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Monday, January 01, 2007

Happy New Year 2007

What a strange and happy and sad New Year's Eve we had yesterday. We spent a good part of the day off-roading in Scottsdale. It was an amazing time, and the perfect way to cap off the year. We came home, prepared to just pick up a couple of things and head out again, only to find that Lilly - the rat - had died while we were gone. She had been fine the day before, hadn't been acting too well in the morning, and was gone just like that. The boys have dealt with the death of a pet before, but a fish is very different than a playful and cuddly rat... a rat that was cared for and loved dearly. We were all teary as we said our goodbyes and buried her in the backyard.

We spent the rest of the day out, getting special drinks at Starbucks, picking up more munchies for our New Year's Eve party, and browsing through Office Max. We came home to cook a grand feast, and enjoyed it while we watched Napolean Dynamite and Fever Pitch. Everett konked out at around 9:30, Paxton at 10:30, and Spencer made it till nearly 11:30.

Finally, I had a conversation with Paxton yesterday that I have to share. We don't talk about school all that often, but occasionally one of the kids will bring it up. A lot of people ask me if I'd ever send them to school if they wanted to go, and while I certainly would if that's what they want to do, I don't see it as an imminent possibility. Yesterday on the way home from off-roading, we passed a school, and we were talking about the playground. Then we had the following - brief - conversation.

Paxton: I don't ever want to go to school. I don't like school.
Me: How do you know you don't like it? You've never been.
Paxton: Well they'd teach me things I already know.
Me: You're right about that.
Paxton: What else would they teach me?
Me: Whatever the school decides it's time to teach. You'd be in first grade, so you'd be taught things that someone decided first graders should learn.
Paxton: Oh.....
I need to cut my fingernails.

The end.

Here's my final batch of pictures from 2006. First, the boys' latest projects of tie-dyed shirts, and Spencer's brick house (in progress), followed by pictures from our off-roading adventure yesterday.

Wishing you all a safe, happy, and blessed 2007.

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