a blog about a family hoping to live up to its street name...with everything constantly new and busy...we hope to be a family of simplicity, not of mind, but in life. A home full of love, life, and the Lord. Adding to a family means change, alot of change and this blog will be our journey - with pictures, stories, videos - this is our family, the ott family. dan, abby, benjamin, myers...
Sunday, December 25, 2011
Knoxville Thanksgiving '11
The candy grab, and more. It took him a while to get going. Mom had to show him the ropes with the carting around of the giant pumpkin face bucket and knocking on the doors. trick or treat - wasn't necessary, as the home owners were all mesmerized and focused on something else. B had this tendency to just walk into peoples houses. If they opened the door to give him candy, then they opened the door to their worlds....almost like the cops - if you open the door then they are coming in (that advice was free all you college kids)....anyway our neighbor deter had been spying this action, unwilling to let the likes of a monkey in his house he was prepared. A little back story on this is helpful, you see there is a nurse in the house and we all know that nurses realize the dangers and potential harm and disease that come with monkeys - thus no monkeys or small swinging primates allowed. So If you notice the action done by Deter, a seasoned vet at keeping out monkeys and the like ....step 1 door open but only to the point necessary for your body to squeeze through no more, step 2 slowly push through maintaining the door crack hindering the more agile and smaller sneaks access, step 3 closing the door behind you while using the body as a shield.....well played....Deter was wise enough to bring his re-enforcements to the door as B began his knock and duck in the house routine, garnering the likes of a ferocious guard dog named bailey access was denied, but and this is a big but B scored with the favorite Candy of the Night - M&Ms - the original - good times, first walking trick or treat. enjoy.
Thursday, October 20, 2011
Monday, September 26, 2011
Par 2 win
We have some difficulty with the distance - This was a par 3 for 18 month olds....
And We are sitting at + 4 now on this sunny afternoon. Did you notice the focus before his put, the steadied breathing, the wind up, the follow through - competitive frisbee world beware. But wait a minute upon further review as we checked the replay we noticed 3 kicks and an extra step - its pretty obvious that he picked that trick up somewhere yet per his cuteness and stealth - apart from replay - this minor infraction went unnoticed ... now call me a traditionalist folks but when it comes to frisbee golf - if in real time the call is not made it doesn't hold up in replay.... + 4 is not too shabby. Holes 3-18 coming in the near future.
Waccatee Zoo was once described to me as a place or business whose origin has to be traced back to group of rednecks who got together one day and decided that they wanted to own exotic animals, and before they knew it they had enough of them to call it a zoo. A place full of your typical animals expected to be found at a zoo, but overrun with peacocks and chain linked fences. Welcome to Waccatee Zoo Day.
Now before you get to this next picture ... imagine ..... just imagine the excitement that would be present upon my entering the zoo and hearing about hybrid animals....
Feeding was actually encouraged. Truly. Be it the greenery around the pins, or the 24 Oz souvenir cups filled with feed that you would expect to find at a petting zoo....momma is still quite quick on her feet protecting the fingers of one young boy whose little nubs resemble small pellets of food
And finally, the chasing of the peacock in the rain....
Great Times at Waccatee Zoo.
Friday, September 2, 2011
Xerxes is atop of a throne, a story high, golden stairs, golden throne, golden laced and adorn landscape 20 meters high, wide, and deep. This throne though is mobile, mind you no less exhaustive and extravagant, a throne that if placed on modern wheels would be pulled by 3 elephants though not the kind pictured from dumbo but more like the ones from lord of the rings that are strong enough to mount small cities on their backs. Yet to incite terror and utter subjugation, this King has his peasants, slaves, and servants carrying this monstrosity on their backs. A truly magnificent scene and a grand entrance.
.... Scene recreated.... Enters Benjamin on top of his naturally brazen wooden throne with landscape adorn with blue, red, and white balloons draped like a canvas above .... The crowds look on in awe, - applause limited due the reverence and elation. Smiles wide, and hearts full as they create a path, a parting of the sea if you will, a path that would take us to our destination - to the place that we were not allowed to pass until the price was paid in full.
And yes that price was duly paid....
Monday, August 15, 2011
Elmo, Elmo, Elmo, Elmo, Elmo, Elmo, Elmo, Elmo, Elmo, Elmo,
You have seen the video, and heard these words from B's mouth - now here is the picture of focus on his face as his favorite red monster is on the screen. It's amazing how much he loves Elmo. Enjoy.
Saturday, July 23, 2011
Sesame Street has figured something out. One of the first things out of his mouth when he wakes up, when mom and dad sit down on the couch which is in front of the TV, or when we pick up our phones - thank you YouTube app.
I am not sure the draw of this androgynous red creature with high pitches and catchy songs, but one thing can be said of it .... And that is he? has the heart of small children just like cookie monster has the appetite of a small village. (Your welcome PBS for giving another character some love).
