Saturday, May 30, 2009


We went to the Drive In last night. When we finally got to the cubicle to pay we found out that they don't accept debit cards. Cash only. Since neither Seth nor I carry cash, we had to go get some. On the way out of the Drive In, Gordon said, "My idea is that you can use some of MY money."

Friday, May 22, 2009

Camera Shy

We went to the dentist today. After the technician finished with the X-Rays, she told me that when Mia went back to have hers taken she said, "I am camera shy." and she kept closing her eyes at the camera.


Today while we were driving in the car, Gordon said, "Dad has had too many hair cuts and now he doesn't have any hair left. I don't want too many hair cuts."

Wednesday, May 20, 2009


Jared gave Gordon his old bicycle for his birthday. Yesterday Gordon was riding it and he tipped over on it. A little while later I was outside with the boys watching them play. After Gordon got on the bike and started riding it, without falling down, I heard him say, "Thank you for not falling down." In a deep voice he said, "You're welcome." Then Gordon said, "That's not my bikes voice. That's Jared's voice."


After going to the bathroom, Gordon ran up to me very excited. He said, "My bottom has a funny voice and it makes Ellis laugh!"

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Bug Ball

Last night I was tasked with helping Mia prepare a Family Night lesson. The difficulty was not in preparation, but decision-making. I offered at least 30 different topics, ideas, and activities to her over a period of more than an hour and spanning over dinner, only to be rejected time and time again. I almost had her at "earthquake preparedness," but that was eventually shot down also.

Finally, in defeat, I told her to just pick something and then I would help her prepare it. At the last moment before starting time, she came to me with full confidence and excitment in her eyes. I asked her what she wanted to talk about, which she summarized in a single word: bugs.

So I helped her slap together our spiritual enlightenment for the night, which included some common misconceptions about bugs and a stupid video on youtube which was done to The Ugly Bug Ball from Summer Magic. The kids loved it (and maybe the parents found some enjoyment in it too). Even though we didn't have the full attention of any one of them the whole night, we did get much more involvement from them than we've had in a while. And we danced the "bug ball" to groovy 60s tunes and the chipper voice of Burl Ives. How cool is that?

I think the church website needs a suggestion box for FHE lesson topics.

Saturday, May 2, 2009


I told Gordon that I was going to call Karen and asked him what I should say to her. He said, "Ooga-Booga!" I thought it was so funny that I let him call her and when she answered the phone he shouted, "Ooga-Booga!" and then he was done.