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Pics from Jan 2015

1027 pictures for the month. First pass got it down to 80. Next to 48. Then finally to the 31 here.

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2015-01-01 07:58 UTC – Sometimes waiting for the new year is not fun.

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2015-02-01 08:04 UTC – Then the fireworks start.

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2015-01-01 08:07 UTC – Then everybody was happy again. And it was 2015!

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2015-01-02 02:07 UTC – For our anniversary, Brandy painted the planets as fruit. It is on the wall in my office now.

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2015-01-03 00:02 UTC – We had to go to the courthouse in Seattle to pick up some documents. It has some pretty floors.

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2015-01-03 00:08 UTC – We got there and back via the Bus/Train tunnel under Seattle. That was fun.

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2015-01-03 04:35 UTC – Alex still prefers to wear his pants on his head instead of on his legs. We can usually get him to confine this fashion choice to home… usually.

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2015-01-06 04:19 UTC – As usual, Roscoe is very patient. He is a good dog.

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2015-01-09 13:34 UTC (picture by Brandy?) – Mike is a good skink too. But he doesn’t get to play with Alex much.

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2015-01-09 21:50 UTC (Picture by Brandy) – We finally got Amy a new used car to replace the one totaled in November. She looks thrilled.

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2015-01-09 21:51 UTC (Picture by Brandy): OK, that’s better.

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2015-01-09 22:28 UTC – It is a Pontiac Aztek.

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2015-01-10 23:54 UTC – Grandma Ruth helps Alex with a new Lego set.

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2015-01-10 23:55 UTC – Sara really wants to help!

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2015-01-11 19:59 UTC – Not sure exactly what we were watching here, but Alex was obviously impressed by it.

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2015-01-12 05:04 UTC – Alex’s obsession with Minecraft increased in January. Mostly with Pocket Edition in Creative mode, although not always. More often than not though, this is not a solo endeavor, but includes several family members playing together. Here Alex and Amy work together while I watch.

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2015-01-12 05:29 UTC – Roscoe sometimes plays with the iPad too. For sufficiently broad definitions of “plays”.

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2015-01-12 05:53 UTC – Here are Alex and Amy playing Minecraft together from the other side of the screen.

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2015-01-12 05:54 UTC – Roscoe wants to participate, but it is just so sleepy in here.

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2015-01-13 08:33 UTC (Time when I got the picture, not when it was taken, Picture taken by Domography Photography) – Amy got a pro picture of herself for some reason. Came out great!

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2015-01-15 14:27 UTC – Amy wanted to go to the annual company party with me and Brandy, but each person is only allowed one guest, so I had to ask if someone else at work would have Amy as a guest.  So she made a sad face. We found a volunteer. So Amy would be able to go.

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2015-01-17 02:52 UTC – But before party time, Alex was Minecrafting as usual. Here he built “a statue of Daddy”. He had my Minecraft avatar stand in front of him as a reference while he built the statue.

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2015-01-18 04:34 UTC – At the party, Amy engages in one of the art activities.

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2015-01-18 05:37 UTC – Brandy and Amy wanted to go to the party for the music. The opening band was “Walk the Moon“. Amy ended up with their set list hand written on a plate they threw into the crowd.

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2015-01-18 06:15 UTC –  The main band was “Weezer“.  This is Rivers Cuomo. He looks like a normal dude.

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2015-01-18 06:15 UTC – This is Brian Bell. He looks scary. But Amy ended up with one of his guitar picks that was thrown to the crowd anyway. Yup, two souvenirs from the show.

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2015-01-20 05:12 UTC – Meanwhile Alex continues to build more and more elaborate things in Minecraft. This was a roller coaster he built, including a station where you get in and out, a ticket stand, etc.

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2015-01-22 09:33 UTC (Picture by Amy on my phone) – One night Amy found me, Alex and Roscoe like this on the couch.

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2015-01-26 06:58 UTC – Sometimes though, you don’t even make it to the couch.

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2015-01-27 21:00 UTC – Oh yeah, Brandy also got completely obsessed with Minecraft and spent many hours building things. This was one of her houses.

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2015-01-30 05:06 UTC – Roscoe looks on as Alex continues Minecrafting at the end of the month. This time on the full computer version. Still creative mode, not survival mode very often yet. But February awaits.

Pics from Dec 2014

979 pictures for the month. First cut got it down to 61. Second cut down to the required 31 for December. Here we go…

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2014-12-01 02:47 UTC – Alex shows that he knows how to use chopsticks.

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2014-12-05 23:57 UTC (picture by Brandy) – Brandy installed a brand new sink!

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2014-12-07 20:32 UTC (picture by Brandy) – Roscoe is pretty sure he is much smaller than he really is. He is the right size for a lap dog, right?

