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10:45 PM: Hey! I haven't done an update yet. It's been a fairly busy day, as I'm getting ready to go out of town for a conference. Randall and Elisabeth were in class today, while I stayed home with Sophie (no Shatesha, since we thought there was a possibility of a clinic visit today). I think I'm ready for my trip (will leave tomorrow and come home on Saturday). The girls are both a little distressed about me being gone (which is flattering, I must admit), but I'm sure neither of them will have any interest in talking to me when I call while I'm gone.

Sophie and Elisabeth and I had dinner together (Sophie's appetite could be better) and went to dance class. Sophie entertained all the parents while the kids danced. Honestly, she doesn't have shy bone in her body. There's a grandmother there who reminds me a lot of my mom's mom (Nannie), although she's a bit younger. This lady was fascinated by Sophie, even when Sophie pointed out that she had whiskers "just like my daddy", and I should say my grandmother doesn't have whiskers! (she reads these updates, so I feel obligated to point that out). She passed out pretend coins, she danced (quite gracefully), and she pretended to be a doggy who fetched pretend balls from everyone.

It's so good to hear from our friends and family (through comments, and by e-mail, and by phone). Thank you so much for continuing to keep up with us. We can't tell you how much it means to us!