When Graham was two, he and I arranged his Dr. Seuss collection by spectrum – he thought that was pretty cool, and it hung around for a few months. When opportunity came knocking again, we rose to the occasion. The Island of Sodor has never been the same.
I grew up in the 1980s, so my memories of playing with toys from that era are filled with Star Wars figures, Transformers, and G.I. Joes. In fact, I often cite the 1980s G.I. Joe line as my last love affair with toys as a child. By the time I was done with them, I… Continue reading My 1980s G.I. Joe Graveyard
Every year on January 1st, our little family sits around the kitchen table and talks about the highlights from the year that’s just passed. Then each of us takes a peice of paper, and writes down all of our favorite things from the previous year. After that, I type them up, upload them to Wordle.net, and… Continue reading Just A Few of Our Favorite Things from 2011
Is it a surprise to anyone that the two-year-old is far more brave than the eight-year-old when faced with the dark, twisting tunnels of Fort Moultrie? What a great place to take the kids on a hot summer day – those bunkers are nice and cool!
Loved this old school Kentucky Fried Chicken…
We have a new tradition emerging here at the Norman house: on New Years Eve/Day we create our favorite things tag cloud! *here’s 2009’s* This year during dinner, we each wrote down some of the things we liked from 2010 (we help the little ones). Then I typed them up and sent them through Wordle.net,… Continue reading Just A Few of Our Favorite Things from 2010
When my oldest son encountered his first snowfall in 2005, we naturally had to document the occasion with some photos. Later when I downloaded the pics, I realized that something felt familiar. After digging through my old photo box, I found what I was looking for: a shot of my dad and I in pretty… Continue reading 3 Generations, 2 Photos, 1 Scene
For weeks we’ve been finding dried-up dead millipedes here at our new home, so we were pumped to finally stumble upon a live one! This giant millipede, narceus americanus, was living under a leaf-covered plastic bag buried deep in the mulch. The boys loved touching it and watching it curl into a tight protective ball.… Continue reading Giant Millipede Found in Backyard
Yesterday, during one of our evening backyard games of kick-fly, we stumbled upon a monarch viceroy butterfly emerging from its chrysalis. Needless to say, this stopped us in our tracks. We all watched as this minute-old insect slowly dried its beautiful wings and prepared to take flight. My mother-in-law taught me everything I know about… Continue reading Viceroy Butterfly Hatching from Chrysalis
That is what my kids always say when they see a plane fly by – like this one.