The Prayer

Posted by The Wizzle | Posted on Wednesday, July 11, 2012 at 5:16 PM

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O Lord, bless this thy servant the Vacuum with strength and wisdom, that it might have power and suction even beyond that of its natural machinery

And yea, also good judgment, that it may not suck unto itself that which would render it clogged and useless, and with a great whining sound and fruitless toiling of the bristles

Yea, though the path be strewn with socks, and water balloons, and safety pins, and bits of yarn, and duct tape, and popsicle sticks

And Lincoln logs, and marbles, and pipe cleaners, and iron filings, and tiny batteries, and many, many Legos, yea, even many rare and desirable Legos

And sand, and rocks, and sticks, and shells, and magnets, and shoelaces

And Monopoly houses, and Battleship pegs, and cups with lo just one swallow of liquid remaining, and apple cores, and old bits of cheese that are shriveled like unto a raisin

And homework from two years ago, and candy wrappers, and robots, and slingshots, and lanyards, and paper airplanes

And yea, every manner of project of strange and curious workmanship, and also many experiments

Though all these things may hedge up the way against our path, we know that this must be done, in thy mercy, O Lord

We know that we must venture into the very mouth of the beast, yea, even into Devlin's bedroom, for even that dark and loathsome cavern must be cleaned from time to time, for thus it is pleasing unto Thee

Thy will be done, and if we should not return from our endeavor, receive the spirit of thy servant the Vacuum into thine eternal rest.  Amen.

Summer Magic

Posted by The Wizzle | Posted on Thursday, July 5, 2012 at 10:32 PM

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It's been a really busy summer for me and my constituents.

There's a saying on the internet that if you don't have pictures, it didn't happen - but I'm here to tell you that I have pictures of everything in my head, and that's good enough for me.

(In the unlikely event it's not enough for *you*, I will provide links to my more responsible family members who documented some of the larger events much more thoroughly.  Love those guys.)

I drove to LA with my kids to visit my sister and my nephew Jasper, for his first birthday.

We went to the beach, and I only lost my cool one time, which is amazing for me.  Take three kids who can't follow simple directions, add sand, and you've got me losing my cool.  It just happens.  But mostly it was lovely:



The drive was a little scary once or twice:



But mostly it was just delightful:



We did pretty much everything free for families in the greater LA area, including the Science Center:





Then I drove home, and literally hours later we drove (with That Guy I Married, this time) to beautiful Greer, AZ for the First (Hopefully) Annual Dixon Family Reunion.  The lameness of my photographic evidence in no way reflects the awesomeness of the reunion itself.  That can be seen here.

But, roughly, we had treats:



Did puzzles:



And prepared food in large quantities:



We have been driving a great deal, even when we are in town, because a) it's air-conditioned, b) the kids are legally strapped down and more than arm's reach from each other, and c)



Devlin has been favoring Boo Who out of his stuffed animals (twin brother to Lou Who), and he has been having all kinds of escapades along with the rest of us:



We saw Brave (a movie! in a theater!) with my mom, and Eve came in her version of "costume":



I have painted many, many a finger- and toenail (including my own, because did you hear? I stopped biting my fingernails! Yes, I am over 30.  Be nice to me.)





And we have been working very hard on remembering our simple family rules and being nice humans: