Tuesday, April 11, 2006

Those Darn Kids!

"Hey! Stop that! If I've told you once, I've told you a thousand times! Don't you go beheading your brother!"

Those darn kids! You can't turn your back for a second without them getting into some kind of mischief! Luckily, Kevin tipped me off before things got out of hand!

Life can be tough when you've got a big brother.


As advertised, the pool is now open for business. I haven't posted many pictures lately, and there is a reason for that: I'm lazy. But also, it's because my digital camera broke. Well, actually, the telescoping zoom lens started jamming, and I decided to take it apart to see if I could fix it. I couldn't. The zoom lens doesn't stick any more, but I think that's just because the camera won't even turn on at all.

I did trade in my cellphone last week, which sports a pretty nifty 2.0 megapixel camera and actually takes videos also. Until I either fix my camera or buy a new one, I will have to make due with this phonecam.

As of today, the patio stonework is well underway: this weekend or early next week, everything should be ready. We shall soon bid farewell to our construction crew, whom we have come to know so well.

Here are a few pictures taken on Saturday, at the pool's inauguration! (note that these pictures don't demonstrate the phonecam's full resolution, having been reduced to fit on the weblog page). I post them without commentary; but since a picture is worth a thousand words, I do so content that I haven't failed to live up to my customary levels of verbosity!


At April 11, 2006 6:35 PM, Anonymous said...

Hi Jim, Hi Christina,
What a terrific family!! You must be very proud, as well you should be.
Hey, that Kevin reminds me of someone--ooh, I know. It's you Jim!
The three boys remind me of you, Rick and Steve. Paybacks are great, aren't they! How fun!
In one of your writings, you mentioned you were a shy, timid boy. Can truthfully say, I don't recall that side of you too much.
Could be it's overshadowed by the memory of you and Greg bringing baby copperheads in on my dining room table ( along with a few other unforgettable happenings).
Apologies for rambling. You know how it is with us old people.
Enjoy your blog---Keep up the good work!
Warmest regards to you, Christine and your family.
Your ol' Ozark Aunt

At April 11, 2006 9:43 PM, Jim said...

Thanks Karen!

I've often thought that ... three boys: all that's missing is a sister, which would make the comparison even eerier.

Paybacks indeed: even today I sometimes think "Rick and Steve!" instead of "James and Christian!", especially when they are going at it. Too bad they didn't take after me, being a "perfect" older brother! (ahem)

One of these days I will write a post about our many adventures on the farm!

At April 12, 2006 10:31 AM, Mark said...

Glad to see the little guy has a toy tanker truck. But, a Barney placemat? Kids still watch Barney?

Glad you have the pool all set to cool your family and its visitors.

You couldn't just crack open your digital camera and fix it? What kind of 21st-century man are you? Ha...

At April 12, 2006 5:25 PM, Anonymous said...

Yeah, come on man, Barney was replaced by Spongebob years ago!!


At April 12, 2006 5:25 PM, Simon said...

JIm, I want to come live with you.


At the very least we can commiserate in regards to the love/hate relationship we both seem to share with dogs.

At April 12, 2006 7:13 PM, Jim said...

Greg, Mark ...

Ok, I'll admit that those Barney placemats are ... er ... "dinosaurs" (hold-overs from when James was a toddler!). But Kevin did have his Barney phase ... at about 2 yrs old. He likes Spongebob ok, but his true loves are "Dora the Explorer" and "Thomas the Train"! Oh, and he's just getting into "Power Rangers" (*sigh*)

At April 12, 2006 7:36 PM, Jim said...


Hmmm. I'm thinking about something along the lines of "foreign exchange": I'll send you my yellow lab for a couple of seasons of Canadian Experience. You can send me your Jack Russel (no boxers, thank you very much!)

I promise I'll treat him real nice if he doesn't eat my sandals!


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