Friday, January 19, 2018

Don't Worry Dad

We made these, and we devoured these.
On the very last evening of Christmas break, six went in the oven, three went to neighbors, and three more didn't make it past the brood.

Thursday, January 18, 2018


While those boys slept in the freezing cold, this one shivered with a fever like we haven't seen in a long while around here.

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Polar Bear Patches

Friday night camping was cold.
Their Polar Bear patches from camping in a 32 degree in Alabama laughable.

Both excited here to begin the evening.

Guess which smiling boy enjoyed the sleeping in the cold.
Guess which boy didn't bring one of his three layers and was cold...

Tuesday, January 16, 2018


Alida, waiting to go to see the dentist.

Alida, after a good report from the dentist.
And so we had five appointments back to back yesterday, and we made it through a lot of teeth.

Friday, January 12, 2018

Way Back 2017: Happy Birthday Boys

It was into downtown Chicago on the boys' birthday for some puzzle room fun.

In a pretty cool old building, where we had to ring someone to come operate the elevator for us.

So we could go up and be locked in a room in that building.
Then we had1 hour to figure out all of the clues to unlock the door and escape.
All while a zombie was chained in the corner but was released a foot further into the room every ten minutes.

We escaped!
The key here--we listened closely to our briefing, and it turns out the zombie can be distracted by show tunes.  The girls set out to distract that zombie from the beginning while we ran after clues.  And by then end, we were pretty much in a puzzle room having fun chatting with a zombie.
We hear there is another version of this based off Devil In The White City around here.  On the list for our cold winter activity.
(That's not our fifth child; that's our second Ben.  He hangs around a lot and we like him.)

Thursday, January 11, 2018

Way Back 2017: Ice

That didn't take long.

That's looks almost as if it is being helpful to one another going on there.
It's not.
The boys pretty much hit the ice and turned it into a battle of some sort.

The girls, took to it immediately, had no learning curve, and giggled.
But don't say those girls don't have a sense of humor and are sweet to each other all the time.

Wednesday, January 10, 2018