Reboot

Yet another reboot of the skipandmadge.com site. I need a place for personal posts and this shall be it!

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Mmmm... Weedo!

Sophie:   Mom, can you find my buttewfwy net?

Mom:   Well, in a minute hon, I'm trying to decide what to feed Rhys.

Sophie:  You can feed him pablum.

Mom:   Well, he can't always have pablum, he needs to eat all different foods, like we do.

Sophie:  Okay, feed ...

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Scarrows & Peacons

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Lauryn:   Oh, look!  A Robin!

Sophie:   We need to get the Biwd Book so we can see what kind of biwd it is.  It might be a scawwow.

Lauryn:   A scarrow?

Sophie:   Yeah.  A scawwow.  Or a peacon!

Lauryn:   A PEACON!!??

Sophie:   Yeah... scawwows and peacons.

Lauryn:   What's a ...

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Happy 08!

Now we begin those first few marks on the blank page that is a brand new year.

If the Chinese have it right, this year should be a lucky one.  Can we ALL have a really fortunate year at the same time?  Regardless, we wish you all a great one ...

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Merry Christmas!

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Christmas was great, and we were blessed to celebrate it with family and friends.  Its special to have a baby around at Christmastime.  Its fun to share his smiles and love with family, and to watch as new little eyes gaze at the lights on the tree.  You can’t ...

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I can do it, Mommy

Here's my little girl, perfecting her culinary skills.  I do feel a little sorry for the banana...

Banana Massacre

At which age are children typically able to handle a knife?  She’s never cut herself, and I always try to keep an eye on her, but I can’t help but ...

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No news is... news?

For all those who voted on when our baby would arrive, most of you surely didn't win.

He's hanging on inside longer than any of us expected, though we all doubt he'll hold out until Monday. At least his birthday won't fall on our anniversary or ...

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Email is a Hammer

Give an active kid a hammer and what will they do? Use it on everything in sight.

With no boundaries or rules in place, everything is subjected to the hammer's usefulness, because it is such a wonderful and marvelous tool toy.

Email is a hammer.

I was on the ...

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Programamming

When I first went to university, I very soon had two favorite classes. The one involved coming up with an idea - a solution to a problem - and documenting it (why, how, the solution would work, etc). The second, was a class in TurboPascal. I ate it up. The language was ...

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Warm Chocolate Molten Cake

During our time in San Diego a couple (and their daughter) quickly befriended us, and gave us the opportunity to go surfing a couple of times. We always had lots of fun together and had a lot in common.

After one dinner party (or other outing) the topic of desserts ...

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Nigella's Brownies

Beyond just posting about interesting software that I'm interested in or can't live without, I also like food. Actually, if I could typically go without eating, I would. But, when I'm interested in food, I quite enjoy it and especially enjoy food of quality, not necessarily quantity ...

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Nanking Cherry Jelly

I grew up eating most anything. I'm not talking about food served at the table, but generally anything that could possibly be considered edible, I've probably tried or would be willing to try.

My brother almost fooled me into taking a finger-lick of grease after he opened a ...

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Oh, no, she swallowed it again

More than two years ago I bought Lauryn a dolly. If you squeeze its hand or tummy it makes little cooing or crying sounds. At first she was scared of it. Then just disinterested. But in the past two weeks she's really gotten into "Mommying" her baby. Her name ...

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Tina

We have the sweetest neighbour here in San Diego. "Grandma Lee" recently turned 95 and lives all alone next door. Her son is estranged and she hasn't heard from him in years, and her daughter lives in Colorado.

Like many of the elderly people I've lived around, she ...

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Half a Baby

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Lauryn: Mom, do you know what?

Mom: What, Honey?

Lauryn: One, two, three! I'm three!

Mom: Yes, you are three!

Lauryn: How many is Sophia?

Mom: Well, she's eight months old, so she's not even one yet. She's kind of like... a half.

Lauryn: Half a ...

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Yittow Yittow Babies

Lauryn

Mommy: Won't it be fun when she can talk? I wonder what her first word will be...

Lauryn: Maybe "Hi" Or maybe "I had fun bein' a baby"

Mommy: She'll start crawling in a little while.

Lauryn: Yeah, and I know two crawling songs.

Mommy: Can you sing ...

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Little Baker

As I type this, Lauryn is receiving additional instruction from Madge on the proper procedure for cracking, opening, and pouring eggs. Lauryn's been cracking and emptying eggs for several months now with varied success and usually she does a good job.

Today they're making some sort of a ...

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14 Days a Week

In French, there are two ways to refer to the amount of time we, in English, refer to as a week. First is the straightforward "une semaine" or "one week." However, in conversation it is more common for people to refer to a week as "huit jours" or "eight days ...

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If you haven't got your health...

The four of us moved down here to San Diego three weeks (to the day) after Sophia was born. Things weren't going fantastic with the little one by the time we left, but the timing worked well for my employer and this adventure had to start sometime.

I hope ...

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Beach and Bath Photos

We had a busy day yesterday and a frustrating night the night before.

We've never owned our own television. We had loaners and old TVs, but were never in a position to purchase our own. Friday night we decided it was time, and ended up at Best Buy, ready ...

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Why Babies Should Be Born Bald

When our first daughter, Lauryn, was born, her thin blonde hair laid so evenly on her head that for months people thought she was bald. Slowly the hair grew and at one point there was a patch, at the back of her head, of soft dirty-blonde hair that, if you ...

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Whites, Darks, and Pinks

The joys of two daughters

As much as I would have loved to have been writing over the past few days, well, we've been swamped. I've had lots to write about but no time to even lay my fingers to a keyboard.

However, today I finally had time ...

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Easy Memorization

Bedtime with Lauryn is a ritual, with no deviations. Well, there are variations, but only Lauryn can make changes to the routine – changes that Madge and I try to avoid. She's fallen, somewhat, into the practice of trying to stretch out teeth-brushing, story-reading, and song-singing as long as possible ...

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Vocal Crossfading

As a child I learned a song about springtime. It went like this:

I looked out the window and what did I see?

Popcorn popping on the apricot tree.

Spring has brought me such a nice surprise,

Blossoms popping right before my eyes...

Shortly after meeting Madge she alerted me ...

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Summerburn

A week in Waterton among friends and family. Such bliss...

After having my SCSI card die and prevent my machine from booting, I was able to ditch work for a week and go to Waterton. Participating in a family reunion, I enjoyed reencountering friends, who are now family, that I ...

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FreeStanding

Last night we visited Ryan and Camila at their Aunt and Uncle's home. They are house-sitting and we went over for the evening. After dinner, when we were playing with Satchmo, a Standard Schnauzer, Lauryn, excited by the dog, suddenly stood up on her own.

free-standing

She stood there for ...

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