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When Dad’s in Charge … TIMBER!

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Under my supervision backyard activities include: swinging, sliding, a little tree climbing, trampoline jumping, the odd home-made zip line (that never work) and impromptu boxing matches (Lizzy please quit hitting your brother).

When Mr. MK is in charge, however, it really gets …

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all lumberjack like, and destructive.

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Don’t be concerned, he comes from a long line of lumberjacks. REALLY!

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According to Mr. MK, that dead tree needed to come down, NOW! Sam was just the man to do it.

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It’s all in the swing …

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and the placement of the tongue. That’s in his genes too.

hospital flowers
These are the pretty flowers beside his hospital bed.

JUST KIDDING … these are the pretty mum’s on the dining room table. The part of the house where I’m in charge and everything is perfect, ’cause I can blow sunshine out my ass. Can’t you just see the sunshine in this photo?

Sam’s fine … the tree isn’t!

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His first fall … “TIMBER” … with a little help from Dad and a hoe (a garden hoe that is!).

MK xo
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30 comments… add one

  • jenB April 18, 2009, 11:24 am

    I saw these on your flicks page and nearly had a heart attack thinking you or someone in you family WAS in the hospital. They are beautiful. xoxo

  • MommyKnows April 18, 2009, 12:54 pm

    ACK! Sorry JenB :) xo

  • jamie April 18, 2009, 12:14 pm

    HAHAHAHAAAA! That’s AWESOME! Oh man, my boy would KILL to chop down a tree! He salivates when his father is using the chainsaw…

    jamie’s last blog post..SEVEN

  • MommyKnows April 18, 2009, 12:55 pm


    HA! Sam actually told me, “it was hard, next time I should use a chainsaw”.


  • Colleen - a madison mom April 18, 2009, 12:19 pm

    I (guess since there are photos) you were watching. I don’t think I’d have been able to watch.

    Colleen – a madison mom’s last blog post..Sesame Street Live in NYC

  • MommyKnows April 18, 2009, 12:58 pm


    I got out there to see the last few swings of the axe. Mr. MK is smart enough not to pre-warn me.

    There was a lot of wincing.

  • Hannah April 18, 2009, 6:59 pm

    Phew!! I got worried when I read “hospital bed” … I’m glad you were just joking!

  • Jenn B April 18, 2009, 8:27 pm

    lol on the “smart enough not to pre-warn me”. this was awesome! go sam. :)

  • brandambassador April 19, 2009, 3:07 am

    lovely pictures but I think cutting a tree is something that kids should not be taught we have responsibilities towards saving the environment. Lets all unite to do our bit.

  • kimmi April 19, 2009, 8:04 am

    Lol! No. 5 is priceless and should be entered into Parenting magazine!


  • Jodi Renshaw April 19, 2009, 9:52 am

    Hey – you can blow sunshine out of your ass too???? Gosh – we have so mcu in common ;)

    So glad you are the kind of Mom who allows your boy to cut down a tree with an axe. He did great! And the photos are perfect.

    By the way – Dad is doing great. Long recovery — but he is at home and is improving daily. Thanks for asking.


  • Cindi April 19, 2009, 7:20 pm

    It looks like a lovely day! Dead trees are great for animals in the outdoors! LOL I certainly get a kick out of you. Thanks! Cindi

  • Shannon @ Lullaby Baby Carriers April 20, 2009, 3:09 pm

    How in the world did you stand there and take photos?! LOL! I would have been weak in the knees watching that!

    And if I may comment to brandambassador – the post says the tree was dead… No harm no foul.

  • antof9 April 21, 2009, 9:17 am

    1. I like that proper lumberjack footwear includes wellies!
    2. LOL at the flowers. LOL LOL LOL
    3. It’s not nice to call the person who helped a “ho”. Just sayin’

  • debbie April 21, 2009, 9:44 am

    That tongue is what gives the strength!

    debbie’s last blog post..You stick you belly in, you stick your belly out

  • Ink April 21, 2009, 9:51 am

    Wow, I bet he was really proud of himself afterwards! That’s such a big job!

  • Edward England April 21, 2009, 10:52 am

    Just the opposite at my house.

    We called a tree removal service because we had a really large tree that we were afraid would fall on the house in a big wind storm.

    I had to go to work and when I got home my wife had the guy remove every tree in the backyard.

    So now we have lots more yard to mow. And as my wife likes to remind me, I need the exercise :)

  • Sarah @ April 21, 2009, 11:55 am

    I agree. Tongue placement is KEY.

  • efax April 22, 2009, 1:50 pm

    Thats a sweet american country song. Thanks.

  • Melayu Boleh April 23, 2009, 2:23 am

    great family activities there.. but you should be careful in letting the child handle an axe or someone might become like the tree.. poor tree.. haha.. i like the words “Sam’s fine … the tree isn’t!:.. very funny.. haha.. great post btw..

    p/s: dont let your kids use the chainsaw or i think the tree wont be the only thing get hurt.. lol

  • baby furniture cribs April 23, 2009, 2:50 am

    Makes me so envious. The thing I miss most about having a yard and living in a house (in an apt now) is the yard work! Don’t think I ever got to take an entire tree down though. Most of the time it was just pruning and weeding =)

  • Emily B. April 23, 2009, 7:18 am

    I have a little something on my blog for you to brighten your day…

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  • Setai April 24, 2009, 2:26 am

    Good move with that flowers. I’m not really concerned about my Annie (she’s only two) but I wouldn’t let her chop that easily. I remember my brother with his head cut a little with an axe – I won’t let my Annie be hurt.

  • Susan @ Chicago Medical Center April 24, 2009, 1:39 pm

    What a cute lumberjack you have there. I love the action shots.

    Have a good weekend.

  • Resveratrol April 25, 2009, 12:40 am

    Don’t think I ever got to take an entire tree down though. Most of the time it was just pruning and weeding.

  • Shelly Albright April 27, 2009, 6:13 pm

    That’s a great job of him! He’s totally smart :)


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  • Jenn May 2, 2009, 7:50 pm

    Hey! my boys were doing this same thing today!! Had my grandmother terrified something would happen to them LOL. thanks for the comment on “joey”, nope not mine, but my cousins son. I havent posted in awhile. you know, life comes along and slaps you sometimes..just now getting up from that! LOL. btw, the tongue placement is fabulous! my oldest son sticks his out every time he throws a ball! hope your feeling better :)

    Jenn’s last blog post..SPRING SPECIAL!!!!

  • Cannot Lose weight July 17, 2009, 7:51 am

    Reminds me of the TV series the ‘Wonder Years’. Kevin and Winnie Copper the 2 central characters.

  • Arizona Tree Removal November 4, 2009, 5:44 pm

    Looks like Same got some great on-the-job tree removal training.

    Glad everything worked out OK!

  • MommyKnows November 7, 2009, 5:05 pm

    @Arizona Tree Removal, He sure did, thanks for stopping by.

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