7:04 PM

My writing assignment: I wish...

I wish I understood more about nature. Take these fish for instance:

Do you see them? That gargantuan school of fish went swimming by us last month at the beach. They were swimming so feverishly that they were loud. Loud slapping noises. That part was a bit disconcerting to me for some reason, but it was fascinating nonetheless. It made me wonder...where were they going? To feed? To escape a dangerous predator? When they got there, would they hang out for a while or would they turn right around and start over?

Fin and tail slapping aside, I wish I knew more about the wonders of nature. I am going to look these little guys up and find out what they are all about.

7:40 PM

the wanderer

We went to the beach last month and it became pretty clear that Ethan and Emily have very different "vacation styles". Emily loved playing in the water and digging for stuff. Ethan loved wandering aimlessly in the sand. Seriously, I have never seen a kid walk around so much in my life. Andy or I would have to go follow him and attempt to convince him that he should come hang out where all the chairs and toys are. Sometimes, we would have to send in the big guns to talk Ethan down from the dunes.

She had much better results...she is very persuasive.

Andy and I pretended we were in college again and played beer pong on the dining room table with my sister and her friend. We were a little rusty at first, but we got back into the swing of things a little too easily. Our opponents never saw it coming.

Wandering aside, we all had a great time.

8:52 PM

Miss Alaneous

While getting the kids dressed for bed:

Emily: What's up with Ethan's shorts? Are they mine?

Me: No, they aren't yours. They are just extra comfy shorts we have laying around...they are miscellaneous.

Emily: Why is he wearing her shorts?

Me: Whose shorts?

Emily: Miss Alaneous