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Vampire eats squirrel

November 10th, 2018

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Birthday Boy

October 28th, 2018

And another year whizzes by…

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An intellectual conversation over breakfast

September 11th, 2018

Over breakfast the little one is lamenting the fact that his lego creations aren’t as cool as his older brother’s. He says (and I quote), “I just don’t have the experience to create designs as complicated as Silas.”


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Water Babies

September 3rd, 2018

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A night on the town

September 2nd, 2018

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Cooks in the Kitchen

September 1st, 2018

Never too many.

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Back to School

August 31st, 2018

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Mesa Verde with friends

August 15th, 2018

Pittsburgh climber buds Brian and Jen plus kids drove out west this summer. We intercepted their trip at Mesa Verde, Colorado and then all headed down to Flagstaff together to climb. A few photos from Mesa Verde:

Cliff dwelling

Approaching Step House, a self-guided site

Climbing around Step House

More Step House

A kiva at Balcony House

Balcony House

An evening hike on the Knife Edge trail


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Crocheting Contraband

June 2nd, 2018

Found THIS(!) hid away in the corner of my 8 year old’s bedroom mattress:

I’m really gonna have to keep my eye on this kid.

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Precious little birthday boy

May 17th, 2018

A few weeks ago our five year old turned six. The following two stories just about sum up our little Ivan right now:

* I’m tucking him into bed one evening. We kiss, hug and say goodnight and then he says to me completely randomly, “My mind just wants to break apart when I think about the universe going on forever.”

* We’re all outside bouldering. Paul is resting, Silas is up in the woods drawing, Ivan is running around jumping off rocks and I’m trying to figure out what he’s up to. I signal to Paul to watch with me. Ivan climbs atop the largest rock he can find, then springs off. As he springs, he tucks is elbows close to his sides and starts flapping his forearms and hands wildly. He lands, stops flapping, climbs atop another rock and tries again. I look at Paul. “Hey, you gotta try, right?” he says. We both grin at the preciousness.

Impressive little intellectual one minute, yet still the innocent imaginative dreamer the next. Precious little birthday boy indeed.

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