Monday, November 27, 2006

wipe out! November 27, 2006

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Originally uploaded by peteshaw.
PJ had an endo on his bicycle today. It seems his foot got caught in teh spokes of the front wheel, and he went right over the handlebars. Luckily, other than some truly gnarly bruises, it appears that no harm was done, other than him getting shooken up a bit.

Poor little guy. But I told him about all of the bike crashes dad has had and it seemed to help. Luckily he was wearing a helmet, something kids in my era had neither the sense nor the encouragement to do.

Sunday, November 26, 2006

The kids meet santa November 24th, 2006

The kids meet santa
Originally uploaded by peteshaw.
While down in Staunton for Thanksgiving, the children got a chance to meet Santa at the local mall. Santa was very nice and the children were suitably impressed (or in Sam's case, amazed).

Friday, November 24, 2006


We spent yesterday morning driving down here, and arrived around One thirty. It was a wonderful, lazy, sit around the house and do nothing but eat kind of day. I wasn't feeling good, or maybe I was tired, but I spent most of the day dozing off in this chair, under a heated blanket. The children actually behaved themselves for the most part. Maybe they like Thanksgiving as much as I do. I remember as a child going to my uncle's house and watching the wizard of oz, which always seemed to be on, and always playing Tripoli and eating turkey sandwiches later that evening.

Kathleen's grandma was here, recovering from knee replacement surgery. She showed me the incision, which was a big vertical line up her knee still held in place with big cloth butterfly stitches. Sam came over and looked at it with genuine concern, and said "awwwww, Gigi..." his voice trailing off while he stood there. Thankfully, Gigi seems to be feeling better.

I slept in until 9:30 this morning, which is pretty decadent for me, and then Kath and her mom were off like a shot to assault the black Friday gauntlet. Later today we are going to take the kids to go see Santa at the Staunton mall. This early in Christmas, and this far away from northern Virginia, we seem to do pretty well in dodging the wait for Santa lines that seem to be everywhere. We drive back home this evening. Happy Thanksgiving!

Monday, November 20, 2006

Back from Vegas 11-20-2006 (linked)

Just got back from Las Vegas, where I was at SharePoint training for the week. On Friday, Kathleen flew out to meet me and we saw the Hoover Dam and the Grand Canyon.

This was about a 250 mile drive from Vegas, but worth every mile. We ate at a 50's diner on Route 66, enjoyed burning down highway 93 in a rented ford mustang convertible with the cruise control set at 90, a cool breeze in the air, and not a cloud in the sky. It was, briefly, heaven.

Sunday night we returned to Vegas and got to enjoy such local favorites as the fake Eiffel tower, the Fountains at Bellagio, losing money at gambling, and waiting in huge lines to eat, check in, check out, and do anything else that doesn't involve gambling. Vegas's rule number 1 is: no lines for gambling.

Funs over now though, so its back to work for a couple of days, and then, thanksgiving, black friday, and MORE CHRISTMAS MUSIC. BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAH! (Christmas music makes me nutty!)

Monday, November 13, 2006

Getting Anna ready for school 11.9.2006

The other morning I got up with Anna to get her ready for school. She was grumpy. She is always grumpy at that time of the morning. I asked her what she wanted for breakfast.
She told me she wanted a grapefruit. No problem, I can do that, I thought to myself. I handed her a grapefruit.

"Uh dad?"

"Yes, sweetie?"

"Aren't you going to cut this up llike mom does?"

Uh oh. Those fateful words. Like mom does. "How does mom cut the grapefruit up?" I asked.

"I don't know, she just takes the seeds out, and then cuts it into little pieces."

I dig through the drawers and find the grapefruit knife. Crudely, I start hacking away at the large yellow fruit. Finally I produce a smalll pile of triangular pieces. I am very proud. I hand the grapefruit pieces to Anna. Long moments pass.

"Uh dad?"

"Yes sweetie?"

"Could I have some cereal?"

I don't argue the point, and get her her cereal. Then it soon becomes tikme to get dressed for school. This is always an ordeal. Anna never wants to get dressed, she never wants to brush her hair.

"Anna! I'll make you a deal. If you can get dressed and ready for school, including your shoes, in the next five minutes, I will give you a wizard point." I pause, and then suddenly grab a large knife from the drawer. "But!" I cackle "If you do not then I will chop off the little finger of your left hand!" I slam the knife against the cutting board for effect.

"Dad, you're just joking." Anna says. She is on the floor putting her shoes on and doesn't even look at me while she says this. She has been schooled by wife, as all my children have been. They don't believe a single word I say. On this morning though, she is ready in five minutes, and catches her bus to school by 7:10AM. I get another cup of coffee.

Wednesday, November 08, 2006

MIke's Deer

Originally uploaded by peteshaw.

My brother sent me this cute and funny picture of a deer that he found sleeping in his garage. I was worried that he was looking kind of sick, but Mike assures me that the cute little bambino was up and eating hostas in no time.

Thursday, November 02, 2006

Brothers in Arms - November 2nd,2006

Tonight, Mom had to go downstairs early to watch Survivor, because she is a die hard fan of such stuff. Anyway, I was upstairs reading bedtime stories to the kids. PJ was first, Sam, was second, and Anna was last.

When I started to read to Anna, I had to warn the two boys not to rough-house or carry on. "Guys - You can stay here if you are quiet, but if you fight or make noise I am going to send you to bed."

PJ looked at me, then to Sam, and then took him by the arm. "C'mon Sam" he said. Then he turned to me and said, "Sam and I are going into my ROOM to FIGHT." Then they started to walk out of the room, arm in arm.

Sam looked at me as he was leaving and said, "We are going into PJ's room to fight," and nodded his head at me.

But of course, by starting out with the objective of fighting, they couldn't help but play nice for the few minutes before bed.

Wednesday, November 01, 2006

more halloween news Oct 31, 2006

Anna broke free and went trick or treating with her friends, which was a first.  I stayed at home because my broken toe is hurting me.  Anna came home with a ridiculous amount of candy.  Between the campground, trick or trunk-ing at church, and our neighborhood, we are literally floating in candy.

Sam woke up at his usual 6 AM onTuesday (the 31st) and came into our bedroom. 

"Mom, what day is it?"

Grumbling from under the sheets.  Muttering.  "Its Tuesday."  She croaked.

"Yeah!  Its Halloween day!"  Sam exclaimed with childish glee.

that night, PJ must have heard his parents talking about candy, because as he was trick or treating he would say, after getting his candy, "Thanks!  I'm going to be SICK for DAYS!"