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Moving Day

We have been busy moving to Albuquerque. The house sold in late April and closing was June 15. I have been running around crazily trying to get things done that I needed to and I just didn't have the energy to pack. So there my belongings sat until June 12 waiting to go in boxes. I did manage to take care of the utilities and also do a photo shoot. I don't have the pictures yet, but I would imagine the photographer will want to be paid for them first. :) 
Even so, here is one of Hannah while we were getting set up. I have never had professional outdoor photos taken before so I am anxious to see if they are better. I like family pictures, but it has just always been so much easier to go to a studio and be done in 20 minutes. This shoot lasted almost 90. Luckily Hannah was looking cute. 

We got the U-Haul on June 14 and then proceeded to pack it to the brim. Last year, I bought a beautiful red Ram Truck so we were good to go on space. You can see the truck in the background on …
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Memorial Day 2017

I didn't have to work on Memorial Day and we have never been ones for picnics, barbecues, or other socializing. But we did go to Historic Far West Missouri and look at the Temple site there. Hannah wore her Batman costume. It took about 90 minutes to get there. We ate lunch before and stopped for dinner on the way home. The site was smaller than I would have thought.

The cornerstones are under glass. There are leaves under the glass too. I wondered why they didn't dust them off first.

There were about 5000 people living in Far West at one point. There were pretty good records of who bought what land. Most of it belonged to some guy named Railroad, but there were also others.

Ending the School Year

After AERA things generally get quieter for me, but not so this year. We are moving to New Mexico and Hannah finished preschool and we sold our house and so there has been quite a lot of chaos. 
 Hannah and I made a list of stuff we wanted to do before we left the area and one of them was see a few more baseball games. The Royals were playing the White Sox and the seats were cheap so we went out to the game. Hannah really likes watching and playing sports. She wants to go to a soccer game, a tennis match, and learn to bowl too.

Here is the Running Han instead of the running man. She painted this in Preschool and they hung it up with the others in Art Center for all to see.

We also had a lot of birthday parties and graduation get togethers. This was taken at a party for a one year old.

The end of school also means field trips. Hannah's class went to the KU Museum of Natural History. It was a rainy day, hence the McIntosh.

Yes, they are eating their snack on the ground. I tried t…

AERA 2017--San Antonio, Texas

After the Council for Exceptional Children meeting in Boston, I went to the annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association. This year, San Antonio, Texas was the host city. 
Here is Hannah and I sitting on the plane. We flew Southwest so we were lucky to get our seats together. 

When Hannah found out she was going to Texas, she put on her hat and boots. People thought she was amazing.

Here is an artist's rendition of me right before I went to present. The accuracy is astounding.

In the interest of saving money, we went to a mall food court for most meals, except where I had to go and eat fancy stuff with colleagues. Hannah liked the mall pizza just fine.

We took a boat ride on the river and Hannah liked it, but the soft rocking made her go to sleep.

She perked up towards the end, though. 
We hung out a some at Alamo plaza. She liked to feed the birds there.

Then we have this tradition of going to Macy's while at AERA. Hannah liked the colors on this dress.


Easter 2017

We celebrated Easter with the usual fanfare. Hannah and I died eggs. We used natural dyes and I think they turned out pretty.

Hannah is actually a good egg dyer. She is gentle with the eggs and patient.

She also filled colored eggs with candy.

Right before Easter, Hannah had her annual preschool art show.

The children got the art ready and they prepared the snack for there reception. Then the children served the parents the snack.

We also did our annual visit to a friends house for sandwiches and a easter egg hunt. Hannah is by the white laundry pole. She ran around and found about 40 eggs. At one point she formed a team with another girl and they looked for eggs together and then split the spoils. 
The night before Easter, she wrote to the Easter bunny for extra KitKats. 

Let the Conferences Begin!

Conference season began with the annual meeting of the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC). I went to this conference last year in St. Louis. This year, Boston was the host city. 
Being unwilling to spend lots of time here, I flew to Boston on Thursday morning at 5 a.m. and presented at 3 p.m. Then on Friday I did an 11 a.m. presentation with two colleagues and 4p.m. presentation with about three others and then I ran to the airport.

In between presentations on Friday, I went to the Brasserie Jo. This is a French restaurant I found the first time I went to Boston several years ago but did not get to eat at. This time, I entered and sat at the bar and they served me seasoned carrots and a baguette. Then I ordered an French omelette. It was amazing.

At 7p.m. I was at the airport and on my way home. Then the rain came in and my plane could not take off. After an hour, we got airborne and they took us to New York-LaGuardia where we arrived around 11p.m. We circled the airport several …

The Week with Bear

Hannah's preschool has a bear that they send home with the kids. It was her turn to get the bear on Monday, but the child who was supposed to bring it back, did not. She was so sad when I picked her up. I tried to distract her by getting her to show me her craft from the day, but she was still upset. 
At the store, we found a $10 giant bunny and we bought it as consolation. She now keeps with with another one that her Grandma Aldred sent to her. 

On Wednesday, the Bear was finally in Hannah's possession. She wrote in the class diary about her experiences with bear. They rode in the truck and watched YouTube.

They also read together. The book she is reading is about a bear. Corderoy.

She and Bear also ate macaroni and cheese together on Thursday and they did art amidst the packing for moving we were doing.

Her egg turned out very nicely. Bear did not get injured. He went back to class on Friday to go home with another child. 

Her sadness really resonated with me. I have this…