Meanwhile, decorations are manufactured to a violin serenade. For those who think life at the Calabria’s is just a little strange, I have no retort.

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Maya has turned the dining room into a Girl Scout Cookie distribution center. She sold a total of 216 boxes utilizing an interesting marketing scheme. Kyle and Nico were recruited to dial their cell phone contacts one after another. She would ping pong between phones, completing one transaction and then switch to the next victim, rather customer, in the holding queue. Should she call you about buying cookies in the future, just say yes up front and avoid delaying the inevitable. When Maya is on the line it is not a matter of if, but rather how many.

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Jeanine and friend Kate head out across our field for an afternoon walk in the snow with our very own sled dog, Nala.

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On the flight home to Boston, Nicolai captured this view out his window. It is the shadow of the plane against the clouds surrounded by a circular rainbow (probably projected from a reflection off the fuselage). The image is highly magnified accounting for the graininess. 

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This evening I took the boys to see Rorie play in the opening match of an all weekend basketball tournament. Rorie helped his team to victory with several field goals including a very spectacular three pointer.

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Maya is very proud of the quilt she and her mother made for Rosie. All gathered round for the unveiling.

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We had lunch in the middle of a frozen lake today. I must confess, that I was not at all comfortable with this venue. You could hear and feel the ice moving beneath your feet. Mark assured me we were safe but I was quite relieved when we reached terra firma again. Notice the little ice huts in the background. For reasons know only to Minnesotans, natives erect small houses on the frozen lakes, fish through holes in the ice and drink lots of beer. Wait, the reason has just become apparent to me.

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Unsatisfied with the number of pictures of me with my new niece, I take this portrait in the mirror. It is one of my favorite photos from the visit.

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Marie purchased a watch for Maya and Mark takes her through the instructions. We all took pleasure in asking Maya for the time all day long. She also mastered the stop watch function and informs me I take 3 minutes and 10 seconds to shave.

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