|After another lengthy
delay, we recently picked up a CHEAP digital camera, making it easier to
resume posting family photos online.
||A few bits of the new
house, here's the front view from across the street. The only thing
missing from this otherwise perfect picture is Farley, who has been at a
repair shop for about two months.
||Here's looking to the right
side out front of the house, I'm standing in front of the breezeway that
you could see the rear of in one of the photos above.
I nice big driveway to play on (all the more snow to shovel, my
dear). The road is a fast one (posted 30, the cars go almost 40),
but not actually very busy at all. The younglings pretty much always
exclusively play in back unless we're outside, though.
||From the same point looking
to the left in front, at the front yard. There's a long stretch of
trees across from our front yard, enhancing the privacy factor
considerably, and also adding to the amount of wildlife we see. So
far our yard has been graced with numerous types of birds, including
robins, cardinals, blue jays, pheasant, ducks, also squirrels and
chipmunks, the occasional fox and deer. It's absolutely fabulous to
watch the animals in the early evening from the front window.
||Here's the back side of our house, looking from
the back yard. The breezeway between the garage on the right and the
house is really great for summer afternoon early dinners. In the
winter the screens are replaced with glass to keep the snow out.
||We have an outrageously
large backyard, it goes down a hill and a couple of hundred feet.
Our yards backs up to a creek and a marsh, so there is no one behind the
house. I'm in the market for a riding mower (yeah right, maybe I can
afford it this decade), but it took two full tanks of mower gas to mow
both front and rear lawns with my trusty old push mower.
||Here's Wendi's new
wheels. Our 1989 Grand Caravan developed transmission cancer, and at
163K was fast approaching the end of any real trade-in value. We
took the last opportunity to trade it in while it could drive to the
dealer under its own power, took advantage of a 1% off auto loan sale at
our credit union, and stole this very nice '96 Chrysler Town and Country
LXi for about 2/3 of its Blue Book value. My wife is worth it.
||Genny's sixth birthday
included gifts from all over. A few photos we promised would be
online include this shot of her American Girls craft book, something often
asked for. We caved.
||A beautiful dress that we
seem now unable to part Genny from. She got quite a few new nice
outfits, and the oohs and ahhs unfortunately don't pick up on the film
||We used the opening of
gifts to build up to part of the main event, the actual Felicity American
Girls doll. Genny has been hoping upon and fixed on this doll for
months, never wavering from it to anything else. She's been a very
good girl, and as such was justly rewarded.
||Felicity also has her own
horse. Genny quickly learned to braid Felicity's hair, and soon
after that applied the lessons to this horse's tail.
||Parting shot: On July 14, six years and
ten days after she was born, our daughter Genny lost her first tooth,
making me feel very old indeed. She's quite the entrepreneur, by the
way. She found four quarters in her tooth box the next
morning. She discovered she gets a little cold cash for offering up
removed and outgrown parts no longer needed by her body. She told us
she planned to leave toenail clippings in the box the next night to see
what she gets.