Friday, November 30, 2007


Sometimes you have to take a picture of a special creation so that someone can be convinced to clean it up and put it away. Below is an example of this phenomenon, featuring Magnetix:

Thursday, November 29, 2007

More Proof That Pete Should Be A Lawyer When He Grows Up

Mom: Where do you guys want to go to dinner?
Sam: Wendy's
Pete: BK
Mom: You have 3 minutes to discuss together and reach a decision

[after 2 minutes]

Mom: Where did you decide to go?
Sam: Wendy's
Pete: BK
Mom (to Pete): If you guys don't agree on a place, we are going home

[after 3 minutes]

Pete: OK, we've discussed it and agreed to go to BK
Mom: How did you get Sam to agree to that?
Pete: I just told him that his choices were BK or go home

Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Pete's Hiking Rules

Pete has his own set of hiking principles.

#1 Trees have branches for a reason, and that reason is climbing.

#2 The easy way is for losers

#3 Risky is usually good

#4 Always choose the path not taken

Tuesday, November 27, 2007


We did our second annual Thanksgiving hike on Thursday. Note that the weather was quite nice, so Pete is wearing shorts and Sam has short sleeves. We did about a 1 mile hike, and then went to see Mr. Magorium's Wonder Emporium while the turkey was baking for dinner.

Pete and Sam are seen above collecting various items in a bucket for creating a nature person.

Also, here is Sam log-surfing:

Monday, November 26, 2007

Maze Party - Invitations

We asked Sam what he wants to do for his 4th birthday party. He said mazes, magic, and invisible.

Here are the invitations:

Friday, November 23, 2007

Playground at Grandma's

One of the nice features of Grandma and Grandpa's house is the nearby playground / clubhouse / pond.

On our last visit, Pete and Sam were old enough to walk over to the playground by themselves.

Some things to do there are feed the fish, play pool, and play in the sand.

It's a small playground, so Sam can get bored after a little while.

This was also the first place we realized that we can hide a toy in the woods and mark it on the GPSr so Pete and Sam can use the device to go look for it, like a mini treasure hunt.

There is also a putting "green", with a sand trap, but it was not designed well so it is almost impossible to strike a ball without it rolling off of the fast, sloped surface.

Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Floam Map

Here is a map of the world that Pete made with Floam.

Note that the crack in the table is the equator.

Also, here is one Sam made, which he calls "Earth".

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

CTR Race

Inspired by Crash Team Racing, dad hid the letters CTR along a "track" in the house so Pete and Sam could race around, grabbing the letters as they found them. Sam had to grab the yellow letters, and Pete the blue letters.

After a few CTR races, we did a few races with crystals.

Monday, November 19, 2007

Link For Hunger

This year was Pete's third year volunteering to help hand out food to the needy as part of the local Link For Hunger program. He went with Dad on Saturday morning. They split up - Pete working on stocking the shelves in his favorite area, while dad helped walk around with the people coming for food and with loading the food into their cars.

Actually, all of the food given out comes from a scouting program called Scouting For Food. Pete also got to participate in collecting the food with his cub scout troop. First they go out and hang bags on all of the doors in the neighborhood. Then they go back a week later and collect the bags full of food. This is the food that is given out at the church.

Friday, November 16, 2007

Thursday, November 15, 2007

Big Boy Bed

Sam is now in his big boy bed. Note that he is completely protected from an evening attack, with one hand on his drive vortex.

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Delaware Hike

We stopped in Delaware on the way home from Philadephia for some lunch and a hike in a nice local park.

On our walk to the geocache, we met a fellow geocacher who was out letterboxing.

Sam was wearing a cape that he found in Grandma's basement, his happy pants, and his rainbow shirt. So he was happy.

Pete brought Libre and Stripey on the hike since the cache we found was called "Here Kitty Kitty". There were some cool big leaves on the trail, about the size of Pete's head. Pete walked around with a leaf in front of his face and asked us to henceforth refer to him as "Leaf Lad".

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Giggleberry Fair

On Sunday of our Philadelphia trip, we went to a fun place called Giggleberry Fair, in Peddler's Village.

In Discovery Land, Pete and Sam enjoyed the dress-up stage, moonbounce, rock wall, games, and drawing table. We also had some pizza with grandma and grandpa.

We also hiked for a few geocaches on the ride home. Pete and Dad hiked some pretty aggressive terrain on the second one, but had to turn back when darkness set in.

Monday, November 12, 2007

More Costumes

Note, these are not Pete and Sam's Halloween costumes. There are just their extra Power Rangers costumes for everyday wear. The weapons are the Drive Slammer and Drive Vortex.

Friday, November 09, 2007

New Castle

On our trip to Philadelphia, we stopped in New Castle to look for our first indoor geocache. The original purpose of the stop was to meet mom's friend Beth, who we learned is now living in the Wilmington area.

The geocache was in a historic renovated courthouse. We got a nice tour from Bob before locating the geocache.

Here are judges Pete and Sam. Note, the Bible in this picture is older than the United States:

Here is Bob showing us a trap door to the area preserved beneath the courthouse. This is where they once kept a prisoner who used a candle to burn down the original courthouse:

Here Bob is announcing that the jury of Pete and Sam found the defendant "Not Guilty":

Here Pete and Sam are in jail with the slaves who were caught escaping through Delaware on the underground railroad:

By the way, it was not Halloween. Pete and Sam just felt like dressing up like Power Rangers.

Wednesday, November 07, 2007

Mario's Pizza

Sam and Pete were very excited when we found Mario's Pizza on our trip to visit Grandma and Grandpa in Philadelphia.

We always take a quick excursion through Newark, Delaware on the trip, to avoid the toll plaza that is South of the Rt. 896 Exit and North of Rt. 279 Exit. When we spotted Mario's, we had to stop there for lunch. Sam said: "My two favorite things, Mario and Pizza!"

Note, in the picture Sam is the blue ranger and Pete is the black ranger.

Tuesday, November 06, 2007

Halloween Shirts

Mom made some cool Halloween shirts for Pete and Sam. Here is Sam's shirt:

Pete's was similar, but had some ghosts on it also.

Thursday, November 01, 2007

Candy Corn

Dad took the day off yesterday to celebrate Halloween.

First Mom and Dad went to Pete's classroom for the Halloween party. The highlight of the event was the candy corn guessing jar. They passed it around the room, and each child got to guess how many candy corns were in the jar. There were about 20 children in the class. Pete announced to everyone at his table that he was guessing 241. When everything was counted, they announced that the second place guess was 200, and the winning guess was Pete's. (There were 226 candy corns in the jar.) Pete's prize was that he got to share the candy corn with his teacher and his class.

Later in the day, Dad went to sit in with Sam's pre-school class. This was good fun, since he arrived during free-play time. Dad and Sam did some puzzles, games, and an I-Spy book. Then everyone did songs together at circle time. In the meantime, Mom read a book and Pete worked on his homework in the lobby.

Then everyone went to do a local geocache. Pete found it quickly, so we all went to the playground for a little while before it was time for some trick-or-treating.