Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Happy to Hang Out with Grandpa - v.1

I just came across this photo of 8.5-month-old Jack with Grandpa in Loudon. Take a look at yesterday's post: who has lost hair and who has grown hair? It's hard to tell, isn't it?

Photo taken 2/17/07

Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Happy to Hang Out with Grandpa

Luke and Jack enjoyed spending quality time with Grandpa when he and Grandma visited for Thanksgiving.

Photo taken by Dennis on 11/28/08

Monday, December 29, 2008

Sunshine Boy

Even out in the cold snow, Henry reflects the warmth of the sun in this shot.

Photo taken 12/3/08

Sunday, December 28, 2008

An Early Start

Photos taken 12/25/08

Jack loves both of his new guitars. He was very excited when he opened this one from Uncle Tom and Aunt Kristal and immediately asked for a pick. Do you see it in his hand? Last night, when we went up to bed, Dennis discovered that Jack had taken one of Dennis's guitar stands, moved it to his room and placed his own acoustic guitar on it. Jack had hung the electric guitar you see above on one of the wall hooks in his his room. This is where he got the idea for that:

Photo taken 11/27/08

Saturday, December 27, 2008

The Need for Speed

Whenever Luke goes down the driveway on a sled or snowboard, he tries to get down as fast as possible. That's the easy part.

The stopping, however, can get precarious.

Photos taken 12/3/08

Friday, December 26, 2008

A Sneak Peek

I had an ultrasound on Thursday. The baby was movin' and groovin'. I haven't felt anything yet, but we (Dennis and the kids and I) got to see arms, legs, ears, a beating heart, brain, rib cage, backbone.
Photos taken by Robin on 12/18/08

Thursday, December 25, 2008

Christmas Day

The kids have declared it "the best Christmas ever." If nothing else, it's been the most "musical."
Photos taken 12/25/08

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Merry Christmas

This is one of the shots I took last year when I went out in the snow with a couple of ornaments and the intention of creating a nice image for this year's Christmas cards. The moose didn't get pictures of himself mailed all over the United States, but this is sort of fun.

Photo taken 12/31/07

Saturday, December 20, 2008

Test Run

This was one of the warm-up shots for our family Christmas photo. I think it would make a good album cover. Maybe we could call ourselves the Ruffians. Of course, the best musician in the family -- Dennis -- is not in the picture.

Photo taken 12/14/08

Wednesday, December 10, 2008


Bridget was very happy to have Josephina back from the American Girl Doll Hospital, where her leg was reattached.

Photo taken 12/8/08

Monday, December 8, 2008

Mischief and Musical Instruments

This evening, I hung up the phone after speaking to my friend, Nina, and I realized that Jack was nowhere to be seen -- or heard, for that matter. The search began, and I quickly found him upstairs in Dennis's office. Jack loves Dennis's guitars, but apparently, he thought that Dennis's Taylor needed a little restyling. Jack provided said restyling with the Crayola paints Henry received from St. Nicholas on Saturday morning. Thankfully, St. Nicholas was wise enough to bring washable paints.

Photo taken 12/8/08

Saturday, December 6, 2008

Crazy Ride

Bridget got a little turned around on one of her trips down the driveway, but she loved every minute of it.

Photos taken 12/4/08

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Little Boy Blue

Jack loves being outside.

Photo taken 12/3/08

Saturday, November 29, 2008


Thursday's pies (apple and pumpkin) were collaborative efforts: Luke and Bridget peeled apples; Dennis made the fillings; I created the crusts. The results were delicious.

Photo taken 11/27/08

Thursday, November 27, 2008

Thankful for ....

Many, many blessings, but especially these seven:

Photo taken 11/23/08

Photo taken 11/22/08

Photo taken 10/2/08

Photo taken by Dennis on 8/9/08

Photo taken 9/10/08

Photo taken 9/20/08

Expected arrival 7/03/09

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Guitar Lessons

With all the interest Jack takes in Dennis's many guitars (and Luke's bass -- "Black. Bass. Luke. Up."), Jack may be destined to play. Jack's sitting in my lap as I type this, and when he saw the photo, he said, "Blue." Well, even if he's not destined for musical greatness, he, at least, knows his colors.

Photo taken 11/23/08

Monday, November 24, 2008

Thoughtful Stint on the Scooter Board

The kids racing around the house on their scooter boards generally drives Dennis batty, but it didn't bother him today. From this photo, it looks like Sam may use his time on the board for a little introspection. That's probably not true; he must have been gearing up for the next great burst of energy.

