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So much to say. We’ll start with the star of the show: E. He officially has two teeth – two very sharp teeth – with a lot of biting and putting things in his mouth to prove there are definitely more to come. He makes new noises every day and seems to have discovered his tongue. He has also discovered his toes and they have become his new favorite things to stick in his mouth. It’s kind of gross and funny to watch him lick his own toes. If I haven’t mentioned it before, his toes, well, they stink. You can’t tell him that though, he thinks they’re awesome and apparently, quite tasty. His most notable accomplishment in the last couple of weeks – rolling over. I had hoped to post a video below, but we’re having trouble facilitating a conversation between our computer and our video camera. I’ll definitely post some video of E once these two start talking.

We recently had a wonderful vacation/family reunion in Seattle. It was sunny – no, really, it was – and beautiful. We went to Mt. Rainier National Park which was breathtakingly gorgeous, took a ferry to the San Juan Islands, and hung out in the city which included TWO trips to the fab Cupcake Royale. Yum. We had a great time hanging out with my parents and my brother’s family as well as aunts, uncles, and cousins that we only get to see every few years. I will say that I was a little disappointed that there was no family karaoke, but Seattle offered us sufficient other entertainment.

We are heading for another time of transition (read: we’re moving… again). Our communal living situation has been a fun, interesting, unique, and at times challenging experiment. If I am honest, I would have to say that there was not enough privacy for me. I need more space (I don’t mean square footage) and am finding that when E is sleeping (both napping and down for the night) I seek/need/require quiet. When you live with 5 other adults and children and dog and housemates’ visitors – quiet is rare. I’m not giving up on communal living though. I have come to love these families and am certain that we will continue to enjoy each other’s company for many years to come. Ideally in a communal living situation, each family has their own separate living space (an apartment, condo, or a house on several acres, whatever) but, it is adjacent to other apartments, condos etc. that house other folks with whom you share your daily life. I hope to get back to that one day. Until then, I’m going to try and just be a better neighbor to the strangers around us… I’ll try to let you know how that goes.

Another reason for our move is that Lane works about 40 minutes outside of the city. So, we are for the first time, making a move to the deeper suburbs of DC. We have always lived close in so this will be a lot of change for us. We will look for a new church/community which is the biggest change. There are good changes too – like an uber short commute for Lane, which means less gas, which means less expense, which in these increasingly uncertain economic times can only be a good thing. We need to be out of our house at the end of August and just today heard positively from our future landlord that we can move in!! Details are still up in the air, but we definitely have a place to live!

That’s enough for now. Stay tuned for my ramblings about moving and of course future posts from our new life in suburbia.

Mt. Rainier

Me and E at Mt. Rainier National Park in the Grove of the Patriarchs