Friday, July 25, 2014

Growing Up

Christopher just got glasses! Isn't he handsome?

Sunday, July 6, 2014

In the Doghouse

Not happy with Miss Lexi! After peacefully living here for two years, last week she suddenly decided to become impatient with not being let back in the house quickly enough after going outside to use the bathroom. I heard some loud scraping noises, and by the time I got to the kitchen, this is what I found....

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Midnight Spy

Christopher's most recent disguise... his midnight spying outfit... beware....

Take a GFS baseball cap and add two miniature flashlights,
secured with duct tape...

Add some laser-lit nighttime goggles, and Voila!
You have an amazing nighttime spy outfit. 

This well-lit hat could be useful in a number of everyday situations!

The whole get-up... by the way, Christopher has
requested some black duct tape. I see his point.

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Cardboard Warfare

Christopher has been watching the old t.v. show "Rat Patrol" lately, and his creative juices have been flowing as a result. Guns and grenades... more cardboard and more duct tape!

Hand grenade

Pulling the pin!

The pocket clip

Cute little soldier with a grenade in his pocket....

His gun

With removable gun cartridge

Some sort of tank

Rotating machine gun...

Christopher demonstrating the machine gun

Grenades and other ammo
"Army Jeep" with gun rack

Sunday, June 15, 2014

Driving the General Lee

Christopher loves the General Lee, the 1969 Dodge Charger driven fast and furiously by the Duke boys in The Dukes of Hazzard. Just for fun, he recently built his own General Lee simulator in our garage....

The front seats, with a view of the steering wheel and C.B. radio

The steering wheel (anchored by a CARS gardening mat), complete with
a genuine "01" General Lee "Dixie" horn from Cooter's Place in Gatlinburg! 

Steering that wild car....

A close-up of Christopher's C.B. radio

"Breaker One, Breaker One...."

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Growing Boy

Christopher had his 8-year-old doctor well-check last week, just after his birthday, and he's a very healthy little boy. His first visit to this doctor's office was eight years ago, when he was just a few days old and would fit in the crook of my arm. And now look at him!

He's in the 93rd percentile for height. If he continues to follow the same growth curve he's been on for the last several years, he'll be 6'1" or 6'2" in the end! Amazing!

Monday, June 9, 2014


We've been seeing lots of high school graduations and elementary school graduations and kindergarten graduations lately... and we've had a graduation of our own!

Sarabeth now meets all the State of Michigan requirements for using the lap and shoulder belt in a vehicle:

  • She is 4 feet, 10 inches tall (the state requirement is 4 feet, 9 inches)
  • She is able to wear the lap belt low across her upper thighs
  • She is able to wear the shoulder belt across her collar bone (not touching her neck or off the shoulder)
  • She is able to sit with her bottom scooted all the way back against the seat back and have her knees bent at the edge of the vehicle seat

Good-bye booster seat! Congratulations, Sarabeth!