Anonymous said: I read about your samsung dryer side vent project and wanted know whether you had to access the back of the dryer at all to take it apart? I have the same setup as you do but it's difficult for me to get to the back of the dryer as it is inside a cramped closet.

Hello! If you take the dryer apart and remove the drum, you can do the entire conversion from the front/inside. I think the only time I pulled it away from the wall and went around the back was to attach the cover plate over the access panel in the back, but there are other ways you could accomplish that. Either find someone with long arms to reach behind the machine and attach the access panel, or as a last resort, use foil tape to attach the access panel from the inside.

Emmett said

Matt had just brought the dogs home from a romp and swim at the dog park. They were still a bit damp. Emmett and I walked into the kitchen and had this conversation, which didn’t go how I thought it would:

Me: Hello, dogs. Emmett, the dogs are kind of smelly.

Emmett: Get new ones.

Me: We’ll just give them a bath.

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Last days of summer

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Oh you know, just reading a book poolside on the couch. Building trains 2x/day.

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Yes, I let him out in public wearing a cloth diaper on his head, his choice. I figure he’s still got a few years left of not being stifled by the conventions of society.

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First day of (pre-)school, in the 2’s room.

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One night, he climbed out of bed and slept on the floor.

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We got to see Caspar Babypants play. At a doughnut shop. A 10 minute walk from our house. On a gorgeous day. For free.

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Independence!

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Somehow these two ended up in matching outfits. This is the best picture I could get.

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So yeah, late August and early September have been fun. I hope the weather stays nice a bit longer.

p.s. Matt is still working on the structure in the back yard and hopes to finish it soon. We’ll share it when there’s more to see. I’m not sure what to call it. It’s like an awning, but it’s free standing, not attached to the house. A gazebo? It’s actually most like a pergola, but with a roof. I just keep calling it the covered area, but that doesn’t sound very exciting. Covered pergola?

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Lots of painting

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Matt has been working on this thing whenever he gets a chance. At the beginning, there was a lot of discussion about placement, depth, height, how the structure would be supported, not impeding our nice view from the kitchen, etc. Then lots of string line to get it lined up. Digging holes, pouring concrete footings. Posts. Beams. Uh, those things that go perpendicular to the beams. A lot of temporary bracing and scaffolding. Painting. Painting. More painting.

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Emmett wants to paint like Daddy.

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But mostly, Emmett talks about how he will “knock down Daddy’s building.” Because in 2-year-old world, you build something and then you immediately knock it down. It’s the cycle of life.

Emmett said: More again!

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Some of Emmett’s current favorite words and phrases (and translation as needed):

More again

Own self (myself, yourself, etc.)

Rabby (raspberry)

Fighter pighters (fire fighters)

See you next time

Mac and noonles and cheese (mac and cheese)

Right there!

Emmett has started to ask “Why?” He does it in this really funny voice, too. I’ll have to get a video. No amount of explaining quells the stream of whys, they just keep coming.

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Sneak peek at the big project! Matt is working hard and making progress.

Sneak peek at the big project! Matt is working hard and making progress.

Emmett said

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Emmett loves the ball thrower (Chuck-it). He decided to carry it in his shirt. Here are some funny things he’s said lately.

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Me: Emmett, you’re so silly, why did you do that?

Emmett: Reason.

He always answers “reason” to any Why question. I don’t know where he learned it. I persist with “what is the reason?” but I don’t get any more info.

Me: Emmett, how did you get that owie on your leg?

Emmett: Reason.

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Other words/phrases I find amusing coming out of the mouth of a two-year-old:

Sounds good.

Wait a minute.

Thank you.

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Yesterday we saw a couple riding a tandem bike. Emmett said “two people riding bike.” I explained that a bike for two people is called a tandem bike, and he repeated it. Later that evening, out of the blue I asked Emmett what is the name of a bike for two people. He thought for a few seconds and then said “panda.”

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This morning, I said “bye-bye Emmett, have a great day, I love you.” Emmett said “love you,” and then he turned around and said “kiss,” came back to me and gave me a hug and a kiss. Be still my heart!

-Kelly

Emmett said

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Emmett’s favorite words and phrases:

Way far away

Way up there

Emmett no like it this one

Love you (or sometimes, No love you)

Catty [kitty cat]

Garbage truck

Seashell

Oregon

Seattle

Lie-lie [library]

Owie zowie

Tyin’, ice [someone is crying, needs ice (for owie)]

Love it

Emmett big boy

Please, okay?

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Emmett says                      translation

Wubbin’ back                       rub my back

Ponano                                tomato

Potato                                  potato 

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Emmett is great at learning the names of people and animals! He can name all of his relatives and their pets, all of his classmates and some of their siblings and parents, and our friends and neighbors.

-Kelly

p.s. Matt is working on a BIG project in the backyard. We will share details soon!

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Emmett said

It’s all about the language development these days. Well that, and running - fast - and playing with water, reading books, doing puzzles, and pretending to cook food.

Emmett’s favorite words and phrases:

Ditch digger

Whoo-whoo truck (fire truck)

Dump truck, rumble rumble

Grocery store, PCC

Little one, big one

Emmett run away

Fast

Mommy, wake up!

Help you

Booger

Dirty, clean it up. Dust pan, clean it up.

Swimming

This one please

Slug (We saw some big ones on a recent camping trip at Deception Pass, and every morning and night for the next week, Emmett asked to see the pictures of slugs on my phone. Here’s one.)

Chilly day at the beach, still fun!

Kelly

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Being an egghead with Grandpa. Plastic eggs have gotten a lot of play; they’re still going strong two months after Easter.

Being an egghead with Grandpa. Plastic eggs have gotten a lot of play; they’re still going strong two months after Easter.