Analyzed by Engineers (Ben & Andrew's Blog)
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This Cheese is Grate(d)

November 28th, 2015. (2 years, 10 months old.) by andrew

…much grater than sliced cheese!

(Ed. Note: One day I’ll pay for this humor, I think. But not today. Not today…)

Chip off the old(er) block

November 23rd, 2015. (2 years, 10 months old.) by andrew

I learned this one from Ben.  Brothers are great!

(Ed. Note: Ben has improved his technique since the linked post – he now warms blankets for M&D on the heater vents.  Andrew doesn’t share (yet).)

Fireman for a Minute

November 22nd, 2015. (2 years, 10 months old.) by andrew

Today we were riding around the lake and we saw this cool brush rig fire truck – and the firemen to go with it!  So they invited me to sit up in the truck… but I wasn’t quite sure I was ready for that much responsibility.  It is an awfully big steering wheel!

I preferred to have Daddy hold me for the rest of the tour.

Seeding Pomegranates

November 20th, 2015. (7 years, 5 months old.) by ben

Mommy has been getting some pomegranates lately, and we looked up how to seed them.  As it turns out, you can pound them with a wooden spoon.  And it turns out this is exactly the sort of thing that I like to do.  Mommy has a new pomegranate seeder!

International Exposure

November 18th, 2015. (2 years, 10 months old.) by andrew

Mommy brought home some fancy Japanese peach-creme filled rice cake thingys.  They have this awesome squishy feel to them – kinda like play-doh and kinda like jell-o.  And they’re covered with rice flour.  Just to make them more fun to play with while you eat. I want to go to Japan, now.

Oh, and Ben liked them, too.  (We ate the whole box.)

Hike to the Marsh

November 14th, 2015. (7 years, 5 months old.) by ben

We went for a hike out to the marsh with some friends.  The marsh is very large.

Because of the drought, the marsh is very dry – you can walk right out into it and the dirt is not wet like it normally would be.  And the plants are mostly dry and dead. We did find a cool clearing a ways in to walk around in.  Here, we found that a little ways below the nice soft dirt is a layer of clay.

We had a good time playing in the dirt, playing with the cattails, and running all over the place!

Warm Blankie

November 10th, 2015. (2 years, 9 months old.) by andrew

Ben taught me that when it gets cold, you can warm up your blankie by the heater.

Aren’t big brothers great?!


November 9th, 2015. (2 years, 9 months old.) by andrew

On rainy days, I like to have my umbrella to help me stay dry on my way to school.


November 7th, 2015. (7 years, 5 months old.) by ben

Daddy took us to the Children’s Museum of Sonoma County.  They have some really fun stuff there!

Like this railroad car that you can sit in – and watch a train drive all around the museum on the screen.

Then there’s the wall where you can write with light pens.

And doodling with light bars.  You stick the colored light bars in a hole – and they light up!  Like magic!

Then there was the puppet theater, complete with a multi-colored light board.

And there was a giant Thomas Train track that you could climb under and come up right in the middle.  Need I say more?

Then there was the doctor’s office.

And at the dentist’s office, you could use the X-ray camera to take pictures of the patient.  Here Andrew is X-raying his hands!

This cool thing would suck these yarn-ball-things through the pipes and you could watch them race around, and change their paths by flipping some switches.

And that was just the inside!

Outside they had a giant Ornithopter!

Andrew was really digging it.

And, of course, giant tires to climb on.

We had a great time!