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wherein we learn there’s nothing more relaxing after a strenuous Sunday afternoon playing, than building cities and fighting zombies.


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Jessica says Oliver is a little angel…when he sleeps. Otherwise, not so much. 🙂

Little Angel

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Today is our last day with Nana and Pa. We decided to spend it quietly at home walking the grounds.

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Have you ever had one of those days?

Tough day at school


Adam was awake at 4:15 this morning, and there was no getting him back to sleep. Alas, he couldn’t even make it through lunch before the fatigue took it’s toll. So, here’s Adam slumping over his plate, as Alex looks on and wonders…

Adam is out

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Alex in Timeout

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Lately, Alex’s favorite activity is to kick back in his favorite chair and watch television. In fact, he’s not just laid back, he’s way-far laid back. Chillin’ and relaxin’ at the same time, which results in an extreme state of contentedness.

So content is he, in fact, that I could sketch this picture while he sat there motionlessly watching his favorite show:

Alex Color Sketch

I didn’t really sketch the picture. But I did have time to get up from the couch, walk to the office, get the camera, and walk back to the living room, focus, frame, and snap the picture of my kid as he sat there oblivious to everything except DJ Lance and the kooky looking monsters magically brought to life with the words, “Yo Gabba Gabba.”

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The boys saw the big kids playing on the trampoline, and wanted to fly and flip like they did. The only problem, they don’t have enough body weight to achieve what in physics is known as the “trampoline effect”–that is the “bounce” reaction that occurs when an object impacts the trampoline (or baseball bat, tennis racket, or golf club). But I digress…

The little guys, try though they might, couldn’t do much more than walk around on the elastic surface. So, I gave ’em a bit of assistance…

Artificial bouncing!

which results in a two-fold increase in the “giggle factor” (another physics term), and a lot more fun!



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Alex sleeps

Close your eyes and you will see
Micro-flashing neon lights
Open your eyes and you will see
It still looks like the same thing

Lie and wait for sleep and listen
To your heart beat too fast for sleep
Close your eyes and you will see
The sound asleep

I want to go, I want to go
I want to go down to go to sleep
Your frame of reference
Is my swimming pool

My, my swimming pool
Still looks like the China sea
Pool to sea and finally
The sound asleep

Feel the muscles in your face
Twitch, relax, remembering
Everything that went down and will go down
I want to go down to sleep

Insomnia, no sleep disease
Petties parking, feed me please
Lie and wait for sleep and listen
To your heart beat too fast for sleep

Sound-a-Sleep by Blondie

Adam sleeps

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… It was too wet to play
So we sat in the house
All that cold, cold wet day.
from The Cat in the Hat by Dr. Seuss

Alex wants to go outside

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