Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Considerate Children

Last week a friend brought our family some very delicious cookies. By the end of the night only six cookies remained.

During the getting-ready-for-bed commotion, we heard him counting the cookies. When he realized there were seven of us and only six cookies, we overheard him selflessly exclaim, "Oh! I guess one of the adults doesn't get another cookie."

The winning picture...

When I posted about #4 aka K winning the coloring contest last week, we didn't have his winning picture. Yesterday he brought it home from school, so I scanned it to share with you! A picture is worth a thousand words as they say...pretty good for a five year old.

Monday, November 26, 2007

Real Men...

The other day at dinner #2 was asking us if the boys' shortness is inherited (a couple of the boys are a little shorter than average, but they aren't really that short). I told him that since none of the men in our family have reached six feet tall, it probably would be the same for the boys. Then I mentioned that you have to be over six feet tall to be considered tall for a man.
#4 piped up with: "So Dad's not really a man!"
I think he misunderstood what I said...

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Our little artist...

#4 won a coloring contest at school that was sponsored by the fire department. His picture was chosen as the best in his class and as a prize he got to ride a firetruck to school today! He was pretty excited about the whole thing. Here are a couple of pictures...

D got to ride along too! A perk of parenthood!

Here is #4 all buckled in!

Friday, November 09, 2007

How to get your brother to stop being annoying...

The other day #3 and #4 were washing dishes together and #4 was singing a song from Blues Clues. #3 threw water on him to get him to stop singing the song. #4 cried. D asked them what was going on and #3 said he threw water on #4 to get him to stop singing that baby song.
D: Thats not how you get him to stop.
#3: Yes it is, he isn't singing it anymore. He's crying instead.

Logic my friends...

Saturday, November 03, 2007

Snail Update...EDUCATIONAL!

I have written a couple of times in the past about having pet snails. In fact we even asked for suggestions on what to name the two snails we found and adopted a couple of months ago. I apologize for not getting back about the name decision...there were just so many good choices that we never really narrowed it down. However, recent events in the lives of our snails have made me realize that they needed names...so we decided to go with John's suggestion of Esc and Argot...even though we have no intentions of eating them.

A week or so ago I went in to feed the snails and noticed that one of them had been digging way down into the dirt in their fishbowl. Right on the outside corner I could see something through the glass. I realized that it was a clutch of small white eggs. Esc and Argot were parents! As the days progressed we noticed more holes and more clutches of eggs. There are three sets for sure, and we are fairly certain there is another set that we had not been able to see from the sides. Today I found lots of tiny snails crawling up the sides of the fishbowl. We took some pictures so you could share in the wonder!
This is a picture of Esc in the process of laying some eggs. The part that looks like tree bark in the center of the picture is actually her neck, and the white blob is eggs in the process of being extruded from the snail. Sorry there isn't a better shot. With the reflective nature of the glass and the white color of the eggs we had a hard time.

This is a seperate set of eggs that Esc laid previous to the above shot. We are still waiting for these to hatch.

The first set I noticed, already hatched into baby snails. We are still waiting for these ones to dig their way out of the soil. I counted 18 in just this set, and there are two other clutches of eggs, plus a bunch of baby snails that were probably hatched from a clutch we can't see from the side.

A hungry snail having a meal after all that hard work...(I would like to think it is Esc, although I have a hard time telling them apart).

One of the baby snails that has emerged. There were at least a dozen around the sides of the fish bowl.

The baby snails are smaller than my pinky fingernail.

My favorite shot. I love the transparency of the snail. As it gets older it will turn brown like its parents.