One Couple's Stumblings Through Parenthood and Marriage

Thursday, July 24, 2008

Follow Up Cheez-It Post

And now, the much anticipated follow up to the uber-Cheez-It post.

Carter was very proud of his Cheez-It
So proud, he wanted to eat it

I was going to start a poem there, but I'm not clever enough.

Anyway, here he is taking his first bite. Look at the glee on his face. Such joy! And can you blame him? This is a five-banger Cheez-It, people! Who wouldn't be happy? Such an honor...

But by the time he has made it through half of the cracker log, something isn't sitting quite right. The glee melts off his face as he considers what might be wrong.

Oh no! His stomach is rejecting the cracker! Is it too much cheese? Too much joy? Has the cracker seen too much of the world, and won't stand for being eaten now? Who knows? But look at the agony on Carter's face! Have you ever seen such pain, such an urgent need to empty one's stomach?

Poor Carter spins to the nearest potted tree (poor Ficus tree) and is forced to his knees as the Cheez-It tries to come back up.

And I was there to capture it all on film (wel, SD card).

Saturday, July 19, 2008

The Amazing Cheez-It

Cheez-Its are one of my favorite crackers. I can eat them all day long. Every so often I find two that are stuck together. Once or twice I think I've found 3 that didn't get caught by quality control and remained fused.

But how many of you can claim, like my nephew Carter, to have found five, count them FIVE, crackers stuck together in a plank of cheesy goodness. None of you, that's how many. Carter was so pleased with his discovery that he sent it along to me so that I might post on its splendor. I was in awe when I first saw it, and I determined that it deserved a whirlwind tour of the house.

Come, follow the Cheez-It.

First we have it in the oven, alone on the rack in a position of honor. Of course, this is a manufactured scene -- like any of us are capable of crafting such a delicious snack ourselves.

And here we have Carter himself, the proud discoverer of the phenomenon. He's like Christopher Columbus, or Benjamin Franklin, or Thomas Edison. Three little diminutive princesses came out to present the snack. How nice of them.

Cinderella is a jealous princess and wanted some time alone with the Cheez-It. I found her in the corner, standing by a blown-glass flower, gazing lovingly at the cracker that is nearly as tall as she is. I took it away and gave Cinderella a time out for not sharing.

Next, I presented the Cheez-It to Auntie Kelli and Auntie Karri. If the tabletop looks a bit like a shrine, what with the candles and the pride of place by the front door, that's because it is a shrine. And the Cheez-It is a worthy offering. Bye bye, twins.

Next, I took the Cheez-It outside to get some sun. Here it is soaking up the rays.

But when the turtle started showing interest in it, it was time to take it back inside. Naughty turtle.

Julia got her hands on it next. Or rather, her head. I thought she had outgrown wearing her food. But I was wrong.

I tried to draw the Cheez-It with a Magna-Doodle. But my drawing didn't look nearly as delicious.

I left the Cheez-It for just a moment, and wouldn't you know it. Cinderella stole it again. She was even trying to flee with it inside her carriage. This time, after I took the cracker away, I took Cinderella's head off and fed it to Sam. That'll show Cinderella.

But Cinderella eventually apologized and decided to share. Here she is, along with Snow White and Sleeping Beauty. Such a lovely group. I'm sure Carter would be very proud.

And last but not least, here's a picture of a metallic ballerina holding the Cheez-It as she dances. Such a beautiful, precious moment.

Saturday, July 12, 2008

Sam in Things

Sam in a clothes hamper = happy Sam

Sam in a swing = contemplative Sam

Thursday, July 10, 2008

Tiger Shots

I close my round of Discovery Kingdom photos with these. They're of one of the resident tigers diving into the water after a chunk of meat.

Tuesday, July 08, 2008


I took this picture at Discovery Kingdom, and it is one of my favorite of Julia. It capture both the impish and the sweet sides of her.