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2014-12-07 20:38 UTC (picture by Brandy) – Of course, there was one person who noticed they were not in the picture, and they felt they needed to be. So we made room.

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2014-12-08 00:30 UTC (posted earlier) – Alex celebrates the picking of the Christmas tree.

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2014-12-08 16:51 – Alex watching Roscoe as Roscoe contemplates if he should get out while the getting is good.

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2014-12-09 06:39 UTC – This IS what stockings are for, aren’t they?

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2014-12-09 20:39 UTC (picture by my mom) – Sara posed by some of my mom’s Christmas decorations

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2014-12-10 01:17 UTC – Alex kicking back in my home office.

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2014-12-11 04:02 UTC – And in the lobby during one of Amy’s performances for school.

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2014-12-12 06:09 UTC – A Lego creation by Alex.

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2014-12-17 04:19 UTC (picture by Brandy) – Brandy took Alex to the bookstore. He got mad at her about something. He decided to sit at his own table. Then he fell asleep with his head down on the table.

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2014-12-20 01:20 UTC – Alex in my office playing Minecraft… which in December was rapidly on the way to displacing Portal 2 and Trainz Driver for the “favorite computer game” crown.

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2014-12-21 01:59 UTC (picture by my mom) – Sara and Alex playing at Grandma Ruth’s house.

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2014-12-21 03:27 UTC – Alex gets into giggle fits when Sara licks him.

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2014-12-24 05:49 UTC – Excitement builds! Christmas approaches!

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2014-12-24 13:05 UTC – Regardless of the excitement, I’m not sure I would choose to sleep with my head by this part of the dog. But it was just fine for Alex!

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2014-12-24 20:12 UTC (picture by my mom) – Sara got a new bed as an early Christmas present. She liked it!

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2014-12-25 05:56 UTC – For the first time this year we put lights on the outside of the house!

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2014-12-25 05:56 UTC – The lights were color shifting, so there were different colors and patterns every few seconds.

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2014-12-25 08:11 UTC – As he prepares for bed on Christmas eve, Alex surveys the presents. In our family, everybody opens one present on Christmas eve. Here Alex has picked the one for me to open… one of his gifts for me of course. (It was candy.)

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2014-12-25 15:55 UTC (posted earlier) – In the morning, not a creature was stirring, not even a dog…

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2014-12-25 16:00 UTC – The stockings were hung by the chimney with care…

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2014-12-25 18:49 UTC – In the hopes that St. Nicholas soon would be there! (OK, some sort of photographic accident, but it could be St. Nick, right? :-) )

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2014-12-25 18:49 UTC – Soon the presents were flowing. Here is Grandma Ruth in the wonderful vest Alex bought for her! I’m sure she’ll be wearing it all over town!

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2014-12-25 19:18 UTC – Amy and Alex worked together opening some presents.

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2014-12-25 19:20 UTC (picture by my mom) – I relax and observe the activities while Alex attacks Amy in the background.

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2014-12-26 00:10 UTC – Christmas over, Alex was very insistent that we take a picture of this mutant potato chip.

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2014-12-28 01:37 UTC – Then Brandy broke her phone.

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2014-12-30 04:57 UTC (picture by Brandy) – We go out for the evening and Amy and Alex enjoy some pizza. Yes, Alex is wearing pants on his head. As he does.

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2014-12-31 06:34 UTC – As New Year’s approached, time for one last snuggle on the couch to watch TV

Pics from Nov 2014

937 pictures for the month. First cut got it down to 50. Second cut got it to the required 1 per day 30 for the month of November.

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2014-11-01 01:13 UTC – Remember I divide things based on Universal time, so in Seattle Trick or Treat is early on November 1st and that is how we start the month. For the second year running, Brandy made Alex a train as his costume. He also wore a conductor-like outfit.

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2014-11-01 02:08 UTC – The train leaves the station with Grandma Ruth right behind.

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2014-11-01 02:14 UTC (picture by Grandma Ruth) – At first, all the stops were like this. Alex insisting on hiding in the train while begging me to do the doorbell ringing to collect his candy.

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2014-11-01 02:34 UTC – Later, after a bit of coaxing, we got him to actually go up and ring the bell.

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2014-11-01 02:34 UTC – After which he would immediately turn and run. He would then hide in the train again.

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2014-11-01 02:56 UTC (Picture by Grandma Ruth) – Eventually toward the end, he finally (reluctantly) did the whole thing himself a couple of times.

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2014-11-01 03:57 UTC (picture by Brandy) – This was Amy’s first outfit for Freaknight.

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2014-11-01 04:04 UTC – Trick or Treating over, Alex wants us to inspect some food he found.

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2014-11-02 01:1? UTC (picture by Brandy) – Amy was going to be Chell (from Portal and Portal 2) for her second costume for Freaknight, but it was canceled for this evening. Amy was sad.

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2014-11-02 01:14 UTC – Amy was not the only one in the family into Portal though, and Alex wanted a turn at the Portal Device.

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2014-11-04 20:35 UTC – Alex was working hard in his workshop on new train layouts, but it wouldn’t do quite what he wanted, so he was getting very frustrated. Not much later, this particular layout was no more.

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2014-11-07 00:54 UTC – I got a pic of a nice sunset in Lynnwood, WA.

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2014-11-08 20:23 UTC – Roscoe wants to know why I am taking his picture.

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2014-11-13 21:59 UTC – Alex had a trip to the dentist that required him to be asleep via anesthesia. This was right afterwards. He had roused enough that they were OK sending him home, but he was still basically asleep.

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2014-11-13 22:19 UTC – Once he woke up his first request was McDonald’s. We had to tell him he wasn’t supposed to eat for another hour or so. He was very unhappy about this. He really wanted McDonald’s.

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2014-11-15 21:52 UTC – A few days later though it was all forgotten. He wandered the aisles of a drug store choosing things he wanted, including the hat, glasses and brush, and asked to pose with his loot. (Which he did get to have.)

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2014-11-17 22:42 UTC (Picture by Amy) – Um, then Amy totaled her car. Nobody was hurt except the car.

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2014-11-17 22:?? UTC (Picture by Amy) – Amy was very sad though. Poor car.

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2014-11-20 22:39 UTC (picture by Brandy) – Brandy got to go with Alex to a Thanksgiving thing at his school. Alex made faces while he ate.

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2014-11-22 01:56 UTC – I’ve got Alex pumping gas for me.

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2014-11-23 04:58 UTC – Alex decided that to be warm he needed to join me inside my sweater.

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2014-11-23 18:37 UTC – Alex is starting to REALLY get into Lego. Usually it is vehicles of one sort or another, but this time he made this, which he said was “a dog in his yard”.

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2014-11-27 03:16 UTC – And when he visits Grandma Ruth, he plays with MY old Lego from when I was a kid. You can also see the Mr. Potato Head that was modified to look like my High School Physics teacher Mr. Posa as part of a Rube Goldberg project my senior year of high school.

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2014-11-28 01:45 UTC – Amy is not amused as I attempt to take pictures of her as we get ready for Thanksgiving dinner.

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2014-11-28 01:50 UTC – A few minutes later, Alex elaborates on a story he wanted to tell before dinner.

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2014-11-28 05:49 UTC – Later in the evening, food cleared away, Alex starts on some crafts.

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2014-11-28 21:00 UTC – Pair of pants on head as a hat? Check! Second pair of pants in case you lose the first hat? Check! Blanket? Check! One of mommy’s purses? Check! Lets go on an adventure!

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2014-11-29 16:26 UTC – Alex and Roscoe check out the first snowfall of the season.

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2014-11-29 18:24 UTC – Daddy is just cold.

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2014-11-29 18:36 UTC – There wasn’t that much snow, and it wasn’t very good for packing, but this was our pitiful attempt at a snowman. It was about 4 to 5 inches tall.

And thus ends November.

Pics from Oct 2014

941 pictures for the month. First cut got it to 45 pictures. Second cut got it to 27. So then I added some others to get 33. Then one last cut down to 31.  :-)

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2014-10-03 01:21 UTC – Alex still “arting” whenever he gets the chance. This is a nice swirly one.

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2014-10-05 00:23 UTC – Roscoe REALLY needed a bath.

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2014-10-05 23:59 UTC – More art. This time something more realistic. It is a plant growing out of a pot.

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2014-10-06 20:15 UTC – October was also a big comeback month for Portal and Portal 2. Alex had taken a break from them for a few months, but spent MANY hours on them this month!

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2014-10-10 02:46 UTC – We played through both Portal and Portal 2 from start to finish. In both cases Alex did most of the early levels, then handed it over to me. This is right as we finished up Portal 2 and the turrets were singing.

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2014-10-11 03:12 UTC – Alex took my phone and took a bunch of pictures of himself and of his trains. This was the best of the bunch.

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2014-10-11 15:38 UTC – It is important to Alex that his hair reaches his mouth.

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2014-10-12 04:17 UTC – Tortilla Face

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2014-10-13 19:56 UTC – Hat Head

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2014-10-14 05:11 UTC (picture by my mom, time is when I got a copy of this, not when it was taken) – Mom Selfie

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2014-10-14 06:39 UTC – The boys sleeping

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2014-10-15 01:08 UTC – Rainbow from our front porch

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2014-10-15 16:52 UTC – Pumpkin Patch Field Trip!

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2014-10-15 16:53 UTC – A friend from school leads Alex to the good pumpkins

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2014-10-15 17:01 UTC – Alex didn’t want to pick

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2014-10-15 17:10 UTC – So we helped pick one

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2014-10-15 17:59 UTC – Here’s the crew that came in our car as we were leaving. They look thrilled, don’t they?

