Thursday, May 31, 2012

Two Funny Things I Want To Remember

1.  A couple of years ago, my son said, "I bet I can say neck before you do.  NECK!"

2.  Last month we were in the car driving home and it was dark out.  My daughter said, "It's so dark I can't even see my thumb!"


Tae Kwon Do

He got his purple belt!

Here he is, blurry, during testing.

He did it!

Some other pretty cool news, is that his sister is going to do tae kwon do too.  She has been asking to do it for a long time, but at his school you must be 4.  Even then it's only an 8 week session in the summer for 4 and 5 year olds.  She'll  go twice a week.  She is pumped!  
She chose a black uniform.

She says she already knows her form.


Thursday, May 17, 2012


Here I am with my mom and sister.  I love those girls.

Friday, May 11, 2012

A Photo Tour of Awesomeness

I think my girl is pretty awesome.  Here is some proof.

 Eating ice cream at a restaurant.

 Making faces in a waiting room.

 Wearing dress up clothes at school.

Hooping while holding a pool noodle at playgroup.

.Hanging her foot out the van window.

Yep, she's awesome!


Wednesday, May 9, 2012


She asked if we could get out her slip-n-slide.  She doesn't use the sliding part, but she loves the sprinklers on the side.

I put on my suit, and thought I'd join her.  But then I saw there were at least 20 spiders crawling on the sliding part of her slip-n-slide.  Ugh.  The grass is teeming with spiders due to our mild winter and so I just watched from the safety of the deck.  Yes, I grew up on a farm and I used to swim in a creek with snakes and play in a hayloft shared with pigeons and spiders.  I don't know what happened, but I do not run in the grass with spiders nowadays.  I don't want to transfer my fear to her though, so when she casually mentioned that she had a spider on her leg, I calmly said, "Just brush it off."  She did.

Here's a cute video of her running.  She's saying, "This is so much fun!" and variants thereof.

I love afternoons like this.


Tuesday, May 8, 2012


A couple months ago, my son and I began reading the Harry Potter series.  I figure we will do the first 3 books, then stop for a while.  After we read the first 2 books, he started listening to them over and over again, via books on cd.  It has given his imagination something very fun to explore.  He made his own broomstick, out of a plastic rod and some dried gladiola leaves.  Then he learned that they make Lego Harry Potter things.  Playing Legos is his activity of choice, so to combine the two about blew his mind.

He began to save money for a Hagrid's Hut Lego set.  The price was $40.  He gets a very small allowance.  50 cents a week to spend, 25 cents to save, and 25 cents to give.  So he saved what he could from that.  He knew he'd have to work to earn some more money.  He asked my dad if he had any jobs for him.  One evening he swept out my dad's workshop.  Another day a few weeks later, he washed my dad's 4-wheeler and helped him change the oil in a lawnmower.

His cousin helped out a bit with the washing!

I paid him a dollar to sweep out the van.  He scrubbed the bathtub for 75 cents. 

He knew he still didn't have enough money.  He decided it was time for a lemonade stand.  He used $6.01 of his money to buy lemons, sugar, and cups.  He paid his sister a quarter to wash the lemons and sit with him.  He did most of the work himself.  I let him use a sharp knife which almost gave me a heart attack.  His lemonade was tasty.  He carried out the table and set it up.  He had the idea to offer free water to the dogs who walked by.

He was thrilled when he broke even after a little over an hour.  He spent 3 hours out there, and he earned all he needed, plus an extra dollar.  Woooo!

The Lego Hagrid's Hut should arrive today, from a delivery truck.  He is so excited and proud.  Not as much as I am, though.


Monday, May 7, 2012

Leaf Blower

What do you get if you give a married couple in their 30s a leaf blower?

This.  This is what you get:

When I tell you that we laughed, what I mean is that we laughed until we hurt.

I feel I cannot close the post in this way. I must show you a picture of us as we normally look.

There you go, perfectly respectable!