Sunday, September 27, 2015


The above photo may appear like a black rectangle. But if you look closely, and perhaps use your imagination, you might see the eclipse. It was an excellent eclipse that everyone enjoyed tonight for about 2 hours in the late evening, right out in front of the house. Pete even brought some of his homework outside to study by the eclipse-light.

Saturday, September 26, 2015


Mom and Dad went for a bike ride on the WOD trail up to Ashburn Road. Sam did not want to join. They stopped for lunch at Partlow’s barbeque. Dad noticed that they had a nice assortment of ice cream treats. Dad snapped a picture to text to Sam, in the hopes that it would entice him to join next time.

Friday, September 25, 2015

Village Fest Communications

Sam went to Village Fest on Friday night with Garrett and a few of his other friends. Since Sam had his new phone, Dad was able to drop him off and then pick him up later. In the meantime, Dad went out to a nice dinner with Mom. Sam was careful to hang on to his new phone when he went on the upside-down rides.

Saturday, September 19, 2015

Tag Day Photo

Unfortunately, Pete could not participate in “Tag Day” with the marching band this year. He was at James Madison University on his choir trip. Dad was able to capture a photo of his bandmates when they came to the door. Note: hopefully you like the photo since it cost Dad $20 in donation.

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Nine Stomps

One night Sam was getting ready for bed and he asked Dad “How many times do you think I would have to stomp on the floor before Mom would yell?” Dad replied “Nine.” Sure enough, Sam began stomping on the floor, and after the ninth stomp: “Hey!!!!” could be heard coming from downstairs.

Friday, September 11, 2015

Froyo Observations

Dad and Pete went to Luv’n Berry. The plan was for Sam to get something from the ice cream freezer at Manhattan Pizza, but they apparently got rid of the freezer when they opened Luv’n Berry. Dad tried to convince Sam to get something equivalent from CVS, but Sam refused to go in there. Dad took the above picture to prove to Sam that they had lots of the same good stuff that you would find in the ice cream freezer. But to no avail.

Pete and Dad loved the sign in Luv’n Berry “$8.00 per pound, $.49 per ounce” (see photo below). So the intelligent customer will be sure to pay by the ounce and save 16 cents per pound!

Thursday, September 10, 2015


Dad and Pete went to Broadlands Family Practice for the first of Pete’s three Gardasil vaccinations. Dad made sure to ask if it would be quick when scheduling the appointment, since Pete likes to get to school by 9am to avoid waiting in the dreaded tardy line. Unfortunately, the nurse giving Pete the vaccine was not going to let the rule slide requiring that Pete lie down for 20 minutes after getting the vaccine. Despite the pleas of Pete and Dad, they were stuck there. Pete decided to protest this rule by doing the Can-Can instead of lying down on the table. After some additional negotiation with the nurse, they were able to leave after 10 minutes.

Also, in case you were wondering, Pete survived despite not laying down for the full 20 minutes.

Monday, September 07, 2015

Musical Chairs

If you look briefly at this picture, you may conclude that there appears to be plenty of seating in the four spacious chairs in the living room. However, looks can be deceiving. One chair is occupied by mom, one by the rifle that Pete left there for weeks, and one by the small guitar. No problem, you say, since Dad can sit in the other chair. Not so fast. If you look closer, there is another guitar leaning against the arm of that chair. Dad took a seat in the dining room. By the way, that stuff on the coffee table is not clutter. Other than the Burger King crown and guitar pick, all of those items are actually permanent design fixtures on the table.

Sunday, September 06, 2015

Evil Minions

In the entertainment industry, 2015 was known as the “year of the minions” (at least until the new Star Wars movie came out). This was bad news for Pete, since he absolutely hates minions. Especially when they are given their own spinoff movie. Dad figured he better not buy these minion freezer bars that he saw at Walgreens, but he did take a picture of them. Dad figured that Pete would be conflicted about these bars, since he hates Minions but loves freezer bars.

Saturday, September 05, 2015

Make Yourself Comfortable

Pete went to the mall with Mom and Dad for some lunch and to look for some clothes for school. Sam decided to come too. Of course, the trip would not be complete without spending about 30 minutes lounging in the massage chairs at Brookstone.

Thursday, September 03, 2015

Surgery for Mom

Mom’s quest continued to try to figure out what was causing the chronic pain in her side. Today’s phase was the surgery to remove a lipoma, which the surgeon said was “about the size of a chicken breast”. Pete and Sam tried to be nice to Mom for a few days, and help out a bit more around the house. Although the surgery was “successful”, unfortunately the pain did not go away (other than when she was taking Oxycodone). So the search for answers continued.

Tuesday, September 01, 2015

Second Day of School

Sam looked pretty sharp on the second day of school, with his pink shirt and bright neon shoes. Pictured (l-r) are Ethan, Sam, Mason, Mary, Makayla, Maya, Nicolette, and Sasha. It was a big change, being in middle school this year at Farmwell Station.