Matt and I have a long-standing tradition (that neither of us are sure where it came from) of assigning fake scientific names to things. And so we present: The North American Bowback Monkey. Yes, the NABM is standing next to a very cool Kitchenaid mixer, a very generous gift from Nana & Papa.
We were the target of a lot of generosity yesterday. I have an autographed copy of Mary Englebreit's new Mother Goose book, I'm closer than ever to buying a new 85 mm lens thanks to my parents, Matt won't look like he's dressed right out of 1997 anymore, we have a stack of new reading material that will keep us busy throughout the winter, the girls have all sorts of new books, toys, and clothes... I think even Maddie senses how fortunate we are. (Gracie is much more interested in the packaging this year. And the bows. She did put a few of those on her back herself).
I also am the proud new owner of a piece of Danny O art, courtesy of Matt. I would share it with you, but his server seems to be down today; you'll just have to believe me when I say it's beautiful.