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We had a great time getting together with our extended family in California.

The clan (and that’s with only 3 of the 6 kids – just add in another 14)
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We stayed with my grandparents who have two wonderful kids. The boys loved playing with them and enjoyed swimming together, playing MarioKart, playing freeze tag in the yard, etc. They were wonderful hosts. Mr. 4 especially loved having his cousin A take him around the pool which she did many times!
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Mr. 6 became fast friends with his younger cousin V. She was willing to follow his lead and that certainly won a place in his heart!
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We got to know our niece A better and she actually let me hold her – though only when Mom wasn’t visible.
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Master 0 was a good sport about being passed around and found out exactly what a big, crazy family he’s landed in.
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We spent the day at Sea World and the boys loved it – especially the Shamu show. We told them they could spend their allowance that they had saved at the end of the day. Mr. 4 immediately chooses a 4 foot long Shamu. I told him I didn’t think he could afford it – he’d saved $30 (which at $2 per week is rather impressive). He said I should check. Sure enough – $29.95! Okay, Shamu was coming home with us. So we left California with 3 kids, 3 suitcases, 3 car seats, a stroller, and a giant Shamu! Our flights home weren’t ideally planned – we ended up flying into Chicago late and then getting up VERY early the next day to fly home. The boys were good sports, despite the jet lag. After all that lugging around, Shamu came in handy driving home from the airport!
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We’re happy to be home but are still suffering from some impressive jet lag. The boys were up until midnight the last 2 nights – luckily Master 0 took it all in stride!

Posted on June 27th, 2009 by Our Mutual Friend and filed under Uncategorized | No Comments »

A first.

Last night, for the first time ever, Mr. 6 asked his Dad to go practice soccer in the back yard after dinner.  It was raining.  Dad said of course.  It was fun.

Posted on June 10th, 2009 by Our Mutual Friend and filed under Uncategorized | 1 Comment »

Favorite Things of Mr. 4

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Favorite Pet: Tad

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Favorite Toy: Mr. Droid

Favorite Color: Green
Favorite Book: The Way Things Work
Favorite Food: Mac and Cheese
Favorite Things to Do:
- Playing with Mr. 6
- Singing to Master 0
- Gardening with Mommy
- Building with Daddy
- Family Dance Party

Posted on June 7th, 2009 by Our Mutual Friend and filed under Uncategorized | 1 Comment »

Family Day

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Having fun on the Swan Boats.
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Posted on June 6th, 2009 by Our Mutual Friend and filed under Uncategorized | 1 Comment »

Graduation

Mr. 6 graduated yesterday complete with Pomp and Circumstance processional and teary parents. The best moment was as he was getting his diploma when Mr. 4 yells at the top of his lungs, “yay, we did it!”

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His introduction – “Greetings. My name is Ethan David Saff and I am 6 years old. When I grow up I want to be a card game maker.” Think Race for the Galaxy, Dominion, and Carcassone. Not Go Fish or Old Maid.
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We’re very proud of how much he’s grown this year. Comparing his writing and drawing from the beginning of the year to the end is really an amazing change. He’s the oldest brother to two and he takes his job seriously. He loves playing games, collecting coins, learning about rocks and minerals and the presidents of the United States (this week), reading Norby books, playing World of Goo (still a favorite), building with legos, eating shrimp, and playing with his friends.
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Posted on June 6th, 2009 by Our Mutual Friend and filed under Uncategorized | No Comments »

Studio photos


Three boys

Originally uploaded by dsaff

See all five pictures.

Posted on June 3rd, 2009 by Our Mutual Friend and filed under Uncategorized | No Comments »

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