Crate Training

Lucy came to us crate trained. She actually loves her crate. She cheerfully sleeps in it at night, she doesn’t fuss when we put her in it to go out, and she sometimes retreats to the crate when she needs some privacy.

The boys know the crate is Lucy’s “safe spot.”

They know it, they just don’t stop fooling around in it.

They look so happy.

Lucy is pretty patient, but I think she wishes they would just play “puppy” somewhere else.

Or, play with HER. Preferable a game involving bacon.

Or cheese.

September 30, 2011. David, Lucy, Matthew. Leave a comment.

Potato Harvest

We went to the potato harvest a few weeks ago and got a basket full of potatoes. The boys were very excited by the idea of digging them up, but the farmers had turned the field so all we had to do was pick them up.

David was very disappointed.

We got some big ones, and some comically small ones.


The experts say that when children participate in growing, harvesting, and cooking their food, they are more likely to eat it.

The experts, as usual, were wrong.

No one would touch their newly harvested, very delicious potatoes. Now, if I had turned them into french fries, maybe…

September 29, 2011. family. Leave a comment.

Lucy’s Ride Along

Lucy likes riding in the car.

In fact, last week when I was rushing out the door, yelling at the kids to Hurry up! Grab the bags! Head to the car! I turned around and realized exactly one child was in the car.

Lucy. She heard “get in the car” and she Got In The Car.

So when I headed out to pre-school pick up, I brought her along.

See? Happily riding in the car. She’s such a good dog.

P.S. – Pre school pick up? Kind of a snooze fest.

September 27, 2011. Lucy. Leave a comment.

Happy 4th Birthday, David!

David is four years old today. He is celebrating with a party with friends at My Gym and dinner at home with family.

Matthew holding David, Oct. 2007 (1 month old)

At four, David has some firm opinions of things. His favorite food is spaghetti.

David and Daddy, Oct. 2008 (1 year old)

His favorite game is football. Or soccer. Or baseball. If it has a ball, he wants to play it.

Feeding Puppy some yogurt, Oct. 2009 (2 years old)

His favorite movies are “Cars” and “Cars 2.”

Prepping the Thanksgiving turkey with Matthew and Daddy, Nov. 2010 (3 years old)

He likes to read, he loves books on tape, and his favorite library book is “Louise, the Adventures of a Chicken.”

First day of pre school, Sept. 2011 (3 3/4 years old)

His favorite thing to say is, “I will fight them to death.” He’ll say this about spiders, ghosts, imaginary kung fu opponents… anything even remotely scary.

Enjoying his party with friends, Sept. 18 2011 - 4 years old!

He is a joy and we are so lucky to have him in our family.

Enjoy being the birthday boy, David!

September 19, 2011. David, family, special occasions. 1 comment.

Rock Stars In Training

We had a solid week of rain last week. After being cooped up for so long, the boys invented a new way to burn off some steam.

Beds look just like a big stage

Lip-syncing rock stars jamming on David’s bed to very loud music from “Cars.”

Air guitar is awesome!


Loud singing is a must.

Rock stars make awesome break dancers.

Not done jumping yet!

A perfect end to a perfect concert.

September 15, 2011. David. 2 comments.


We got all ready for hurricane Irene the last week of summer, but that was nothing compared to the flooding we got with tropical storm Lee. It rained the entire first week of school.

It rained. And it rained. And it rained. And it rained.


On Thursday it rained really hard off on during the day. The ground had soaked up as much water as it could. We started hearing flood warnings, hardly surprising. I checked the basement periodically, but it remained blessedly dry.

A river runs through the front yard.

As much water as I have ever seen in the front yard.

Water in the backyard where it has collected before.

Water where it has never collected before.

Water RUSHING around the swing set. Crazy!

Grandma and Yeye were visiting. I took advantage of their help and headed to the gym, leaving Grandma to pick up Matthew from the bus stop. She called at 4:15 to tell me the buses could not get to school because of flooding. I was on my way home, so I rerouted and headed to school. My first attempt through the closest neighborhood failed when I encountered water so deep it covered the tires of cars parked on the street. West Ox Road was fine, although we all had to go down to one lane to avoid some big puddles. I headed for the side of Fox Mill Road with the higher trough (lower hill?) figuring it was the likelier side to be passable. I had a back-up plan if I couldn’t get down the road, but I was successful.

Once at school, I joined a line of other parents picking up their stranded kids.

It was a very wet wait. I only had my raincoat, since I didn’t plan to stand out in the rain. Inside, things were orderly, in a mildly chaotic sort of way. There were a number of staff members taking our names, the names of the kids we were picking up, and their grades. Then a runner would go to the classroom, pick up the kids and deliver them to waiting parents in the lobby.

Matthew came trotting down the hallway with his back pack around 5 pm and said, “Mommy, why didn’t the buses come get us?” I told him he would understand when he saw the water on Fox Mill Rd*. I dressed him in my rain coat and we jogged out to the car.

I had no snacks with me, so we ate the apple slices he didn’t finish from lunch. When we drove through the impromptu river flowing over the road, Matthew exclaimed “Wow. That’s a lot of water.”

It was. It was the only time I worried. Although I saw car after car go through, I could feel the water pushing against the tires as we drove. “This,” I said to myself, “is why people aren’t supposed to drive on flooded roads.”

We made it home at 6:15 pm.

Then I had to walk the dog. At least I had a chance to put on dry clothes and grab an umbrella.

And there was a nice glass of wine poured by my mother-in-law waiting for me when I got back.

* PS – If you click on the link and see the video, you should know there isn’t usually a pond on the far side of the road. To my knowledge, there isn’t usually water of any kind over there.

September 14, 2011. Matthew, Mommy, school. 2 comments.

David’s First Day

David started in the Star Ponies class today. He was pretty excited to go.

He was a little less excited once we got to school.

We headed in to the class and found some familiar friends from last year. I stayed for a few minutes until David settled in to playing with the stuffed ponies next to his pal Lindsay.

I know he’ll have a great year.

September 13, 2011. David, Mommy. 1 comment.

First Grade!

School starts today! Even though I have been counting the days for a month (oh. my. gravy. the. fighting!) I was a little sad last night thinking about Matthew heading off for his first full day of school.

That boy is going to be tired.

But he is really excited about starting back to school. Our morning went smoothly – he even made his bed – and Matthew headed out the door for school with his back pack, his shoes tied, and an umbrella because it’s raining.

Posing for the camera.

Heading out the door with Daddy.

Here comes the bus! Matthew was the first one on.

David and I waited on the porch while Daddy waited at the bus stop down the street. Now I just have to occupy my mind until 4 pm when I head out to pick up my big, first grade boy.

Wonder if I’ll get any actual information out of him? (No, I don’t think so, either.)

September 6, 2011. Matthew, special occasions. Leave a comment.

Unique Celebration

Ho, ho ho! Merry…..

. . . Labor Day.

Just go with it.

September 6, 2011. David. 1 comment.