Thursday, September 21, 2017

Doing homework

It's a good thing Jonathan was here or I wouldn't have any idea how to get these worksheets done. 

Monday, September 18, 2017

One more party

Hey! Mom and Dad said I'd get one more party before birthday week was over, but where is everybody?

Ah, that's better. But you all know most of the cake is mine, right? 

Saturday, September 16, 2017


Dad said it's not just for me, but Mom and Jonathan don't like this kind of icing, so you do the math. 

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Happy birthday to me (version 2, part 3)

Another year, another chance to worry about how small that big bear is getting because Mom and Dad never feed it any dessert or make sure it gets enough exercise.

Here I am with the fuzzy guy three years ago this week:

And here I am two years ago:

Last year: 

And this year? The bear and I look exactly the same as 12 months ago:

I do think we should get some better sneakers for him, though. I'm worried about how small he may look next year.

Sunday, September 10, 2017

Making friends

They're both thinking "that one is soft and cuddly."

Friday, September 8, 2017

More and more and more swings

Seriously, this child would sleep in the swings if we let her.

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Nature walk

We took a family stroll by the lake around the corner to explore. While Mom and Dad were looking for frogs, I found a four-foot tall heron relaxing on the lillypads.

We also found a whole mess of small turtles, and then this one that was the size of Emma. 

And Dad found a really tame butterfly on the back porch, which was awfully cool too. 

Sunday, September 3, 2017

Reading together

Three's a difference between "reading together" and "reading, together."

Friday, September 1, 2017

Swinging takes no breaks

Seriously, Dad? We can rest when we're asleep. Not now.

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

First day of second grade

Yep, that's what a second grader looks like. 

Well, OK, this is usually what he looks like. But still. 

Sunday, August 27, 2017

Face pizzas

They sound weird, but they taste delicious.

Oh, yeah, and that's my tooth. It's really, really, really, really loose. 

Friday, August 25, 2017

Taking Aunt Kate to the Capitol

Since we had a few days of summer vacation left, Emma and I decided to take Kate (and Grandmom and Pop) for a mini tour of DC. Luckily, Dad knew a guy who could get us inside the cool parts of the Capitol. (It was Dad.)

Here we are looking at the Capitol dome. The paintings there are ridiculously huge. 
Here's what that dome looks like. 

Not many people know it, but there's a secret train underneath the Capitol building. Pop was a little scared, but we calmed him down. 

And here's what it would look like if Aunt Kate was elected Speaker of the House. Emma is concerned about her tax policies. I'm unimpressed with her speechwriter. 

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Fun with the sprinkler

Yeah, we go to the local pool all the time, but sometimes the sprinkler is more fun:

Monday, August 21, 2017

Eclipse viewing!

We weren't in the path of the total eclipse this week, but we did get a special visit from Grandmom Shane for the solar science lesson, so that was awesome. 

Emma and I had a little trouble with the extra dark glasses, but we figured them out in time to get a nice show. 

Dad managed to get this little Pac-Man picture of the sun through the clouds. But it looked way cooler live. 

Friday, August 18, 2017

Studying up

Summer is almost over. I guess I should look into this whole math thing again to see if anything has changed. 

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Light reading

I don't understand what Mom does with these thick books. There isn't a single picture in here. 

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Fun and games

Everybody thinks of sleeping on the beach at the shore, but you have to remember to try out all the other games too. 

First, we hit the links: 

Ollie and I dominated the shuffleboard court:

Next we checked out the climbing routes at the local playground: 

And no trip to the shore would be complete without some time on the rides:

Friday, August 11, 2017

Greatest game ever

We could do this all day. (And we did.)

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Buried in the sand

It's what all the cool kids are doing this summer. 

Seriously, though, I can't figure out whose legs are where. 

Monday, August 7, 2017

Down the shore

The boardwalk can be a little crazy. I'm just helping keep it that way. 

Saturday, August 5, 2017

Bowling party

I got to catch up with a bunch of school friends today for a birthday bowling party. I'm the one in the picture getting ready for a strike. 

It was great to see everyone. I'll be hanging out with them all again in just a few weeks!

Sunday, July 30, 2017

I have the power!

Yeah, it's Jonathan's light saber, but if he needs backup I'm ready for the call. 

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Angels and devils

Here's Emma and I sitting calmly before mass:

And here we are ... later. 

Monday, July 24, 2017

Ice cream

Ice cream?


Friday, July 21, 2017

One other thing at Disney...

We picked up a lot of memories at Disney, but I lost something there too: 

Yeah, my second tooth fell out. It was hanging by a thread all week, until I ran into Dad headfirst trying to get to an elevator. 

No worries, the tooth fairy found me anyway. Only 22 more to go...

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Dancing Emma

Just Emma being Emma.

Monday, July 17, 2017

Videos from the parks

Close encounter with a giraffe on the Animal Kingdom safari

Jonathan vs. the dancing fountains

Watching the Lion King gymnasts

Emma driving on the Tomorrowland track. 

Riding on Small World.

Saturday, July 15, 2017

Scenes from the parks

Emma and fam on the carousel. 

Everybody on the monorail.

Yeah, Animal Kingdom had dinosaurs too. 

Taking a close look at the Finding Nemo aquarium. 

Scaring the Empire with my big strong muscles. 

Running into trouble with the Empire afterwards. 

Eating in the Coral Reef restaurant. 

Waiving goodbye to Disneyworld. 

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Tour of the parks

During our trip we spent at least one day at each of the major parks (and two at Magic Kingdom). Here's what they all looked like:  

Magic Kingdom is probably the one you know best, because of the big castle in the middle. They had a lot of princesses running around, but Emma got carried everywhere, so I think she had a better deal than the Disney royalty. 

Epcot had the giant golf ball right by the entrance. It's actually a pretty cool ride. Not as cool as the Nemo and Frozen rides we went on here, but pretty cool. 

Animal Kingdom had a full safari ride, which was the closest I've ever gotten to giraffes and a lot of other animals. Mom said we couldn't take any home as souvenirs. She thinks small sometimes. 

Hollywood Studios had all the Star Wars stuff, but also tons of Disney Junior stuff. Jake was there, but I didn't see the other Neverland Pirates. But I did find a gold doubloon, so that was nice.