Monday, May 25, 2009

Mad Scientists

Joey went to the COOLEST birthday party this weekend. It was a mad scientist party. The kids participated in experiments and got messy and had a great time.

There was a dress up contest (the boys all moaned "dress up? come on!"). But when they heard it was a mad scientist dress up contest, they were okay with it.

Joey doing his mad scientist laugh...

The best experiment was saved for last. First, the kids stacked Mentos in this little plastic tube.

Then they attach the Mento tube to a Pepsi bottle.

When the kids pulled the trigger, the Mentos fell in and the Pepsi exploded. I even thought it was cool and I'm not a 9-year-old!

Friday, May 22, 2009



Denise--You know the moment we've been dreading for the sake of the rest of the kids in the family? It's here.

He knows.

He knows about it ALL...the big elf, the fairy, the (ridiculous) man-sized bunny...HE KNOWS.

Here's Joey finding the "golden Easter Egg." The only one that contains a $5 bill in our family Easter egg hunt.

But now, he knows.

Which leads us to the logical question that long before the others know too?

Thursday, May 21, 2009

Sammy's FIRST Baseball Game!

We left the house for Sam's first t-ball game. The excitement in the air was palpable. We were all a bit nervous. It was a double header for our family...Sammy's first game, followed by another of Joey's games.

We were late leaving the house. We arrived (seconds) late to the game. Darn, Sammy has to sit on the bench for the first inning and is last to bat. The second inning starts and the coach assigns positions. Sammy's eyes are wide and waiting. "Thor, pitcher...Jack, catcher...Sam, first base..."

"What?" I ask incredulously of the mom next to me. "What did the coach just say? Did he say Sam, first base?" "Yes," she replies with a sweet, proud smile...perhaps wondering why I look like I've just been told Sam has the swine flu.

"But he hasn't learned to catch the ball yet," I reply.

Anyone who's ever had a child in t-ball knows that almost the entire game is played by the pitcher, the batter and the first baseman.

YIKES! I brace myself for the inevitably long inning, and pray my little Sammy doesn't get discouraged. You see, his big brother plays baseball too (and he plays rather well, I might add).

But Sammy pulls through! He doesn't catch any of the balls thrown to him and watches a fair number of them roll on by, but he runs after the ball, scoops it up and dutifully walks it to the pitcher. The inning doesn't last forever and he actually does pretty well!


When the inning was over, Sammy ran over to us and said "everyone keeps telling me I'm a good hustler."

Then, there's a long pause while he kicks a bit of dirt..."Dad, what's a hustler?"

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Wordless Wednesday

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Botanic Garden

I took Lily and Sammy to the Botanic Garden this week. But, I FORGOT the stroller. I never thought Lily would make it to more than one garden, but she made it throught the ENTIRE Botanic Gardens.
As long as we kept playing in the fountains and climbing on rocks, they didn't mind the walking!

Lily AFTER splashing in the water.

I can't get these two little silly kids to look at the camera for 2 seconds, so I have to play catch as catch can.

Monday, May 11, 2009


Thursday, May 7, 2009

We have a Cardinal in the house

In true family tradition, Sammy is a St. Louis Cardinal this year...

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Catching up

Too many photos of Lily lately, but this one was too cute to forget!

Friday, May 1, 2009


I knew Lily liked hummus, but I must admit, I was a bit surprised to return to the kitchen and find this