Monday, October 31, 2016

Trick-or-Treat! (Halloween 2016, Part 4)

Steve: It's Halloween and everyone is excited.  John has taken Benjamin Roy and Pete Dakota out trick-or-treating;  Anthony is manning the front door, ready to pass out candy; and the other boys are sitting upstairs, watching a monster movie (against my better judgment).

Anthony:  It's been a slow evening so far.  The rain could be keeping kids inside tonight.

Anthony: This 'Headless Horseman' is a cracking good story!

Sasha: Hi Anthony.  Can I sit down here with you and pass out candy?
Anthony: Hello Sasha, of course you can.  I thought you were watching a movie with the others.
Sasha:  I was, but I got, um, a little scared.  It was about b-b-Bigfoot and I don't want to watch any more.

Sasha: Aahh!  It's Bigfoot come to get me!  No, don't open the door, Tony! 
Anthony: Don't be silly, Bigfoot doesn't even live in Minnesota.
Sasha: No!  He's come to take me away!  Don't open it!
Anthony: Bigfoot wouldn't ring the doorbell, now would he?

Benjamin Roy and Pete Dakota:  Trick or treat!

BR: (deep voice) I'm Batman!
Pete Dakota: I'm a bird, I'm a plane, I'm Superman!

SashaOh, I'm so glad it's you guys!
AnthonyYou guys look great, those are awesome costumes! Did you get lots of candy?
BR: Oh yeah, we did very well.
Pete Dakota: We had a lot of fun!  There were some kids with really great costumes!

Sasha: Whew!  I feel so much safer knowing that the Man of Steel and the Caped Crusader are watching the house.  Bigfoot wouldn't dare show his big face around here!

Saturday, October 29, 2016

Pumpkinheads (Halloween 2016, Part 3)

John:  Halloween is almost here and Benjamin Roy and Pete Dakota are getting excited!

Benjamin Roy and Pete Dakota:  Candy, here we come!

Thursday, October 27, 2016

Happy Birthday, Daddy Steve!

John: As soon as Steve was out of the house Monday morning (out having coffee with his parents), I got the boys up and organized.

Happy Birthday, Daddy Steve!  We love you!

Time to open presents!

Monday, October 24, 2016

Steve's Red Sports Car

Steve: It gives me great pleasure to introduce Patrick, the newest resident of Gregoropolis.  He was a bit of a splurge; I turn 50 today, so he was a 'Happy Birthday to me' present.  Surviving for fifty years is no small feat and I thought it merited something significant.  Some guys deal with middle age by getting themselves a red sports car; I got myself a red-headed Gregor.  I think Patrick is a beautiful doll and I'm crazy about him.  I'm still learning about is personality, but so far I can tell you he's a very serious and studious boy.  He wants to learn about everything and says that he's going to be a 'genius' when he grows up.  He's also just a tiny bit impatient.

Wearing the outfit he arrived in.  I wasn't about to tell him that his 'shirt' is actually a girl's backwards blouse.

Just look at that handsome face!

A change of clothes after a long trip always feels good.

Patrick:  Hello everyone; it's awfully nice to meet you!  I'd love to stay an chat, but there's so much to do--books to read, things to learn.  Playing, running, exploring!   Come along, Daddy, what are we waiting for?

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Halloween 2016, Part 2

Pete Dakota:  Hi, BR!  Look what I've got!  Daddy John found us some jack o'lantern buckets for trick-or-treating!  I bet we get lots of candy!  Have you thought about our costumes?
Benjamin Roy:  Hi, Pete.  Those buckets are pretty nice.  I've had lots of ideas for costumes!

BR:  One of us could go as Batman
Pete:  I am the night!

BR:  A motorcycle gang member.
Pete:  Oooooooh!

BR:  A baseball player.
Pete:  We're gonna win Twins!

BR:  There's Superman.
Pete:  Up, up, and away!

BR:  Or a couple of hipster dudes.
Pete:  Ummmmm

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Better Late Than Never

Daddy Steve:   The Morning Glory vine has just now decided to bloom.  Mikko (who still refuses to wear long pants) and Emile went to check it out.

Emile: Très belle!  Eet smells so lovely.

Sunday, October 16, 2016

Sweets For My Sweets

Anthony: Daddy John decided we had been good boys all week, so for a special weekend treat he brought home candy fruit slices!  There were enough slices for everybody, so we each got one.

