Tuesday, July 31, 2007


Originally uploaded by Bheeshmar

Today we played hooky and went to Schlitterbahn in nearby New Braunfels. The boys really enjoyed playing in the various pools. Pictured here is the kiddie wave pool.

During our trip, Xander figured out how to flip underwater! It was very exciting.

Friday, July 27, 2007

Duncan practices writing

Duncan practices writing
Originally uploaded by bredheendran

Before his bath, Duncan likes to do his "work" as he calls it. It usually involves writing practice or math. He's very enthusiastic about it!

Tuesday, July 24, 2007

Tell me a joke

One night about a week ago, I was tucking Duncan into bed when he said, "Tell me a joke, Daddy."

So I told him this one:

A string walks into a bar and asks the bartender for a beer. The bartender says, "We don't serve strings here. Get out!" So the string leaves the bar, but he really wants a beer, so he gets an idea. He separates some of the fibers at one of his ends and twists himself up, then walks back into the bar and asks the bartender for a beer. The bartender says, "You're not a string are you?" To which the string replies, "No, I'm a frayed knot!"

Now Duncan insist that he be told that same joke every night. Tina tried to change it to a library instead of a bar, and it just wouldn't do!

Star Wars: Museum

We took a road trip to the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History to see their Star Wars exhibit. We left early Saturday morning (6am!) to get there ahead of the crowds, and arrived at the museum at about 9:30am. As usual, the boys just wanted to see and touch everything at once, so we didn't get to really check out everything, but they had original costumes and props as well as lots of hands-on educational exhibits. My favorite was building a hovering land-speeder out of Legos and magnets.

We spent the night with the Small family: Tina, Glenn, Charlotte, and Timothy. The adults just hung out chatting while the kids occupied themselves. It was a really nice visit.

Friday, July 20, 2007

Tina's First Quilt

While we were visiting Grandma and Grandpa in Montana for a week this last May, Grandma and I made a entire quilt (well actually, Grandma did most of the work and we just made the front not the whole thing).

Back story: Earlier this year I got a quilting catalog in the mail. I have no idea why I get a quilting catalog. I had never quilted before, but Grandma quilts and I bought her some fabric once, so that is probably why I get the catalog. Anyway, I got the catalog and looked though it (even though I do not quilt) and saw some fabric that would match our new Computer Room. We had a quilt in the computer room (that Grandma had made for me), but it did not match the new colors (it was red, white and blue and the new room is blue and brown), so it had to leave (along with the neon sign of my name that my sister had made for me, but that is another story). But I need a blanket of some sort for when I watch TV in the computer room. So I mentioned the fabric to Grandma and she said "Get the fabric and bring it to Montana and we will make you a quilt!" Sounded easy, so that's what I did.

Really it was not so easy: The fabric was cut crooked so it took 4x longer to cut the pieces than it should have. And we had to go buy more fabric because the crooked fabric gave us lot of unusable pieces (but this gave us a chance to do some craft shopping - which I love). And Grandma tore HUGE gash in her finger with the sewing machine needle and bleed for days. And we spent every moment of our week visit in the craft room working on the quilt.

But we spent a lot of time together listening to Grandma music (bluegrass etc.) and doing some mother/daughter bonding. And we made a gorgeous quilt that matches my new computer room! After we left Montana, Grandma had the quilt quilted and sewed on the binding for me (thanks again Grandma!) and sent to to me. I love it - even though Bheesh says it it too big. I think it is perfect and I will always remember the week that Grandma and I made my first quilt.

By the way: today it Grandma's Birthday - Happy Birthday Grandma!

Tuesday, July 17, 2007

Fireworks 2007

We had a nice 4th of July. We went to the neighborhood bicycle parade where the boys decorated their bikes and rode with the other kids down the street following the fire engine. It was raining and the parade was too slow for Xander to ride since he does not have training wheels, but they boys had fun.

After nap, the neighbors came over to BBQ and we had 5 boys running around the house. After the neighbors left, we lit sparklers, smoke bombs and snakes (all the fireworks allowed in the city limits). Xander liked lighting the snakes with the sparklers and Duncan only burned himself a little on a sparkler.

Monday, July 16, 2007

Mother's Day Marigold

Duncan's class planted flowers in detergent scoops that looked like little wagons for Mother's Day presents. On Mother's day they were just small sprouts. I've been watering mine and we finally got some flowers. I have no idea why Duncan is holding his head like that.

Friday, July 13, 2007

Pledge Update

I listened carefully to Duncan saying the Pledge and he says "I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United Steaks of America". Ummmm, steaks!

Thursday, July 12, 2007


We started a garden this year in our backyard. Tracy has had a garden for years and Grandma started one last year and the boys LOVE looking a the garden and picking the veggies. So we started one this year also. We took out the grass in the back corner of your yard and placed a recycled raised bed, added organic soils and compost in the bed and pea pebbles around the bed. We started planting around March (when Texas usually has the last freeze), but I have been pretty disappointed in my gardening skills. First we had an unusually late freeze in April (for Dave and Vanessa's wedding) and almost everything died. Then we got squash vine borers and all the zucchini died. I did buy a serrano pepper plant by accident at HEB for $.50 (I thought it was a green pepper plant) and we got two serrano peppers so far, but I do not like spicy food, so I have no idea what to do with them.

Well, yesterday I decided to pull up some of our carrots to see how they were doing. I let the boys pull up one each and they were not bad looking - kinda small, but not bad! We cleaned them and they boys ate them at dinner. Finally a mildly successful garden experience.

Currently we have a HUGE cucumber plant but no cucumbers. We have to check the zucchini plants everyday to make sure there are no eggs on them and pick off any eggs we find. We also have to remove any borers that are in the zucchini stems (plant surgery), but I'm not sure the plants we cut (to remove the yucky worms) are going to survive.

Saturday, July 07, 2007

Duncan dressed himself

This morning, Duncan came out of his room dressed in an orange button-down shirt and red pants. The shirt was off by a button, but he was so proud he dressed himself that we let him keep it on all day.

And yes, if you tell him to smile for a picture, he will always wink. ;)