Thursday, September 30, 2010

through the looking glass

Our new kitten, Colin Crash-Landon Slappity-Joe Pickle McHenry (Pickle for short), is a dangerous combination of curious and clumsy. The other night Sonja had to rescue him, dripping, from a bathtub that hadn't been drained. This morning Evan put down the toilet lid and said, "Sorry, Pickle. Your magic portal has been closed off."

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

rocket science

Sage: "What are those plastic things on your bottle rocket?"

Evan: "Fins."

Sage: "Oh. Like a shark has!"

Eric: "That's right. And they help the rocket in the same way they help the shark. They stabilize it. Right, Evan?"

Evan: "Right. And they give it character."

Saturday, September 25, 2010

can't think of a title for this one

This morning Sage referred to her ponytail as "my princess antenna."

payback time

Evan: "Ethan made up a great name for that team we played last week: the Rust Buckets. And I made up one for the team we played today: the Moldy Sheds."

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

space cadet

Found on the wall at Topeka Collegiate. Looks like the second graders were asked to color their own space suits. I give you the galaxy's first Astro-SWAT:

Thursday, September 16, 2010


Evan: "Today while we were playing Bring on the Pain, I accidentally did the splits."

Eric: "You have a recess game called 'Bring on the Pain'?"

Evan: "Yeah. Trinity named it. It's really just dodgeball."

Eric: "Oh."

Evan: "It's not really painful. There aren't any ways to hurt yourself. Unless you accidentally do the splits. And I heard that Ananya wiped out on the blacktop. Actually, there's a variety of ways to hurt yourself playing it."

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

no ideas but in things

Eric: "Pull your pants up, Evan. You don't want to be mooning people."

Evan: "What's 'mooning'?"

Eric: "Showing your bottom."

Evan: "Oh. Why do they call it 'mooning'? That's so abstract."

Saturday, September 11, 2010

The Orange Explorers

Sage was too shy to suggest her preferred name for the team -- the Orange Sparkle Ponies.

Wednesday, September 8, 2010


Sage: "I set up a trap for Evan, so that he won't mess up my stuff. It won't kill him."

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

tax man

Sage: "Daddy, can you open my box of Nerds for me?"

Eric: "Sure." [Opens box.] "I'm just going to take a few for myself, okay?"

Sage: "Okay. Just a few."

Evan: "I'm glad I can open my own Nerds box, so I don't have to pay the Daddy Tax."

Friday, September 3, 2010

portrait of the artist as a young man

Evan is this month's featured young artist at Warehouse 414. His career retrospective opened tonight as part of the First Friday Art Walk.