Well, we're back in the house. Painting is still going on so right now our downstairs looks like this:
SO HAPPY TO BE BACK HOME. I LOVE LIL' UGMO! I LOVE OUR NEIGHBS! Everyone was out in full force last night and it was so, so nice. A bunch of the houses are going on a group camping trip together this weekend so one of our neighbs had a tent and sleeping bag set up and the kids were going buck in there. Super cute.
The Dotytron went on a canoe camping/bachelor party trip from Friday to Sunday for our friend B. They canoed down the French River and now the Dotytron has the camping bug, baaaaad. I think I've been bitten, too. I'm kind of outdoorsy and I love the packing and preparation and organizing that goes into planning a camping trip (it's basically like emergency preparedness light). I also love canoeing and being tough and cooking over a fire. Car camping is less appealing to me. I would much rather take a deuce in a hole in the woods than use a "comfort station" that's been mauled by a million other families. I like being away from it all. The Roomie and L'Armi are big campers and so is Ping. I think we might do something next summer. Nothing with a crazy portage but maybe a big canoe out to a site or two. It's definitely something I want to try and I think I would have a super-fun time doing it.
Right now we have like, negative gear so we'll see how it goes. I was harranguing the Dotytron leading up to the trip by constantly reminding him that he was moving out of the house for renos and from his mom's house he was going to a cottage for a week AND from there a camping trip, so he had to pack accordingly. He got testy with me for nagging so I shut my trap with the end result being that the Dotytron brought NOTHING with him. No tent. No sleeping bag. No pack. Nothing. If it weren't for the fact that Pingy travels with camping gear and loaned him everything, he would have been royally screwed.
The Big Yam is KILLING us lately. I still have to capture video of the "baby toe" talking. He also does this thing where some words that end with "p" (like "nap") he hads a "t" sound to, so he says "napT" with an extra-enunciated T sound so you can't miss it. He also does this weird thing where sometimes he repeats the last sound in a word (generally with hard consonants). So if he says "snack" it sounds like "snack-kuh-kuh-kuh." I don't know if it's like a nervous tic or anything (he doesn't strike me particularly nervous) but for right now, it's adorable, and this is coming from someone who has a lifelong hate-on for Porky Pig.
I'm going to come back at you tomorrow with a slew of book reviews. I've been reading up a storm.