"If all mankind minus one were of one opinion, mankind would be no more justified in silencing that one person than he, if he had the power, would be justified in silencing mankind." ~John Stuart Mill, On Liberty, 1859

Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Naming Rights

Max & I have been talking a lot about babies lately. It seems everyone we know is expecting & they are all due in either January or June. Makes for some interesting conversations. Anyway, the other day, Max & I went to visit our good friends Jenn & Kris who are expecting twins. Max gets (kind of) the concept that a woman can have a baby in her tummy & that when it gets big enough it will come out since quite a few of his classmates have recently become big brothers or sisters. When we told him that Jenn had 2 babies in there, he was understandably full of questions. "How do they fit? What do they do in there all day? Do they have toys? Do they hafta share? How do they look at books?" Then he asked what their names were and the conversation went something like this:

Jenn: So far, we've picked Rachel for a girl & Matthew for a boy.
Max: No no no no, Auntie Jenn! That's not their names!
Jenn: Do you know their names, Max?
Max: They is Jorn & Jack. Can you say that? JORN... And JACK! (emphatically)

Its been a couple weeks & he is still insisting that the babies will be called Jorn & Jack. We'll have to wait & see it the parents to be take his advice

On a related note, no, I am not drinking the same water as all of my friends but may take a sip or two next July. So patience all you antsy people! (And you know who you are!)

Wednesday, December 5, 2007

Turkey Day!

This year we went to our nephew Cristopher's new house for Thanksgiving. This was his first year to host & he did a great job! Chris recently moved in with 3 roommates, a cat & now 2 puppies. His dog, Pika, is a black Australian Shepard mix & Inuyasha, a cute little mutt that looks very beagle-ish, belongs to one of the other guys in the house. Needless to say, as soon as Max discovered the dogs we had a hard time getting him to pay attention to anything else.

Max & Pika

Inuyasha taking a rest from playing
We sat down to dinner & all was well. The turkeys were perfect, sweet potatos tasty, stuffing yummy & all the other dishes were quickly devoured as well. Max provided the entertainment by asking Chris's friend Daily why he had long hair & so many piercings. When Daily answered that he had them because "a pretty girl liked them" you could see the wheels turning in Max's little head. Uh-oh...
After dinner, we went downstairs to play a little Guitar Hero. Max had a great time playing against his cousin Sarah & kept us in stitches the entire time. He had such a serious expression & would jump around, playing like a rock star. He really wanted to take the guitars home & was only consoled by a promise to get out Daddy's guitar in the morning.

Firetrucks & Halloween

Its been awhile, I know! But now the computer is fixed & I should be able to get back on track. Keeping in mind that Holiday is in full swing for us poor retail saps, I have a final coming up & my habit of taking on more projects than I really should.
In July, the Monarch Fire Department celebrated their 100th (I think) anniversary with a huge party. Ian & Max met our friend Leslie there to help celebrate. Her stepdad, Ron, is a firefighter with the department & showed Max all around the fire station, including inside the firetrucks & ambulance, the previous Halloween. Max was very excited to see his firemen friends again & the possibility of seeing a helicopter up close didn't hurt either! Max got to see all kinds of different demonstrations & came home wanting to be a firefighter (or a horse) when he grows up.

Who wouldn't want to play on this firetruck?

Firefighter Max is on his way!

Take that, naughty fire!

Watching the firemen

This Halloween fell on a Wednesday which just happens to be a class night for me. And not just any class night. It was the night I had to give a presentation worth 25% of my grade so there was no getting out of it! Max's reply when I told him Leslie would be taking him Trick or Treating? "Yeah, I get to play with Bara". As an added treat, she also brought Lucas! So off I went to class!

Max insisted that he wear his costume backwards because it was more comfortable that way. Max, Lucas & Bara the Wonder Dog!

Backwards Buzz

Backwards Buzz showing us his laser

Max listening intently to Lucas explaining how to eat a lollipop.

Max & Lucas sharing the spoils.

Thank you to Leslie who took all these cute pics while hanging out with Max! You rock!