Sunday, August 31, 2008
Friday, August 29, 2008
Thursday, August 28, 2008
Tuesday, August 26, 2008
Sunday, August 24, 2008
Lauren got this little sand/water table for her birthday last year... she's been playing with it a lot lately, but I don't think Trevor had discovered it until today. I don't know which he enjoyed more, splashing in the water, or eating fistfuls of sand. About 20 minutes later, the wind picked up--meaning it blew our big yard umbrella (stand is in background) into the neighbors garden, blew the baby pool (empty) and Lauren's little tent across the yard. Lauren kept shrieking and running around trying to hold everything down. We got it all put away before the rain came, and the neighbor handed the umbrella back over the fence.
Thursday, August 21, 2008
Sunday, August 17, 2008
Wednesday, August 13, 2008
But this cat was different. We found her at a cabin in the Hocking hills region, abandoned in the woods. She kept coming in through open doors and snuggling up next to anyone and everyone. None of the people we were with wanted or could have a cat, and so I stepped up and said I would take her. Beth was like "Really?" So we brought her home and shelled out the $5M (U.S.) it takes to neuter and vaccinate a stray cat. It was worth it.
I hadn't had a pet in 15+ years, and was having a hard time naming her. I was partial to Jazz, but Beth once had a cat named Jasmine that she had called Jazz sometimes so that was a no. We were laying in bed one night thinking of names and I said, "How about Playstation 2? Bob has a cat named Mudflap. So pretty much anything goes, right?" And we both laughed and agreed that it was so ridiculous it just might work. The looks I've gotten from Veterinarians, old neighbors, and Pet Store employees are priceless!
Over the years, it became apparent to all that PS2 was the friendliest, most affectionate cat anyone had ever met. If you've sat down in my house in the last 8 years, you've had my cat in your lap. Guaranteed. She was funny in the way that she wanted to touch you, and be touched by you, but on her terms. She was in control of the snuggling, and don't forget it!
Like most cats, she loved to play pouncing games, and this picture represents one of my fondest memories of Playstation. She had this box that she adopted. Seriously. We left it in the kitchen of the Neff house one night and came back and she was in it, and there it stayed for a month or two. She would get in and jump up and down and twist around and plot her evil little plans to take over the universe in that thing.
Beth and I wrote a song about PS2, and I'll share it here after we record it. Soon, hopefully.
Her passing was a very sudden thing, unexpected and premature. It's made me think a lot about life and biology and nature and made me thankful for the time we spend in each other's lives. I will miss you, my little friend.
Tuesday, August 12, 2008
She told me this morning that it takes a really long time to grow up. I hope so.
Saturday, August 9, 2008
Correction: He scaled the whole staircase twice yesterday...
Wednesday, August 6, 2008
Oh my gosh... he pulled himself up! The last few days he has gleefully popped up on his feet (think downward dog yoga pose), pushing with his arms off of whatever is handy... a box, sister, a chair... and today, he pulled himself up. He can crawl up a few stairs, and his crawling skills improve daily. Sunday he was desparately trying to figure out how to crawl while holding onto a ball... too funny, 'cause it wasn't working.
So, after a great lull in posting, here's a whole bunch. Last night Patrick noted that we've already made more posts in August, than we did in July. Oh well...
Tuesday, August 5, 2008
Beth: Patrick asked me to give perspective... I love this picture, I have it on my desk at work too. And yes, he did read that whole weekend... I have great memories of Waldhutte... translates to small house in the woods. My family has been celebrating family reunions here my entire life, and I always feel at home. I'm glad the kiddos had such a good time, and the weather this year was GREAT. If it's hot, it is so hot there... and it can get really cold at night too. But, thankfully for Trevor's first out-of-state adventure and first tent experience, the weather was just fine. Can't wait to go back!
Lauren and I took a weeklong acting class with the Columbus Children's Theater. We did some warm-up exercises, played silly games, ran around a room, made masks, and ultimately presented a play for family members. What fun! Lauren had the role of the Octopus who saves a bunny from the sea by dragging it to shore with her tentacles. The best part is, she imagined the ending of the play herself, and her lines, and the teacher thought it was a great idea. This won't be the last act of thespianism for this little ham, that much is obvious. Me? I had way too much fun!