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BIGGER THAN YESTERDAY print heading

BIGGER THAN YESTERDAY

Best August Ever

It was a glorious sunny wonderful August in Boulder.

We ate like kings (and queens) on the bounties of summer. We came out for a 2 week vacation and never left.   We lived both bigger and smaller in our new home.   Huge vistas and mountains.    Thick rich grass in the backyard under the kickball bases.  Swimming almost everyday- in all the new public pools.   Folk festival in Lyons and the up the street at Chataqua and Red Rocks for music.  Sunflower Farm and a dozen new playgrounds. Gluton free haunts.   Mostly – just the Lange family -plus embracing the miracle recovery that is my brother Andrew.

Summer finally ended in grand fashion on Saturday when we went over to the CU quad only blocks from our house to see President Obama.   Jackson and I went up to the barrier and waited for about 90 minutes.  Some of the time leaning on the fence.  Most of the time on my shoulders.   It all built up. Crowds, Security (which Jackson loved – especially the sharpshooters).  Then Obama came bounding out and went within feet of us like he was launched out of a canon.  Jackson cheered and waved his sign.  Obama was just so full of good energy and smiles.    It was thrilling.   The boys played in the back of the crowd as Stephie and I tried to take in the speech.   It was a glorious sunny day.   We were all taken in.  The Lange family.

Jackson introduces us all.  “I am Jackson.  Our mommy is Stephie.   Our Daddy is George.  The baby is Asher.  We are called the LANGE family.”

Asher started hugging me….patting my back and whispering, “I miss you Daddy” – even when I was not going anywhere.

August ran out.  September arrived.   On Labor Day everyone took me to the Denver airport for a trip back to NY.

I was back to work.

Then I was back home in Boulder….with the Lange family.

 

 

 

 

 

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Sunny day

 

Every morning this past August,  Asher has woke up in Boulder before everyone else.   He came into our bedroom, and before anyone could open their eyes, we would ask Asher, “What kind of day do we have?”  Everyday Asher would peek under the blind and yell out, “Sunny.”   And every morning he was right.

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Asher’s Music Lesson

Asher wakes up and will not let up until you play the Bam Bam video.  “BAM BAM!” He doesn’t let up. “BAB BAM!”  I think he confuses us for the Flintstones.

 

 

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Aquatic life – Mystic and Newport

 

Forget about thinking. These are periphery pictures. Taking on the run. A blink. A turn. My hands are so full, the moments gone so fast.  Until I look in the little change pocket of my jeans when I get home.   The pocket is stuffed with little treasures, cold sand and prize tickets from the arcade.

 

 

 

 

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For Mother’s Day

 

We are going to Newport for Mother’s Day.   As Stephie was putting Jackson to bed tonight, he realized we were all going to be sharing a big room and began screaming with delight.  Then he and Stephie burst out laughing so hard at the thought of the whole Lange family in one room!

That was the sound of our house at bedtime.
for Stephie, and our mothers, and all the incredible mothers in the world….

Love to all.

 

 

 

 

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Catching Up with Jackson

Jackson picked me up at the train yesterday.   He suggested, “Maybe we should not race the train out of the station today.”  It had been raining, and he said, “I don’t think my shoes have the traction I need.”

It has been a crazy spring.  Summer promises alot of mud and shedding the training wheels.  We will pick up the traction.  Might shed the shoes, too.

 

 

 

 

 

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Swinging

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Catching up with Asher

I have not been very good this spring about posting here.  I will skip the prose and just post some images from the last weeks.  Asher is into imitating dog barks, sucking on vacuum cleaner hoses (we are really discouraging that), and eating bacon off of Jackson’s plate.  He has mastered raising holy hell at 1AM only to fall silent when he finds his bed of choice…ours.

 

 

 

 

 

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21 pounds

 

Jackson is Jackson.

Albeit a skinnier version these past weeks.

Suddenly ravenous as his stomach is gets back on track.

Gratefully normalized with all bodily functions (oh all we take for granted)

His snack of choice on his new diet is hummus and rice cakes….and he is slowly turning into one.

We went fishing today. It was a beautiful spring day.

Jackson has a sidearmed cast that is pretty impressive.

He left the worms to me.

Jackson and I took Asher to his 18 month check up.

I am sure you remember yours.

There were no tootsie pops.

We took some pictures before the Dr. came in, while Asher was posing on the scale.

21 pounds.

Came back for a deep nap we all had a hard time waking up from, then lit the grill.

Tomorrow Jackson is going to Shabbat at school in the morning, his first time back in weeks.

We will all sing together.

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Shabbat Child

Today Jackson was the Shabbat child at his pre-school. We were all so excited. I love when the most ordinary day is special. I photographed all the normal things this morning. Jackson waking up and getting dressed. Waking up his brother. Waking up Stephie. Them some flying off the bed. Breakfast. Knapsack. Strapped in the van going to school. Meeting up with his class. The light was beautiful. Jackson’s teachers are so special. I took pictures rather than fight back tears. Jackson giving thanks for airplanes and trains from the bima. Passing challah out to his classmates. Sharing the “Welcome” and “Inside” videos with his class. Stephie lighting the candles. Just a Friday morning. On fire. At one point, Jackson said, “The whole LANGE family is here.” We are a family by more than blood. We are a family in spirit.

 

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