Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Sweat Sample

Fred Meyer had some French soft cheese on a cracker to sample:
  • Chloë (3): I don't like this cheese. It stings my throat.
  • Aiden (8): I don't like it because it tastes like sweat.

Friday, December 24, 2010

Naughty Girl, No Santa

  • Chloë (3): I don't think I like Santa anymore.
  • Sarah: Why is that?
  • Chloë: Because I've been naughty and I don't think he's gonna stop by this year.

Monday, December 20, 2010

Appreciation And A Christmas Party

Sarah went to Aiden's school Christmas (ahem, "holiday") party:
  • Aiden (8): *Runs up and hugs her* I'm so glad you came! I'll never forget this!

Saturday, December 18, 2010

Swiping Witch

While watching the Wizard of Oz:
  • Chloë (3): I don't like this movie - it has scary's.
  • Sarah: Scary's?
  • Robert: Do you mean the green witch?
  • Chloë: Yes. She's trying to swipe the dog!

Friday, December 10, 2010

Archie Turns 1

Today is Archibald's first birthday. He's still a rambunctious little pup, but he's learned the rules of the house and is getting better all the time.

Past Archie Posts here

Some things Archie is good at
  • Ringing his bell to go to the bathroom outside
  • Sniffing around for a looooong time before doing his business
  • Stealing dental floss out of the trash can
  • Getting stolen toilet paper stuck in his jowls
  • Playing with toys that aren't his
  • Having lots of energy
  • Obeying pack-leader Robert
  • Mostly obeying Sarah and the kids
  • Doing tricks for treats
  • Going to his kennel for bedtime
  • Watching TV
  • Growling at birds on the back porch
  • Curling up next to people on the couch
  • Licking feet
  • Plays with mouth, but never bites
  • Wrestles with kids
  • Fetching tennis balls
  • Playing with Sarah's shoes
  • Not stealing food that's not his
Slide Show
Newly updated, mostly in chronological order - the best ones are at the end.

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Dental Destruction

Sarah and Chloë (3) went to the dentist. Chloë got to help the hygenist by putting the suction tube in mommy's mouth...

  • Sarah: Tell Daddy about helping with the suction in Mommy's mouth.
  • Chloë: I got to help with the destruction in Mommy's mouth!

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Swimming Lessons

  • Chloë (3): I already know how to swim, Daddy.
  • Robert: Really?
  • Chloë: Yeah from when I used to swim around in Mommy's tummy.

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Missing Medicine

  • Robert: *hugs Aiden* I'm glad you're home.
  • Aiden (8): I'm your medicine for when you miss me.

Monday, November 1, 2010

The Couch

  • Robert: Chloë, you took my spot.
  • Chloë (3): ...
  • Robert: I guess I can sit over here.
  • Chloë: Yes you can.

Friday, October 15, 2010

The Beast

While watching Disney's Beauty and the Beast:
  • Aiden (8): Is the Beast halfway between a mountain goat and bear or what?

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Walk Like A Girl

  • Robert: C'mon, Chloë. You're a slow poke.
  • Chloë (3): I'm not a slow poke!
  • Robert: Well, you're walking like a slow poke.
  • Chloë: Daddy, I'm not walking like a slow poke. I'm walking like a girl!

Friday, October 8, 2010


  • Robert: Whoa, who's that guy talking to? There's no one there!
  • Aiden (8): It's probably one of those earplugs that you can hear out of.

Sunday, October 3, 2010

Banana Bread

  • Sarah: I love baking.
  • Aiden (8): I love to eat your baking.

Saturday, October 2, 2010


  • Aiden (8): Do people speak a different language in Los Angeles?
  • Robert: Uh, not really.
  • Aiden: So they speak like us?
  • Robert: Uh, not really.

Monday, September 27, 2010

Bringin' The Pain

  • Chloë (3): What did you bring home?
  • Robert: A new propane tank.
  • Chloë: You brought home the pain?

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

School Policy

After 2 weeks of second grade:
  • Robert: Aiden, why don't you have any homework yet?
  • Aiden (8): I don't know. They just changed their policy or something.

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Lego Castles And Serfs

  • Aiden (8): Dad, did you see my lego castle that I built that can control people?

Saturday, September 18, 2010

Just Gotta Dance

  • Chloë (3): Mommy, I need my music so I can dance!

Friday, September 17, 2010

Lava Face

Small child screaming loudly in store:
  • Robert: Man, that kid was mad!
  • Aiden (8): Yeah, his face was hot-lava red.

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Can't A Girl Get A Break?

