Monday, December 24

Christmas Eve


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MJ dictated this note to Santa and signed the bottom.

Tuesday, November 27

Thanksgiving in NYC

We spent four days in NYC, celebrating the holiday with Steph & Ward.

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Watching the Macy's Parade from outside the Dakota. MJ enjoyed the big balloons . . .

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. . . like Mr. Potato Head here.

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Waving to Santa.

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Climbing the benches surrounding Strawberry Fields.

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Stretching before the big race with Ward.

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Racin' Uncle Bud in Central Park.

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It got pretty cold the next day. We found the carousel, of course.

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. . . and the playground.

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Eating a purple frosted Magnolia cupcake in the park.

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MJ's a little tired here, but we had to try for a family photo anyway.

Friday, November 9

You're invited ...



to the Horse Pumpkin Party.

Under the weather


This morning MJ said that she and her horse, Cisco, were not feeling well. She put Cisco on our bed, and I helped her tuck the horse in for some rest. Then MJ crawled under the covers too so they could both nap. A few minutes later, MJ was bouncing around the house, so I guess that was just what she needed.

Wednesday, October 31

MJ, the horse-ridin' cowgirl

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Screaming "smile" at the DOJ.

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Riding off into the . . . boss' office.

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She's not grinning here, but don't be fooled. MJ *loved* trick or treating. She got the hang of it by House No. 2 and was on her best behavior. Every house heard a happy "Trick or Treat" and then received a polite "Thank you!" She could also be heard wishing folks a Happy Halloween. She was fascinated by the Dora the Explorer she saw; MJ also announced "I don't like that one" when she saw someone dressed like the villain from the "Scream" movies. Mostly though, she just kept saying "more trick or treating mommy!"

Monday, October 15

MJ at Lovejoy Park

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It was a beautiful day.

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She can run the navigation controls and eat a lollipop.

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It might be time for a haircut.

Tents are comfy cozy

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Especially when filled with soft animals.

Baby's got bling.


All MJ's idea. She wanted some jewelry on before going to the park.

Our finished porches -- finally!

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A look from the back gate. What you can't see is the pretty patio beneath the porch.

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Playing in the first floor porch. Screened-in porches are the best!

Sunday, September 16

Dylan in DC!

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MJ's buddy is visiting from Egypt! She's been waiting for this day all week.

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They're so big! Especially when we look back . . .

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to last summer!

The Minnesota State Fair

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The Minnesota State Fair is huge! So many people, tons of fun exhibits and pretty much everything you can think of fried and on a stick. My favorite is the fried Snickers bar. Mmm.

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Sweet Martha's makes out-of-this-world fresh-from-the-oven chocolate chip cookies. People buy them by the bucket. We bought them by the paper cone, but probably could have eaten a bucket of them.

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MJ, enjoying a cookie while hangin' in the Ergo -- the best baby carrier evah.

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Poor sweet Martha.

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Senator Coleman's take on how he's doing in Congress.

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. . . but his is one of the loneliest booths at the fair.

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The Democrats' Pavilion has a special message board for Norm. It saw a lot more traffic than his booth.

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Now there's a surprise.

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What Would Wellstone Do? He'd stand up to Bush and he'd stand up for the American people. All of them. Especially those whose voices would otherwise go unheard.

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Me too, sister, me too.

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Amen.

Friends!

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We spent Labor Day weekend in the Twin Cities with our friends Steph & Ward. MJ loves them (we do too, of course)!

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Maxin' & relaxin' with Uncle Bud in the hammock.

Another uniform photo

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Can't help it, she looks so cute.

Monday, August 27

First Day of School

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*sniffle* All dressed up in her new school uniform.

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Waiting to sign in.

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Listening to Miss Duckett

Yay for the CARES harness!

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MJ models the latest airplane safety gear with enthusiasm.

Heh.

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Pony!

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MJ lurves a pony ride!

Then & Now

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Remember this from June 2005?

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And now, two years later!

Riding the Stolley Park Train

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Sunday, August 19

Farm. Puppy. Jammies.

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That's Ira on the right.

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She's really something.