Christmas card attempt, take 1

A cute picture, to be sure. But Miles has on dirty socks, Linus is standing on his toe knuckles, and I had to do a lot of terrible photoshopping to remove the reflections in the glass. I think we’ll just take a family picture closer to the holidays and maybe (gasp!) not send out cards this year at all. We’ll see.

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In case you’re wondering how I got those adorable smiles…

This is Beau. I might have to hire him for the monthly pics.

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Three years!

Goodness knows I love an anniversary. Three years ago today I had my first day full-time at Automattic. Still have to pinch myself.

You want in on this? We’re hiring!

The first race!

The boys had their first race yesterday, and I’m so proud of them! Naturally, I took a ton of pictures.

Before we left the house:

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When we got to the race:

 

Lined up, ready to start:

 

They’re off! Miles takes an early lead.

 

The race was half a mile, two laps around the track. I told them it was okay if they walked some of it, since they hadn’t run a half mile straight before. But they were having none of that.

Here comes Miles, first lap almost down! Linus is still right behind him.

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Here’s Ollie! (Love that he’s airborne here.)

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And at the finish! Miles first!

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Followed closely by Linus!

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And Ollie, bringing up the rear! His brothers were there waiting to high five him. Aw!

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Just the order they should have been born in, actually. Random.

I was so proud of them for giving it their all. They didn’t stop, and they finished a heck of a lot faster than I expected them to. Miles is all ready to do another race, at least. I might sign the two of us up for a two mile race coming up next month. Hope I can keep up with him!

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My-yohs

I have this video from when the boys were about 2ish, and the boys are pointing to the computer screen and saying each others’ names. I love how they said Miles’s name, and I still call him MY-YOHS¬†sometimes.

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He came with me the other day to take photos of my friend’s family in the rooftop bar of a local hotel. Love this crazy-haired kid (and his brothers too.)

107 and grainy

I did take this yesterday, but I didn’t post it because I took it on my new iPhone and while I liked the smiles, I wasn’t happy with the photo quality (it was still sorta darkish outside when I took it so it’s grainy because of low light) so I was going to try to take another picture with my big camera later, but we had a birthday party and I forgot my camera and we were late to the birthday party anyway and who wants a monthly picture outside of Laser Tag?

So, month 107, just 30 days from NINE YEARS OLD.

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For funsies, a collage of the previous November 4 photos:

Zoo

Today Oliver had his first day back at the zoo classroom. They did it back in first grade too,  each class spends a month there, learning about animals and science and all that good stuff.

He was very patient as I insisted on a photo. Of course I did.

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Random things I’ve purchased on Amazon

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I got this breakfast sandwich maker recently (in an effort to get more protein into my breakfasts) but dang, I burned the heck out of my thumb on it this morning. And just two days after I burned my finger on my mom’s oven. I guess I’m kind a professional chef now, don’t they burn themselves all the time? Nah, I guess they wouldn’t be holding a ziplock bag of ice on their finger and whimpering.

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On a more nasal topic, I have been wearing Breathe-Right strips to sleep for at least a decade now because of my sinuses. (If I don’t wear one, I wake up in the middle of the night feeling like I’m suffocating.) However, with old age has come thinner skin, I suppose, and I recently started reacting to the adhesive. (Naturally after I bought a jumbo box at Costco.) I decided to try something different, and last night I wore one of these to sleep, and it only felt mildly extremely weird, and I was able to sleep, and I didn’t have adhesive stuck to my nose all day! Win! Except now I know for sure one side of my nose is roomier than the other because one tube when in easily and the other could only be jammed in about 3/4 of the way.

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I didn’t actually order this, but my sister got it for me after she saw on a Facebook comment that I wanted one. (Good sissy!) Unfortunately, it arrived broken, but it’ll be replaced shortly and all of my hard butter woes will be over!

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I actually ordered this way back in mid-August, but it was released yesterday and Linus is already a few dozen pages in. It just makes me happy that he wanted a book, even if it is mostly drawings. I also love that he said he didn’t want to read it too much because he didn’t want it to be over too fast.

On a non-Amazon note, I’ve also fallen into the LuLaRoe trap and now own a pair of (black) leggings, a dress, and a skirt. I’ve been burned a few times with weird sizing on a couple of other things (I mean, depending on the item, I’m a L, XL, 2XL, or 3XL), so I’m very cautious to try new stuff. Plus it’s hard to order. You basically have to join a bunch of groups on FB and hope they have the item you want in a pattern you don’t find offensive. But when you find something you like, it’s worth it. For our trip to the UK, I want to bring a bunch of knit stuff that won’t wrinkle and that I can layer.

Okay, back to work so I can pay for all this stuff.