19 June 2011

Happy Father's Day

Happy Father's Day to one of my favorite dads.

To quote MacKay's father's day card, "I say everything good to say about you!"

09 June 2011

The Word For Today is Rumor . . . or Maybe Gullible?

I don't write posts about Madison much anymore mostly because I don't want to embarrass her.  My boys have no shame and I take full advantage of that.  But, even though I  may regret it, I am going to share a recent conversation I had with Madison because it was just too good.

Madison: You know that boy I had a crush on? I don't have a crush on him any more.  Do you want to know why?
Me:  Yes.  I really do.
Madison:  Well the other day his friends were talking about him.  And do you know what they said?  They said that he has a girlfriend in China and that he went to China and took her on a date to see a Hanna Montana movie.  I hate Hanna Montana and if he's going to go all the way to China to take some girl to a Hanna Montana movie, well, I'm just not that interested.

08 June 2011


Last week we took the kids and met up with some of their cousins at Yellowstone.  All of the kids were excited to go except for Chase who has apparently watched Home Alone one too many times and was terrified we were going to accidentally leave him behind.  The night before our trip he slept at my feet clinging to my ankle.  After every stop along the way he would ask, "Are you my family?  Am I in the right car?"  Much to his relief he made it to Yellowstone with us without incident.

Almost immediately upon entering the park we began to see bison and elk.  It didn't take long for Kai and Chase to decide that it was the "best day of their ENTIRE LIVES!!!!"

Or at least it was the best day of their lives until we began to look at things besides animals.

This is Dragon's Breath Hole and it was everything you'd expect from a cave titled Dragon's Breath Hole.  It was loud, steamy, and smelly.   They really didn't like the smelly parts of Yellowstone, but I thought it was a small price to pay to see things like the Grand Prismatic Spring.

We also saw less amazing things like this.  I don't remember what it is called but it was along the Norris Geyser Basin.  Chase said it looked like "root beer and poo, but you can't smell the root beer part--just the poo."

Did I mention that we saw bison?  Because we saw a lot of bison.  They were grazing in the valleys, drinking in the streams and blocking all the roads.

After seeing them so much some of us had a hankering to taste them.  For lunch.  In the form of chilli.

I like to think everyone had a pretty good time.