Friday, March 27, 2009

Three Videos

Rock teaching Brandon how to dance to classical music.

Rock playing in a box and singing the best line of Row, Row, Row Your Boat (that would be the "Merrily merrily merrily" part).

Rock getting Fix to draw "nomber M" (another M) "rye-dare" (right there) on his paper. He is FINALLY learning to correctly identify some colors. Although if you ask him "What color is this?" nine times out of ten he'll say "bee-u" (blue).

Thursday, March 26, 2009


Recently, our wanderings took us to Annapolis...
... where I introduced Rock to Alex Haley.
Then Mr. Haley and I watched Rock...
as he pulled this little girl's hair...
And sat on the ledge with Brandon Bernard (well, Rock was sitting, I'm not sure what it's called for a dog with no body). Fix captured all these beautiful pictures.

Friday, March 20, 2009

Rock & Rock

It's a Rock thing. We wouldn't understand.

Thursday, March 19, 2009

Rocket Boy!

I bet you didn't know that there's a superhero living at our house. His name is Rocket Boy.
He fights evil with the powers of his extra long tongue...
And his big belly.
Of course every super hero needs a cape.Criminals of the world beware! Justice has a new name -- ROCKET BOY!

Wednesday, March 18, 2009


We were so excited when Carrie, Molly and Oliver invited us to the zoo. After watching the monkeys overhead...
And this elephant getting a bath... started to rain so we decided to watch the pandas in a covered area.
This gave Rock a chance to introduce Molly to the animal we brought with us to the zoo. That would be Brandon Bernard.
Rock really enjoyed playing with Molly.
So he gave her a kiss.
Which made things a little awkward.
When Molly and Oliver (wisely) choose to go home and avoid the rain, we explored the reptile house.
Rock loved walking alongside the different animals.
In the Small Mammal House, I found myself relaying many of the rhymes from the Sandra Boynton books. "But not the armadillo."
Rock, Brandon Bernard, and the meerkat taking a stroll together.

Tuesday, March 17, 2009


Sometimes we have a tough time getting going in the morning.
Then Rock reminds us that eating a healthy snack can give you a big boost of energy. His favorite choice these days? Cranberries. He calls them "Beh-bees."
After shoving a few in his mouth...
Rock is always a little happier.

Monday, March 16, 2009

JMU Reunion

Kristina, Kirsten, Zinah and I FINALLY got our act together and organized a reunion to relive the fun of our days at JMU. Kris and Kir were my roommates my Sophomore year of college and Zinah slept on our futon enough to be counted as an honorary roommate.
Rock loved meeting the ladies...
And I loved meeting Sofia, Kristina's daughter. She is TOO precious!
Zinah instructed the little ones in the joys of the iPhone.
Thanks Kris and Tim for hosting an awesome weekend. It made us smile to see you all!

Saturday, March 14, 2009

Uncle Jason

A few weeks ago, we gathered to celebrate Uncle Jason's maturing into a mature age of maturity.
It's always fun to be with Uncle Jason and his lovely bride Heather.
We neglected to give him candles in his dessert so we sang to him later with two tapered candles. Happy Belated Birthday Uncle Jason. We love you.

Friday, March 13, 2009

Brandon Bernard

Someone has a new best friend.
Papa John and Nana Kerry gave Rock this puppet for Christmas and he has enjoyed him from the beginning.
But lately, Brandon and Rock are inseparable.
Regarding the name, Papa John's Peoplemals (his collection of puppets) all have three names that start with the same letter, i.e. Hugo Horatio Hound. We thought it was fitting that Rock's puppet also have an alliterative name and since he is a Saint Bernard, we named him after our friend from Seminary, Brandon Bernard. We're still accepting submissions for his middle name.

Thursday, March 12, 2009


We are so grateful that Rock is feeling better, but while he was sick, he woke up with some pretty crusty noses. To see the full effect, open this picture in a separate tab/window.

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

One Week Apart

What a difference a week makes!
3/2/09: Rock's snow-covered car.
3/9/09: Pushing his car to the park.
3/2/09: Begging us to let him run free.
3/9/09: Running free.
3/2/09: Shoveling fun with Daddy.
3/2/09: Park fun with Daddy.
3/2/09: Frustration over not being able to use the real shovel.
3/9/09: Delight over crawling through the playground.
3/2/09: Eating snow from Mom's hand.
3/9/09: Running away from Mom's hands.
3/2/09: Sporting some Winter gear.
3/9/09: Sporting a Spring smile.
3/2/09: So cold the snot is flowing freely from Rock's nose.
3/9/09: So warm Rock can hardly believe it.
3/2/09: Cute shot of the boys.
3/9/09: Artsy shot of the girl.
3/2/09: An accidental camera run-in causes us to go inside early to tend Rock's busted lip.
3/9/09: A sweet boy keeps us at the park all morning long!