Wednesday, November 30, 2005

In our ongoing attempts to get a cute picture to include
with Christmas cards, we keep getting these gems.
Declan looks like a Wall Street broker about
halfway through happy hour.
















Declan trying out some new markers (thankfully washable).
And then how bout a kiss for Aunt Lori.

Saturday, November 26, 2005

Declan and Brody discussing the finer points of woodworking.














On the left, my mom and Declan decorating a 'tree' in their yard with some bulbs. On the right, Declan getting some 4x4 action in the snow.










Thanksgiving: Part Deux at my parents today.
We had some more snow fall overnight and the
grandparents took the kids outside to play.

Thursday, November 24, 2005

We had a wonderful Thanksgiving with Jenna's family today.
We head over to my parents' on Saturday to celebrate. Well, the
kids are in bed and what better way to end the evening than
enjoy a few adult beverages and a roaring fire.

Wednesday, November 23, 2005



We had the kids try on their Christmas clothes
the other day and Reagan happened to have
a 'Tommy Boy' moment.

Update: I was taking a look at the photo and
I think Declan has a Sid Vicious look going with
the sneering type smile.










As you can see, winter has reared it's ugly
head in our nape of the woods already. The
kids loved it and we had a nice snowball fight
before heading in to watch How the Grinch Stole
Christmas and enjoy a nice fire.

Friday, November 18, 2005

Via Iain Murray at the Corner:

The British are feeling the pinch in relation to recent bombings and have raised their security level from "Miffed" to "Peeved." Soon though, security levels may be raised yet again to "Irritated" or even "A Bit Cross." Londoners have not been "A Bit Cross" since the blitz in 1940 when tea supplies all but ran out. Terrorists have been re-categorised from "Tiresome" to a "Bloody Nuisance." The last time the British issued a "Bloody Nuisance" warning level was during the great fire of 1666.

Also, the French government announced yesterday that it has raised its terror alert level from "Run" to "Hide". The only two higher levels in France are "Surrender" and "Collaborate." The rise was precipitated by a recent fire that destroyed France's white flag factory, effectively paralysing the country's military capability.

It's not only the English and French that are on a heightened level of alert. Italy has increased the alert level from "shout loudly and excitedly" to "elaborate military posturing". Two more levels remain, "ineffective combat operations" and "change sides".

The Germans also increased their alert state from "disdainful arrogance" to "dress in uniform and sing marching songs". They also have two higher levels: "invade a neighbour" and "lose".

Belgians, on the other hand, are all on holiday as usual and the only threat they worry about is NATO pulling out of Brussels.

Tuesday, November 15, 2005

Insurance isn't always boring. I'm handling the property damage from this.

Sunday, November 13, 2005















We purchased Declan's 'big boy' bed today, and as you can see he absolutely loves it. We put up a guard rail for the time being, but I suspect that will be coming down soon as he already loves to hang on it. He sure does seem to be growing up quickly.




Cooking breakfast with my sous chefs at the ready.

Rooster.

Tuesday, November 08, 2005

A glimpse 65 years into the future...be afraid, be very afraid.

Thursday, November 03, 2005

Here's a quick how-to for an easy and effective Halloween prop.



Step 1: Buy about 10 feet of 1" pvc and various elbows and Ts and 4 ways. Cut to body length parts.











Step 2: Assemble the parts. Add a skull or wig head on top. You can click on the picture to see how the joints work together. Only the 'pelvis' tube and joints are glued. This allows all the other parts to be poseable.







Step 3: Grab some clothes, or as you see here, an old costume and enjoy! I use two pieces of steel rebar driven into the ground to allow the skeleton to stand on its own.

You can get really crazy and add foam and such to make the bodies look really human. That option would look good if you used a Jason or Freddy character outfit.

People who come by the house during Halloween always ask about the garage and how I decorate it. You can scroll down for some pics of it. It's really the easiest part of the whole display. I take some plastic sheathing and staple it up in the garage and then paint with fluorescent marking paints. It takes about a total of 1-2 hours to complete. I add a few fluorescent black light fixtures and it glows very nicely. Everyone who comes by loves it.

Wednesday, November 02, 2005

Hook 'em horns! My brother was also deployed for hurricane duty
with his company and was sent to Texas during Rita. He brought
back this cool shirt for Declan. It says Texas Tough.










Shots of the house decorated
for Halloween.










Some shots from Halloween.
These were taken just before
we left to hit the sub for candy.