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Nathaniel the reader

Nathaniel’s gotten into reading in recent weeks.  He’d been working his way through picture books all through the fall, but he’s now starting to settle in on his own with a book.  Since many of his up-early-and-busy activities involve either … Continue reading

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Thoughts from ‘thaniel

Sydney suggested yesterday that we record a short clip of the sound of three of us coughing: Katherine, Sydney, and me.  That would explain the silence of the last couple of weeks.  But though that sounds pretty dire, it’s just … Continue reading

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Fresh Air

Sydney’s brother, Nelson, and Nelson’s wife, Kira, are in town for the week.  Most of that has been spent around home, as we all enjoy a slower pace, with a few mad dashes to various grocery stores by the men-folk … Continue reading

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Snow Day Homework Help

The kids were scheduled to start back to school four week-days before classes started up for the adults,  giving us some time to go in to get things ready for the semester.  That was such a lovely thought.  Instead, though, … Continue reading

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Christmas at the Birdsongs’

For Christmas Day at my parents’ house, the kids had an extra-special present: Uncle Adam, who drove two hours from his home in Des Moines to join us for his only day off.  Adam played along, patiently walking Katherine through … Continue reading

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overheard

Nathaniel: “What are maids?” Katherine: “Maids are like slaves except they get paid.”

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Big kids or little kids?

If I look at these pictures, taken one week ago today, I think, “Wow, these are big kids!”  Katherine helped with the advent reading and candle-lighting at church, and both kids managed to look respectable in Sunday clothes. But, one … Continue reading

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Last Day in Prague

We didn’t try to run ourselves ragged on this trip, since we were coming off a hard semester, and my watch tells me we’ve been walking roughly 12 miles a day while we’re here, just getting out and enjoying things.  … Continue reading

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Prague, Palace and Old Town

The castle in Prague is a large network of palaces surrounding St. Vitus Cathedral.  Given the height of the entire compound (it’s an uphill walk all the way there), it commands quite a view over the rest of the city, … Continue reading

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Favorite Activity in Prague: Walking in Petrin Park

Our hotel, the Best Western at Kinsky Garden, is across the street from Petrin Park, easily my favorite place in the city, and the first place we investigated in our trip.  I’ve taken several walks there, though they might properly … Continue reading

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