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Our great summer: San Antonio

What would summer be without a trip to San Antonio to see all our family? Evenings spent swimming in Nan’s pool, the buzz of cicadas, the tinkling of wind chimes, the dry heat.

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The craziness before the storm

It’s T-minus 8 hours to the arrival of my suegros from Bolivia. They’ll arrive late tonight and stay at our house for three weeks. Much has happened today: A surprise airport reunion. A little boy who turned blue. A trip … Continue reading

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“Jerusalem”

This morning Yoli and I had a rare kid-free couple of hours. We thought it would be fun to to see the new film Jerusalem on the Imax screen at the St. Louis Science Center. The film is very nicely … Continue reading

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Kristkindl and cookies

Three years ago we took our first trips to Hermann, Mo in search of Springerle cookie molds and a fun time. On those trips, we missed out on the Kristkindl Markt, not realizing how early in the day it finished. … Continue reading

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Summer slipped by

Last year was a summer of waiting, as our house was rebuilt. This year was a summer of change. The biggest change was unexpected and swift: My dad lost his job of 25 years, but in short order found a … Continue reading

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England: Nan’s birth home

My Nan grew up in Wellingborough, England. Last week I got to see her childhood home, and today we went to her birth home in order to shoot a short little video. (Nan’s brother, Uncle Raymond, jokingly claims she was … Continue reading

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England: Buckingham Palace, Big Ben, and boats

Sunday began bright and early: we had to catch a train from Wellingborough into London for the day.

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England: Visiting villages in Northamptonshire

Wow, what a day! Andrew and Toni took Nan and me around to a number of villages in Northamptonshire with family connections. The first stop was Brafield on the Green. At the church we found a lady who had just … Continue reading

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England: Trip to the coast

Today Uncle Raymond drove us northwest from Finedon up to the seaside town of Hunstanton. I was excited to see the coast when he had offered to take us. The sea is a powerful image in Tolkien’s mythology, along with … Continue reading

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England: Oxford

Today we took a trip to Oxford. I had asked about the possibility of going, mostly because of my interest in Tolkien and the Inklings. The company included myself, my mom, my uncle Raymond, his son-in-law Andrew, and Andrew’s daughter … Continue reading

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