Entries from January 2008

As if Elwyn’s Beard Wasn’t Gray Enough Already…

Date January 6, 2008

(more to come in the coming days from our weekend in West Virginia…)

Company Round 2 Part 3: Yet More…

Date January 1, 2008

We had several episodes of rampant, gleeful chaos in the basement and family room. Suspiciously, these tended to start when Greg was the sole adult around, but you’ll just have to draw your own conclusions. That’s Benton’s hand in the lower right corner. Alana was thrilled to have another princess to play with. We could [...]

Company Round 2 Part 2: Andrew Bonds with…

Date January 1, 2008

Well, Andrew Phelps bonded with everyone. There are no pictures of Julie bonding with Andrew because, dammit, we’re STOPPING AT THREE KIDS! Carson was a big fan of Andrew and played with him off and on throughout the visit. Andrew was a big fan of Elwyn. And, Elwyn isn’t mobile enough to get away, so [...]

Company Round 2 Part 1: Carson Bonds with Meredith

Date January 1, 2008

On the same day that Paul and Patti departed, the Phelps Clan arrived from Chicago. Greg and Josie are Julie’s and my “First Couple”, and their move from Brooklyn to Chicago, combined with our move from Austin to Columbus, set us up for getting back to seeing them with some more frequency. The question was [...]

Post-Christmas Company Round 1

Date January 1, 2008

Julie’s brother and his wife, Patti, came down for a few days after Christmas. As always, they were a hit with the kids. They brought their dog, Petey (or “Petey the Flatulent” as he will be known henceforth and forthwith — an unfortunate side effect of some antibiotics he was on). Petey is part cat, [...]

A Camouflage Christmas Runs Late into the Night

Date January 1, 2008

Benton and Carson both got full camouflage fleece ensembles — pants, sweatshirts, and gloves. I think they’ve taken them off once or twice since Christmas day. Julie decreed that we go on a Christmas afternoon death march. The picture below was the most positive that the three kids were about the outing…and this was before [...]

A Pink Princess Christmas

Date January 1, 2008

Our family room on Christmas morning was a festive medley of red and green…and pink! Not shown in the pictures below is the pink princess Big Wheel. And the Cinderella fleece blanket is not really done justice. And the fact that the book in the second picture is actually personalized for Alana (she and her [...]

Pre-Break Projects

Date January 1, 2008

A couple of weeks before Christmas, Julie’s aunt, uncle, cousin, and cousin’s two sons drove down from Cleveland/Wadsworth to make buckeyes (peanut butter and chocolate) and Christmas cookies. Alana really got into “painting” the cookies: At school, Benton had a multi-week “heritage” project. He chose Poland and did quite a bit of research, which resulted [...]

A Bit More of the Snow…

Date January 1, 2008

Doing a bit of catching up here. It hasn’t actually snowed for a few weeks, with the exception of a light dusting we got last night. But, I finally got around to getting pictures downloaded from the camera after the past couple of weeks of semi-chaos. Snow in our driveway — even Alana got into [...]