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Crafts, Drew, Everyday, The Outdoor Woods 5 Comments »

Pssshhh! We finally have a moment to come up for air! It’s been quite a “dynamic” year for us, with plenty more action still to come. It’s been 4 months since we last posted, so there is plenty of news to cover. But not all at once!

Fletcher is coming soon! Who is Fletcher, you ask? Fletcher Floyd Farnsworth is the preposterous and fictitious name of our unborn child. Yes, Fletcher is a boy. Three months ago we did a complete rearrange of the kid bedrooms and made boys and girls rooms. We painted the walls, trim, ceiling & doors just like we did in the other rooms we’ve renovated. Ellie was pumped about moving up to a big girl bed. She was choo-chooing like a train!


Yes, the girls room is aqua blue. What’s missing from that picture is girly bedding and curtains that make it into a girls room. The roommate reassignment involved some Craigslist purchases and some furniture refurbishment. Brinley looks thrilled!


Aw, she was just playing! She was more than happy to be Daddy’s lumber assistant once she figured out a way to keep her safety goggles secure!


Welcome to Farnsworth Farmacy, we got the good stuff. Poor Drew, his tonsils were identified by the good doctor as being carriers of strep, and when you’re a carrier of such affliction you unavoidably share it with those around you. All the kids got strep multiple times in less than 6 months until we decided that it was best to take more drastic measures…


We decided that it was time to have those rotten tonsils taken out. On operation day Ryan tried to keep Drew in good spirits about the whole ordeal, being able to relate having had his tonsils jerked out when he was only 4. It was hilarious to take the the triceratops’ tonsils out with a chainsaw and a rusty shovel…


But then Daddy had to reassure that the doctor was not going to use such crude tools on our first-born. Does he look convinced?


Even the triceratops looks upset. I don’t really know why…he’s wearing Fletcher’s homemade pajamas! Drew actually refers to the triceratops as “Fletch”, so maybe the spirit of his little bro was there to help him make it through?


Drew went around the moon and came back again. He and Fletch look much more at ease now…


The most painful day of recovery from tonsil surgery comes about a week later. Eating or drinking anything feels like trying to swallow a sea urchin. Stay hydrated Scoob, you’ll feel better tomorrow!


Since he didn’t feel like eating any of his enormous inventory of ice cream that day, Ellie was more than happy to oblige. Poor Ellie; way to take one for the team!


We had a garden this year, just like the last 4 years. Despite it being somewhat neglected it managed to survive the hottest, driest summer ever and produce some yummy foods. We tried our hand at potatoes and succeeded!


Part of the success is that Rowan wants to eat them!


These are “new” potatoes because, according to wikipedia, they are immature or young…they’re small, buttery, and delicious! And next year we are growing a years supply!


I don’t think they’re that delicious Ellie…


Drew & Rowan’s former bedroom was too small to have a twin bed, a crib, changing table and 2 dressers in it. So it became a creamy yellow cave of craftiness instead:


The new sewing room has turned into a baby clothes making factory. The hand-me-downs left over from Drew are, uh…old. And covered in Pooh…of the Winnie variety. And that just won’t do…


Making clothes for a boy has been more of a challenge, but it sure is exciting to see a drawer full of handmades awaiting the arrival of this little guy.


Being of a smaller square foot, the new sewing room needed to optimize it’s storage ability. Ryan made these shelves from plywood, next up is a custom sewing desk…adios kitchen table. Unfortunately one of Ryan’s best carpentry consultants Grandpa Dave“Jeep” passed away in July, but Ryan is still aiming to make something that at least imitates his fine work…


The old expansive office/sewing room became the new boys room, complete with navy blue walls and steely gray furniture.  Drew was most excited about the super secret cubby that Ryan made using part of the old headboard. Curtains and art are obviously on the to-do list, but for now baby clothes are more fun to sew!


Do the boys like their new room? Scoob and Fletch approved. Nice to see you 100% again Drew! Guess what time it is?


It’s time to go to school! 4th grader & 2nd grader are thumbs up about their education!


They’re also excited for another reason: New school! Due to a boundary change our ‘hood got reassigned to a different lodge of learning. We took the tour, met the teachers, and asked plenty of questions. It’s been 2 months since then, and we’re all happy with the change…


Guess what Rowan? The bigs are away at school, so that makes you Slave #1! Do you remember what happens every September? We make salsa!


Step 1: Peel the skins off the tomatoes…


Step 2: Discuss how good this salsa is going to taste in late January when it’s dreary and colorless outside…


Small fingers seem to have a natural ability with removing tomato skins. So it’s not just making her feel important!


Step 3: Cook the salsa. Topless.


