Friday, April 27, 2012

Swimming boy strikes again

It finally got warm enough to enjoy le pool.

Saturday, April 21, 2012

Another critter to the list...

Guess we can add another critter to the list of ones that have scared the pee out of me.  This cute, HARMLESS bunny has darted out in front of me numerous times.   He's a frightening little bunny! 

Some random pics of Ben: 
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Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Butterflies and Bears

There is a tree/bush in our backyard that has produced white flowers, and apparently is very attractive to the butterflies.  There has to be about 20 on the tree.

So I bought Cloudy a butterfly net.... He just holds it and uses his Jedi powers to will the butterflies inside.  

 He might not catch butterflies like a pro, but he does ride a bike!  We brought the "Rocket Bike" home from storage last week and the second I put the training wheels on Cloudy jumped on and took off.  Gone are the days of a tricycle.  We took a stroll around the block and Cloudy rode his bike the entire 2 miles.  Most of the time we were having to jog to keep up with him.  And we dare not touch the pole in the back to help him along.... or we entice the bear within the Cloud..and he WILL gobble you up!

(i.e. the BEAR during Morning Meltdown)
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Sunday, April 15, 2012

Super-Swimming Boy and his Evil Sidekick, Dr. Float

We haven't had much chance to enjoy the pool this past week.
I think Pete and I were the only ones that jumped in: Pete for the heck of it, me after I PUSH mowed 3.5 of the 5 miles it takes to cover our lot.  Thanks to man for inventing self-propelled mowers.
But last weekend when the boys were playing in the pool - Benjamin came up with their superhero names.
Dr Float (Cloudy since he wears a life vest) and Swimming Boy (for Ben)

On the backside of the waterfall rocks we have two very large toads.  Usually we coexist peacefully, but the other night one of those little critters jumped in the hot tub!  We had to fish him out, scared he would not be able to clear the wall on his own.

This fella - a Killdeer bird - kept running in front of me while i was mowing.  For the life of me I couldn't figure out what was wrong with this bird.... then

in my peripheral I saw this teeny guy bopping around!  I made a few more rounds cautious of the nest, and the momma bird started buzzing my tower.  I ceased mowing around him and let him be... So there is a 8x8 square in my backyard that is just a little bit longer than the rest. 

Last Tuesday Ben came home from school and ASKED to go to bed.  Obviously not feeling well he stayed home Wednesday.  He only complained of a headache and occasional belly pains.  His temperature never went over 100 degrees, and I wasn't sure what he had. Thursday I noticed his tonsils were swollen and he started feeling dizzy and had a floating sensation when he laid down. ODD!  Peter took him to the doctor on Friday, and diagnosed him with something viral or MONO.  They could've take a blood sample to prove mono, but the treatment was the same either way: fluids and ibuprofen.    Ben is already feeling better!!

We are missing Bailey as every day passes.  I keep waiting to hear her "arooooooooo" or see her bounce down the hall.  I'm not sure if Talus realizes, she sticks around us like glue.  It's apparent now how much Tally relied on Bailey to hear for her.
I was sure I had explained things well for Benjamin, but Thursday evening we all needed some air and went for a walk.  As I held his hand, I told him I was sorry about Bailey, and he looked at me and said "Yeah, it's ok the vet is going to try to make her better."  I was already having a hard time keeping it together emotionally and that just didn't help; but I explained it to him.
The next day Cloudy told me the same thing! I just agreed with Cloudy.  I absolutely hope that she is all better now.

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Thursday, April 12, 2012


Today we said goodbye to a family member.
We will miss her tremendously!

Monday, April 2, 2012

Going to the big D...

Sunday we explored Dallas.
We walked around Historic downtown all afternoon. We saw art in motion - and it was fantastic. (nick cave "the heard")
We rode a trolley, took a train, and walked a few miles. It was good to work out the muscles from yesterday's unintentional *strenuous* mountain bike excursion.
We bored the boys by looking at architectural buildings. There was a really unique chapel at Thanksgiving Square, it looks almost like a sea shell. I have pictures on my camera, and when we finally move in to our house I will upload my photos to an album to share.

On Saturday we drove down to Dinosaur Valley State Park. We saw dinosaur prints in the limestone river bed that dated back to the Cretaceous period. We actually stood (and swam) were dinosaurs were 113 MILLION years ago! It took over 3 of Ben's foot length to fill the dinosaur toe. We also took in some mountain biking/ bike-pushing-hiking (which is the roughest kind). We all agree next time we leave the bikes at home.