Entries from January 2008

Football for Alana

Date January 31, 2008

Wednesday night is swim lesson time for all three kids. It is a night that requires advanced planning as dinner needs to be early, towels and PJ’s packed up, and bathing suits put on. In my attempt to make sure we were not late, I had Alana head up to get her bathing suit on […]


Date January 31, 2008

At 2-1/2, Alana is a girl’s girl, with an extreme fondness for: anything pink, princesses, did I say anything pink?, and, of course, princess underpants. The rule has been that she gets to wear princess underpants whenever she is successful at using the toilet. Until this week, this was intermittent, but the underpants look like […]

The Crib is Gone

Date January 31, 2008

As Tim reported earlier, Alana slept in her big girl bed for the first time on Tuesday night. This is the bed that was my mother’s when she was a little girl, which Alana refers to as “Grandma’s bed” simply because Grandma Marilyn slept in it while she was in her crib the first few […]

Everything BUT "The Dog Ate My Blog"

Date January 29, 2008

It’s been two weeks since our last post. Excuses galore: My parents were in town (we kept them busy) I headed to Austin for a week Our digital camera has gone missing The last point is the real kicker. It’s got two or three sets of pictures that prompted Julie to exclaim, “I’m definitely going […]

Because I’m Not Allowed to Include the Benton Picture

Date January 14, 2008

Sunday was a chilly (~40 degrees F), drizzly day. But, given my lack of success with the home tetherball installation, Benton pestered us into heading to his school to play tetherball. In and amongst getting ready to go for that, Alana’s Princess Big Wheel made its way from the basement to the first floor. All […]

And Christmas Continues…

Date January 13, 2008

I am beginning to believe my parents have a truly sadistic streak. Perhaps, this is the result of a grudge held since Kim’s and my youth — some Christmas Eve where they were up into the wee hours installing a jungle gym or putting together some other assembly-required toy, perhaps? All I know is that, […]

And We Also Made Time for the Arts

Date January 7, 2008

Carson got a great book on fingerprint drawing (and requisite inkpads, pen, and pad) for Christmas from Cheryl and Bruce Bone. He was wayyyyy into it. With pretty nifty results! Carson being Carson, it wasn’t too long after the above picture was completed that he began freestyling. So, we went from innocuous happy people…to superheroes…to […]

Flora, Fauna, and Ice

Date January 7, 2008

Good conditions for some pretty interesting ice formations, such as all of the trees being “decorated:” I snuck down to the pond at one point, and it was frozen over, although I’m not sure how thick it was: So the “fauna” shot is a bit of a stretch! There were a flock of 20+ blue […]

Snow + Hills = Hours and Hours of Fun

Date January 7, 2008

When we arrived Thursday late afternoon, the temperature was hovering around 20 degrees. I got everything turned on, and we thought we were in good shape. It wasn’t until after dark that we realized that there was no hot water — although the gas was on, it had really low pressure, which was enough to […]

Fire-Fanning Gadgetry Misapplied

Date January 7, 2008

A couple of years ago, I tracked down a hand-cranked bellows sold by Campmor. This was shortly after Benton had gotten going with coaxing campfires back from glowing embers when he woke up in the morning. Frankly, I was a little concerned that he would hyperventilate some day, as using his lungs to fan the […]