Cousins Josh and Jena Arrive
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My sister arrived yesterday with her kids, Josh and Jena, for a week of summertime play. Josh invited Anthony for a race outside almost immediately, and it was all I could do to keep up.

Four-year-old Josh wasn't fazed when seven-year-old Anthony turned out to be faster, and they raced a lot. I think Josh just wanted to show off how fast he was (because in his dinosaur-loving mind he's a velociraptor).

We were tidying things up before they came, and Anthony helped Grandma fill a bird feeder. At first it was troublesome because the feeder was taller than Anthony...

First Try seems to work okay, but there's a better way -- Rootstown, OH, USA -- Copyright 2010 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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First Try
seems to work okay, but there's a better way
Second Try much easier -- Rootstown, OH, USA -- Copyright 2010 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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Second Try
much easier

After they arrived and initial races were out of the way, Josh presented Anthony with a Star Wars Clone Wars shirt that immediately became a favorite.

Present -- Rootstown, OH, USA -- Copyright 2010 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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Present

Anthony later presented Josh with some toy cars from Japan, but Josh was so deeply involved in sharing his (strikingly impressive) dinosaur knowledge with Anthony that he didn't quite notice...

Dinosaur Lesson -- Rootstown, OH, USA -- Copyright 2010 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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Dinosaur Lesson

Later, it was time for more play outside...

Wearing His New Shirt -- Rootstown, OH, USA -- Copyright 2010 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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Wearing His New Shirt
Dodging Traffic -- Rootstown, OH, USA -- Copyright 2010 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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Dodging Traffic
Dodging Balls -- Rootstown, OH, USA -- Copyright 2010 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D700 + Sigma “Bigma” 50-500mm OS @ 50 mm — 1/400 sec, f/4.5, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
Dodging Balls
High-Speed Pass Josh's hair flies around in a blur when he runs -- Rootstown, OH, USA -- Copyright 2010 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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High-Speed Pass
Josh's hair flies around in a blur when he runs
22-Month-Old Jena “Jena” is short for “Genevieve”, my mom's mother's name, which explains its lack of two Ns -- Rootstown, OH, USA -- Copyright 2010 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D700 + Sigma “Bigma” 50-500mm OS @ 460 mm — 1/400 sec, f/6.3, ISO 320 — map & image datanearby photos
22-Month-Old Jena
“Jena” is short for “Genevieve”, my mom's mother's name, which explains its lack of two Ns

Jena is an exceptionally sunny child, just like her cousin Titi. Maybe it all runs in the family, because their youngest cousin, 8-month-old Claire, has an apparently even more sunny disposition. Last I met her, though, was three months before she was born.


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