uncle reuben is back!

from ecuador.  i was so excited.  finally, someone who could put in my decorative pond.  after all these years.  that and i missed him.  you know, a little.

naturally, my husband could put in a pond too, if he didn’t think it was stupid.  to his credit, reuben also thought it was stupid.  which is the correct, manly thing to think.  i told him to do it anyways.

it was actually a lot of work getting the pond in and level.  the hole had to be just snug.  which is why we needed such good workers.

my mother is the one who has bought them all shovels and the wheelbarrow.  i think she has plans for them at her place someday.

although reuben does have a few more years as her indentured servant until someone marries him and takes him off her hands.  mom could probably still squeeze a decade out of that deal.

jael in her yard sale dress scrubbing off the barnacles.

reuben couldn’t get a shovel in edgewise.  as you can see this really bothered him.

fortunately i was there to supervise.  without people like me there would be no pyramids.  that’s what i’d like to think.

daddy-boy came home and was like “what the hell is this pond doing in my yard?”  he seemed to have failed to remember the numerous conversations we had about the pond.  and i must have mistook all his grunts and general disinterest in the matter as a form of consent.  slight misunderstanding.

now we have a pond.  three people think it is fabulous.

as boy pointed out, it’s not exactly the yard ornament i was hoping for.  we had cousins over the other week and they didn’t make it to my front door before clothes were flying and everyone was wet and screaming.  dirty pond allure is so much greater than kiddie pool allure.  i haven’t quite figured this out yet, but it’s true.  someday i will have a fountain and water plants.  until then i expect the yard to remain littered with people’s abandoned pants.

reuben assisting the baby in her vomiting habit.

babies are funny.

and soooo disgusting.

mmm baby.

now that all is said and done i have to keep an eye on jael.  the other day i found her pants on the floor, looked outside and saw that she had tutu-ed herself and went swimming.  “got a problem with that?”

so far, fish would never stand a chance.

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4 Responses to “uncle reuben is back!”


  1. 1 Angela June 28, 2011 at 11:53 am

    You crack me up! We’ve had several misunderstandings like that around here. They don’t usually care enough to un-do anything, so it works out pretty well. 🙂

  2. 2 Grammy June 28, 2011 at 12:20 pm

    Keep an eye on her. Kids can drown in a mud puddle.

  3. 3 auntie piolet June 28, 2011 at 1:10 pm

    great. so glad you are trigger happy with the camera. i sure love that baby and reuben too.

  4. 4 Grandma Sandy June 28, 2011 at 3:51 pm

    Even has a built in place to sit. every child wants one.


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