Random Kid's Quote

Justin: "Pretzel."
Sidney: "You want a pretzel? What's the magic word?"
Justin: "Umm... PRETZEL."


Pumpkin Hiatus

Betsy's recreation of Harry Potter's Diagon Alley went well, raising roughly $1300 for the Womens Center of Montgomery County. The website for the event is at elkinspotter.com. The pumpkins will return next year.


The Year In Review

Okay, we're totally lame. It's one thing to be a few months behind on posting the kids' photos, but this time we went a whole year between updates. For a pictorial version of what we've been up to since late 2007, check out the 225 photos newly uploaded to Nia, Sophie and Justin's pages.


2008 Pumpkins

Following three days of craziness, swollen fingers, and pumpkin juice rash, this year's carvings are up.
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Update: The kids and the Obama pumpkin are on yeswecarve.com.


Kid's Quotes Update

The Twitter fad lasted a full month, but due to the site's ongoing technical difficulties I've decided to move the kids quotes back here.


Twittering Poor Kids

Betsy and I are always saying we need to post the great kid quotes we hear throughout our day, but somehow we never get to it. I've starting using Twitter to post the quickies.

For those new to Twitter, its like an SMS hub for broadcasting short messages with your friends. You can get/send messages with your phone, IM, web, RSS, etc. Its worth checking out, at least as the fad of the week.


The Dinosaur Movie

Several months ago, Nia & Sophie asked to watch "the dinosaur movie," so I dutifully clicked "The Land Before Time" on the TiVo. A few seconds in, they began to protest, "No! The DINOSAUR movie!"

"But... this is the dinosaur movie," I replied.

"DADDY's dinosaur movie," Nia clarified.

I turned to look at Shep, who was looking somewhat guiltily in the other direction. "What are they talking about?" I asked.

"Well... I might have... sort of... let them watch Jurassic Park," Shep admitted.

"I wanna see the wasarata eat the cow!" Sophie piped in.

It was one of those moments when outrage was warring against a fit of the giggles, but outrage won. "I would have thought this went without saying," I said to Shep, "but if you're too young to say 'velociraptor' properly, you're too young to watch that movie."

That was the end of Jurassic Park for a while, but last night I found Shep and the girls in front of it again. They were snuggled together on the couch, and he assured me slightly defensively that he was on hand to get them through any scary parts. Given Sophie's love of triceratops, I caved.

Tonight at dinner, Nia was looking through her dinosaur book, and there was a T-Rex with a velociraptor in his mouth. "We haven't got to that part of the movie yet," Shep said to me, "but they have seen one eat a human. Remember, guys, when the T-Rex ate the man on the potty?"

Maybe you had to be there, but tonight, outrage lost to the giggles.


More Pictures

We've finally put up some pirate ship construction pictures, and we've got the 3rd quarter kids pictures up too.


Thanksgiving

Nia says "Here's a turkey and what happens next".


Let the Wild Rumpus Start!



Pumpkin carving season 2007 kicked off with this rendition of the children's book classic "Where the Wild Things Are." Nia's kindergarten class was in need of an entry for the school-wide pumpkin decorating contest, so we helped ensure that the honor of Room 8 was upheld.


Ranking

Apparently chezpoor has an Alexa page rank. Last week we were the 697,304th most popular site on the web and our site's "reach" was 0.0001% of Internet users! Woot! Other interesting facts: 36% of our visitors are from Hong Kong, and 21% come from New Zealand where we are ranked 22,359th. Lots of bored people out there playing Minesweeper :)

UPDATE: Wow, these numbers fluctuate fast. Down to 2 millionth and back again in 2 days. Apparently the number is meaningless due to small sample size, but its fun to look at anyway.