29 September 2014 Three Days

September 29th, 2014

Three days

Three days till Sam turns nine. She enjoys shocking us with how big a number it is.

28 September 2014 No Peeking!

September 28th, 2014

Secret gift
I so much wanted to post a photo of Sam’s birthday gift but I don’t dare, because she often looks on over my shoulder as a post my photo of the day. So, if you’re reading this, Sam — NO PEEKING!

27 September 2014 DC United v. Philadelphia Union

September 27th, 2014

DC United v Phila Union
We went to two soccer games today: The Red Raptors in Cville (Sam’s team) played yellow. Raptors lost 3-5. Sam scored the first goal for her team. Then we drove up to Washington to see DC United play the Philadelphia Union on their homeschool day. It was an exciting game, but Union lost to DC 0-1. Doesn’t matter. Both of my teams–Union and Raptors–played really well :-)

26 September 2014 Foot Update

September 26th, 2014

Foot update
I started wearing my custom orthotics in my Keen walking shoes. I will slowly transition from the boot to the orthotics over the coming week. So far they feel pretty good, though weird. The black tape coming up my leg is holding my post tibial tendon in place.

25 September 2014 Found Poem

September 25th, 2014

Found poem
Sam declared the church part of the funeral “boring,” but the whole experience seems to have had an impact on her, judging by this poem I found before we left PA today.

24 September 2014 Rest in Peace, Uncle Ed

September 24th, 2014

RIP Uncle Ed

23 September 2014 An Unexpected Trip to PA

September 23rd, 2014

Sushi friends reunion
And a reunion of the Sushi friends. Tomorrow, a funeral for my uncle :-(

22 September 2014 Downtown Mall

September 23rd, 2014

Downtown mall news coverage
On the downtown mall early Monday morning, camera crews are setting up to provide coverage of the Hannah Graham disappearance.

21 September 2014 Post Piñata Trade

September 21st, 2014

Pinata trade
Sam’s favorite part of a birthday piñata is the trading circle afterward.

20 September 2014 Striker Sam

September 21st, 2014

Striker Sam

The Red Raptors ended up losing 3-4 to the Kelly Green Goodies, but Sam scored one of her team’s goals.

19 September 2014 PT

September 21st, 2014


The best part of physical therapy? Ice.

18 September 2014 18th-century Saw Mill

September 21st, 2014

18-century saw mill

Sam got to help saw a log in a replica of an 18-century saw mill at the Great Hopes Plantation.

17 September 2014 RevQuest

September 21st, 2014

Sam, Susie and Timmy completed RevQuest– a spy game which had us hunting for clues and deciphering encoded messages in our mission to secure the support of the French in the war for independence. Here, the kids met a contact outside of the Magazine.

16 September 2014 Fife and Drum

September 21st, 2014

Fife and drum
After the parade, General Washington inspected the troops in front of the courthouse in Colonial Williamsburg. And they fired a cannon!

15 September 2014 Great Wolf Lodge

September 21st, 2014

Great Wolf Lodge
Day one of our Williamsburg trip began at the Great Wolf Lodge/Waterpark.

14 September 2014 Perhaps the Most Important Thing We’re Packing

September 14th, 2014

Banana muffins
Tomorrow Sam and I are going on a 3-day field trip to Colonial Williamsburg with a couple of homeschooling families. AC so kindly made us banana chocolate chip muffins for the trip!

Updates to Monsterfool when we return!

13 September 2014 Red Raptors

September 13th, 2014

Red Raptors

12 September 2014 Tomato Hornworm with Parasites

September 12th, 2014

Tomato hornworm

11 September 2014 The Unnamed Red Team Practice

September 11th, 2014

No-name Red Team
The girls need to choose a name. Sam has proposed the Red Roosters.

10 September 2014 Learning About Symmetry

September 10th, 2014