Thursday, December 31, 2009

Great Movie Quote

Tonight Husband and I watched The Replacements with Keanu Reaves and Brooke Langton (one thing I love about this movie is that the two of them have practically the same haircut but both have it styled to look gender-appropriate) and here's the quote Dad and I both love and want preserved for you, for posterity, our wonderful boy:

"Pain doesn't last, chicks dig scars, and glory lasts forever."

DB wanted to stay up till midnight, but around 10 he fell into bed, exhausted. Last night he was up till about 1030 because had his First.Ever.Sleepover, with his wonderful friend Sv, a GIRL, with whom he had a great time (and she didn't want to leave today)! With the door to his room kept open, I might add. Yes, we do have that rule now when girls are over, since he and a minister's daughter were playing in his room with the door closed, lol, it was innocent, they were playing with something that glowed-in-the-dark, but hence the rule. Good to start them early with that anyway...

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Song Titles

Everybody Loves Donuts

Robotic Arm Rocks the House

Friday, November 20, 2009

Devastator Has Arrived!

Very exciting: The 7-part Devastator that we've been waiting 6-8 weeks for came today!

We were able to track it this week via FedEx tracking number, that was cool to see when it was getting close.

DuckyBoy has been soo good about waiting for it, I thought he'd ask but he hasn't!

And now his reward: It's here! And 10 days earlier than they estimated when we ordered it.

Here are the 7 in vehicle mode:

I'll take my best guess at getting the names right:
Left to right: Scrapper, HighTower, Overload, MixMaster, Long Haul, can't remember but he's Demolisher's twin in robot mode, and Rampage, the one who's red in the Revenge of the Fallen movie.

We haven't yet transformed them into Devastator because, well, the instructions are in Japanese and the drawings are very,very small. We'll have to watch a video tomorrow to help us figure it out!

But even that wasn't a big deal. DB had a good time switching them between robot and vehicle modes. They're really neat, every one of them has some articulation and 3 modes: robot, vehicle, and Devastator-part.

Saturday, October 10, 2009

Hamster Comment!

Received via email:

Have been trying for 1/2 hour to post on Duckyboy Fun that I LOVE THE HAMSTERS--so fun to feed! Thanks, DB, a very good idea indeed! ( don't know how to fix my google account--will not take my password even after a reset--grrrrr) Love, Aunt N...

Friday, October 9, 2009

New Transformer Idea

We came up with a cool new Transformers character:

A Decepticon whose vehicle mode is a Zamboni. His Cybertron name could be "Freezemaster," and he freezes his enemies... or the road in front of them.

Monday, October 5, 2009

The Peeps Go Stylish

The Peeps decided they wanted to look spiffier, so the 3 chicks got glasses and the bunnies, since their ears didn't lend themselves to holding up glasses, opted for headbands.

Oh, and all 5 of them are wearing blue pants.

Stylish, yes?

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

An Alphabet of Transformers

We passed the time on the ride out to Grandma's last weekend trying to find something to do with Transformers for every letter of the alphabet. here's how we did (Hey: nobody steal these and make a book, ok, 'cause we're going to! Thanks!)

A --Allspark, Arcee, Autobot
B-- Bumblebee, Blitzwing, Black Arachnia
C-- Cybertron, Chief, Constructicon
D-- Devastator, Detriot, Decepticon, DinoBots
E-- EMP, Earth
F-- Fanzone, as in the police captain's name
G-- Grimlock
H-- Headmaster
I-- Isaac (Professor Sumdac)
J-- Jazz, Jetfire, Jetstorm
L-- Lugnut, Lockdown, Longarm, Laserbeak
M-- Megatron, Mixmaster
N-- Nanobot, Nanosecond
O-- Optimus Prime, Omega Supreme, Organics
P-- Prowl, Professor Princess
R-- Ratchet, Rodimus
S-- Sari Sumdac, Starscream, Soundwave, Sentinel Prime, Swoop, Snarl
T-- The Fallen, Transformer
U-- Ultra Magnus
W-- Wasp

Suggestions to fill in the missing letters welcome!

