Thursday, April 24, 2008

Cub Scout Hike

Pete and Dad had a fun time on this year's Cub Scout Hike. Dad was the Hikemaster, and the scouts got to find two geocaches during the 2 mile hike. One of the geocaches was one that Pete had found before, and the other was down by the bank of the Potomac River.

Sam and Mom did not join on the hike this time. They were at a birthday party for Gianna, from Sam's pre-school class.

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

How is That Possible?

If you ever have the opportunity to watch Pete at a playground for 5 minutes, you will inevitably find yourself asking the following question: How has he survived this long?

(Followed by: Has that boy ever had a haircut?)

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Food Chain

This is Pete's project he did a few months ago for class. He had to select an animal and habitat, so of course he selected the Bandicoot. Sam enjoys reciting the food chain, which begins "Lion eats man, man eats Bandicoot, ..."

Monday, April 21, 2008

Long Live Band-Aid

When you give Sam a Band-Aid, keep in mind that he will develop an emotional attachment to it, and it will not come off for some time. After many days, a combination of friction and erosion will hopefully lead to the demise of the Band-Aid. Of course, the irony is that the festering Band-Aid provides a greater health hazard than whatever it what supposed to heal.

Thursday, April 17, 2008

Finding Things

Sam is not good at finding things. You can send him to the bathroom for a tissue, and the only two things in there are a big box of tissues and a little tube of ChapStick, and he'll come back 15 minutes later and tell you that there are no tissues in there any place. And by the way, his lips smell like ChapStick.

So giving him the camo Easter egg basket may not have been the best choice. It is a safe bet that shortly after this picture was taken, he placed the basket down to adjust his jacket, declared it lost, and returned home with no eggs.

Wednesday, April 16, 2008


I think we've all seen the pictures of people who look like their dogs.

Perhaps Sam can enter the contest for "people who look like the rocks that they decorated on a Cub Scout camping trip".

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Some Improvement

Mom: "Pete, you did a good job earlier. I asked you to clear the table, and you did it without complaining."

Pete: "Yeah, I just complained inside my head."

Thursday, April 10, 2008

Snowman Jammies

One day Sam inspected his snowman jammies and determined that he did not want to wear them.

Dad: Why don't you want to wear your snowman jammies?

Sam: It says size 3 on the tag. I am 4.

Dad: Ok, tomorrow I'll cross out 3 on the tag and change it to 4.

Sam: Ok, then I will wear them tomorrow.

Tuesday, April 08, 2008

Asteroid Fruit Slices

We had a fun family trip to the mall on Sunday.

Pete and Sam brought their wallets, in case they saw anything they might like to buy. (Translation: the boys brought their wallets to plead with Mom and Dad to let them spend all of their money on Webkinz).

We stopped at the sporting goods store to get a baseball bat for Pete. This is how they make youth baseball bats:

1. Make 50 identical bats
2. Paint them different colors
3. Arrange the bats with black ones on the left, and cool colors and logos as you move to the right
4. Apply price stickers to the bats from $20 to $100, moving left to right

We decided to go home and look for bats on ebay.

We stopped at the candy store on the way out. Pete showed Dad his various candy selections. Sam told Dad that he got four different flavors of "asteroid fruit slices". Dad found out later from Pete that it was actually "assorted fruit slices". But they should really change the name - Sam's name is better.

Monday, April 07, 2008


Pete and Sam are watching our new Mr. Bean DVD, and "sharing" a blanket.
This picture was taken just after we traded our old entertainment center to Aunt Stacey for a treadmill, and got our new one from Craigslist.

I can't recall what the item is that Sam is holding. Most likely either a cigarette lighter or super glue.

Wednesday, April 02, 2008


Sam often accumulates various drinks throughout the day. So his place on the dinner table sometimes has 3 or 4 drinks.