Saturday, December 27, 2003

12.27.2003 - WE GOT THE NEW CAR!

A brand new dark blue oh four Sienna for which we paid a most ridiculous price to replace the "shit brown minivan"! Unfortunately, the word shit ended up being associating more strongly with 'minivan' part than with the "brown"color. Too unreliable! Hopefully we will have better luck with this vehicle.

Christmas at the Shaw house in Leesburg - 12.25.2003

Sorry, no time to really comment. Christmas was a blast! Lots of family, lots of presents, the kids were in heaven all day. Sam had his first Christmas. Tons more to talk about,b tu tomorrow we leave to head up to New York to spend time with my side of the family. So its a long drive, and then more holiday merriment.


Peace and Joy to you all--Pete














Friday, December 19, 2003

THE LEANING TREE: OTHER PHOTOS - 12.19.2003

Okay, so here is the dweal with tree. It fell over. We've covered that already I suppose. The very nice sturdy christmas tree stand we got ids great. Its a big heavy thing, all rebar and very solid. But the way it works is that you normally buy your tree from a place that drills a big hole up the center of the trunk.

We didn't have that luxury. I guess the real key thing is the special rack they put the tree on when they drill the hole. This ensures that the christmas tree is properly aligned, and that the tree will be nice and straight. Only we didn't have the rack. I just laid the tree over on its side and tried my best to bore straight up the middle of the wonderful eight foot white pine that was rapidly becoming a spokesman for the people who buy artificial trees for christmas.

On the positive side, from the kitchen the tree looks fairly straight and quite pretty.


On the other hand, once you are in front of the tree, things get a little, well, slanty.

But do I care? No! It looks fine to me. FINE! Its got that slanty sort of charm that I like in a tree. That's my story and I'm sticking with it.


Okay, some more photos from the last few weeks. First, here is Sam, smiling as usual. What a cutey.

And now here are a couple of PJ at his very fiorst recital at nursery school. He is the singinest dancingest little guy you ever did see. The second photo is witrh PJ's two teacher from school.


The last one is of Anna from thanksgiving. I managed to convince her to let me take her picture. Camera shy the poor little thing is. Its so rare to see her come out of her shell. (NOT)

Monday, December 15, 2003

I am at work eating my lunch, which my wife made me while at the same time watching the season finale of Survivor part 18: the musical!

Let me make a brief list of the contents of my lunch:

1.)One ziplock bag full of cut pieces of carrots.
2.)One ziplock bag full pf cut pieces of broccoli.
3.)One thick ham and cheese sandwhich with lettuce and mayo.
4.)One ziplock bag with 3 homemade chocolate chip cookies.
5.)One microwave popcorn - light)
6.)One orange

Now lets look at the details. I like the mayonaise between the lettuce and the bread, not between the lettuce and the cheese. That is where it is.

The orange is scored, around the edges, to make it easy to peel. A co-worker saw that the other day and remarked in awe "You must have the most thoughtful caring kind wife! That is so incredibly kind of her to do that for you!"

So I am just pausing a moment now to be thankful for this nice lunch and the loving hands that made it. Thanks babe-- you spoil me! Now pls excuse me, I'm kinda hungry.

Saturday, December 13, 2003

UPDATE FOR NANCY: In answer to your question, the tree fell over specifically because Anna was dancing around on the couch like a mexican jumping bean on too much caffeine, ignoring the babysitter, and standing on the edge of the couch HOLDING THE BRANCHES for support, thus causing the already teetery tree to fall over." We have fixed this problem and I will be posting more on this matter this weekend, in an post titled "The Leaning Tree."'

You see? You have only to sign the guestbook and ask. All your questions shall be answered. :^)

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I haven't been posting much stuff lately, mostly because of this second job I have been doing which has taken up a huge chunk of my already scarce free time. Hopefully I will get a chance to kick back for a chunk of December, and here's to that.

Sam has started to say "mama"! With the other two children, "dada" was the first wrd of choice, but the Samster is on his way to proving himself quite the mama's boy, and let me tell you, mama doesn't mind a bit.

We got a christmas tree last weekend, lugging a big eight foot white pine over the river and through the woods only to pay roughly what it would have cost at Home Depot. The tree is big, slightly missshappen, and ungainly. The other night after I got home work, and then immediately went downstairs to keep working for the other job I have been working on. Audy, the babysitter, was upsatirs with the children. I was working downstairs when all of a sudden I heard a pounding on the floor.

"Daddy?" It as Anna.
"Yes?"
"You have to come up here right now, Auddy needs your help."

So, of course the usual visions of poison, broken bones, blood, lawsuits, all leap into my mind. Approximately 1/2 of one second later I am upsatirs. The christmas tree has fallen over, and is laying across our living room floor leaving a trail of broken and unbroken ornaments everywhere. Anna, is dancind nervously across the couch, jumping from cusion to cusion. Auddy is holding Sam. PJ is playing with some toys on the floor. I don't think he even looked up. I look around. Anna spoke first.

"It was a acc-ident." She says, raising her arms away from her shoulders. An accident. To Anna, "an accident" is just some kind of get-out-of-jail-free card she can play whenever anything bad happens. She's good at figuring out loopholes like that. While I admire her ingenuity, sometimes it really makes me just purple with anger. So its a mixed bag I guess (grin).

So we are putting the tree on a larger tree stand this weekend, one that won't tip so easily. Only problem is that this tree requres you to drill a vertical hole down the middle of the trunk, so that the tree is resting on a spike for stability. I haven't quite figured out how to do this yet without removing ornamanents from the tree.

PJ has discovered my cache of arcade games downstairs, and spends most of the day asking if he can go down and play them. Today we got a chance to go down for an hour or two, It was cool. Gettin some use out the old things.

I have been fighting off a bad cold this week. Despite this I managed to get caught up on my work, I have gotten some things around the house, things seem to be settling down, at least for just a little while.

Kathleen and Ann just walked in, they were just visiting Rita, who is recovering from some minor surgery. Gotta Go!--Pete

Friday, December 12, 2003

My Aunt Maren died this past December 1st after suffering with illness for some while. I remember we all went and stayed with them up at Schroon Lake in the summer of 2001. That's where this picture was taken. While it is sad to see her go, I am glad that she is no longer suffering; and of course we all send our condolences to Uncle Bernie and all the family.