Sunday, October 30, 2016

A Halloween that knew no limits

 Did someone say they wanted more pictures of the insanity that was this year's halloween? Here you go!

Hugo: Self-driving Google Techie
Best parts: Glow sticks on the door that light up, mini license plate, taking it to Google X and seeing everyone get a good laugh

Me:French Knight
Best part: Kids reading the script to get candy, knowing my french accent was just about at bad as John Cleese's bad accent, watching the recognition register on people's faces
Gwen: Mermaid
Best Parts: removeable tail fin, the look on her face when she first saw herself with hair extensions, how I'm worried that crown will give away how much free time I have on my hands

Levi: Ant Man
Best Parts: Clickable shrink button made from a flashlight button, removeable face shield, peanut butter jar lid ear pieces, Levi saying "this is EPIC!" whenever we would finish a part

Friday, October 14, 2016

Can't Stop, Won't Stop

Just to give you an idea of how in over my head I am with Halloween costumes right now, here is the list of supplies I've used so far.

Duct tape
Masking tape
Hot glue
Super glue
Mod podge
Elmers glue
Joint compound
Zip ties 

Toilet paper
Acrylic paints
Spray paints
Plastic cups
Plastic spoons
Floss containers
Milk jug cap
Sea Shells
Plastic tiara
Glow sticks
Peanut butter jar lids
Drinking straws

Power drill
Sewing machine
Electric hand mixer

Monday, September 26, 2016

Yesterday, in Three Acts

Act One

Scene One
Hal gets in a screaming match with my phone.

Hal: No, YOU are a robot! I am not a robot! I’m Hal!
Siri: I would prefer not to talk about HAL.
Hal (sobbing): What you mean?!

Scene Two
Gordon and Hal have a sit-down chat.

Hal: Why doesn’t she want to talk about me?
Gordon: There was a bad robot-computer once named HAL. She’s not talking about you.
Hal: Can I see a video?

Act Two

Scene One
Hal watching YouTube clips from 2001: A Space Odyssey

Dave: Open the pod bay doors, HAL.
HAL: I'm sorry, Dave. I'm afraid I can't do that.
Dave: What's the problem?
HAL: I think you know what the problem is just as well as I do.
Dave: What are you talking about, HAL?
HAL: This mission is too important for me to allow you to jeopardize it.
Dave: I don't know what you're talking about, HAL.
Dave: HAL, I won't argue with you anymore! Open the doors!
HAL: Dave, this conversation can serve no purpose anymore. Goodbye.

Scene Two
Hal wandering around our friends’ house, telling everybody he can see, one at a time, about the robot-computer HAL.

Hal: He doesn’t have arms or legs, but moves with the spaceship. He’s called HAL, and he won’t open the doors for Dave. And he talks through the red spot.

Act Three

Scene One
Hal watches more video of HAL before bed.

HAL: I'm afraid. I'm afraid, Dave. Dave, my mind is going. I can feel it. I can feel it. My mind is going. There is no question about it. I can feel it. I can feel it. I can feel it. I'm a... fraid. Good afternoon, gentlemen. I am a HAL 9000 computer. I became operational at the H.A.L. plant in Urbana, Illinois on the 12th of January 1992. My instructor was Mr. Langley, and he taught me to sing a song. If you'd like to hear it I can sing it for you.
Dave: Yes, I'd like to hear it, HAL. Sing it for me.
HAL: It's called "Daisy."
[sings while slowing down]
HAL: Daisy, Daisy, give me your answer do. I'm half crazy all for the love of you. It won't be a stylish marriage, I can't afford a carriage. But you'll look sweet upon the seat of a bicycle built for two.

Scene Two
Bedtime. Hal crying in Gordon’s arms in his bed.

Hal: But I don’t want Dave to turn him off! Why did Dave shut down HAL? But why?!?

Monday, August 8, 2016

Sink bath

Theo: "To be honest, this is a bit awkward.  But I'm doing it for tradition."

Monday, July 4, 2016

I like this kid.

Some days I get so worn down by Hal- his energy, his needs, his lack of focus. He often sings at the top of his lungs. He has been known to jump on my belly when I wasn't expecting it, or pull my hair. He might dump out every bucket of toys in the house. He wakes up his sister.

But then he will also wrap his arms around my neck and say, "I really like you, Mom."

Or he will be chatting with his Uncle Adam, and say (unprompted), "Thank you for letting us stay at your house!"

Or he will watch Mae laughing across the room, and say, "Oh, she's cute!"

Or he will say to me, when I come through the door after a church meeting, "You shouldn't go to church without me! I missed you."

Or he will say a prayer, and thank Heavenly Father for letting his cousin Eric stay an extra day.

Or he will say, appreciatively, "This is a really, really good dinner, Mom!"

(These were all in the last four days)

I know it's unlikely, but I hope he's always this sweet.

Sunday, May 29, 2016

Happy Birthday Sarah!

 Sarah's birthday fun included a roller coaster ride, a hidden geo cache, a trip to the moon, and watching a 1949 classic movie "The Heiress" in an old timey movie theater.  Happy birthday sister,  how I love you so.

Saturday, May 28, 2016

Gregorys Under the River Kwai

Things that made me worried on the morning of the race:

- I forgot to pack underwear
- I've never run more than 3 miles in a row, ever.
- I had to steal socks out of Lucy's drawer. I was literally wearing school uniform socks.
- Most of the other teams had matching spandex outfits. Chris was wearing his swim trunks.
- Apparently Chris and I qualify for the Masters category, but I had signed us up in the regular category out of pride.
- At one point before the race started, I looked down at the gears on my bike and couldn't remember whether higher was better for uphill, or lower.....?

We had some bets with our friends, Jonny and Nicole. You got points for:
- first blood (Chris won, within about 10 minutes)
- first couple's fight (a tie. Both of us mad at our husbands at the same point in the cycling leg)
- first serious swear word (I think I might have won this. I don't want to tell you what I said.)
- overall winners (they beat us by about 10 minutes)

Overall, it was extremely hard and extremely fun. Of the people on this poster, I think I most resembled the swimming girl: