Saturday, December 3, 2016

Burning the Flag

We've flown a flag outside our house for years now, and recently I noticed it was getting tattered and worn. I replaced it last week with a bright, fresh one. So then all we had to do was get rid of the old flag. 

Many people don't know this, but the preferred way to dispose of an American flag is to burn it (respectfully, of course) and then bury the ashes. MJ and I want our kids to learn basic tenets of patriotism like this, so we decided to get them involved. Not surprisingly, they were very excited at the idea. "Let's burn the flag!" bellowed Little Man at top volume as he ran around our backyard. "When are we going to burn the flag?" (Which prompted an explanatory call from me to our neighbors, after MJ and I stopped laughing.)

There's no official ceremony to follow, but we placed it in our fire pit, set fire to it, and had the kids recite the pledge of allegiance while it burned. Then we gathered the ashes, dug a hole, and buried them.

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Poor Rory

It began as a mildly humorous stunt: Rory ate (yet another) batch of cupcakes. The old gal's still got it! It wasn't until she started vomiting -- and I could see large shards of wood in it -- that I realized she'd also eaten the long wooden skewers that held decorative flags in the cupcakes. And then I really started worrying.

With all that's wrong in the world, it seems silly to ask for prayers for a dog. But she's a big part of our lives, and already very old. I am incredibly worried about her. We thought she was getting better after a few days, and now she's worse again. I'm concerned that one of the sharp pieces of wood punctured part of her esophagus, or stomach, or intestines. Tomorrow I'll call the vet, but I'm not optimistic that they'll be able to do anything -- wood wouldn't show up on an xray, as far as I know.

Monday, November 28, 2016

Thanksgiving Fun

For Turkey Day we were at my parents' with Jon and Susan, and Patrick and Karen joined us on Friday for football and leftovers. There was tons of delicious food, and plenty of fun activities for the kids. 

Memere gave the kids manicures -- even Little Man got in on the action. Pepere did a lot of horsing around. Bryson learned how to ride his big boy bike without any training wheels for the first time. Six of the seven cousins "helped" MJ take Rory for a walk (Sweet Pea was inside having a snack with Pepere). We celebrated Braxton and Bryson's birthdays (again!) since my parents weren't able to make their party two weeks ago. 

Our three kids had their first "sleepover" in the bonus room with Dane and Hayden -- they amazed us by drifting peacefully to sleep without any monkey business at all (snort). We watched The Polar Express for the first time, all together -- a really cute experience I think we'll start doing every Thanksgiving. All in all, it was a pretty great holiday.

It was marred by just two events at the end: Jon and Susan were rear-ended by a pickup truck on their way home Friday night. Fortunately they're all okay, and my mom was able to meet them with my car (and carseats) to drive them home. Fingers crossed that Susan's car is not totaled. 

The second unfortunate event is that Rory got into Braxton and Bryson's birthday cupcakes, eating one entire platter, including the large wooden skewers. More fingers crossed that she will come out of this okay.

Friday, November 25, 2016

Photo Friday

Everyone dressed up in Sweet Pea's gymnastics leotards. Even Little Man.

Bonus pic: Little Man showing off his aptly named "seal stretch."

Thursday, November 24, 2016

Happy Thanksgiving!

Little Man has some good ideas about how to ensure your turkey turns out perfectly.

We are thankful for so much, especially our families!

Sunday, November 20, 2016

Superhero Day

It was convenient that we bought superhero shirts for the kids for Braxton and Bryson's party last weekend, because this week the preschool had superhero day! Sweet Pea and Little Man were thrilled to wear their special shirts again, even laying them out the night before so they'd be all ready to get dressed in the morning.

Friday, November 18, 2016

Photo Friday

This was the week Little Man and Sweet Pea discovered the sunroof. And they want it open all. the. time. Even when the temperature is 46 degrees.