Sunday, April 19, 2015


After lunch on Saturday, Matthew requested a rag and some water, and diligently cleaned the playset.  Here, James has joined in for cleaning the fire truck.  They were hoping to win the Shiniest Fire Truck contest (their opponents were the Rescue Bots).

Play Ball

 Gorgeous day for the boys' first baseball practice!

(The boys' friend J is on the same team.  J and James are the smallest boys in their class, so I had to laugh when I found out that their team is the Giants! For some reason the youth sports around here like to name their teams after the major league teams.)

And why are there three kids on third base in the last picture?  I don't know, but there were five of them there by the time the practice "game" ended.

Monday, April 13, 2015

Welcome to Muddington

 Matthew announced, "We have homework tonight!"  When I asked what it was, he said gleefully, "Play outside!"  Now that's the kind of homework I can get behind.  :)

So they built a mud village on their playset, with a king and four minions. (The mud came from under the tire swing.)


Jamesie said, "There were three birds out here, and two flew away!  There's one left.  That's subtraction. I just did subtraction with real birds!"

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Matthew the Vet

Mattie took good care of the stuffed animals with the veterinarian kit that Grandma got for him!

We are back home now.  (Except for the early-morning wake-up, the travel day was much easier flying out of Gville instead of Jacksonville!) We had some nice spring-like weather to greet us.

Saturday, April 11, 2015

James and Grandma

Spring Arts

 We were going to make a family trip to the Spring Arts Festival, but Grandma volunteered to have the boys stay home with her instead.  We are really glad she did, because the festival was great fun for us but probably would have been just an hour of "don't touch that!" for the five-year-olds.

Mike actually purchased the lizard guitar shown here (it's made of a bongo drum with a Merle Haggard record on the back), but then he changed his mind and the artist is now making him a custom one with a washboard on the bottom.  :)

There was no shortage of beach pictures, but I exercised great restraint and came home with only one of them. :)

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Tree Removal

 Before we left Buffalo, we had to have one of our front trees taken down (it was infected with some kind of fungus with black pods all over the branches).  Who knew that tree removal was a spectator sport?  James and Matthew happily camped out on the porch to watch.  Matthew requested a piece of the tree trunk -- he wanted to count the rings and find out how old the tree was.

Splish Splash

 The boys have been so excited about swimming at their grandparents' house.  (Good thing Gainesville is having a warm spell!)

They have reached a big milestone -- their feet now reach the bottom of the shallow end of the pool. They're also excited about trying to swim without their life jackets on, and being able to stand up in the pool makes practicing swimming much easier!  (We're still not letting them do it without an adult in the pool with them, though.)