December 27, 2011


We’re back from Missouri! Lloyd’s sister and brother-in-law hosted Christmas at their house this year and invited us to their new, ginormous house. It was lovely – there was room for everyone to hang out and relax, and Christina impressed the socks off me by preparing Christmas dinner for twenty-two people. It was amazing!

We came back into Lincoln and Lloyd and the boys had Bad Movie Night, but they were going to a movie that I wanted to see (Sherlock Holmes 2), so I snuck in the theater and watched it. I would giggle with glee except I’m actually sniffling with a cold. Yeah, watching a two-hour movie is no fun when you’re blowing your nose with napkins from the concession stand (during the explosions, of course, so I wouldn’t detract from the movie).

Anyway, I came back home on my own and found the octopus that Brad drew in my sketch pad, and he painted it!!! Woo-hooo!! I was super-impressed, as he did such a realistic job and it look so nice:

Look at those spots! And the water!!

Then…. I turned the pages. Before I show you what I found, let’s recall what my watercolors are like:

Circles, lines and triangles, people. Circles, lines and triangles.

Remember? Kinda ‘stuck in first grade’ mode?

Now here’s Brad’s:

Holy Catfish!!

What the what??? What??? I can’t decide if I want to frame it or choke him with it. I know, I know, I know – “Different people have different talents and we can’t all be great at everything; both are good in their own ways; blah, blah, blah.” That’s all well and good, but if we entered these in the county fair, one of us would win first prize, and one of us would get a ‘participant’ ribbon.

Sorry about your ‘participant’ ribbon, Brad.

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Lauren Sommerer is a preschool teacher who likes to build prototypes, grow cats, cook things once, save money, reduce, reuse and recycle.

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5 Responses to “Soooo…….”

  1. Brad Said on:

    Hehe… I’m sorry I wasn’t there when you discovered it. It was fun surprise to make. If it weren’t for Xbox and DVR, I would paint more at home. But how can anything compete with Xbox and DVR?


  2. John and Kate Brady Said on:

    Hey, Lauren, you did what I was going to do after Christmas . . . get sick! I had it all planned, but somehow it didn’t work out for me.


  3. Kris Said on:

    One of our daughters, when on the swim team, liked ‘participant’ ribbons best anyway, because they were pink:)


  4. Peggy Said on:

    Choke him with it!! (But let him paint a few more first)


  5. Gretchen Said on:

    Notice how Brad even signed his masterpiece. Rats, now you can’t take credit for it, Lauren.


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