Christmas morning

Emily trying out her new roller skates.

Emily helping Daddy open the Cyclones mug she picked out for him.

The girls deep in the thick of gift opening.

Clearly Claudia has had it with all the celebrating. I think that she felt that the place really needed a ball.

Much better. Claudia’s favorite gift.

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January, we hardly knew ye

This has been a crazy month of paper signing and painting, and redoing hardwood floors and painting, and moving and painting… but the house is coming along. We moved in, or at least spent our first night there on Saturday and from what we can tell it isn’t haunted by either ghosts or walls that suddenly collaspe once all the paperwork is signed.

And it turns out that we will have the house paid off during Emily’s senior year in high school, just in time to put the money toward college expenses, or at the rate that tuition is rising, her McDonald’s fry cook training.

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