Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Overheard in the Car

Mama, singing The Twelve Days of Christmas...

Sissy: No Mama.


Sissy: Free french hens, two cocoas and one pigeon. Okay?

Wednesday, December 02, 2009

Christmas Wish Lists

BUBBA: (From his Christmas List)
-Remote Control Car (or helicopter)
-Lava Lamp (*RCVD)

Other ideas for Bubba:
-To go Bowling
-Rubber boots, size 12 (Target) (Used is fine)
-LEGO sets (Star Wars)
-Models to put together
-Masking tape - he loves the stuff
-Dominoes set (of course, used is great!)
-NERF darts (refill set)

-A kid sized real baking/cooking set and/or dishes & utensils
Baking Set (Montessori)
Baking Set (IKEA) (But this doesn't have a mixing bowl) (*RCVD)
Small Wooden Bowls (Montessori)
Kid sized mixing bowls

-A kid sized tea set (MUST BE FOOD SAFE) like:
Tea Set (IKEA) (*RCVD) (but doesn't have teapot)

-Kid sized gardening tools like these or these (Target).
-Scotch tape. She LIVES to find one in the drawer when no one is looking.
-CRAYOLA brand watercolors
-Dress up clothes. Used is fine. She's got plenty of purses. So maybe scarves, skirts, gardening hat. Also, dress up jewelry - like old costume jewelry.

-Handbook of Nature Study (Amazon) (RCVD! Thanks, RC!)
-Family Yoga DVD (Amazon) (Doesn't have to be this one.)
-Organizer for kids' art table (Target)
-Pinking Shears (FISKARS or Mundial?)
-Coffee Travel Mug in blue (REI)
-See Amazon Wishlist

-See Amazon Wishlist

Saturday, November 14, 2009


They had failed to inform us of this new fact. They've always been pretty good vegetable eaters, but this was a new one. We had to take pictures...as the fad may not last more than this one meal.

Art Class

Sissy with her multimedia & colored glue collage.
You get an idea of how long her attention span is.

Bubba with his collage. It is very similar to the last one he did.
He's very consistent in his technique.

Friday, November 13, 2009

Overheard in the Car

Sissy: Where are we going?

Mom: We're going home.

Sissy: I don'-need go home.

Mom: Oh? Where do you need to go?

Sissy: Need to go to da [cousins'].

Mom: Really? Why do you need to go to the cousins'?


Sissy: I need a bwake fum Bubba.

Monday, November 09, 2009

Overheard in the Kitchen

Bubba is showing Sissy how to do 'this little piggy' on her toes.

Bubba: This little piggy went to market.

This little piggy stayed at home.

This little piggy had roast beef.

This little piggy had none.


Bubba: And this little piggy cooked ice cream and some eggs and melted some butter and they all had it for dinner!

Tuesday, November 03, 2009

Cold and Cute

Sissy & Bubs
Cutest kids ever at the coldest park day ever.
Alternatively entitled "Mom, our faces have frozen."

This photo was taken by my talented friend, Ellen.

Monday, November 02, 2009

Bubba's Pumpkin

I'm so glad we're finally doing this...the day after Halloween.

It's kinda slimy in here, Mom.

EJ and his first jack-o'-lantern. Alternatively entitled: Please Mr. Pumpkin, can't you stay longer?

Sunday, November 01, 2009

Overheard in the Kitchen

Sissy needs a snack after her nap.

Mom: Sissy, do you need a snack? Do you want some chips and salsa?

Sissy: Yes!

Mom: Do you want to try Mommy's homemade salsa?

Sissy: Yes!

Pause during chomping.

Mom: Do you like it?


Thursday, October 29, 2009

Overheard in the Kitchen

Bubba is stirring the hot cocoa (homemade, with soymilk) on the stove after playing out in the snow.

Mom: I notice that you really like to cook things.

Bubba: Yah, when I grow up, I want to be a chef!

Mom: Wow, a chef? Will you cook me dinner sometimes?

Bubba: Sure.

