Showing posts from October, 2016

Jesse's first dentist appointment

guest blogger: Anna

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Just in time for Halloween candy, Jesse had his first dentist visit on Friday. Our most favorite dentist, Dr. George, told us about his best friend dentist, Dr. Judy, who is much closer to us outside of the city. Her office is also so much fun, just like Dr. George's.

Jesse and I sat together. I went first.

Jesse was next. He really liked that Mr. Thirsty sucker.

We still do love our dentist visits!

dinner date

We brought dinner to eat with Great-Great-Grammy on Thursday. Great-Great-Grammy provided dessert. (Great-Great-Grammy had at least three options of ice cream flavors in her freezer. She loves her ice cream.)

She will be 101 in December! During dinner, she told us about the farm where she grew up, on Landis Road, which is just above our beloved park, Branchwood Park. Perhaps our love for that spot on the map is actually in our blood. I wonder what that area looks like in Great-Great-Grammy's memories.

Happy Birthday!

We celebrated our birthday boy on Wednesday with our first fire of the season - because he loves making fires, and we love their warmth.

The girls sent Aaron on a scavenger hunt for various cards and gifts they had prepared. Then we had dinner (chicken cutlet sandwiches with roasted red peppers!) and cake balls.

Happy Birthday, Aaron!

This picture makes my heart full. I love you!

selfies on the merry-go-round

Watching Jesse's faces in these is my favorite.

picnic in the park

We took dinner to our favorite park on Friday night and played on the playground until bedtime.

five generations

Every October, Aaron's Great-Grammy hosts a family reunion for her four children and their spouses and children and grandchildren and great-grandchildren. I realized that while I have a five generation photo with Lydia, Heidi, and Anna, I never got one with Jesse. So yesterday, I rectified that situation. From age 100 down to age 2.


Heidi (and Lydia also).


Here's our family with Aaron's grandfather and great-grandmother yesterday.

I try to listen to this woman as much as I can whenever I am with her because her stories are abundant. Yesterday she told me of her love for onions - but how she never cooked with them for all the years she spent with her husband before he died at age 88 (in 2004) because he didn't like them. Now she cooks with them all the time. Maybe I should bring her some french onion soup; I wonder if she would like that. =)

Race for Education

On Thursday, Lydia's and Heidi's school held their Race for Education. I was busy punching holes on cards to count laps during Heidi's race, so I only have an after photo.

Aaron came to Lydia's race, so he took all these photos on his phone. Heidi came to the race with me to cheer.

Water break.

Here they come!

Nice work, ladies. Soft pretzels all around.


Last weekend, we went to my childhood-friend's dad's house to play on his birthday present: a zip-line in the backyard. He has an adult harness and a kid harness and plenty of ski helmets.

Scaffolding works for now while he engineers his landings.

The kids loved it.

The spectators.

That's Aaron and Heidi whizzing by.

Our generous hosts even built us a beautiful fire for roasting marshmallows and assembling s'mores. (We taught them our favorite s'more recipe: melted Resee's peanut butter cup.)

We are excited to see how those zip-line landings come out. We will probably have to go back and test them out. =)