Sunday, August 28, 2016

Bell Choir

Ela and Boookie played in the bell choir today at church.

Saturday, August 20, 2016

Heat Wave!

The residents of Michael Delving are coping their way through our Pacific Northwest heat wave (probably going to hit 90 degrees today!) with a Marvel movie marathon in the basement.
We started at the 2002 Spiderman and we'll see how far we get while this heat lasts!

UPDATE- Spiderman 1 and 2, then Iron Man 1 and 2.
At bedtime, Seimi asked the Mayor, "Eh-eh-excuse me? Do we have spiders in the walls?"
The Mayor told him that we do indeed have spiders in the walls (the kid lives in the basement so it's not like the Mayor can lie about that when Seimi sees spiders frequently).
Seimi asked, "Oh, I mean do we have the MIXING kind? I wish that I could be bitten by a green and black one. And red."
Here's to genetic mutations and Seimi's dreams of becoming the next Spidey!

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Book Series Idea

The Mayor and the Hobbit Wife both loved the Encylopedia Brown series as children. Yesterday morning over coffee (after a night of numerous wakings), we came up with a new series about sleep-deprived parents who investigate night noises.

Introducing:

The Midnight Detective Club

Featuring fascinating cases including:
  • The Case of the Single Laugh
  • Crinkle in the Nursery
  • What's That Beep?
  • The Odd Creak
  • Why Are They Crying Now?
  • The Baby Who Wouldn't Stay in the Crib
  • There's Something in the Backyard
  • and many more!

Sunday, August 14, 2016

Lunasa Update

There's just something about early August that screams out "Summer's not done yet!" The Hobbit Wife put a name to it, or rather connected a very old name to it - Lunasa (or Lughnasadh, although we at Michael Delving are not big on spelling). It's the halfway point between the summer solstice and the autumnal equinox, the point that says that there's still a lot of summer left, although summer will not last forever.

Last year, the capstone of our "Summer's Not Dead Yet" celebration was in September, when we went on a staycation 20 minutes from our home. We all had wonderful memories of our dinner on a sunny water-side terrace at Anthony's Beach Cafe, so we decided to return there for dinner yesterday. The hobbitlings were delighted to discover that several treasures they buried deep in the corner of the sand pit last summer were still there!
Seimi playing in the sand box after dinner.
All the hobbitlings worked with some new friends to build a sand fortress.
Ela made a doll our of Japanese maple leaves, survey flagging, twigs, sidewalk chalk, and larkspur flowers.
The larkspur doll keeping guard over the larkspurs.
When the Mayor came home the next day, several more dolls had joined her:


Seimi Teeth

We gotta document Seimi's two missing front teeth!

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Photo update

Here's what the Mayor has been working on downstairs in the Bunker.
Boookie trying out some of his birthday man makeup.
Ela laughing at Boookie wearing makeup.
Ela's amazing bench, constructed from miscellaneous items from around the yard. The back of the bench is made of unused splash blocks, the legs are made of leftover concrete blocks, the seat is made of scrap wood, and the sand was leftover from one of the Mayor's many house projects.
Boookie giving the bench some studious usage.

Friday, August 5, 2016

Happy Birthday Boookie

Boookie's 11th birthday celebration started with the arrival of his Hogwarts letter. To our knowledge, he is the first in our Muggle family to have received this prestigious honor!
Boookie reading his letter intently
Aunt Becky was able to break free of her training and come to celebrate Boookie's birthday in Navy style.
Boookie proudly posing with his own (and some borrowed) Navy gear.
The hobbit boys with a small portion of their arsenal.
Boookie coiling up to blow out the candles on his birthday donut (maple bar).
More huffing.
Presents from Aunt Becky and Uncle Goose
Happy birthday to our Boookie!