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    Nora and Noah each have enough entries that they almost need their own categories but to save time and to help consolidate the site I combined them into one category. And many times their lives are so intricately entwined anyway it is hard to discern which category the entry would belong to. We love both of our children and will be forever a family united.

    [24 Dec 2016 | No Comment | ]

    Every Christmas Sharon and I set up a large Christmas village. And over the years I have collected many Santa figures to go in it. I have one plotting his course, there is one playing with elves on a teeter-totter, I have one skiing, I have one checking his list…you get the idea. 26 Santa figures in all. Obviously I cannot place them all out at one time, so what I do, is every morning before Nora wakes up I swap out a Santa. She is under the belief that …

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    [15 Feb 2015 | No Comment | ]

    I really feel bad I have not been doing a better job documenting Nora’s life. Not because I think she is so incredible or special, which she is, that the world wants to know what she has been doing. But rather for me, Sharon and especially her, to someday be able to look back and read about how she was at certain ages.
    Well I’ll start with the “not everything has been roses part” first. Nora is highly affected by the full moon in a bad way. It messes with her …

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    [9 Sep 2013 | No Comment | ]
    The Crown Plaza Pensacola

    Since Nora was first able to walk we have had a special thing we share together. She calls it going to the elevator.
    Our house sits in a historic downtown area and just down the street from us is the Crown Plaza Hotel, a.k.a. “The Grand” to locals. It was once a train depot back in the late 1800s early 1900s. So it is pretty large and has hallways and large lobby areas in which to walk around. A perfect place to let a child burn off some energy on a …

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    [31 May 2013 | No Comment | ]
    Nora as happy as a little lark, playing with Sharon's pits. She had asked me the day before to get a picture of her in her mommy's pits as she stuck her head in them. I dont know what I did with that pic unfortunately.

    I have been wanting to get all of this down in writing so as not to forget it all, partially because it will become awesome blackmail material somebody, and also because it is something that is a big part of Nora’s young life.
    Every child has his or her “security blanket”. Sometimes it might be a certain blanket, toy or something else that gives them comfort. For Nora her security objects are a little different. They are Sharon’s armpits and my unshaven face. Yes, I said Sharon’s armpits, affectionately known to …

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    [25 Dec 2012 | One Comment | ]

    This is Nora’s 4th Christmas. I cannot believe how fast time has gone by. And after just finishing playing “Santa” for Nora I am taking this time of stillness in the house to write some thoughts.
    When I was young I could never figure out why they always said the holidays were the most stressful time of year. Why would there be so many suicides? I can now see what happens, maybe not the suicide part, but the stress and depression.
    Financially, it can be a real struggle, especially in my …

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    [7 Dec 2012 | One Comment | ]

    It was a warm and clear night nearing midnight. Stars littered the skies and an almost full moon illuminated the landscape. I was driving the Ark as it effortlessly glided down the smooth and straight highway of I-10 just outside of Tallahassee. Traffic was almost non-existent. We had the road to ourselves. An audio book from the Jesse Stone series written by my favorite author, Robert B. Parker, was playing on my phone as it glowed on the dashboard. In my mirror I could see Sharon and Nora snuggled together …

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    [23 Aug 2012 | 4 Comments | ]
    noahs dollar

    Noah would have been 4 years old on July 31st, 2012. It is a day that is, to put it mildly, bittersweet. While we like to celebrate the day he came out into the world, it is also the day we lost him.
    On this day we have a ritual we have started from the time we lost him, and that was to place a dollar bill with his name on it at McGuire’s Irish Restaurant and Bar. In previous years, everytime we did it we heard the “Noah’s Ark” song …

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    [20 Mar 2012 | No Comment | ]
    Lost Sole #435

    I was wondering how long it would take before Nora showed interest in finding shoes. Well now I know, Nora located her first Lost Sole at the age of 27 months :) She found it while walking to our local vegan restaurant. She noticed it before I did which I found to be pretty impressive. I believe that was the first time anyone spotted a shoe before I did.
    It didn’t take long before she spotted yet another in the park, but I had noticed that one before her ;) And …

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    [28 Sep 2010 | No Comment | ]

    As you know Sharon’s nanny passed away recently. One of the things that most affected Nanny when she was alive was when we lost Noah. She, along with Glenda and Bump raced down here from Maryland to be at our side. Nanny had been looking forward to Noah’s birth with such excitement that she was devastated when she learned of his passing. She kept a photo by her bed of him from then on.

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    [15 Sep 2010 | No Comment | ]
    A light crowd on the Ocean City Boardwalk.

    This is a beach town I have visited several times before and really enjoyed it. It has a totally different pace than Pensacola Beach, TOTALLY! Now that can be good or bad, depending on what you are looking for. Ocean City lacks any secluded beach areas like Pensacola has. But it has a very large boardwalk that stretches for 2.5 miles and dates back to 1902 and is recognized as one of the best Boardwalk’s in the country. It is non-stop shops, restaurants, hotels and bars complete with a rather …

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