After a slightly perturbed exchange about some inane detail in daily routine between her parents:
  • Chloë (3): Ugh. I need a break.

Monday, September 13, 2010

Things My Girls Say

What a husband wants to hear from his wife:
  • Sarah: You look hot in those jeans. Have you lost weight?

What a dad does not want to hear from his daughter:

  • Chloë (3): Daddy, I want more stuff.

Saturday, September 11, 2010

A Hostel Crisis

  • Sarah: Did you have fun on your trip with your grandma?
  • Aiden (8): Yeah.
  • Sarah: Did you get to stay in a hotel?
  • Aiden: We stayed in a hostage place.
  • Robert: Do you mean a hostel?

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Magical Land

While in the store, Chloë can be quite conversational with others:

Hi there! What's your name? I'm Chloë. Do you live in a magical land? Are you a princess? I am. Do you have a husband? Where is he? My mommy has a husband - he's my daddy. Do you have kids? Are they here? My mommy has kids and one's my brother. Are you a grandma too? I'm not a grandma, I'm a sister. I live in a magical land and I like to sing and dance and you want to come to my Birthday? It's on September 6th and I'll be 3 years-old...

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Chloë Turns 3

September 6th, 2010 - Chloë's 3rd Birthday party was an affair of tea and cake fit for a princess (or a whole lot of little princesses for that matter). Once again, Sarah was in form with another smashing cake (or a whole lot of little cakes for that matter).

Happy Birthday, Sweetheart!

More pictures coming as soon as we track them down!

Saturday, September 4, 2010

Birthday Cake Planning

  • Sarah: What kind of cake do you want for your birthday?
  • Chloë (2.75): I want flavor.
  • Sarah: I know, but what flavor?
  • Chloë: A good flavor.

Monday, August 16, 2010

Runaway Bride

When the bride and groom at a wedding we were at were pronounced and they left down the aisle, there was concern to be heard:
  • Chloë (2.75): Oh no! She's getting away!

nk = ng

Chloë (2.75) has taken to a certain pronunciation quirk that's as cute as it is weird:
  • Monkey = Mongy
  • Winking = Winging
  • Tinkerbell = Tingerbell

Saturday, August 14, 2010

All Day Potty

  • Robert: Chloë, did you go potty yet?
  • Chloë (2.75): Yes, I already went.
  • Robert: When? I don't think you did.
  • Chloë: I pottied all day long!

Wednesday, August 11, 2010


  • Robert: Aiden, please finish up that job I gave you.
  • Aiden (8): Are you gonna pay me for this?
  • Robert: Are you gonna stop eating all of our food?

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Helping Athleticism

  • Aiden (8): What are those things over there?
  • Sarah: They're blocking sleds - the football players hit them when they're practicing.
  • Aiden: Yeah, so it can help with their athleticism.

Saturday, August 7, 2010


  • Aiden (8): Chloë, can you say teriyaki?
  • Chloë (2.75): Turdy Wocky

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Oral Exam

  • Chloë (2.75): Daddy, let me see in your mouth.
  • Robert: *opens mouth wide*
  • Chloë: *peering in at point-blank range* Oh! You have a tongue in there!

Sunday, July 25, 2010

When You Get Neutered...

...this is the face you'd probably make when you got picked back up again from the vet:

Saturday, July 24, 2010


Archie barking at a dog on TV:
  • Robert: Archie, knock it off - it's not real, it's just TV!
  • Aiden (8): Yeah, and it's probably just green screen anyway.

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Lady Friend

Chloë (2.5) was having a conversation with another little girl at the store when Sarah attempted to call her over to leave:
"Not now, Mommy. I'm trying to talk to my lady friend."

Sunday, July 18, 2010

Too Busy Too

  • Chloë (2.5): Where's Aiden?
  • Robert: He's busy with something.
  • Chloë: Yeah, well I'm busy too. Very, very busy.

Friday, July 16, 2010

Slug Bug

  • Aiden (8): Slug Bug!
  • Sarah: Where?
  • Aiden: Over there, the Dune Buggy - it's a classic.

Friday, July 9, 2010


  • Chloë (2.5): Daddy, I want my drink.
  • Robert: *hands it to her* Here you go.
  • Chloë: Yeah for Daddy, you did it!

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Morning After

The morning after Chloë's (2.5) first camping trip in a tent, the very first thing she said right before this picture was snapped:

"Mommy, I did it!"

Saturday, July 3, 2010

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Happy 8th, Aiden!

