Saturday, September 20, 2014

Grey, 2

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Hi. I'm Grey. Today I'm two years old!

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I really like to eat. Not so much vegetables. More like... sweets. Oh dessert, you complete me.

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I might only be two but I can pretty much do anything my brothers can. Well, at least I try to. I'll attempt any height, join any game, explore any hiding spot. Liam and Dash LOVE it, right guys?

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I REALLY don't like it when I don't get the food I request, when my brothers pick on me, when I have a goal/destination in mind but am stymied, and when I don't get the food I request. Oh, did I mention that already. Well, I really don't like that.

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My mom keeps saying I am so getting so silly. I guess that's because I laugh so much and try to get her to laugh, too. I like to make funny sounds and do goofy walks and hide in crazy places.

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I still don't get the hype about talking. I'm getting by just fine using my handful of words, my signs, and a variety of grunts. I can make "mommy" and "daddy" mean at least twenty different things each, depending on my tone, syllabic emphasis, cadence, and volume. It's an art. Though if my parents are really not getting it, I might throw out a "help me!" Only if I'm desperate.

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I love to cuddle in the chair in my room, give hugs, lounge on my parents, and be sweet. Mommy and Daddy like that a lot. In fact, I think they like ME a lot! Happy birthday to me!

Monday, September 15, 2014

Minnesota's Capitol

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Guess who visited the state capitol!

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Half of it was under construction.

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I think that made it twice as cool for many in our group.

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Although it did limit our access to several areas within, like the Supreme Court (and made it very confusing to enter the building at all).

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Still, we got to see the State Senate. Classy.

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And here's the State House.

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As seen from the House Gallery. You better believe those flippy chairs provided a LOT of entertainment.

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All along the walls were past governors, including Minnesota's finest. Can you see the stogie in Ventura's hand? Oy vey.

Friday, September 12, 2014

Ice Dam

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Have you heard of ice dams? It's when ice forms on the roof with a pocket underneath that holds water, which often leaks into the house. Apparently it's a frequent thing in Minnesota come wintertime. And such a thing happened to our rental. One evening, our kitchen's ceiling light started dripping. Another night it happened again with a new neighboring drip. By the end of the season, there was a two foot, ugly crack right in the middle of the kitchen. Our owners wanted to wait until it was warm to do repairs and kindly arranged it when we were away on vacation. Well, that one-week estimate turned into two months of a dozen contractors visiting the house sporadically. But they finally finished and it looks good! And despite the repeated intrusions (and our owners being furious at the contractors who didn't seem to have their act together half the time), all that work was especially entertaining for my three kiddos.

P.S. Speaking of kiddos, I have a new niece! Isn't she precious?!
baby Ellie