Care for a little whine with
How about some cheese?
love three-year-olds, I say with just a trace of
sarcasm. No, really, I do love my
three-year-olds. But, there's just something
about the three-year-old whine... And, when
there are three of them - all tired, all hungry, all
sick - they break out their triple-whine-whammy (mathematically
known as whine3).
Technically speaking that's three-cubed
(three of them - three years old - three independent
whines), each feeding off of the others and
producing a noise that can only be compared to some
of the most covert government interrogation
techniques - unspeakable. That said, Ruca, Max
and Nadia spend much of their time demonstrating
just how precious three-year-olds can be.
Compassionate, verbal, independent, sweet.
There's a balance. The scales are tipped
toward cute and I'm grateful.
in an awesome stage right now. He's into all
of that cheesy humor that's so much fun before the
age of self-consciousness. Silly dancing,
making up crazy words and holding a conversation
using them, cheesy fake teeth and goofy sunglasses.
It is with the benefit of hindsight that I know that
these are some of the most cherished years.
What a gift it is to be reminded how funny the
simple things are, when you can be silly with your
kids and they think you're cool for acting like a
complete dork. I love it!
and Kelli are doing great. Kevin's working for
a pulmonologist and still plugging away at USF.
Kelli's working toward taking her SAT and ACT soon,
thinking toward college. I don't even want to
think about that. Kelli can't be that old!
Force heroine first-born daughter, Kristi, is being
deployed to Al-Udeid in Qatar in April. Don't
feel bad if you have no idea where that is.
Shamefully, I must admit that before Kristi told me
she was going there, I couldn't have showed a blind
man convincingly that I knew where to find Qatar on
a map, thus the tiny visual aid that follows...
Click on it to see it slightly larger.
who did know that we had a new Maine Coon kitten, we
had to return the sweet little guy to the breeder.
He was sickly and had a host of issues. We're
hopeful that we'll have a new feline in the next few
months. We're on the list for a Bengal kitten
when he's born.
Here's what he'll look like (more or less).
Here are some recent photos and a
cute little slideshow for your viewing pleasure.
It's hard to pin down those teenagers or I'd have
some updated pix of them, too.
Max, Nadia and Ruca
waiting for our plane.
Angus and Max
goofing with new
guitars at Xmas.
My little girls and
their new ponies.
The Rhoton 4some
Saturday night sleepover
in Angus's room.
Angus and his
Max, Ruca and Angus
with Uncle Rich
My original three
on a chilly