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Again, it’s been a long time since we’ve updated this. Life gets pretty hectic, and some things fall by the wayside.

The kids are doing great, and talking up a storm. Whoever calls the house these days usually gets the ‘treat’ of getting to talk to them on the phone for as long as they want to listen. Its cute to us, but probably not so cute to the sales people who cold call us. No, we don’t really do that. But we should.

Reece loves to play on the little V_Tech computers we bought them for Christmas. He can count (usually misses #4 for some reason), and knows a lot of the letters by sight now. He’s better at some of the games than I am already. But I still kick his but on the XBox. No mercy!

We got out of our routine for a few weeks around Christmas and New Years with parties (birthdays x 3) and holidays, and three of four colds that ripped through the area and made everyone miserable. I was going to say this is the first week since Thanksgiving that everyone has been healthy, but there’s a distinct possibility that the kids aren’t feeling well tonight. They were asking to go to bed at 6:45 (a half hour early), saying Elmo was tired. And there was all the poop today. That might be another indicator.

We try not to watch a lot of TV, but the kids do love Sesame Street as long as Big Bird and Elmo are on all the time. And they like watching Daddy’s Fire Truck show, an old drama I DVR from one of the Retro networks called “Emergency”. My mom and I loved that show growing up, and unlike a lot of old shows, it hasn’t aged badly. We’ll watch an episode on Saturday or Sunday morning sometimes.

Work is going well for me, but extremely busy, and will stay that way until at least the end of July as I am working on a big project. I’m learning a lot, but this is definitely the most high profile project I’ve ever worked on, and the pressure to get it right is going to be enormous by the end of it.

Lisa is still working as well, and actually added a few more hours per week (now 3.5 days instead of 3). She’s dancing a lot and going to another dance competition this weekend.

I finished writing my latest novel on January 1st, and have been going through my old writing and finishing off some short stories I’ve had laying around before I jump back in to a major effort again. I’ve been slowly editing it as well, and trying to find a publisher / agent to help me market it, but that, I hear, can be as much work as writing it in the first place. I’m not holding my breath at this point. Once I get this edit done on it, I may circulate it a little bit to see if people like it. It’s going to take me a month or two to edit it at the rate I am going right now though.

I haven’t done much reading lately, so no reviews today. We also haven’t seen any really good movies lately either. We’ve been watching Battlestar Galactica, House, CSI, and a pretty funny show on the CBC called Being Erica.

I started working in the garden on Sunday, pulling weeds and planning the vegetables for this year. But it snowed here today, so I might still be a little early. Only in the Pacific Northwest do the weeds grow bigger in the winter than in the summer. What a mess.

Anyway, that’s about it. I’ll post some pictures tonight too if any of the 300+ on our camera turned out. We’ll soon see.

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