Saturday, December 31, 2011

Thursday, December 29, 2011

Dad Enters the 21st Century

Dad enjoying the wonders of a tab.

St. Louis Zoo in Lights

At Christmas the Zoo is lit up with lights.  This was the first year we went and it was beautiful.  We had a great time with Grandma and Grandpa and the Rages cousins.  I hope this becomes a Christmas tradition.  By the way, Katie went with us.  She is in the moby under my coat nice and cozy.

Sunday, December 25, 2011

Saturday, December 24, 2011

Friday, December 23, 2011

Friday, December 16, 2011

Sunday School Girls

I teach sunday school and these are a few of the girls in my class.  They are sweet and help lots with Katie.

Sunday, December 4, 2011

Grand Illumination

We were able to see the Grand Illumination at Williamsburg this year.  We tried to see it when William was about 10 months old.  We booked a hotel room for two nights and got to the historic area in plenty of time.  However, William let it be known that Illuminations were not his thing.  Loud and persistant crying drove us back to our hotel room.

Several years later he decided he really like the illumination.  We did too. 

Thursday, November 24, 2011


One of the most gratifying thigns about this Thanksgiving was when William came around the corner and saw the table set for our feast.  He came to a dead stop, sucked in his breath, and then said, "that is beautiful", with a big smile on his face.

However, as you can see I did not get a picture of the beautiful set table.  It wasn't on purpose.  I just forgot.  Which is perhapse telling.  It isn't the china that makes Thanksgiving.  It's the faces behind the china that are the most important.

Friday, November 11, 2011

Toys, Who plays with Toys?

I have asked myself more times than I can count, "Why do we have a closet, no a room full of toys for our son?". Moreover, "Why do I stress about trying to find him 'good' toys?". He never plays with them, or hardly ever. Part of me still believes its because I just have not found him the right ones. I wonder if perhaps he will turn out to be a sissy momma’s boy because all he ever wants to do is whatever I'm doing. Well that is an overstatement. He does spend quite a bit of time outside, but not really playing with toys. Filling socks up with red dirt in order to transport it from one part of the yard to another, yes. And also, yes, they are the socks he was wearing when I sent him out to play. Why he feels the need to have sock buckets instead of using the three real buckets he has I'll never know. Just an aside, I've figured out how to deal with the red dirt stains all over his socks.  I just buy socks with blue bottoms and you can't tell if they are dirty or stained.  

Below is yet another way in which he occupies his time. Notice the flowers on the dogs head and his own. I'm not sure how long this game went on, but I do know it was much longer than any of the times he spends playing with a toy.  I'm sure you would not think to wonder where this pretty yellow flower came from, so let me enlighten you. It came from a mum I was trying to use to spruce up our front porch. We have, or I should say had, mums, bushes and a rose bush around our porch. Perhaps the rose bush will survive. If it does it will not have roses on it. Again, I can not understand the logic behind it, but my son can not resist the temptation to pluck peddles, leaves, and even branches. No amount of training, teaching, spanking, threatening, or bribing seems to work. Combine this habit with dogs who like to dig and you have one frustrated gardener.