Cat Naught/Nice List

Newbie decided to create a cheat sheet for Santa about the cats, sharing who was naughty and nice… who was climbing into the Christmas tree that and who wasn’t.


Christmas tree, beware, we’re entering the pictures from the holiday season!


I don’t believe anybody is in the tree when this picture was taken.



Wall Art

We discovered recently that the plastic anti-mold wall coverings in the basement can be drawn on with crayon and then cleaned off with germ-x and gentle scrubbing.

It was an appreciated activity as the temperatures increased. Something extra to do in the basement.

Little Miss decorated the basement with this scene. We had just shared Homeward Bound with them for the first time and they loved it.


Spring Ballet Costume

Little Miss’ spring ballet costume has arrived!

Time to show it off. 🙂

One reason we go with the dance company that she’s in is because the outfits are a bit more tasteful. Daddy opinion says that it’s a little short… the theme are songs from Ella Enchanted I believe.

She always comes away from practice and performances feeling energized and happy, so it’s worth the extra driving.


Music Runs in the Blood

As I mentioned before, Redflare and I met through piano lessons. After Redflare’s parents visited this summer they brought the trumpet and flute because Little Miss wasn’t quite sure what she wanted to start playing in school band (she’s settled on he flute for now.)

The clarinets there on the floor are mine and TJ’s.

We like filling the house with music when we can, either sounds we generate ourselves or play from iTunes and our wide library.


Practicing in the Basement

On the hot days of August (because we’re slowly catching up!) we’d venture downstairs and enjoy the cooler temperatures there.

It was especially nicer to do now that there was some furniture.

There’s now a comfortable place down there to sit and practice their instruments and still prop their music nicely, for instance.


Thankfulness: My Wife’s Talent

On this Thanksgiving I thought I could highlight some of what I’m thankful for.

I’m sure most folks won’t notice these posts until Cyber Monday or perhaps the weekend after as they nurse their Black Friday wounds but I’m going to charge forth anyway and spam the day a little more than usual.

A long time ago, in a home far far away Redflare began making a rainbow afghan for me.

This summer it was finally completed.

We think she started working on it before Newbie was born… so that was about three plus years ago.

You can see why it took so long. Other projects, babies, spills, yarn tangles… life in general. I suppose I’m also thankful for Redflare’s “never give up” attitude.

After all, without that, a lot of this blog wouldn’t be what it is I bet.