20 August 2007


Yeah, yeah...I never did get around to posting any vacation pictures, but my dad has been working on editing and putting them together into a slide show right now. He sent this one to me and I just HAD to post it...

It is Bug playing with an interactive water display at the A.C. Gilbert Children's museum in Salem, OR and the group just captures Bug at four so well...intense, serious, curious, engaged, and, well, goofy as a loon and always making me chuckle. He is so like this whenever he plays...he takes the "work" of childhood very seriously...not that he doesn't have a lot of fun in the process, too.

Next up is birthday fluff. Kitty Daddy and the kids got me a gift certificate to the LYS near where KD works, so I combined some birthday money and went sock-happy. Some red, orange, and yellow socks with orange heels and toes. There should be enough of the heel and toe yarn left to make a pair of kid socks, too.

This is my other score, the color isn't great in the picture...it's more of a darker burgandy color, not nearly as bright purple as the picture shows. Since I have big feet (size 10!), 50 g socks tend to have fairly short cuffs, so I splurged on two 100 g skeins. That way I can have some socks that are a bit longer than anklets and probably get a pair of kid socks, too (can you say "fourth sock syndrome????)

Other than that we have been having rain, rain, and more rain. After being very dry...brown lawns, watering restrictions, and the whole nine yards...August has been just soggy. We are already past 10.25" for the month and both yesterday and the day before set records for precipitation amounts (2.13" and 3.39", respectively). The bright side is that things are much cooler, but the cool weather has come at a price of constant damp, a bumper crop of mosquitoes, near-constant flash-flood warnings, and an ever-increasing case of cabin fever.

And a couple of gratuitous kid pics. We have been looking through baby pictures in preparation for little brother's arrival. Here is Bug at one day with Daddy...

and Bean at three days old, tucked under Mama's arm...

ETA: Late Breaking news on the Rain front...I found this in a Special Weather Statement issued mid-afternoon on the 20th:

... Record August rainfall set in Madison...

Up through 1 PM CDT today... 10.50 inches of rain has fallen so far
in August at Truax field in Madison. This breaks the old record for
the month of August... which was 9.49 inches back in 1980.

10.50 inches also makes this the 4th wettest month ever in Madison.
Below is the list of heaviest calendar months in Madison history:

Jul 1950 10.93
may 2004 10.84
Sep 1915 10.69
Aug 2007 10.50 (so far)

Obviously, with 11 more days in the month and a wet pattern... it is
possible that August 2007 will become the wettest month ever in
Madison WI history.

From noon CDT Saturday August 18th to noon CDT Sunday August 19th
5.00 inches fell... which is the 3rd highest rainfall recorded in any
24 hour period at Madison.

In addition... records suggest that August 18th and 19th... with 5.52
inches of rain measured... was the 2nd wettest two day period in
Madison history. The wettest 2 day period is 5.79 inches set on may
31st and June 1st 2000.
Dude, the hydrologist in me is digging this...the tired, pregnant lady with the stir-crazy kids, not so much so.


Marianne said...

Loving the photos!
Bug...what a spectacular little dude...I just grin thinking about the things he and Gracie would get into...
Fabulous birthday score on the yarn front!
The newborn photos...now I'm the kind of person who will see beauty in newborns...some you kind of have to 'search' it out, you know? But your little ones...beautiful. so very pretty. (how'd you do that?) :^)

Good luck with the rain....

knottykitty said...

Love the bug-pics! What a great grouping! Also love the new baby pics--so cute!

Don't feel alone with your rainy August. Just heard that we have had the wettest August in 38 years here in Seattle. And when it's not actually raining, it's muggy! Yeah.

Karen said...

What adorable grandchildren I have...and even from Day 1!...but then, I know I'm very prejudiced in that respect.

I really chuckled when I saw those three pix and the comment that Dad had put together, i.e., Bug putting so much body English into his endeavor.

Your August rainfall is just crazy...and looking at your forecast, it appears that you are having thunderstorms today, with more rain forecast for tomorrow. Might you want to start thinking of building an Ark?? ;o)

Knittymama said...

Man, I love newborn pics.

The rain up here is getting down too, although it's no where nearly as much as you guys have gotten. I just want to get these kids outside!