Anthony: Don't they look yummy?

The boys all sitting nicely at the table, with their napkins and drinks

Anthony reminds everyone to use their napkins and wait until everyone is seated before choosing a candy fruit slice.

Miguel:  Oh boy!  ¡Me gustan los dulces!

Anthony: This candy is delicious.  I've got lemon.  What flavors have you guys got?

Kaveh:  This is green!  I mean, lime!

Miguel:  No sé.  I think it might raspberry?

Sasha:  This is definitely orange.  My new favorite!

Anthony:  Daddy John sure knows how to treat us right.  I think we will be extra careful to be good from now on!  The other boys are out in the backyard running around, working off their candy.  It'll be our turns soon!

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Halloween 2016, Part 1

Pete Dakota:  Hi girl, who's a good dog?  Want to play some fetch?
Benjamin Roy:  Peter!  I was looking for you.

Pete Dakota:  Hi, BR.  I'm right here, playing with Annabelle.  Why are you wearing a witch's hat?
Benjamin Roy:  Well, I have something to ask you...I hope you'll say 'yes.'
Pete Dakota:  Ask me what?  

Benjamin Roy:  Well, Halloween is coming up very soon and I really like dressing up and going trick-or-treating.  I was wondering if you would like to dress up too and go with me?   The other boys think Halloween is for babies.  But I really want to wear a costume and go!  Will you go with me?

Pete Dakota:  Actually, I'd really like that!  I don't have to wear this hat, though, do I?  What shall we dress up as?  I don't think I have any kind of  costume clothing.

Benjamin Roy:  Maybe you'd like to wear this hat, Annabelle?  Would you girl?
Annabelle:  Woof!

Benjamin Roy:  If we go through our closets, we can find clothes that will work as costumes.  I'm so excited!  I'm sure we can find something.  I'm sure we can!
Pete Dakota:  Let's ask Daddy John for help.  I'll bet he'll help us--he always has good ideas.
Benjamin Roy:  Let's go find him right now.  

Sunday, October 9, 2016

Surrendering Summer

Daddy Steve:  Autumn has definitely arrived in Gregoropolis.  It was pretty brisk outside yesterday, and it's time to start pulling out our heavier clothes.  However, no little boy ever wants to give up wearing shorts.  It would be like surrendering the summer.

Giancarlo, Mikko, and Tyler decided they are not giving up without a fight.  We found them in the backyard kicking the soccer ball around and trying vainly to look like they weren't freezing.  Come on boys, time to come inside and put long pants on.

Giancarlo: Andiamo!  Get ready, amici!

Mikko: Here it comes Tyler!
Tyler: No way, dude, you're not getting past me!

Saturday, October 8, 2016

Welcome Back Home, Robin

Daddy Steve:  Robin, the Prince of Gregoropolis is back.  He returned home today after spending the week at a 'spa' in Florida.  He was under the care of Dr. Pat, who is absolutely brilliant at fixing all kinds of Sasha ailments.  It seems that back in 1985 Robin left the Trendon factory with stringing that was a little too tight.  This caused him to have a bit of a caving problem later on.  He also had some chest marks from a too snug doll stand.  Thanks to Dr. Pat, he's now good as new and can hold his head up high. 



Robin: As a modern royal, I no longer wear my princely garb on a daily basis.  Nevertheless, I still appreciate the importance of regal deportment.  Thanks to Dr. Pat, my head stays up and turns easily.  Now I am able to keep up with the other boys while maintaining my poise and dignity.

Giancarlo: Ciao, Robin!  Benvenuti a casa!  È bello vederti!
(Hello Robin!  Welcome home!  It's good to see you!)

I feel good as new and am very happy to be home.

Daddy Steve: You can find out more about Dr. Pat's services here:

Sunday, October 2, 2016

Daddy Bought Me A Bow-Wow!

Benjamin Roy:  Oh, I am so excited!  Daddy John bought me a little dog!  He said he never had one as a boy, but always thought a boy should have a dog.  I am to take care of her: walk her, feed her, clean up after her and all that.  I promised I would do my best.  We went outside right away and she already knows how to ask for pats and play fetch!  She's a beautiful apricot-colored poodle and I just love her.

Hello girl!  Aren't you pretty!

I'm going to name you Annabelle.

Okay, girl, get ready to get the bone!

What a good girl!

A boy and his dog.