A brown belt for Big Guy – not that it’s important
Mon, 12/03/12 – 12:49 | Comments Off

It was testing week in karate and, as usual, Big Guy was under the gun. Not as much as he used to be, when he didn’t have a clue and had to frantically cram, but …

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Off we go into the wild blue yonder
Sunday, 24 May, 2009 – 22:24 | Comments Off
Off we go into the wild blue yonder

Sunny skies, highs only in the 80s, a slight breeze and a perfect day at a little boy fantasy land filled with police cars, fire engines, ambulances and airplanes.
Mostly airplanes. Lots of airplanes.
Though Castle Air …

The Devil Rays – Week 1
Saturday, 2 May, 2009 – 12:18 | Comments Off
The Devil Rays – Week 1

Or, as Big Guy calls them, the Debil Rays. Confusion is understandable: We’re a long way from Tampa Bay.
The score: Who knows.
The time: An hour and a half. Thank heaven they played only two innings.
The …

Good times for a good cause
Sunday, 22 Mar, 2009 – 23:56 | Comments Off
Good times for a good cause

In general, there is no reason good enough to get up at 6 a.m. on a Sunday. Especially not on a drizzly overcast Sunday that begs you to ignore the alarm and snuggle back into …

A day at the park
Friday, 6 Mar, 2009 – 17:57 | Comments Off

Two haircuts, no tantrums, no tears earns a reward: A hour at the park even if Mom isn’t dressed for it and freezes her fanny off.
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Copyright 2009 Debra Legg.

A bear has a birthday
Thursday, 26 Feb, 2009 – 0:10 | Comments Off
A bear has a birthday

Apparently I was wrong a few weeks ago when I ranted that birthdays are always known events.
Seems that with Big Guy’s Bear, they can pop up at any time. We’re on our third in the …

Boy meets board
Saturday, 21 Feb, 2009 – 22:15 | 2 Comments
Boy meets board

I don’t like lying to the guys, but in retrospect dishonesty would have been the best policy when they asked “what’s that?” as we drove past the city skate park the other day.
Sadly, I couldn’t …

Duel purpose
Tuesday, 27 Jan, 2009 – 16:05 | Comments Off
Duel purpose

Boys will be boys. Or, at least, the guys will.
They’ll roll, wrestle and chase all over the house. Which is why, when they asked for Foamie swords during a recent trip to the craft store, …

The mud monster
Saturday, 24 Jan, 2009 – 13:46 | 2 Comments
The mud monster

This is what happens when you combine two boys, three days of rain and a muddy back yard. Griping about cleaning up is inevitable.
Copyright 2009 Debra Legg. All rights reserved.

Bubble, bubble Boots in trouble!
Friday, 23 Jan, 2009 – 14:29 | Comments Off
Bubble, bubble Boots in trouble!

Honestly, it was only three caps of Mr. Bubble. And we have hard water, too.
Copyright 2009 Debra Legg. All rights reserved.

Good fun, but not necessarily clean
Sunday, 18 Jan, 2009 – 12:44 | 4 Comments
Good fun, but not necessarily clean

A funny thing happened along the way to making the bathtub crayons Tara posted at It Feels Like Home.
We got waylaid by a commenter’s “recipe” for easy bath paint. Since easy is good and we …

The guys meet snow
Saturday, 3 Jan, 2009 – 13:52 | 2 Comments
The guys meet snow

It wasn’t quite as glorious as Big Guy thought it would be — more about that later, though.
But in his sixth winter as a Poor Deprived Child, Snow Division, he finally achieved his goal. He …

Thomas, we love you
Saturday, 27 Dec, 2008 – 15:20 | Comments Off
Thomas, we love you

Disclaimer: At approximately 11:36 p.m. Christmas Eve, it wasn’t “Thomas, we love you” I was singing. The lyrics were replaced with words that would have made the Really Useful Engine proclaim, “cinders and ashes!”
But that’s …

