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Baby Girl!

22 Aug

Coming this winter. Dave doesn’t know  yet but Josh and I are thrilled!

Here she is:

 

 

We are so proud of those little vertebrae

Josh likes to get promoted every time I’m pregnant. That’s exciting too! And good thinking, I say.

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Oh My Gosh February

4 Mar

We were busy. Also, we had guests staying in my computer room, so blame them for my silent blog, please. :)

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Get out of the way, Tom!

David turned one on the 24th, and we celebrated his hugeness, how he can do everything himself, how he is too big for his swaddle blankets and all his cutest outfits. At no point did he succumb to sudden infant death, choke on solid food or sacrifice his extremities to the elements, and he breast fed for a year. I call that a success!

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In retrospect, that might be how the giraffe’s neck was broken. It used to slowly move its head to music, and let’s just say it is pretty fast now.

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A closeup of David’s slipper socks, which I opted for in place of boots because he never touches the ground outside and boots are very frustrating to put on a baby.

Here are the terms I consider to be in his vocabulary, although in true baby fashion he is pretty hard to understand sometimes:

Dada
Mama
Cat
Cracker
Cheese
Uh-oh (always in a gravelly voice, thanks to my dad)
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Get down

I think he might sometimes say “yogurt,” “Ida” or “Tom-Tom” but it’s not a sure thing. He has also said “milk” and “all done” in sign language.

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Up with the sun

He walks, although perhaps not as much as he crawls, and not as confidently. But every day the walking-to-crawling ratio is changing and I’m sure pretty soon crawling will be a thing of the past, or something he does around little babies to make them feel better about themselves.

His hobbies include taking baths.

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I love my shower curtain

He still nurses, four times per day and occasionally once in the night (when he is teething). He is showing less interest in breast milk these days and really loves his 4% cow’s milk. When he is teething I give him liberal amounts of infant Tylenol, because I remember how much I loved my epidural when I was having contractions.

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He has six teeth, four on top and two on bottom. I thought he was working on a molar last week, because he was chewing on things in that region, drooling like a hydrophobe and crying a lot in the night. But I haven’t laid eyes on it yet, so we won’t count it.

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He sleeps 11-12 hours per night and takes two naps during the day that are usually decent, which to me means longer than one hour.

If you are holding him, you can say “Lie down” and he will rest his head on your shoulder. But just for a few seconds and then he is too terribly busy again.

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Yes, he is falling down.

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Don’t worry, he loved it.

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I don’t know.

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Peekaboo!

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Watching snow

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I got this toy back out, and Dave was about as thrilled as the cats. It took him about five seconds to have it all figured out, and then he kept taking it apart. Which was very annoying to the animals!

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Tired hipster

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My aunt, uncle and parents came from California to be here on his birthday. We think they are so amazing! The rest of the pictures were taken while they were here. Uncle George and Aunt Sue came a few days before my mom and dad, and left a few days sooner.

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This is just to show that once in a while I can take a pretty decent picture with a cell phone. There is my camera for proof.

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Aunt Sue read to him at bedtime. He always pulls his hair when he’s tired.

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Cousin Adrian’s overalls

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It was nice having someone else around to get pictures of the three (five) of us. This was probably taken first thing in the morning, judging by my pajamas.

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I like this one more :)

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Watch out for Tom reading over your shoulder.

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Goldfish in the cheek

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He liked when I talked about the polar bear and growled like a crazy person in front of the other customers.

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After dinner on his real birthday he had his first-ever cupcake, which was funfetti, and his hair looks terrible because he rubbed soup in it.

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Asking for clarification

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Shopping again, poor boy. The hat from Aunt Betsy is so soft it was allowed to stay on.

So, I bought a ball pit. At one point I freaked out a little at the prospect of having 3 one-year-olds at my house (David’s birthday party) with nothing to do other than empty the DVD cabinet. Turns out the other one-year-olds were no-shows, but the older kids got some use out of it! Dave seemed mildly interested, but not enough to justify keeping it in the living room. So it’s in the basement, and might not get much attention until next winter when I think we’ll be glad we have it. I dropped Ida in and she was terrified, but Tom went in periodically and at one point lay down among the balls.

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My poor mother felt sick one day and Ida gravitated toward her vulnerability.

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Tom was similarly attracted, and with their powers combined they managed to restore her to health.

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This was the night before Dave’s party, and I took a picture because I wasn’t sure the balloon chandelier would survive until morning. It did though! Lazy cats.

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Making pizzas. Thank you, Mom!

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I did not take pictures in the middle of the party, but we did have two families from Josh’s shop and three of my friends from when I worked at the bank. Dave seemed to enjoy the hubbub and he got some fun gifts out of it. Tom slept through the entire thing on the cat tree in the living room, but Ida made the rounds.

