Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Bowling (Finally)

After the day we couldn't go bowling, we did return the next day for another attempt. There was a waiting list for a lane. We were 12th on the list, which amounted to about a 70 minute wait. The challenge of the wait was exacerbated by the following rules we adopted for the wait:

  • No candy
  • No snacks
  • No pizza
  • One video game
We passed the time teaching Pete how to keep score, and playing the alphabet game.

Anyhow, we finally bowled. It also occurred to us that we always forget the camera when we go bowling. So these may be some of the only known pictures of Pete and Sam bowling:

Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Carrot Hole

Dad: Pete, are you ok?
Pete: Yeah, the problem is just that I swallowed a carrot whole.
Sam: What's a carrot hole?

Monday, January 28, 2008

Clean Room

Dad: Pete, now that we have your room cleaned up, I think it will be easier for you to keep it clean.

Pete: No, the mess grows faster than my hair.

Friday, January 25, 2008


Each week Dad makes pancakes on either Saturday or Sunday. Pete and Sam get chocolate chip pancakes in the following denominations:

1 large
2 medium
4 small

Note, the large pancake should be approximately the size of a human head:

By the way, if you spent some time with Pete and Sam since the new year, you would know that pancakes also play a climactic role in the video game "Crash of the Titans".

Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Change in Plans

We decided to go bowling on Saturday morning. But When we got there, they were filled up with a league. So it was time to find an alternate activity. We decided to go look at some model homes in the Leesburg area. Everyone had a fun time.

Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Puppet Show

One night last week, after finishing his dinner, Sam entertained everyone with a puppet show. In his never-ending quest to do one better, Pete then relieved Sam and performed the puppet show pictured below:

You may have observed that there is one puppeteer and four puppets. We will leave the rest to the reader's imagination.

Friday, January 18, 2008

Webkinz Tests

Since Pete is not challenged by his tests at school, dad decided to make up some Webkinz tests. So far he got 100% on two tests. You can click below if you want to try them. Warning: there are no answers. If you want the answers you will have to ask Pete.

Webkinz Test 1
Webkinz Test 2

If those are too hard, you can try this easier one that Sam took. (He also got 100%)

Thursday, January 17, 2008

Have You Seen This Child?

An e-mail came in the other day from the volunteer coalition who sponsors the food drive where Pete volunteers. The e-mail said "can anyone identify this young volunteer?"

Friday, January 04, 2008

Sam's Favorite Store

Sam: I want to get some Power Rangers Turbo toys

Mom: They don't carry them in the stores

Pete: Yeah, you can only get them on ebay

Sam: I want to go to ebay!

Thursday, January 03, 2008

Holiday Letter Correction

We mentioned in our holiday letter that Sam has viewed "The Adventures of Sharkboy and Lavagirl" 12 times.

Well, he got the 3-D version for Christmas:

So the new total is 15 (and counting).

Wednesday, January 02, 2008

Can't Spell Anagrams Without S-A-M

Sam and dad were searching for some hidden objects in a Highlights magazine. Dad helped Sam find a few of the items, which prompted Sam to say "thanks Dad, you're my best friend, and my best finder". It took dad a minute before it occurred to him that Sam had scrambled the letters in friend to get finder. I guess they start learning to play on words at a young age.

Tuesday, January 01, 2008

Happy New Year

Pete decided to celebrate the New Year this year by staying up until midnight. Above he is reading in his new reading chair, which is a $10 chair from a yard sale plus an Eagles blanket. No one knows exactly what he did to celebrate the New Year, since everyone else was asleep.