Sunday, September 6, 2009

Barack O'Potatohead

DuckyBoy decided to put his Mr. Potatohead
together with the body piece upside down,
and he came out looking ... familiar.

(Hey, Mommy voted for him, so it's not like we're looking for any reason to make fun -- can we help the resemblance??)

Thursday, August 27, 2009

Pizza, Squirrelized!

How silly is this? You can squirrelize your own photo, or to read why this even exists read the Gawker news item.

Hamsters Humming Stupidly

Sounds like a book:
"Hamsters Humming Stupidly"
it's just us, playing.

This is a joint creation by DB and his mom for Haiku Friday.

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Sand Swimming

Monday, August 17, 2009
Jones Beach, Beach 2

Plus the girls digging a hole to the center of the earth!

Silly School 5

At this school detention is at Chuck E Cheese. The principal took the kid and bought her 3 whole gumball machines!

The principal's name is Principal Nonsense.

Susie is the kid's name.

(Daddy got to hear the first 4 installments of this series while Mommy was in Chicago. She hasn't gotten them out of DB yet.)

Friday, August 14, 2009

Revenge of the Toys 2

These are the same Transformers in car mode: Decepticon Dirt Boss (aka Scrapper) vs. Autobots Dune Runner, Bumblebee, and Optimus Prime

Thursday, August 13, 2009

Transformers: Revenge of the Toys!

When Toys Attack:
Autobots battle Decepticons on the table near the TV.

Sunday, July 19, 2009

Good Joke

Why couldn't Humpty Dumpty pay for his food at McDonald's?

He was broke!

--Joke made up by DuckyBoy

Mommy Saved the TV Remote


Momentary panic -- such that his throat hurt -- this morning when the TV wouldn't turn on, and when it did, the function buttons weren't responding well. It's been hit-or-miss for awhile now, so we tried new batteries.

Problem solved!

Friday, May 15, 2009

Computer Game Idea: "Spit & Score"

Last night we came up with a computer game idea. He wants to have a whole website called ""

It has 4 levels, Pre-K, K 1st and 2nd grades.

The controls are:
Letter "S" fills your mouth with water from the drinking fountain.

If you get too much water, you explode and the game is over!

L&R arrows move you left and right. Spacebar moves you up and down.

"Enter" button shoots the water out.

Bonus Actions:
  • Spit on the stack of tests (Grade 2 only)
  • Spit into the wastebasket
  • Spit onto the class plants.

Bad Actions:
  • Spit on the class pets (lose points)
  • Spit on a teacher (get sent to principal; maybe ends game? Or maybe you ahve to do something to make amends and then you can go back...)
  • Spit on the art project(s) - get sent home
  • Spit on classmate(s), lost 3 points
  • Spit on the bus: Ends game

Seems like we ought to be able to get someone to program this for us!

Thursday, May 7, 2009

The Story of How We Got The Squirmy Model

When Daddy and I decided we wanted a baby, we put in our order. We checked off the qualities we wanted our child to have:

Girl or boy? Boy.
Smart? Check.
Handsome? Check.
Slightly mischievous? Check.
Good sense of humor? Check.
Good imagination? Check.

Dirty blonde hair, blue eyes, a supertaster would be acceptable, must like cars, and so on down the list. It took us, like, a week to agree on everything.

We finished filling out the form and sent it in along with our deposit, which was like $80 or something.

A few weeks later we got a call from the baby people. They explained that for the date range we wanted our baby to arrive, they did have a smart, handsome boy with a good imagination who would have all the characteristics we wanted, but -- all they had left were Squirmy models.

What was a Squirmy model? we asked.

The lady, I think her name was Louise, explained that Squirmy meant that he'd be more active than some of the other models, like "Quiet" and "Calm."

We didn't think that sounded so bad, after all, we like to walk and take trips and do things, so we told her that seemed OK.

