Thursday, November 26, 2009

"The Missing Tooth"

"The Missing Tooth" adapted from a poem by Ken Nesbitt - recited by Big Dawg (the toothless wonder). Enjoy!
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Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Taylor - Tentinger - Miller Reunion

Dave was in town as a guest panalist for a presentation to MBA Finance students. His outlook on the economy is cautiously optimistic. Afterwards he spend some time visiting the Taylor croud. Pizza Friday finds Big Dawg and Beaner chowing down, and Peanut doing some homework.
Here we see Andrew (Horn Dawg) Miller, hitting on the bar maid at Vitos. I'm not sure if he's started shaving yet, but he sure got a head start on his womanizing. Certainly, he couldn't have learned this from his father. :)
Last, but not least, here is a picture of the crew. We are missing a few: Melanie and Jennifer left early; Beaner and Big Dawg stayed home; Tyler and Laura are still at school. So from the left: Peanut, Scott, Chalupa, Side Track, Andrew, Buzz, Renee, Lisa, Jeff ? (Lisa's nephew); Scottie, Zach and Professor Tent. It was great to get the crew together again, if only for a brief night on the town.
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Monday, November 23, 2009

Loose tooth - Method #4

So Big Dawg has this loose tooth, and tells us that if you sneeze hard enough, it will come out of your head.

A little history: We have tied strings to door knobs and the other end to the tooth and voila... out comes the tooth. We have asked and been given permission to give it a tug to help the poor kid and voila... out comes the tooth. We have NOT been given permission, but instead said "let me take a look" ... out comes the tooth. But NEVER have we heard such an absurd approach as described above.

This morning Big Dawg shoved pepper up his nostrils and waited. Shoved more pepper up his nostrils and waited some more. Finally, he shoved more pepper into his nose and then sneezed convulsively for about three minutes. But... nothing happened.

This afternoon in class, he gave it a tug and voila... out comes the tooth.

Moral of the story is that the pepper-up-the-nose is no replacement for the simple tug of a sixth grade hand (or a string attached to a door knob - my personal favorite).

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Off to School

Below we see Chalupa leading the charge, Peanut, on the way to the bus stop about a block away.
Next we see Andi (blue) hopping into her car. She is Beaner's (passenger) "bus" to West.
And of course, here is Big Dawg, entering the grounds of Webber Elementary.
And so it goes... another day begins.
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Monday, November 09, 2009

Another Wacky Weekend

Friday night was mayhem as Chalupa and Peanut prepared for the Junior High Dance. Here we see Chalup and her posse all dressed up and ready to go.
Meanwhile Big Dawg and Luciano had a sleep-over. This turned out to be a lot of fun for both boys. As you can see... their mouths are a clear indication of first grade toothless blues.
On Sat., my childhood pal, Dorf, took me to the Iowa football game. It was a sad loss indeed but if we can't muster an offense, we can't expect to win. Despite the loss to Northwestern, the weather was great and it was especially cool to spend some time with a guy I've known for 40 years (can you believe it? - don't answer that).
On Sunday, we took The Toots (Tootsie) to the Dog park for a little recreation. Always a treat for owner and pets. Here we see Big Dawg, Peanut and Chalupa hanging out. Meanwhile Beaner slaved all weekend (except for a brief babysitting gig) on her AP Euro project. I was her manual (slave) labor helping her until the late hours of the night put together the final pieces to her timeline mobile for the Renaissance Period.
Looking ahead, it should be a good week. Quite relatively speaking.

Wednesday, November 04, 2009

Another Lost Tooth

Big Dawg is beginning to look like a jack-0-lantern. He lost this tooth on Nov. 2. It's always something.
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Monday, November 02, 2009

Halloween 09

Well, Halloween '09 has passed and here's a smattering summary of the weekend activities:
Sidetrack and Beaner headed North to MN. Beaner spend the weekend with friends in Monkeydoo and Sidetrack celebrated her mother's birthday with her family (sisters, brother and father). All's well up North and the house is still for sale.

Meanwhile, back on the ranch... Big Dawg had a costume party Friday night. Then Saturday the chaos hit overdrive. Chalupa and Peanut reffed several soccer matches in the morning. Then Peanut had a soccer match that afternoon, while Chalupa took off for a BB tournament in DeWitt.
Hawkeyes rolled in the fourth quarter to catch and soundly defeat Indiana to go to 9 and 0. Buzz Daddy jogged over to the stadium after the game to tailgate with a few college friends and celebrate Iowa's continued Big 10 leadership.
Peanut's friend, Morgan, was in from Menomonee Falls and the two of them went Trick or treating with Big Dawg. Chalupa came home at 11:30 with a 2nd place medal and we all hit the rack with a hour gained from Day-light-savings.

On Sunday, Peanut had soccer in CR, Big Dawg had Soccer in IC and Chalupa had Soccer in Muscatine. (whew). Combined they went 1 - 2. Then Chalupa had a BB game which they lost, but not from lack off effort.

We finished the weekend with a Birthday celebration for Sidetrack. She officially celebrates on Nov. 2, but no one will be around so Nov. 1st will have to do. Sunday night ended with a minor flood in the basement which has since been fixed... but ugh...

Anyway, Happy Halloween and Happy Birthday. Time to start resting up for next weekend!