Archive for May, 2012

The Dora Explorer Candle

May 31, 2012

It’s Mum’s birthday.  I think we’re going to need the Dora Explorer birthday candle.

I can see it. I just can’t quite reach it.

By Ana.

For just a few seconds

May 30, 2012

I can sit like this.

By Rafa.

Mum is so lucky to have me here to help

May 29, 2012

Mum is sick and Papi is away.  Fortunately, she has me to help her out.

I set the table.

And entertained Rafa whilst Mum was heating up, I mean, cooking dinner.

At bath time I went and got nappies for Rafa.  I thought he might need a spare.

And after this, without a fuss, I’m straight off to bed.  And tonight, Mum, I’m going to stay there.

By Ana.

 

Understanding the code

May 28, 2012

Today is Memorial Day.  A day to honour US Veterans.  Being the American in our family I took it upon myself to check the US Flag Code, written in 1923, to ensure that we were flying the US flag in the appropriate manner.  They included:

  • The flag should be hoisted briskly and lowered ceremoniously (it took Papi a bit of fiddling to get it in place.  We’ll give him a hurry up next time).
  • The flag should not be displayed on days when the weather is inclement (no rain today so we’re ok on that one).
  • The flag should never touch anything beneath it (it’s a good thing Papi is tall and can put it up nice and high).
  • The flag should only fly from sunrise until sunset unless you properly illuminate the flag at night (we have an outdoor light).
  • The union (field of stars) should be in the uppermost corner (yep – we got it up the right way).

Proudly displaying my flag on Memorial Day.

With our flag appropriately flying we found all sorts of other interesting facts in the code, such as whenever a new state joins the Union a star is added to the flag.  Originally the US flag had 13 stars in a circle and as stars have been added as each state joins the union they have changed pattern for uniformity.  The last time a star was added was in 1960 when Hawaii became the 50th state.  The 50 star US flag is the longest flying in US history.

We also discovered that when flying flags from several different nations they should be the same size, on separate staffs and flown at the same height.  “International usage forbids the display of the flag of one nation above that of another nation in time of peace”.  Mum wanted to make a “family flag” by sewing together the US, Australian, New Zealand and Argentinean flag but apparently this would indicate that our nations are at war!  (Mum thought that there are moments around here when that was true).

The biggest surprise was to read that the US flag shouldn’t be embroidered or printed on anything disposable.  Our local supermarket has a large range of US flag picnic plates and napkins for Memorial Day and 4th July picnics and BBQs.

The flag should also not ever be used as clothing, bedding, drapery a costume or athletic uniform.

And the flag should never be carried flat or horizontally, but always aloft and free.

Patriotism for some, disrespecting the flag to others.  What does your country flag code say?

By Rafa.

The world is my nipple

May 27, 2012

By Rafa.

Inside the box

May 26, 2012

Today we opened the big box.

There was a wheel… but it wasn’t a car.

And there was a frame… but it wasn’t a picture. 

 It was more like a giant puzzle.  Papi and I got handy with our wrenches.

In no time Papi was making the final touches to our own Argentinean Parrilla.

We already had the bricks and fire pit in place. Time to heat the coals and get the meat going.

Ribs and kumara. Cooked to perfection the Argentinean way right here in our Oregon backyard.

We got our parrilla made for us at Engelbrecht Grills in Illinois.

By Ana.

Instructions from Ana Dolittle

May 25, 2012

 

By Ana Dolittle.

Guess what’s inside the box

May 24, 2012

The delivery man left us a BIG box today. I’m so curious as to what is inside it but Papi said I have to wait until the weekend to see.

The weekend seems a very long way away to wait for such exciting things like opening a big box! What could it be?  It’s taller than me and REALLY heavy.

Rafa was NO help at all.

Can anyone guess what is inside the box?

By Ana.

Customs declaration

May 23, 2012

I discovered some treasure on the way home from the office today. I hid it in my pocket.

And carefully stored it in a secret place when I got home.

The authority demanded to examine my hidden treasure.

Precious stones.

By Ana.

My opinion on all of this rain

May 22, 2012

 

By Rafa.