Wednesday, August 27, 2014


Sammy ran his first 5K on the day that Henry decided to do his first mile run. I'm very proud of them (and of Mike, who has been very supportive of their efforts to be runners.)


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Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Visiting with Stacey

My cousin Stacey came through on her annual trip back from working at a seasonal theater in Maine. We didn't get to do too many adventures, but we did go out for sushi the next day before she headed back home. Sammy's been pretty proud of himself for finally learning how to use chopsticks.

We had a little bit of time to wander the top floor of Village Gate and see the artwork up there. It's one of my favorite "hidden gems" in Rochester.

We also went into the Yankee Clipper, a store with collectable toys from the 80s and 90s. The owner eyed us suspiciously the entire time we were in there, even though we really didn't touch anything. (Well, I did pick up the old Lego sets to see which ones they had. I thought the owner was going to have a conniption. He hurried over to me to quickly restack the boxes so I wouldn't try it myself.)

Monday, August 25, 2014

Monkeybars and Sparklers

On our travels doing the Penfield Passport to Family Wellness trails, we revisited the Veterans' Memorial Park, where they have a Tot Trail designed for 2- through 5-year-olds. One of the funny things we discovered on the trail is that Sammy has finally found a set of monkey bars that he's outgrown.

Later that night, we frolicked through the yard with sparklers. Sparklers really remind me of my childhood -- Dad would light one and use it to light the others and we would run around the yard with our own personal fireworks. I'm glad that the boys can enjoy them as well.

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Camp Stephen

One of Henry's favorite things to do over the summer is go camping with his friend Stephen's family. One of Stephen's least favorite things to do over the summer is to go camping. Henry got a chance to camp during one of the last weekends of the summer, then we picked up both boys and had a sleepover at our house. I think Henry enjoys having the freedom of being able to wander through the camp on bikes, as well as having burgers & other meaty-type meals that he doesn't really get at our house.

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Friday, August 22, 2014

Genesee Country Village & Museum

While Henry went off camping with a friend, I took Sammy & one of his friends to the Genesee Country Village and Museum. Sammy really digs learning about history, so we've made this trip several times. One of the neat new things this year was that they had the Intrepid, a helium balloon recreating one from the Civil War era, up and running. While we didn't go for a ride, the boys did get a chance to sit in the basket while it was on the ground.

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Sammy also liked that there were stilts and hoops to play with. He didn't get past more than three or so steps on the stilts, but he had fun trying.

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Monday, August 18, 2014


After wandering around the schools all morning, we went to celebrate Henry's birthday more properly, with go-karts and skee-ball and video games. I think he enjoyed himself. :)

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Odyssey Prep

I'm co-chairing the regional Odyssey of the Mind Tournament this year. As part of the prep for the event, I've been heading into the schools to take pictures of the spaces under consideration for use. I bring the boys with me, and they've been a big help in helping identify where outlets are. However, when it comes to getting pictures, I often end up with ones like this one as I go around the room:

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Happy birthday, Henry!

We through together a quick birthday party for Henry. We invited kids to come over, but he was waffling as to where we should go up until an hour before the party. The winner? Bowling. We figured that we could stop in the arcade and play a couple games until some lanes freed up. Unfortunately, they had cut down on the number of games available. The boys didn't care. They tried a couple times to win an iPod.

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(We had pictures of the actual bowling as well, but since they were doing the black light bowling, none of them turned out quite right.)