Saturday, October 29, 2011

The Trap

Today was a laid back Saturday.
We were all home most of the day together.
This evening, we were gathering cards
to play a game.
From somewhere, a mouse trap ended up
on the table.
Luke began setting and snapping it shut with
a pencil, card or other object.
Jordan challenged Luke to set it off with his finger.

"Watch, it's easy!"
Jordan said as he carefully set it off and
we watched nervously.

Luke reset it, with his older brothers challenging
him to touch it.
Luke would very cautiously start to touch it,
with them coaxing him to touch it.

it would go off with them yelling, "Chicken!"
as he set it off with his pencil again.

Jordan set it and touched it ever
so quickly again, making me get so nervous!

This would cause Luke to again, reset it and try to
muster up some courage.
I got so nervous watching Luke, I had to leave the room.

Boys are very strange creatures!
This to me was torture, yet the competitive
nature and being challenged by
your brothers was enough to
make you stick your finger onto a loaded trap.

Luke never set it off with his finger.
Maybe some time he'll be brave enough to
conquer the trap and then challenge
his younger brothers.

What fun memories we made as
we sat watching the antics, nervously
laughing at Luke!
There's a clown in every family, can you
guess who our's is???

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Apple War

A couple weeks ago, the boys
and I joined my parents on our annual vacation
at Shiloh camp ground on Hatch Lake, NY.

Mark, Jordan, Uncle Al, Aunt Rosie,
Uncle Rich and Judy joined us too
later in the week.

It's always a highlight of the year for us.

The last day we were there, Dave,
the camp director
took us all hiking over the many acres
of woods to find apples.
We filled bags, coolers, buckets and pockets
with the many apples.

I spent many days putting the apples
away in the freezer and in jars on the shelves.

There were still 3 buckets on the back porch today.
I went outside and tossed one at Tim up by the shed.
That was all it took, a full hour long
apple war broke out.

"Teams" were formed, Luke and I together against
Brendan, Tim, Silas and Addan.

Luke and I were at a disadvantage of throwing up hill.
I used my hood for protection.

Hunter came and went as it was lunch time and food
seemed more important than dodging
fast whizzing apples.

What a fun lunch break!
Be sure to wear protection if you drop by for lunch :)