Entries from April 2009

The Garden: With and Without a Y-Chromosome

Date April 30, 2009

“Oh, look, there are our kids and the neighbor kids out in the back garden. What do you think they’re doing?” “Alana? Whatcha’ doing, honey? Oh! Gardening! Getting those tulip bulbs planted, I see. How nice!” “Andrew? Carson? Jack? What are you guys up to? Are you planting flowers, too?” “Oh.”

When a Third Wheel Ain’t a Tricycle

Date April 29, 2009

Ever since my mom was in town and she, Julie, and Benton made a run to the bike store to get Benton a new bike for his birthday, Julie’s been dropping hints about how summer’s coming, Alana’s good on her bike but-can’t-really-go-long-hilly-distances, and how they have these tow-along-bikes that might be just perfect. Once I [...]

It Was an Accident

Date April 28, 2009

As much as she drives me up the wall for any number of reasons, I couldn’t resist snapping this picture of Molly lounging in the sun last weekend. This would be a good time for me to list out some of Molly’s positive attributes:   She can be photogenic There you have it.

Soccer, Anyone?

Date April 27, 2009

One of the downsides of having two cameras floating around is that, apparently, it’s easy to go for quite a while without realizing that there are as-yet-not-uploaded pictures on one of them! Carson’s a good month into the spring soccer season, and he’s really turned into quite the little player. He’s one of the designated [...]

WANTED: No longer needed/used DVD burner (busted is fine)

Date April 26, 2009

We’ve poked around on craigslist and eBay and are not finding the <$10 option we were hoping to find. Basically, Benton’s looking to convert a mini-mag light (flashlight) into a “high-powered laser” based on a video he found on the ‘net. The actual laser comes from the laser in a DVD burner. Unfortunately, I went [...]

A Robin with a Particularly Low IQ

Date April 25, 2009

Carson noticed last week that a robin had started to build a nest in a tree between our yard and our next door neighbors’. Now, the fact that Carson noticed does not really bode well for the nest, as the nest is less than four feet off the ground — in the main fork of [...]

Alana’s Animal Cage

Date April 24, 2009

Last Saturday, Alana announced (rather emphatically) that we needed to make an “animal cage.” She had a collection of sticks, and she explained that she also needed “daddy’s special glue” (she couldn’t describe what that was) AND “some wood from daddy’s workshop.” We spent a couple of hours in the driveway with a hot glue gun, [...]

“Children, pay attention to your father and you will learn important things.”

Date April 23, 2009

Julie headed out for a meeting one evening last week. Earlier that afternoon, she and Alana had made jello cups. It was up to me to dole them out for consumption. There’s eating jello…and there’s eating jello. We opted for the fun way.

Easter Weekend at the Farm: Spring has Sprung

Date April 17, 2009

No kids here — just an assortment of nature photos I took over the weekend.

Easter Weekend at the Farm: Carson on the Move

Date April 16, 2009

Benton just got a new bike for his birthday from J and Boppa. He hatched the idea of taking it to the farm for Easter weekend. This was a horrible idea — it’s too hilly, would be muddy, and just generally wouldn’t be fun. I was wrong. We took both Benton’s and Carson’s bikes. It [...]