Sunday, October 31, 2010

Downrigging and Halloween



Although we couldn't travel there by boat like we have in past years, we were excited to attend part of the Schooner Sultana's annual Downrigging in Chestertown. Chestertown is gorgeous anytime, but especially so in the fall. Add some photogenic ships and a Family Fun Day, and we can't resist.

After all that fun, we hurried home to get Nate in his costume for trick-or-treating at a few neighbors' houses before bedtime. He humored us, as always, and so far hasn't complained that we've been eating his haul.



Friday, October 29, 2010

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We set out Tuesday in search of ducks to feed, since "duck" and "quack" currently constitute 40% of Nate's vocabulary. They were all on vacation, apparently, but a silly swarm of seagulls in Deale made him giggle. He snoozed on Mama's back while Mark and I strolled around Galesville, enjoying the afternoon light on the schooner Sally B.

Friday, October 22, 2010

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Grandma Happy came this week to help us tackle some home improvement projects. While she scrubbed our much-loved retro bamboo furniture (mildewed after years in storage,) Nate kept her company. He enjoyed the leaves and grass in the backyard, muddying his feet for the first (but oh my, certainly not the last) time. Random thought: If you didn't know what it meant, might you think "mildew" was kind of a pretty word?

Friday, October 15, 2010

Loving Today...



-- Not being at work this week during a stressful transition for the hospital.
-- A phone call from Mark, safe and exhilarated after an exciting Schooner Race.
-- Nate's jacket, a gift from cousin Kinsey. It's French, evokes a nautical feel, its hood covers Mr. No-Hat's bald noggin, its toggle buttons make me think of Paddington, and (did I mention?) it's French.
-- This scarf (and fingerless gloves) hand-knit by a favorite client as a thank-you for taking care of her pet. It matches my favorite lightweight sweater (and hides the grease stain on said sweater) and will always remind me of one of the world's best cats, who was kinda lilac himself.
-- Several excellent yard-sale finds, including this covered (cheese?) plate which, although unnecessary, can be justified for $1.50.
-- Fall cooking.

Not loving that today my dear friend has an MRI and PET scan for recently-diagnosed breast cancer, but praying (as are many, many others) for good news.

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Tuesday, October 12, 2010

A Day at the Farm

This weekend, we joined Grandma Honey, GramPop, cousin Wes, and the Dinoias at























































































The Dinoias (minus one VIP,) who are pros at Fall Festivals, showed us the ropes:





































Nick and Wes demonstrate the classic toddler "parallel play" in the sandbox. Wes' "eat sand and die" look when he realized Nick had the bigger dump truck quickly melted into busy play.

Wes also enjoyed pushing things,
bouncing,

animals,

riding,

and the cow train.

Watching Nate belly laugh at the goats, I felt it with every fiber of my being. Well, the dirt, yes, but also this: Every rough road I ever travelled has led me to this life, right now. Where the people I love teach me to learn, and live, and laugh with abandon. I wouldn't have it any other way.

Friday, October 08, 2010

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We had *almost* forgotten  the sweetness of a newborn. So wonderful to watch A. and M. delight in Lil' G.