Rocket Science

Stefan is getting ready for the science fair on Tuesday and since he couldn’t make good use of the pie we’ve had in our garage since Thanksgiving(we put it on a shelf to cool and completely forgot about it–pumpkin, yummy!) he is doing project on angle/ velocity/distance.

Really it’s just a good excuse to shoot ping pong balls out of his potato cannon.

Benj went on his first real date tonight. You can see how happy he was to have his picture taken. And no that’s not M, but his buddy Taylor who is also new to the whole dating scene.

I’ve been giving Ben little dating tips all week: “Be sure to open the door.” “Be polite.” “Don’t touch her anywhere a soccer uniform would cover.” etc. His favorite tidbit is dating lore from my days of youth: if you go through seven green lights in a row you’ll get kissed at the end of the date.

Ben was worried Ms dad might launch an interrogation but he didn’t even catch sight of him. Our good friend invites all of his daughters’ dates into his elegant, masculine office with a large rifle mounted above his desk. He hands the eager young man a large shotgun shell and asks him to sign it; each boy signs it with a flourish. Then he says, “Good, you’ve got my daughter for the evening and I’ve got a bullet with your name on it. Have fun!”

We’re anti-gun at our house but it might be worth getting a non-functioning firearm just so we can pull this stunt when our Mary starts dating.

They had a great time. Benj said Taylor would turn around and grin at him every few minutes silently exclaiming, “We’re out on a date; we’re really out on a date!” And the good news is they went through 8 green lights in a row.

A few more of Miss Grace:

February 16, 2008
February 19, 2008



  1. Mama

    February 17, 2008

    This no dating until 16 thing seems to have worked like a charm! I am so excited for Ben!

  2. Ashli S.

    February 17, 2008

    I laaaaaaaaaaave the pictures! It makes me wonder what you were fretting about. You seem to have the magic touch with this photo gig! Why am I so lucky to have you as my friend and neighbor? Thank You! Thank You! Thank You! for taking the time and energy to capture these priceless pics!

  3. Jan Russell

    February 17, 2008

    I have never seen a potato cannon before – surely that would intimidate any of Mary’s future dates just as much as a rifle, would?

    Grace and her mom and sibs are BEAUTIFUL! What super sweet shots you captured!

  4. Melinda Curtis

    February 17, 2008

    Oh my gosh Ashli looks beautiful. I went to highschool with her, we didn’t hang out together but we knew eachother. She has a darling family and you take such amazing photos. I need to learn a few tricks from you sometime. I have a really good camera and no skills.

  5. StubbyDog

    February 18, 2008

    Gorgeous pics!

    I wasn’t allowed to date until I was 16 either! Glad he had a good time.

  6. Tricia

    February 18, 2008

    Oooh, hubby is SO going to use that rifle gig when our princesses grow up! He’s already working on the “Application to Date My Daughter”. lol

    And way to give me baby lust Michelle! Gorgeous pictures!

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