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[Comments] (5) Survival of the Fittest: Let me just say, my boys are leaps and bounds more "fit" to "survive" these days than I am. They have never-ending energy. If you wish to have a glimpse of my life, just imagine a pile of Atticus/Samuel/Me on my queen sized bed at 8:30ish at night. Only one of us is asleep. Up goes the small finger into the nose of the sleeping one, or pinching go the fingers onto the closed eyelids to pry them open.

I cannot exaggerate how busy Dave's schedule keeps him these days, and he is paced for 15 hour work days/ six days a week until the middle of November.

Another part of the picture you might imagine in our daily life is this: a pair of boys overgrown for a two-toddler-stroller are pushed by the before mentioned tired mother down Louisiana Street at 7:00ish after dropping off dinner and a car (for that late night drive home from school). The stroller is a necessary hassle, or we would never make it past all the rocks-to-be-collected and cats-lurking-in-the-bushes to get home. Imagine also Dave writing feverishly in his basement office to prepare an impressive (hopefully) writing sample for job applications. He also works to complete two separate research papers to be presented at two academic conferences in the coming month, one mid-October, one early November. This is our life right now. Hey, and I'm actually having fun!

[Comments] (5) "I'm going to the Nut Shop where it's fun. . .": Seven: the number of ping-pong-sized acorns in Samuel's pant pockets (from a walk home from Kindergarten).

Three: the number of Double Bubble gum pieces in Atticus' pockets (from the KU Homecoming Parade).

It always pays to check before washing!

[Comments] (2) Real Life Update: I just don't like going to bed when the apartment is empty (snoring boys don't count as company). I hope Dave can live a normal life again someday. Someday. The late night writing frenzies are emotionally exhausting for all of us.

[Comments] (2) Fall Harvest: So far--of the seven job applications that were due on Friday or sometime this week--we've had a nice response. I'd like to say more, but we're keeping our home court advantage, so to speak. I don't want to post anything more via the internet. I'm just glad to see all the hard work come to fruition One of these days I'll send out an e-mail with all the details. Let the fun begin.

[Comments] (6) Samuel Says: Dave and Samuel were negotiating how they would transport a large bag of library books from the car to the apartment. "How 'bout you carry the books, and I'll carry you?" Dave asked. Samuel liked this idea: "Yeah, and that's called teamwork!"

Today Dave finished revisions on a really important paper he is sending as a writing sample for job applications. I told the boys this and boasted that their Papa is a champion. Samuel responded, "Does this mean Papa can have a break day?"

And he did have a break. We celebrated by going out for pizza and attending the family story time at the Lawrence Public Library for the first time with busy Papa in tow.

[Comments] (3) Answering Service:

"Hello." Samuel says.

He pauses, listening to the receiver, and then. . .

"Ribbit!"

[Comments] (3) Hold the Sniffles, Please: Atticus told Dave about some extras I packed in his school bag for his stuffy nose. "I had hand insanatizer and Kleenex!" he said.


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