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Updated: I added several good pictures, including the Witkin family of Winston-Salem, horses, and a modified garden wagon.

I don’t have time right now to go into details about our weekend in Boone.  Of course, Jackie’s time with her grandparents on Blue Knob is always post-worthy, and our most recent visit included feeding horses and the Cadillac of kids’ wagons (or maybe Humvee of kids’ wagons) — she rode in comfort and rugged style down the winding gravel road. Maybe after we return from holiday I’ll sort out the many videos and pictures from last weekend.

Our fun wasn’t limited to Watauga County. We also had a good time at a party thrown for the upcoming Halsey/Busick union. In fact, I would bet the ranch that no one at the party had a better time than Jackie.

Here she is running happily amok, as the band played on:

Updated: the following pics were added on July 13.

The JACKIE-LAC; a rugged, yet stylish mode of Blue Knob transportation

Cheers! (pronounced "Che-ouh-was")

Eustace's horses

Post-bubble blowing

Michael, Jackie, and Spencer enjoy story time

Sharon, arms full

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This brief post is sort of a test…I’m trying the WordPress app for Android on the EVO 4G I’ve had for a week and a half now.

So far, I’ve been really pleased with my transition away from “the cathedral,” to “the bazaar.” The hardware and OS are killer. If Sprint delivered better 4G coverage, the advertising hype would match reality.

Oh, and the picture of my boys fighting over a stick was taken with the EVO.

Annie Dillard wrote, “The sea pronounces something, over and over, in a hoarse whisper; I cannot quite make it out.” Well, when the sea spoke to Jackie this past weekend, she talked back to it.

The three of us really enjoyed our first nuclear family vacation (and only nuclear family vacation for just the three of us, considering that McLain arrives in September). We spent four days and three nights in Nags Head over the Memorial Day weekend. Our home base was within walking proximity to a public beach access, a grocery store, an ice cream shop, and Sam & Omie’s — we had everything we wanted adjacent to our modest motel suite. Katie deserves all the credit for coming up with the idea and putting it all together.

Jackie loved the beach with the exception of that huge body of bothersome salt water; it must have seemed so unpredictable to her, the way it continually advanced and retreated. Whenever the tide came within ten feet or so, she scolded it, shouting, “NO wa-wa.” In her defense, the water was pretty chilly.

Jackie is a little beyond 17 months old, and it’s hard for me to imagine a child being more fun at any other age. Here’s some holiday video.

Note: The music snippets used in the video are from songs by Shabazz Palaces, Toro Y Moi, and Gauntlet Hair.

Image from Raleigh

Urban dirt-biking

I took this post-apocalyptic picture outside Jones Barber Shop in Raleigh last year.

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