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a hurricane came through the house and a new game

what can i say? elizabeth's room has been a complete disaster for the last couple of months. it all started when she got all of her stuff taken away. when she got it back, she unpacked it a little bit at a time and none of it found a home. so, she took it on her own to begin the clean up process. she did a pretty good job and was excited about the results. beth helped her finish the job today.



















































most of the day yesterday (after getting all sugared up at dunkin donuts), oscar and elizabeth played birthday and school. almost all of the stuff you see in the pictures of elizabeth's room either ended up in the hallway or in our room. what a mess!

oscar got into the school part and made a desk for "Big Bear," his favorite friend.















before dinner, michael wanted to throw the football in the backyard. he can really throw a football too. perfect spirals every time. needless to say, his big daddy is really fired up about it. if michael doesn't want to play soccer next fall, maybe we'll get him into flag football at our church. michael and i talked about formations, patterns, etc and designed a bunch of plays in the backyard. the boy really soaks in the details. when we went inside, he told me he needed some white paper. an hour or so later, the first edition of the "football playbook" was crafted. he really likes the 5 wide receiver sets. i looked at it and he really had some good plays; maybe we have a future offensive coordinator on our hands.

the boys were playing tackle football in the hallway after dinner and, as always, someone got hurt. this time it was oscar, he got taken down from behind and his face hit the carpet. so, i took matters into my own hands and introduced a new game to the boys. this is one my brother and i used to play all the time with LJ and Greg (our cousins) when we stayed at their house. the game is called "ass ball." (i think it told the boys it was called rump bumper -- or something like that.) it's quite simple. one person is at one end of the hall with a soft-type ball. the other is at the other end of the hall on all fours. the throwers tries to hit the other guy in the rump. if he misses, they switch spots. needless to say, beth doesn't like this game too much, but i remember it being so much fun, so i had to pass it along to the next generation. georgie and charlie better be ready the next time we come up to PA.

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