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Ida chewed through a package of airline cookies, because she is addicted to carbs. I suppose making her wear a bib falls under animal shaming.

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Please notice my FIVE STRIKES.

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Uncle Geo

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I have been appreciating the Suburban lately.

I am stopping there because February stopped there. Perhaps one day a March blog post will show more of this lively group.

I just love when people come visit us. :)

The Christmas One

22 Jan

Dec. 18

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Tom is twelve and a half pounds.

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Our DVDs were not always locked up.

Dec. 19

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They are fun to rearrange.

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Sometimes you have to choose between using the camera flash, and giving him crazy eyes…

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or not using the flash, and being content with blurry, yellow cuteness.

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I made a ton of Christmas cookies, but kind of dropped the ball on decorating and distributing. But look how perfect they are!

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My willing taste-tester shoves a cookie in his mouth before I can change my mind.

Dec. 21

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Tom had ample opportunity to escape, but chose to stick it out. I love watching their antics.

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Gotta pet him hard, so he can feeeel it.

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They always let him win, wisely.

Dec. 22

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Josh inadvertently brought home the best souvenir from his business trip – this mini Dasani water bottle. Dave loved it for days and days.

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He attempted to use a rubber band to keep David from unloading his gaming equipment, but Ida can’t resist rubber bands.

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The whole setup was a huge cat magnet, and they (Ida) broke it. Now I think there are hair ties keeping the cabinets closed.

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Dec. 23

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If he wakes up before I’ve drunk my coffee, he chills out in the pack ‘n’ play for a while. He is really easy-going about entertaining himself. He will peruse a board book, play with one of his shoes, shake a rattle for a while.

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“My parents took me to Burger King and all I got were the Cheerios I brought in with me” is something Dave might say.

Christmas Eve

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The presents were stacked on the piano with care. Sometimes I wipe food off his face with a washcloth. Sometimes I wipe it off with Picasa. ;)

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Out on the lawn there arose such a clatter.

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Not much snow this year.

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David got to open a present from Josh’s mom, which had his first Christmas ornaments and Christmas pajamas!

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“What do you mean, we don’t have a chimney?”

Christmas Day

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I was letting him play with the cookie jar because it is sturdy plastic and I didn’t think he could open it. Only slightly less well-known is this: never go in against a Sicilian when DEATH is on the line!

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New books!

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His British animal sounds video claims owls say “to-whit-to-woo” so that is what we say.

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Oh, my gosh, open it. It took forever. What is it?

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I think of this as his “oh my gosh oh my gosh” face!

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Christmas?!

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I like to laugh at this picture of Tom. It reminds me of an old-timey crazy person.

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He had cords on for Christmas dinner but it soon became apparent that he couldn’t really move his legs.

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Josh cooked, while Tom pussyfooted.

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Laughing at his dad

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“Yellow ring, you will be my favorite.” And it is to this day

I would like to extend our thanks to everyone who helped make our first Davy Christmas so happy. It kind of kills me that my boy couldn’t spend it with more of his family, but we are truly blessed to have our peeps even when we are remote. I hope my mom and dad know how badly I wanted to be able to celebrate with them the way we used to.

Dec. 26

Dave took a few steps to Josh, but it hasn’t become a regular thing yet. It is still occasional.

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Always hold the leg. You never know.

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I don’t know what was going on, but something definitely was.

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Reading a new book at naptime.

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TRYING to sleep.

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TRYING to read.

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Ida patiently explains how the baby monitor works.

Dec. 27

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I just love this one.

Dec. 28

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The coffee was hot. I know because the mug changes colors. ;)

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Dec. 29

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Ida got on the counter when we weren’t in the room. Still a bummer. :(

Dec. 30

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Dec. 31

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Touch and go

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This is why I failed to pick up the hamper as quickly as I expected.

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So I have fun with his blocks!

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<3

Jan. 2

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Jan. 4

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Wind

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Tom knows what to do on a cold day.

Jan. 5

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Heating pad: another acceptable activity on a cold day

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If you are serious about books, you read them IN the bookshelf.

Jan. 6

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Pediatric waiting room. He was wearing slipper socks.

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I think he was too distracted by this flavored tongue depressor to cry during his shot.

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Jan. 8

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Jan. 9

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There was nothing in the yard.

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He is glad to be out of the baby tub. I had to put it away because he started trying to stand up in it, but he put up with it for a long time. He LOVES the big tub.

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A very clean young man

Jan. 10

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Shaking his rattle

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Jan. 12

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“I don’t know to lift the bottle, because I am used to having a straw” is another thing David might say.

