Thursday, October 25, 2007

I am sorry for my lack of postings. I know I have just been terrible about posting new stories up here. It is not for a lack of funny moments. The things that happen, they happen have sort of a half life, and the longer you wait before you commit them to pen and paper (or bytes and electrons in this case) the harder it is to vividly recall them. So many funny things, so many cute moments, always happening around me.

PJ missed the tooth faerie last Monday night. We explained to him the next day, "Sometimes, when a boy or girl stays up too late, the tooth faerie won't come in. PJ was very worried, but he happened to ask Anna if this had ever happened to her. "Oh, yeah," Anna said, "the tooth faerie missed me a bunch of times."

"What happened?"

"I just left it under my pillow, the tooth faerie usually comes the next day."

"Okay." PJ was very relieved. I also was able to substantiate the fact that we have a very unreliable tooth faerie in this household.

Anna and I go to "High School Musical... on Ice!" tonight. It is somewhat bizarre how modern youngsters have become so enamored with the HSM mythology. I don't get it. Maybe its just that they had never seen or heard of a musical before, and HSM was just jumping up to fill the void. A friend of mine was complaining that his daughter wanted to be Gabriella for

I watched Sam play soccer on Saturday. The kids ran around kicking the soccer ball. It hardly ever went in the goal. Instead, the crowd of 5 year olds jsut swarmed around the ball until someone kicked it off in some random directions, and then the coach would just produce another and throw it into the swarm and tell them to keep playing. The kids had a ball! I don't even think they noticed the score, if there was one.

I have been yelling up a lot lately. Mostly things like. "Put on your shoes, we have to leave." Then, "Please put on your shoes." Then, later still, "PUT ON YOUR SHOES NOW!"

"All right, all right, if you would just ask me nicely I would do it. Why do you have to yell all the time.

Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Dana and the Cholocolate Chips

Question: How many chocolate chip cookies can a mixed breed 70 pound Lab/Golden Retriever safely eat?

Answer: At least eighteen.

Kathleen made the mistake of leaving the tempting treats out on the counter top while she ran some errands this evening. Luckily the chocolate in the cookies wasn't enough to make our voracious moocher of a dog sick.

Monday, October 15, 2007

PJ is a cub scout!

Originally uploaded by peteshaw
Last Thursday we went to our first Den meeting! Very exciting stuff.

Sunday, October 07, 2007


I have removed the Simpsons movie widget from the right hand side of the blog and replaced it with a widget promoting Wes Anderson's (Rushmore, The Royal Tenenbaums) new movie The Darjeeling Limited. Have not seen this movie, but I love the older ones, and I am really like his inclusion of The Kink's "Lola vs. Powerman" tracks. All good stuff.

Thursday, October 04, 2007


Now that school has been back in session for a month now we have all gotten back to our hobbies.  Each of our children has there own special activity.  PJ has Tae Kwon Do, and the awesome Master Jay who can actually engage PJ in something that doesn't involve pixels.  Anna has nominated herself to be soulmate and kindred spirit for our new dog Dana.  Dana sleeps under Anna's bed.  When you stick your head in her room you just sees a nose sticking out and here the "THUMP THUMP THUMP" of her tail banging on the underside of the bed.  And Dana likes Anna way more than either Kath or I, who in her eyes are just "big scary people who take me to the vet."  And Sam has started Soccer.  He is so cute in his shin guards and cleats.  When Sam gets back from Soccer, I always ask him how it was.  "Awesome!" he says.

Wednesday, October 03, 2007

Sampson State Park - Labor Day 2007

Originally uploaded by peteshaw
Here are the kids again, huddled around the gameboy. (Do you seem a common theme?)

Monday, October 01, 2007

Sampson State Park - Labor Day 2007

Originally uploaded by peteshaw
PJ, Sam, and cousin Andrew share in on gameboy fun on the deck of Wagner's vineyard, while the parents are off getting soused in the background somewhere.