Stories of Fall &
Fall & Birthdays
We left off at the beginning of school. Aileen was
starting 2nd grade; Alec, kingergarten. Not many days later was
the Fall equinox, which happens to roughly the time of Aileen's
birthday. She invited a number of kids to her birthday bash which
had a Princess Bride theme. Here you can see Andy reading to 16 kids
(September 19) in a not so successful struggle to keep them
occupied with a mystery hunt poem. By this point most of the boys
had decided this was too cerebral & boring. A few days later,
Carly showed us her Einstein
pose (September 25), (compare with the real
The fall weather was really
setting in. Cecilia took the kids apple & pumpkin picking,
where they got to ride the hay
wagon (October 10). Soon
thereafter it was Alec's
birthday (October 26). He also had ~16 kids over, this time
mostly boys. The pictures from the party show lots of
blurs.... Halloween followed soon thereafter. The older
kids continued the Princess
Bride theme (October 31), while Carly followed as a Dalmation.
Holidays & Birthdays
In November, Andy took Alec on a
Father-Son outing to the Children's Museum, where both had a wonderful
time. Alec bought this stretch spike thing (November 28)
and put it to good use.
Andy's folks visited about this time as well. In December, Andy
took Aileen on a father-daughter outing to an evening performance of
Soon the holidays were upon us. The kids got
to open Christmas presents
(December 24) right after Eve-Mass. Carly got a vacuum cleaner. We
got a portrait of Andy
with the Christmas kids. Christmas
morning brought more presents, & Carly received a beloved baby dolly.
The new year brings Carly's
Birthday on January 1st. She still loves to go outside (January 2), even now
at age two.
The big snow storm started January
22. Alec watched out the window as
the snow started. Andy was in Kansas City, leaving Cecilia
& the kids on their own. The kids got up early, excited to go
out in the new storm. But they found so much snow drifted up
against the door that they couldn't get the door open. Not ot be
dismayed, they used spoons to clear the
door (January 23) and get outside. Close to 2 1/2 feet of
snow had fallen. Cecilia managed to do all the essential
shoveling. Andy returned the next day, but still hadn't cleared
the porch snow by January 29.
Many more snows came in the ensuing weeks. Alec stood atop (February 5) the snow
piled at the foot of our driveway, and then stood atop the snow piled next to our porch. This
was about a 6 foot pile of snow.
By March our house backyard was definately a winterwonderland (March 13).
The sun was warm on the
morning fresh snow.
Inklings of Spring
Soon the warm sun began beating back
the snows. Spring
cleaning (March 19) arrived at the same time. The kids made Easter Eggs (March 24).
Alec found a warm smile after slicking his hair with stylin gel (March 26).
He even got a duck tail
going (he calls it a rat tail). He looked pretty cool after the gel
relaxed too. Aileen
has been working on poetry.
It was moderately
warm (March 27) on Easter
morning as we headed out to church. Soon
after Church, the gang of
neighborhood kids assembled for the first time since the big
snows. The melting snow
piles didn't keep the boys from sword-fighting or Carly from the swingset.
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