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May 5 to June 4, 2002 (37th month)

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Monday, June 3, 2002
Jill and Maeve made a calendar to count down the days until I arrived.

Sunday, June 2, 2002
Maeve keeps saying, "One more week till Daddy!"

Wednesday, May 29, 2002
Maeve was talking to me on the phone, and then she hung up and told Jill, "I'm done with him".

Friday, May 24, 2002
Maeve was holding some birdseed and trying to feed a squirrel that was in a tree.  She kept saying, "Come here, squirrel".  If the squirrel would go to the other side of the tree, Maeve would follow.  The squirrel couldn't get down, and didn't seem interested in being fed by Maeve.  Maeve had treed the squirrel.

Monday, May 20, 2002
Maeve is trying to practice walking with Hilde.  It is difficult because Hilde is a little heavy for Maeve to hold up, and Maeve keeps trying to lift her.

Wednesday, May 15, 2002
Jill wrote in her email from Richmond, "Maeve heard the race cars today.  She wants to go with Grandpa, but not you.  I explained she could go with both of you and leave mommy home, but no, just Grandpa.

"Hilde got another tooth and is really trying to walk.  I can't put up any gates because then Maeve can't get to the bathroom.  So, I am tired from chasing children all day.  The good news is Hilde will sit with Grandma now without crying.  I can finally go to the bathroom by myself."

Sunday, May 12, 2002
We were at Pop's house for Mother's Day.  Jill was not as excited about her dump truck as I thought she should be.  I also got her earrings to match a pendant that I had gotten her before.

I helped Pop move his antique cars from his old house to his new one.  One drove all the way, one died halfway there, and one had to be towed all the way.   We started last night, and worked through some sporadic thunderstorms.

Maeve and I also helped him work on his workshop.  We helped him remove some of the old roof and put in new roof supports.

Saturday, May 11, 2002
We went to Becky's graduation today.  Hilde and Maeve weren't interested in sitting around for it, so I went for a very long walk around the campus.

We were supposed to go back to the hotel to let Hilde and Maeve have an afternoon nap.  I saw a sign that said Hershey was only only 10 miles away, but in the direction opposite the hotel.  That is the way I went.  Jill and I were just talking when suddenly she saw a sign saying that we were in Hershey.  She accused me of kidnapping her and her children.

We went on the Chocolate World tour.  I told Maeve that Pop and I used to do that when I came for the antique car flea market.  I got to tell about the mud when it rained, and how Jill was complaining, "I am not a pig!" when she came.

Friday, May 10, 2002
Jill is going to spend a month in Richmond with Hilde and Maeve, while I work on the house.  Our plan is for me to drive down to my father's house with them, and my father will get me to the airport to fly back.  On the way down, we are stopping at Becky's graduation.

We left for Pennsylvania at 5 AM today.  We dropped my car off at airport so it would be there when I flew back.  Despite a tractor-trailer accident in Connecticut and making a wrong turn in New York, we still made excellent time.  A little earlier would have been better, since we would have had less crying and less conscious children.

Sunday, May 5, 2002
I explained Mother's Day to Maeve and asked what she thought we should get Jill.  Maeve said Jill should get a dump truck.  We went to the toy store and got Jill a very nice dump truck.

Maeve is not very good at keeping secrets, so we practiced.  I kept asking her what Jill was getting for Mother's Day, and Maeve was supposed to keep answering, "It's a surprise".  At least during our practice, she did well.

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