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November - December 2006

 

Thanksgiving

 

This year Michael wanted to help cook and experiment with his own flavoring of some of the dishes, so in additional to the usual turkey and side dishes, we had two different kinds of mashed potatoes, fruit, and salads. 

 

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He wanted a picture of his meal because he liked the colors and symmetry

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Daniel wrote a school essay about what he's thankful for.  You can read it at Daniel's Thanksgiving Essay

 

I'm most thankful for five years of building a family together here with Michael and Daniel, for the support of all my family and friends, and for beautiful and dramatic mountains to explore..


Daniel's Cats

 

Two of Daniel's kittens have ended up living with us permanently.  They are the sisters Bob (aka Bobby) and Tweedledum (aka Trouble, because of her tendency to get into things over her head.)  During November, their brothers Jeffrey and Tweedledum (aka Big Dee) have also come to visit.

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Trouble helping Michael play chess

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Jeffrey, Dee, & Trouble watching paper come out of the printer

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Jeffrey surrounded by lego troops

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Bob conquering the lego Viking dragons

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Bob occupying the lego Viking fort


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Daniel throwing snowball at me

November Snowstorm

 

This November was a wild month for weather in Western Washington.  Earlier in the month, heavy rain broke a fifty-year record for the month.  Then the last week of the month brought snow and ice, which shut down the schools for several days.  On the first night of snow, Daniel spent hours outside playing and building a snow fort.

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Daniel in his snow fort


School News

Daniel finished the first trimester with all A's.

Michael's SAT scores were in the 95th precentile.


Basketball

Daniel is playing on the St. Therese 7th grade junior varsity team this year, because they didn't have enough boys in his class to form a 6th grade team.  Their coach has been doing a great job of teaching them how to work together and play as a team.  Daniel has always played well on defense, and this year he's becoming more confident on offense.  On 12/17, he scored the first basket of the game.  So far, his team is 3-0.

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