November 17th, 2012

Brian and Anne

Having friends locally is pretty awesome

We went to the zoo this afternoon with friends. We saw gorillas and chimps and monkeys and tree kangaroos and a koala and hippos and zebras and quite a few birds. The kids climbed on many things and practice jumping from rock to rock and none got hurt. There was adult conversation and picnic food and we got to play with the kids in the leaves.

Rosie's nap got pushed late, so she's still asleep and might be hard to put to bed later, but I'm still glad we went.

I'm also pleased to note we recieved two invitations to thanksgiving dinner from friends who know we have no relatives in town. Two! As it is, we're planning to drive to my brother's in Tucson like we did last year, but I really appreciate having options if that falls through. And the caring that led to them. :)

Having dad here for almost two weeks reminded me of the type of support sometimes only family can give, but having good friends really helps too, and fills in some of those gaps.

Really really.
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laughing Rosie

Some other pictures from Halloween

Our little cutie.

We dressed Rosie up as Rainbow Bright for an event at her preschool before Halloween. I've posted some pictures of her as well as of Brian dressed as a slightly Polish Viking on our Halloween set. If you look closely you can see that Brian grew his beard long and did something fancy with it. He looked quite smashing and got a lot of compliments.

Here's my favorite of the two of them:

Rosie Rainbow Bright and her viking father

I think I commented somewhere that I didn't think any pictures of what I wore existed. It wasn't a costume, per se, just black boots and a grey and black skirt I'd recently acquired, with a black sweater to top it off, but I felt very comfortable in it (aside from my feet hurting from the high-heeled boots after I spent 45 minutes volunteering at the bake sale).

But there is actually a picture - they had a backdrop set up in one of the rooms, and we got a picture of me and Rosie. Unfortunately our scanner wasn't working last time we tried, so I just snapped a picture of the print they gave us.

Anne and Rosie at Goblins

The Halloween picture set also now includes a shot of the Rocket ship costume Brian worked so laboriously to finish on time, and which Rosie subsequently refused to put on. We will keep it and have no doubt SOME child WILL wear it, eventually.