I don’t think Maggie is a big fan of this roommate reassignment! You girls…


Rowan could hardly contain herself when the news came that she too would be a sophomore of science. Pre-school here she comes!


You’re very cute Roastie. Are you trying to look smarter? Those squinty eyes are helping! HA!


I’m sorry to inform you that pre-school is only one day a week. Is that still ok? Alright!


We’re running out of slaves! Ellie, go get some ‘matos!


Nevermind, it’s Saturday morning. Some kids sleep in. Some kids watch cartoons. These kids got the beets!


darn kids

Family, The Outdoor Woods 3 Comments »

Remember the days when you could go outside for hours to enjoy all the wildlife around you without a coat, hat & gloves? Ellie does:


So these pictures were taken in October…So what?  Uncle Aric made a quick college visit to Denver, but we managed to kidnap him for a few hours of pre-school fun. Those darn kids sure do like Aric, isn’t that right Rowan?


We figured that going to the zoo was the best place for Rowan to do some hippo research for the upcoming dance recital. But why is Drew picking the hippo’s nose? And where is the rest of Drew? Are you wearing camo again scoobie?!


Ah, you’re wearing peacock-camo! We made one failed attempt after another to snatch some peacock feathers for home decor…darn. heck.


Inside the poo-poo smelling house of pachyderms the kids said their farewells to the elephants who lived there. The zoo is building a new habitat and the animals get to hang out in it without snot-nosed kids pounding on the glass all day. I wonder what that feels like?


Here kitty kitty, Uncle Aric’s got a couple of scooby snacks for ya!


We stopped by the gorilla exhibit to say hello to BJ. Looks like he’s still sitting around doing the same thing he’s always been doing…nothin’. Lookin’ sharp BJ!


Drew gives an enthusiastic thumb-up for his new ride. Aric is giving 2 thumbs up because Drew will spur him if he doesn’t. Hyah mule!


My how the tables have turned! But this appears to be a great deal…Especially for Ryan & Aric’s backs!


You’ve seen the milk ads with the fake moustaches on celebrities. This yo-stache is 100% real, and well, Ellie’s face is plastered all over this corner of the internet, so that’s got to count for some kind of star power right?!


(Eleanor just realized she’s a celebrity)


What does a pig and Eleanor have in common? 2 things: messy eater, and made of ham!


We played tag team babysitting awhile back to enjoy some quality quiet time. Rowan seems happy!


 …Or not. It’s ok Rowan, Ellie just wanted to make sure  your baby was in the picture too!


Oops, looks like even I have been duped. It’s a kidnapping! Quick, get that darn kid!



The Outdoor Woods, Vicious Beasts 3 Comments »

…The vicious beast! Ok, not that vicious. But I did have to tie her to the tree to take her picture. Whaddya say to that, eh doggy?


Hi! My name is Maggie! Oh no! I’ve got a wood chip in my mouth, how embarrassing!


I’m a 3-month old Boxer mix, and I’m all mixed into the lives of my new family, thanks to Santa. But first things first: puppies need lots of things to chew on. The little tree I’m tied to currently fits the bill. Grrrr!


Hey, my seatbelt is stuffed down in the seat cushions and I can’t get it out! Give me a rope or something! Daddy’s driving?! AAAAUGH! 


Looks like I survived to tell the tale. By the way, happiness is warm laundry fresh from the dryer. Aaaaaah. I’ve made friends with the neighbors, I’m terrified of school buses, and I love to play fetch. If only Cheddar would like me, then my life would be perfect!


Time for another letterbox adventure…with the dog! We came across a box we stamped months ago. Drew & Brinley were just as excited to see their old stamps in the logbook as they were about finding a new box.   


Drew & Brinley educated Maggie on the art of tupperware hunters, and attempted to recruit her into the ranks:


I think she’s reading the fine print!


I dunno Drew, it looks to me like she’s ready to sign the contract!


Signed, sealed, delivered, she’s all yours Drew!


Meanwhile, another member of our troop was downwind from the conversation…


Whassammattayou? It’s not a heat wave Ellie; just a doggie fart! P.U.!


Not sure what to make of this bunch: this shoulda been an outtake, but all 3 girls are wearing homemade duds, and they are proud of it! And that makes me giddy inside.


My letterbox! Mine! All mine! I’m a Letter-Boxer! Ha!


So…how does one open a letterbox…assuming one has no opposable thumbs?


We tried several times to get a nice picture of the new crew, but Maggie was set on showing Rowan how to touch your nose with your tongue.


Got it! (Daddy was being especially silly)


And just like that…Bang! Drew’s ear must taste good!


I knew there’d be vicious beasts somewhere in this post. Yeeehaw! 


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