So the great thing about Roxaboxen is how much fun the kids had owning a great project, and using their imaginations.

Main Street

The gang in Kade’s house.

The museum

Speed marker :Slow

Ben was the police officer in the beginning, but then retired and became a shop keeper.

Ben’s motorcycle shop.

Roxaboxen currency (flat rocks and snail shells)

The little brothers chillin’ in their house.

And my favorite, Ben in his home away from home.

So much fun, it makes me think of the make-believe games I used to play in our backyard growing up….


In school Ben’s teacher read the class a book called Roxaboxen.

It is a charming story of a group of kids that created a little town out of a few rocks and boxes, and a whole lot of imagination.

The kids made main street, and then they each made a house.  They made stores and restaurants, and had a mayor and police man.

Then they played.  They rode stick horses and drove cars (all you needed was a steering wheel of some sort) got speeding tickets, and held wars.

That very day Ben and his friend came home and started building their own Roxaboxen.  Every day for weeks the first thing I heard from Ben in the afternoon was, “can I go outside and play Roxaboxen?”

All I heard about was Roxaboxen this and Roxaboxen that, finally I had to go down the back hill and see what all the fuss was about.  I was impressed.  You will be too……

Soccer Season

Wow!  October’s almost over and I haven’t blogged once!   – I spent the first week in the month getting ready for our trip to Great Exuma, Bahama;  the second week was our get-away; third week, recovering from our vacation, and now that the month is nearly over,  I’m finally ready to blog again!

We enjoyed a great soccer season, both Ben and Dan played.  Ben’s team was undefeated!

Cold Cereal

The Kids know that on Saturday and Sunday they can have cold cereal for breakfast.  The other days I make breakfast – eggs, oatmeal…

On Saturday I got up to find Ben eating his cold cereal out of this…

–  rather larger than normal bowl.  He thought he was very clever, and wanted to get an even BIGGER bowl out the next day so he, Dan and Hannah and could ALL share the same bowl of cereal.  Call me crazy, but I vetoed that idea.


My kids love the rain.  Since we live in a desert, rain is a reason to celebrate.

I love that neither foot is touching the ground.

The favorite rain game is chasing objects down the gutter in front of the house.

Can you find the little man?

Don’t ask me why they are wearing winter coats – It wasn’t cold at all.

Soccer Camp

Ben got to participate in a soccer camp this summer.  He had a blast and learned a lot too.

Both Ben and Dan are playing again this fall so I’ll have ample opportunity to try my hand at some sports photography.


Things with wheels

Clark and his scouts made long boards this last month and my boys love to ride it down the bike path.  I can’t believe how fast that thing goes.  The only way the boys can stop is to steer it onto the grassy lawn of a neighbor further down the path.

When he’s not riding the long board, Ben likes to jump.

And can he ever JUMP!

A Plasma Car

Ben’s been saving his money for a plasma car.  I’m not sure why he wanted one so badly, but when he went with me to the toy store a few months ago to buy something with his money that’s what he wanted.  He was pretty sad when he didn’t have enough and I wasn’t willing to pay the difference.  So he saved and saved and saved.  For his birthday he received $20.00 from his Grandpa and Grandma and with that generous addition to his funds he finally had enough.


the new Plasma Car!

The Corn Maze part 3

Ha! You thought I was done with the corn maze adventure –  didn’t you?

Not quite done.  You see, five years ago we went to the same corn maze, and did the same activities – with one child.

But surprisingly that one child had fun doing the same thing again five years later:

Playing in the corn,

Riding the go carts,

and measuring himself.

He’s grown a lot in five years, hasn’t he?