Working the System

Lia Laundry Basket

As expected, Lia is now in the stage of showing particularity on who is going to hold her. It’s humorous to see as a parent that you are one of the select few who she has deemed worthy enough to hold her highness. I’m surprised her Tiara doesn’t fall off each time I pass her off to someone else. What I find especially entertaining is when I do pass her to someone and she begins to cry, they automatically assume that Lia does not like them and are quick to pass her back in a way you would hold out a sack of rotten potatoes, with their head turned and one eye squinted.

At only 13 months old, Lia may not know the real meaning of “cause and effect” but she does understand the basic principal. I prefer to call it “working the system”. For example, if she no longer wants to be in the playpen, she will begin her standing knee bend bounce along with her outrageous pout lip combined with her famous tears on demand cry. The exact moment you pick her up, the clouds in the sky part and the sun beams through with squirrels and blue birds appear and begin singing “Zip-a-dee-doo-dah, zip-a-dee-ay!”. If you even make the slightest step towards the playpen or act like you are going to put her down, sun goes back into clouds, squirrels and birds fall over and die, pout lip comes forth and so on.

It’s almost as if she doesn’t get her way, she will not stand for it and let you know it. It appears as if I not only passed on the birthday curse (birthday too close to Christmas) but also the art of manipulation 😉 I’m sure that won’t come back to haunt me.


  1. Those are really great photos. I love taking the kids to the zoo. We have the season pass. Can’t wait until the weather gets warmer to return. What kind of camera do you have? It takes great photos, or maybe it is just the photographer.

  2. LOLOMG That runs in the family. What did you expect? Really? Too bad about that Birthday curse. *wonders if I’m adopted*

  3. Hey man i just heard a few days ago that you are no longer with us. Suck we where just talking the other day. Well I have some news on my front Kelly and I are getting married. No date set yet but i asked her and she said yes. let me see if i can copy and paste the e-mail. well the pics didn’t show up send me your e-mail and i send you the pics. hope all is well let me know if you need anything.


    Because a picture is worth a thousand words. This is what we started with on Saturday morning. A brush filled draw. Well after a full day of working…

    We had this. Kelly and I had gotten it to looking pretty close to this. It took 6 trailer loads of brush taken out of this place to make it look like that. We went hunting/tracking that evening walked through the draw past the lake and to the top of the dam. There we watched some deer eat for a time then we heading back to the house. On the way back we talked through the draw again.

    This is a recreation photo. The real event took place in this location but there was camouflage and Kelly was hold two guns (Mini-14 and 12 gage both loaded) when I went to one knee.

    And she said yes. So we are officially engaged. No date yet more details to follow when we have them.

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