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NOTE: This page tends to get long as I add more to it on a regular basis. Be sure to scroll down to see everything! Older stuff is moved to archival pages broken down by time period.

This is where I'm adding new stuff for Caitlin. Check back often to see how much she's grown, what new skills she's learned, and how fast she learns how to get into trouble. :-)


Not-So-Happy 8th Birthday

There was, unfortunately, no 8th birthday party for Caitlin. We had one scheduled, but she decided to demand better presents and exhibit many other sorts of ungrateful behavior for the many gifts she has been given (and was slated to receive), so the party was canceled and there was a multi-month focused effort to teach gratefulness, and try to address a number of related heart issues. It's been an educational year for all invovled... :-/


Daddy got a new lawnmower in spring of 2010, and Caitlin wanted to see what mowing the lawn was like. So, we let her take a pass up and back with it. Since it's self-propelled, she did alright. Still not quite tall enough to mow the lawn; maybe next year. Daddy will like that. :-)

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Caitlin did a report for one of her classes at co-op school, specifically on learning about the US. She created a drawing of herself, named it "Flat Caitlin", and asked Grandmom and Grandpop Rowand to take it around NJ and take pictures with it. Caitlin used those details and pictures to learn about NJ and give her report. Daddy even took part of the day off work to help her give the report - he got to run the laser pointer and help carry and set up the boards. Caitlin did an awesome job! This was her first time to stand up in front of a group and give an extended talk on something. Unfortunately, we forgot to bring the camera to school so we got no pictures or video of the actual presentation, so these pictures of the boards and Caitlin at home afterwards, and a short video thanking Grandmom and Grandpop Rowand will have to do.

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Caitlin and Deb did a mother/daughter sleepover In October 2010 at Camp Gilead. They had fun doing all sorts of stuff with friends.

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Shortly after visiting Camp Gilead with her mom, Caitlin had a very rough few weeks, culminating in a series of massive temper tantrums. We caught two on video for later proof and to show her what she looks like when she gets that angry/irrational. WARNING: Angry child ahead. Try not to laugh too hard. We all look foolish when we through temper tantrums. Fortunately, most of us outgrow it by adulthood and learn better ways to deal with things outside of our control that we have to do even when we don't want to. Most of us...


We got some snow the Monday before Thanksgiving 2010, and it stayed around until Thanksgiving Day. Caitlin ended up grounded for various reasons Mon/Tues, and didn't want to go outside on Weds, so Thurs (Thanksgiving Day) she was outside playing with some of her friends from our neighborhood. They had a lot of fun and had a small snowball fight, built some snow creatures in the street and the backyard (the one with the carrot nose), and generally got cold and wet with huge smiles on their faces. Then they retired inside to play Wii, warm up/dry out, and drive mom nuts while she was making a delicious Thanksgiving dinner.

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Caitlin built one final snowman on our back deck before she had to come in for the night...

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These are all from our vacation at Great Wolf Lodge, all of the details are on that page. This is us preparing to play MagiQuest.

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This is the water park.

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A final picture before we left...

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Some pictures of us all dressed up to see The Nutcracker. Mommy took some pictures first...

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Then Daddy...

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Then Caitlin took some pictures, hence the "up the nose" appearance.

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One last picture of Caitlin all dressed up.

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Parent's day at Caitlin's homeschool co-op, specifically in her piano class.

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This is the co-op Christmas party; Caitlin is dancing with her jazz/hip-hop class.

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Same party, playing the violin with her class.

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This is Caitlin running around having fun before the party was over.

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The tree is decorated for Christmas 2010. Whee!

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Christmas morning 2010.

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Deb unwrapping her gift from Caitlin.

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Deb unwrapping her gift from me.

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Daddy opening his gift from Caitlin. That's going to my office so I can see it every day!

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Caitlin was happy with the family gift we got - a game for all of us to play. She nearly tackled Deb trying to hug her.

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One final gift - a telescope that's on order.

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Daddy helping Caitlin put her new Craftsman tool kit together. She can almost pick it up... :-)

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2010 was another excellent Christmas Feast by Deb. Caitlin enjoyed it a lot. The first picture was taken by Caitlin; she's getting a lot better!

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