Monday, September 01, 2014

Isaac builds a house of bread

Unfortunately, his attention span ran out after completing the foundation.

(Photos taken 2014-07-13.)

David eats dessert

Rachel: "When you work out as much as he does, you can afford to do that."

(Photos taken 2014-07-13.)

Tablet time

(Photos taken 2014-07-12.)

Isaac's birthday

Rachel was out of town for her cousin's wedding, but we had David and Dielha over for some presents and play time.

(Photos taken 2014-08-08.)

Melissa graduating from Minecraft Academy

Her favorite part was making textures with photoshop.

(Photos taken 2014-08-01.)

Matthew gives a talk that he wrote himself

I think he did eventually forgive his mother for volunteering him.

(Photos taken 2014-08-10.)

Mugging Uncle David


(Photos taken 2014-08-08 and 014-08-11.)

Popsicle time

(Photos taken 2014-08-16.)

Birthday boys

We had a joint August birthday celebration at Estancia Churrascaria (Isaac: "the place with 100 steaks"). Issac can really put it away. But his favorite part was the dessert: so much ice cream that he couldn't finish it all!

Lifting with David

Monster trucks

Matthew's first suit

He had a pretty snazzy pants-and-vest combo as a baby, but this is his first bona fide suit. He wears it pretty well; he's starting to develop wiry muscles and is denser than he looks.

I've been teaching him the basics of suit etiquette: don't close the bottom button. Unbutton completely when you sit down. Don't wipe your nose on your sleeve. (Kidding.)

Game night with the Galbraiths

Played some fun games of Dominion with Ben and Jessica Galbraith. Rachel was busy playing Civilization when we started, and rather than interrupt that, she played both simultaneously. Maybe that is why Ben and I were able to win a game...

Concert fail

I was pleased with myself when BandsInTown notified my that Bishop Allen would be playing Saturday night. I got tickets well in advance, Rachel arranged a babysitter, and it was a date! 9:00 start time meant we had plenty of time for a dinner downtown first.

That was the last thing that went right. We got to the venue (read: bar) shortly after 8:30. The band was warming up inside, but they weren't letting anyone in yet. We crossed under the overpass to get some cold water from a convenience store, and circled back to find it open.

9:00. 9:30. 10:00 passed. Still no band. No air conditioning or chairs, either. We gave them a few minutes for good measure, then called Uber to drive us back to where our car was parked, and headed home. (From Twitter, it looks like Bishop Allen ended up taking the stage at about 11:30, with some opening act a little before that.)

On the bright side, Melissa had a good night: Uncle David and Aunt Dielha took her to a Brazilian music festival. She had a great time dancing.

Sunday, August 31, 2014


Tommy discovered the lure of the dishwasher today. About sixty seconds later, he took his first tumble. We'll make an extra effort to keep it closed a bit longer...

Tommy and the pump

All our kids have loved playing with this at six months. I don't know why.

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

April + May peanuts

  • Corinna experimented taking off her diaper to pee on the floor at naptime and bedtime this week. So we experimented with duct taping her diaper to her. Fortunately both experiments were short-lived.
  • Rachel put the scissors away. Isaac: "Hey! Where the scissors go?" Rachel: "You can have the scissors, if you clean up after yourself." Isaac: "I know that. I'm a smart!"
  • Isaac: "Apple jam is rainbow sauce."
  • Rachel, post-Dominion: "Maybe I shouldn't win so often."
  • Phone rings at 5:45 AM. It's an international number. Is it Aleksey with emergency visa problems? Is it someone from EU support who discovered a critical bug? No, it is Andrea, who when Rachel didn't pick up, called me. She wants to talk about cuckoo clocks.
  • Popped the exercise ball mid-bounce. Landed on my butt. Tommy was *pissed*. Corinna: "Why you eclater le ballon? You trop grand!" (Why'd you pop the ball? You're too big!) Rachel is making an emergency Saturday night Walmart run to get a new one.
  • Took Grandpa to the churrascaria. Isaac calls it "the place with 100 steaks."
  • Twisted Dad's arm until he tried a bite of dinugoan (Filipino blood stew). He conceded that it was better than he expected, but didn't ask for a second bite.

Monday, May 19, 2014

At Seaworld

I took the kids to Sea World (a two hour drive each way) as a Mother's Day present for Rachel.  Unfortunately, they closed the park due to a thunderstorm after only about three hours.  On the one hand, Texans shouldn't quit just because of a little rain.  On the other hand, it was more than a little.

Silver lining: they gave us a voucher for another visit.  Maybe for Thanksgiving.

(Isaac really liked the two shows we saw, especially the "Azul" show with acrobats.  He was out of his seat more often than not, jumping with excitement or dancing to the music.  Sometimes both.)









Rained out at SeaWorld today. I thought it was rather un-Texan of them to let a little rain shut the park down.


Sunday, May 18, 2014

Tommy takes a bottle

Tommy takes a bottle by jbellis
Tommy takes a bottle, a photo by jbellis on Flickr.


Brothers by jbellis
Brothers, a photo by jbellis on Flickr.

The Williamson County Orchestra plays John Williams in the park

At the Round Rock Tech Shop

At the Round Rock Tech Shop by jbellis
At the Round Rock Tech Shop, a photo by jbellis on Flickr.

Dad enjoyed the tour. Shown is the CNC quilting machine.

Saturday, May 10, 2014

Carrot top?

Thomas's hair has started coming in more.

It isn't a trick of the light, Matthew's hair looks distinctly dark blonde, and Tommy's red.

 And here I thought we only made little blondes!