Saturday, May 7, 2016

Happy Birthday Ela!

Today was our lovely Ela's ninth birthday. She enjoyed the day at the mall with a friend and was positively overflowing when she came home to the boys. She couldn't wait to show off all the deals she found on clothes, makeup and jewelry.
 Two dozen beautiful fragrant long-stem roses, courtesy of Aunt Teresa and Uncle Nick.
We love our princess!

Friday, May 6, 2016


Tomorrow's birthday girl, "Rey" was spotted watering the herb garden yesterday... 

Monday, May 2, 2016

Happy Birthday, Eejee!

Today we celebrated our Eejee's second birthday at the zoo. For comparison, you can check out pictures from his birthday at the zoo last year.
It's hard to believe, but this little monkey is two years old!
 Boookie Lionrider, Captain of the Meerkat Brigade
 Ela Lionrider, Heart of the Meerkat Brigade
 Seimi Liontamer, the Curly-Maned Meerkat
 Eejee Cour-Leon and Mommie Lioness
Eejee sprinting about the zoo with an improvised leash (the Mayor's belt).
Eejee looking worried that "Happy Birthday" is taking too long to sing.
 Eating ice cream at the table like the big meerkats
 The traditional two-year-old birthday meltdown.
Eejee in his new CapMerica jammies posing with his fellow meerkats at bedtime.

Sunday, May 1, 2016


Ela: "So Boookie, what's your favorite mood to be in."
Boookie: "Probably...Revenge. It's just so wonderful to be like, 'I am SO going to get you back!'"

Friday, April 29, 2016


The Mayor asked Seimi if he wanted to come along to City Hall and then Home Depot. Seimi asked what City Hall was, and the Mayor explained it was an office building. Seimi asked what we were getting at City Hall and the Mayor explained that we were getting permits, which are pieces of paper. Seimi followed up (trying to figure out why he should be interested in coming along), "Sooooo, do I get to color the paper?"

Tuesday, April 19, 2016


When Boookie saw a brand new car in the driveway, he asked suspiciously, "What is that car doing here?"
The Hobbit Wife explained that was a loaner vehicles because the Mayor had taken Polly (our van) in for warranty work.
"Warranty work?"
"You know, upgrades."
Boookie's eyes got huge and the Hobbit Wife quickly but gently let him down, "No, not that kind of upgrade. Just a shift lock repair and something with the spare tire."
Boookie shook his head and (jokingly) mourned, "Awww. No deflector shields? No laser cannons? No proton torpedos?"

Saturday, April 16, 2016

don't smile. seriously.

yesterday, the mayor of michael delving was called into the downstairs playroom to settle a grievous dispute.

one of the hobbitlings had agreed to sit for a portrait drawn by another hobbitling.  while the portrait was still in progress, tempers flew: there was profound objection to the artist's rendering of the subject... particularly the subject's hair.  and in the midst of the spat, the portrait was ruined.

from upstairs, the hobbit wife heard only bits and pieces of the mayor's solomn investigation, but it was enough to send the hobbit wife into fits of silent giggles.

"the picture is just the worstest!!!" quoth the portrait subject. "[my sibling] made me look like a french governor!!!"

oh my.  parenting is not for the faint of heart nor the weak of poker face.