Mom: And are you going to have a restaurant or just be a chef at home?

Bubba: I'm going to have a restaurant.

Mom: Cool! A restaurant - what kind? Mexican food? Italian?

Bubba: Well, I'm going to make rice from China. And noodles. And sweet and sour sauce on chicken.


Bubba: And parsnips.


Bubba: And oil on the parsnips.

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Recent Family Adventures

Hiking the Sandia Crest Trail

Bubba scouts out terrain at Trailhead

Last time Brian stood on this spot, he'd just gotten engaged to someone we all know and love. That was over 7 years ago. It took us that long to get up there again.

I know I'm biased, but honestly: Does it get much cuter?!
I'm just saying.

Bubba at kinderdoodle 

Sissy practices painting. Look at that form!

Saturday, September 19, 2009

Hula Hooping

It seems that he can be found Hula Hooping almost anywhere at anytime.

Thursday, September 03, 2009

Overheard out in Front of the House

[Mama and Sissy are sitting in the shade under the pinyon tree.]

Bubba: What's sissy doing?

Mama: She's crushing pinyons. [pine nut seeds]


Bubba: I want to crush some opinions!

Saturday, August 08, 2009

Overheard in the Family Room

[Bubba deep in thought.]

Bubba: Mama? Was Han Solo ever a Storm Trooper?

Overheard in the Kitchen

[Sissy in highchair with shirt up, looking down.]

Sissy: Oopsie!


Sissy: My bewwy button is bwoken!

Sunday, July 12, 2009

Boogers & Battle Wounds

Well, it wasn't quite a booger. Sissy had just finished lunch and still sitting in her chair when she started mining for gold.

Sissy: "Get it, get it."

Dad: "Hey stop picking your nose."

She keeps going... hmmm Dad suspects something is in there.

Dad: "Bubba can you get your Sissy a tissue?" Bubba hands her a tissue, Dad gets her to blow real hard and out came...

...A RAISIN, sort of half chewed. She didn't have any raisins with lunch, but she did with breakfast. Not sure when she did that.

Minutes later Sissy attacks Bubba in the office with her teeth. Now Bubba has a battle wound on his side (little blood and little bruise), thanks to his little Sister who was trying to kick him off the chair in front of the computer. sigh...

Thursday, July 09, 2009

Overheard in the Bedroom

Mama: Come on, Sissy. Let's go change that stinker-diaper.


Mama: OOOOOh! It's just a little pooper!


Sissy: Oh. Cute!

Monday, July 06, 2009

White Sands Fun

Bubba Wipe Out

Sissy on Daddy powered Hydroplane

Bubba screaming on Daddy powered Hydroplane

Closest thing to the beach in the middle of the desert

Sunday, June 28, 2009

Overheard in the Office

Bubba comes in chomping some tortilla chips.

Mama: I like chips.

Bubba: Me, too.

Mama: Which do you like more? Chips or Mommy?


Bubba: Chips!

Monday, June 15, 2009

Making Hinkelsteins!

Here we are making Hinkelsteins! Now that Mommy is on a kick to feed us good food (i.e. not so many processed crackers), we get to help make the snacks! Hinkelsteins are kind of like chewy granola bars...and she found the recipe in the More-with-Less Cookbook.

Flour (gluten free), oat flour, soy flour, flax, raisins, prunes, dates, honey, salt and milk. It makes a huge ball of dough that we get to taste (because there are no raw eggs in it) and pound down into the pans. It's fun. And we like to stick our fingers into it and make holes. It's okay, though. Mommy makes us wash our hands first.

[Sissy likes to eat the flour plain. Bubby mostly goes for the raisins.]

Tuesday, June 09, 2009

Fauxhawk Gives Way to the Mohawk

After bubba's second haircut...

Sissy says: I 'anna hohawk too!

Overheard in the car

On the way home from eating out (at a fairly healthy place to eat).

Bubba: I don't want to go out to eat anymore.

Dad: Why is that?

Bubba: Because the food has too much fat in it.