Then she said that the handsomest, smartest, funniest one of all was only available in Extra-Squirmy.

What's Extra-Squirmy mean? we asked, starting to get a little worried about whether this squirmy business might be hard to deal with.

"It just means he's a little more active, that's all," she reassured us, "think of it like the Border Collie of kids."

Now, we knew that Bordie Collies are beautiful dogs, active and alert and smart. So we told her yes, that was the one we wanted.

Well. We didn't know what we were gonna get!

It turns out that the Extra-Squirmy baby HAD to be upright at all times when he was awake. And he didn't nap much, either.

He always wanted new stimulation. He NEVER sat still. And that's still true 6 years later.

And we wouldn't trade our Squirmy model for any other kid in the galaxy.

Saturday, May 2, 2009

Tuesday, April 21, 2009


Yellow Bus

Lemon yellow buses
Wheels are rolling clocks
Tail lights like apples
Windows like boxes
Head lights like crackers

Friday, April 10, 2009

Dad Fixed the TV!

Big disaster this morning, the sound wouldn't work on the TV the 3rd time I turned it on. I was so worried we'd lose all my dvr'd shows if we had to get a new TV, even though Mommy told me that was in the cable box, not the TV.

What if it was the cable box??

But -- Dad fixed it! Thanks, Dad. {{Big hug!}}

We Have Cockroaches in Our House!

These are the Madagascar Hissing Cockroaches, Max and Rosie.
Rosie is really a boy, but the class doesn't know it yet.

Alphabetical Hess

We used these Hess trucks to help us alphabetize the
Words of the Week last week.

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Zunkin Zonut

This is DB's first creation in the Dunkin Donuts contest, Create Dunkin' Next Donut:

It's a pumpkin donut with maple frosting and orange and blue sprinkles.

Saturday, March 28, 2009

Daddy's Rhyme: Update

Ishkabibbledy bop.
Daddy loves [DB] a lot.
They picnic in the park
and play tag till well past dark
Ishkabibbledy bop.

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

New Favorite Animal: Update

DuckyBoy informed me the other night his new favorite animal is the Chinese dwarf hamster. (His class just got their class pet-- guess what they have two of in his classroom?)

I said, that's fine, but calling you "ChineseDwarfHamsterBoy" is too long.

He liked that -- tried out "ChineseDwarfHamsterBoy Fun" for a blog name and agreed with me.

I love when we can share a humorous moment together.

Saturday, March 14, 2009

Daddy's Rhyme

This is an oldie but a goodie.

Daddy loves {your name} a lot.
He plays with his mommy
and plays with his tummy.

Jiggity Jiggity Wah Wah

One day we were watching HBO's Crashbox. The segment "Riddlesnake" came on, and DB said, "That's strange, they used to call this section 'Wilsey Wilsey Oooh Ahh.'"

"Really," I wondered, "because 'Riddlesnake' is the perfect name, it's a snake who tells riddles."

He insisted, and I know how detailed his memory is, so I chalked it up to something unknown and didn't argue.

Other days, every time the segment would be on, I'd tease him a bit: "What did you say this is called?" and, since I have no memory cells left, I'd guess, "Jiggity, jiggity, wah wah?" And we'd laugh and leave it at that.

A few weeks later, DB suddenly called me, "Mom, Mom, come quick!" When I entered the room, Riddlesnake was on. "Rewind to the part before!" said DB.

To my surprise and delight, the little robots who introduce each segment said the name "Riddlesnake" so quickly that, sure enough, it sounded just like "Wilsey, Wilsey." And afterward, they said, "Oooh, ahh!"

That must have been the intro the first time he saw it.

How funny is that!

The Story of the Arfing Bunny

Yesterday after school we spent a few minutes at the farm museum. As we approached the bunny hutches, a brown bunny in the first hutch made a noise like this: "Arf-arf-arf."

We didn't know if he was sneezing or talking!

I think he was saying hello.

Then the biggest bunny in the next hutch was sniff, sniff, sniffing toward us as if to say, "Who is that over there?"

