Tuesday, June 26, 2007

camping in jamestown June 23rd, 2007

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Anna, playing with Dustin (in the dirt of course).

camping in jamestown June 23rd, 2007

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camping in jamestown June 23rd, 2007

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PJ and our neighbors iguana.

camping in jamestown June 23rd, 2007

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dinner time

camping in jamestown June 23rd, 2007

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PJ runs across the atlantic

camping in jamestown June 23rd, 2007

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camping in jamestown June 23rd, 2007

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Helmeted and ready for battle, the Shaw boys invaded Fort Jamestown.

camping in jamestown June 23rd, 2007

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Oh my, the boys did get all dirty at the campground.

Sunday, June 17, 2007

Bedtime for Sam

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Bed time for the Peej

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I am cooking breakfast for Sam this morning, (yeah, I know it's father's day, go figure) or brunch, as he specifically asked for.  Kathleen is out doing her weekly grocery shop.  Sam tells me that he wants Pancakes and a Grilled Cheese sandwich.  I guess he figures that Brunch is just Breakfast + Lunch, which sort of makes sense.  But this provokes a fight.  I actually call I don't want to give Sam his cheese sandwhich until he finishes the pancakes.  Sam wants them both at once.  Eventually, he concedes the pancakes first, and I serve them up.  But he wants them cut up.  Which I do.

"No, I want them cut up into squares!"  Sam says.  Clearly, I am doing this all wrong.

"But I cut them into pieces."  I say.

"I want them cut into squares."

"Sam, I tell you what.  I will write Mom a letter and tell her that I apologize for cutting up Sam's pancakes wrong.  Will that be ok?"

"What will it say?"

"What will what say?"

"The letter."

"You want me to tell you what the letter to mom will say?"


"It will say Dear Mom,  I am truly sorry for cutting up the pancakes of our beloved youngest child in a way that was not to his liking.  Love Dad"

Big pause.  "Ok."  Sam starts eating his pancakes, finally.

Anna is very stoked up about her Webkins, which is a stuffed animal linked to a virtual Pet that you can nourish and play with and buy things for.  Of course this takes points.  You can make the points by playing little games.  I here her telling a friend, "I just get PJ to play those games for me, he's a lot better at it than I am.

Wednesday, June 13, 2007

Kathleen and Anna go to New York

The other side to the manly weekend back home in virginia we just had was a womanly time up in New York.  My cousin Rachael was having a baby shower, and Kathleen and Anna got to fly up for a treat, and take the train back down.  They had a ball, although the train ride back was, in my wife's words, "long".

Saturday, June 09, 2007


Kathleen and Anna flew up to New York for my cousin's baby shower, leaving PJ and Sam home here with dad for a manly weekend.  Manly meaning mostly junk food and video games.  That's my plan anyway, I'm not sure what the kids are going to do.  :^)

Also, a quick shout out to another cousin Sarah, who has a blog now, at Suarez News
While I am at it, another cousin Ron who has a bunch of cool photos up at Rons Room

And, now I must return to my junk food and video games.

Tuesday, June 05, 2007

Anna's Room June 5th, 2007

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Anna's room, in its usual state of disarray

Monday, June 04, 2007

a Weekend at home

Friday night Anna had her 'bridging' ceremony, where she and the troop made the jump from Brownies to Juniors.  Queenie, aka Kathleen puts a lot of work into her Girl Scouting, so this was yer another occasion for to showcase her organizational talent.  The brothers were not in attendance; they were staying with a neighbor.

When I went to pick them up, Sam was gone.  He showed up minutes later.  I asked him, "Sam! where did you go?"

"I went to our house because I missed mom.  But she wasn't there so I came back."  This is about 2 blocks away.

"You went home?"  I asked.  Nothing Sam does should surprise me anymore, but he still manages.

"Uh-huh."  He shrugged his shoulders.  I talked to him about it for a while.

PJ was enjoying the fact that I was around all weekend.  He would frequently come up to me and mumble.  "Uh, dad?"

"Yes PJ?"

"What are you doing?"

"I am working on our finances for the apartment building.  Why?"

"Uh, well, I was wondering if when you were done with working on the finances for the compartment building you could" his voice dropped into low voice that sounded like Eyore "something something."

"You want me to what?"

"I was wondering if you would, " I was listening closely now, "play Oblivion with me."  Oblivion is one of my Dungeons and Dragons type games that I usually only let him play when I am there.

"Ok, PJ."

"Great!"  His eyes light up with a smile.  I go back to work.   He is just standing there, looking at me, expectantly.



"As soon as I am finished here, OK?"

His voice shifts back into a mumble.  "Yeah."  PJ shuffles downstairs, but later on we do get to play Oblivion, and it was Awesome!