Local Provisions on H 1/4.    Rebecca took the kids to visit Tom and Peggy on S 1/7.    Family dinner at Fire Works Pizza on H 1/11.    Rebecca and the kids got COVID boosters on S 1/13. Dinner at Kiwa Grill with Tammy and Patrick.    First real snow, M 1/15 - T 1/16, an inch during the day then 2-3 more overnight. Ian and Maia got to go sledding in the common area.    ...
  15. Wednesday, January 24, 2024:
    Maia Year 6 Month 6 Battle Report    Maia is now 6 and a half, halfway to the teen years! She's an absolutely awesome little person. Here are some factual fragments that stand out to me:   ♣ Bunnies are out and cats are in. Maia will sometimes speak more in cat language than English (2 meows is YES and 1 meow is NO).   ♣ She takes good care of Ian and is surprisingly patient with his tantrums. They sometimes play together without adult interaction and I can hear them talking in the other room.   ♣ She has her own style that involves 1 - 2 headbands (usually cat ears), multiple bracelets and her favorite cat-face boots.   ♣ She took a weekly ballet class last year and is now enrolled in ...
  16. Monday, January 22, 2024:
    Weekend Wrap-up     Friday      Woke up to 5 inches of surprise snow and shoveled out the cars.   Worked for 5 hours then went back out for more shoveling and playing with the neighborhood kids.   Rebecca took the kids to Richmond during a lull in the snow.   I took a nap on the couch with Amber, only to be woken up after 20 minutes by Loudoun County Public Schools who notified me by email, text, and call that schools would be closed on SATURDAY.   Had a flat iron steak and a glass of sangiovese at Local Provisions and started the book,  Children of Time  by Adrian Tchaikovsky.   Soaked my snow shoveling muscles in the bath then watched  They Clo...
  17. Friday, December 29, 2023:
    End-of-the-Month Highlights Day  New photos have been added to the  Life, 2023  album.       Events   Sara came for an overnight visit on S 12/2. Soup night (barley and mushroom) with Sara, Car, and Jordan.    Solo dad dinner at Local Provisions on H 12/7.    Maia went to the grandparents' for the weekend on F 12/8.    Went to a holiday open house at John & Kate's house on S 12/9. Family dinner minus Maia at Best Buns in One Loudoun.    Stayed home while Rebecca and Ian went to church and then Harpers Ferry on S 12/10. Dinner with the grandparents (salmon) in the evening.    Family dinner at Local Provisions on W 12/13.    Li...
  18. Wednesday, December 27, 2023:
    2023 Timeline   A smattering of events from 2023    January :  B    Rode the brand new Silver Line.   Started learning Kotlin.     February :  B    We took a soup cooking class and have since made many soups.     March :  B-    Maia got glasses.   Visited with a lot of the Hicks family.     April :  B    Saw Elizabeth and the Catapult.   Went to Massanutten for five days touring the petting zoo and water park.   Ian turned 2.   I started learning Spanish.     May :  C-   &n...
  19. Monday, December 11, 2023:
    Easy Photos Day    The maximum life span of these dumb Home Depot deer is 2 holiday seasons.      We attend a holiday open house at the home of a model train aficionado.      Maia goes to an Air Force Band concert in DC with my parents.      Cookie season!  
  20. Wednesday, November 29, 2023:
    End-of-the-Month Highlights Day  New photos have been added to the  Life, 2023  album.       Events   Went to the dentist on W 11/1. Family dinner at Fire Works Pizza.    Date Night at Local Provisions on F 11/3.    Had my parents over for dinner (ham) while Rebecca taught Yoga Anatomy at Easy Day on S 11/4.    A day of raking, fire pit, and outdoor meals on S 11/5.    Breakfast for dinner with the kids at IHOP on M 11/6.    Voted on T 11/7. Also went to the doctor for my annual physical and a tetanus shot.    Ian was sick for a day on H 11/9.    Visit with Tom and Peggy on S 11/11. Made lentil and sausage sou...
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