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At the Women's March in Keene

Me, carrying Kian, who's holding his sign upside down, while I wear #awesomewife's hat.
The crowd starting to gather.
Kian holding the sign upside down.
Kian finally holding the sign the right way.
The crowd building at the downtown square.
Part of the crowd from another side. A larger portion were in the middle of the square, which you can't really see from this angle.
Aidan holding the sign he made (which lots of people took pics of).
Liam holding his sign (right hand) and Kian's sign (left hand). Thanks to Sara Lowe-Bouchard for the photo. No, that's not my wife in the background.

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We dipped our toes into political activism today, joining the Women's March event being held in our hometown of Keene, NH. A friend of my wife's made her a hat, which I wore when we were walking back to the car. It was a good event, and it's helping our kids start to see beyond their privileged positions in life.

Three positive things, day fifty

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So that was another Wednesday.

The first positive thing was getting to our local monthly Drupal group again. We had a nice turnout today - seven attendees (might have been eight, only I forgot to tell someone).

The second positive thing was Kian picking up two Lego Duplo cows and saying "two cow"! Not "I have cows", specifically "two cows" :-) I thought that was pretty cool.

The third positive thing was... this is the fiftieth post in this series! Woohoo! Lets roll on to 100!

Three positive things, day fifteen

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So today was a relatively normal Wednesday with a few interesting highlights.

The first positive thing was rather unique. My awesomewife took our kids to a local (lake-based) beach to play for a few hours right after breakfast; she had thought of going to just a park but figured the beach would be something a little more special for their day. There was only one other group there - an older lady with two young children, a girl who was about five and a boy about six. At one point, while my wife was playing with our kids on the beach, she noticed that the (presumed) grandmother was in the water with the two kids. The lady was playing with the kids a little bit and then turned to go back to the beach, leaving the two in the water. As she was walking away the little girl began drifting further out into the water and started flailing her arms, indicating she was loosing control of her standing in the water. My wife noticed the lady continue to walk away and not notice, so she got up from the ground and started running to help, shouting as loud as she could to get the lady's attention. Within a few paces the lady realized something was wrong and turned back to grab the girl, who had already submerged a few times. By the time my wife got over to them the girl had been fished out of the water and the grandmother was getting her to cough up the water she'd inhaled - she was shaken, but ok. The grandmother was extremely grateful for my wife's help - if she hadn't started yelling it could have ended a lot worse - and it was a clear reminder that learning to swim is vitally important at a young age.

The second thing was going to our local Drupal user group's monthly meeting and having a fun evening with the few people who attended. As part of it we discussed my idea for a beginner's class for anyone in the area who'd like to learn web development, and we're going to put some work into the starting it in September. Woot!

The last positive thing was my awesomewife uncovering some letters that I'd written sixteen years ago during our first year in the states. I'd lost these so it was great to have a reminder of our early life together.

-13'F at 1:30am - ccccccold!

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This is one of the coldest nights we've has since we moved back to Keene, NH in 2011, with Accuweather saying the current temperature is -13'F. Thankfully, between the wood stove and the insulation we installed this Fall, the living room is at 71'F as I'm hitting the hay. I'll have to check it in a few hours, but it should hold the heat for a few hours.

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