Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Decorating the Tree

The boys are getting to be pros!

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Visits to the Train Museum and Zoo Lights

We went to see Santa, but the line was too long. It was fun anyway. They had one of their old trains running and the conductor let the boys try out his hat.

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We also did a zoo light trip with cousin Caelan. The pics with Santa are all blurry because we weren't allowed to use a flash.

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Thursday, November 29, 2007

Bowling

We took the boys bowling for the first time last Saturday. I think it's going to be a new family favorite.

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And it sure is good to live where we do:

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Saturday, November 17, 2007

ROCIT HHiP II

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Here is the original artwork by Miles. The colorful hamburgers that were roasted badly are right at the top in the center. Some burners on the stove are on the top left but the main cooking area is the blue area between the stove and the burgers. The red car, center bottom, is shooting out electricity to the black car in front of it, which is going down that purple ramp. The blue tunnel is on the top right. The red switches are obviously on the bottom left corner. Hey NASA, why does your rocket look so LAME???

Friday, November 16, 2007

ROCIT HHiP

Our boys are obsessed with rocket ships. Today each brough home a picture they had done of one. Jack brought home a painting of a "broken rocket ship." Pictures of broken items are a common thing for him to paint. His favorite topic is a "broken shelf," but we get plenty of paintings of "broken rocket ships" too.

Miles makes very complicated, detail drawings. For example, yesterday he brought home a picture of a "muffin maker." It was a machine that had muffins going in with no color, but when they came out they were the colors of rainbows. Today he brought home a drawing labelled "ROCIT HHiP." He often does pictures of rockets, but this one was particularly special because it had colorful round things coming out of it. When asked what they were, he told us that they were "hamburgers that had been roasted very badly." The rocket was complete with ovens with burners, levers that made it go up and down, and of course the very badly roasted burgers. Under it was a car with people in it that was shooting electricity at another car that was going down a ramp. It was shooting electricity at the other car, so that the latter did not have to use too much electricity.

Monday, November 12, 2007

Brian's 40th Birthday!

We surprised Brian by having his parents, sister, and brother-in-law come out and meet us at a big house in the mountains. We had a nice 4.5 day visit. Brian was actually surprised!

Here he is with his cake and margarita (a family 40th birthday tradition):

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We were all able to cram into our new minivan:

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We had a great time at beautiful Dillon Lake:

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The boys trying on some new eye wear:

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At Breckenridge:

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The boys doing the Safety Dance:

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My little mad man, Jack:

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Halloween

First the usual Fall leaves pic:

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We went to a party at the boys' school. Jack went as a fireman and Miles as the fire engine. Unfortunately, the engine is sitting in front of him here.

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At the next party we went to (and on Halloween) Jack remained a fireman, but Miles decided to be a "knight prince that helps dragons." Here he is playing the eat the donut w/no hands game:

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A Trip to the Pumpkin Patch

This year we tried a new pumpkin patch and really liked it. Here we are in the pick-your-own fields:

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They also had an activity area.

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Jack LOVED the pigs and Miles (Mr. Sensitive Nose) felt the exact opposite.

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We had a lot of fun in the kids maze (but skipped the big corn maze):

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We also took a wagon ride and had some Fall photo ops:

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Here are the pumpkins we picked:

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And my favorite photo of this Fall!

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A Trip to Sunflower Farm and the Train Museum

Here is a much needed update for this Fall.

We went to a birthday party at Sunflower Farm. The boys had a blast.

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The boys and daddy also made a trip to the train museum:

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Monday, October 15, 2007

Dr. Reinisch's New Technique

A person on the yahoo microtia board reported on a new technique that Dr. Reinisch presented at a conference recently. And I quote from her:

It is a "no scar" flap harvesting technique, which he developed in conjunction with Dr. Lewin. The only scar now is the small one that arcs over the ear that is being reconstructed which they use to bring the flap down. The flap is now harvested using an endoscope, which is how they can avoid the extra incision. There is absolutely no scar on the hair-bearing portion of the scalp at all. He's been doing this for about five months now. It makes the surgery take about 1 hour longer,
but Drs. Reinisch and Lewin feel that the fact that there is no longer a scalp scar makes it a very worth while approach.

I think this is a very exciting development. Miles has a bit of a scar still on his scalp, but future patients won't have this.

Monday, September 17, 2007

Is Summer Really Over?

Can you believe it? Miles is a kindergartener! Unbelievable really. Here are the boys on their first day of school:

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We're keeping busy. Both boys are doing soccer now, which means 2 games every Saturday and a practice during the week.

The week before Labor Day the boys' school was closed. One day Julie took them to the Firefighter's Museum, where they celebrated their 2nd and 4th birthdays. They're really into "Fireman Sam" right now, so it was a lot of fun:

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Miles told me yesterday that he wants to be a firefighter that fights monsters for Halloween.

We then went to the cabin for the long weekend. Here are the boys looking tough on the ATVs. They spent a large portion of the weekend pretending the ATVs were their fire engines or space ships.

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Here they are in the sheep wagon:

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Miles with a birdhouse he painted:

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A teepee that Grandma and Brian put together:

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Miles and Grandma hiking:

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A night time shot:

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