Monday, December 21, 2009

Christmas stockings

When we were packing for Scotland back in July, I was not thinking about Christmas in a foreign country. We did not bring any Christmas decorations. But it has become very apparent that we need a few Christmas items, namely stockings.

A friend here was enthusiastic about making felt stockings this year. She is an incredible artist and her stockings are amazing.

I am very pleased with how our stocking turned out, though they are not quite as perfect as I imagined in my head. I just hung them tonight ... to surprise Joshua and Abigail in the morning.

Joshua is so excited about trains right now that his was a logical choice. It was a little more difficult to decide what Abigail should have on her stocking. I finally decided on butterflies.

Now we are ready for Christmas morning!

Winter Solstice

Sunrise at King's College, Aberdeen

Today is the Winter Solstice, the shortest day of the year.
Sunrise: 8:47 am
Sunset: 3:27 pm
Daylight: 6 hours and 40 minutes long
At it's peak, the sun rose to only 9.5 degrees above the horizon.

I have never been more excited for the first day of winter. Starting tomorrow we begin to regain our daylight. By mid-January the sun will be up an hour longer each day than it is now.

I am looking forward to those long summer days that everyone keeps talking about, where the sun is up for almost 18 hours a day, rising by 4am and setting at 10pm. That is going to be crazy, too!

Happy Winter Solstice!

Sunday, December 20, 2009

Stroll After Dark

There is a beautiful Christmas tree lit up next to King's Chapel. The other afternoon (yes, around 4pm) the kids and I walked over to campus to enjoy the lights and get a little exercise.

The kids were excited by the big tree, but were disappointed that they were blocked from touching it. We were also sad that they didn't have the building lights on behind the tree. Darren said they are normally on every night when the tree is lit.

I took the opportunity to catch a few night shots of King's Chapel. The lighting is so pretty at night.

Darren joined us at the end of his study day to play with the kids and walk home with us.

This is the back of the chapel, from inside the courtyard and King's College.

It was a wonderful break from the usual afternoons spent inside after dark. I know the kids are looking forward to going to the big tree again this coming week.

Peace on Earth!

Glory to God in the highest, and peace on earth, good will toward men.
Luke 2:14

Peace on earth seems to be an elusive thing. There are wars fought around the world. Terrorism. Conflict with our neighbors and co-workers. This world is a far cry from peace.

Yet at the birth of Christ, before he had done anything, God declared "Peace on earth." The entrance of the God-Man Jesus Christ into our sinful, war-ridden world altered our existence forever. Believe it or not, there is now peace on earth.

As with so many of God's statements, there is part of this that is for us here and now, and there is part of this that is yet to come. We will see a day when we will "beat our swords into plowshares and our spears into pruning hooks," but that peace is coming somewhere in the future.

Today I am pondering the part of this "peace on earth" that we currently have. After the surprising entrance onto the scene of Immanuel, God with us, we now have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. (Rom 5:1) God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not counting people's sins against them. (2 Cor 5:19)

Where we were once enemies with God, separated from his grace and love, we are now brought back into relationship with him. And he has called us to declare a message of peace, of reconciliation -- with himself, with each other, with the whole of creation.

Although we may not see this fulfilled in its entirety in our lifetime, still we have this promise: "Peace on earth, good will to men."

This is a reprint of my post from the Christmas season last year.

Christmas Sunday!

Have you ever tried to push a double stroller up a hill on an icy sidewalk in 30 degree weather while dressed in church clothes for Christmas Sunday?

We decided to ride the bus to church today. The bus was late and very full, but we made it to church; a little late, but we made it.

Joshua was just in time to join his Sunday school class on the stage to sing a Christmas song. Funny thing ... we didn't know about the performance and Joshua didn't know the song. He has only gone to Sunday School 3 or 4 times (in the beginning he just wanted to stay in the nursery with Abigail).

It was a fun service, a family service, where all the kids stayed with their parents during the service. It has been a while since Joshua stayed in church with us. I enjoyed watching his response to various elements in the service - his look of recognition during the Lord's Prayer, the way he held my hand during prayer time, the way he stood up for every song.

After church, we had lunch downtown and walked some of the shops. By the end of the trip, though, Darren and I were a little worn out trying to keep track of the kids among the crowds of Christmas shoppers.