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2014-10-18 21:35 UTC – We had been talking about how he needed a haircut, so Alex started doing it himself. We caught him after just one cut though. Amy had to take pictures.

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2014-10-18 21:35 UTC (picture by Amy) – One of Amy’s pictures of Alex and the hair he cut off

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2014-10-18 22:18 UTC – Of course, after that, Alex had to cut my hair too.

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2014-10-19 17:55 UTC (picture by Amy) – A squirrel came to visit our back patio

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2014-10-20 02:02 UTC – My mom and Alex work together on an activity book

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2014-10-21 01:24 UTC – If you look REALLY carefully, you might find Alex hiding from us at the store. Hint: Look closely at the four manikins, one of them might not be the same as the others.

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2014-10-25 03:24 UTC – Amy and Shane at Amy’s birthday dinner a few days after her actual birthday

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2014-10-25 05:17 UTC – Amy glares at me as I take a picture of her birthday outfit

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2014-10-25 05:24 UTC – Amy’s birthday cake, made by Brandy

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2014-10-25 05:37 UTC – Alex and Amy eagerly await the presents. Maybe one of them is more excited than the other.

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2014-10-26 05:14 UTC – Crazy Alex attacking me

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2014-10-27 01:58 UTC – Grandma Ruth watches Alex make a drawing for her

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2014-10-27 06:24 UTC – Someone fell asleep in my lap.

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2014-10-31 01:59 UTC (picture by my mom, time is when I got a copy of this, not when it was taken) – Alex getting ready to come home after carving a pumpkin at Grandma Ruth’s house. Ready for Halloween night! (Which happened on November 1st UTC in Seattle, so that will be in next month’s pictures…)

Pics from Sep 2014

1076 pictures for the month.  First pass narrowed to 70. These are the 30 that best represent September.

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2014-09-01 06:39 UTC (Picture by Amy) – An Amy Selfie to start the month. (Yeah, yeah, I already used this one on her birthday post.)

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2014-09-01 21:44 UTC – Alex chases after Amy at Bumbershoot

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2014-09-02 02:19 UTC – Alex and me joining the family after a quick romp through the fountain at Bumbershoot

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2014-09-02 04:36 UTC – Amy comforts Alex after he tripped and took a bad spill while running after her to get into the EDM venue at Bumbershoot. After this he was done for the night.

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2014-09-03 16:58 UTC – First day of school for Alex

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2014-09-05 01:19 UTC – We didn’t even know we had an apple tree, but one day we noticed this hanging off a tree in our front yard. We think it is the tree’s very first apple. Awww…

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2014-09-07 19:44 UTC – Brandy accidentally made a sculpture out of frosting.

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2014-09-11 21:53 UTC – Alex plays in a balloon room at a local mall. (Posted before as part of Alex through the Years.)

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2014-09-11 22:13 UTC – Alex and I built a robot! He knocked it over seconds later of course.

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2014-09-12 20:28 UTC – Alex’s class at school prepares for his birthday ceremony, where the birthday kid circles a candle representing the sun once for each year of their lives, while the parents show pictures of them from each year and say something brief about what the kid was like each year. Brandy and I were participating, so no pictures of the actual event.

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2014-09-12 22:21 UTC – Once we were home, it was time for our own birthday celebrations, and Roscoe got to wear the birthday hat from school.

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2014-09-12 22:22 UTC – Grandma Ruth got to wear the hat too.

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2014-09-12 22:48 UTC – Brandy made a train cake for Alex.

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2014-09-12 23:11 UTC – Alex with a present from Grandma Ruth.

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2014-09-12 23:14 UTC – Alex opening a present from Amy.

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2014-09-14 05:27 UTC – One of Alex’s presents was a lego set from Papa Bill and Grandma Cathy. Alex has been getting more into Lego lately. Here he diligently follows the instructions to assemble this set.

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2014-09-14 05:45 UTC – And here is the final product. Alex assembled it almost entirely himself, following the instructions in the booklet. He only asked for help on one or two of the many steps in the process. In the following days, he did several other lego sets too.

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2014-09-16 23:48 UTC – A few days later, it was time for my birthday. Alex wanted Brandy to make me a train cake too, but Brandy was sick at the time, so instead Amy and Alex went to the store. Alex picked this hamburger and fries cake for me instead.

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2014-09-17 00:19 UTC – Amy presents me with my biggest present, from her and Brandy. Can you guess what it is? (It was a much needed new chair for my home office.)

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2014-09-20 22:31 UTC – Grandma Ruth took Alex, Roscoe and me on an adventure in a nearby park. This was the start of our hike.

