I decided to name the kids as follows for the summer:
The older one is Skyfox because she hangs out on the 3rd floor and nestles into her little den a lot. Also, it sounds cool.
The younger one is Red 2 because it kind of sounds like a wingman from Star Wars, and she has that vibe right now. Also, it sounds cool.
Red 2 named me Orangeballer because I was playing with an orange bouncy ball when she named me that. She later changed it to Bedhead when I was near a bed and have a head, I guess. 🤷🏻♂️
Here are Skyfox and Red 2 hanging out at a coffee shop. We went here because we could eat outside even on a rainy day. We had a great time joking around. They were roasting each other pretty good, as you can see from their faces.
Today I set Molly up with a new keyboard and mouse for her MacBook at the little desk in her room. She said the liked the mouse and then started typing on the keyboard. It was a little “clickier” that what she was used to.
Her face immediately lit up, and she rolled out a pretty great joke…
“Hey, Dad. What do I sound like?” she said as she clicked continually on the new, loud keyboard.
“I don’t know. A kid typing?” I said.
“No,” she said. “Any school nurse!” She giggled.
“Hey, Dad. Go outside and come back in,” she said, gesturing towards the door.
I left the room and came back in. Molly greeted me as a nurse. “What is bothering you today, honey?” she said as she continued to type loudly, still staring at the screen. I told her I had scraped my knee.
“Okay, let me see what we can do about that”. Molly opened her web browser to type something in.
Then she whispered to me, “Dad, look what I’m searching.”
She had typed in the Google search field, “what is a nurse?” 🤦🏻♂️😂
Claire’s been following this dude on Twitch who does Roblox stuff. Claire cracks up because he always says, “Yeah, yeah, most definitely.” It’s never just yes and no. The negative counterpart is, “Absolutely not.” Claire is compiling a montage of this.
Claire and I say “most definitely” to each other way too much. Like if I say, “Claire, are you ready for dinner?”, she will respond, “Yeah, yeah, most definitely. I’ll be right over.” 😆
The funniest part was when we were all planning to watch Schitt’s Creek as a family and Claire had to pass. She texted me from upstairs.
By the way, Molly’s official stance is, “I don’t like most definitely.” When asked to explain further, she says, “It’s just so annoying.” 🤷🏻♂️
My first week of summer vacation with the girls this year was a trip to see Uncle Tim and Aunt Cindy in DC (okay, technically Arlington, Virginia). The official reason/excuse for the visit was that Tim and Cindy were having a taco party. So naturally, we were in!
As usual, I’m mostly going to slap some pictures in here as a reminder of the trip. But let me take quick note of a few funny or noteworthy things from the trip…
Some other girls around Claire and Molly’s ages showed up too. The older girl, who was 213 like Claire, was a little snarky and didn’t want to talk to anyone. When leaving the party, her very polite mom said, “Remember to smile!” and the girl said, “I already did.” 😂
Claire and Molly got a little bored and headed upstairs to play Roblox for much of the party.
We spent most of one day at the National Museum of Natural History. I kept talking to the kids about how fascinating the stuff about evolution was and the fact that dinosaurs were real. I hope I didn’t overdo it. 🤷🏻♂️
We saw a movie there about evolution. It started out with a monkey looking through a scrap book of his “relatives” (other mammals) and planning for a “family reunion” with them. It made evolution look silly! But the film got better from there.
When Molly talked to her mom on the phone, her summary of the trip was “I spent $6 on candy, and I liked eating it.” 😆
Tim, Claire, Molly, and I made a massive Jenga tower at a food court after dinner. We just kept saying “this is the last move, you’re out of blocks!” and then someone made it work. It was crazy. See pic below.
Claire had a running and completely made-up joke that our first Lyft driver was complaining that Molly fell asleep in the back set while he was driving. “She shouldn’t be doing that. That’s disrespectful.” Claire claims (falsely) that he said in a flat deadpan voice. 😂
I had a lot of fun conversations with the drivers, including an exceptionally nice and clean cut immigrant form Tajikistan. I distinctly remember talking with another driver about history and us both noting that history was unfolding right now in DC (the Trump Russia scandal and possible impeachment).
A cheap CB radio set has been laying around my house for a while. I got it free somehow; I don’t even remember.
But I thought it would be useful for keeping touch with the kids when we’re at an amusement park or hiking or during a zombie apocalypse or something. Plus I like the idea of non-digital, direct communication and just saying “Over and out” a lot.
Now living in a three-story house, I realized this radio may have a more practical use. When the kids are up in their bedroom on the third floor while I’m downstairs cooking dinner, it would be nice to just “radio” them that dinner is ready rather than marching up two flights of stairs (#firstworldproblems). I’m all for moderate exercise, but I go up and down these stairs enough already and would rather just “ping” them if I have a saucepan full of marinara sauce bubbling.
Finally, today I got enough AA batteries together to make this happen. Molly was really into the idea of using the CB radio! I always love her enthusiasm for things like this and going to see the goats down the street. I gave Molly a handset, and she marched upstairs to test it out.
Beep. “Red 2, the is Ranger 5. Come in.”, I said.
Molly’s voice crackled (yes, crackled!) over the air. “Red 2 here.”
I thought up these radio handles on the spot without a thought. I think “Red 2” was a reference to Star Wars? But Molly would eventually pick herself a new handle: “Alex 51244288”.
We practiced saying “Copy that” and “Over and out”. Molly’s sweet little voice over the squealing over the radio was hilarious and sweet.
At dinner time, the true test came. I radioed Claire, who was upstairs doing ROBLOX (TODO). “Little Bird, come in. Are you there?” Little Bird was Claire’s handle, again made up on the spot without thought. Claire acknowledged the comm and came down to eat some slightly burned chicken wings and pizza.
At bedtime, the locations were reversed. Molly was downstairs. I radioed her from the third floor. “Red 2, report for bed.” “I’m on my way”, said Molly. She gave me a status all the way up the stairs and reported no major obstacles or intruders.
I think we are well on our way to avoiding unnecessary stair climbing and also maybe a short-lived apocalypse.
Molly became inspired to create a new holiday treat called a Chocolate Reindeer, inspired by a Chocolate Mousse. Her vision is three layers of chocolatey goodness, one layer for each “official” Christmas color: red, green, and white.
Molly’s initial idea was for each layer to be melted, colored chocolate. After some discussion and brainstorming , we decided to use a combination layers with heavier ingredient on the bottom and lighter on the top.