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25th-Oct-2016 04:22 pm - Dragons and Dungeons.
The kids have, for as long as we've played video games, created imaginary plot lines and characters, to play what came to be known as a game in a game. It began with me playing through the games the kids couldn't master themselves and eventually transitioned to the kids on the controllers, playing without needing my input. The various Spyro games were some of their favorites. So, from as far back as the kids can remember, they developed dragon characters, many with detailed appearances, personalities, back stories, and voices.

A few months back, H got bored with the game and added dice rolls to makes some of the decisions in the progression of the story. This immediately became a hit with S and C, and Dragons and Dungeons (what was originally a joke name, but it stuck) was born. H then spent a good deal of time creating character sheets, figuring out game dynamics, and generally preparing to transition the dragon adventures from a video game, to a table top role playing game.

She even made boxes to represent the two dragons S and C each rolled up to be their characters for the game. I made some alterations to the boxes, and our box dragons were born.

After a trip to Walmart for some magnet strips, they became refrigerator box dragons.

They still work for gaming figures, and after a long break because of being sick, H was finally ready to run a game for her brother and sister.

13th-Oct-2016 11:21 am - Horse and Goose.

We got Wobbles from the neighbor on the day he was hatched. He lived in the house with Speedy, his hatchmate, till they were 3 weeks old. They were pretty huge by then, and I was overwhelmed with the work of moving and managing two houses, so moving them out seemed like the best idea at the time. I think I broke their hearts a little bit when I did and I've regreted that decision for the past 6 and a half years. H spent a ton of time with them, laying on the grass with them sleeping on her, and as a result Wobbles fell in love with her. To this day he will follow her around, honking in a soft special honk. As the other two kids aged and got as tall as H was when we got the geese, Wobbles added them to his list of prefered humans (whereas, when my son was 4, Wobbles was really vicious with him, biting at any opportunity). As for me, even though I am the one who feeds and waters him everyday, I will forever be known as the evil egg stealer.

Within a week of putting the geese in the yard, we got Ezra, our first horse. He was without a herd, and the geese were at an impressionable age, so somehow the giant thoroughbred, and the scrawny young geese bonded.

We're pretty sure in Wobbles mind he is half goose, half human, and half horse (and I know that is too many halves, but he is a rather mixed up goose, so he needs an extra half mixed in).
3rd-Oct-2016 04:28 pm - Birthday.
Happy Birthday S.


Thanks to M, we have a fancy double layer round cake. H decorated it, and since S is sick, she gets a frosting mound covered in candles to blow out.
19th-Sep-2016 07:07 pm - Epic Talk Like a Pirate Day.
Krispy Kreme gives out free donuts on this most auspicious of days. As S calls it: the best holiday ever, you get free donuts and you get to dress up in a goofy costume.

S, C, H (the production end was visible at each store, very cool donut making process).

We hit up three different Krispy Kremes. Our hastily gathered costumes (I only came up with this plan this morning) landed us a haul of 12 dozen free glazed donuts. We dropped two off with some friends, after realizing we were going to literally drive past their street on our way to the third store.

After pirating, we stopped by a park H wanted to show us. Wow, it has amazing play structures.

H and C.




C, S, H (the black spots in the background are birds).

When we were pulling into our drive after eating nothing but donuts all day, H put her head down and said she now understands what a sugar crash feels like.
14th-Sep-2016 12:45 pm - On a lighter note.
You never know where a Pokémon will spawn.

10th-Sep-2016 04:09 pm - Tournament Results.

S tied for second in weapons.

S tied for third in forms.

S placed in sparring.

S got first in Sword.
10th-Sep-2016 01:10 pm - Karate tournament today.

The waiting, always the waiting.
9th-Sep-2016 11:51 pm - Open Beta and a Pirate Dragon
M and I managed a night out to a pirate themed street event. The reason we went was to see Open Beta, and they did not disappoint.

It would have been better if it was less hot out and if I had brought an extra bottle of water. There was, however, plenty of PokémonGo action while we enjoyed the show.

I brought my dragon along, since it seemed like the sort of place to do so. The girls rigged up a last minute eye patch for him, since it was a pirate themed event. I didn't think to add the bandana until after we were already there, so he didn't get to sport the full costume this time around.

3rd-Sep-2016 11:35 am - Stained Glass Angel.
It's been a while since I shared any of H's art on here. She has been making incredible progress at learning to draw humans - something she's been working at with fierce determination this past year. This particular drawing, her first attempt at creating a stained glass effect, is one of my current favorites.

The original is linked here.
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