Pink Guitar

I really want to buy this for Ella.

But I won’t.

Partly because it’s not in the budget, but mostly because I know that Cooper would end up playing with it more, and I think that’d scar me…

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Do they make a guitar with a truck or football on it? 😉


Cooper wants “More Bear”

I discovered that my son, Cooper, has a unique way of pronouncing the word “bear”.

Needless to say, Uncle Michael (Olson) and I have some fun at his expense…. 😉


Advanced Canadian Children?

This sign is posted on the little kids’ play area at our local park.

After reading, I had to take a picture and share it.

It’s pretty faded, but the white type with the faded red background reads:


This play structure is designed for:

2-5 Year Olds – United States

1.5 – 5 Year Olds – Canada


So I’m guessing the discrepancy is ages is due to one of the following:

#1 – Safer American Standards / Loose Canadian Standards


#2 – Less Capable American Children / Advanced Canadian Children


Either way, my half-Canadian kids tear it up on that playset, so I’m leaning towards #2….

Happy News, Sad News

Yesterday was significant in our lives.

Jennie and I celebrated with Cooper as he took his first, real steps.

However, just as his little life is blossoming, a life in his lineage came to an end.

We found out last night that Jennie’s grandfather, Charles “Papa” Moreton, passed away in the early evening.

He was in hospice after a lifelong battle of major acid reflux, including a bout with Esophageal Cancer, that left his digestive system unable to process nourishment. We had been expecting him to pass at some point this week or next.

We’ll miss him so much – he was a great Papa….


Ironic, isn’t it, that one, young twig of this family tree found a new blossom in the possibility and potential of the bright new morning sun, while a mature branch ran it’s course of life and slowly and quietly ended with the setting of that same sun.

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We’ll be heading to Cincinnati tomorrow for the funeral and visiting with family, so things will be quiet here for a few days…