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Tuesday, May 31, 2005

One is the loneliest number 

This has been a whirlwind of a weekend, with so much to talk about. I don't have the time to do justice to each event, but briefly:

Nana's funeral was beautiful. I saw Aunt Susan again for the first time since I was 7 YO. It was so good to have the whole of Dad's family together if only for an afternoon. The ceremony brought closure, and I was able to leave a picture of Isaac and Ollie with Nana to remind her of the future generations which will carry her memory forward.

Saturday we went to the Carlisle firestation with Bobby, and Jimmy & Pam joined us. The boys raced around like madmen, and Ollie did her best to keep up.

Sunday morning we met at the Portsmouth Children's museum to celebrate Julia Fifield's birthday. All of the UNH crowd was there, and we had the place to ourselves. It was amazing!! Isaac's favorite part was the space shuttle, and Ollie was so busy that I don't think she had a single *favorite* thing. We went out for brunch afterwards to Molly Malone's. 11 of us, half were kids, and it went very well. Enough said. I loved the time I got to spend with Nate and Kara - I do miss them terribly.

Monday morning we went to the North Chelmford parade and watched it twice - once on the way up, once on the the way back on the other side of the block. It had to be the smallest of small town parades, certainly that I'd ever seen, but the kids thought it was the greatest. Last year Isaac was into the firetrucks and ambulances as they drove by. This year he figured out that they would throw candy & you'd think it was raining gold coins! He would wave both of his hands frantically, smiling and cheering, selling himself for a couple of tootsie rolls. But when they threw him some, he'd scurry out into the road, timidly at first and no holds barred by the end, and scoop it up. Because it was such a small parade, we had no problems parking, and it wasn't too crowded as a bystander. Perfect for two little kids! Ollie was feeling under the weather, and looking back on it, I think it began on Sunday. She was very quiet, snuggly and needy, which is a sure sign she's not feeling well!

In the afternoon we went to the Garrison house for a tour. We ran from house-to-house under our kiddie umbrellas. Isaac loved the blacksmith shop, and there was a little outbuilding where they were cooking popcorn over an open flame for the kids. Finally we bought some sour cherry and some apricot jam after a lengthy conversation with the lady who grew all the fruit on her own farm about how to keep the birds away.

It was a wonderful weekend, although I'd been expecting otherwise with Nana's funeral. I also got started on my second sock during all my traveling time. It's completed through the end of the gusset. I modified it from the first: only 48 st total, and shortened the foot length (now I'm a little worried it'll be too short!!), hoping for a better fit. I'll go back and shorten the first sock once this is done.

Ollie's home sick today; she woke up with a fever and her cough isn't any better. I hated leaving for work today when all she wanted was Mommy, but I will probably go home at lunchtime, if I can sort things out here at work first. Speaking of which, enough for now...
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