Friday, February 27, 2009


Today I unknowingly gave a ride to someone whose name begins with Evil.

That's right. Evil Emperor Zurg cruised along on the roof of my van to my friend Patty's house, to the park, and then back home, all without taking a tumble. (The Odyssey is a smooth ride - Respect the Van). I had no idea I was playing taxi to the evil mastermind. I think it was an inside job.

In fact, I'm pretty certain I've identified the mole.

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

New Slide

We purchased a slide/climber for the backyard (love Craigslist!). It has been a hit.

Renaissance Festival

Two Saturdays ago we spent the day at the Renaissance Festival. It was a lot of fun! People-watching is one of my favorite pastimes when we go to this event, because there are lots of interesting costumes and, well, interesting people to watch.

We enjoy going to some of the shows, our favorites being a juggling act, a whip master called Adam Crack, and of course the jousting. Here are some pictures from our day.

This is the world-record whip master, Adam Crack. Our boys love this guy. Some highlights from his show were precision whip cracking, in which he used the Big Black Whip of Death to snap the heads off flowers held by a volunteer, and then the fire whip, of course.
You can see by Caleb's face that he's riveted.

What would the festival be without the jousting tournament? It's definitely a highlight. Tempers flared during this joust such that the final two contenders challenged each other to a joust to the death (which I'm afraid we didn't stay for).

This is Caleb and Mitch waving from the top of the Dragon Tail Tower slide.

Good times. One of these years I'm going to go in costume to get the full experience.

Adam's Uniform of Cool

For the past month, Adam has worn a cape, a handkerchief tied around his head, and often rubber boots (2 sizes too big) just about every single day. Most of the time he is pretending to be Superman.

Here he has dressed Big One in this uniform of cool (no boots, although if we had them in bear size, you'd better believe Big One would be wearing them...

...even if they were two sizes too big).

Friday, February 13, 2009

Love, by Caleb


Love is like God, my mom, my dad, and my friends.
It is hugging and loving.
It sounds like bells ringing through my heart,
and like my parents saying they love me.
It tastes like my mom's heart cookies.
Love feels good.
Love smells like my mom's perfume.
Love is special because you need it to survive.

by Caleb

I think this afternoon I will bake some heart cookies... with pink frosting and extra sprinkles.

Thursday, February 5, 2009

Snips and Snails and Puppy-Dog Tails

That's what little boys are made of.

I should know. You see, Mitch and I specialize in making boys. That's right. I had my ultrasound yesterday and folks, it's a boy!