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Klondike Derby

Several of the boys from Pack 369 attended the annual Klondike Derby at Camp Woodland yesterday. The boys had a ton of fun. Here are a few shots of the action.

Tug of War

Tug of War

An impromptu pile...

An impromptu pile…

... that was soon toppled

… that was soon toppled

Snowshoe race

Snowshoe race

Photo history: September thru today

Pulling the files from the the camera’s jam-packed SD card gave me the chance to look through the photos with a separation in time from the event they captured. While the earliest pic I’m posting was taken only three months ago, when your days are as dense with activity as ours are, it seems like longer. Here are some highlights. Click on an image to see the full-size 4×6.

Black Friday in NYC

Not for shopping, though. We went to see “A Christmas Story” – the musical – at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre. The kids had a great time on the train to and from Albany and the show was fun.

The boys in Times Square

Carston and I also had our 15 seconds of fame in Times Square. Google was out in force hyping the Chromebook with their “For Everyone” campaign. They had kiosks set up where you could take your photo and it would show up on one of the big screens right there in Times Square. So now we’re famous.

15 seconds of fame… For America!

Daniel turns 10, Kath turns orange

First, elation over the Kindle Fire last night:

… after that, we celebrated Kath’s orange belt:

Then tonight, dinner at Olive Garden, basketball in the driveway and tenting in the backyard:

Staying power

“Skylanders: Spyro’s Adventure” for the Wii was a big hit yesterday (and still this morning), and we played a few of the board games, too, including Munchkin and Smallworld. But the gift genre that got the cherished “first-thing-played-with” time slot on Christmas morning… again…


There’s something about the rustle of Legos inside that box that makes the kids need to open that box NOW AND I CAN’T WAIT ONE MORE SECOND NOT ONE DO YOU HEAR ME?

The only downside – all the adults tried to help, but they don’t need our help any more. We’ve been reduced to sorting and staging the pieces for the next step, or finding the “missing” piece when that TINY TINY little see-through 1×1 flat piece can’t be found. Next year we’ll have to get some Lego sets for the adults, too.

What to expect when kids help you decorate the tree

That’s right – every one gets placed at the kid’s shoulder height, regardless of how high he can reach up or down. It’s a mystery. Don’t try to figure it out.

Here are the culprits in action:

Summer in review

The last post here was in May – over 4 months ago. Suffice it to say it was a very busy summer. There are some photos but not a whole lot – it appears I spent more time doing than I did recording. I guess that’s a good thing.

One of the gifts of the summer that will keep on giving is this little fella:


He showed up on our doorstep on Saturday, August 27. He was skinny and suffering with pneumonia. We took him into the garage for the weekend, figuring we’d bring him to a shelter on Monday. Well, the shelters were full and here we are. Welcome to the family, Buster.

Check out the summer 2011 gallery for a few more photos.


We checked out Chicago for Spring Break this year. Many photos in the gallery, but here are the highlights.

Day one: Legoland Discovery Center…


… followed by arrival at the hotel which was right next to where the Chicago River hits Lake Michigan. Here’s our view:


We also went to the top of the Hancock Tower to take in the nighttime view:


On day two we went to the Field Museum in the morning. The boys posed with the famous T-Rex, Sue:


… and they were still smiling as we left for the aquarium…


There was a great water show at the aquarium with dolphins, beluga whales, and a seal:


Day three – the planetarium, where there were many interactive exhibits…


… including the Atwood Sphere, which you ride into using a lift on a ramp. The sphere has holes poked in it that show the constellations as the sphere turns around you…


Adios, Chicago!


All Things Thomas

Thomas had his b-day yesterday. The Lego City Airport was a BIG hit:


And then today we went to a tournament at the dojo and Thomas won first place in his sparring group! Way to go, T!


A few more pics in the gallery, too.


Trying to best her prank from last year’s April Fool’s Day[1], Kathleen made these:

Home-made play-doh with real frosting and sprinkles. She even went to Dunkin’ Donuts and got a box to complete the effect because the kids were suspicious all week.

The kids anxiously await their treat:

Knowing they might suspect something from the doughy feel of the fake confection, Kath dishes out the donuts onto plates:

She can barely contain her delight as she awaits her first victim. You can almost tell from the look on Thomas’ face that he senses something isn’t quite right. Still, it’s a donut and the temptation cannot be resisted…

Kath loses it as Thomas digs in:

Daniel, oblivious to the maniacal laughter over his right shoulder, is focused solely on the sugary treat and attacks, much to his own eventual dismay:

This is the true meaning of parenthood – torturing one’s children for no reason other than the fact that the calendar says so.

And before you get too sympathetic towards the little suckers, you should know Kathleen also bought some REAL donuts while she was at Dunkin D’s, which the kids enjoyed.

  1. Jell-O in a glass with a straw disguised to look like juice [back]