The kids had a very busy day, but they did wonderfully. They are growing up so quickly. We had a wonderful family day!

Friday, December 18, 2009

I'm thirsty...

During the colder, winter months I find that I do not drink much water. I drink hot tea, coffee and cocoa, but very little water. I just do not have the same thirst in the winter, the same need to cool down. But am I truly not thirsty, or have I just hidden it with other things?

Now I am dehydrated and desperately need water, a lot of water. And it is going to take time for my body to recover...

There are times of thirst in my spiritual life, in the desert when I know I am thirsty and desperate for constant water, for constant refreshing by the living water. At those times I hunger and thirst, seek and knock, draw near...

But there are times when I don't recognize my thirst... just like in the cold of winter. Times like those I am in right now.

This last week has been a revelation for me. I am thirsty. I am dehydrated. I desperately need the living water ... to cleanse, to refresh, to fill, to overflow. I did not realize how much effort was being required of me, and how much it was using my "reserves." But now I am dry... And it is going to take time...

Yet, the very fact that I know this reflects on the faithfulness of God. He gently calls, gently draws, gently showers, gently leads me again to still waters.

Is God calling you to deeper waters?


During quite time this afternoon, Joshua and I were hanging out in the living room. Joshua suddenly exclaims, "Mommy, its snowing ... a lot." I looked outside to see the huge snow flakes falling from the clouds.

Joshua was so cute!
All afternoon he kept looking outside to let me know the status of the snow.

After an hour or so, the snow started to stick.
Here is a shot out the front window around 2pm.

Joshua was checking out the cars driving by leaving prints in the snow. There were a few cars that were piled high with snow. They must have driven from an area that had already received more snowfall.

Can you see the snow starting to stick in the grass across the way?

This was what it looked like out our front window by 4pm.
Mommy was not feeling well this afternoon, so we did not have a chance to go out and play.

It has stopped snowing now and a thick fog seems to have rolled in. The kids are really excited about playing in the snow tomorrow.

I hope it sticks around for another day or two. The weather forecast doesn't indicate that it will be around very long, but you never really know. Maybe we will have snow for Christmas!

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Daddy's School

Taking advantage of one of the sunny (but cold) weekends, we took a family walk to "Daddy's school" (technically, King's College at the University of Aberdeen).

Darren is standing in front of King's College. To the far left is the chapel, under the bell tower. Directly over the archway is the office of Darren's adviser, John Webster. On the second floor to the right is the Divinity Library.

This is a closer shot of the King's Chapel. We love strolling past here at peak wedding times. There are always beautiful Scottish weddings, complete with kilts and bagpipes.

While Mommy was busy taking pictures, Abigail was enjoying some "Daddy time." I caught this precious moment as they were deep in conversation.

Darren and the kids strolling through the archway next to the New Kings.

This building stands at the end of a long, narrow road that runs through campus. Traffic is diverted to the right and left of the building. It is called "The Old Town House."

We had a beautiful walk through campus. What a wonderful day!

Monday, December 14, 2009

The Weekly Weatherly

Today's weather forecast in Aberdeen, Scotland:

Showers // Humidity: 89%

High: 6°C (42°F) // Low: 4°C (40°F)

Sunrise: 08:42 // Sunset: 15:25 (3:25 PM)


So, we have adjusted to the rain and gray for the most part, but I am completely thrown off by the darkness. Check out the sunrise and sunset times. Yes, we only have 6 hours and 43 minutes of light each day. And we still have another week before winter solstice, another week of losing daylight.

When I get up with the kids in the morning it is as dark as night, even when they sleep in until 8am. It doesn't start to get light until around 8:30am.

And by the time Abigail gets up from her afternoon nap around 3:30pm it is already too dark to do anything outside. We have to learn how to make better use of the mornings because it is our only time to go outside in the daylight.

The sun hangs so low in the southern sky all day. It never gets anywhere near over-head. If you go downtown at noon, the sun is still so low in the sky that it doesn't shine over the buildings. The main stretch of downtown doesn't see the sun for the entire winter.

I heard a rumor that everyone in Britain suffers from Vitamin D deficiency during the winter (not sure if that is true, but it is definitely believable).

