a deluge of random photos taken in bad light to make up for lost time (photoshop can’t save me now)

we’ve been gone.  if you haven’t noticed.  this is mostly where.  (also known as, “who knows where.” )  i barely made it back alive.

but i think the children enjoyed themselves in heathendom.  all the not bathing, fried eggs on demand, swords, guns, youtube jujitsu,  early morning potato canon firing, driving without seat belts, and reuben lighting his hand on fire with lighter fluid for evening amusement.  for the under 5 bracket, this is as good as it gets.

and they feed you cheeeese.

here is my sister natalie – the dawn of civilization in a tin cup of primordial ooze.   (ooze mostly comprised of reuben.  she can kick his butt, when she unsheathes her nails from the muff.  just think of what happened to the poor muskrat.)

and this is my sister sarah, who just moved back from north carolina.  hooray, hooray.

the highlight of our trip was when gideon and jehu found natalie’s bb guns.  gideon informed me, “mother, today is the best day of all the days i have been in the world.  …because i have found a gun.”

i’m cruel indeed.  my policy is that they can have a gun when they are old enough to have a .22.  they don’t even get toy guns.  they have to make do with whatever they can concoct out of tinker toys and their pointy finger.  suffice to say, otto’s don’t come any happier than this:

here is jael and her arch nemesis, misterchievous.  the dynamic duo of trouble.

yes, you might just think they are cute.  ask the kitty what he thinks and he will tell you different.  but i’m sure he’s still hiding in a snowbank somewhere, after lestat tried to saw him in half.

this is mia.  we made a cake and were impressed with ourselves.

and here we are going on a walk.  (“we’re all going to die!”)

(yes, you want to watch out for her.)

and especially her.

it even snowed during our trip.

the kids made a fort and then blew holes in it with the potato canon.

and i made pies.  the first two i didn’t get to try on account of the locusts.  but i wised up for rounds two and three.  with 14 people you could cook and wash dishes (by hand) all day and never actually get anything else done.  in fact, if you try to clean then you can’t cook.  fortunately the locusts have been conditioned to subsist on raisin bran and dry toast.

and this is clive and jael.  an eyeball extravaganza.

anyways, now i’m home.  i mucked out the car, cleaned house, threw together jehu’s birthday and now it is time for christmas.  oh goody.


6 Responses to “a deluge of random photos taken in bad light to make up for lost time (photoshop can’t save me now)”

  1. 1 Aunt Meggy December 6, 2009 at 7:58 pm

    i think you should make a side-by-side photo frame of natalie in the muffler and then with the gun. what a real woman should be.

  2. 2 timmyjimi December 6, 2009 at 11:39 pm

    Great pictures. Jael is my favorite. Good to see you. Glad you made it home safe. Etc.

  3. 3 paula December 7, 2009 at 9:14 am

    Wow…glad you guys had a good time. Am hoping that Camilla will live an equally unrepressed childhood in the absence of spud guns.

  4. 4 Judy December 7, 2009 at 10:46 am

    I always love to see what your family is up to. Never do I leave without a smile. The picture Natalie packing Jael made me laugh out loud. What a classic! Thank you for the smiles.


  5. 5 Mitch December 7, 2009 at 6:38 pm

    HA HA HA, That was one awesome vacation. Natalie and guns. Rueben and Fire, and CHEESE. HA HA HA, My mother says hi. And she tells me that you and sara need to call her. Have fun you goofs.

  6. 6 mavis December 7, 2009 at 9:17 pm

    hey mitchell, thanks for the salt. although i had boy open the package by himself out in the garage in case it exploded. i don’t trust you.

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