Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Love for Dad?

The kids made Dad and I Valentine's Day cards. Mine was 12 inches tall, made with pink sparkly paper that said "love" all over it and adorned with paper hearts and a quilled flower inside:

Dad got the red one. It is 6" x 6" (half the size of mine) and is adorned with...
well, absolutely nothing.

No writing on the outside, and inside it simply says, "Happy Valentine's Day" and is signed. Any of you that know our family personally, know that Dad is the favorite! I don't know if they just get used to me always being there, but when each of the kids reaches about 2 years of age, they suddenly "love Dad best". So, why did I get the beautiful decorated card and Dad get a piece of red paper folded in half? I quietly went in search of the answer that evening.

It turns out that Kirk has definite ideas about what a man would like in a homemade card. Apparently men do NOT like hearts and ribbon and lace and sparkles. So he ruled that Dad's card would not have any of that girly stuff! I guess plain is the only way to be manly.

With that explanation in hand, I reassured Dad that his popularity had not waned, but that his card was merely a boyish card!

SO... when Dad's birthday came around, I talked to Kirk and suggested that he and Maggie try to find a way to make Dad's card a bit more decorative, without sacrificing the manliness of it. I should have kept my mouth shut - because this is what they spent their afternoon making for dear ole' Dad:

It reads, "Yo Daddyo"  in (bright purple zebra print on the lime green zebra print background) in case you cannot read it in this picture.
Here is the inside:

The 'e' fell off, they really can spell! Maggie created the bucking hot pink zebra!
Definitely a more decorative card and probably one Dad will not forget! I've heard rumors that this one will be nothing compared to the Father's Day card he will receive.

Honey, I'm sorry I said anything to Kirk!!! Forgive me?

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

'Toad'ally Tuesday!

FRitW has become a champion toad finder! Every year we find hibernating toads buried in the one of the kids play areas. After digging them out, we relocate them, but we always find more, or the same ones again - I'm not really sure. This year, FRitW has found 5 in the last week. 

MT, Mr. Rough and Tough himself, can be pretty squeamish about critters, but FRitW has to be watched so he doesn't pick up something dangerous!

Maggie is only squeamish when it comes to her Mom's nemesis, the spider - ugh! oh and snakes!, but note that she holds the toad in a very ladylike manner - very gently and carefully!


Monday, May 3, 2010


Mimi called Saturday. She needed Maggie to come help her pick strawberries. They picked a bunch on Thursday, but there were lots more ready. FRitW and MT weren't about to miss a chance to go to Papa & Mimi's house, so we headed up the hill to pick strawberries.

Wow! There were tons of them! Mimi produced bowls and we set about picking. Two years ago this 'patch' was 4 plants. They have spread so quickly! Last year we went to a pick your own farm to pick, but this year we only need Mimi's Strawberry Patch. If we can keep from eating them all fresh we will make some Strawberry Jam!

Just a bonus: While we were picking we noticed Dad and Mom Bluebird flying back and forth a lot. Look closely at the bird in the middle of the photo - she has a worm in her mouth! Daddy bird is a just above and to the right of her and he had a worm too! The bird house Maggie built for Mimi is on a corner post of the garden, so we tried to be quiet, as they did not appreciate us disturbing their little home! Mimi has been thinking that they may have some baby birds and watching them bring worms back to their home seems to confirm that!