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2008

New Family Pictures

It’s really hard for us to get a good picture taken of us as a family...mostly because we’re never all looking nice at the same time we’re around someone who can take a good picture. So we took advantage of our photography obsessed friend’s visit and got some pictures taken. Here is a sampling.

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The Summer We Lost Our Minds

Having come to the realization that we will be staying in our house for quite some time, we then promptly went crazy with home improvements. Five months later, we’re still at the tail end of all the summer projects we started...but at least are no longer living in sawdust.

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Death of the American Dream

This is our house, which isn’t exactly the stuff that dreams are made of. But we realized this summer that maybe dreams can be misleading.


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The Abstract Thinker's Guide to Math

Emily shows that she truly is a free spirited abstract thinker through her art...and her persuasion that math can be figured out in a “secret door” in her brain. Who needs addition when you have a secret door?

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Daniel's Big Day

Daniel turned five this November 4, which in our family meant he was entitled to his first “friends invited” birthday party. Chaos and exhaustion promptly ensued, but a good time was had by all. All the kids, at least. And I think maybe a couple of the parents too. I was glad I survived the weekend.

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Hey Mr. Pirate, did you steal my sheep?

Emily Bo Peep and Pirate Dan took Halloween by storm.

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Pessimist Schmessimist

My birthday brought me a WiiFit, a great day with my family, and a forced encounter with my pessimism.

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One of These Things Is Not Like the Other....

Did you ever wonder if Hippies still existed? I mean new ones, not 60 year olds with flashbacks and mullets. Well, they do. I met them on Labor Day weekend. Oh, and we went and visited Tim's folks, too.

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Emily's Birthday

Emily turned seven on July 29

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We Ain't in Kansas Anymore

We spent our usual week at Bethany Beach, but with different friends this year. And a most definitely different house!

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Year End Blues

Emily had to say goodbye to her dearly loved first grade teacher who was retiring this year.

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The Benefits of Not Being a Hermit

I was convinced to pull myself out of my home-bodiness to brave a trip into Philadelphia to go to Smith Park with my friend Gretchen. it was totally worth it.

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CSI: Morrisville

Our block was swarming with reporters, coroners, and police on Monday.

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AWANA go to AWANA (insert groan)

After being neglectful parents for three years, we finally started sending our kids to AWANA this year. I'm maintaining that the side benefit of having weekly date nights now that Daniel could go too was NOT the only motiviation - but it definitely was nice!

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My Big Beautiful Buns

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Easter 2008 and the Case of the Murderous Macaroni

Our Easter had the usual fun of resurrections, candy, sugar comas, and family drama. But I bet no one ELSE'S Easter included exploding macaroni.

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"Giving help to the helpless"

Tim got the chance to go to Slidell, Louisiana, to help people still affected by Katrina.

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Winter Happenings

A concise summary of events in the McCleary household over the past few months!

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