Sunday, July 25, 2010

For Uncle Randy

Randy heard that we like to take the boys to Lowe's for their build and grow workshops, and demanded that we take pictures for him the next time we went. So here you go. This week's project was building a UFO. It has a blinky light on the top that toggles on and off. We love build and grow because the boys get to hammer, and they get a patch for their aprons for every project they do. But lame-o me needs to get to work sewing them on. We've accumulated 3 so far that I have yet to attach. oops.

First you have to lay out all your parts to make sure you have them.

Hammer stuff down.

The decal stickers are important.

Blinky light!

Finished UFOs. Time to go home and play X-Files.

Saturday, July 24, 2010

Just another Saturday

John is out mowing before it gets too hot, and I'm in here waiting for laundry to get done washing so I can hang it out, also before it gets too hot.
Did I mention it's hot? The pool is fun, but not so refreshing when it's been 100*+ for days and it feels like bathwater.
This morning we have Lowe's Build and Grow, and then Rowan has a birthday party to go to. Randy wants pictures of the boys building, so I have to remember to take the camera. Then we'll scurry to grab a birthday present (already know what to get, they just didn't have the first Harry Potter at Walmart when we went), head home to wrap it, and then one of us will take Rowan over to the party while the other one does something to make Niall feel important, too.
We also have acquired yet another animal. We recently adopted Bosco, mom's Jack Whippet (that's what we're calling him because we think he's a cross between a Jack Russel and a Whippet) and he is much loved.

Isn't he a handsome dude? He's a sweetie. Loki is jealous and trying to be all alpha at him, so I've been having to firmly establish myself as alpha. It's gone pretty well, and Bosco is learning to put up with the love that 2 boys and a baby can dish out.
And then last night we adopted another animal. Our friends got this little guy and one other for Christmas, but one died and they were going out of town for a while, so they decided to find this one a new home. His name was Agent, and his name has been elongated to Secret Agent Frog.

As far as pets go, he's super low maintence. Feed him twice a week, change his water once every few months, and his little tank takes care of the rest. He's moved in next door to Shishy III, and Niall is so happy to finally have a frog of his own. (He pestered the school receptionist without fail about her frogs every time we went to the school.)
So there you have it. That's what we're doing.
Next week our friend, Sharon, is coming to visit. And then we'll be going down to Charleston to visit for John's birthday. Fun times!

Friday Flick! on Saturday.

I think we can all agree that the pool was a good idea, even if it was a pain in the booty to get the ground ready.

Wednesday, July 07, 2010

About clocks

Rowan: That long hand is the minute hand, and the short one is the hour hand.

Niall: What's that other one that goes fast?

R: That's the second hand.

N: Second hand? No, that's the third hand.


N: Duh, it's the third hand.

R (smacking his forehead): Not second like first, second, third... Second like the tick tock tick tock... that's a second.

N: OOOh.

Sunday, July 04, 2010


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Sometimes life is like this. But you keep going. Slowly, methodically, you untangle yourself and continue on. And when you've wound up your ball, then you can knit... and what was once a tangle will be something beautiful once again.