Saturday, February 28, 2009

Highlights of the Past Week

Tuesday: Going out for dinner at Mardi Gras for Mardi Gras, with Mommy. Several Fisher Price Little People came with us, and their tractor. They danced, they talked, we all had a good time. On the way home, since we walked, we enjoyed stopping at the pet store to look at the "various hamsters" and the fish (no feeders like Skinny), and at Aldo shoes. Guess what, there was a pair on sale just like the ones Mommy had on!

Oh! And a tooth came out at the restaurant ... and disappeared! So, DB's second tooth is out. Congratulations! He was very afraid the Tooth Fairy would not come since he had no tooth to leave.

Wed am, 6:34: "The Tooth Fairy left me three dollars! [Pause] Can I watch TV?"

Thursday: Wrote Mommy's birthday card very nicely, handed her the flowers nicely, AND offered her one of the Oreos.

Friday: Guessing Chinese dwarf hamsters in Pictionary; also, interacted very well with Mom and Dad's friends John and Regan, ate goat cheese, rosemary crackers, and handled the disappointment of the disappearing cats very well. Best question: "What's the difference between pussy cats and kitties?"

Saturday: The playground near Stop & Shop playground finally reopens, and it's great! It was in the high 30's in temperature but we must have been there 2 hours.

Last week, week off from school, we went to 3 museums: Hall of Science, Intrepid Sea-Air-Space, and The Museum of the Moving Image. We don't usually get that much done ina week, I was proud of us.

Friends Reading

Happy Bring a Book to Bed Day!

DB is pretending to read one our regular bedtime books, Farmer Boy by Laura Ingalls Wilder. Though after I took this photo he wanted me to read him Little House in the Big Woods instead.

On his left is Papa Schmuzzy and to the right, Huskily Husky.

Friday, February 20, 2009

The Story of the Incoming Rat

Once upon a time a little boy and his mom were waiting for a subway train.

They looked down the track to see if they could see the train coming.

The mom said, "I see something coming, but we should not get on it.

It is not the E train.

It is a rat. And there is no 'E' in rat."

The end.

True story.

Saturday, February 7, 2009

Hess Trucks

Our re-creation of the pose of the 2008 Hess Trucks:

Thursday, January 29, 2009

DB's View of the Election

Dear Mr. President,
I am angry! I am a Republican!
President Bear

President Bear is a teddy we have who is wearing a sweater with an American flag on it. I can't remember how or when he became President Bear, but until I received this note last Saturday I had no idea he was President of more than Stuffed Animal Heights and the other communities in DB's room.

Nor did I know his political leanings. But now we all do.

Saturday, January 24, 2009

There's Something So Wrong About a Care Bear Fight!

We have this habit of throwing the Care Bears at each other. They're small and soft and well, it's fun. But there's just something so wrong about it...

Friday, January 9, 2009

What a Life!

It took me so long to get this uploaded, minutes literally, that I forgot what DB wanted me to call this photo. This is him this morning, surrounded by toys, bagel, water and the TV remote. In his pajamas.

As my mom would say (usually when she saw the cat stretched out, "Soooolid comfort!"

Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Three Kings Day

After seeing Meredith's posts about the three kings' journey, DuckyBoy wanted to do our own version tonight.

First our kings looked into some modern modes of travel:

Once they made their choice, off they went, wasting no time:

They were surprised to see a similar journey on a big screen ... and developed an expectation of what the Holy Family would look like:

Their arrival at the manger was greeted by cheers... and a surprise! A part of DuckyBoy's new Mega Rig Space set (a piece that shoots into space) has been missing since some time Christmas afternoon. It turned out to have been hiding behind the manger on the bookcase, and was found when we moved the manger to set up this shot. (It's the orange-with-a-black-roof silo-looking thing next to the manger.) You can just see the legs of their forlorn camel watching from the bookcase...

I was delighted to be able to say, "It just goes to show you, when you think about Jesus, good things happen!"