Category: My Kids


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Kethry cut her hair in the beginning of October and donated it to a charity that will accept shorter lengths then locks for love.  I would like to think that it had something to do with her knowledge of MooSe’s wife’s battle with cancer that began in September and ended abruptly two weeks ago.

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She is truly daddy’s girl and I realize thay she gets the attention deficit disorder from me.  She wrote me a letter as I was packing up to leave after our visit Sunday.

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She melted her daddy’s heart and I damn near started crying.  My eyes started to water….

So one of the things I always had from my party days was what they refer to as candy.  I wasn’t a “Candy Kid,” I just had a bracelet or two of brightly colored bead jewelry.

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This bracelet came to Kethry and she gave it to me and it was too tight but now with my weightloss it fits more comfortably.  She was excited when she saw me wearing it.

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She is just simply scrumptious, truly scrumptious and when I look at her I can truly understand that ear worm Sweet Child Of Mine…..  I picked her up and was holding her in my arms and because of my weight training and physical fitness regiment over the last 6 months, she was light.  She lamented that soon she would be too big for this but that it was ok for now.  My heart was like that first chocolate bunny clutched in your child’s death grip, where the solid milk chocolate is quickly losing its solidity and becoming a fluid. Yes, my heart melted as she said this and smiled at me, looking through her lashes.  She knows how to work it, how to wrap daddy around her finger.

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So last night, I went over to MooSe’s and hung out with him for a bit.  Three of us played dominoes, which I had not done in 30 years.  It was awesome fun and reminded me of some of those long days in the group home playing.

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So the end of summer is nigh.  It rained yesterday and today there was snow on the tops of the Sierra mountains. Haplo and Kethry were playing outside, Kethry was writing a song called Zombies Get off my lawn. Haplo was annoying her and commenting on the smell of the neighbor’s bbq……

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School is over and I am feeling the depression and crash that follows an adrenalin rush. Reality has come crashing through the euphoria brought about by the incredible speed that this summer semester and 6 weeks has passed. The whirlwind has given way to seeming chaos created by the syructured order of my school class schedule. This makes me long for the numbing intensity that my fall schedule promises to provide and I am still contemplating the addition of a film photography class just because I want to take it. I just am not sure that I can afford the film and paper supplies necessary to meet all of the performance requirements. I have a line on a camera but not the film and paper.  Ultimately I would like to take the film classes and then move on to the digital ones.

Add to this the fact that I miss my kids and everything associated with them.

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I picked Haplo up on Friday for our regular gaming session with my friend Bruce.

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On the way home we stopped at dry creek park and walked around.

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There are lots of signs and rules to follow.

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Haplo was for the most part cooperative and let me take his picture.

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Haplo noticed this fruit but I was unable to determine the type of tree fruit.

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Thank you Mexico. Seriously though the amount of litter was insane. It made me want to cry like that indian in the commercial during Saturday morning cartoons.

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Someone had to use a note to remind them they were in the forest. Or.maybe to convince themselves?

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Haplo seemed to have enjoyed himself and it was great to have this alone time with him.

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My town holds the 4th celebrations at the park in the center of downtown called McBean Park. It is a truly amazing park and is the pride of the city.

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The $5 for a red solo cup of shaved ice was offset by the free attractions for kids. Haplo and Kethry are in the green cart.

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Bounce houses. Enough said.  But the heat seemed to keep people home.

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But the trees in the park will always be my favorite part! Redwood complete with Fairy Ring. 🙂

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Today Haplo, Bruce and I spent the afternoon in Tristan. Excellent afternoon teaching him how to play on a team and with friends. It is sad that Blizzard made this kind of fun impossible with Diablo 3 because it requires an internet connection.

My Princess

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Kethry gave me a pinecone that she had decorated for me. She knows that I adore it when she makes me things.

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So I really miss Haplo and Kethry.

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And the last time I saw them was for Haplo’s birthday party which was only two weeks ago but feels like an eternity.

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Kethry got her face painted and a green balloon poodle. I love my little princess.