Seems the past couple of years spent being around a young boy has just been full of first-times for us. T-ball, soccer, weird 'boy stuff' in general. See, between the two of us John and I had four girls, so boys just seem like they're from a whole 'nother planet sometimes (in a good way, of course) At a recent cub scout meeting Melissa was handed a block of wood with wheels and instructed to turn it into a racecar. So of course she promptly brought it here for Papa to figure out. John appeared to have fun with it. He bragged that he hardly used a saw at all...mostly sanded the ends down and used a drill to carve out a seat for the Legoman driver.
He they (wink wink) put a lot more time into the paint and decals than anything else, and we had no doubt that it would be one of the finest cars at the race.
Yesterday was race day, and of course John & I were there with camera in hand, ready to beam at the finish line as only grandparents can do. Here's what we were faced with at the door.
Ahem. That's some creative carving going on there! Look at the paint job on the darth vader car...it has a mirror finish! (That dad happens to be our kind-of-ex-son-in-law who owns a hot rod detail shop. No fair!)
And catch the squirrel in the log car. Haha! Only in Humboldt County! Well, at this point we still thought our little flaming banana was an admirable competitor.
Caleb's chest almost seems puffed up in pride here
Anxiously waiting (poor little guy doesn't have a clue at this point)
And they're off~!
Oh My! Tied for last place! That's not good. Here, let's try again.
Well Shoot! That's DEAD last! Okay. One more time. Third time's a charm, right? RIGHT?!!
Ahhhh....No. No luck whatsoever. We were laughing so hard I'm surprised we got these pictures taken. After three rounds of utter humiliation a couple of nice boys tried to help Caleb figure out how in the world it could've been THAT bad!
Is it the car? Might it be something to do with Legoman? While we adults were wondering the same things ourselves John up and confessed that he had 'lubricated' the axels with Vaseline. VASELINE!? "Yeah, what's wrong with Vaseline? It's a good lubricant!" Oh my my. "John," I said. "Just because someone mentioned that way back in high school it don't make it true. And besides, I don't think they were talking about racecars! If you put a blob of Vaseline on a window and a squirt of say, mineral oil (if we're going to be using bathroom products), which one do you think will run down the glass the fastest?" Then Melissa says that when they arrived at the race that afternoon she cluelessly sprinkled Graphite on the axels as instructed, so I imagine the Graphite powder mixed with the Vaseline to make flat out SLUDGE. Too funny! And yes, John is already plotting for next year's better faster car. :-)
I have a sewing post I want to write for you and will try to come back in the next day or two for that. Here's a little preview of part of it, as modeled by our sweet already two months old Madison.