While visions of sugarplums dance in their heads
Saturday, 13 Dec, 2008 – 20:49 | 2 Comments
While visions of sugarplums dance in their heads

No matter how cantankerous and cranky, no matter how many times a day you hear “I’m not a baby,” in the still of the night they’re still your babies. And they actually seem to like …

Happy Thanksgiving from modern Pilgrims and Native Americans
Wednesday, 26 Nov, 2008 – 16:06 | Comments Off
Happy Thanksgiving from modern Pilgrims and Native Americans

Things I learned from a day at kindergarten:
It’s amazing how quiet 40 5-year-olds can be, with no more warning than the tinkling of a bell like the ones that used at hotel desks. I must …

Flight of the Bumblebees Week 9
Sunday, 16 Nov, 2008 – 10:56 | Comments Off
Flight of the Bumblebees Week 9

What started in August under a blazing summer sun ended yesterday … well, under a blazing summer sun. I’m accepting that as compensation for the rainy, cold game earlier this season.
It was wonderful getting to …

Never trust a cake to behave itself
Saturday, 15 Nov, 2008 – 16:52 | Comments Off
Never trust a cake to behave itself

I’ve constructed a lot of cakes in my life — from a 3D sailboat for a co-worker’s birthday to a wedding cake with a Pez bride and groom on top.
Never have I created a confection …

Flight of the Bumblebees Week 8
Saturday, 8 Nov, 2008 – 16:02 | Comments Off
Flight of the Bumblebees Week 8

It’s a bird! It’s a plane! Oh, wait! There’s a soccer game going on, too.
Note to Big Guy: Those things with nets at either end of the field — they’re not actually canopy beds. Maybe …

Flight of the Bumblebees Week 7
Saturday, 1 Nov, 2008 – 16:35 | Comments Off
Flight of the Bumblebees Week 7

Dodged the rain again! Didn’t dodge the Halloween hangover, though. Little Guy’s so sick of sweets he didn’t even want post-game Oreos. And this after spending all season trying to mooch the team’s snacks.
Play of …

The field trip
Saturday, 1 Nov, 2008 – 0:57 | Comments Off
The field trip

If you have to be in school on Halloween, what better way to spend the day than at the pumpkin patch?
From the excitement of a ride on a school bus to the thrill of picking …

Flight of the Bumblebees: Week 6
Saturday, 18 Oct, 2008 – 14:13 | Comments Off
Flight of the Bumblebees: Week 6

Week 6? When did that happen?
We’re headed toward bye week. I think I’ll send Big Guy to practice even if there is none. I like seeing him sack out on the couch, exhausted, and …

Flight of the Bumblebees: Week 5
Saturday, 11 Oct, 2008 – 14:42 | Comments Off
Flight of the Bumblebees: Week 5

A cold and windy Soccer Saturday.

How cold was it? After much initial protest, Big Guy finally admitted he was glad he has his jacket. Little Guy hid out under the blanket the whole game. And turtle necks, long sleeves and gloves were everywhere.

It’s not supposed to be this chilly in early October.

Flight of the Bumblebees: Week 4
Saturday, 4 Oct, 2008 – 13:46 | Comments Off
Flight of the Bumblebees: Week 4

It was a dark and stormy morning.
Seriously, it was.
To which Big Guy said, “Soccer in the rain? All right!” To which Little Guy said, repeatedly. “Want it to be over. Wanna go home.” You just …

Jack-o-lanterns in September
Monday, 29 Sep, 2008 – 2:25 | Comments Off
Jack-o-lanterns in September

Offering expert advice.Almost finishedAlmost finishedAh, the smell of pumpkin guts in the evening.Adults should not handle knives without adequate supervision.Inspecting the work.He’s really happy inside.Yes, he’s really kissing it.

Flight of the Bumblebees, Weeks 1-3
Saturday, 27 Sep, 2008 – 2:05 | Comments Off
Flight of the Bumblebees, Weeks 1-3