January 2012

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Captain Blood Adam loves face painting. Every time we go to a fair, carnival, or birthday party that has face painting as an attraction, we will inevitably be purchasing a ticket and waiting in a line for Adam to become a tiger, dinosaur, superhero, or pirate. The kid has such a vivid imagination and it’s a lot of fun watching him play. He’ll ask me to put on one of his many costumes and then he’s off, the adventure unfolding as the living room is transformed into a pirate ship and he the captain, braving the high seas in search of plunder or he’s Batman, or Superman, and the furniture the tops of buildings in the city he protects from some evil supervillain.

Today, he selected the ol’ pirate stand-by that I have come to refer to as “Captain Blood” (after the character played by Errol Flynn in the 1935 film). And what accessory would make the swashbuckling pirate outfit complete? A sword crafted from trick balloons, naturally.

Note that Alex is all about the sword, but can do without the face-painting nonsense…


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It’s January in PA, so that likely means snow. Snow means shoveling, which is my least favorite activity after painting the house and hanging pictures on the wall.

Daddy Shoveling

Fortunately, I have a couple of helpers, although their pseudo snow-blowers don’t do much more than move the snow around…

Adam and Alex Snow Mowers Adam and Daddy

But they have their “work faces” on, so it’s all good!

Adam Alex

After what seemed like forever, the driveway is cleared and it’s time to play in the snow. Adam was into making snow angels…

Adam making snow angels Adams snow angel

Alex, however, had long since retired to the warmth of house (he’s obviously a lot smarter than the rest of us!)

Alex Inside

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The picture says it all…

Adams Hat


Well, another year has come and gone. We spent New Year’s Day outside on our bikes

Adam on the bike Alex on the bike

We also watched some football! (and I may have had a beer or two :-))

Anyway, it was a very brisk day outside, and we’re all looking forward to Cindy’s “Hoppin’ John Soup”‚ĶMmmmm

Hopin' John Soup

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