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  • winter

    Friday, Jan 15, 2010 6:43AM / Standard Entry

    Being busy has been healthy. Snowstorm in the burbs last week. Realizing that the seasons are a big deal for us.

















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  • end of autumn

    Wednesday, Dec 2, 2009 11:30AM / Standard Entry

    Wanted to clean out my camera so here are some old autumn photos to celebrate the end of autumn here in Northern New Jersey...















    This is my Mom and my two nephews, Kyle and Zachary, this past weekend.




    Me and Kyle.



    I got to know Kyle a lot better because he can talk now. I also got to introduce Michael to my whole family, so it was a doubly great Thanksgiving. Everyone liked him and thought he was funny. He has the same general aura that my family members have; mellow but with a tendency to make a good joke or a biting statement once in a while. He and my bro compared notes on a common pet peeve they have about me; not sealing the cap firmly on juice cartons. I think this is something I'm going to have to fix.

    This was my first time observing a three year old so closely. Kyle already speaks a lot. He attempts words like "ferocious" and gets it on the third try with some correcting (from 'ferosuss' to "feroshuss.") He loves saying, "pistachio!" over and over again. When I asked him if there are rabbits at his house he immediately told me about a chocolate bunny he ate.

    I think Kyle has some natural verbal talent, which I get a kick out of b/c my brother was totally on the other side of it; he didn't talk a lot as a kid and even had to take speech correction classes, but he was really good at chess and computers. Anna, his wife, is naturally very talkative and articulate, and so am I. It makes sense that he met her through me (I take the credit, though I didn't set them up on a date!). I'm happy that they balance each other out in many ways.

    I liked it that when Kyle doodled a bunch of messy lines on paper, he described it as something it really looked like: "a spiderweb with snakes inside" or "my dog's hair that he left here."

    I liked it that he picked up a felt, cone-shaped Christmas cap, turned it upside down, put a rubber ball inside and said, "Look, it's ice-cream."

    I liked that when I said to my cousin, "It's weird that he can speak so much already," he overheard and said, "YOU'RE weird!"

    I laughed and then I realized that he was right. "Weird" is too ambiguous and generally negative a word. When I saw he wasn't laughing, I apologized to Kyle and said, "I meant I thought you were smart."

    Children are our saviours; they save us from all kinds of grumpiness. They remind me to correct the negative in any way I can, and to share the positive!




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  • nephew pic

    Wednesday, Nov 11, 2009 8:22PM / Standard Entry

    My brother took this photo of Kyle and Zach... this is my favorite so far.



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  • rainy autumn

    Thursday, Oct 29, 2009 2:26AM / Standard Entry



















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  • autumn

    Saturday, Oct 24, 2009 2:50AM / Standard Entry


















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