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Thursday, October 10, 2013

September Photos

 Oh my we've had a full month. 

I'm so happy to be leading such a full life, even without a paying gig.  Wanted to share the end of September photos with you.

Brennan was asked to join the city-wide Children's Choir - we're really proud of him.  He's got such a beautiful voice.  After a Saturday choir retreat, we headed out for sushi.  Brennan asked for the fresh made coconut drink with sliced coconut.  He absolutely loved it.  The waiters at this restaurant know Brennan well.

David and I headed out to a movie together, something we don't do that much - partly because I see chick flicks with my girlfriends, and because there haven't been that many great movies out lately.  It was fun even though Prisoners is hugely depressing.

I taught Thomas to mow the grass.  He LOVED it.  David also let him move the car back into the garage after the mower went back.  He's getting so big!

Brennan's been on a Calculus kick the last few weeks.  He had lots of questions for Dad, who was happy to break out the graph paper and calculator.  They crack me up.

Oh, volunteering.  I love you so.  I really, truly do.  I just need to volunteer smart and not hard, if that makes any sense.
Our city hosted its first marathon (a Boston qualifier) at the end of September.  I volunteered with Mary and others on the Friday before the event.  I loved being a part of all the excitement!!

A few friends ran the marathon, many more ran the half-marathon, and lots of friends ran the 5K, including David and Thomas, who both PR'd!  And, first time for Thomas to beat Dad (by just a minute).
But back to volunteering.  In one of my activities on the Philharmonic Board, I attend pre-concert activities, including this one at one of the local retirement centers.  It was a beautiful mini concert, and I would have happily nodded off like some of the residents if I had thought it appropriate (or that they wouldn't have noticed).
Sophie is moving!
We hosted a going-away party for our school and church friend Sophie (far left in this picture below).  We had 25 middle schoolers over to swim, eat pizza, and say bon voyage to Sophie.
They had sooo much fun, and we did too.  Although it was bananas at times.

Thomas had a ball - he loves having friends over of course.
Thomas and Sophie

They swam, ate, played Capture the Flag in the serious darkness, karakoed on the Wii U, and pulled up some video on YouTube and all sang along.  Oh, they also knew a surprising about of Monty Python and the Holy Grail and (mis)quoted it throughout the night.  What a great bunch of kids.

Early the next morning, Brennan and I loaded up for a trip to Chicago to see old friends!! 

Renee and Lika and daughter Maren did a Midwestern tour from their respective homes in DC and NYC.  They started at Lika's sister's house outside Chicago.
Jacki (background), Maren, and Renee

Brennan and Nolan (Jacki's son)

Here Lika and Renee are reading books I made for the 3 of us using all my photos from our time together in the late 80s in high school in Hawaii.  Some GREAT memories and I had such a ball making the Shutterfly books.
I haven't seen Lika since Renee's wedding in Hawaii in 1991!
And I haven't seen Jacki since I graduated in 1988!
It was amazing how we all just fell back into easy conversation like the last 25 years just flew by.  Which it DID!
We headed to an Oktoberfest party near Jacki's home.

Look how HUGE my baby looks - and yes, he was appropriately sized for the ride he was waiting on.

Renee and me

Like, Renee, and me

Brennan and Renee

Kai (Jacki's daughter), Brennan, Nolan, and Maren

Not quite yet, but almost!

Grandma Nan and Aunt Shelly went to the National Book Fair in DC and Brennan LOVES his new sweatshirt!

Well, lots more October photos to come but I must stop at this point and feed my children lunch!
Fall Break Rocks!!

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