Thursday, October 30, 2008

Halloween fun

Here's our little Stinker.

Back view...

Eating their spoils from the cupcake walk...

Left to right: Star-bellied Sneetch, Skunk, Reaper, Kale the Fireman, Rob and Christina BYU fans.

Fishing for fun.

Not sure if Charlie really "got" this game but after standing in line watching all the other kids try to eat their donuts without hands, Charlie just reached up and grabbed the donut and put it in his mouth. Just like that.

In the R.S. room dancing to the "Thriller" music video (FYI: Thriller is 25 years old Oct. 29th, the night of our party.) We had to wear glow-in-the-dark teeth while we danced.

Don't look too closely, the eyes are a little scary!

All in all, it was a great Halloween party. Charlie just followed all the steps pretty emotionlessly. As soon as we got home, the excitement caught up with him and he was bouncing off the walls, reliving the whole night. He had a pretty good time. And so did we, watching him.

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Charlie Chaplin

This was definitely something I was not prepared for. No one told me that my heart would break every time my child got hurt. A fall in the church parking, a mouth full of blood, and a piercing scowl...enough to stop my world. Maybe I've been lucky so far, and I hope I'm able to handle myself if and when something worse happens.

Sunday, the day of the fall, after a nap...

Today, happy as can be!

Thursday, October 16, 2008

We're having a....

Here you go, mom. Your joke wasn't wasted after all.
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Grand Opening!

On Columbus Day (observed) we had an official ribbon cutting ceremony deck party. It was a lot of fun. It also was a combined birthday party for Shelly with a Halloween slant. Dave smoked some brisket and we had lots of friends over. Good times.

Dave cutting the ribbon.

3 + 1 candles = 31

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

A day at the farm

Southern Maryland is great because it is country enough for people to have these working farms where they offer all sorts of fun things to do. A whole store full of barrels and barrels of fresh apples, pies, pumpkin donuts, animals, corn maze, tractor rides! We had a great day! It was like kid heaven.

Charlie and his little friend, Anna, playing in the grain feed box.

Trucks rock his world.

"Ah, this is the life." Inside a cute little covered bridge.

Jeffery (in orange), otherwise known as "Feffery" is Charlie's hero.

Neat, fun tunnels! They were like little moles.

We are definitely going back there!

Tuesday, October 7, 2008


For dinner we had Japanese food. I was craving "natto" (fermented soy beans) that I used to eat in Japan. Both Dave and Charlie tried it and liked it well enough, even though a lot of Japanese people don't like it. We also had some miso soup. Charlie like the little pieces of tofu and especially liked the "wakame" or seaweed.

Our new deck

Great work Dave!

Can't get enough of these...

Charlie is getting really good at eating with a spoon and fork. The yogurt especially. But getting that last little bit can be difficult...

Thursday, October 2, 2008

Like Ducks are we...

Charlie, ready to brave the weather and go get the mail.

Here we are, all "ducked" out.

I thought the reflection of the raindrops was a cool effect.

At the mailboxes...

Sorry the vid is a bit dark...