The Weekend of Birthday

On June 22nd, Aiden turned 8 years-old. The following weekend we had big plans for some partying:
  • Saturday = friends to eat icecream Clown Cones and open gifts with.
  • Sunday= drive to the Oregon Coast for camping by the beach (complete with tents and fire and s'mores).
  • Monday = explore tidepools, search out sea lions, get clam-digging and crabbing lessons from a Park Ranger (complete with "Junior Ranger" badges visible in the last photo below), culminating in a trip to the Oregon Coast Aquarium.
Before we left we told him our plans:
  • Aiden (8): It's like a weekend of birthday!

Happy Birthday, son. It was one of the most fun weekends we've ever had. You're a good boy and we love you so much. Let's do it again next year!

Wednesday, June 23, 2010


While her dad was kissing her mom:
  • Chloë (2.5): Oh Mommy, Daddy loves you!

Monday, June 21, 2010

Tooth Fairy Computer

Continuing the theme of when the Tooth Fairy forgot him the other night:
  • Sarah: Maybe the Tooth Fairy will come tonight.
  • Aiden (7.75): Yeah, if she doesn't stay on the computer all night.

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Tooth Fairy Dream

We (Mom and Dad) forgot that the tooth fairy was supposed to come:
  • Aiden (7.75): *with an expectant look* Umm, the tooth fairy forgot me last night.

Then later, before bed:

  • Aiden: Chloë said she's gonna dream about Cinderella. I'm going to dream about what the tooth fairy looks like. *Again, with an expectant look*

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Tooth Fairy

Upon losing another tooth and while handing it over to me with a matter-of-fact, non-ironic, expectant look:
  • Aiden (7.75): Here Dad, it's another tooth for the Tooth Fairy tonight.

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Work Costume

Chloë (2.5) has a Multnomah University -branded polo shirt. It's exactly the same style I often wear on my more casual days to work.
  • Chloë: Look Daddy, I have a costume for your work too!

Sunday, June 13, 2010

The Bomb & The Dust Speck

By: Aiden Leary (7.75)

I can't wait to see how this story ends.

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Big Reader

  • Sarah: *reading "Fox In Sox"*
  • Chloë (2.5): *listening along, yet encouraging the good reading* That's right, Mommy!

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Saturday, June 5, 2010

Toy Aisle

With all the dolls and doll supplies:
  • Robert: There you are!
  • Chloë: I'm just looking, Daddy.

Thursday, June 3, 2010

Coffee Party

Chloë (2.5) loves to have tea parties, but to get Daddy to the table, she apparently knows to change the menu up a little.
  • Chloë: Oh Daddy, you came! Sit down here. *Hands me a little mug while patting a chair big enough for me.*
  • Chloë: *pouring from a little carafe* Here Daddy, here's your coffee!
  • Robert: Mmm, thank you.
  • Chloë: *pouring and spooning from little containers* You're welcome! Here's your cream! Here's your sugar!

It was delicious.

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Favorite Sport

  • Robert: Aiden, what's your favorite sport to play?
  • Aiden (7.75): Ummm...
  • Robert: Basketball, soccer, baseball...?
  • Aiden: I think I like swordplay the best.

Note: Aiden has never fenced.

Monday, May 31, 2010

Not Interesting

In response to some other kids' laughter:
  • Aiden (7.75): That's not funny. That's not even interesting.

Saturday, May 29, 2010

On Happiness

While riding an ATV today:
  • Chloë (2.5): "I'm happy, Dad!"

Monday, May 17, 2010

Wind In Your Hair

On a particularily gusty day:

  • Chloë (2.5): *Hair not in ponytail* It's too windy! My hair is blowing away!

Reminds me of this and this.

Saturday, May 15, 2010

Not On The List

We saw a birthday party with a bounce house at the park and both kids had to stop and stare:

  • Aiden (7.75): I wish I could be in that party.

Friday, May 14, 2010

Breakfast Out

Hot chocolate, gross coffee, tasty salty/sweet/greasy breakfast meat and carbs...good times.

Monday, May 10, 2010

Fix The Tree

Whilst observing an old dead tree with the top half gone:
  • Chloë (2.5): Oh, no! That tree's broken!
  • Robert: Oh, no!
  • Chloë: We have to fix it tomorrow.

Sunday, May 9, 2010

Big Daddy

Chloë asked me to throw a stick in to the woods:
  • Chloë (2.5): 1, 2, 3, throooowww!
  • Robert: *Throws it as far as a daddy can, then turns around a flexes his muscles (with shirt on)*
  • Chloë: You're big!
  • Robert: I'm big?
  • Chloë: Yeah, you're a big thrower!