Did you notice that I used the word "batty" in the above paragraph? There was a reason for that: this morning, I went down to the basement to check on the laundry and discovered a bat sleeping on the ledge behind the dryer. The little guy was not a welcome sight; I had too many encounters with bats last year during our renovation. (Remember the one in the shower? If not, check out Bat photos included.) Just like last year, Dennis, my own personal batman, captured the critter and released it elsewhere. He then boarded up its possible points of entry.

Photo taken 111/23/08

Sunday, November 23, 2008

A New Do Too

Sort of: Bridget's haircut by Bette is really just a variation on the theme, with perhaps a few more long layers.

Photo taken 11/22/08

Saturday, November 22, 2008


Luke has done it. He gave up on the mullet, at least for now.

First photo taken 10/24/08
Second photo taken 11/22/08

Friday, November 21, 2008

More Blues

Henry's baby blues look amazing in this photo of him taken while we were trick-or-treating.

Photo taken 10/31/08

Moving Up in the World

This is our growth chart for all of the kids. We record their height increases on a sash of the sliding door that leads from the kitchen to the back porch. I measured most of them today. In the past two years (more or less), Luke has grown 4.5 inches; Bridget has grown 5 inches; Henry has grown 5 inches; Sam has grown 6 inches; and Jack has grown 8 inches.

Photo taken 10/21/08

Tuesday, November 18, 2008


These stairs, railings and shadows belong to one of the buildings in the Farnsworth Art Museum complex in Rockland.

Photo taken 10/24/08

Sunday, November 16, 2008


The original photo of Mt. Katahdin was not spectacular. I shot it in sepia, but decided to have a little fun in Photoshop. I added film grain and blue spotlight lighting effects. The results are sort of fun.

Photo taken 8/9/08

Saturday, November 15, 2008

Colorful Memories

Believe it or not, Bridget and I are wishing for snow. The very wet, dreary and relatively warm weather we've been experiencing for the last week or so wreaks havoc on us, because mold spores are lovin' life and partying all around us. All of the fallen leaves and warmish weather are also signs of the good life for ticks. After an hour or so outside, the kids came in with four deer ticks that we saw. Who knows how many actually made it into the house on their clothes? Since we're stuck with this yucky weather for now, though, I figured a photo of this gorgeous tree from my friend Sharon's front yard would provide a distraction.

Photo taken 10/19/08

Friday, November 14, 2008

This is Fun

Jack found this rope in Rockland. He neither knows nor cares why it was put there. It's there, and that's reason enough for Jack to climb on it.

Photo taken 10/24/08

Thursday, November 13, 2008


This tree has a lot of personality. I took this picture last year. The tree is located a mile or two from here, near the intersection of Scribner Hill Road and Gorden Road. I don't go by there often, but when I do, I look to this anthropomorphic trunk and think, "There he is; there's Treebeard."

Photo taken 9/23/07

Monday, November 10, 2008

Woman's Work

Here's Bridget, hard at work at my desk. With that cup of tea in front of her, she looks like she's starting her day at the office. Maybe she's checking the status of her company's stocks.

Photo taken 10/30/08

Friday, November 7, 2008

Jack: the Mild Version

A little more than a year ago, when Jack was about 1.5 years old, he was busy. After living with 2.5-year-old Jack, though, the younger version seems so much tamer. I'm sure we thought he was a handful, but, in hindsight, perhaps we should have reveled in his precociousness. Now, "precocious" seems like too mild an adjective for the boy. Today, for instance, Jack broke the up-arrow key on my computer while racing the mouse back and forth over the keyboard; stood on the dog until she cried; got trapped in the basement behind piles of stuff while trying to climb the unused bunk bed ladder down there; stuck a broom in the dryer; hit Sam with a curtain rod. I could go on, but I'll stop now, before I start crying.

Photo taken 9/28/07

Thursday, November 6, 2008

A Cure? Not Yet!

The Christmas cactus I inherited from my mother has already started to bloom. I chose to post this photo today in the hopes that its simple beauty will somehow offset the cynicism that has plagued me since Tuesday.

Photo taken 10/30/08

Tuesday, November 4, 2008


I was able to get a few shots of Jack asleep in Dennis's arms during one of the football games on Sunday. I love it when Jack cooperates; it's such a rare treat.

Photo taken 11/2/08