Despite our clear wishes, Finn loves shoving bits of fuzz up his nose--or should I say, he loves having Leo do it. For months now Finn's claimed to be our ally, advising us, "I keep telling that crazy Looen not to keep shoving stuff up there, but he just really likes to do it!"
Meanwhile Leo has become fast friends with Menace (short for "Bushy-Tailed Menace"), Finn's little chipmunk from Colorado. Leo drives Finn's "Massive Crane" while Menace sits in the operator's cab. As they're a really professional crew, Finn tells us "They even have little [company] jackets." (I've gotta get to work in Photoshop making those happen!)
Anyway, long ago we used to have big fun passing little objects through a knothole in Finn's floor, sending them down to the basement & then back up. Finn's big-guy bed ended up over the hole, so it's been long forgotten. During a bedtime story the other night, I said that Menace had flown up in the air, gone down a crack, and ended up in a mysterious area: Under the bed! In the story Leo & Finn headed to the rescue and discovered (cue dramatic music) the hole!
"Raarh," said Leo. "That looks like a great hole for stuffing things into! It's like a nostril in the floor!!"
And do you think it was "game on"? Because oh yes, it was on. Ever since then Finn (or rather, Team Leo) has been enthusiastically driving the crane under the bed, then lowering its hook down into the basement. I came home yesterday to discover that Finn had arranged a step stool to facilitate hooking on cargo, and that now a fuzzy toy chicken was swinging freely around the basement! "Mom-O asked if this was a chicken-swinging factory," he reports, "and it is!!"
When I went to capture the action on video, I told the guys that Grandma & Grandpa would love to see it. As you can hear in the clip, Henry was sure we'd see G&G on the camera itself, so afterwards we fired up the iPad for some quick video chatting with my folks. What a neat way to show them a little slice of the guys' lives!
PS--As the story continues, Leo & Menace stuff tons of popcorn down the hole. When they go to the basement to see the resulting "corn cone," the neighbor cats scratch at the window, then *burst* through and spray corn everywhere. The boys then each grab a gato (Finn taking the fatty, Hen the smaller one), flip them upside down, and sweep with them like feather dusters. They kickstart the cats' "motors" via their tails, then use them to suck up all the corn. Vrooooom!!