Sometimes it seems like days and days have gone by since this or that happened, and it has only been a few.  That's what it has been like since my last post.
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On Father's Day we walked some on the Rails to Trails but Aidan was recovering from strep throat, so the highlight for him was going to the train station museum, climbing up into the "lookout" seats in the engine, and buying a t-shirt at the store.
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The school year ended and the sun showed up for more than one day in a row.
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This meant that the boys discovered some of the weeds on the lawn were actually strawberries.
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They probably picked 1/2 a cup after eating.  These are very tiny strawberries, so that's a lot of picking.  They taste so much better than the ones you buy or pay to pick, though!
Tomorrow is the solstice and I plan to enjoy every single minute of it!  
 
 
As soon as G picked Aidan up at school, he was met with a seven year old's determination not to go back that night for the spring concert.  Aidan said, "I'm shy".  That can actually be true, for the first five minutes, but this kid loves music.  So I insisted that he go and here is the result.
Then there are some kids who can't stay awake when it's past their bedtime, even for a "green" concert.  This little guy was sitting in front during the finale sucking his thumb.  (Kindergarten student)
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And for those of you checking in to see what's new with Eva's adoption, I asked the agency yesterday if they had got the newly translated letter off on Friday, as expected, and they had.  So it is with the CCWA now and I'm hoping for two things:  1.  That they approve it right away, and 2.  That they let us know when they have approved it.
 

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05/30/2011

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My posts have been limited over the last few months by both computer issues and lack of time with Mom dying.  So this post should make up for that.  Here are some of the things we've been up to lately:
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My lovely niece, Angela, graduated from Plymouth State University with a degree in business/human resources management.  She is already employed at a nearby college and the party was at her house.

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Aidan had a good time celebrating!

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I decided it was a good opportunity to take a photo of some of our Plymouth State alumni, then realized I could have been in the shot, too.  Angela is on the left (the graduate), Audrey got her BEd and MEd there, Eryn got her masters in counseling there, and I got an MBA there.

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The next day we went to Audrey's bakery....

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...to give her feedback on her deli the week before the actual opening.

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I even got a picture of my "little" sister Ruth (three years younger-Audrey is one year younger).  Ruth is usually behind a camera so it's hard to get a shot of her.

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Then we went to a Crossover ceremony....

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...where Aidan went from being a Tiger Scout....

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...to being a Wolf scout

 
 
The best thing about spring is that everything begins all over again.  The purple lilac is my favorite flower and part of it is what it symbolizes.  Then there is the delicacy, the fragrance, their dependability in blooming regardless of the winter, and their memories.  To go to my grandmother's house, I walked up the road, over the ditch, around the apple tree, around the porch and the lilacs, and past the peonies-something of a double ess  and a fragrant journey in the spring (you have to understand that spring in NH is actually from late May to early June).
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At 4-H Camp we sang this song.  I can still remember coming home and singing it to my mother, who already knew it because she sang it when she was a little girl:

I wanna wake up, in the morning, where the purple lilacs grow,
Where the sun comes a-peepin into where I'm a-sleepin, and the song birds say hello!
I wanna wander through the wildwood where the fragrant breezes blow,
and drift back, to New Hampshire, where the purple lilacs grow.

(The purple lilac is our state flower)
 

Changes

05/17/2011

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Spring is the season of change.  For us that means that Little Baby comes home from college.  If you've never had a child in college, let me explain that they have two of everything-one for their life on campus and one for their life at home-which means that when they're home, you have all sorts of stuff to store with no room to store it in.  Here is what the television room looked like on her first day back (just feet from her bedroom door, of course):
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The birds are also back, which I love, though not always at 4:00 in the morning when their song wakes me up. But I saw a hummingbird Sunday and several times a day we see a robin who comes swooping down below the porch roof.  It turns out he/she has been building a nest behind one of our porch chairs, of all places:
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Every day last week Aidan anxiously said, have they called yet?  I wish they would call! because he couldn't WAIT to get his glasses once he decided that he wanted glasses (which took all of about five minutes after entering the eye doctor's office and seeing the glasses on display).  So we got his call last night and here he is sporting his new lenses:
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And, on the adoption front, we finally got a letter that I think (hope?) will pass muster.  I scanned it in and sent it off yesterday to our agency.  Thank you, Myra, for your help in drafting this!
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Nothing says spring like worms!  RB is fascinated with them; when he found this one, we put it in a butter container and he took it home to show his father.
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And then there are the "saddle rock" riders
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Not to mention the "explorers" (even Snuggly Bear goes out into the woods)
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Not to leave out the little one-"Pumpkin" a/k/a MB
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On April 1 we had a snow day; on April 9 we were all playing outside without coats and trying not to track mud into the house.  Here are some shots of the two weekends.
 
 
I am behind on visiting your blogs and posting to my own-sorry.  Twice a week I sleep at my mother's house so two nights a week I don't sleep.  Most of the time I'm operating in a foggy state.  So I'll just show you what we've been up to in pictures.
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Tiger Scout visit to my sister's bakery as part of their healthy eating unit.  She makes all organic products and everything comes in gluten-free as well.  She shares the business with a woman who owns a health food store.

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Pinewood Derby race for Cub Scouts

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Aidan was excited, but his car came in last in each heat.  My husband said a lighter car is a faster car.  He used to drive stock cars, so he does know something about it, but stock cars have one thing pinewood derby cars don't have-an engine :-)

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Visit to Chutter's store in Littleton.  They have the longest continuous candy counter in the world and are in the Guiness Book of World Records.  Pretty Baby used to go there every couple of months with her best friend in high school.  Aidan loves to pick up tourist brochures and when he got one of theirs and asked if he could go there, I called Pretty Baby and we made a trip today.