Saturday, September 13, 2014


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Sammy has an obsession with pigs, so of course he was thrilled when they had piglets (and other baby animals) at Wickham Farms. They were pretty cute.


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One of the traditions marking the end of the summer is a big bonfire at the house of our friends, Karen & Chris. The picture doesn't really do the size of the bonfire justice -- those logs are each pretty much as big as full trees.

Friday, September 12, 2014

Rec Soccer

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September also means a return to rec soccer. Sammy is on Team Germany this time around.

Saturday, September 06, 2014

Apple Picking

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Our annual apple picking trip showed that the apple crop this year suffered from the summer weather -- many of the apples had big black spots on them. :\ Nonetheless, we had a good time picking out our own apples (and turning them into applesauce). We already have plans to head back again this season. :)

Friday, September 05, 2014


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The return of September means that Sammy gets to do his horseback lessons once again.

Tuesday, September 02, 2014

Giant Fingers

Giant Finger

One of our last fun projects of the summer was making giant cardboard fingers. The boys enjoyed learning how the tendons of the hand work.

Monday, September 01, 2014

Abraham Lincoln Park

Labor Day was a remarkably warm day after a string of unseasonably cool days. I decided to take the boys to finish up another trail in the Passport to Family Wellness series. Little did we know that this walk would be the longest of the ones in the passport, with many, many hills. We groaned each time we were going downhill because we knew that it would match up with another steep uphill climb. It was a pretty trek nonetheless.

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Saturday, August 30, 2014

Labor Day Weekend

Labor Day 003 We went down to Cleveland for our traditional Labor Day visit. Hale Farm was having a "Made in Ohio" festival, with many, many craftspeople in booths. Unfortunately, they also didn't have any vegetarian food for Sammy nor I. We all had ice cream for lunch. We wandered through the houses and saw a neat glassblowing demonstration where she made a flower.

For dinner, we headed over to my brother Mark's house. Henry & Sammy really enjoy playing with their cousins. It's a chance for them to play with some of the toys they haven't seen in years and they like making the girls smile.

We went to see the Guardians of the Galaxy movie the next morning, then headed to Miles Market to meet up with my sisters Mary & Joan & my mom. We grabbed lunch to eat back at Mom's house and then made the trek back home.