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We had a really great vacation with family over the holidays. They went up on the 17th and I followed behind on Christmas Day. There was plenty of time with family as 4 of CavWife’s 5 siblings were there for New Year’s and the annual White Elephant Gift exchange which gets more interesting as the kids get older and start participating. For the 2nd year in a row I got the Taylor ham- a NJ breakfast meat that I have grown to love.

One sibling built a pond this summer and this winter it was a skating pond. So our daughters learned how to skate. The boys were not so inclined, though the youngest enjoyed playing on the ice and with a hockey stick by the time we left. There was a guys night out as the 4 of us went out to Bar Vino for a few beers and appetizers. I like for us to get away and talk: sometimes serious and sometimes not.

There were a few snow storms, including Hercules who dumped over a foot of powder on us. As a result there was some sledding. On the downside, I didn’t have a good window of snow-less driving to visit my parents. My mom was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s Disease this fall. Since I haven’t driven in snow much in the last 20 years I really didn’t want to get stuck in the mountains of VT in a snow storm. Another factor was the older CavGirl’s birthday and our 12th anniversary. Not really the days I want to be away from family to visit my parents.

Since we had an early flight home, my in-laws used some of their points to get us a hotel room for the night before we left. Sunday night, after one last get together and skate party the snow turned to rain as the temperatures soared. Monday was the great meltdown before the temperatures plummeted as a result of the arctic blast that crippled the country. It was slippery near the house but after we got off the hill the roads were much better. The only problem was our rear tire. While loading the Envoy I realized the tire was nearly flat. Usually my father-in-law is all over these things. This winter I was the one to catch 3 really low tires. The other 2 were on our lunch trip to Glens Falls. Up there in the mountains, there are no gas stations right around the corner. I thought I could get to Warrensburg and inflate the tire. The last 100 yards or so I could hear the thump-thump-thump because it had moved past low to officially flat. I filled it and off we were to meet our in-laws in Albany for dinner and they would drive both vehicles back to their home.

While driving we learned that our friend who was going to pick us up had his own flight home canceled and was re-booked to arrive home Wednesday. He’d be stranded in Dallas. So we left a message with another friend to see if they could pick us up.

I made a big mistake though. There was no sun on the way to Warrensburg so I kept my sun glasses in my briefcase. By the time we got to Glens Falls the sun was relentlessly beating into my right eye as we drove south to Albany. As we drew closer a migraine began to set in. I felt pretty lousy. It was also much colder in Albany as we unloaded the Envoy at the hotel.

We heard from our friend that she was willing to pick us up, but the other friend had gotten a flight from Dallas to Phoenix so he would be home in time to pick us up. He would have to go to the airport anyway since his bags were going to Tucson.

CavWife had inadvertently started the movie for the kids that we rented from iTunes. It was now going to expire the next morning before we got on the flight. So the kids started to watch Despicable Me 2 while I napped. Around 4:30 we left to meet with my in-laws for dinner at Moe’s. We didn’t want to eat too late since we didn’t want the roads to freeze on their way home. We love Moe’s and wish there was one in Tucson. CavWife got her usual John Coctostan, while I got the Home Wrecker which I re-dubbed the Hotel Wrecker. Then it was time for good byes in the cold.

The kids were going to shower before they finished the movie. Still feeling the effects of the migraine, I sat in front of the TV. That was when two things happened.

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Birthday-Date Night


A friend has provided gift cards for a movie & dinner, as well as babysitting so CavWife & I can go out and celebrate our birthdays.  With mine this weekend, we will see a Cavman movie.

Sorry Roger Ebert, James Bond is more than an attitude- he’s an action hero, an assassin, the man who brings payback on behalf of his nation.  The days of Roger Moore are DONE- thankfully.

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I was waiting for these photos to arrive via e-mail.  Last Friday we celebrated CavSon’s 2nd birthday.  It was the estimated birthdate, but it works for us.

Yes, it was a bit subdued as a result of his recent surgery.  But we did go out for frozen custard.  The kids loved it, and the stars hanging from the ceiling.  As you can tell in the 2nd photo, he really doesn’t like having things on his head.

He is now 3 weeks out from his surgery, and doing quite well.  We have stopped using the arm restraints in the last few days.  He is happy that now he can drink from his cup on his own.  The stitches are beginning to fall out so we will not have to irrigate his mouth much longer.  We’ve transitioned him from a liquid diet to a soft food diet.  We even enjoyed some Chinese take-out the other night.  Nothing exciting for them- steamed veggies and steamed rice. 

I moved the seat of the tricycle lower to see if he can learn how to peddle it.  He’s been getting on the trike and pulling a Fred Flinstone, using his feet to walk himself around.  CavDaughter has been experimenting with a neighbor’s bike with training wheels.  She looks great in her new pink helmet slowly moving down the street.

We celebrated Cinco de Mayo with some friends.  One of them grew up in northern California.  Each May his father had a conference in southern California that inevitably fell on Cinco de Mayo.  So he grew up celebrating it though he is a gringo.  It was a great excuse to gather our families, enjoy some tasty food including enchiladas and fried ice cream, and some, ah, traditional Mexican beverages.

After the kids left for baths, the men settled into a game of Knights of Catan, one of the expansions of Settlers of Catan.  I lost miserably this week.  But we enjoyed one another’s company. 

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