Tuesday, June 30, 2009


You know, there are times when we happen to be
Just sitting there, quietly watching TV,
When the program we're watching will stop for a while
And suddenly someone appears with a smile,
And starts to show us how terribly urgent
It is to buy some brand of detergent,
Or soap or cleanser or cleaner or powder or paste or wax or bleach,
To help with the housework.
Now, most of the time it's a lady we see,
Who's doing the housework on TV.
She's cheerfully scouring a skillet or two,
Or she's polishing pots till they gleam like new,
Or she's scrubbing the tub or she's mopping the floors,
Or she's wiping the stains from the walls and the doors,
Or she's washing the windows, the dishes, the clothes,
Or waxing the furniture till it just glows,
Or cleaning the fridge or the stove or the sink,
With a light-hearted smile, and a friendly wink.
And she's doing her best to make us think
That her soap, or detergent or cleanser or cleaner or powder or paste or wax or bleach,
Is the best kind of soap, or detergent or cleanser or cleaner or powder or paste or wax or bleach,
That there is in the whole wide world.
And, maybe it is, and maybe it isn't,
And maybe it does what they say it will do,
But I'll tell you one thing I know is true.
The lady we see when we're watching TV,
The lady who smiles as she scours or scrubs or rubs or washes or wipes or mops or dusts or cleans,
Or whatever she does on our TV screens,
That lady is smiling because she's an actress.
And she's earning money for learning those speeches
That mention those wonderful soaps and detergents and cleansers and cleaners and powders and pastes and waxes and bleaches.
So, the very next time you happen to be
Just sitting there quietly watching TV,
And you see some nice lady who smiles
As she scours or scrubs or rubs or washes or wipes or mops or dusts or cleans,
Remember, nobody smiles doing housework but those ladies you see on TV.
Your mommy hates housework,
Your daddy hates housework,
I hate housework too.
And when you grow up, so will you.
Because even if the soap or cleanser or cleaner or powder or paste or wax or bleach
That you use is the very best one,
Housework is just no fun.

Children, when you have a house of your own,
Make sure, when there's house work to do,
That you don't have to do it alone.
Little boys, little girls,
when you're big husbands and wives,
If you want all the days of your lives
To seem sunny as summer weather,
Make sure, when there's housework to do,
That you do it together!

Performed by Carol Channing on Marlo Thomas' Free To Be, You and Me Album
RIP Billy Mays.

Sunday, June 28, 2009

Surprise at the Farm

Mom and Dad made a wood fire barbecue to celebrate Jim's birthday. The kebabs were delish, but the best treat was watching a sheep give birth, right before we headed home. I didn't think it could cause a flashback for me, but the look in her eyes was a little too (painfully) familiar.

Susquenango AKC Dog Show

The sun was shining Sunday morning so we headed out to the Dog Show to make some friends and meet some winners. Graham was enthralled by all the different varieties.

Saturday, June 27, 2009

Musical Playdate

We enjoyed breakfast with Nathan and Lisa (Lilley) Kuehnle this morning. The boys had a little jam session. So cute.

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Child Labor

Graham has discovered the joy of pet ownership, and loves feeding the dogs. The real problem is getting him to stop.

I bet if he discovered the other joy of picking up the poops he'd be more inclined to cut back on the portions!

Monday, June 22, 2009

How Do I Look?

The dogs got their semi-annual shave down this weekend and boy is C.C. happy about it!
She rode in Graham's lap all the way home and although he seems to be wondering where the rest of her is, he still hasn't stopped petting her.

Father's Day

Graham and Melissa took me to Friendly's for a Father's day breakfast of "dippy eggs" and pancakes.
My Dad "Grumpy" often took me to Saturday morning breakfasts and it felt good to know I was continuing that tradition with Graham.

My growing boy has graduated from a high chair to a booster seat and he couldn't be prouder!

Who wants crayons?

Afterwards we ran some errands (more racing though Home Depot in the truck-carriage!), took our nap (I love naps!), and then Melissa made one of my new favorites for dinner. Being a Father is starting to have it's perks!

Boys vote Cat

This is G.G., one of the most tolerant and lovable cats I have ever met. Not only did she endure Grahams constant throws of affection (notice his rapid leg motions in the pic) but she came back again, and again for more.
Of all the fun things Graham found at Rene's house, she was by far the highlight and seeing him with her made me miss the cats I've owned in the past.
As soon as a few of the dogs find the big light in the sky, we are definitely getting one.

Sunday, June 21, 2009

Portrait of an Artist

This is Rene.

We took this funny face picture (at his request) as we shared a lovely dinner with his family, including a rustic tart, the subject of the still life photo taken by... Rene.

Here is an example of his more blurry--I mean abstract-- work. The title is forthcoming.