Jan. 14

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I’m not sure what he loves more, bagels or the big bath tub.

Jan. 15

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Josh may have been smacked.

Jan. 17

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Snow on Josh’s “truck”

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Jan. 20

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Once in a while he’s good at lounging.

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Teething. The two top ones came in around the 12th.

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Hanging out in the driver’s seat

You are caught up again. Try to stay that way now; these long posts are a lot of work.

The Last of the Fall Pictures

17 Dec

David has become quite mobile since October, and his huge fat legs seem to be shrinking a little with the constant exercise. They say that all good things must end some day; autumn leaves must fall.

Last week he and I were visiting my family in California. The four flights (David has been on 16 planes, not including in utero) were not as bad as I expected, and he made friends with other passengers. The trip was fun, but of course flew by!

Nov. 5

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Narcissus

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Going to the grocery store

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Tom

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Eyeing the lens cap

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He always gets his man.

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“Gotta go check on my cats.”

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“Are you sure they like me, Mama?”

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Is she keeping her friend close or her enemy closer? She tends to be nearby.

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My men at Thanksgiving

Nov. 28

Car crash

Car crash. Luckily he was ejected before the Camaro flipped

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“Hello, I’m fat.”

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Loving homemade (not by me) sourdough bread

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The old litmus test

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And it was good.

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Striking a pose

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I love this one!

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I’ve been told he has my nose. I don’t really see it!

Dec. 8 Heading to California

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A tarmac guy tapped on our window as he walked by and noticed the baby face plastered to it.

Dec. 9

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Breakfast at Yiayia’s

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He’s no Francie

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Watching Mickey’s Christmas Carol…for like 10 seconds

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Waldo

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David liked this nativity.

Dec. 10 The kitten and the baby were very interested in each other, and each other’s toys. Pretty cute!

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Bed head

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Crumpet selection

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A very rewarding house to decorate

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Mo in the mirror

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Finagling shortbread from Aunt Ellen

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I got lazy with the last bows.

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Uncle Robert and Davy sharing a moment

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Dec. 14

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They both liked the guitar stand as a toy, but Waldo eventually got knocked off the arm of the couch by his end of it.

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Last dinner with the grandparents

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We came home to a sad, empty house. (Well, the cats were there.) Josh is away, but just for the week! I am so glad he will be here for Baby’s First Christmas.

David’s 39th Snowfall

5 Nov

Seriously, my blizzard baby is an old pro at winter. But he liked the snow we had this morning, the first we’ve had this fall except for some flurries that don’t count. Here are some recent pictures.

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Eyes are still blue.

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He didn’t smile in any of our selfies so I picked the one I looked best in.

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I didn’t take any Halloween pictures until after I put him in pajama pants! Lame mom. I did sew the spikes on his hoodie though!

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We really did have fun on Halloween! He is just experimenting with facial expressions.

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Lot of this going on lately.

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He watched it falling for a long time.

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I apologize insincerely for my wifebeater :)

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Tom makes the blog because he was looking so moody and wintry.

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Happy Guy Fawkes Night to my British readers. (I’ve had four UK views!)

The First Piano Post

8 Sep

Yesterday our neighbor gave us a used piano she had found on craigslist a few years ago. She had intended to restore it but never got around to it, so it has been standing quietly in her garage.20140907_172827

If you have ever doubted that Josh is super cool and smart, you should have been here to see him move this heavy upright all by himself from her garage to ours.

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Here is what we have learned so far about our new old piano:

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The Cornish Piano & Organ company was established in Washington, New Jersey in 1879. It was a huge mail order house, selling organs and pianos directly to the consumer from the factory. This allowed Cornish to sell their instruments at a lower price than most, and their aggressive financing plans helped them become a major player in the American piano industry. Both Cornish pianos and organs were usually very elaborately carved, and they were generally very good quality overall. Sadly, the Cornish factory burned to the ground in 1922 and the firm never recovered.

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A Cornish ad from 1910. $700 back then is about $17,000 now – what a bargain. Ours was probably cheaper because it looks a bit less fancy.

Because the company didn’t last very long, we can pretty much confirm that Josh’s winter project is between 92 and 135 years old! How cool is that?

I don’t know if you would call it well-loved but I would call it abused. Someone drew on most of the keys with crayon, and many of them are broken. There are some broken or missing pieces inside as well but at this point it seems like we should be able to find replacement parts with very little trouble and I think Josh can fix most of the structural problems. The wood is mostly in good condition, which is encouraging. It has not yet been determined how many mice are living inside it, if any.

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It needs to get cleaned up and come inside before winter, because we don’t heat our garage. Then Josh can work on it in the house, when we’re not playing it.

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