Pumpkin Picking 2011

I was awake around 6:15 this morning and decided to go ahead and get up a little less than an hour later.  I fed the animals, let the dogs out and took a shower before getting Amanda up.  She appreciated the extra few minutes of sleep.  Milly still wouldn’t let Amanda take her hair down out of the braided pigtail Amanda gave her last night until we convinced her that it just needed fixing (since she’s slept in it).  Amanda gave her two braids today, and Milly insisted that Mommy wear one to church too. Amanda and I saved four seats at church this morning, as Anna, Barry, Hannah and Paul were joining us.  Mike had an excellent message about …

Beauty and the Beast

We got Beauty and the Beast from Netflix a couple days ago, but the DVD wouldn’t play at all so I reported it and they sent out another one.  It arrived today.  Amanda and I were looking forward to watching it with Milly, but Amanda took a phone call at about the part where they sing about Gaston and was gone until Beast rescued Belle from the wolves.  Since she hadn’t seen it in years, she wanted to rewind it.  Milly was only half paying attention even when she was gone, preferring to draw on some paper with a pen.  She wasn’t totally disengaged, but she wasn’t totally engaged either, which is fine. Speaking of pens, Amanda bought Milly some …

Etch-A-Sketch Discovered with 15-Year-Old Sketch

Jason's Etch-A-Sketch

My buddy Jason found an Etch-A-Sketch in his home, I guess today, and posted a picture of it on Facebook.  Here it is for your viewing pleasure. Now, I can’t tell you why the Grim Reaper is directing Cyclops to fire an optic blast at some stern dude who’s leaning against a table, but I can tell you that I Etch-A-Sketched this picture probably around 15 years ago.  How amazing is that?  I mean that it’s still intact, not what an awesome job I did.  That part is self evident. Zach Dotsey

Party Prep

What you see here is maybe half of the nearly fifty pizza crusts Amanda and I (mostly Amanda) prepped today and tonight for Milly’s party tomorrow.  Amanda, inspired by the Hauensteins, thought it would be cool to have pizzas where everyone can choose their own toppings.  We made enough for everyone who said they’re coming to have one, plus a few extras.  It was a bit of a pain though.  Amanda worked on them pretty much all day and I worked on them tonight. On top of that, I cleaned up a bit outside and we both did a good bit of cleaning and setting up tonight.  That doesn’t include the week or so Amanda spent on making a tower …

Burning Trees

I spent a few hours today burning limbs and clippings from what Phil and I cut yesterday.  As you can see from the picture, I had several tree’s worth of debris.  In case you’re wondering, the fire was behind that pile, in the burn pit.  I wasn’t burning that massive pile in the middle of the yard. The fire burned hot and fast and I was able to get through it a lot more quickly than I thought I would, which was nice because it was about 90 degrees outside today.  I was also able to burn the wood from the front porch’s old railing, which had been sitting in a pile on the side of the house for a …