But we can be thankful that it is not as cold here as it has been for most of our family and friends in the States. At least it is staying above freezing. The high humidity levels (at 89% for today) make it feel much colder than it really is. It also makes the wind stronger.

This next week we are suppose to get some snow or mixed rain and snow. I doubt that it will stick, but it will be fun to see for Christmas.

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Joshua's Fourth Birthday

Joshua turned 4 years old on Saturday, December 5.
My little four pound baby is now a playful preschooler.

We had a little party with some of our new friends here in Aberdeen.
It was a great day of fun!

Everything was decorated in a train theme.
And we celebrated with yummy Thomas the Tank Engine cupcakes.

Joshua was so excited about all the wrapping paper and presents

And, of coarse, he was thrilled with his new engine, Trevor the Traction Engine.

This was the first birthday that Joshua really seemed to understand. He loved having everyone sing specially to him. And he knew that the party was just for him.
We had a wonderful time celebrating!
Happy Birthday, Joshua!

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Who am I to teach the way?

Lord, who am I to teach the way
To little children day by day,
So prone myself to go astray?

I teach them knowledge, but I know
How faint they flicker and how low
The candles of my knowledge glow.

I teach them power to will and do,
But only now to learn anew
My own great weakness through and through.

I teach them love for all mankind
And all God’s creatures, but I find
My love comes lagging far behind.

Lord, if their guide I still must be,
Oh, let the little children see
The teacher leaning hard on Thee.

By: Leslie Pinchney Hill.

I was so encouraged and inspired by this poem and wanted to share it with you. This is the prayer of my heart ...

This verse was recently posted at Mumma's Place, with a link to the original post by Momma Mindy.

Monday, November 23, 2009

Let another praise you ...

Words That Heal - Chapter 2: "Aren't I Terrific?"

"Let another praise you, and not your own mouth;
someone else, and not your own lips.
" (Proverbs 27:2)

I didn't considered myself to be a boastful person, but this chapter on bragging challenged my thoughts and attitude. It is not about the overt bragging, it is about the subtle hints used to make yourself look better to other people.

Name-dropping. Place-dropping. Event-dropping. I have discovered that I am very skilled at working my importance into conversation using these techniques. Hmmm ... Did I just mention "in passing" that I know "so-in-so" (this great famous person)?

There are times when this is completely innocent, and I am just having conversation. Oh, but there are too many times when I plot in my head how to work in a comment about a place I have been or something I have done that might impress you. So little, so subtle, so prideful.

The same information could have been relayed in a humble way (or left unsaid), instead of praising myself. In this chapter, Mayhall states that "the difference between sharing information and boasting is in who gets the glory." Did my words make me look better? Or did I give praise where it is due? Did my heart seek to glorify God with my words? Did I speak to build up and edify my hearers?

"Lord, forgive my prideful heart and bragging words. Make me sensitive to boasting in my life and give me the strength and grace to change those areas. Teach me to edify and lift up those around me. Help me to always give you the praise. May the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart bring glory to your name."

I am currently reading Words That Hurt, Words That Heal by Carole Mayhall.
All unmarked quotes in this post are from Chapter 2 of this book.
Check out the other posts in this series.

Day at the Beach!

This weekend was suppose to be a little warmer than usual, so we planned a walk down to the beach on Saturday morning. It could not possibly been 50 degrees (as they had projected) and was extremely windy.

The Aberdeen beach is beautiful. Much less commercialized than we had recently experienced on the Jersey Shore. And not nearly as "combed" as the beaches in Washington that we visited this summer. There were wonderful shells to be found.

Abigail was so excited about the stick she found. All she wanted to do was dig in the sand.

Joshua also found a great stick for digging.

But his favorite activity was throwing rocks into the surf, while avoiding the waves. Here is daddy showing him how it is done.

The kids enjoyed the beach and our time outside, in spite of the wind.

After our time on the beach, I was freezing and wanted to get some warm food before we walked back home. I enjoyed the fish and chips, but by the time we left the restaurant the rain had started.

We bundled up the kids and put the rain cover over the stroller, but Darren and I were completely soaked by the time we arrived home. But I think it was completely worth it. We all had a wonderful day!

These pictures are courtesy of Darren's phone. I had forgotten to charge the camera before we went and it was dead when we got there.