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2014-09-20 23:22 UTC – The destination of the hike was a little area on the shore of Lake Washington. Roscoe and Alex spent a few minutes playing in the water!

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2014-09-20 23:34 UTC – After the hike and playing a bit, Roscoe was ready for a bit of a rest. We had a picnic. Roscoe patiently waited to share.

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2014-09-21 00:02 UTC – Alex and I climb up on a large tree that had fallen over and leaned over the lake

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2014-09-21 00:04 UTC – Alex does not seem impressed as he dismounts from the fallen tree.

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2014-09-21 00:07 UTC – After the tree, there is some time for some more splashing at the edge of the lake.

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2014-09-21 00:18 UTC – Then it was time for the hike back to the car. Everybody was a little tired by this point. But we had to keep going.

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2014-09-21 01:50 to 01:56 UTC – Once back in the car, a certain someone couldn’t quite manage to stay awake.

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2014-09-23 01:11 UTC – Uh, he is not supposed to climb up there.

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2014-09-26 00:31 UTC – My mom and Sara. A good team.

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2014-09-27 22:24 UTC – Alex told Brandy that he wanted some fresh paper and markers and such. Brandy got him this new art desk thing. Since then Alex has been “art-ing” every chance he gets, producing many many pages of drawings and paintings and other things. He uses that desk almost every day now!

And that wraps up September…

Pics from Aug 2014

987 pictures from August. First pass narrowed it to 75. Culling it down to 31 for this post. The last few killed were hard choices as usual.

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2014-08-01 00:50 UTC – We start out the month with Amy in a cat hat.

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2014-08-02 03:06 UTC – Alex is getting better and better at walking Roscoe.

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2014-08-02 19:39 UTC – Roscoe always likes to rest after his walks.

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2014-08-04 04:25 UTC – We sometimes put Alex in a cage.

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2014-08-04 04:33 UTC – Alex playing with a wooden car by the light of a night light.

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2014-08-09 21:31 UTC – Alex will follow his sister to the ends of the earth…  or to a science demonstration for kids at my company picnic.

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2014-08-09 22:00 UTC – Alex chasing a ball at the company picnic. And yes, the “picnic” was inside. No grass or trees to be seen.

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2014-08-09 22:10 UTC – Once Alex was tired of the picnic, we walked a bit in the city.  Well, I walked.  Alex rode.  He is about 45 pounds now, so this usually doesn’t last too long.

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2014-08-09 22:40 UTC – When we were done exploring, we hung out in Pioneer Square for awhile until Mommy could swing around with the car and pick us up.

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2014-08-09 22:55 UTC – This seagull kept watching us.

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2014-08-10 16:51 UTC – One Sunday I accompanied my mom to a church where she was doing the fill in minister thing for the day.

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2014-08-10 18:28 UTC – Here she is doing the meet and greet thing after the service.

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2014-08-10 19:30 UTC – After the service, time for a day trip to Canada! Observe the grandeur and majesty of the border crossing!

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2014-08-10 20:24 UTC – We found a small tourist town to have lunch in.

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2014-08-10 20:32 UTC – My mom was wearing this owl. It kept staring at me.

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2014-08-10 21:13 UTC – We saw some pretty views along a river.

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2014-08-10 21:24 UTC – We saw some train stuff.

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2014-08-10 23:18 UTC – Then we went to a park across the channel from the Vancouver airport. (Click to enbiggen the panorama.)

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2014-08-10 23:22 UTC – We watched some big planes take off.

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2014-08-10 23:28 UTC – And a bunch of little ones too. These were taking off from the channel of course.

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2014-08-11 03:09 UTC – Then after dinner, we headed back to the US. Much shoddier and more run down border crossing this time.

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2014-08-13 01:46 UTC – Back at home, all summer long, Alex almost never missed a day playing with the hose. He would water the lawn, all the plants and bushes, the cars, himself, and anybody crazy enough to get within range.

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2014-08-22 03:50 UTC – Later in the month I took Brandy to a concert.

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2014-08-24 18:24 UTC – At school Alex is starting to learn geography.

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2014-08-30 01:44 UTC (photo by Brandy) – Then we went to a fair.  We went on this slide.  Amy went first while Alex and I waited at the top.

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2014-08-30 01:44 UTC (photo by Brandy) – Then Alex changed his mind and didn’t want to go. But it was too late. So I held his hand. I was not supposed to do that. Because I essentially ended up dragging him down.  And since I was holding onto his hand, he spun onto his side. This was scary and unpleasant. There were tears. But he forgave me a few minutes later.

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2014-08-30 02:01 UTC – Amy and Alex went fishing. Eventually Alex caught one of the fish and won a toy car.

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2014-08-30 03:14 UTC – After dark, there were lots of lit up spinning things to watch.

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2014-08-30 03:26 UTC – Amy won a donut, but let Alex wear it.

