Obsidian and Other Treasures

Finally something worth posting!!  It just took me a month to get it here (and a YEAR since my last “real” post).

In August and September, we spent almost 3 weeks traveling around South Dakota and Wyoming.  It was the most amazing trip ever.  If I can get my face out of Facebook, I’ll try to post a real summary of our trip.  For now, I just wanted to point out something in my photos that I found really interesting.

Here are the collections of rocks Simon and Alvin found on a beach near Grant Village in Yellowstone National Park.  Since you can’t take stuff with you from the parks — not even rocks (shame on you if you did!), we took photographs of their treasures.  I found it so interesting the difference in their collections.

Simon’s collection looked like this:


Alvin’s collection looked like this:


Isn’t that fascinating?  Or is it just me?

South Dakota and Wyoming

Don’t anyone drop dead! I’m posting on my blog! So much for my new year’s resolution to blog more. Damn Facebook. It has taken over my life. There is just something appealing about writing to/for people you actually know (well, except I don’t actually know Laura, but feel like I do since we have a common mutual friend — small world!).


Soon we will be spending 17 days in South Dakota (Black Hills, Badlands, Mitchell, De Smet) and Wyoming (Yellowstone and Grand Tetons).

Anyone have specific recommendations? We have pretty much everything common on our list. Would appreciate some uncommon advice.


4th Picture Folder, 4th Photo

Colleen at The New Unschooler tagged me for the 4th Picture Folder, 4th Photo meme and it seemed so easy, I couldn’t ignore it (not that I would have ignored it if hadn’t been so easy — or would I have?)…

Here are the rules:

1. Go to the 4th picture folder on your computer.
2. Post the 4th picture in that folder.
3. Explain the picture.
4. Tag 4 more bloggers.

My folders are dated, so since I got my first digital camera in early 2001, the fourth folder was 2001-06. I knew right away the photo was going to be one of Theodore since he was born that year. What fun it was to find the 4th photo!! It really brought back memories.

Push Up 2

Regular readers of my blog may recall that my youngest son is a competitive gymnast.  He’s really good (if I do say so myself!).  Seeing this photo again reminded me of a bunch of other photos similar to this one that I took in June and July of 2001 when he was 5 and 6 months old.  The kid had amazing control of and awareness of his body.

I called this photo “Strength Training for the Great Crib Escape”:

Push Up 1

I swear he was trying to do a forward roll here:

Push Up 3

He never did anything the easy way:

Climber 1

So it was no surprise at all to me when he foiled the barricade and climbed the stairs at 6 months:

Climber 2

And just look where it has taken him:

parallel bars

I’m now tagging (gosh it was hard to select only 4, but nice not to have to select a lot or I would have just let people select themselves):

Throwing Marshmallows

Wistful Wanderlust

Day by Day Discoveries

Get In Hang On

Anyone Else Notice the Similarity?

“An ant on the move does more than a dozing ox. “  ~Lao Tzu

Anyone else notice the similarity?

Real Ants

Inaugural Ants

Maybe there was a Jumbotron in the grass by the sidewalk.

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I Triple Dog Dare You!

A scene from one of my favorite movies of all times comes true!

I Triple Dog Dare You!

Stick Boy

I was tagging photos today and I found this funny stick figure picture taken on the driveway in January 2005.  I wish I knew which kid drew it.  They all deny it.

No doubt this is a stick boy.  Don’t you just love the front and rear views?  Too funny.

Stick Man

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What I really want to know is how this:

Boys 2001

Became this:

Boys 2008

And how I ever survived those days when I had 3 in diapers.

My baby turned 8 on Wednesday.  It hardly seems possible.

New Year’s Day

Nothing says Happy New Year like a big dinner with family.

New Year’s Day 2009

I make no resolutions nor promises, but I do want to try to blog more this year.  I have a lot to say and not enough time to figure out how to say it in an interesting way.  Perfectionism sucks.

Happy New Year!


Just in case your playground is too dark (saw this in front of me at the Taco Bell drive thru lane recently):

Recess Lighting 2


Not Dead (yet), just stuck in Facebook

Nope.  Still alive and kicking.

I recently joined Facebook after someone started a group for my old high school (which doesn’t exist anymore as of like the mid-1980s, so it is a little different than just any old reunion group).  It just adds one more wasteful thing to my already busy list of way more important things to do.

So, in Facebook, you suddenly get reconnected with all sorts of people you probably didn’t really want to reconnect with.  You also get to find people you really wanted to find but never could.  It’s a tradeoff of sorts.  Sometimes you even find that the world is really really small and one of your blog buddies from Illinois is friends with your Virginia coworker from 1991.  That was sort of eerie in a Six Degrees sort of way.

As I was poking around on Facebook, I had an interesting thought (interesting to me anyway).  People are pulling out various and sundry photos from the past and posting them.  They are few and far between.  There’s a little implied blackmail thing going on, in a fun sort of way, of course.

So the revelation for me was how different my childrens’ lives will be in the future.  There will be photos of every waking moment of their lives.  We got our first digital camera in 2001.  Simon was 4, Alvin was not quite 2, and Theodore had just been born.  We have TONS of film photos of the older 2 (well, more truthfully, the oldest), but since the moment we got a digital camera, I have taken kept (let me go check my Photoshop catalog….) 25,513 photos!.  I have tagged about 70% of them (I’ve been really good in the last year about tagging as I import them to the catalog).

Every.single.milestone in their lives has been captured in a photo.  Will anyone give a crap later on?  Who is going to look at these photos?  We certainly aren’t going to force people to sit through slideshows!  Oh wait.  We already do that.

I have noticed that kids today also document their own worlds.  My kids are no exception.  They have digital cameras and a digital video camera.  This could definitely come back to haunt them or their families sometime (an example would be the Facebook and MySpace pages of 4 local teens killed in a tragic highway accident showing pictures of themselves drinking, etc.).   We used to protect our privacy, but now we advertise our lives on the web via blogs and personal pages.  Isn’t that weird?