My PitBull, Hatte. We found her abandoned—at 2 – 3 months of age—late Summer of 2010. She has since become the best dog we have ever owned.

There Was No Crying

It’s refreshing to see the kids playing outside… nerf blasters, a big pile of dirt and a few well placed trees provided hours of entertainment today. The heat this Summer has made it, quite honestly, miserable to be outside for even a few minutes—suffice it to say, the kids have played a lot of video games this season. So, with the cooler temperatures of the last week, it’s been nice to see them get back to some good, clean, outdoor fun. Well, maybe not too clean.

UnTwins 2010

UnTwins 2010

Destin, FLA

The hands-down favorite shot from our Florida vacation—Hope and Alec take the beach in Destin.

Alecs’ First Book Report

Diary of a Wimpy Kid

The characters name is Gregory he has a horrible life and he wants to change it. Like his dad is trying to go on a diet but he gets extra cranky. One morning he accidently fell back to sleep trust me he’ll never make that mistake again. What he is trying to do is get on the air vent and he said it’s way better than in bed. But the problem is when it goes off he’s just laying on a cold piece of metal.

He has another brother named Rodrick he’s the biggest kid. So he’s really mean in one part Rodrick gets Gregory and sticks his head in his armpit and I bet it stinks really bad. Also in another part Gregory goes into his room and Rodick said he is going to kill him. But this uther charecter named Heffly grabs his leg and says to Gregory run. Then Rodrick says get off baby hippo and it was funny.

Almost in the end of the book Gregory is trying for the comic. But Heffly gets in and it makes him sad. So he’s stuck with hall monitor. But one day they’re walking on the side walk these mean teenagers are coming by and Gregory throws all the children in a big ditch and they don’t see them. But a mean old lady sees him and boy does he get in trouble. He loses his job and at the end of the book they get in the yearbook for cutest friends.

A Good 3Days

This past Memorial Day Weekend was one the smoothest of recent memory…annnd relaxing. As per the norm, my days were completely fucked up—Sunday “feels like a” Saturday and Monday “feels like a” Sunday—and it was HOT.AS.HELL.

We spent Saturday Sunday with some great friends we hadn’t seen in awhile; lotsa drinks and “smokes” to go around, with a pool to cool off with and lounge in and around. Played Baggo… a silly little beanbag toss game that seems to have a sliding difficulty level based on how many drinks you’ve had—also turns out my 9yo Alec totally kicks ass at Baggo… beginners luck. And what day wouldn’t be complete in our lives without the screams, shrill laughing and tattle-taling from 7 children. Did I mention there were drinks and “smokes”?

Finished up with a great feast that Allan and Susan probably spent way too much time preparing for us. Thanks guys… Good times! 

What Do You Dream?

“I dream that I’m the President of the United States of America. I will be honest, help others and do what I am told. People might think I won’t be able to do it but I think I can. I can study hard, help other people and do my chores. That is my dream of being the President of the United States of America. My plan on doing this is to learn how to be a president, learn all the presidents and see what they do to be a president. Presidents have to be fair, honest and smart and I’m all that stuff. I plan on being the president for 8 years that would be a pretty long time to be the president. The most important thing to do is to get good grades and study hard. Then I might be able to acomplish being the President of the United States of America. The problems I might have not had enough votes to be president or somebody might shoot me. People might not like me and not vote for me at all. I might not be able to be the president. I might already be dead when it’s time to run for president. Maybe I’ll forget my dream and not even want to be the President of the USA. It will be worth it. I would go through all of this just to be the president. My mom and dad will be proud. Then I might even be the President of the United States!! That is my dream of being the President of the United States.”                                                                                           — Alec (8 years)

Piss Poor Puppies

Remember the dogs we had acquired? Well, turns out they didn’t work so well as inside dogs. Apparently, they only seemed to like using the bathroom on my daughters bedroom rug—which obviously wasn’t going to work with us. The kids truly liked them and seemed heartbroken we told them that we would have to find new homes for them; so we have relegated them to the garage, which so far, has worked out nicely. I’ll have to admit that I too was a bit disappointed in their lack of being able to be house trained, but it is what it is—the kids get to keep the puppies and we get to enjoy our rugs… sans puppie-pee.