Milly discovered crayons today.  Amanda took her out to get a few things today and came back with crayons and drawing paper.  We didn’t even have to really show her what to do; she just started drawing.  Purple (like her mom) and green seem to be her favorite colors.

Milly discovers crayons
Milly discovers crayons

She was a little fussier than usual this morning, Milly was.  She wasn’t particularly bad, but there wasn’t anything I could do to keep her happy.  We even went for a walk to the cul-de-sac, but that only helped for a little bit.  She went down for her nap early.  Well, I say early, but I mean earlier than she has been of late.  She used to start her morning nap between 9:30 and 9:45, rarely as late as 10:00, but in the past month or so that’s stretched to 10:00 or so, sometimes just a little later.

We went to a party at the Warkentiens’ tonight.  Amber, Nick’s sister who has been living with them for a while now, is moving back to Michigan.  There was a bonfire with roasted hot dogs and s’mores.  We met a few new people, including Amber’s friend Christa and her boyfriend Rob.  I really enjoyed meeting them.

After most people had left, we played Funglish, a new game Amanda picked up today while she was out with Milly.  She saw it on an episode of Ellen and thought it looked fun, and it was.  The guys smoked the girls in the first round, the girls won by a point in the second and the guys won by two or three in the last one.  We were playing best two of three, so we won.

In case you’re wondering, this is how the game goes: there’s a board with three sections labeled definitely, kinda and not.  In front of you are a bunch of adjectives.  You draw a card and place adjectives in the proper places to try to describe as many words on the card as you can before the time runs out while your team guesses the words.  You can’t say anything and you can gesture other than to let your teammates know that they’re on the right track.

For example, one of my cards had Mickey Mouse on it.  Under definitely I put things like small, furry, animated, black, round, fictional and magical, among other.  For the record, that round went like this.

(After indicating that mouse was close.)

Nick:  Fivel!

Rob:  Who’s Fivel?

Nick:  The little mouse on American Tail.  Fivel Goes West.

(Long pause while I implore them with my eyes to say “Mickey Mouse.”)

Rob:  Tom and Jerry!

(I shake my head.)

Nick:  Who’s another animated, fictional mouse?

(Time runs out and the girls all yell, “Mickey Mouse!”)

See how that can be a fun game?

We put Milly down to sleep in Amber’s room, but she woke up around 1:00.  I had no idea it was that late, but we were on our last round so we let her hang out with us big kids.  After we got home and I was carrying her in the house, it crossed my mind that that was probably the first time she’d seen the outside world at 1:30 AM.  In the future, she’ll think 1:30 in the morning is a magical, late time, just like I used to think midnight was really late.

In crazy sports news, Will Graves got kicked off the Tar Heels basketball team today.  No official reason as to why other than not complying with team rules.  Internet rumors seem to point to marijuana issues.  I think it hurts the Heels for next year because they’re now one injury to Jon Henson or Tyler Zeller (who has yet to have a major injury-free season at Carolina) or Justin Knox from having absolutely no depth in the post.  Knox, who transferred from Alabama, doesn’t seem to be all that much anyway.  I expect Harrison Barnes will be playing the 4 a good bit.

On top of that, they don’t have enough big bodies for practices and they have very little returning experience.  Graves was the top returning scorer (third on last year’s team) and, I think, the only scholarship senior (being a fifth year senior after a redshirt year).  They also only have one returning starter.

I assume Reggie Bullock and Barnes will help a lot with that Carolina team, but I really don’t think the freshmen are going to be enough to right the UNC ship.  They should have a better season than the abysmal one they had last year, but I don’t think it will be a whole lot better.  Lucky for them, the ACC looks like it will be a little weaker this coming year anyway.

Zach Dotsey