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2014-08-30 03:53 UTC – Alex had said for months that he did not want a haircut until he could put his hair in his mouth. Now he can, but he has changed his mind. He still does not want a haircut.

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2014-08-30 04:50 UTC – At a certain point, Alex was done and just bolted to head back to the car on his own. He was headed the wrong way of course. I caught him and we walked back to the car together.  Amy and Brandy joined us awhile later. :-)

Pics from Jul 2014

1285 pictures from July. First pass narrowed it to 76. Then culled down to 31 for this post…

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2014-07-05 04:50 UTC – Grandma Ruth and Alex waiting for fireworks.

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2014-07-05 05:04 UTC – And then the fireworks began!

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2014-07-05 05:13 UTC – I took lots of pictures of fireworks, but two will suffice here.

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2014-07-05 05:26 UTC – After the fireworks the people across the pond start leaving under the light of a cloudy moon.

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2014-07-07 18:27 UTC – One of the neighbors dogs, who always barks back and forth with Roscoe through our back fence, got loose. We saw it walking by and called it. It came running, straight to our door, to bark at Roscoe through the door. Roscoe excitedly barked back. The neighbor dog wanted to come over for a visit! We did not let it in. We took it back to its own house instead. They were both disappointed.

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2014-07-11 22:47 UTC – Alex’s first eye exam. Doesn’t need glasses yet… but maybe next year!

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2014-07-12 16:36 UTC – See the story above. Alex did not forget. Later when we were out at a local mall, he fished the quarter out of his pocket, and headed over to a little train ride that goes back and forth for a minute when you put in a quarter. But it was out of order, so he asked me to keep the quarter for him. But he very much remembered the quarter he had earned, he knew where he had kept it safe, and he knew what he wanted to use it for.

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2014-07-16 04:53 UTC – Beating the heat with a fan

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2014-07-19 18:33 UTC – Roscoe was very excited that Uncle David was visiting, but jumping on him to get attention was not encouraged, and he wasn’t getting attention just standing there, so Roscoe got up on the couch where Uncle David could reach better to get a good welcome.

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2014-07-19 19:51 UTC – Aunt Ann and Uncle David talk to my mom over lunch.

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2014-07-19 19:52 UTC – My mom explains something to Seth and Jinn

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2014-07-10 21:17 UTC – Aunt Ann and Uncle David in the after lunch picture taking session

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2014-07-20 00:20 UTC – Sometimes snuggles involve licks. A few seconds later Alex licked him back.

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2014-07-21 20:32 UTC – Then Papa Bill and Grandma Cathy visited. We took a ride on the light rail to the airport!

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2014-07-22 21:01 UTC – Since there was going to be a big Minter family get together, this meant it was time to pass on a family tradition. This is Lucy Lumphead, as she was when we received her shortly after Alex was born. (Click the pic to make it big enough to read the note.)

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2014-07-22 21:06 UTC – And here is Lucy Lumphead as we passed her along to Cousin Maya’s family. Brandy made the new costume. I wrote the new note. This doll has been being passed around in the family every few years for the last 74 years. (Click the pic to make it big enough to read the note.)

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2014-07-22 23:08 UTC – My dad and his sisters Diane and Susan, all together at the same time for the first time in years.

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2014-07-22 23:16 UTC – Cathy at a quiet moment during the get together.

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2014-07-22 23:41 UTC – Alex plays tetherball while Cousin Ella runs by.

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2014-07-22 23:48 UTC – Cousin Luca holds Kai, the youngest member of the clan.

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2014-07-23 01:35 UTC – Cathy with Kai

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2014-07-23 01:37 UTC – Amy drew an octopus.

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2014-07-23 01:38 UTC – Kai plays the piano too.

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2014-07-23 01:45 UTC – Amy, look how high I can jump!

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2014-07-23 02:18 UTC – At one point, Alex asked me if we could take a walk. Then he whispered and asked me if I could please ask his cousins Mia and Ella if they would come with us. Ella thought this was a great idea, and asked permission to take us to the playground at their school. So Mia and Ella took us to the playground. Seconds later Alex and Ella were doing this.

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2014-07-23 02:24 UTC – Mia and Ella are Alex’s favorite cousins. Especially Ella. We visit rarely, but Alex really enjoys spending time with them when he can.

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2014-07-23 02:39 UTC – Ella throws sand while the others watch. Of course within moments, they were all throwing sand.

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2014-07-23 02:52 UTC – The girls were amused because when it was time to walk home, Alex gathered a load of sand to carry home in his shirt. Halfway back, he dumped the sand and with their help transferred it all to his shoes, where it was easier to carry home.

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2014-07-23 18:35 UTC – Roscoe angles for some attention from Cathy

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2014-07-23 18:36 UTC – Posing for a quick photo before Papa Bill and Grandma Cathy go home.

