Monday, June 30, 2008
Sunday, June 29, 2008
Five days (or so) have passed since my last update. Where does the time fly?
Anywho, here are a few pictures from our Sunday.
Wednesday, June 25, 2008
I've finally taken the time to upload some new videos. The shorter one is of Brenna dancing with Farmer Tad, the Banjo God that lives on our refrigerator. The longer one is all about counting.
We've had rain today (more on the Hoes blog), and another huge storm that's skirting us to the east tonight (sprinkling at the moment). Thank goodness for small favors.
Monday, June 23, 2008
And to make matters worse, my wife let me take my shirt off at the pool last night during the church VBS kick off party. First, it's a wonder that my farmers tan didn't blind anyone. And second, it's any wonder I'm getting cremation offers in the mail given my apparent physical appearance. Check out the watch line, that's probably the icing on the pasty fat man cake.
Saturday, June 21, 2008
Below are a few pictures of Brenna from earlier today. She woke up this morning at 6am, hoped out of bed and came into the living room on her own, waking me up out of my sleep (by saying "Hi Daddy" repeatedly until I acknowledged her. We played in the yard, walked around the neighborhood, watched some TV, read, ate some Pop Tarts, and some other assorted things, until Emily got up at 9. She then promptly went back to sleep for an hour. Now she's taking her afternoon nap, tis been an odd day of sleeping for her.
It's 114 here today, 8th day in a row over 110. However, it's actually raining in parts of Arizona today. Wondering where? Check out the Hoes blog for more info on that.
Friday, June 20, 2008
I turned 34 yesterday. Whoopie.
For my birthday I hung a 10 foot strip of guttering (is that a word?) on the north side of the house, and connected four rain barrels to collect the rainwater that I hope to see pouring off our roof in about, oh, two weeks. I think I stayed outside way too long while working on this, I came back in dizzy and nauseous. It was great (not).
My day ended on a positive note, however. Emily had to go to a meeting at the church, so I got to spend a few hours on my own with Brenna. That was perhaps the best birthday gift of all. I have no pictures to commemorate the occasion, as I was busy entertaining her, but I did take some video of her playing with her National Park wildlife blocks, and wondering around the house a bit, so I'll upload that as the mood strikes me.
I squeezed another 6 ounces of Calomonden juice off our tree yesterday (salvaging the fruit before it bursts into flames on the tree from the heat). We now officially have enough to make two more pies! Yum.
Let's see, what else. I haven't stepped foot in the garage to run and/or walk on our treadmill since Monday or Tuesday of this week. For the lack of a better phrase, it's simply too freakin' hot out there to do much of anything. Even after the sun sets everything out there is hot to the touch. Our grill that sits on the back porch, which has a built in temperature gauge, has been reading between WARM and HOT, just from the sun beating on it. I suspect I could slow cook some meat out there without any charcoal if I felt so inclined. But hey, it's Arizona and it's June, what do ya expect?
Album of the day: Minutemen's "Double Nickels On The Dime". What a great CD that I don't listen to nearly enough. Perfect for a Friday afternoon. If you're familiar with the theme song to that MTV show "Jackass", that's the Minutemen.
Wednesday, June 18, 2008
Brenna decided to step up to the next level of reading tonight, having conquered all of her Dora and Diego adventures. She also figured out how to pull herself up on the couch by herself, and did this repeatedly tonight with a big grin on her face.
Optimistically I'd like to think it stayed under 110 today, but I doubt it.
After searching high and low for gutters for the house, it was suggested to Emily that I try Home Depot. I could have sworn I had searched there a number of times with no luck, but this afternoon there they were, like a shining beacon. I have already assembled what I plan on hanging on the north side of the house, and hope to hang them tomorrow afternoon, if I don't spontaneously combust from the heat first.
Tuesday, June 17, 2008
Sunday, June 15, 2008
Friday, June 13, 2008
Hello there, been a while. With Brenna not feeling well this week, and myself suffering from anal glaucoma (ask us about our inside joke), the posts have been fewer and far between.
