August 2013

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The first week of school is over and Alex is ready for a weekend of chillin-out and watchin’ him some cartoons. It’s cool to watch cartoons…it’s the shades that make it so…

Alex

The boys started pre-K today and are dressed and ready to go! Adam is pumped about riding in the school bus!

Alex First Day Adam First Day

And from the looks of it, the first day was EXHAUSTING…especially for Alex!…

Alex and Adam exit the bus Alex is out

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I’m conducting a farewell tour of sorts in preparation for starting a new job in sunny Florida. So, for the next couple of weeks, I’m making my way through Virginia and Southern Maryland to put things in order for my transition. Although I’ll miss my folks here, it’ll be nice to come home to the family at the end of every day, rather than a lonely apartment.

At any rate, after work today in Northern Virginia, Chris and I held a “farewell” offsite at a local Irish pub. We’ll have to be a little more inventive in the coming months, as we won’t be in such close proximity any longer.

Cheers!

Fairwell Tour

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For those of you familiar with Alex screaming trepidation when visiting the dentist, I’d like for you to know that there’s been a break-through! After the last experience, we decided to switch dentists in an effort to find someone with a bit more patience and skill when it comes to treating children (especially those with a genuine fear). I would never allow the use of a papoose board or any other form of restraint, which evidently made it a challenge for our first dentist. We could see that Alex wanted to get his teeth looked at, but just couldn’t overcome his fear. Anyway, our new provider, Weaver and Stratton Pediatric Dentistry achieved what others couldn’t–they understood Alex, and used that understanding to reassure him that everything was going to be okay.

To do this, Dr. Weaver honed-in on Lamby. Without even trying to get Alex into the chair, he invited Lamby to sit there and get his teeth brushed. Alex gave Lamby over to the dentist and the dentist and his assistant proceeded to give Lamby an exam and cleaning. Alex enjoyed the attention that Lamby was getting and when invited to join Lamby on the chair, he jumped right up there. He then received his first dental exam and cleaning. No muss, no fuss!

The following day, we received this note from the dentist (note that it is addressed to both Alex AND Lamby):

The envelope

The Card

The Letter

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The summer is on the downhill side and the boys are enjoying a day at the water park. Alex awaits with great anticipation (and preparation given the positioning of his hands on his head) for the water to fill the bucket to the point where it tips and rains its contents down on him…

Alex waits for a splash

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Traveling back to Virginia for work for what will probably be my last time, and I take a short detour to O’dells Sandwich Shop in Mount Airy, NC…they make the best ground steak sandwich!

Think I’ll have two!

O'dells

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