Treasure Hunt

2 08 2009

Treasure Hunt 1

Our friends Brent, Leah and Audrey found a treasure map and decided to give it to Tanner as a birthday present. The boys and I had a great time following the map and digging up Cap’n Peg-Leg Pete’s buried treasure. They also had a good time eating the gold coins that were part of the treasure.

Treasure Hunt 2 Treasure Hunt 3 Treasure Hunt 4

— Jared


Happy Australia Day!

26 01 2009


australia-day-5Our Australia Day celebration was a blast. Jenn made her delicious pumpkin soup which she normally only makes once a year and Mike and Ariane brought a yummy brownie trifle for dessert. The trifle was heavy, but we couldn’t tell exactly how much it weighed because the only scale in the house is a food scale that only goes up to seven pounds and it was more than that. While Jenn and I were finishing up dinner Ariane had a good time photographing Grant and Tanner in front of the Australian flag in the living room. She has several other photos on her blog. We also played animal wack which the boys always enjoy and lit sparklers (and then quickly ran back inside.)


Grant and Tanner's photo session with Ariane


Grant playing Animal Wack


Tanner taking his turn


Tanner observing his sparkler


Ariane and Jenn with their sparklers


Grant showing off his sparkler


Grant, Ariane and Mike messing around before dessert

— Jared

Snow Days & Sledding

25 01 2009


Last Sunday was the second week in a row that church was canceled due to weather. Grant and Tanner were both disappointed not to get to go to Primary, but we spent the day snow blowing, shoveling and in Tanner’s case, playing his own version of chess. I had Monday off as well for Martin Luther King, Jr. and so we got to enjoy sledding out the back as well.

– Jared

Christmas Concert

11 01 2009


The only time I play the sax these days is at Christmas. The year we got to have a whole concert because the boy’s grandmother sent them each a drum, a saxophone, bells, and a harmonica (which we gave them a week later). The boys both found notebooks to use as music books and alternated playing along with their drums and saxophones. It was noisy, but fun and they boys have had a great time with their new instruments.

Every fall their is a large marching band competition at Dover High which is down the road. For the past two years we’ve brought the boys and they enjoy listening to the bands. Since Christmas they have been prettending to be in the marching band whenever they are playing their instruments.

Another related story: The boys don’t wake up with Santa anticipation yet and so instead of rushing downstairs to their stockings on Christmas morning they played in their room for a bit while Jenn and I were in bed listening to them. After a bit we heard Grant pick up his drum and say with glee: “I’m going to play a wake-up song!”

– Jared

Finally Decorated the Christmas Tree

22 12 2008


Our Christmas tree has been standing in our living room in its natural state since Saturday, December 6th due to a combination of class, a paper to write, a final to study for, sickness, work, and an ice storm that left us without power for three and a half days..

I finally got the lights put up last Monday after power was restored that afternoon. The only reason the lights went up was that after several nights of poor sleep due to the lack of power and heat, I slept so hard from about 10:30 to 12:30 when Grant woke up wanting his blankets put back on that I was wide awake and couldn’t go back to sleep.

So yesterday during a beautiful snow storm, we finally finished decorating the tree.

Happy Halloween

31 10 2008

Some highlights from Halloween:

Books are more interesting than candy:

Every year Measured Progress has trick-or-treating at our largest building. With three floors of offices and cubicles the boys get so much candy that we have to bring along extra bags to empty their candy into otherwise they want us to carry their buckets. The boys were just getting started on their second floor when Tanner found a cube lined with books. He set his bucket down and started trying to pull the books out saying he wanted to read. It was a pleasant surprise to see that Tanner was more interested in the books he had found than getting more candy.

Check the sign on the door

After finishing the last floor, Grant and I were a little ahead of Jenn and Tanner on our way to the elevators when Jenn called me back saying that Tanner had gone in the bathroom and needed to pee. Tanner has been potty trained for awhile, but it’s still important to make sure he gets to a bathroom ASAP when he says he needs to go. I quickly gave Jenn the things I was carrying and followed him in. When we came out, Jenn told me that Chris, our IS director who was close by, said “He does that all the time” referring to me. I didn’t understand and gave a confused look, so she pointed to the sign on the door. I had just followed Tanner into the women’s bathroom. In hindsight, I did notice that the bathroom was a little different, but didn’t think much of it because my office is in a different building.

Sharp teeth take care of sticky candy

We came back to the house for dinner before visiting our neighbors. They boys were not allowed to have any candy until after they had eaten their dinner. We had also told them we were going to get rid of the candy that was the worst for their teeth. While the I was waiting for the boys to finish their dinner I started going through their candy and throwing out the Butterfingers, Milk Duds and other candies that can really get stuck in their teeth. Tanner tried to persuade me to let him eat all of his candy by opening his mouth wide, pointing to his teeth and saying “See my teeth teeth dad? They’re very sharp and cut right through them.”

Great neighbors

Growing up I can remember thinking that apartments and condos must be an awful way to live. That idea probably came from growing up in a big old New England farmhouse with land, a pond and woods to explore and play in. Living in a group of ten row houses has completely changed my opinion. We have never had a single trick-or-treater in the five years we lived in our current home, but every year our neighbors have special treats waiting for Grant and Tanner. Some invite the boys in, at least a couple take pictures of their costumes, and everyone makes a big deal out of their visit. One couple who wasn’t going to be home left a paper back with Grant and Tanner’s name on it with treats inside.

I’m sure that not every group of row houses has the same type of community, but this one is really special. Our next door neighbor always brings gifts back for the boys when she travels and gets them birthday and Christmas presents. Her last trip was to New Mexico and she brought back an indian head dress and bow and arrow set. Another neighbor will sit down in the parking area and read to the boys when they bring their books out and ask her to read to them. One of our other neighbors lets them do whatever they want to him. One day I came home and Grant and Tanner were using him as their dump truck. They had their toy front loaders and were scooping up piles of dirt and pooring it down his shirt while he sat on the steps. Another woman who likes to scrapbook has taken pictures of the boys and made a little scapbook for them. Those are just a few of the great memories that we’ve had in this little community. I’m sure we’ll live in other great neighborhoods, at least I hope we will, but I doubt we’ll find another place that cares as much as this one.

Finally we took a drive over to Ken and Jen Perkes for the boys to trick-or-treat their and so we could check out their new place. It’s in a renovated mill building and it is beautiful. It’s the first mill turned apartment building that actually has a nice entrance. The whole place was done really well. They say that the view of the river is beautiful too, but all we could do was hear it. I have to say that I’m a sucker for exposed brick and the Perkes have plenty of it in their new apartment.

Happy Halloween!

— Jared

Pumpkin Carving

28 10 2008

Every year the boys are able to do a little more than the year before. This year they did an excellent job cleaning out their pumpkins. Jenn and I helped with some of the tough spots, but the boys had a great time scraping.

— Jared