Here are a few shots of Brenna from tonight, playing with her Plah Doh. If we leave her in her chair for too long, things start getting chucked off of her tray. This was at the pre-chucking stage.
You may be wondering, "Gee, what have you guys been up too lately?". Well, here we go:
- Effective in August, Emily will no longer be paid staff at our church, she'll be doing volunteer work there, and watching children at her mom's house during this upcoming school year. No need to explain in too much detail WHY this happened, but needless to say Emily is being a trooper about the pending change
- After a two week break from running on the treadmill (tweaked my knee pretty good), I finally got back on it yesterday, and with decent results. I slowed things down to a 10 minute mile, thinking I'd run for distance, but into my 2nd mile I managed to find another muscle to pull, and came up lame on that effort. Today I went with Emily to see the new Indiana Jones movie before we picked up Brenna from daycare, so I'll have to give the distance thing another go tomorrow. And since it's supposed to be 110 here, what better time to shed those ten pounds I've been wanting to drop... instantly
- Speaking of, the new Indiana Jones movie, in my humble opinion, was not nearly as mediocre as the movie "critics" made it out to be. I was expecting to see two hours of going through the motions with recycled story lines, gimmicks, stunts, etc, but was pleasantly surprised with how it all played out. Not the best in the four, but worth the matinee prices to see it on the big screen before it ends up at the crappy dollar theater where everything smells like armpits
- Did I mention it's hot? Well, not as hot as it could be, about 105 today, a little warmer this weekend, and a slight cool off heading into next week. The monsoons should be starting in about two weeks, which leaves me holding the bag on trying to get gutters up on the house to collect that precious rainfall for my jungle of a yard
This blog is subject to change, thank you and goodnight.
Monday, June 09, 2008
This Wicked Tongue
You wouldn't think from these two videos that our little girl has been alternating most of the day between violent pooping and throwing up. We thought something was wrong yesterday when Brenna was telling us that her tummy hurt, but she also likes to play this game with us where she tells us numerous parts of her body hurts, so we weren't positive. This morning she woke up throwing up and has been having issues since then. Right now (evening) she's asleep, and we're hoping she has a restful night.
I hope you get a kick out of these two videos, I was too lazy to break out the best parts, but you'll see Brenna:
- Effectively working her shapes ball, naming off a number of the shapes as she goes along (circle, oval, triangle, star - breaking into twinkle twinkle little star when she gets to this one). She also corrected me when I tried to tell her that one of her shapes was a pentagon (it was actually a trapezoid, and I couldn't remember what it was, she called me out on trying to pull the wool over her eyes on that one. Yes, Emily has taught her what a trapezoid is. Sorry, you won't see that on the video, I had stopped filming).
- Singing various parts of the Grumpy Old Troll song, which goes
I'm the grumpy old troll, who lives under the bridge
I'm the grumpy old troll, who lives under the bridge
If you want to come over, all you have to do is this
All you have to do is this
Solve my riddle!
- Singing the Taxi song repeatedly, including an up close and personal version on the last film.
To refresh your memories:
Taxi, taxi, riding in the backseat
Roll the window up, roll the window down
Put the money in the slot, see you later, thanks a lot
Sure beats walking cross town
Thursday, June 05, 2008
Anyone remember this nasty thing that showed up on our doorstep this past summer? I've never screamed so much like a little girl in my life when it snapped at me. I've also never caught so much air jumping in my life.
Anyway, I don't know what it is with me and the front porch, but tonight I was coming back to the front door with a load of overflowing Wal Mart shopping bags in my hands, when out of the corner of my eye I spotted perhaps the largest spider I've ever seen outside of a zoo, following me up to the door. I'm guessing it was a juvenile tarantula, given it's size (the body was about the size of a child's rubber ball), and it's fuzziness (and no, that sure as heck didn't qualify it as "cute"). Just so you know, I'm walking my wife out the door in the morning with a broom in my hand, and will be taking no prisoners.
Ah, yes, stay young kids, stay young. Don't let the man get you down, fight the establishment, pass the pistachios.
(Check out the Art Gallery, I finally posted something new there)