Elmo has officially entered our home ... Lala Lala
Tuesday, July 12, 2011
He will only continue with a laugh, arguably similar they will only continue in shown pain with attention as well....
Problem was, as you might imagine, I later found out this diaper was not clean.
USA USA USA
Tuesday, July 5, 2011
Thinking back, Garth Brooks had this song that I used to jam to back in high school, thats right you can jam to country, anyway it was titled, Unanswered Prayers - to which the jist of the song essentially deals with a couple of circumstances where Garth, formally known as Chris Gaines, then returning to Garth Brooks prays that God would give him the current desires of his heart - the girl, the future, etc. - but those prayers go unanswered and the song is Garth Gaines' looking back thankful that these prayers go unanswered due the beauty that is his life now, beyond even the expectations and fantasies of that girl, future, and john deer green tractor maybe?
This was not one of those situations.... even in spite of the awesomeness that is below.....this ride was long, this ride was stressful, and this ride was primarily awake....
Half way through our ride, we are hungry, and by we I mean we. And B is tired of riding and by tired I mean screaming. So we stop in Columbia at Columbiana Place in search of the food court. We are thinking it will probably be good to let B run around a bit, work those restless legs - he wouldn't be able to do that in a fast food joint, would he? thus the mall call..... And as soon as we walk in our sanity arrives and so does the following madness. Enjoy.
Friday, July 1, 2011
Friday, June 10, 2011
Saturday, May 28, 2011
So it's been said that a father is supposed to instill a certain work ethic, a certain training, a certain skill set to there children.... Is it too early?
Maybe, or just maybe B is ready.
A man should know how to clean up his work space, the garage is his domain. What will you do without a clean garage and driveway ? - nothing is the answer you are looking for.... And so we bring out the broom....is he voicing his complaint in this video? Maybe, but I hear his proud groans of accomplishment and so we go for more.
Sweeping .... Check
Now onto maneuvering the heavy equipment, it can be noted that this piece of machinery does not come under the category of heavy equipment circa bobcat and bulldozer, but should be realized that to his body and weight this is a heavy piece to push.
Step 1 - do alongside
Step 2 - go for it.
Step 3 - realizing that there are more steps in the teaching process. And then cleaning up the mess from the demolition derby....yes his orange car dominated....and yes clean up is required.
Home depot cart pushing ...
After all who fails and flunks out anymore. Here is to you most valued player - yeah I went there. Upward and good intentioned christian why do you ruin the good things in life..."€ (making a new symbol for the ending of a rabbit trail).
Enjoy the journey with us as we continue to get the work done, surely there is more to come, my procreated work force still has some landscaping, plumbing, and overall house maintenance and repair to learn. Good day.
Saturday, May 21, 2011
Waving goodbye to Myrtle Beach. I was enthralled by this new world, it was like the road was running with me, the trees and bushes were a blur and then we jumped up or at least it felt like a jump only to come down an hour later. Slowly the world was again changing. I still was watching those same trees and bushes but they were getting smaller and smaller until it looked like I could just reach down and pick them up to put beside my Cow and Pig in my little tikes barn - Farmer Joe would have been excited to say the least. If only I was able to get to them, if only, but there was some foggy thick glass I kept busting my hand against.
And then it happened everything went white, the small trees and little bitty things were no more and all I could see was white. Until a small piece of light made it's way to my window followed by another, until the sky opened up and we were on top of some winter wonderland, igloos, snow mountains, and rolling white hills...now I have seen snow but this was altogether something else, this is what all my cartoons tried to capture for snow scenes, this is what Disney uses for "celebration, FL's" yearly design (google it it's worth your time). Beautiful, fluffy, and perfectly drawn I am seeing the beauty and glory of God in this creation and I am overwhelmed....and so I look for a reprieve, I need to pull back to withdraw into something familiar, something I can get lost in, to essentially pinch myself into reality.
Thanks Baby Einstein, I focus to the distraction of nothing and no one, I am in my zone. And now my flight is almost complete. Officially Tennessee bound in my Allegiant Airplane.
Tuesday, May 3, 2011
Monday, May 2, 2011
And the egg spoon race.
And yes someone did say look alive at the end of this video.....
Now a minute later....
Oh yeah....and fast forward 4 hours later....
That's what I'm talking about -
We digress finishing off with the basket dump. So great and so profound. He said to me - dad - what I get I give away, finders aren't keepers - it's only mine for awhile. So I will bless others with my booty - that's pirate talk - since the parents were in obx mom has randomly been elongating her r's and dad has been using ocean slang and wearing pirate patches. But now the writer digresses.
Now we are Dreaming about the hope for more egg hunts to come. Father we know that each day is a blessing, and we are grateful for each moment with such a sweet boy - thank you for these moments.
Enjoy the Easter videos, we did too.
One for the road