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Henry’s first sled ride!

We had some snowy delights with the lads today in Galena’s Grant Park. More (pics/vids as well as sledding) to follow soon! 🙂

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Sweet Baby J

During our Galena trip we were delighted to meet our new niece/cousin Jenna Nack. Here’s a gallery of her hanging out with the Micronaxx plus various Murray cousins.

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Farm toys, delighted boys

Greetings from “Big G”! We arrived in Galena on Saturday after a journey on which the boys did great. (Well, check that: on the plane I pretended to call Grandpa Nack and tell him that the boys hadn’t fussed at all, but Henry interrupted: “I did some fussing!” Not much, though.)

We’ve had a ball so far, meeting baby cousin Jenna, visiting Tommy Moser’s farm (much more on that soon), and especially playing with Uncle Ted’s old farm toys. The lads are in seventh heaven learning about hay balers, manure spreaders, and more. (Parental bonus: I’ve never seen them so self-entertaining! They keep making a beeline to the sun porch–er, “crop area”–and barely note whether we’re there.) Here’s a brief glimpse of the action:

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Octane for the Ladies

It’s really cool to see the Finnster start interacting more with other kids, and during our time in Galena, he had a ball racing cars with little neighbor girl Isabella. Packing his lion-buddy into the back of a truck, he proudly (and sort of inexplicably) declared, “This is called, ‘Leo the M&M’!” From there they were off to the races:

(Click any of the images for a larger version.)

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Land of Lincoln

Okay, I know it’s like pitching one scoreless inning & then claiming a perfect game, but our little compadres have been great travelers so far. We’re in Big G. & the dudes are napping nicely after some walnut gathering (“Grandpa’s got a robot arm!”), golf cart driving, and snack ingesting. Yesterday we stopped by Margot’s Uncle Lyman & Aunt Brenda’s house in Rock Falls, getting to see them and their daughter Kristan. It was great seeing everyone, and later we made it to Galena just in time to see a steamroller & paver (driven by my sister-in-law-to-be’s aunt) resurfacing Grandma & Grandpa’s street; score!

I’m typing fast before the guys wake up, but for now here’s a video of Uncle Ted, a volunteer ambulance driver, rolling up in his big rig. I just regret that I stopped recording before driver Finn explained that “Goonie’s leg is all goofed up. It broke off, and now we have to take him to the doctor!”

Later at the ambulance garage, he was *fascinated* by the fact that when the ambulance is plugged into the wall, turning the key causes the plug to go shooting off lest one drive away with it still attached.

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Homecoming in Big G

On Thursday we introduced Finn to a whole new tribe in Galena. Margot’s Uncle Lyman and Aunt Brenda drove up from Rock Falls and rendezvoused with their kids Brad and Kristan, along with Brad’s kids Nick, Kaitlin, and Mary. By sheer coincidence my cousin Alicia, her husband Fito, and their little rambler Alejandro were en route from Austin to Iowa and were able to stop by. Not to be outdone, Galena cousins Joe, Tom and Sarah Nack dropped by with Tom & Sarah’s little dude Gus (who got called for “roughing the Finnster–illegal use of hands to the face” ;-)). Here are the photos (HTML).