Sunday, March 17, 2013

St. Patrick's Day

I'm married to a girl that loves holidays.  I mean loves them.  Even the ones that don't count as vacation, like St. Patrick's day.  As a result, I woke up groggy and being pinched because I hadn't had the foresight to put on any green underpants the night before.  But really, that's part of the fun.  This morning, we woke up to everything being green-washed, including breakfast.

While at first green pancakes might seem a bit sam-I-am-ish, they were quite delectable with maple syrup.  The green smoothie is a regular at our breakfast table, but this time it was extra-green for the festivities.    The kids too got in on the celebration of St. Patrick (what are we really celebrating with this one by the way?), Logan with an awesome bow tie and Kayla kicking and screaming in a green skirt because she wanted to wear something pink that her Grandma got her.  Her outfit satisfied both of those requirements, but she still wasn't convinced.  She eventually came around though, and narrowly avoided an entire day of being pinched by St. Patty's day revelers.


Happy almost-springtime everyone, and Happy Birthday Jen & Marcus!  Big hugs all around, and pray for sunshine!


Tuesday, March 12, 2013


Five years ago Tiffany and I got married.  Really it's been almost six years (at a bonfire on Tiffany's b-day)  that we've been nearly inseparable, if you neglect the past few months where I've been touring the midwest for work, but I digress.  Some couples might celebrate something like this with a trip somewhere like Europe or the Caribbean, but we opted for somewhere more exotic - Missouri.  We went to St. Louis where it was a little warmer, a little wetter, and they have great BBQ and an awesome Zoo.  As well, one perk of living in a hotel for the past few months is that we got upgraded to a suite (Kayla loved the two TVs and her pull-out bed).
Logan and I at Pappy's  - he was a natural.
And Kayla lover her Strawberry Fizz.

At the pool - Logan was a little fish and Kayla has almost gotten over her fear of the water.
At the science museum learning about physics and static structures hands-on...  it took her about 20 seconds to destroy the gateway arch.

They also had an animatronic T-Rex, but Kayla was somewhat afraid (read terrified) to get close.  She was however open to doing impressions.  I believe what you see above is her impression of a triceratops that just noticed the T-Rex around the corner, and below is her best T-Rex impression...
...which looks surprisingly like her Hippopotamus impression.

Checking out the elephants - there was a whole family, and Kayla (and Tiffany) thought it was awesome.  See lil' Stampy below

And this guy appears to be hatching a plan for escape.  Just biding his time...

Giving loves to his sleeps sister (I have no idea how she slept through his mauling)
Hitting the road on the way back to the car!

As I'm finishing this I'm realizing that I don't have any sappy pictures in this post.  Tiffany, I guess that will fall on you for the sequel!

Monday, March 4, 2013

Shameless Post of Pics of the Grandkids

Rule #1. To keep the Grandparents happy, live nearby.
Rule #2. When you violate rule #1, post lots of pics.
Rule #3.  Remember rule #2 (we're working on it)
 Logan loves apples.  Really the Log-man loves food. Anything edible.
 He also loves seeing what type of container would be ideal for shipping a big sister to Indonesia.
 ...and playing with the phone (watch out - he looks so cute, but really he's just deleting apps and sending texts).
 Obligatory bath-time shot
 He's graduated to climbing all of the stairs in the house, not just the pansy carpeted ones.

 One of many fancy-shpancy Sunday hairdos.
 Obligatory bathtime shot #2.
 Right now the kids love each other, we'll need to blow this up and frame it as a reminder...

 More Loves!
 Kayla gets into mischief...
 ...while Logan cleans up the mess...
 ...and eats snow.
 Seat of your pants parenting tip:  When you're caught off guard by the snow and don't have a sled, the laundry basket will do in a pinch...

... though not that well.  It's got to be a pretty tight pinch.

 Attacking Tiff with a snowball.  Look at the form!
No wait, look at that form!
 Logan prefers the "I eat my snow by the fist-full" method
Tiffany's method hearkens back to the "if you lick soft enough you can get individual flakes" school.
No, fistful works best.

Happy end of February!