31 December 2010
After more than 5 years, our sweet Madagascar Day Gecko Anansi has passed on to the big insurance company in the sky.
Anansi left behind a modest dirty fish tank he called home, a ceramic water bowl with a faux cactus, a tree branch and 12 crickets. He will be deeply missed.
The boys stand close to Anansi’s resting place, at Shady Backyard Lawn. Echo dug the hole that morning not realizing that a Madagascar Day Gecko is way smaller than a horse.
Some of the boys try out the resting place which is one of our family traditions.
Hank places Anansi in his final resting place.
A final few words.
The cover up.
Hank and Silas complete the job.
30 December 2010
Below are Elise and Silas’ special handmade Christmas gifts that I put together this past week. It’s always been a tradition for me to build little things from time to time. The first thing I built was when Echo was a toddler, I made him a custom set of blocks made out of teak, maple and mahogany.
This will be the third workbench I have made; it usually takes them about three years to destroy one. Let’s see how long this one last.
The super special thing this time around was building a kitchen for Elise. Within seconds she went right to work alongside Judith in the kitchen pretending to make dinner and wash dishes. Truly a lovely sight to see.
For years the boys have always been by my side pretending to be me and helping me with house project and Judith had no one at her side. Now she does and it's a wonder to watch how happy Judith is to have a little companion.
Everyone should have a companion and Judith and Elise make a great team.
I used cabinet grade birch plywood, a dog bowl for a sink and rosettes for burners.
Every boy deserves a workbench
28 December 2010
27 December 2010
We had an enjoyable Christmas weekend that started with a traditional Italian Christmas Eve dinner of sea food, family and friends and ended with Judith and I watching a romantic comedy last night alone together on the couch. I had planned on taking this week off but like all things our plans never seem to work out. Let just say this week will be rather lite.
What made this weekend so special was I turned my cellular phone off last Friday morning and now I’m staring at it debating whether or not to ever turn it back on. Life would be so much better if I was able to let the battery die and never look back but I guess in today’s world that ‘s not possible is it?
Hope you have a nice week.
Christmas Eve dinner with the grandparents
Dad gets new jeans for Christmas
Jimmy and Hank
Josiah's new scoon-kin hat
New pillows for Echo and Hank
New purple trippers for the girls
A new butter dish for the wife
Silas gets a watch for Christmas
Grandpa and Emerson
Julie and Olivia come by for a Christmas Eve camp fire
Ben, Jeanie and the kids come by for a Christmas day cook-out