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Line Drying: Things to Think About

I have been spending much of my time over the last two months working on the art of line drying my laundry. Check out my previous posts, The Lost Art of Line Drying and What if it is raining?

The chore of laundry has taken on entirely new requirements than I ever thought about before. When you don't have a clothes dryer, there are a few things you have to take into consideration.

As you might have guessed, when you dry your clothing outside you really have to watch the weather and plan your laundry days accordingly (unless you live in a warm climate, with minimal rain). Especially during the winter, I try to get at least one load out anytime the sun makes an appearance. Just a few hours of direct sunlight, even in colder temperatures, will dry clothes faster than all day on a warmer but cloudy day.

Take this morning for example, the sun was out so I ran two loads before I left the house, hanging them on my way out the door. By the time I returned two and a half hours later, they were almost completely dry even though it was only 9°C (48°F).

Smaller washing machines / smaller loads
Our washing machine is smaller here and we are forced to run smaller loads of laundry, although they are front loaders so you can pack them and still get everything clean. We also have limited space to hang clothing and could not really fit much more than one or two small loads (especially inside).

More frequent loads
I find that I need to run laundry more frequently than I use to. In the past I would have one big laundry day about one a week. Now my drying is mostly dependent on daylight, forcing me to run laundry more frequently; the smaller washing machine and limited drying space also play into this change.

First thing in the morning
I use to run laundry all afternoon and evening; this was probably influenced by the fact that we did not have a washer and dryer in our apartment. I had to go down the building basement to run laundry, briefly leaving the kids in our apartment. This was easiest (and safest) to do while they were down for their afternoon nap or after daddy got home in the evening.

Laundry is now one of the first chores of the day. This has been a huge struggle for me since we moved here. But in order to take advantage of the limited sunlight at this time of year, I have to get a load started before breakfast, so it is ready to hang as soon as the sun is up.

Soap usage and soft water
The stiff laundry was hard to get use to when I first started to hang my clothes. I have quickly learned that my biggest problem was using too much soap. It is so easy to be sloppy about measuring soap, and without double rinse cycles (takes too much time), my clothes had some soap residue that made them extremely crunchy after air drying.

I also did not consider our water when determining how much soap to use. We have slightly soft water here, making it harder to rinse our soap. I should have been using even less soap based on soft water (or more if we had hard water). Who knew it could be so complicated!

Fabric softener
Growing up, my mother always used dryer sheets to get that soft, static-free feel to our clothing. With line drying, that is no longer an option. Welcome to the world of liquid fabric softeners. Again, I have had to play with the correct amount to use to get the softness without adding too much that the clothes get crunchy with residue.

When it comes to dealing with stains, I love line drying. If I don't get the stain out the first time and, without realizing it, dry the clothing. I can still go back and treat the stain again - no hot dryer to 'set' the stain. Also, direct sunlight can do wonders for removing stains, especially on cottons. And it makes whites so much brighter. Incredible!

These are just a few things that I have learned to take into consideration as I learn to dry my clothing without a dryer. I am still learning the best way to actually hang the clothes. That is for another post.

Have you tried line drying your clothes? Any tips?
Or are you thinking about trying it? What's holding you back?

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

A Fountain of Life ...

Words That Heal - Chapter 1: A Fountain or a Babbling Brook?

My Bible study group is currently reading "Words That Hurt, Words That Heal" by Carole Mayhall. In this post, I wanted to share some thoughts from Chapter 1.

"The mouth of the righteous is a fountain of life ... the tongue of the righteous is choice silver ... the lips of the righteous nourish many ..." (Proverbs 10:11, 20, 21)

Are my words worth listening to? Are they a fountain of life -- bubbling up life and truth, overflowing out fullness and abundance, refreshing those who hear? Or are they simply a babbling brook, a dime a dozen, or worse, a deadly poison?

This chapter opens with a thought-provoking story, about a young man's brief encounter with a man whose words were fountain of life. "I don't think I've had more than 20 minutes with Bob since I've worked here ... but every moment we've had, he's shared something with me that was just what I needed."

This simple story surprised me and challenged me ... are my words like that? Why not?

