I coaxed Jeanine and Maya to search for bald eagles with me today. We found two adults and two juveniles on the Merrimac River near Newburyport. Between the cold and wind, photography was a challenge but I did manage a few reasonable photos of these majestic birds.

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Any thoughts as to what we have pictured here? If you guessed baby canine teeth from Maya you are right. She braved a trip to the dentist this morning to have these stubborn little fellows extracted. Now that she has been defanged, I will now have the advantage when wrestling with her for the next several months!

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Nicolai woked on a video for a science class project this evening. He has taken over my study and computer to edit the footage he shot with friend Oliver.

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Maya is responsible for decorating this Pavlova which we enjoyed for dessert this evening. School was cancelled for a nasty winter storm which deposited a slick combination of snow, sleet and frozen rain. I asked Maya what inspired her to make this creation. She told me she was bored. I am thinking of ways to make her bored again tommorrow.

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The entire family was gathered on the couch this evening watching American Idol (not great TV I know, but it is something we all enjoy doing together – we try and predict the stars and the duds before they sing). No one can seem to recall what got Jeanine going (she says it was a story about my past) but she could not stop laughing.

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Maya is an excellent student and even though she has much less homework than her brothers, she is quite diligent when she focuses on it.

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In his opening match, Nico faced an opponent who had beaten him 5-0 just last week. After that match we reviewed the video and learned from each mistake. Nico did not repeat a single one and today defeated the same boy in impressive fashion. Nico almost wins by fall (wrestling term for a pin) but his opponent is saved by the bell.

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Once on the mat, Nico proceeds to score several back points on his way to a solid win in the second round.

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By maintaining absolute wrist control, Nicolai is able to emerge from this precarious throw in a very favorable position.

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The next three images were taken in rapid succession and illustrate a very nice scoring sequence for Nico.

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Nico and I traveled to New Hampshire today for the MVC League Wrestling Tournament held in Nashua. Nico emerged from the 8 hour ordeal with a second place finish. I emerged with some nice photos and a very sore back.

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After dinner Maya and Kyle set out to create their own culinary masterpiece. By the smell of things I would venture to guess it is going to fall into the tasty but unhealthy category.

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It has been a while since we have seen Chloe and it was nice to have her join us for dinner this evening.

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Jeanine has created another healthy masterpiece for dinner this evening. It his her own invention and as yet has no name.

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The entire area is seen here and we are looking forward to the next jam session.

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