Saturday, June 21, 2008

grandma's marathon

Grandma's Marathon was this morning. Due to a nearly complete lack of training, Tony finally came to his senses and decided to run the half marathon instead of the full. This was a good decision as the last full marathon could nicely be described in words and phrases such as "less than fun", and "miserable", and not so nicely with words and phrases that should not appear in a family blog. The weather was not quite as hot as the last couple of years and he finished with a 1:47:18.

We are currently bound for Colorado...updates will appear in a couple of weeks.

Sunday, June 15, 2008

happy fathers day

Logan (at less than twelve hours old) and Tony have already figured out how to find sleep anywhere.

Early on as infants, each of our boys snuggled up to their daddy's chest and were instantly comforted by his breathing, his singing, and his arms wrapped around them, keeping them warm and secure. Even now, Logan and Owen know that Daddy is there for them any time--ready to chase away the mosquitoes and invisible ghosts, tell stories from a seemingly endless imagination, chase ball after ball after ball, and be the infatigable wrestling partner.

He is the father that every child is entitled to have and he inspires me to be a better parent through example. I am proud to be on this parenting journey together.

Happy Father's Day, Tony!

Thursday, June 12, 2008

rainy day baking

The rains continue to fall so it's the perfect time to stay inside and bake. Logan and Owen both enjoy helping in the kitchen and were excited to make pumpkin cranberry muffins.

young chefs

Logan cracked the eggs and measured most of the ingredients.

egg crackin

Owen measured the cranberries and ran the food processor.

cranberry helper

The end result: 58 muffins of various sizes.

pumpkin cranberry muffins

There were also blueberry oatmeal bars but they didn't last long enough to be captured on camera. Trust us, they were delicious.

Sunday, June 8, 2008

birthday bash

Logan wanted to go bowling for his birthday so after T-ball practice the whole family headed downtown to the Incline Station for a game. The birthday boy rolled a 43 and had lots of fun.

Owen uses a little body english to guide his ball towards the pins.

Logan played with his new Mouse Trap game all morning. It of course led us to the Internet to research Rube Goldberg devices. A great one from Honda can be found here:

Saturday, June 7, 2008



Today you are six years old. Curious and inventive, serious and focused, caring and fun--you are growing up so quickly. We can't wait to see what you'll teach us this next year. Happy Birthday, Logan!

Love, Mama & Dad

When I was One,
I had just begun.

When I was Two,
I was nearly new.

When I was Three,
I was hardly Me.

When I was Four,
I was not much more.

When I was Five,
I was just alive.

But now that I am Six, I'm as clever as clever.
So I think I'll be six now for ever and ever.

~from Now We Are Six
A.A. Milne

Thursday, June 5, 2008

school's out for summer

Hard to believe it, but Logan is no longer a kindergartner. Yesterday afternoon he made his teacher and bus driver fimo clay bowls as end-of-year presents. Tomorrow, summer vacation begins!

First day of school...

and last day.

Monday, June 2, 2008

transportation night

Tonight was the annual ECFE Transportation Night. Every year there are approximately 20 different vehicles available for the kids to climb on, get their pictures taken in, and "drive". The favorites this year were the fire engine...

... the school bus...

...and the city bus.

driving the bus