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

No News Is Good News

  • Aiden (7.75): Why can't Chloë watch TV tonight?
  • Sarah: Because she's been naughty and TV would be a reward.
  • Aiden: Not if she has to watch the news.

Sunday, May 2, 2010

Archie, People Sleeper

This is how Archie likes to sleep: On people...

...and dolls.

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Excuse Me, Again

  • Chloë (2.5): Daddy.
  • Robert: *talking with wife*
  • Chloë: Daddy!
  • Robert: *still having adult conversation with her mother*
  • Chloë: Excuse me, Daddy!
  • Robert: *Interrupted* What is it, Chloë?
  • Chloë: Excuse me, but you're sitting on Mommy's coat.
More manners here.

Friday, April 23, 2010

Big Baby

  • Chloë (2.5): I want a diaper today.
  • Robert: No, big girls wear big-girl underwear.
  • Chloë: ...
  • Robert: Are you a baby or a big girl now?
  • Chloë: I'm a baby.
  • Robert: No, you're a big girl.
  • Chloë: I'm a baby big girl!

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Earthday Crust

  • Robert: We're going to walk underneath the street through a tunnel.
  • Aiden (7.75): So, like, beneath the Earth's crust?

Sunday, April 18, 2010


After church service was over and he came back from Sunday school:
  • Aiden (7.75): Dad, can I have community now?
  • Robert: You mean 'communion'?

Friday, April 16, 2010

Mary Poppins

  • Chloë (2.5): *Singing in perfect tune* Chim-Chimmy Chim-Chimmy Chim-Chim Chim-Chim!

Monday, April 12, 2010

Not Earth Day

A large ad on the side of a bus read: "Earth Day, Everyday."
  • Aiden (7.75): Earth Day, everyday? It is NOT Earthday everyday.

Sunday, April 11, 2010


Chloë has a pair of slim-fit jeans - sometimes called "skinny jeans".
  • Aiden (7.5): Chloë's got her skinny's on.

Thursday, April 8, 2010

I'm A Mommy

Aiden was leaving to the bus stop:
  • Chloë (2.5): Bye, boy! I'm a boy too!
  • Sarah: No, you're not a boy. You're a girl.
  • Chloë: So I'm a mommy?
  • Sarah: No, you're just a girl.

Tuesday, April 6, 2010


...for hot chocolate at a cafe before church.

Monday, April 5, 2010

Hip Hop Historian

  • Aiden (7.5): I know just about all the words to old hip hop songs.

Sunday, April 4, 2010

Resurrection Sunday

Matthew 28; Mark 16; Luke 24; John 20 - Because of what is contained in those chapters of the Bible, we have true freedom!

And now, the goods before church.

Friday, April 2, 2010

I Love Lamp

A commercial for Walmart's toy section came on TV the other night:

  • Chloë (2.5): *pointing vigorously* Look, Daddy! It's my favorite, I LOVE that!

Kinda reminded me of THIS from "Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy"

Sunday, March 28, 2010

Excuse Me, Sir.

I was standing in front of the drawer where Chloë's bowls and plates are stored:
  • Chloë (2.5): *Without a hint of irony in her voice:* Excuse me, Sir.
  • Robert: What?
  • Chloë: Excuse me, Sir. I need to get my plate.

Saturday, March 27, 2010

Hot Eyes

After retreating inside from the bright sun:
  • Chloë (2.5): It's too hot on my eyes.

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Hello Archie!

Meet Archie.

He's the latest addition to our family. He's a Pugalier. That's a cross between a Pug and a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel. He's quickly filling the void left behind after Frisky passed. A He's pretty much jet-black. So it's really hard to get great photos of him without it just looking like a black spot on screen!

For the last three weeks, he's been living with a family with another dog and young children - and Archie had proven himself very amiable. He's great with the kids and is learning house rules quickly. We all love him (especially Aiden and Chloë), but really, he's Sarah's dog/shadow.

We are posting photos today. We'll post video later this week. If you want to check in on Archie, just come back to the blog and search for his name - they're all tagged.

Sunday, March 21, 2010

Wind Gets In Your Eyes

While walking from the Max, in the wind, to the Winterhawks game:
  • Chloë (2.5): Daddy, my eyes are too windy!

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Proud Girl

Chloë got a peanut butter and jelly sandwhich. It's her favorite.
  • Robert: Here's your PBJ, sweetheart.
  • Chloë (2.5): Thank you. I'm so proud of you, Daddy!

