Wednesday, August 27, 2008
We had to re-negotiate our internet connection with Comcast. In our strange new world, it was less expensive to get cable and internet than just internet. My children didn't know cable tv was a possibility in our house. They thought it was limited to hotel rooms and other people's houses. You can only imagine what it's like for them to go from rabbit ears (1-3 fuzzy channels) to limited cable (60+ channels). We've learned some important things this week.
1. Scooby Doo can provide critical thinking skills for a four year old. "Why would Scooby run away when he was barking at the monster before and the monster was afraid?" We've decided it would be much quicker if they just pulled the mask off the monster right away to expose Old Man (fill in the blank).
2. You will be embarrassed if your children walk into the room while you are watching E! OK, OK- you will be embarrassed if ANYONE walks into the room while you are watching E!
3. Animal Planet after 7:00 PM is the Animal Porn Channel. It's not such an issue for our family because we're pretty candid about the birds and bees and leopards and voles around here... but it must be difficult for some other families to explain why one leopard just can't seem to jump over the other.
Hmmm... I have to wrap this up. Law and Order's starting. If I miss it, I don't know when it'll be on next.
Tuesday, August 26, 2008
And he makes it to the bus stop.
With the help of the new camera from Uncle Michael and its zoom powers, I can be certain he actually got on the bus.
Maybe if I stake out the bus stop this afternoon, I can sneak up on him. I should be able to get a shot of him smiling when he's done for the day!
Wednesday, August 20, 2008
It turns out the skill my kids appreciate the most is the making ice cream sundaes bit.
Tuesday, August 12, 2008
Amongst the celebrating for neighbor John's birthday, there was sprinkler goodness. Have you heard that Atlee enjoys water? Did you know that?
She's passing on this love of water to her little sister. Greeley's finally getting old enough to act like a sister should. At least, like a sister should in the world according to Atlee.
Little sisters should splash in puddles and sprinklers with you.
They should also leave all of your My Little Pony's alone.
If you haven't purchased Atlee's Christmas present yet, can I suggest a sprinkler? You can probably go out now and get one for like ninety percent off.
After our neighbor's birthday party, it was on to Uncle Travis'. His big brother was celebrating, too. This involved camping and tents and such.
Not my kids. They wandered around aimlessly.
This is Travis' dog, Nico. He's a Great Dane. I feel the need to introduce all of you to the dogs we hang out with sometimes. Greeley correctly identified him as a dog, not a horse. I was very proud. See that table in front of him? That's not a coffee table people. That's a full size table. Great Dane's are big, if you didn't know.
Once it got dark, Christy brought out the glow sticks. You can't see their amazing glowiness from my pictures.
I assure you, it looked like a rave. Only there weren't any hallucinogenic drugs and there were a lot more kids.
See baby's new shoes. Toddling out of baby hood. But at least she's toddling in styling shoes.
The kids had a great time camping with Rich. Greeley and I headed home and had a great time sleeping in our bed. We did manage to make it back the next morning for Eggs Benedict- er- to pick up my family. What did you do this weekend?
Monday, August 11, 2008
Monday, August 4, 2008
It's purty. Much better than the cracked industrial 70's style linoleum tile floor that it had when we purchased the house.
The bar has some sort of fancy trim on it.
The fridge and stove patiently wait in the living room to be installed in the kitchen. Hey, wait- those aren't the avocado green stove and harvest gold fridge I had when we lived there.
The built in bookshelves have a lovely layer of polyshade on them.
The outside of the house is a nice neutral tan. The trim is the required forest green.
Even the great big window in living room.
Sunday, August 3, 2008
Anywho, the party was at a park on Lake George. There was food, swimming AND a playground. I'm pretty sure Atlee thought it was the best party ever. The only way it could have been any better for her would be if Bob and Dani had maybe rented a couple of kittens for the afternoon, too.
Greeley loves to swing.
Our co-nuptialists, John and Monique, walked Atlee down to the lake to see if she would like it. Atlee like water? She assured Monique she would love it. She didn't have to see the lake to know she would love it.
All of the kids were enjoying spinning themselves to a state of altered consciousness.
Atlee had fun. And why wouldn't she? Let's review: food, sand, playground, lake.
It's too bad all of my siblings are married now. I'm ready for another party.