Archive for the 'General' Category

Good thing she has a queen-sized bed …

Monday, December 7th, 2009


If she only had a twin, she’d hang off both sides!

Speaking of monkeys (& pirates)

Thursday, July 9th, 2009

Our good friend Trish (you all remember Izzy B’s mother – we traveled together to Ningxia to pick up Will and Izzy) has been busily sewing away, and has made a lovely monkey tutu for Anna and a pirate outfit for Will.  They are so cute!  The kids just love them.  I think Will has slept in his hat ever since it arrived.

Here are the pics, Trish!

School’s Out

Thursday, July 9th, 2009

“School’s out, school’s out,

Teacher let the monkeys out!”

The last day of school for our kids was June 4.  They’ve been at liberty for a whole month now, and are busily forgetting everything they learned last year.  Both of their end-of-year parent teacher conferences went well.  After watching Will closely over the second half of the school year, his teacher and the kindergarten teacher both recommended that he progress on to kindergarten next year.  We’re glad to try to make this work because we have been hoping to put him and Anna in different classes.  It turns out that next year’s kindergarten class is quite a bit smaller than Anna’s will be, so he’ll have more opportunity for individual attention.

Will was evaluated by the school district’s Special Ed coordinator and the speech pathologist before the end of the year, and we are hoping to meet with them soon to learn the results.  An early report indicated that he is not showing significant enough delay to warrant an IEP, or individual education plan, which dictates services that the state must provide for a student.  While I want him to have whatever assistance he needs to get up to speed, I’m a bit relieved that his delays are not as signifcant as I feared.  I’ll post an update when we have the results.

In the meantime, here are some photos from the picnic on the  last day of school.

Some family portraits

Friday, June 26th, 2009

I have so many pictures to post, from our Memorial Day trip to Maine, the kids’ last day of school, life around the house.  They just take so much time to edit, I find myself putting it off over and over.  But, I got a few done from the last day of our trip to OK in April, so here they are!

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Happy Mother’s Day!

Sunday, May 10th, 2009

I promise I will get back to posting our photos from our trip to Oklahoma, but in the meantime:

Happy Mother’s Day, Mom!

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Happy Birthday, Grandpa!

Sunday, April 26th, 2009

We interrupt the retelling of our Oklahoma adventure (from which we returned home almost a week ago, so yes, I am once again, woefully behind) to wish Grandpa a very happy 83rd birthday today!

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Happy Easter 2009

Sunday, April 12th, 2009



Mom in the paper

Thursday, March 12th, 2009

We have a wall full of paper snowflakes at the clinic – the brainchild of some of my staff.  A donation was made to our little charity fund, and the students at Jefferson Elementary School in Jefferson, NH, created snowflakes with their pets’ names on them to decorate our wall.   One of my clients thought it made a particularly nice picture, and a heartwarming story, so she offered to take a photo and write up a little story to submit to local papers.  Wouldn’t you know it – they all ran it!  So, here I am, along with Becky and Ollie the cat.  I swear, everybody I know has commented on it.  I guess a little positive publicity never hurt anyone, huh?


Grandma’s Birthday Dance

Sunday, January 18th, 2009

At Christmas, Grandpa asked me if I could teach him to dance like my family in our little elf Christmas videos.  So, for my mom’s birthday, I secretly sent him to ballroom dancing school so he could surprise her for her birthday tomorrow. 

I think the results are pretty spectacular, don’t you?  “Dancing With the Stars,” here they come!

I wonder if Santa can find us …

Sunday, December 21st, 2008

This is what happens when you’re on the ball in Vermont and put your outdoor decorations up early in December.

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I had rescued Mary and Joseph in the barn in the second photo.  Baby Jesus was too buried.

Our plow guy had just come about an hour before, and these were the footprints I left in the freshly plowed driveway,


because it’s still doing this right now:


The pic on the left shows the drift pile from the plow tonight, and the pic on the right is last year on December 16.

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Not the best comparison, but it gives you an idea.  We’re about on pace with last year. 

We got about 8 inches of snow Friday night, and then the storm today – took us 2.5 hours to drive the normal 1 hour trip home from church, but we didn’t have any real problems.  Just took awhile.  We had about 16 inches on the ground before today, and I’m guessing we’ve gotten at least 8 inches or so this afternoon.  We still don’t know what the totals are going to be, but probably another 4 inches or so tonight.  Joe thought I was joking when I said we’d have to clean the bushes off soon because I couldn’t see out the front window.

Meanwhile, the kids are playing indoors, working together for a few minutes to build a “beautiful” tower.  It involves standing on rickety little folding chairs, so I imagine there will be crying soon, but for now, they’re having a good time.  It’s a good thing, since we’d probably lose them in a snow drift outside.

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