phrase of the night:

March 16, 2010 by  
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“I want these”, “I want these”, “I want these”, “I want these”, “I want these”, “I want these”…..

Jillian is a talker. I need to record these things better. She keeps making sentences lately and then I forget to jot them down. But last night as John and I tried to sort through things to sell at the preschool garage sale on Sat, she was like a broken record! Apparently she wants everything!

A Little Bit Funny

July 13, 2009 by  
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Last night during our campfire,  Jamie said to her uncle:

“You’re funny Alex.  Not all the way funny. A little bit funny.”

Boys stuff

June 5, 2009 by  
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So a couple weeks ago Ethan said he wanted to be a stay at home dad, not exactly in those words but he said something like “the woman will work”. We had a little conversation where I said he’d have to learn to change diapers and he said he’d make Lego diapers because he “could just hose them off and they’d be indestructible”. Now today he was talking to me about scientists and I asked him if he’d like to be a scientist when he is an adult. He said “no I told you I’m going to do nothing” and when I asked him why he said “I’m going to stay home like you do and no nothing”. Thanks Ethan!

John has been chopping wood for our stove from a bunch of my mom’s trees and the boys have been finding guns and walking sticks while he chops. John took these pictures of Ethan with his gun and Ben playing his “underwear tribe” game.


The Confusing Plan

April 27, 2009 by  
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The folks at were kind enough to give me a second 14 day trial after I told them my iMac died right after I started my first trial.  The reason I’m looking at SmugMug is because I want to share some of our video and I’m not happy with Youtube.  SmugMug has a better terms of service, better privacy options, and they aren’t flooded with trolls.  I also want to get in the habit of uploading more of our photos for backup and to order prints.

Here’s my first test:  A short clip of Ben telling me his plan of how to score a goal on Ethan during a soccer game in my mom’s driveway.

Here’s the transcript:

“We will…You do another confuse that’s not the same confuse and when you’re confusing him, I’ll shoot…you’re confusing him away from the net, I will score in his goal.  Ok?”

I’m not sure which I love more…Ben making the hand binoculars inorder to tell me his secret plan, or seeing just how concerned Ethan is about our scheme.

My How Things Have Changed

January 29, 2009 by  
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We gave Ethan our old digital camera and he has been using it on and off to take pictures.  Last night while I was playing with the new iPhoto he came over and asked me “is there a way you could take my pictures and put them on paper?”  It is amazing how fast we’ve become digital.  Just another reminder that I should be ordering prints more often and I REALLY need to beef up our backup system.

More Kid Talk

January 10, 2009 by  
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“What in the Gods is this?” -Ben’s reaction to dinner last night.  No idea where he picked up that phrase.

“Oh pickles!” – Ethan’s new favorite phrase whenever he gets mad.  Learned this one from a friend.

“You’re my little girl” – What Jamie just said to me when she crawled into my lap while I was writing this.

Kids Words

January 8, 2009 by  
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I love the words that kids create for things.  I’ve been trying to keep track of all the things our boys have said, but I know I’ve forgotten some and I want to make sure I don’t forget anymore.

  • Kneebow pads – shin guards
  • Canyon Balls – cannon balls
  • Turbets – turrets (from playing Spore civilization stage)

That’s all I can remember right now, but I’ll post more as they come to me or as the kids invent them.

Spore Quote

September 27, 2008 by  
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Ben:  Push the love button! Push the love button!

The Forest

April 30, 2008 by  
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I love eavesdropping on the kids while they are playing.  Here’s a conversation they had while playing Star Wars in the yard while I was working on our chicken coop in the garage.

Ben “The Stormtroopers are coming, hide!”

Ethan “I see Darth Vader, he’s in the forest!”

Ben “That’s why he said ‘Use the Forest, Luke'”

Ethan ‘Not Forest, FORCE.  Use the Force”

Ben “Lookout, he’s using the Forest!”

Hungry Dinosaur

January 19, 2008 by  
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Ethan was playing with a dinosaur and making it eat things just now. As he started to pretend to eat Ben’s back, Ben yelled “Hey I’m not vegetation!”. Just another thing I never thought I’d hear one of my kids say!

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