Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Metal Earth: Gifts

For my father in laws birthday I bought him this: Steam Locomotive.  He likes to put things together. He's got lots of free time (lots!!).  And he likes steam engines.  Perfect gift, right?!?!  

After putting it together recently, he questioned whether I got the gift at "some old person torture store". You can read more about it here: Little Engine Blog

After discussing the difficulty with David, David was inspired to come home and put his set together. For Father's Day, I got him a set too.  His set had 4 landmarks: The Eiffel Tower, One World Trade Center, Big Ben and The Leaning Tower of Pisa.  

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You can see how small the details are.  This plate contains all the pieces for The Eiffel Tower.  


For your information, I found a large selection at Barnes and Nobles, which is where I got there.  After further investigation, there is an even larger selection online.  Think Millennium Falcon.  



It took David about 40 minutes to put together this one.  


It took my father in law two days to put his together.  


In all fairness, the steam locomotive is supposed to be one of the most difficult ones to put together.  


Anyways, all of ours are put together.  It problem took David two hours to put all four together.  They look.  Although Bob griped about the tedious effort in putting his together, he said he enjoyed it.  I'll give Bob this: he doesn't have good eyes and the little pieces do put a lot of strain on your eyes.   

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

A Night at the Creek

A couple weeks ago, we spent an evening at the creek with my dad.  He recently acquired a go cart that he's working on, to get back in good running order, for the girls to play with.  It runs now, but still needs some minor repairs.  At the time of the picture, it did not run.  The girls managed to have fun with it regardless of it's not running status.  


Visits to Bayside drive would not be complete without 4 Wheeler rides.  



Hannah and Grandpa fried some deer meat.  


My happy boy.  


I love this picture, and those goobers. 


More go cart play.


Hannah, playing around in the barn.


Riley, playing in the barn.  Her play consisted of picking up handfuls of sawdust and throwing them up in the air, over her head.  She had a bath that morning.  


The after effects of saw dust throwing.


Grandpa and Joshua, with similar, solemn, expressions.


These next four photo's are what Hannah's truck looks like now.  





This is what it will look like.


My dad does have the body, it's just outside of the barn so that he could more easily work on it.  





Thursday, October 30, 2014

Things recently heard

      Riley's new key word is totally.  For example "I can totally see our car."  This is what she says about many things.  I can totally hear that mom.  Possibly the funniest thing about her use of the word totally is that I don't say it, and neither does Hannah.  Where did she get it from?!?!

     Joshua is slowly stepping his way here and there, on his own.  I can see his confidence with walking building slowly.  It's beautifully sad, because he's far too young (in my opinion) to acquire this independence!  He can clap, wave good bye and says mama. 

     Hannah's personality is becoming more her own.  She's developed a playful side, trying to get over on adults and being silly in new ways.  For example, last night was our church's fall festival and Hannah didn't wear her costume.  When asked what she was, Hannah replied "I'm dressed up as nothing" or "I'm dressed up as Hannah."  Those responses were all her.  I've found an art teacher, who will work with her once a month or so.  We don't have time to commit to something once a week, so this lady will work with us on an as wanted basis, which is awesome!