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I picked up a new pair of running shoes – Brooks Revel 2

I’ve been using a pair of Brooks running shoes for about two years now. I’ve never been a fan of their blue/green color scheme, but they seemed decent for running. One of my former colleagues who is an avid runner … Continue reading

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The CMB Karate Demo Team half-time performance – Princeton University

Last Saturday night, the kids and their karate demonstration team performed at Princeton University during half-time for the Princeton-Yale basketball game. First time for them doing this at Princeton, and first time the Ipes have been to a Princeton game. … Continue reading

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It was a good run – Lily at the 2019 NJSFWC State Spelling Bee

Ah, it was a terrific run, but it’s over. 🙁 This weekend, Lily competed at the 2019 NJSFWC state spelling bee. About 20 kids were there from all over the state to compete, and it was fierce. Right out of … Continue reading

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Happy 14th birthday, Josh!

Our son Joshua turned 14 this week. Serious. If you look away for too long, your kids will be taller before you know it. They have their own tastes in music. They make their own decisions on who they want … Continue reading

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News flash! Lily wins her 2nd Spelling Bee with the New Jersey State Federation of Women’s Clubs 2019 District Spelling Bee

I gotta give the girl credit – she can be cool and calm under pressure. On Saturday Feb 23rd morning, we drove up to the headquarters for the New Jersey State Federation of Women’s Clubs 2019 district spelling bee.  There … Continue reading

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The Ipes stayed overnight in Manhattan to see Waitress on Broadway, but the Universe desperately tried to throw roadblocks every step of the way

I don’t know what our deal is. Nothing is ever simple. Is it us? Is it life? Is it random? Let me take a breath before I get into it. For Christmas, we bought tickets for the four of us … Continue reading

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We went to see The Book of Mormon on a Tuesday night

Gotta love the randomness of life sometimes. Well, the good random events. Not the type where you fracture your arm on the way to work. Nums has had some interesting luck this past year with playing these lotteries for tickets … Continue reading

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Three years later, the boy is finally free of orthodontic braces

In June 2016, Josh got his orthodontic braces at Monroe Orthodontics. If all went well, he would have been done within two years. Unfortunately, it took a nearly three years to finally be done with them. In February this year, … Continue reading

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Lily and the Spelling Bee

I mentioned that Lily was attending her 2nd spelling bee ever while we were standing in line at Immigration and Customs in Newark Airport. Last year, she made it far but not to 1st, 2nd, or 3rd. As we were … Continue reading

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I’m trying something new – life with Google Assistant, the Google Home Hub, and Google Mini

We’ve been using the Amazon ‘Alexa’ AI assistant through their Echo Dot product since Oct 2017. After about a year of heavy usage, I still think it’s interesting. The family and I have various uses for it. I like that Amazon … Continue reading

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