Valvoline’s Under the Hood: The Spirit of DIY

A few weeks ago Valvoline came to our house. They wanted to talk to Tim about his cars and shoot a video of him wrenching. I don’t think they expected his two side kicks, but the kids definitely stole the show.

The boys love helping Tim work on cars, and Tim does a great job of finding jobs or tasks for them to do. They are great helpers both in the garage, the garden and the house.

When I was little one of my favorite things was to organize the nuts and bolts drawer in my dad’s tool box. We (my brother and I) always helped (whether recruited or voluntarily) in the garden, moving bricks, working in the garage or hanging sheet rock. I know that all of these experiences taught me that I can do so much myself (or as Tim might say, Tim can do so much!). While I am still working on the execution of it all, learning how to learn and build when I was younger and being able to continue the process as an adult is the reason we have a thriving veggie garden (yeah 60+ lbs of veggies so far this year!) and a newly (almost done!) remodeled (mostly DIYed) kitchen and a list a mile long of all the other projects I need/want to work on :). I hope all of the projects the boys help out with keep them interested and motivated to learn new skills all through their life.

Sundays with Henry – Stop Motion Movies

Henry is our story teller. He seems to have inherited the gene from his Great Grandma Jan and Great Grandma Karma. Though, his process definitely leans towards Karma’s, in that he will jabber and continue the conversation not caring who he is talking to or whether the audience has rotated through once or twice (or as was often Karma’s method, through all of the grandchildren and significant others in attendance that day.)

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All About Carson – 05/23/2014

Quote of the Day:

Carson: “Mommy hep (help) me pwant a garden.”

Mommy: ” I will be right there, I am going to finish putting the pictures on the computer so that Momba and Poppy and Mama and Papa can see them.”

Carson: “Oh gweat idea Mommy!”

All About Carson 05-23-2014

Our first egg!

Life with Henry – 05/23/2014

Quote of the Day: After seeing some baby geese at the lake today.

Henry: “What would happen if Pecker (the chicken) started waying (laying) eggs, and dhen dhe eggs hatched and dhere were baby chicks?”

Mommy: (Just as I was about to explain that in order for there to be babies, there needs to be a mommy and a daddy…)

Henry: “What if a rooster came into our yard and dhen Pecker started waying (laying) eggs and dhey HATCHED!”

Mommy: ” There aren’t any roosters that live by us, so I don’t think that will happen.

Henry: “WHAT?” (his new favorite response). “What if it came from Ardenwood?”

Mommy: “Ardenwood is pretty far from our house, I don’t think that would happen, there are a lot of streets and freeways between us and the farm.”

Henry: “What if dhe rooster dug a tunnel? And dhen he came into our yard?”

Mommy: “Chickens don’t really dig, I think that is unlikely.”

Henry: “What if dhe rooster was weally weally cwever (really really clever) and dug a tunnel?”


Life with Henry 05-23-2014

This afternoon, after getting back from the park, we found a surprise in the chicken coop! Hopefully there were no clever roosters involved.

Life with Henry – 04/14/2014

Quote of the Day:

Henry: Knock Knock

Mommy: Who’s there?

Henry: Banana Peel, it’s freezing out here!

Life with Henry 04-14-2014

Play dough before dinner.