Overheard in the car

Bubba: How many days does it take to fly to Texas?

Dad: Actually it only takes a few hours to fly, or drive. Depends on where you want to go. Why?

Bubba: I just want to go to Texas and play Ski-Ball.


Bubba: Is there a Hinkle Family Fun Center in Texas?

Overheard in the Kitchen

Dada: Sissy, I'll give you another piece of broccoli if you eat your soup!

(You know your kids like vegetables when you start using broccoli for your eat-your-dinner bribes!)

Monday, June 08, 2009

Overheard in the Car whilst Bubba's being Buckled

Mama: I love you so much, Bubba, that I want to eat your nose for breakfast!

{Mama makes little fake chomping motions toward his nose.}

Mama: But I won't, 'cuz I know you need it.

Bubba: What do we need noses for?

Mama: Don't you know what your nose does?


Bubba: It holds my boogers.

Tuesday, June 02, 2009

Report from Grandpa

Report from Grandpa Tennis:
"When we were leaving your house this morning to go play tennis, Bubba wanted me to drive in reverse all the way to Los Altos so he could watch where we were going on the monitor in the Toyota Prius."
- Grandpa

Sunday, May 17, 2009

Overheard in the Car

Talking about stuff...

Bubba: What's a Christian?

Mama: A Christian is someone who loves and follows Jesus.


Bubba: And they give you popcorn?

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Talking to Grandma

Overheard - all before 7 AM

If you hunt for a rabbit and shoot it, do you have to carry it by the ears?

Can you eat an ostrich?

Are all guns big and long and skinny?

Is Santa Fe over there [points]?

Is Bernalillo over there [points in another direction]?

Can we go downtown to ride the train?

What day is it?

Wednesday, May 06, 2009

Confident & Delightful

To have a strong confident boy and delightful little girl are two of the best gifts any parents cold ever have.

Saturday, May 02, 2009

G-Pa & Briggie

Just for the record. These are the Grandparents from WA. Nuff Said.

Thursday, April 30, 2009

Dragons and Tigers

Here's what WE do when friends come over to play.

I like how my oldest dragon had his finger in his nose for most of the pictures...

[Dragons are Little Sprouts. Tigers are my friend's kiddos.]

Sunday, April 26, 2009

Overheard in the Kitchen

Dad in the office hears: splat-bonk-crash!

Bubba: Ohhh aaah, screaming, then crying...

Apparently our little guy was drawing with colored markers at the table with such focus that he fell off the chair and landed on his head. What do you expect with two artists as parents. Good thing he has a hard head. Really, it's very hard and thick. He was laughing about it moments later. And back to his drooling (slang for drawing).

Saturday, April 25, 2009

Breakfast Hairdoo


Back Yard Days

Book Worms

First brocolli, now books! What is the world coming to?

Saturday, April 18, 2009

Overheard in the Kitchen

Bubba: Mama, what do you want for Christmas?

Mama: Wow. That's a good question!


Bubba: Well, do you want a Mustang OR a Mini Cooper?

Overheard in the Kitchen

Bubba: Mama, can I have a BIG piece of cake [at my cousin's birthday party]?

Mama: You can have a four year old's sized piece.


Bubba: So do you mean four feet long or four feet tall?

Thursday, April 02, 2009

Proof that kids eat broccoli

See! They're eating it! Fresh from the garden, lightly steamed. Basically we can't grow it fast enough.

Bubba after soccer game

Thursday, February 12, 2009

Happy Balumtime's Day

Happy Balumtime's Day everyone!


Overheard in the Car

Three minutes into a car ride, Bubba had already tagged the make and model of at least 5 of his favorite cars/trucks/SUVs.

Mama: You really are amazing at spotting cars, Bubba. How do you do it?


Bubba: It's just my superpower.

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Overheard at Dinner

Bubba: Sissy gave me some blueberries...I eat them with my canine teeth.

Sunday, January 11, 2009

Tae Bo Workout

Bubba Does Tae Bo