Monday, September 29, 2008

The Grossest Thing EVER

Tristan likes dipping his Cheese Puffs in ketchup. Ewwwwww!

Celebrating Autumn

The boys are dressed up in camo to celebrate the first day of wearing long pants to school. (Isn't this how everyone celebrates??) My mom said, "Where was this picture taken? They look like ghetto kids!" Well, oopsie, this is our front porch and it looks bad because our landscaping bricks are stacked up there.

Sunday, September 28, 2008


Killer kamikaze baby attacks big brother.


Tristan watches funny animal videos on YouTube. Is the Internet cool or what?

Saturday, September 27, 2008

Chili Trophy

No winner's circle for me, but here is my participant trophy! We had lots of fun. Thanks, Mom and Rob for helping me!

Jamming, Ozark Style

Still waiting on the chili judges. In the meantime how about some music?

Waiting for the Judges

We're 45 minutes from the judging of the chili! Mom and I are just sitting here on the edge of our seats!


It's not pretty but the frog wouldn't sit still! Julius caught a frog at the chili cook off. (Outside, not IN the cook off!)

Friday, September 26, 2008

Rockin' Hair

Julius says, "Hey Mom... Look at my rockin' hair!" Where does he learn to talk like this??

The New Archie Andrews

Is this uncanny or what? The minute I saw this photo I thought of Archie Comics! (Picture nabbed from

Super Shaggy Sandwich

Julius and I are big fans of Scooby-Doo. Here is Julius's interpretation of the "Super Shaggy Sandwich".

Checking Out Nature

Julius and Tristan check out the cool Rose of Sharon buds before they open.

Smiling, Not Smiling

Dr. Jekyll
Mr. Hyde

Helping Dad

The boys help dad in the yard. Julius pushes the wheelbarrow, Tristan stomps through the tidy piles that Rob rakes. So, I guess technically Julius is helping and Tristan is not, but it all looks cute in a still-life anyway.

Breaking My Own Rule

Well, the blog was intended to be exclusively my "on the fly" reporting from my mobile phone. However, I realized today after an exhaustive episode of sorting through the latest pictures of the camera and sending various batches to various people that it would be so much easier just to stick them on the blog and send everyone a link.

I'm sure nobody cares where I post pictures from. Why did I care in the first place? Mental defect, that's my defense.

So, from here on out... crappy pictures are from the phone, good pictures are from the camera and anything that looks like a mental defect probably is.

Monday, September 22, 2008

Feeding Baby Dog

Tristan feeds his dog. Fortunately the dog and the juice are the same color so no harm done.

Saturday, September 20, 2008

Going into Space

The Russ brothers sit through the countdown until they blast off into Outer Space.

Camo Hollyhobby

Tristan has a hat that makes him look like a camo version of Hollyhobby.

Just Like a Man

Tristan reads a book while he sits on the potty seat. So far this potty training thing isn't working. He's peed everywhere BUT the potty seat.

Friday, September 19, 2008

You Can't Get Me

Tristan Likes Goats

Julius Milks the Cow

Tristan vs. Goat

Tristan vs Goat... Goat wins.

Round and Round

The Tube

Toddler and spinning tube. Bad idea.

Car Ride

Way High

Upstairs at the funhouse.

First Ride of the Fair

Tristan, Julius and Dad ride the Super Slide, inappropriately named. A better name would have been Super Sticky or Super Sitting Still. Poor Daddy!

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Reading a Story

Tristan Reads Mommy a story on the way home. "Ew! Gucky! Nunny. Goggy."

Translation... "Ew! Yucky! Honey. Donkey." (Eeyore gets covered in honey by Winnie the Pooh.)

Monday, September 15, 2008

Relaxation Station

Tristan spends a little time in the relaxation station. (That's what we call his little section of the couch where he sits when he's recovering from one of his famous meltdowns.)

Farmer Tristan

Farmer Tristan helps Daddy mow the lawn.

Attack of the Killer Foam Snakes

Last night we went wild with foam. We're just party animals at Chez Russ!

At the Hospital

Sitting in the ER with mom. She's having some trouble with her heart. Or something.

Sunday, September 14, 2008

Tristan Wants One

Poor Tristan... Everyone gets to hold the butterfly but him.

Butterfly Whisperer

Julius makes a butterfly friend. This butterfly was a little crazy. Every time he'd fly he'd come back and land on Julius.

Amusing Ourselves

We had a big storm last night from Hurricae Ike who reached, unbelievably, this far inland. No electricity so Tristan didn't get to watch his show this morning. We are finding other ways to amuse ourselves. Right now he is stabbing a package of toilet paper with a screwdriver which means it's time for me to go!

Saturday, September 13, 2008

Cast Iron Cooking

In an attempt to ween ourselves from aluminum cookware, we are using more cast iron these days. Old-fashioned Southern cooking! Tonight is my first attempt at au gratin potatoes via the heavy dang skillet!

Friday, September 12, 2008

The Great Bubble Caper

Someone hijacked the dishsoap and went crazy in the bathtub.

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

The Infernal Wait

We all sit here waiting in a big line for our kiddies to be lead out of the school. Every day that I come here I think SURELY there must be a better way. But I've not come up with it yet. Hey, at least it's cool.

Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Blueberry Mustache

This is what Tristan will look like if he grows a little mustache.