2021-22 School Year Fall

August 23, 2021 Fifth and second grade. I know a lot of parents are posting about how excited they are to have their kids back at regular school. We are not those parents. I am not going to lie, I really miss them, I liked having them with us the whole time. 527 days of amazing togetherness. And I know this is right, and I know they will be okay. Going to open house did allay some fears for us seeing their preparations. So it is the right thing to do. It doesn’t mean I don’t miss the kids though. Today will be a hard day for us, the parents.
August 23, 2021 First day of school, it is going to be hard not having the kids at home during the school day. Kids loved being back at school, but Elia ran out of steam at EMA and melted down a little.
August 24, 2021 Second day of school, no tears at EMA this time, they had a great day at school.
August 25, 2021 Day 3 in the books, the new bento boxes don’t hold heat the way we had hoped.
August 26, 2021 Playing school with their stuffed animals at home.
August 27, 2021 Back at Kura’s to celebrate the first week. Curie loves choir, Elia is singing with her.
August 28, 2021 El Paso
August 29, 2021 An idyllic morning in the guestroom.
August 29, 2021 Water balloons.
August 30, 2021 Popcorn and TV.
August 31, 2021 Homework, reading before bed.
September 1, 2021 Waiting at the bus stop.
September 2, 2021 Heart cookie at La Madeleine after dinner. The kids picked this collage design, and background. Erin and I are also holding the cookie.
September 3, 2021 Piggyback at the giant Giant.
September 3, 2021 We went to Observatory Park, VA last night which was cool to look through their telescopes. The picture is ours.
September 3, 2021 Observatory Park, VA Pixel 4 astrophotography mode 4 min exposure with astrophotography filter. Seriously, two button presses on the phone and a tripod. It takes 30 second pictures for four minutes and then layers them together taking into account the movement of the Earth and refines the picture. No work necessary. If you zoom in you will see so many stars!
September 4, 2021 Day at the Mosaic, #zenmoment #streetart
September 4, 2021 Day at the Mosaic, Urban Hot Pot, Target, stacking rocks, and running around.
September 5, 2021 Getting ready for bed.
September 6, 2021 Apple picking with the neighbors.
September 7, 2021 Sisters!
September 8, 2021 Elia has almost the same face in every shot.
September 9, 2021 Curie turns 10 tomorrow.
September 10, 2021 Curie turns 10
September 11, 2021 WSES Spirit, and the 80s are back
September 12, 2021 We say goodbye to Tim’s Rivershore
September 12, 2021 Tim’s Rivershore over the years 2013 – 2021. While we can go to Lake Anna, we will miss the original.
September 13, 2021 We love the hug fight
September 14, 2021 Sometimes the best picture is not the most technically best photo. Love the laugh.
September 15, 2021 So we are a little rambunctious before bed…
September 16, 2021 The kids plan on fooling Mr. Andre tomorrow because he keeps calling Elia Curie
September 17, 2021 Twinsies for school. Mr. Andre wasn’t there that day.
September 17, 2021 Nandos
September 18, 2021 Snicker’s Gap wasn’t that exciting so we went to Great Country Farms
September 18, 2021 Great Country Farms is a family tradition we only didn’t go in 2014 and last year, but we have gone since 2013.
September 19, 2021 Elia was tired so Curie tried to cheer her up.
September 20, 2021 Helping with the laundry
September 21, 2021 Curie wanted to show us that she could carry Elia. Uppies!
September 22, 2021 Reading before bed
September 23, 2021 Angel voices
September 23, 2021 Our townhouse in a bubble. Will try again to make it sharper.
September 24, 2021 Picture day at the bus stop
September 25, 2021 Mod Pizza and Hokkaido Ramen
September 26, 2021 Huntley Meadows
September 26, 2021 Aging gracefully?
September 27, 2021 Twinsies to fool Mr. Andre again.
September 28, 2021 Fierce!
September 29, 2021 Waiting for the bus.
September 30, 2021 Shopping.
October 1, 2021 Getting ahead
October 2, 2021 Lebanese Taverna
October 3, 2021 Sisters!
October 4, 2021 Getting ready for bed
October 5, 2021 Joy
October 6, 2021 Selfie before bed
October 7, 2021 Curie cheering Elia up
October 8, 2021 CPK
October 9, 2021 The bathroom at Kizuma’s had great lighting
October 9, 2021 Tempo for Jim’s birthday
October 10, 2021 So much fun at Top Golf
October 10, 2021 We played Angry Birds at Top Golf
October 11, 2021 Raking leaves
October 12, 2021 Getting clues for Murder in the Building. Yes it is TV MA but the kids love it and promise not to swear like that
October 13, 2021 Peace and joy everyone
October 14, 2021 Elia interested in Curie writing her memoir for school

Father’s Day 2021

On the left pictures of the watch (near as I can remember) and fountain pen my father used when I was young. On the right pictures of the watch I wear (mine is a copy) and my first fountain pen I picked out for Suephy’s wedding. It is a reminder to me about how much of an influence my father has been and is still on me. Happy Father’s Day Papa!

COVID Year 2

March 13, 2021 Our year started on March 6 when Erin hurt her leg. Thank goodness that she was able to recover from that. But since then we have been at home and managing like everyone else. This is us in our backyard today – grateful for what we have and trying to do our part. In this year, we have cooked every meal at home not been in a store except for our flu shot, written over 70 songs and poems and counting (20 songs, 50 poems), been birding, and worked at staying more than living, but being alive. Be safe everyone, but more, take care of yourselves and each other, even if that means just checking in to see if each other are okay.

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COVID Christmas By curie

Bonnie and her cat Whiskers were helping Bonnie’s Mom and Dad set up for Christmas and Bonnie’s mom  said” It’s time to put the ornaments up” after they put up the ornaments Bonnie says “What if  Santa has the virus?”                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           And Bonnie’s mom says “Oh no what if he does I don’t want him in our house’’and then the dad says “I have a solution we should write a letter to Santa”.

So they decided to write a letter to Santa so they all sat down with the tools and started to write this is what they wrote.Santa please don’t come into our house if you have the virus and if you do then please put the presents outside the door. They put the letter on the chimney.

On Christmas Eve when Santa came he saw the letter and respected their wishes so he put the presents outside the garage and on Christmas day Bonnie woke up and woke up her father and they went outside with Whiskers and found the presents.

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Crafting July 2020

July 11-12, 2020 This is the product of buying googly eyes, pipe cleaners, construction paper and clothes pins. And what you notice is this: age makes you think inside the box. The dragonfly is Albert’s and very cute, but very… predictable. Look at Elia and Curie’s work when imagination has not yet been reined in by society. Albert did weave the dustpan that Elia asked for help with to match Curie’s broom, but the rest? A bottle family by Elia, her foot staring at us, Curie’s Christmas tree and the sheet of a thousand eyes? Clearly they see better than we do with their imaginations.