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It’s been ages since I’ve posted any pictures of Emerson, so here are a few from a recent outing. Emerson and I decided to go for a walk at the Battlefield, and Kim had the clever idea of turning it into a scavenger hunt!

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Here’s the (completed) list of items we had to find.

Most of them we checked off before we even left the parking lot at the Battlefield:

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Rock

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Green Leaf

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Yellow Flower

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White Flower

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Twig

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Water

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Pine Tree

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Pine Cone (it’s prickly)

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Grass

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Log

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Sweetgum Ball

Then we actually went on our hike for awhile.

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…before we started finding things again.

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It’s hard to see, but this is an old hulled-out, half-eaten acorn.

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Here’s a nymph of some kind, which counts as a bug for us. We saw a moth and ants and lots of mosquitoes, too, but this was the best picture we got.

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This is kind of cheating. It was an overcast, rainy day, so while we heard birds everywhere, we didn’t see a single one until we were in the car on the way home.  But we did notice this eagle at the very top of the monument. That counts, right?

And here’s a bonus picture of Emerson getting ready for his favorite movie recently:

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Our white Christmas turned into a white New Year's

And a white January in general

A flattened box made an impromptu sled.

I tested it out first for Emerson

We decided a trashcan lid was more his speed

There was even a lid big enough for both of us.

Throwing ice chunks was our winter sport

Once the world thawed out, Emerson could go to the park with Grandma Bopp and Grampa Wood

We managed a few visits to the zoo.

Emerson is an expert at the petting zoo.

Sort of.

The requisite rhino photo for Grandma Hritz

Just cause it's a zoo doesn't mean it's not a playground, too.

Jenny turns 20 this year, I think. We got her in 91/92, right?

Easter!

Candy hunting at the county park

Emerson even hugged the Easter bunny.

Dying eggs is serious business.

Depending on who you are.

It's fun until you run out of eggs.

Easter Egg hunting at home!

Those boots have gotten a lot of mileage

What's better than Easter Egg Hunting? Easter Egg Hunting with a sucker.

Maybe a little bit of a sugar buzz?

And so, Easter 2011 marks the beginning of Lego

More egg hunting, this time at Grandma's!

A visit to Grandma Bopp's and Grandpa Wood's means seeing Petey, too!

And riding the horse.

And all kinds of fun!

Sorry these are so late.  Who feels like snow now?

Christmas Lights

Christmas Morning

Exciting, right?

Getting the hang of it

Yay!

Christmas was white

Yay! (some more)

Wee had snow at Mom's house, too.

At Grandma Bopp's, fun equals balls

Merry (late) Christmas!

Jack-o-lanterns

The Cutting


The Coring


The Planning


The Agony


The Carving


And Carving


And Carving


And Waiting


Success!


Success!


The results are spectacular


Notice our theme?


Finally Halloween arrives

And there is some excitement


Once Emerson is dressed for the occasion, he's ready to go!


Chris and I took him around the block


Kim and Michelle stayed behind to distribute candy


It was a little scary the first time around


Maybe a lot scary


But there was candy!

Fall

Of course, fall is a great time to play in the yard



There's raking to be done


And rocks to be sorted


It's an important job


Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving means Aunt Marie visits








Between the birthday and Christmas, it means some new clothes

(Thanks, Aunt Sarah!)


And Christmas Pictures!


It’s been a long time since I’ve posted, so let’s ease back into this nice and slow with a a few pictures of Emerson:

 

Hello.

HELLO!!!

 

 

This isn't as bad as it looks, but that's not saying as much. Emerson seems to be as allergic to mosquito bites as his Grandma Bopp.

 

 

Earlier this month we went up to the mountains.

Emerson likes it up in the mountains.

And he likes visiting Grandma Bopp and Grandpa Wood (and Petey).

But he still needs a little something familiar to feel at home.

 

 

The first day we took a ride on the Blue Ridge Scenic Railway.

There were many pictures to be taken.

 

 

The next day we went to Burt's Farm to look at pumpkins and take the hay ride.

Emerson didn't much care for the tractor ride ... at first.

The pumpkins, on the other hand, were very interesting.

 

 

But of course, one of the best things about the mountains are the views.

 

 

Thanks, Mom and Wood!

And Petey!

 

 

Emerson's mosquito bite looks like a third red-eye.

 

 

And now for Emerson's Birthday!

Aunt Marie set up Emerson's train table.

Emerson loved it!

 

 

On to Halloween!

 

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