Tuesday, June 30, 2009

The Family That Pirates together

A Sharpie, some felt and an old sash ... everything you need for an entertaining day
Vanquishing the intruders

Friday, June 19, 2009

Exploration Debriefing

Ian animates the days explorations through the Natural History Museum while Liam demonstrates a new found origami method.

Life with Cousins

Its Firefighter surf genre ... you might not understand
The cousins!

Summertime swinging

Heather takes Liam's swing for a spin ... baby feels dizzy

Thursday, June 18, 2009

A Day of Natural History

"I'm not going to fall for the joke about something being behind me again dad!"
Who does this guy think he is? Teddy Roosevelt?
Thought baloons from Firefighter's head: "Wonder what a dinosaur tastes like?"

Superhero Unmasked

You've discovered my secret identity!

The Sleeping Storm

The morning we are leaving for Maryland

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

The Natural History Museum

A grand time was to be had by all as the Bell's and Bagley's tagged along behind the dynamic duo of Liam and Ian - like veritable Boondock Saints cutting a swarth through the resistant crowds of people, like Dirk and Al on the quest for buried treasure, so were the mini-explorers in there search for Dino bones and mammoth sea creatures.
After spending an extended amount of time in a minivan trying to find a parking place (for some reason everyone, their brother, and their cousin from out of town was in DC at the Smithsonians today), which on a positive note gave the boys a grand time to catch up and examine each other's explorer costumes, we arrive and wound our way through exibits of pre-historical life before getting a great show at the IMAX theater where we watched "DINOSAURS: MONSTERS OF PATEGONIA" in 3-D, which scared the daylights out of Liam. Not that I blame him since I dodge the frothy breath of carnivorous dino myself.
After such a great day, it was only fitting to top the trip into DC off with a late lunch at the Dubliner Irish Pub with a pint of Magner's Cider and a few pints of Guinness to wash down the fish and chips, smoked salmon and Shepherd's Pie and Guinness Burgers. And by the time we made our way back up D Street to Union Station to get the car, we were full and happy and looking forward to our next day together.
Tomorrow, we transendental travelers head for the great North of Pennsylvania for a quick over night at Jeff and Ashley's then off to the Eastern Shore.

Sunday, June 14, 2009

A Quick Trip

As soon as I make it out of bed, after staying up till 2 am watching Jimmy Buffett at Wrigley Field and then NCIS, I'm packing the car and we are off to never never Maryland for a short week of high activity, then back to Tennessee in time to open the house to my god-daughter Courtney and her family, including there 3 week old baby Dilion James.
Looks like a week of stormy weather for us, but hopefully it will dry by the time we head back home - since we are buying a bed in Maryland from IKEA and will be zooming back home with it strapped to the roof of the car. Now where did I pack the duct tape?

Saturday, June 06, 2009

This is why we homeschool

Pirate Day and learning to write Gaeilge words related to pirates

A Gulf Coast Vacation

Feeding the gulls
Walking the pier
Christine with the catch of the day

Man, the things a child can talk you into

Swashbucklers in action!

Friday, June 05, 2009

On returning to the mountains

After an adventurous run down to Alabama to visit with the family for a Memorial Day gathering of Jacobson's, we have returned to our misty mountain hollow of a home, and a deep sigh as we get ready to head out again, but first ....

With Heather in school and needing to check into her online classes every day, it has become very important to find Starbucks, since they have about the easiest means of getting Wi-Fi when you're on the road, not to mention plenty of coffee to keep me happy. Being in the backwoods of Alabama's Gulf Coast, we weren't able to find any available signals for Wi-Fi in my mom's hometown, so we had to go about 30 minutes down the road to Daphne, Ala., which unfortunately put me in close proximity to bookstores and art supply stores, so I returned with plenty of books and bags of inks, markers, paper and an assortment of other things. Heather's school time also gave Liam and I plenty of chances to spend all day on the beach at Fairhope and even a great trip down to my old stomping grounds in Gulf Shores. We even packed along a couple of younger cousins for a great day on the most pristine white beaches in the world.

The trip to Gulf Shores also provided a great chance for us to go to LuLu's for lunch and let me just say, the oyster loaf and Gumbo were divine! Heather and Liam both had the Mahi Mahi and thank's to their meager sized stomachs, I was able to help them finish there courses as well.
Though I don' t have the time to go into it now, it was a grand trip and we have returned tanned and refreshed and ready for the next adventure.