Ohio Volcanos

March 11, 2014 – After many cold days in Ohio, yesterday was a welcome break in the weather. As I came up the driveway I was glad to see that Drew was unplugged from all electronic devices and actually outside playing! Upon further investigation this is what I observe.

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The boy appears to be hard at work burning a rock. ?!?!?!?! Yes, my eyes are not deceiving me. He has a torch. It is producing a flame. He’s concentrating it on a single rock in the driveway.

Leave it to Mom to ask the obvious as she walks past him…”Bub, what are you doing there?” He proceeds to inform me that he is going to “turn this rock into lava.”

<sigh> “Carry on.”

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The Birthday Gift That All The Cool 12 Year Olds Are Asking For This Year

February 6, 2014 – Drew came upstairs a few minutes ago. The conversation went like this.

Drew: “Dad, I know what I want for my birthday.”

Jamey: “A 55″ tv for your room?”

Drew: “Not even close!”

Jamey: “What?”

Drew: “I want a 230 volt power cord for my computer.”

Jamey:  “You will blow your computer up as soon as you plug it in.”

Drew: “No I won’t. It has a selection switch so you can switch from 115 to 230.”

For those completely lost by this conversation, allow me to explain Drew’s thought process…

In case you have never looked at the back of your computer, there is a switch that looks like this.computer

OBVIOUSLY, you should switch to a different voltage from time to time. Oh, and when Jamey pointed out that we live in the United States and don’t have the right plugs to plug it in, Drew had already taken this into consideration and LOGICALLY determined that he could plug it in where the dryer goes. Duh!

Problem solved!!!!

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Through the Eyes of Drew

January 2014 – Last weekend, we took another trip to Great Wolf Lodge in Mason, OH. It ranks pretty high on our list of family favorites! It had been a couple of years since we had last been, so the kids were even more excited than usual.

As we were getting ready to head to breakfast and then the water park, Drew borrowed my phone to make a video of the room in order to help him “remember” what it looked like. I told him to be sure to take some real pictures too, and went about my business of getting things packed up and heading everyone out the door.

Later in the day, while everyone was off enjoying themselves in the water park, I checked out the pictures that he had taken. It’s amazing to me when I get to view things through Drew’s eyes.

The glowing light switch.

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The tv above the fireplace.

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A fire burning in the fireplace.

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The sign beside the fireplace, warning that the glass gets hot.

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The inside of the room safe.

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The outside of the room safe.

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The thermostat.

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You have to admit…that was a pretty nice room that we stayed in, wasn’t it?!?

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I’ve Got Nothin’

Christmas 2013 – As everyone came to the table to enjoy our Christmas meal, Gram asked a seemingly innocent question.

Gram: “Drew, do you want to say the blessing?”

Drew: (after a long silence) “Yea, I’ve got nothin’ ”

It’s a good thing that no one had food in their mouths, as surely someone would have choked to death while laughing.

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Smaller Than A Breadbox

December 22, 2013 – So, Drew came up from the basement while I was cooking dinner, obviously hiding something behind his back. The conversation went like this:

Drew: “Mom, do you think an Xbox hard drive is the size of a desktop hard drive or a laptop hard drive?”

Mom: “Laptop.”

Drew: “You are right!” as he produced the evidence from behind his back to prove it to me.

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Only an eleven-year-old who has taken apart more than one computer would even have the background knowledge to come up with the question! Actually, you could substitute the word computer with numerous other items which are held together with screws. Because if it has screws, it was obviously made to be taken apart so you can fix it when it stops working. Duh!!!

Oh, and score one for me for knowing the answer.

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Are You A Believer?

DSC_4603 DSC_4652 DSC_4868Fall 2013 – As a sixth grade physical education student, Drew was required to run a mile during class earlier this year. Keep in mind that this is during cross country season, when Drew is used to running a couple of times a week, and biking on the days that he doesn’t run. When he has the opportunity to run in an elementary race at a cross country meet, they are one mile races. Point being…a mile should be a piece of cake for Drew.

On the day of the run, out of the entire sixth grade student body, Drew finished last…dead last.

Gram was discussing his lack-of-performance with him one morning.

Gram: “Drew, there is no reason that you should have been the slowest kid running a mile! You are capable of doing much better than that!”

Drew: “God didn’t make me to be a runner.”

Long pause here…

Drew: “Gram, I’m beginning to think that you don’t believe in God.”

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Blessings

July 2013 – As our family came to the dinner table one evening a few weeks ago, as I usually do, I said “Blessings.” This is the prompt, cue, reminder, call it what you will, to my family to say Grace before eating. Drew, angry at having been called to the table, which is cutting into his personal time according to his ranting, quickly blurted out this prayer.

“Thank you Jesus for my food, but not for my mean Mom. Amen.”

Thanks Jesus, for Drew.

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