Saturday, December 19, 2009

Henry's Blog

Henry wanted his own blog to post his videos and drawings. He just started using the video camera independently. He is making most of the editorial decisions under a little of Mommy and Daddy's advisement.

Check out: Henry's Things.

Sunday, November 29, 2009

Book Shelf Discovery

After pulling this book from the shelf, Ryan found a funny note inside....

Go back to school
Get new job
Read Crime and Punishment
...and yes, I did the last one, too.
Maybe I should read this book again.

Saturday, November 7, 2009

Friday, October 16, 2009

World Record

We usually don't like to post videos longer that 2 minutes, but we think this may be a World Record for two Rish boys reading together (without wrestling). We are still in disbelief.

Super Hero Talk

Friday, September 18, 2009

Friday, August 21, 2009

Doc Ock

Henry wanted to be Doctor Octopus...this is what we came up with:

Monday, August 17, 2009

Friday, July 31, 2009

Monday, July 13, 2009

Great Grandma Nugent

CAMBRIDGE, OH -- Christine S. Nugent, 91, of Cambridge, died Friday (July 10, 2009) at Southeastern Med, Cambridge.

She was born April 6, 1918, in Claysville, daughter of the late John P. Hulka and Anna Valenta Hulka.

Mrs. Nugent was a graduate of Brown High School. She was a homemaker and a long-time member of St. Benedict Catholic Church, Cambridge, Catholic Daughters of America and Guernsey County Right to Life.

She was a great cook, seamstress and long-time primary caregiver for her daughter, Barbara.

She was preceded in death by her husband, L. Paul Nugent, who died July 11, 1988; two daughters, Barbara Nugent and Libby Jackson; four brothers and two sisters.

She leaves four sons, Larry Nugent of Cambridge, Jim (Guliz) Nugent of Alpharetta, Ga., Bill Nugent of Longmont, Colo., and Paul (Deb) Nugent of Elkhorn, Neb.; four daughters, Sister MaryAnn Nugent of Manitowoc, Wis., Peggy (Bill) Ditto of Cambridge, Winnie (Henry) Wells of Lore City and Tricia (Jerry) Jones of Columbus; 14 grandchildren, Mary Elizabeth, Eric, Christine, Susan, Will, Erin, Paul, Michael, Arthur, Ted, Selin, Jimmy, Dana and Evan; 14 great-grandchildren; son-in-law, Richard Jackson of Coshocton; brother-in-law, the most Reverend Msgr. James Nugent of Columbus; sister-in-law, Mary Helen Hulka of Canton; many nieces, nephews and friends.

Friends may call from 5 to 8 p.m. Monday at Thorn-Black Funeral Home, Cambridge with wake services at 7:30 p.m.

Funeral service will b e 10 a.m. Tuesday at St. Benedict Catholic Church of Christ Our Light Parish with the Rev. Fr. Robert Borer officiating.

Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery, Cambridge.

Memorial contributions may be made to St. Bendict School, 701 Gomber Ave., Cambridge, OH 43725, or Guernsey County Right to Life.

Personal condolences may be sent to the family at

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

The Law of One-One

Arthur was much more stubborn than Henry in accepting the Law of One-One.

One-One is pulled out near the end of meals when something more preferable (e.g., blueberry muffin) is presented during the consumption of something less preferable (e.g., turkey sandwich). Arthur has mastered the art of what is known by the boys as Little One-One (bite for bite); Henry has graduated to the art of Big One-One (all of something for all all of something else). Both boys have their weaknesses: for Arthur it's blueberries (especially frozen), for Henry it's melon (especially watermelon).

No One can resist One-One.

Thursday, June 25, 2009

Spiderman Cast

During the process of packing the car and getting ready to head home after a visit to Papa and Grandma Rish's house, Henry asked me for one more slide. I gave in. Henry and Arthur slid, they swung, and then...Henry fell...on my watch.

Henry had an ouchy, I'm responsible for the ouchy, Grandma felt guilty for the ouchy...then we headed home. On the way home, Henry assured all of us (Grandma included on the phone) that his ouchy was OK. At home, the ouchy was still ouchy (see the before pic below).


When Mom got home from work, we decided that a trip to Urgent Care was needed. And the doctor who looked at the ouchy pictures taken on the big camera, decided that Henry needed a cast (see after pic below).


While Henry picked out the color, I convinced him that having a purple cast is part of being Spiderman (sometimes Venom is inked in purple). Henry slung (imaginary) webs at the nurses on the way out of Urgent Care. Later that evening, Henry asked me to take his cast off, and I told him he had to keep it on and stay Spiderman.

When it was time for bed, Erin tried to take off his Spiderman shirt, and Henry said that he needed to keep it on to be Spiderman. Might be a long recovery in the same shirt...stay tuned for the next episode of the Amazing Spiderman.

Tuesday, June 16, 2009


Before there was Guitar Hero, there was the air guitar.

Thursday, June 11, 2009

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Wednesday, May 13, 2009


I take every opportunity to point how cycling benefits our family. In this case, the bag that comes with SRAM Red shifters makes a great Spiderman mask.

Sunday, May 3, 2009

Happy Birthday, Henry!

One guess who's idea this was....

Sunday, April 19, 2009

Thursday, April 16, 2009

The Impersonator and the Comedian

As Henry put on his sunglasses yesterday, he stated, "I'm Papa."

Wednesday, March 18, 2009


There is a little man walking in our house.

Took us a while to steal a moment with the camera...our Zone D is now set at full-court press.

Friday, March 13, 2009

Figerman got new boots

OSU's Daycare asked that we provide rainwear for the boys, so we picked up some boots for Henry to splash through the puddles. I tried to convince Henry that they were cyclocross wellies for the pits, but he's convinced they are figerman (fireman) boots. Today, he found a leather hairnet of mine for a figerman hat, and he tromped around by the back door saying, "Bye, I'm going to figerman school to do the ladders and trucks and bucket in the sky. Bye!"

Sunday, March 8, 2009

Happy Birthday Party

We had a "Happy Birthday Party" for Arthur's first birthday. The cake featured Erin's handiwork of a running game in our house: "The Trikadile [Crocodile] eats the Frog." You can see the frog on the top of the cake, but the trikadile is on the far-side of the cake.

After the party, Henry reviewed the highlights of his day in bed, while playing with Arthur's birthday toys.

Sunday, March 1, 2009

366 days and no birthday

Will be celebrating my first quarter birthday next weekend when my cake buddy, Daddy, is back in town.

Saturday, February 7, 2009


Lately, Arthur has been making this snorty, sniffer face. His teachers at school call it his ornery face. Here's a short video....

Thursday, January 29, 2009

Thursday, January 22, 2009

A Date!

Erin and I went on our first date in...well, since Henry was born...well, maybe even before that...before bike racing...let's just say that it's been a while. We went to see Garrison Keillor at the Midland in Newark. Erin admitted that she may have even enjoyed herself for a few brief moments during the show (in between all the other moments of thinking about the boys).

Art and Kristen watched Henry and Arthur; we were more worried about Art and Kristen surviving than the boys. They all did great! We can leave the house without them...even as weird as it feels. We're just hoping that we didn't scare Art and Kristen into not having their own children anytime soon. After all, everyone we know should be having babies, right?

When's that baby coming, Julie?

Sunday, January 18, 2009

Dance Party

At school, Henry jumps the wiggles out and shakes the sillies out. At home, we rely on basement dance parties when it's too cold to go outside.

As you can see, we could use a little coaching from Uncle Arthur.

Saturday, January 3, 2009

Favorite Ornament

I get plenty of grief over this one every year, but she sits close enough to the center of the tree that not everyone must see her.