- You have to throw/bounce the ball to the other person--if they catch it, you win.
- You may use certain moves, such as the frog dance to help you catch the ball.
It was very exciting. When I was throwing the ball to T.S. he would quietly repeat, "I hope her wins, I hope her wins." He tried very hard to catch the ball every time because he wanted me to win.
C.W. caught a few balls but mainly served as the cheering section. When someone wins, you cheer very loudly and wildly for them. I'm sure Razbilly will catch on and be the next sensation--probably even an Olympic sport someday.
Tuesday, September 30, 2008
Monday, September 29, 2008
Saturday, September 27, 2008
Friday, September 26, 2008
Me: What do you want to be for Halloween?
T.S.: A pirate.
Like you were last year?
Yes, I'm going to wear the mask.
You mean the eye patch?
No, the Batman one.
So you want to be Batman for Halloween?
Yes, a Batman pirate.
Mom, you need to get me a tiger suit.
A tiger suit?
Yes, you know, like a costume.
Oh, so you want to be a tiger for Halloween?
I wonder what he'll end up choosing. Sadie used to decide months in advance and never waiver, not so with T.S. We'll have to put a cut-off date on choosing a costume, after that date he won't be able to change.
As we got out of the car:
Mom, look at all the pretty stars.
Yes, there are a lot tonight.
You know what would be really cool? A shooting star...
Thursday, September 25, 2008
I debated titling this Adventures of Underwear Boy or Pajama Boy--he loves to wear his pajamas everyday as long as he can (and who doesn't?). But, on a moment's notice, usually after being fully dressed, he often appears in just his underwear. We've been discussing that next year in Kindergarten, this is not appropriate, we must keep our clothes on at all times. To try to put into words what T.S. does on a daily basis would be futile. Let's just say he comes up with lots of great ideas, has fun most of the time and is generally a hoot.
Wednesday, September 24, 2008
Tuesday, September 23, 2008
We've mentioned Petunia a few times so I thought I'd show everyone a picture. She is a really good dog that is growing older and has lately had a little arthritis and seems to be a little hard of hearing. The kids call her Tunia or Tuna. She isn't well trained but we love her. Here are a few things for which we have come to depend on her:
- snake killer
- kid protector--she's always gone in front of the kids and checked out bushes, etc.
- guard dog--she usually doesn't let strangers in the yard
- hunter--we've found everything from pheasants, rabbits, rats and chickens in the yard--she loves to make sure you see what she killed
I decided that I needed to get a few pictures of her before it is too late. Every time I think she's about done she surprises me by running and playing with us. Hopefully she'll be around for a long time to come. She wasn't very fond of the camera. The one of her laying down is beside the air conditioner--one of her favorite spots. She loves to lay there and survey what's happening around her and bark at the occasional rabbit or nothing at all.
Monday, September 22, 2008
Sunday, September 21, 2008
Saturday, September 20, 2008
The gray one is Tally and the darker one is Tiger.
Sally eating. The last picture is me rubbing Sally trying to get her to do her business--Sadie thought it was important for everyone to see the whole process. Her kittens are Sally and Tally. So far we've gotten them to pee, but no poop. We are hoping for that this afternoon, otherwise there may be some issues.
Friday, September 19, 2008
- After feeding, you are supposed to burp the kitten. Everything I read suggests putting them on your shoulder and patting their back. If that doesn't work and they are bloated you can give them infant gas drops. (crazy) T.S.: "How are we supposed to know they burped?" Me: "I have no idea."
- Baby kittens need to be stimulated after eating so they will take care of business (poop and pee). Mama cats do this by gently licking the bottom, etc. Sadie: "Do we have to lick them?" We have been attempting to gently rub with a soft cloth for the desired effect.
- Supposedly it is really important not to miss that "midnight" feeding.
We did see the mama cat tonight, I ran outside with the box of kittens--she ran off. I left them out there for a little while, but it was getting cool and the kids started crying so I brought them back in. Hopefully the kids will have settled on names tomorrow. Sadie says she is naming hers Sally and Tally. T.S. can't decide between Lightning, Fred, Tiger and Flashlight. Me: "Flash would be a great name." T.S.: "No, I said Flashlight."
When mom got in the pickup to come home for lunch today she heard a strange sound and thought "oh no, the cat's here again." To her surprise it wasn't the cat, but 4 baby kittens. We put them in a box by the garage hoping the mama will find them soon. They are really cute--still have closed eyes. If she doesn't find them soon, Robby is buying kitten milk replacer. I guess we'll get to play mama cat.
Thursday, September 18, 2008
Tuesday, September 16, 2008
Sunday, September 14, 2008
Sadie and Otis waiting to go in the ring.
As you can see, they took off part of the shell of an old school bus and replaced it with a cooker made out of a huge propane tank. One half of the cooker is powered by propane to grill. The other half is a smoker. The round fire box on the back of the bus has an inverted top that serves as a wok for cooking (or as a seat for Sadie and T.S. at the fair).
It was very hard to photograph inside the barn, once we get it home and outside I'll take pictures so you can see the detail better.
Friday, September 12, 2008
Thursday, September 11, 2008
Tuesday, September 9, 2008
Friday, September 5, 2008
Here's what actually happened. I had to put the puppets together, the boys were able to put a few things on them. (the package said 4+--apparently they don't really test them out). Then the boys started their "puppet show." It involved a lot of shooting and puppets ramming into each other. Then, the puppets were able to fly. Finally, the puppets were carried around the house in the toy crescent wrench. Not exactly what I envisioned, but they had a great time.
Thursday, September 4, 2008
- Here is a sampling of what C.W., T.S. and I did today.
- "Fed" Tom Duncan and the calves--the goodwill measure of giving cake to the donkey continues (the donkey is still not letting us close)
- Played play-doh--even mixed colors (those of you who know me know that is a big deal)
- Played baseball
- Checked the chickens
- Played outside
- Ate spaghetti
- NAPS (except me)
- Had a snack with Sadie when she got home (T.S. was still asleep)
- Caught the lambs, walked the lambs, set up the lambs, fed the lambs (T.S. still asleep; Sadie did all of the work with the lambs, C.W. and I just observed)
- TV time--we love PBS in the afternoon (T.S. decided to wake up with a little coaxing from C.W. and me)
- Early supper
- Meeting at church--kids went too
What a fun day, can't wait to see what happens tomorrow.
Monday, September 1, 2008
Todd the Turtle came to visit us. He has been hanging out in the puddle by the driveway all day. He has even put up with being picked up, poked and prodded. Maybe he is the newest zoo member--I'm sure word is out that we have great accommodations around here.