Saturday, October 29, 2011

Eva's #ABS Bouldering Comp - 2nd Place Female Youth C

Eva moved up an age level in her bouldering competitions this year from Youth D to Youth C. She was very worried that being on the young end of a new group would make her non competitive. Today at least this concern was unfounded. She climbed stronger than ever, and had her personal best point total. She made several very difficult climbs that I know she could not have made at the end of last season. She has been doing a lot of strength training with her climbing team, and her increased power was really evident on several climbs today. The comp today was at the Philadelphia Rock Gym (#PRG) in Oaks, Pennsylvania. We prefer the other PRG gym, but I thought the routes today were very good. There were a lot of routes in Eva's skill zone, and they played to different strengths. I thought the judging was good, and the scoring at the end of the meet was quick.

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I am a dedicated mom for taking Lyra to run the Marine Corps fun run in the rain today.

Her CrossFit class ran the mile fun run together and it really was fun! It was seriously cold and wet but I cannot complain because there were lots of marines out there all morning cheering the kids on and I am sure they were colder and wetter.

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Doncha just love Halloween?

These shrunken apple heads are part of Will's costume. He's a "shrunken head seller" and I am sure I will have pictures to post later. These heads are disgusting and I will be glad to throw them away although I do believe they will ensure that Will does not pair off at the class Halloween party.



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Monday, October 24, 2011

Thursday, October 20, 2011

What does a cat do with five cases of Williams Selyem? #wine

Our cat Noelle has made this her favorite spot since the wine arrived yesterday. She has good taste.


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Saturday, October 08, 2011

Basement Renovation Commences (The Big Dig)

We have done several rounds of renovation on our urban townhouse, but none of them resulted in a proper casual family room. We also have had a minor but persistent water problem in our basement forever. The basement has been an obvious target to add some comfortable space to the house, but between the water, mildew and (barely) six foot ceiling we have always hesitated to do anything with it. With the three kids getting older, bigger and wanting more play space we decided to take the plunge and finish the basement. In addition to the family room, we hope to get some drier and cleaner storage space (though less of it) and a downstairs laundry area, freeing up the upstairs laundry to be a linen closet. After normal (for Old Town) permitting delays, work on the project started this week. The photo below shows the 'before' view of the basement and a couple of views of progress as of the end of the week. The before photo, is not REALLY before - it is after several weeks of Cath's hard work moving stuff out of the basement into off site storage. This week saw several days of demolition getting the old cabinets out, then digging. And jack hammering. The jack hammering was clearly audible in the attic, three floors up from the basement. The digging is expected to go on for EIGHT WEEKS, so we can go from a six foot ceiling to a standard eight foot ceiling. Our explorer cat Noelle has already investigated the new dirt piles and decided they make a fine place to sit.

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Thursday, October 06, 2011