Don't Feed the Animals

And now you are four
July 30, 2009, 5:40 pm
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And riding a bike…

gage's birthday 1

And showing me how to play video games on a handheld gaming device…

gage's birthday 2

Happy birthday, Gage! We love you!


Oh fine, Dad—YOU WIN
July 18, 2009, 6:02 pm
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You know that grade-school science “experiment” where you place a white flower in water that contains food coloring and then SHOCK! SURPRISE! the flower turns PINK! or BLUE! or WHATEVER COLOR YOU USED! Proving once and for all that PLANTS DRINK WATER! And ABSORB WHATEVER IS IN THAT WATER! 

Following this logic, doesn’t it stand to reason that if you apply Miracle Gro to your tomato plants, especially when little green tomatoes are already on those plants, you might as well just sprinkle some Miracle Gro over your breakfast cereal and be done with it? 

My dad says no. He says applying MG to my tomato plants is not the same as “eating chemicals straight from the box.” Rather, he claims that MG will simply allow me to grow tomatoes that look more like this:

(This would be the tomato that I bought at the farmer's market for about $5. No, I'm not kidding. $5.)

And less like this:

Tiny Tomato

(Actually, I believe his exact words were, “I’ve been growing tomatoes like this for years and look at me. Huh, huh, huh. Does it look like I’ve been eating chemicals all this time? Huh, huh, huh.”) 

(Oh, I kid.)

I don’t know, Dad. Does this look like what the Native Americans used when they showed the Pilgrims how to grow corn? Does it? DOES IT?

Miracle Gro

If Gage grows a flipper, you’ll know what happened.

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Perhaps it is obnoxious even to mention this, but…
July 16, 2009, 2:44 pm
Filed under: Makes me laugh

Someone in this household BIT HIS OWN FINGER while eating a sandwich. Such that it required an ice pack.

And when I told another member of our  group about this incident, he shrugged and said, “I’ve done that.”

And then, when I stood there with my mouth hanging open, because really, what do you say to an adult person who has just admitted to BITING HIS OWN FINGER while eating a sandwich, he confirmed, “It hurts.”

July 15, 2009, 5:08 pm
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In an effort to get away from our yard, which is about to swallow our house World-Without-Us style, we took Gage to my grandma’s cabin on Lake Wenatchee last weekend. He (and therefore we) spent most of our time actually in the lake, generally ending up there unintentionally. He kept wading into the water up to his ankles, then crouching down to examine some rocks, then sitting down a little too far and…whipping around to try and figure out why his butt was wet. He’d look at the lake, then at his shorts, then at the lake, then at his shorts, then shrug and wade in up to his waist.

I packed five shirts and five pairs of shorts and underwear for what was essentially ONE AFTERNOON at the beach, thinking this was wild overkill, but since he has itty bitty clothes that fit in an itty bitty suitcase, why not over-prepare.  You can hand me my award right now, because he had ONE shirt and ONE pair of shorts and ONE pair of underwear left by the end of the afternoon. Apparently, I’m not much sharper than he is, because by the time I figured out that he shouldn’t be let outside without his swimsuit on, it was bedtime.

Outfit #1:


Actually prepared:




I think this was Outfit #4 (Let’s not even talk about Scott’s “sun hat” and how it ages him, oh, SIXTY YEARS. Not pictured: the walker he used to get down to the beach.):


You have to get out of the water sometime, preferably before you’re hypothermic:

change of pace

We had a great time.

Around the neighborhood
July 13, 2009, 7:18 pm
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Out enjoying the summer weather. Hope you are, too!

Orange poppies



Bad Blogger
July 9, 2009, 4:20 pm
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dirty window

No, I haven’t abandoned this website. Back soon, I promise.

Happy Birthday, America
July 4, 2009, 5:54 pm
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We celebrated with doughnuts. One of us sang the Happy Birthday song while licking his doughnut’s American flag frosting into a drippy mess. Then we went to Target and bought you a fish-shaped inner tube and a fancy squirt gun. Also a jar of on-sale mayonnaise—a spontaneous purchase—it was 3.99, but now 3.38! Later there will be a picnic. And, if we can find them at the last minute, sparklers.

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