Monday, September 27, 2010


Have you ever seen a potato explode? I hadn't until July, but look they do!

This was because I forgot to stick holes in it. I was really surprised to find such a mess in my oven, but I thought it was hilarious...until I tried to turn the oven to the clean cycle forgetting that there were bits of potato still in there. All I remembered is that my oven was messy...and it needed to be cleaned. That wasn't my smartest moment. I did it right before I went to bed and when I went into my dark kitchen a little later to grab a drink I saw flames glowing from my oven. Huh...that's not good. So I calmly went to Dan and said..."There's a fire in the oven." He wasn't the calmest I've ever seen him, but the fire had also put itself out by the time he looked at it. Dan wasn't extremely pleased with me, but I still (two months later) find the whole thing hilarious.

Swim Lessons

Be prepared for a backlog of blogs from July. I know, I's a little late, but what can you do? This summer I decided that we were really going to put the kids in swimming lessons. I meant to last year, but never got around to it. But with all the water here, I thought it was probably wise. So, I signed Kember and Caden up for lessons at the city pool. Let's just say that one-Kember loved it! Love, loved it. In fact, after lessons were over she wanted to do another session, which I would have signed her up for, but they were all filled up. She did pretty well. She still talks about it months later. Actually...she learned best when we went swimming with some friends and the kids taught Kember. I'll need to remember that for next year. And two-Caden hated ever second of it. He hated it so much I ended up withdrawing him from the class. I thought he would love it. He loves swimming at Grandma and Grandpa's pool. He loves swimming period...but he did not like this class. I even moved Kember down a class thinking it would help him to have her in the same class. It didn't...and then I couldn't get Kember to go back to her original class. Oh well. Maybe when he turns 5. I was going to sign him up for soccer or something, but we are going to hold off signing him up for anything like that. Anyway, after two classes of him not getting in the water at all, I decided it wasn't worth the effort. The teacher really did try her best, but Caden is rather stubborn (huh...wonder where he got that from). So, Kember learned to stick her head under water and doggy paddle with out a life jacket, and Caden keeps telling me that he can swim, and very proudly with his life jacket on, he swims around Grandma's pool. What a stinker. But he sure is cute!