Wednesday, December 31, 2008


We had a great Christmas this year.

Caleb got a new bike.

Emmylou got a cash register.

Sally got some M&M's. Okay, Sally got more than M&M's, but she was as excited about them as she was about anything else.

I got a new bike too!

And, we all got helmets. We also got a bike trailer and this cool attachment that turns a regular bike into a tandem bike, so we can all ride together.

Here I am pulling the girls in the bike trailer and looking supremely dorky.

And here are the boys.

Sunday, November 2, 2008

Baylor Playground - Waco

Grandma and Grandpa came to Texas in October. They helped us get our yard ready for winter. We went on lots of hikes, played at the green and gold Baylor playground and ate great Texas barbeque.

Sunday, September 7, 2008

Happy Birthday Caleb!

Caleb turned four on Saturday! He has been so excited for his birthday. He asked for a pet and a dinosaur cake. Mom was a little intimidated by both, but how can you say no to such a sweet boy?

The cake turned out alright except that the head kept falling off.

And the toad seems to be fairly low maintenance . He gets looked at a lot.

Monday, June 30, 2008

Sunday, June 15, 2008


Soon we will have more pictures of Caleb's insides, than his outside. He was "steering" a 45lb plate on the wieght lifting bar in the garage on Thursday when it fell and landed on his face and arm. He was seen by a good friend in the ortho clinic and cleared to continue wieght-lifting. It's amazing that little boys survive little-boyhood.

Sunday, June 8, 2008

The World Book Encyclopedia

The previous owners of our house left us a 1980s set of World Book Encyclopedias when they moved out. Little did we know that by doing so, the Fergusens had provided Emmylou a seemingly infinite source of entertainment. She recognizes more countries flags, more breeds of dogs and more species of fish than I ever will. Recently I've been doing my best to answer questions about atoms, atomic and mass numbers and electron orbits. I came home from work the other day to find that she had been working all afternoon on a Periodic Table of the Elements. Its admittedly crude, but she's 5 years old for crying out loud! Is this cute or macabre? Any advice on whether or not we should enroll her in kindergarten this year?

Sunday, June 1, 2008

Yard Work

I've always enjoyed having a shovel in my hand, but it has never been so much fun as when I'm working in my own yard. We have high hopes for our garden this year. The tree whose shade kept us from ever growing anything that wasn't laughable died last Winter. I bought a chainsaw and cut it down this Spring. We've already harvested a summer squash and green peas. The kids insisted on planting Okra and purple-hulled peas in addition to tomatos and watermelon. They've become quite the little helpers, each has their own watering can and loves to sprinkle the moutain laurel, the tree named Steve (a red bud) and the "Eater-leaves" (a cast-iron plant that they think eats things). Here are some pictures, come and visit any time.

Tuesday, May 13, 2008


This is a picture of Sally's newly emergent hair. If Sally's hair were in a race with a tortoise it would lose. She is still pretty bald.

This is Emmylou with the worst case of morning hair I've ever seen. What was she doing in her sleep?

So, this isn't hair, it's frosting, but it looks for all the world like she has a big thick mustache. I don't think I could have painted it on any better.

Sunday, May 11, 2008


Sally has recently developed a mild obsession with clothing. It began with her emptying the dresser drawers, carrying all of her clothes to the laundry room, and putting them in the dryer. Now she has started putting the clothes on. Here she is in one of her hobo outfits.

Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Enchanted camping trip

Over the weekend we took a little camping trip to enchanted rock state park in the Texas hill country. Enchanted rock is a big round bald chunk of granite sticking up out of the ground. We hiked to the summit with the kids on Monday. The wind was blowing up the mountain like nothing I've ever experienced. It was blowing so hard that it was actually easier to go up the mountain with the wind at your back than to come down with the wind in your face. I was afraid to let go of the kids lest they should blow away.

We also made a little side trip to Luckenbach, Texas since it was in the area. You can't really even call this place a town since I think there are only three people who live there. It is really just a group of small buildings made of old unpainted boards. It contained an old post office turned gift shop, a dance hall, and a barbecue/bratwurst/beer stand. Oh, and it was absolutely packed with bikers, rednecks, and the occasional rooster.

Emmylou and Caleb loved camping, but you could say Sally wasn't exactly a happy camper. She screamed all night the first night and was a little restless the next night. With Sally screaming and the usual difficulties of sleeping in a tent (the deflating air mattress, dropping night temperatures, and the howling wind), we were all a little tired for the ride home.
Note: You absolutely have to click on the second picture, so you can see up close the look on Emmylou's face.

Wednesday, February 6, 2008

There's a Pinecone in my Refrigerator

There's a pinecone in my refrigerator, between the processed cheese food and the moldy leftovers. I usually have canned goods on my bookshelves, and when I can't find my shoes, I know I'll have the best luck if I check the bathtub first. Sometimes these rearrangements are annoying, but usually they just make me smile. I know some day the kids will grow up and everything will stay where it's supposed to, until I get old and demented and misplace things myself. Well, I always have that to look forward to. Here's Sally reorganizing the kitchen cabinets.

Wednesday, January 30, 2008

More Stories about Caleb's Eating Habits

Note: I do feed Caleb at least three times a day, so don't call CPS.

Mmmm, What's that?

So the other day I had some crusty dried up I don't know what on my shirt (This may be alarming to those without small children, but trust me it's perfectly normal), and Caleb came up to me to tell me about something. Well, during the conversation Caleb began to casually pick off and eat the whatever it was from my shirt. I asked him what he was eating and he replied, "Just some crumbs." Then he smiled at me and added,"I'm like a cockroach!"

Brotherly Love

Last night we were having a lovely dinner of random items from the pantry,and Sally got the last packet of instant oatmeal, which Caleb wanted. After Sally had eaten (smeared the contents of her bowl all over herself), she came toddling towards me, and I said, "Ew, Sally you're all sticky." Caleb quickly volunteered, "Don't worry. I'll lick her off!"

This just proves once again that Caleb will eat anything.

Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Late Night Trip to the ER

On our recent trip to Mexico we picked up this great souvenir. It came in a drink at the big new year's party we attended. It has a little light bulb in it that changes colors, and it makes a great magic wand. The kids had a great time playing with it until Caleb, for some unknown reason, decided to take it apart and eat the insides. So, we got to take a trip to the ER to make sure it didn't get stuck in his esophagus. It didn't. Here is a picture of the battery and light, big and bright (clap, clap, clap, clap) deep in the bowels of Caleb. I need to go to bed.

Sunday, January 13, 2008

Jennie's Tutorial

Though she could probably figure this out on her own, we sat down today and had a blogspot tutorial so that Jennie could help keep our site updated. Stay tuned for creative and insiteful content now that Jennie knows how to post to our blog.