Jesus tells us that our words come from the abundance of our hearts. For my words to be a fountain of life, to encourage, challenge, refresh, they must flow from an abundance of life in my heart. "When we dwell deep with God, we will be -- to some people sometimes -- a fountain of life.

What should be dwelling so abundantly in my heart that it flows out in my words?

~ Praise ~
I will bless the LORD at all times; his praise shall continually be in my mouth. (Psalm 34:1)

~ The Word of God ~
Do not let this Book of the Law depart from your mouth, but meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success. (Joshua 1:8)

~ Encouragement and Comfort ~
And you know that we treated each of you as a father treats his own children. We pleaded with you, encouraged you, and urged you to live your lives in a way that God would consider worthy. For he called you to share in his Kingdom and glory. (1 Thessalonians 2:11-12)

~ Wisdom and Justice ~
The mouth of the righteous utters wisdom, and his tongue speaks justice. (Psalm 37:30)

From this list given in chapter one, I was most convicted about encouragement. I am not a natural encourager, as some of my friends clearly are, but Mayhall presented the idea of a habit of encouragement. This means I am not off the hook. To develop a good habit, it takes repeated practice. It may not feel natural at first, but (with God's work in my heart) I, too, can develop a habit of encouragement.

In all these things, we must learn to "speak the truth in love" (Ephesians 4:15)or "be truthful and kind" (Proverbs 3:3). We are too often truthful in our words but hurtful, or kind and loving but not entirely honest.

Mayhall talks about the marriage of these two ideas so beautifully. "I wish I could place love and truth deep in my mind to filter every word I speak. Much would be left unsaid if these two concepts were the strainer used to purify my speech."

Thinking back over this past week, how would you describe your speech?

"Lord, teach me to speak the truth in love, to be both kind and truthful. Create in me a heart, abundantly overflowing with your love, your wisdom and your truth that the words that pour out from my mouth bring you glory and encourage those around me. Show me each day how to encourage and refresh and bring life with the words of mouth and the meditation of my heart."

I am currently reading Words That Hurt, Words That Heal by Carole Mayhall.
All unmarked quotes in this post are from Chapter 1 of this book.
Check out the other posts in this series.

Monday, November 16, 2009

Our walk down town ...

I wanted to share some shots of Aberdeen on one of our recent family walks.

These are all taken on King Street, the main road running from Old Aberdeen (where the University is located, and where we live) to the down town area.

I love all the stone buildings that line this street.

Below is the beautiful church where the King's Community Church, an Assemblies of God church, meets.

This is the Cathedral Church of St. Andrews, part of the Anglican Communion and the Scottish Episcopal Church.

Here is the Aberdeen Arts Centre Theatre.

Aberdeen is an old city, much older than any place I've lived in prior to this, older than anything we have in the States.

The stone work is so beautiful. I love walking through town, enjoying the view. Incredible!

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Menu Plan Monday

Last week we added a new favorite to our family's favorite meals. We tried the Macaroni Beef from Mumma's Place and it was wonderful. Thank you, Ruby, for this great new recipe.

Menu for this week:

Check out more menu plan's at Organizing Junkie.

Happy Monday!

Monday, November 9, 2009

The Weekly Weatherly

Today's weather forecast in Aberdeen, Scotland:

Showers // Chance of Precipitation: 60%

High: 8°C (47°F) // Low: 3°C (38°F)

Wind: West at 5 kmph ( mph)

Humidity: 91%

Sunrise: 07:40 // Sunset: 16:04 (4:04 PM)


As you may have noticed, we have lost 39 minutes of sunlight since I last posted the weather on 1 November.

There have been some beautifully sunny days this last week, with scattered rainy days in between. The humidity is always high. Even on drier days, the humidity is still around 80% or higher. This makes cold feel colder.

The temperatures have dropped in the last week. This morning we woke to a beautiful white world. No, it had not snowed, there was a very thick layer of frost covering everything. And if the frost was hidden in shadow, it never got warm enough to melt without the direct sunlight.

The kids ask me every afternoon, "Why is it so dark?" Our countdown to Winter Solstice has begun.

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Commitment Comes First

Words That Heal - Part 1: Introduction

The Bible study group that I recently joined is reading "Words That Hurt, Words That Heal" by Carole Mayhall.

The introduction of this book struck a resonating chord in my heart. And challenged my attitude as I begin this study (much as the author intended, I would guess).