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2014-07-23 18:37 UTC – One more with just the three generations of Minter men.

Pics from Jun 2014

30 pictures selected out of 481 for the month.  It was a slow month, with no big “events”, but the final narrowing was still hard!

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2014-06-01 02:31 – Mom singing with her church choir.

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2014-06-02 15:51 – Mornings are hard.  Someone really doesn’t want to wake up for school, and often doesn’t until we are already there.

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2014-06-03 02:44 (previously posted)- If June had a theme, it was probably home improvement. It started small, with me changing the battery in a smoke detector after it had been beeping for YEARS.

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2014-06-06 02:22 – At the end of year ceremony at Alex’s school, Alex was not thrilled about standing up front to sing.

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2014-06-06 02:28 – But he would pose for a picture with his teacher.

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2014-06-06 02:28 – Picture taking patience was exhausted when it was time for the picture with the assistant teacher though, so time for a duck face!

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2014-06-06 04:28 – This thing is a microphone, right?  The school presentation is over, NOW I can sing!

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2014-06-07 18:09 – A typical pose with Roscoe and Alex together while Alex builds worlds and trains on the iPad.

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2014-06-07 19:15 – Joining the new fridge from January, the new oven/microwave combo is finally complete.  Brandy has been very excited because it is an INDUCTION stovetop, and the Microwave also has a convection oven mode.  And they are shiny.

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2014-06-08 20:29 – Sometimes, when the weather is agreeable, Alex rides his wagon to and from school instead of taking the car.

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2014-06-09 01:56 – Alex “reading” a Magic School Bus book in the car.

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2014-06-10 00:41 – The weather has finally warmed up enough to play in the sprinkler!  When properly bundled up of course.

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2014-06-10 05:07 – Playing with Daddy’s glasses

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2014-06-12 20:27 – I moved to a new desk at work.  It has a view.

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2014-06-13 02:54 – Next home improvement thing.  Brandy put up a ceiling pot holder thingy.  These were just the starter pots.  It is much more heavily loaded now.

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2014-06-14 01:18 – Alex and I sat outside and watched while my car windshield was replaced after a flying rock cracked it.  (I’ve been meaning to post a timelapse of the repair, but haven’t gotten around to it.)  The beginning was exciting, but toward the end Alex was getting bored and sleepy.

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2014-06-16 05:48 – OK, you can’t tell from the picture, but this is me working on the next home improvement project.  The projector we used as our primary TV died, and this is me up on a chair getting the new replacement projector all set up.

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2014-06-19 21:50 – Amy and Alex hanging out on a sunny day

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2014-06-19 21:5? (Photo by Amy) – Amy takes advantage of the moment to grab a quick Alex portrait.

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2014-06-23 01:11 – How do we play with the dog Alex?  Well, obviously, put a broom on him, then LIMBO!

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2014-06-23 03:18 – Alex asked for a rainbow cake, so Brandy made one.

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2014-06-23 05:17 (Photo by Alex) – Sometimes Alex takes my phone to take his own pictures.  He took this portrait of Roscoe.  I chose not to include the pictures he took of the floor, the ceiling, or his foot.

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2014-06-25 22:38 – Another home improvement pic. No, not the coffeemakers.  No, not the lazy susan under them, although that is new too.  I neglected to get a really good picture of it, but the tiled backsplash on the wall is all new.  Brandy put it in by hand over the course of a few days, replacing the plain wall that was there before.

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2014-06-27 15:56 (Photo by Amy) – Selfie by Amy

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2014-06-28 06:40 – Alex can draw people now!

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2014-06-28 06:47 – And not just ANY people.  Alex is very clear…  this…  is…  BATMAN.

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2014-06-28 06:51 – He is getting pretty darn good at writing his name too!

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2014-06-29 02:49 – Making new train levels again, this time on my iMac.  He starts from scratch and builds the track, adds trains, and then builds the landscape with mountains and lakes and buildings and all.  His software of choice is all from the Trainz family.

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2014-06-29 23:31 – For the first time in forever, Roscoe gets a BATH.  (Alex insists it was a SHOWER though, since we used the hose and didn’t actually put him in the tub.)

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2014-06-30 07:32 – Of course, at the end of each day, it is always nice to cuddle and fall asleep.

Pics from May 2014

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2014-05-01 01:50 – Climbing a whale at Seattle Center

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2014-05-01 02:02 – Surveying the world from the top

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2014-05-02 00:40 – What Alex does at a playground… clearly my kid.

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2014-05-02 01:22 – Of course that changes once we hit the sand

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2014-05-02 23:55 – Spring is time for dandelions.

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2014-05-03 03:54 – There was a birthday party at a skating rink.  That didn’t go so smoothly.  We will have to try again someday.

