Day 62: Hanging out with ze Normals

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Boynton House

Boynton House

Today was a terrifically lazy day, hanging out with Lara, Hannah, Leah and Olivia at their house. At first, Alan and I hung out on the couch with Olivia while everyone else went about their summer-day business. Later in the morning, we tagged along to pick up Leah from rowing camp and then grabbed bagels at Balsam Bagels in Rochester. Their french toast bagel is a wonder. Lara took us on a mini driving tour of town, and we got to see Rochester’s Frank Lloyd Wright-designed house, the recently restored Boynton House. As soon as you glimpse the house from down the street, it’s recognizable as a Frank Lloyd Wright with its long, beautiful lines and cantilevered roof.

We spent the afternoon outside on the deck, working on blog posts while Lara knitted, Leah had a cello lesson, and Hannah worked on a Girl Scout project. We stayed outside so that workers could demolish the kitchen floor. Many thanks again to Lara and Joel for hosting us, despite the temporary chaos going on with their kitchen. After the workers cleared out, Joel set to work on homemade pizza for us all. While Joel made the pies, Alan, Olivia and Leah played an epic game of MineCraft. I have no idea what they were doing or what they were talking about, but it was loud and involved a lot of laughing.

Alan playing minecraft with the twins

Alan playing minecraft with the twins

Then, as if we didn’t eat enough pizza, we all piled into the car for a trip to Ridge Donuts to partake of Rochester’s best little fat bombs. If you sweet talk the lady who works there, she’ll make you a fresh donut of your choice and through some hinky math, I got over a dozen donuts for a steal. Back at home, we started in on the donuts and a raucous game of Apples to Apples. Although Lara and I were challengers, Olivia came away as the winner, probably aided by very mysterious twin intervention from Leah.  We had a lot of laughs, mainly thanks to the antics of Leah and Olivia.  In fact, the title of this post is something funny Leah said.  I guess you had to be there.

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4 thoughts on “Day 62: Hanging out with ze Normals

  1. It was such a pleasure to have you both. We wish the epic chaos wasn’t the case just so you could have had a more restful stop. Leah and Olivia finished Alan’s ice skating rink. They also high fived each other when they learned the title of the blog post. Till we meet again, friends!!!!

    • It was a great visit and I was so glad to see you all! I hope everything went smoothly with the floors and things have quieted down. Till we meet again!

  2. *please read in leah’s russian accent* HI CAROLINE AND ALAN IT IS ZE NORMALS. THANK YOU VELO FOR DE SKATING RINK. WE PUT IT IN DE GLASS BUBBLE. WE MADE IT DE NATIONAL VELO ICE RINK AND PUT YOUR NAME WHICH IS VELO IN THE GLASS. WE HAD DE 5 SECTIONS AND VELO IS DE 4 LETTERS SO WE HAD ADD DE EXCLAMATION POINT AT DE END SO IT WOULD BE DE CENTERED. IT SAID “VELO!” ZANK YOU FOR COMING TO OUR HOUSE.
    well we tried to look up love in russian but russian doesnt use english characters so you have to imagine
    love de leah and olivias

    ps we read this entire message out loud in our natural voice
    PPS leah wrote dis entire message with olivias help

    • You girls had us both with de cracking up and de laughing out loud. Thank you many for de glass bubble over de ice rink. Now de Russian ice skaters will not have much melted ice, which in Russia we call voda. If you are able to do de Minecrafting screenshotting, please to forward me an image?

      do svidaniya!

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