Saturday, November 10, 2012

Catch up

Hi Ya'll,

This year has been an amazing one and filled with so many things to be thankful for.  Here's a quick summary.

Eleanor Grace was born.  She weighed in at a healthy 9 lbs 6 oz and is much loved by her siblings.  With three January babies and an anniversary too January is a month we CELEBRATE.

After six weeks of being colicky Ellie becomes a happy mellow baby and starts sleeping through the night.  With Dad studying for his final radiology board exams and mom Young Women president all feel like prayers have been answered.  We also went to Utah for a funeral that was heartbreaking.  Grateful for the gospel, for a brave sister, and amazing nieces and nephews.  A trip to Moab provided a little balm for the soul and some great pictures.
being a "rock star"

Cousin love

"I can do it"

Quite frankly this month is a bit of a blur.  I'm sure baby and board studying took up much of it.  Dell and I did get to take a quick trip to Boston over spring break to try and find a place to live.  While we couldn't find a place to rent we did fall in love with the area which made the upcoming move even more exciting.
swimming in the guadelupe river

Dell traveled for half of this month.  Presented at a conference in Vancouver BC (where Dell got to hang out with his parents) and had a review course in North Carolina where he got to see a brother and a bunch of friends.  (And study like a madman.)  We also put our home on the market and had it under contract in 3 weeks-- without a realtor.  Wahoo! And since nothing stresses Anna out like selling a house, we are really grateful it sold quickly and that the buyers were fine with not closing until after graduation.

Eating a 3.5 lb cinnamon roll at Lulu's in San Antonio

Dell took and passed his oral boards.  Imagine hours of being grilled by brilliant people in mulitple specialties with any minute detail of radiology considered fair game.  This is a brutal test.  So thankful it is over.  And in a complete miracle we found the perfect apartment at the last minute in our dream area.  Whew.  I was starting to really worry about being homeless through fellowship.


Dell graduated from his Radiology residency (yay for Dell!!! but how we miss the wonderful people he got to work and learn with), Anna was released from YW president (sob), we loaded up the moving truck with 12,000 lbs of stuff, (How did we ever get so much stuff?) and we said good-bye to San Antonio and all our dear friends and family there.
Dell's residency graduation.  The center 8 are classmates outside four run the program.

We took a long meadering path to Boston visiting friends and family along the way.  Once in Boston we had to spend two more weeks in hotels waiting for our apartment to be available.  If anyone ever wants Anna's "how to live out of your car for three weeks" tutorial let us know.  We used our time without a home to explore a little of Boston but were so grateful when on June 30th we could move into our new apartment.  We are also grateful for military housing and military discounts which allowed us to have a roof over our head at prices that made our 3 weeks of homelessness more affordable.
Little Air Force recreation area on the coast.

Dell starts work and we finally get unpacked.  Nothing like being without your stuff for three weeks to make you appreciate all your stuff.  And to realize you don't need a lot of it.  A second purge takes place.  And Anna starts trembling at the thought that this whole move has to happen again in a year and so decides not to unpack a third of the boxes.  Which considering the new home is a 1/3 the size of the old is probably a good idea.
Make way for ducklings statues in Boston Public Gardens
Walden Pond /Thoreau's house

Pirate girls

Red Sox Baseball

Swimming Lessons for Henry and playing for Ellie and Lizzie  at the lake down the street

Wingaersheek Beach-- best sand ever!  And the smile's pretty good too

Relish summer in New England.  Beach, forest, Berry much to do!
Blueberry picking at Blueberry Hill Maine

We also discover that our street is full of boys Henry's age when everyone returns from summer camps the last week of August.  Enjoy concerts and a movie at the park across the street every friday.  Anna's family comes to visit and historical sights are enjoyed by all. Also get to visit Dell's brother in Philadelphia.  So fun to have family close by. We load our entire family on our new kayak to explore the concord river and get many a funny look.  What you never saw five people on one kayak?  And since Ellie hates the kayak and has to be bounced by Dell the whole ride Anna does all the paddling.
We also... (see pictures)
Militia drills at Minute Man National Park

Kennebunkport Maine

Peach Picking (or peach smooshing as Lizzie is doing)

We drive to the Berkshires for Boston Pop's summer kids concert.  There's a tent where kids can try different instruments.  Lizzie loves the violin.

Ellie at Tanglewood.  Ellie really did love the music.  I just love this face she's making. (the back of the performance hall opens up to the lawns)

Henry starts second grade at his new school.  His new school is a 5th the size of his old school with only 300 students.
 Dell's parents come to visit and we bike and fish at Cape Cod and ride the battle road between lexington and concord. 
Fishing Cape Cod at Sunset
Henry at the old North Bridge

Apple Picking

Fall in New England.  Enough said.  It is really as magical as everyone says it is.
Lizze and the lake (ok pond)

Yes, Ellie is asleep in the backpack.  And yes, she can breath like that.  And this picture just doesn't do the colors justice.  Just amp everything up a bit.

Grateful for all of the wonderful people in our life.  As we put together our holiday cards this year it was wonderful to think about each of you and how you have touched our lives for good.  THANK YOU.

Much love

The Dunns (Dell, Anna, Henry, Lizzie, Eleanor)

Wednesday, November 7, 2012


Halloween was a perfect day.  The storm (the leftovers from hurricane Sandy) had brought some nice warm air with it and so temps were in the upper 50s.  Henry was the green ninja from Lego Ninjago while Lizzie was Rupunzel and Ellie was a flower.  I was so excited for Ellie to be a flower.  I've had the costume since Lizzie was a baby but it was too hot for Texas.  Perfect for Boston though.  And best of all Dell was able to get home a little early and go trick or treating in the village with us.

Girls on the front porch
(don't you love our pink house?!)

We started our festivities by dressing up and walking with our friends to our neighborhood center/ "the village" where the stores were providing trick or treat fun for the kids.  What a great atmosphere!  Lots of adorable kids running around, parents pushing strollers, and leaves crunching under foot. 
 Lizzie racing to the first store (an amazing bakery.  I am drooling just thinking about their morning buns.)

After the trick or treating we all came home and had soup in bread bowls.  A family from the neighborhood joined us as did a couple from Dell's work that are from Brazil.  They had never done trick or treating and it was really fun to wander the neighborhood with them during our second round of trick or treating.  (And I must say that our neighborhood is pretty amazing for trick or treating.  The kids ended up with several full sized bars each and we only hit about 10 houses.)  The downstairs neighbors came up after the second round of treat or treating for apple cider and pumpkin squares and we all stayed up way to late talking and laughing.  The next morning the kids turned in their candy for their Halloween treat (a nerf bow and arrow set for Henry and a lego friends set for Lizzie) and we sent the rest of the candy off to operation shoebox for them to share with the troops in Afghanistan before Dell and I could eat too much of it.