Wednesday, December 2, 2020

Advent Day 2: Frank & Charles


Charles: Well, Frank old chum, it's our turn for the Advent calendar.
Frank: Okay, but let's hurry.  Daddy Steve is making Christmas cookies and I wanna be there 
when they come out of the oven!

Charles: Gosh, that was easy.  Here it is, right by Santa's elbow.  Maybe it'll be a frog!

Frank: ...a frog.
Charles: Yeah!  Why not?
Frank: I don't know the story of 'Santa Claus and the Christmas Toad.'

Frank: Well?  Is it a frog?
Charles: >sigh<  No.  It's a...a..I don't know what it is.

Frank: Oh, they're runners, like for a sleigh.

Charles: We'll put them here, in the sleigh tracks.
Frank: Great.  Now let's get to those cookies!

Tuesday, December 1, 2020

Advent Calendar, Day 1: BR & Pete Dakota

 Daddy John: One of our favorite blogs is Rose Cottage Friends, and some of our favorite posts are when Henry, Peggy Sue, Rory, and company open their yearly Advent calendars..

A couple of weeks ago, while doing our weekly shopping, the boys spotted this Hot Wheels themed Advent calendar.

Daddy Steve and I were immediately beset by wide-eyed imploring pleas that we purchase it and do our own this year.  How could we refuse?

Please please please oh please please please please

BR and Pete Dakota are the biggest Hot Wheels fans, so they will start things off!

Pete Dakota: It's Santa's garage!

BR: Okay, Pete, you find the first door and I'll place the prize on the mat.
Pete: Hmmm, where can it be?

BR: There it is!  Right above the snowman's foot.

Pete: Hey!  It's a car! A Hot Wheels!  Makes sense, duh.

BR: I'll put it here, on the road.  Looks like it could go zoomin' in the Winter Wonderland.

BR: This is actually pretty cool.
Pete: I can't wait to see what else there is!

Saturday, November 28, 2020


 Happy Leftover Day from Gregoropolis!

Daphne:  >Sigh< ...more like leftover month.

Thursday, November 26, 2020

Thanksgiving Turkeys

 Daddy Steve: The kids have been coloring their hearts out with beautiful results.                             Let's take a look...

Some like Ann Marie took a very traditional approach, while others like Rhoda let their imaginations run wild.

Quite a few were inspired by great works of art...

Miguel: I was inspired by the Dutch masters.  And I love windmills.
Marta: I made a 'Klimt' turkey...
Katy: ...while mine is a 'Mondrian.'

Nathan: I've got a 'Warhol' turkey.
Kevin: I'm not sure where this came from; I know I've seen it somewhere.

Nanny Wendy: Oh!  You clever boys made a 'Jackson Pollock' turkey!
Baby Conor: Yeeee!
Mikey: Hee-hee!

From Emile and Giancarlo: a little national pride and good-natured (we hope) rivalry.

Emile: Hmmph.
Giancarlo: Hmmph.

Some drew things they liked or were meaningful to them.

Daisy: I like daisies and the color pink.
Mikko and Tyler: We like soccer and hockey!

Blake: I like Harry Potter.
Frank: I like hamburgers.
Rolf: Und I like monkeys!

Nicholas Sahara: We don't have Thanksgiving in my home country, so I drew our                       national symbol: a silver spider rampant on a field of azure.
Scout: And my turkey is getting his revenge.

BR: My turkey is a red shirt from 'Star Trek.'  Going to his doom!
Pete Dakota: I based mine on Van Gogh's 'Starry Night.'
Stephen Orange: This turkey is a cranberry jelly-fish.  

Ravi and Patrick collaborated on a design that reflected their appreciation of logic.

Ravi: At Thanksgiving we have pie, so...
Patrick: ...naturally we decorated our turkeys with Pi.

Holly Belle's turkey had a message...

Holly Belle: Give you any idea, John Martin?
John Martin: I think you've got the wrong holiday, there.

Kaveh's message was timely in any season...

Each kid's artwork was unique, just like them.

Gregoropolis kids: But in the end, we're all turkeys together!!!


Saturday, November 21, 2020

Thanksgiving Project 2020

 Daddy Steve: Longtime Gregoropolis readers will remember that every year at Thanksgiving we have a craft project for the kids to work on.  Daddies John and Steve believe in encouraging creative self-expression.  In addition...

Tyler and Mikko: keeps us busy and out of trouble.
Meghan: Well, it keeps some of us out of trouble.

Our past projects have been group efforts, such as the 2016 turkey: Thanksgiving 2016

The 2017 'Thankful Tree': Thanksgiving 2017

...and of course who can forget last year's Thanksgiving puppet show?: Thanksgiving 2019

This year is going to be a little different.  We're going to give each of the kids a turkey cut-out that they can decorate any way they choose.

Pamela and Harriet: However we want?!
Anthony: Yes; just no glitter!
Pamela and Harriet: Awwwwwww....

What will the kids come up with?

Sasha: How are you going to decorate your turkey?
Miguel: Gosh, I'm not sure.  It's going to take careful consideration.

Blake: Ah, a blank canvas!  Now, what is this turkey saying to me?
Ezra: Gobble, gobble?

Frank: How do you draw sage stuffing?
Jennifer: With celery, onion, chicken stock.....mmmm, stuffing....

Holly Belle: Now remember, Nathan, nothing weird.
Dan Ryan: Affirmative, ma'am.
Holly Belle: And stop calling me 'ma'am'!
Nathan: I'm Nathan.

Be sure to visit Gregoropolis on Thanksgiving Day for the sure-to-be exciting and artistic results!

Saturday, November 14, 2020

How Green Is My Gregor?

 Lulu says that all living things need water to grow and thrive...

Lulu: 🎵La-dee-da-la-la dee 🎵

Rolf: Zzzzzzzzzzzz

Rolf: Aiiieeeeeee!

Rolf: Ach! I am wet!
Lulu: Tee-hee!  Bitte!


Rolf: Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

Ravi: Dare we even ask?
Patrick: >Sigh<  So illogical.

Saturday, November 7, 2020

Dogs and Their Boys

 It's a beautiful fall day in Gregoropolis, so Denali and Annabelle decided to take their humans out for some fresh air and exercise...

Denali came to us as a puppy, when Pete Dakota found her at the 2019 Sasha Festival Animal Adoption event.  For both, it was love at first sight.

She's not a puppy any more, but Pete and Denali are still devoted to each other.  They might even be bestier besties than Pete and Benjamin Roy!

BR got Annabelle shortly after he arrived here; she helped ease his transition into his new home.

BR: Who's a good girl?  Who's my best girl?
Annabelle: Arf!  Arf!  ("Me! Me!")

Annabelle and Denali get along wonderfully, too.  Well, most of the time...

Annabelle: Rowf!  ("Mine!")
Denali: >Whine<  ("Can't you share?")

I wonder what they're talking about... the world of canine affairs?  Their humans?  
Who gives the best skritches?