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2014-05-03 20:41 – But a portal shirt makes Alex happy again

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2014-05-03 21:21 – Well, at least until haircut time

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2014-05-04 22:20 – New day, and it is time for a trip to the zoo, where Grandma Ruth explains warthogs!

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2014-05-04 22:34 – Why is mom holding me?

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2014-05-04 22:44 – The siamang always seems a little sad

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2014-05-04 22:50 – Brandy spends a lot of time with the siamangs, they have been her favorites for years

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2014-05-04 23:00 – Walking in the rain

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2014-05-04 23:28 – The carousel was a little scary at first

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2014-05-05 00:25 – But it was much better the second time around

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2014-05-05 00:37 – Then we looked at the penguins, or did they look at us?

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2014-05-05 00:53 – Grandma Ruth watches too

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2014-05-05 00:57 – While this guy contemplates the sky

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2014-05-05 01:43 – After the zoo it was time for dinner, and Alex wanted to know why I was still taking pictures

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2014-05-05 01:50 – Working on Trainz Simulator on his iPad, as he often does during dinner

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2014-05-05 03:38 – Then out like a light as soon as we were in the car

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2015-05-13 20:06 – Back at home, Alex torments the dog as usual

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2014-05-22 05:28 – It is me Roscoe decides to cuddle with though

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2014-05-25 02:08 – Another day finds Alex whispering secrets into Amy’s ear

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2014-05-27 00:02 – Alex made a point of dragging me outside to the back yard to take a picture of this nest of baby spiders

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2014-05-27 00:10 – Roscoe lounges as Alex plays in a large box he had carefully braced with toys so it wouldn’t fall over

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2014-05-27 00:10 – Seconds later, it does of course fall over, right next to Roscoe. Roscoe doesn’t even blink, let alone move.

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2014-05-27 00:13 – Roscoe is used to these shenanigans, and is not going to worry about it.  Not at all.

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2014-05-27 00:17 – Goofing for the camera

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2014-05-27 03:07 – Roscoe really is incredibly patient with Alex.  So here he wears shades, because Alex wanted him to.

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2014-05-30 04:01 – Even on Mom’s shoulders, it is still iPad time.

Pics from Apr 2014

April was difficult.  Started out with 979 pictures for the month.  Narrowed down to 77 in the first pass through looking for pictures worth posting. Then had to narrow it down to 30 (one per day) for this post.  The last cull was tough!  Anyway, here goes…

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2014-04-02 02:01 – Alex riding his bike, for real!

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2014-04-06 21:58 – Goggle selfie

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2014-04-12 07:39 – Roscoe cuddles up to sleep

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2014-04-19 21:57 – Amy (and Alex) at the Space Needle

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2014-04-19 21:58 – Alex conspiring with Cousin Lev

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2014-04-19 22:58 – Still conspiring, now under Alex’s new umbrella, under watchful adult eyes

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2014-04-19 23:51 – Walking with Grandma Ruth

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2014-04-20 00:02 – The Seattle Great Wheel

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2014-04-20 00:12 – Cousin Seth was there too

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2014-04-20 00:?? (picture by my mom) – Sitting with Daddy in the wheel

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2014-04-20 00:26 – But I was less interesting than Cousin Lev

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2014-04-20 00:?? (picture by my mom) – Lev had a good view out the window

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2014-04-20 00:37 – Back on the ground, Lev and Alex continued to stick together as much as they could.

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2014-04-20 03:26 – Having said goodbye to the cousins, walking back toward the car past EPM/SFM

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2014-04-20 03:31 – Alex runs within the “Glass Blades” sculpture.

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2014-04-20 21:56 – And then there was an Easter egg hunt at my mother’s college roommate’s house!

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2014-04-20 22:02 (screenshot from a video) – Alex even had Amy climb a tree to get an egg!

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2014-04-20 22:04 (posted previously) – It was great fun.  There was running.

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2014-04-20 22:10 – And climbing.

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2014-04-20 22:40 – And of course the counting of the loot.

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2014-04-22 22:34 – Another day, and it is a trip to a park.

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2014-04-22 22:27 (Animated GIF assembled by Google+ Autoawesome) – A park with trains!!

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2014-04-22 22:34 – A park with a beach and logs to sit on with Grandma Ruth!

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2014-04-22 22:36 – Alex looks over the beach

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2014-04-22 22:42 – It was a pretty beach

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2014-04-22 22:43 – Alex got brave and dipped his feet in the water

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2014-04-22 22:46 – Grandma Ruth and Alex examined things other people had drawn on the sand

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2014-04-22 22:48 – But then there was another train!

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2014-04-22 22:55 – A panorama of Alex and Grandma Ruth on the beach. (Click it to enbiggen.)

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2014-04-27 23:47 – And to finish off the month, Alex running with Roscoe :-)

Edited 23:00 to fix typo.