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Date : December 2014

Year In Review: 2014

Perhaps my favorite image of the year, made Nov. 7 (Copyright © 2014 by Wil C. Fry. Some rights reserved.)   First, I must say I jinxed us at the end of last year by listing negatives we’d avoided. This year we did have an emergency room visit, and had a tire blow out during[…]


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Published on: 2014.12.31

We spent the last day of the year at Ikea. Didn’t really need anything, but gas is cheap ($1.759 per gallon here) and the kids always enjoy Ikea. As expected, RnB enjoyed exploring the little rooms set up in the store. BW was overjoyed that we let him open refrigerators and ovens, and he never[…]


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Published on: 2014.12.30

Took the kids to Chuck E. Cheese’s in the afternoon, since M still had some “tokens” left on her card. Did you know they use cards now instead of tokens? It’s like a gift card at a retail store; you pay a specified amount and get X number of plays stored on the card. Each[…]


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Published on: 2014.12.29

I wanted to say “Thanks!” to all of you who’ve followed this blog, and especially to those who’ve commented: From a stats-keeping app associated with WordPress   I think the main thing we did today was shop at Target, though we also played outside for a good hour or so — it was over 60°F[…]

2014.12.28.SU: Trip Images Finished

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Published on: 2014.12.28

I finished uploading the photos from our recent trip. You’ll need to be signed into a Flickr account that I count as my friend or family before clicking the following links. Click here for the trip photos (tag: 201412xmastrip) Click here for Christmas 2014 photos (tag: christmas2014) There is SOME overlap between the two tags.[…]

2014.12.27.SA: Favorites

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Published on: 2014.12.27

Today, RL asked me about favorites. Every session followed this format: She’d ask me what my favorite [something] was, I’d answer, and then she’d comment or tell me what her favorite was. She asked about colors, food, candy, music, and so on. After M came home from work, RL questioned her too. I realized “favorites”[…]


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Published on: 2014.12.26

RnB played very well today, mostly with their Xmas gifts. Mid-morning: I fixed RL’s hair — something I admit I usually don’t do — and took them out to get gas and groceries. Lines were too long at Sam’s Club gas station ($1.769 per gallon) and H-E-B ($1.799/gal.) so I filled up for $1.859 at[…]


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Published on: 2014.12.25

Today was just “Thursday” for us. M returned to work, the kids played with their Christmas gifts from the previous two days, and I worked on our Xmas trip blog entry. Both kids ate well for me and were relatively well-behaved, perhaps 90% for both of them. M cooked a small version of Christmas dinner[…]

2014.12.22-24: Xmas Trip (UPDATED)

For a slightly early Christmas, we went to Oklahoma to see my family, and had a wonderful trip — both the visiting and the actual traveling. Plans sprouted up for this trip during our Nov. 11 visit to my brother’s house, when my mother asked about Thanksgiving plans. Not everyone could come for Thanksgiving, but[…]


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Published on: 2014.12.21

RL: 95% BW: 90% — one of the best days I’ve ever had with him After M got home, RL and I went to put gas in the minivan ($1.869 per gallon at Sam’s Club) and then shopped a little bit. She saw “Frozen” merchandise everywhere. It was literally on every aisle in the store.[…]


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Published on: 2014.12.20

RL: 90% or better. BW: 60%. In the morning, he pulled his first (I think) Stubborning Contest. He misjudged my firm grasp on authority and wanted to be in charge. Already. 18 months old. A simple but complete refusal to go along. It strained our relationship some, but I think I got him back on[…]


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Published on: 2014.12.19

RL: 90%. BW was not quite so good, maybe 50%. He was hitting a lot today, which he still thinks is hilarious, despite zero encouragement for it. He also refused M’s milk. Another few days of that and we’ll likely dump the frozen supply. He might be done. But he won’t drink soymilk or coconut[…]


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Published on: 2014.12.18

MRB to Story Time. RL made a Christmas card for me, in which she drew a few letters: M, D, and A, and what looked like snowfall. Afternoon: MRB to Chuck E. Cheese’s — we had several hundred tickets left over from RL’s birthday in October that we needed to cash in. M bought a[…]

2014.12.11-17: Images

RL makes a photo of her brother, Dec. 15 (Copyright © 2014 by Wil C. Fry. Some rights reserved.)   In this entry: ➤ 8 images from Dec. 11-17 ➤ 14 images from “same day, different year”


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Published on: 2014.12.17

Talking about seeing family in Oklahoma soon, M told the kids: M: “And you’ll get to meet your new cousin, Ruth!” RL: “Who’s Ruth?” M: “Your aunt Shari had a new baby girl. Her name is Ruth.” RL: “She had a baby goat?” M: “No, a baby girl.” RL: “Oh.” (Sounding surprised, and perhaps disappointed.)[…]


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Published on: 2014.12.16

The day began at 05:30 or so, when RnB came trotting into our room. Sigh. Today, I worked a bit on my annual “year in review” blog entry, looking back over the hundreds of stories I’ve told here and hundreds of photos we’ve made in that time. It was a little overpowering, emotionally, to see[…]


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Published on: 2014.12.15

Earlier in the day, I’d left Cheerios out for BW so he can graze. I watched him find a toy bowl in RL’s toy kitchen, and a plastic spoon. He set them on the coffee table, then returned to his high chair and grabbed a handful of Cheerios. He put them in the toy bowl[…]


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Published on: 2014.12.14

Fourteen days in, this month is on track to be the warmest December since we moved here in 2009. All but three days have seen highs of 62°F or above, and we’ve only slipped into the upper 30s twice. Today, our low was 61°F and our high was 70°F. This is a huge contrast with[…]

2014.12.13.SA: Annamee Annamay

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Published on: 2014.12.13

I haven’t mentioned it before, but RL has invented a friend named “Annamee” (my spelling, based on her pronunciation) — several months ago, I think. She uses Annamee as a conversation piece in certain situations. Example: I’ll say “Oh, I need to call your mother”, and RL will immediately say, very seriously, “And I need[…]


Received (and paid) our water bill today; we tied December 2011 for lowest usage since we’ve been in this house — which meant we had the highest per-gallon rate we’ve ever seen, since cities use the method of charging you more per gallon if you use less (which I believe is the opposite of what[…]

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