well, most of the adieus were fond anyway (darn you, IV pole!) -
and was returning home to her beloved mac-chee, er, family.
And what, you ask, has been happening since?
As if August in the Mid-Atlantic isn't crummy enough (this California girl is still floored by the humidity - even after eight years as a Virginia resident), Mother Nature decided to lay it on extra thick this year.
It's a wonder that we escaped with our lives. That chair almost hit Pete. Har.
Hurricane Irene proved to be a little more intense. We lost power from Saturday night until Tuesday morning - exciting at first, but the novelty wore off with that first cold shower. We lost a couple big trees in the woods behind our house, but overall the damage was far less than we anticipated. Thank goodness!
Schooling at the prestigious Dining Room Table Academy began following Labor Day. One very ambitious first grader has decided to write an autobiography.
A promising title, no?
Maggie finally had enough fuzz to warrant her first haircut since November.
And the girls are training hard for the 2014 Winter Olympics. (All the while hoping that their petition to include sock skating will be accepted by the Olympic Committee.)
(Veronica is without socks until they can perfect this particular lift. Kids and floor have received a number of dings.) Their chances for gold look pretty good, although they are going to encounter some fierce competition from newcomer "Ball Bearing Belly" Pete and his rather unorthodox routine.
And things are blessedly back to normal.