Carole Mayhall subtitles the intro "Commitment Comes First" and jumps straight to the heart of the matter.

Any time we approach God's Word we must be completely committed to respond with obedience to whatever God asks of us.

Now that my seem very obvious, but I realized I have become careless with my reading of scripture. Do I remind myself of my total surrender to God before I read, that I may be prepared to promptly respond to His call?

"God wants total commitment. He wants us to be wholehearted. Sold out. Willing to pay the price of being disciples." She goes on to say that this means, "Anywhere, anytime, anything, Lord."

Before beginning this challenging study about the words of my mouth, I must first look at my heart...

Am I truly willing to do whatever it takes to bring my tongue under the control of the Spirit? Giving up selfish activities to provide more time to meditate and pray? Humbling myself to recognize how I wrong others with my words and asking forgiveness from others?

"Lord, teach me what it means to have the mouth of the righteous. Teach me how it fits into total commitment. I want my mouth -- my tongue and my words -- to bring glory to You all the days of my life."

I am currently reading Words That Hurt, Words That Heal by Carole Mayhall.
All quotes in this post are from the Introduction of this book.
Check out the other posts in this series.

Food spending!

Over the last few weeks, it have become very apparent that we need a smaller food budget. This is the tightest we have ever been financially and food seems to be one of those areas where I should be able to save some money.

With our move from the USA to the UK, we are also dealing with the increased cost of goods because our money is tied to the conversion rate.

There are several people doing incredible challenges with really small spending. And others calculate the cost of each meal. I know some people are incredible with coupon shopping, too (I just have no idea if they even have coupons here -- haven't seen any yet).

Being new to this, I am looking for some advise. What do you do? How do you set your food budget? How much do you spend in a week, or month, or per meal? Any other advise?

Thanks for all your help!

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Walk on Walls

Abigail loves all the rock walls that line our street!

Any time we walk to Darren's school, she walks on top of these short (and sometimes tall) walls. And she especially likes to walk with Daddy.

Such a big girl!

Monday, November 2, 2009

Words that Hurt, Words that Heal

I have joined a new Bible study group here in Aberdeen. It is a ladies group comprised mainly of Americans and Canadians expats who are here while their husbands study at the University of Aberdeen.

For the fall, we are reading "Words That Hurt, Words That Heal" by Carole Mayhall.

The Bible tells us that our mouths are to be a fountain of life, but so many times our daily interactions with family, friends and even strangers show that we are far from this goal.

James also warns us that our tongues are "a fire, a world of wickedness ... contaminating and depraving the whole body ... being itself ignited by hell." (James 3:6 AMP)

This book explores the many ways we "curse" with our tongues while trying to praise God -- Can a spring of water bubble out with both fresh water and salt water?

As we read through this book and study what scripture says about our tongue, I will share how God is working in my own life, teaching me to control my mouth.
May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart, be pleasing in your sight, O LORD, my Rock and my Redeemer. (Psalm 19:14)

"Second Names"

Joshua has become fascinated with Scottish words and item names. Once I tell him what they call an item here, I know that the next time I use the American term, he will be quick to correct me.

Here are some of his current favorites:
  • Pants are called trousers ('pants' actually refers to your underwear)

  • Diapers are called nappies.

  • Sweatshirts are jumpers.

  • 'Tennies' or sneakers are called trainers.

  • Cookies are called biscuits (and boy do they have good biscuits here)

  • Garbage is called rubbish (and he loves the rubbish trucks)

  • Strollers have several names that seem to have different connotations (push-chair, pram, buggy). Our stroller is most frequently referred to by our Scottish neighbors as a buggy.

Joshua frequently asks me about different items that he uses every day. "Mommy, does this have a second name?" That is how he asks if the Scots call it something different than we did in America.

We haven't completely embarrassed ourselves yet, but there have been several times that we struggled to understand or make ourselves understood (and not just because of accents). At least the kids are finding fun in this adventure of learning English all over again.

Sunday, November 1, 2009

More Familly Pictures!

Here are some the pictures from our photo shoot last week. Most of these were used in the collage I posted a few days ago, but they are so great I wanted to share them. We should be getting a CD with all the pictures in a few weeks.

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