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Della is six!

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Her birthday theme was seapunk.


Rock star + mermaid.


We did a birthday treasure hunt. 


Della is a special girl. Kind and empathetic. Teases her brother only a little bit. Thoughtful. Never silly.



She took her time learning to ski, just like when she learned to walk, but now that she’s ready, she makes lots of good turns and never falls down. Caution is underrated. 

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She has long hair, which was a longtime goal. She is funny because she talks about looking forward to the day it turns brown. I showed up at daycare one day and said, “There’s my two little blondies!” Della gave me a dirty look, and Miss Maisie said, ‘She prefers ‘light brown.'” 


This is just a good picture of Steve at Grumpy’s in Sun Valley.


And this is a deer that watches TV with us. 


This is Della doing a magic trick for George.

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This is George and Pancake hanging out on a rail.

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This is a game you play at the birthday after-party where you hide in the bathroom closet and laugh when someone comes in to use the facilities.


Love you, Della.


It doesn’t make me sad to see you grow. It makes me happy. I like you more every day.



In Celebration of Bappa’s Birthday and Retirement: Our Sun Valley Ski Vacation

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Here is a video of George skiing backwards. Also wearing his coat backwards. 

Here is a video of Della dance skiing.


Reports were coming in that Della and H. were playing Romeo and Juliet in the gym, and planning their wedding, and setting their sights on a castle in (first) Switzerland, then New York, and finally Utah. And maybe just a house, not a castle.

Maybe it was the increasingly realistic scope of their dreams that gave Della a sudden change of heart. Because yesterday, just as quickly as it had begun, their romance was over. Della told H. (in the gym) that she didn’t want to marry him. She said he was a little bit sad, that his feelings were a little bit hurt, but that he was okay. I told her it was okay what she did. She really shouldn’t marry someone just to avoid hurting his feelings.

Then at the dinner table, Della mentioned another boy, we’ll call him J. She said she was too shy to talk about J., but apparently not too shy to describe him in song:

“He’s smart! He’s smart! He’s smart!

He’s interesting. He’s interesting.

He’s taller than me! He’s taller than me!

He has dark haaaaaaaair.

And his muscles are strong!”

She then paused to say she had felt J’s muscles.

At this point, Steve interjected that H., her previous guy, had many fine qualities, including a sense of humor, and that muscles aren’t everything.

Della reiterated, “But his muscles are strong.”