Saturday, June 20, 2009

Lazy Saturday

Saturday mornings are pretty routine for us- up a little late (7:45ish late ;)) get dressed; and then we're off to the Latte Lounge and the Green Toad Bookstore. After breakfast we walk down to pick out our veggies at the Farmer's Market. Pretty standard.
Unless you find GOATS hanging out at the market, too. Then you've got something to talk about. Graham was beyond excited!

When the goat came out of the pen to say hello, I don't think you could have found a more content boy.

Fun with Food

Graham and I have played a strange game for a few months now, where we hold a straw in our teeth and growl like dogs as we tug-o-war. It helps keep him quiet in restaurants and it's kind of funny to watch him shake his head left and right like Korky does.
Here we tried it with a piece of celery. (For the record, Graham hated the celery. It broke off into stringy bits that he promptly put on my plate)

Later as Melissa was shucking corn for dinner, Graham decided to try it for himself, but as she finished each ear he'd discard the one he'd already gnawed on and go for a new one. (all our corn that evening had sample bites taken) Melissa finally persuaded him to take just one half of one to the picnic table. He never made it past the walk.

Uncooked, unbuttered, unsalted, and unbelievably delicious.

Here's a quick video. I've never seen him so focused before.
Poor Korky never had a chance.

On a side note, this exact corn when cooked and cut from the cob was left uneaten on his plate. Go figure.

Thursday, June 18, 2009

Maple Grove Idol

Before there was Karaoke, there was a Barbie Cowgirl dressup set and a Mr Microphone.

Valleyview Spring Concert

We had a last minute invitation to the neighborhood elementary school concert last night. We showed up a late, narrowly avoiding making an entrance through the side door straight into the middle of the orchestra pit. (whoops!)

Emily and Kuoadio did a great job in the chorus. Graham kept waving to them while they sang, and don't tell the director, but Emily snuck in a couple waves back :).

The program featured some old favorites like You're a Grand Old Flag and a suite from The Sound of Music (I did-- per the norm-- tear up at Edelweiss... even sober it makes me cry ;)).

We also got to hear Allie play her flute with the band. Graham really liked seeing the band teacher wave his baton. His favorite piece was Amazing Grace-- which was (in G's opinion) great for dancing.

Here's a jiggley clip of Em and Kuod. Enjoy!

After the concert Graham had those super-rosy, my-the-gymnasium-was-warm cheeks. Too cute.

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Beauty School Drop Out

Jaci worked up this little number for Graham today. (Reminds me of a side pony tail once spotted on the shores in Misquamicut.)
Jaci has been honing her craft for years... Abby is researching some shots of her early work....

Monday, June 15, 2009

Can I get a Hail-lelujah?

...Charlie Brown predicted we'd need to shovel today!

Thunder and then crazy loud hail made its way through this afternoon. Graham loved the commotion... the dogs, not so much! Luckily, it didn't damage anything in the garden.

Saturday, June 13, 2009

Dairy Fest 2009

After hitting the farmer's market, we took a quick trip to Meridale this morning to check out the Dairy Fest. The view from that mountain top is worth the drive, but there was plenty more to do, like betting on the infamous Cow Plop Bingo!

We got away with it this time, but by next year, I know we won't be able to distract Graham from the Hillbilly Express. (Jim already spoke to the owner about how he made it)

Graham really enjoyed the animals, including a nursing calf; alpacas (Baci, they asked us to send you their regards); chickens; sheep; and pigs.

He loved the vanilla milk and cheese samples, but the verdict is still out on the grape sno-cone!

Friday, June 12, 2009


Winnie, Killian and Graham enjoying Winnie's new water table.

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

He Toddles

Here's some action footage from this afternoon; enjoy!

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

The Nutmeg State

We took a trip to CT last week to coincide with a business function I attended in NYC. The rain kept us from our beach outing but we did have lots of fun with friends and family.

Working from the road can be stressful, so I was lucky Graham was willing to shoulder part of the load. At the end of the day, he was glad to kick back and relax with Dean.

Friday afternoon we headed to our favorite coloring spot AKA the Penzeys Spice Store. Any store that has a bucket of crayons is a great place to shop in my book.

Friday night we had a delicious dinner with the Strolin clan. Rachael's driving simulator was a big hit.

Graham was also mesmerized by Devin, Michelle and Kieran's Guitar Hero skills ...and the way Grandma played peek-a-boo.

Saturday we had a lovely breakfast with the Coffin twins (Maya, left and Ella, right). Alecia pointed out we first met them at 8 weeks, and now they're 8 months old! Sitting up, jabbering, and Maya is just about ready to crawl... watch out world, here they come (and so cute, too)!

When it was time to check out, Graham was happy to lend a hand and get the baggage into the car.

We made one last stop at Uncle Cookie's house for a quick storytime.

Man, he's a funny reader. Don't believe me? Check out the video for yourself.

And finally we drove through the Catskills on our way home.

It was a beautiful day for a road trip. Thanks to everyone who hosted us. See you again soon!