Sunday, September 28, 2008

Smarty Pants

So earlier today Evan said to Spencer, "Spencer, I need a hug." Spencer replied, "I don't give hugs on Sundays."

And minutes ago I was summoned up to Spencer's room where he and Evan were reading stories. Spencer then proceeded to point out letters in the book they were reading and said, "b-o-x- ...that's spells 'box'."

He's only 3. That kid is going to be smarter than me by the time he's 8. Maybe even earlier.

Friday, September 26, 2008


We ordered Chinese takeout for dinner tonight. My favorite part of eating Chinese is reading the fortune in the fortune cookie. Here are ours from tonight:

Evan's: "In the near future, you will discover how fortunate you are." Lame

Mine: "Don't be pushed by your problems. Be led by your dreams." I wish.

Spencer's (the best one I've heard yet): "Digital circuits are made from analog parts." ???!!?

Monday, September 22, 2008

A model in the making

I don't want to steal Rebecca's thunder with these pictures of Cody, but I can't wait any longer to post them. I think they're hilarious. He's definitely a natural!

Sunday, September 21, 2008

Almost three months later...

...and still all Spencer talks about is Finland and "Pappa's cabin." We went camping at the Delaware Water Gap this last weekend with the Pearsons, and as Spencer was standing near the river, he asked his daddy which way Pappa's cabin was and how to get there. Evan explained that it was too far away, that they'd have to get a boat and go down the river to the ocean, cross the ocean, go up a canal to the lake and then try to find the cabin. "Do you really want to do all that?," Evan asked. Spencer replied with a very emphatic "yes." He spoke so much about Pappa's cabin during our stay that Cody said the morning we left, "I want to go to Pappa's cabin, too." And while driving to one of our hikes the day before Cody reportedly pointed to some random home and said, "There's Pappa's cabin."

In addition to that, Spencer still digs "poop holes" and "trenches" in our front planting area on a daily basis. ("Poop holes" referring to the means by which we had to dispose of the contents of the outhouse buckets, and "trenches" referring to our spending a good part of our afternoons digging a trench to run electrical wires from a neighboring cabin to ours). That kid just can't let Finland go.

Thursday, September 18, 2008

THE List has begun

Topping our list of things we won't ever do again is replacing bathtubs. We thought it would take about a week to replace the bathtub in our second bath upstairs. But three weeks, two replacement drains, and endless numbers of copper fittings later the bathtub is finally in place. I don't think we'll ever be replacing bathtubs again. Two is enough for us to know that they are not worth the time, money, effort, frustration, etc. Next time we're faced with an ugly bath we'll spend the couple hundred dollars to have it refaced or pay a pro to replace it for us. No more soldering copper pipes, no more trying to fit a 5 foot bathtub into a 5'1" space while trying not to break the drain, the tub, and our toes. No more getting it in place only to realize that the support stud is too high, the bathtub is nowhere near level, and thus needs to be taken out and redone. And no more living with a bathtub in the middle of my living room for three weeks. We are done with bathtubs....... For now, anyway.

Saturday, September 13, 2008

Hello, Worms

Spencer is going to be a gardener. Not because of the plants, but because it allows him to did up earth in search of worms. Earlier this Spring we went and bought $100 worth of plants and flowers and spent the next few afternoons planting them. His favorite part was unearthing the worms. He had a hard time understanding where they disappeared to after he would put them back on the ground. The explanation he liked best was that they were going back into the ground to find a new home. Ever since then he has been begging to buy more flowers and plant them. Today we finally did. And we found 4 worms. Each time we found one he would pick it up, put it really close to his face and say, "Hello, worm." Then he'd put it back on the ground and say, "Go find your new home." It was really cute.

Another funny Spencer-ism. Tonight at dinner we caught ourselves saying many times, "Spencer, you need to eat your chicken before you can have any more lettuce."

Here he is in his "race car."

Friday, September 12, 2008

Happy Birthday, Evan!

Happy 28th!

Monday, September 8, 2008

My dad's book

I just found out from my father that his book, Stretching Anatomy,, has sold over 90,000 copies in the last year and half. Way to go, Dad!

I also found out from him that the area in Finland where he is from (and where we spent a month this past June) reported no "hellepaivas" this summer (see my posting from Sept 4 to read what a "hellepaiva" is). No wonder I love Finland so much. I wish we could report something like that here! (For a more detailed--and humorous--report of our Finland adventures, read my brother's blog--you can find the link to his to the right under "Erik Kokkonen").

Thursday, September 4, 2008

Another "Hellepaiva"

In Finland they have a term reserved for days like today: "Hellepaiva." Hell day. Yep, anytime the temperature reaches 25 degrees celsius or above--that's 77 degrees fahrenheit--they call it a hell day because it's just too hot. And we've had too many. How did I ever survive Texas? If it weren't for the cheap standard of living, Texas would be about as close to hell as you could get.

Maybe that's a bit harsh.