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Something Fishy

While eating a peice of chicken:
  • Aiden (7.5): Mom, I think there's a fish bone in my chicken.

Monday, March 8, 2010

And Then She Kissed Me

  • Chloë (2.5): *Puts hands on both sides of my face* "I love your face, Daddy."

Friday, March 5, 2010

Sunday, February 28, 2010

The Woodpacker

  • Chloë (2.5): Daddy, I can't see the woodpacker!

Maybe she should start by looking through the right end of the binoculars.

Saturday, February 27, 2010

Birthday Cake

Sarah made the below cake for my birthday (yes, several months ago). I figured I better post a shot of it before her birthday comes up in a couple of days. It really was tasty.

Can you guess what flavor it is?

Friday, February 26, 2010


  • Aiden (7.5): *reading aloud all the signs while riding in the car*
  • Robert: You are getting so good at reading, I tell you what!
  • Aiden: What?
  • Robert: You're getting so...wait...
  • Aiden: *smirking*

Friday, February 19, 2010

Where Babies Come From

  • Chloë (2.5): Mommy, where do babies come from?
  • Sarah: Uhhh...
  • Chloë: *reaches for the doll in the doll crib* Oh, right here!

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Doing Laundry

Upon seeing Aiden's muddy shirt in the laundry:

  • Chloë (2.5): Oh my gosh mommy! Look, Aiden did a poopy on his shirt, Eww!"

Monday, February 15, 2010

Muddy Translation

While walking in the rain:

  • Chloë (2.5): It's all money, honey!

Translation: It's all muddy, honey.

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Children's Motrin

  • Aiden (7.5): I need more of that throat medicine.

Saturday, February 6, 2010

Shoes Tied Tight

  • Aiden (7.5): My foot has a heartbeat.

Step On It

In the car, at a particularly long stop light:
  • Chloë (2): Drive Daddy, Drive!

Friday, February 5, 2010


I was heading out to hang with some guys from work:
  • Aiden (7.5): Is Dad going out with his workmen tonight?

Sunday, January 31, 2010

I'm A Chloë

Chloë and I were conversing in the car. About what, I don't recall - save for the last part of the conversation:
  • Chloë (2): Oh, Daddy!
  • Robert: You're a silly girl.
  • Chloë: No, I'm a Chloë!

Saturday, January 30, 2010

The Drive Thru

  • Chloë (2): "I'll have a haminger. Thank You! You want chicken nuggets? Ok! Chicken nuggets, please. Thank You! Ok, bye-bye!"

Friday, January 29, 2010

Seahawk Clause

Just when you thought Christmas posts were over, I ran across this picture we got on the streets in downtown Seattle the last time we went to watch the Seahawks lose.

Proof that Santa is a Seahawks fan:

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

High Five

While at work, I got the following text from Sarah:

"Chloë is supposed to be napping right now, but she is in her bed telling her dolls that she put her poop in the big girl toilet and to give her "5". lol!"

Monday, January 25, 2010

Pinheaded Slang

While watching The O'Reilly Factor tonight:
  • Aiden (7.5): Dad, what's a "pinhead"?
  • Robert: It's like a "goofball".

Any suggestions?

Friday, January 22, 2010

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Christmas 2009

This is a little late, but oh well. I usually just post the quotes you usually read while they're fresh...hence the outdated Christmas 2009 update!

Gingerbread Houses are better with extra gummy candy.

"Christmas Eve is soooo hard!"

Chloë's "Tea Party"

Aiden's new bike with pegs.

Needless to say, we appreciated the significantly reduced drama since last Christmas!

Wednesday, January 13, 2010


While sitting in her bath:
  • Chloë (2): I'm getting a bath - I'm slinky.

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Your Bubbles

While settling on the couch to watch a Blazer game on TV:
  • Aiden (7): I like laying on your stomach the best.
  • Robert: Why is that?
  • Aiden: Because I like to hear all your bubbles.

It's still better than when this happened.

Monday, January 11, 2010

What's Boring

Aiden (7) was assigned the duty of sharpening our pencils recently whilst the adults watched a boring news show:
  • Aiden: Why are you pausing that show? Is it for big people only?
  • Robert: No, it's just that it's waaaay too boring for kids.
  • Aiden: It's the same thing as sharpening pencils, you know.

Monday, January 4, 2010

How To Get Picked Up

  • Chloë (2): *Holds out arms, stands on tip-toes* I pickee you up?

Saturday, January 2, 2010

How To Get A Hug & Kiss

  • Chloë (2): *Holds out her arms, closes eyes, puckers lips* Ahh, Daddy! You love me!