#TBT Bert & Duke, Pretend Twins

Hey guys,
What if we were twins? What if, instead of being 2 1/2 years apart, we were exactly the same age? How awesome would that be?

Here’s a glimpse of what we looked like at the same ages.

Month 1: sleeping, crying, drooling

Month 2: even more sleeping, crying, drooling

Month 3: lots of smiling! even more drooling

Month 4: do babies do anything besides cry, sleep, and drool? Not these babies!

Month 5: Hey, that’s a cupcake?!

Month 6: Man, we were cute kids.

Month 7: Sitting still is for infants.

Month 8: You’re gonna have to be quicker than that if you don’t want us to get that cupcake.

Month 9: Cupcake/sign, we’ll eat it all.

Month 10: Think only newborns drool? Think again.

Month 11: Mama’s funny with her attempts at cupcake/sign preservation.

1 year olds: Well, that was easy, right, Mama & Dada?

2 year olds: Finally, we get some cake around here.

3 year olds: “Threenagers”? We don’t know what you’re talking about.

Here’s to many, many more.
– Bert & Duke

Welcome to The Show

What’s The Show, you ask? It’s a performance Duke and I put on pretty much anytime we’re in the Toy Pit for over an hour. The Show involves a lot of prep (costume design, ticket design and construction, ticket line construction, fighting over who gets to cut the tickets and who gets to give them out/collect them, announcing The Show). After our standard announcement, “Ladies & gentleman! Boys & girls of all ages!”, the actual Show usually then takes about 10 seconds, until we realize we have no actual performance prepared. But this last snow day, The Show really came together.
I think the key was having Duke run front-of-house/ticket management and also being somewhat loosy-goosy with the props. A Batman cape? Sure! A jumprope? Alright! A book? Why not? Ball? Toy dog? Pencil? Yes, yes and yes.
See for yourself:

Special thanks to our VIP guests, JD and Victoria. You were a great audience.

Also, I don’t care what Mama says, tights are totally pants.

– Bert

An Open (Video) Letter to the Thomas & Friends Underwear Designers

Dear Thomas & Friends Underwear Designers,

I love your underwear; I really do. But sometimes, say, once a week or so, they drive me to tears. The problem is quite simple. WHY IS THOMAS ON THE BACK? Do you get that I can’t see Thomas once I put on the undies? I. Can’t. See. Him. God, I hope I don’t start crying again right now. Anyway, my Mama helped me make this video. I hope you will reconsider your design. And please don’t give me some willy-nilly excuse about the bum of the undies having more fabric than the front. I have no idea what you’re talking about.

Please watch:

Good day,
– Duke

Snow Day(s)!!!

On Monday, school closed early. Then on Tuesday, we had a snow day! Then on Wednesday, we had ANOTHER SNOW DAY! Needless to say, it was awesome.

Here are a few things we did during the snow days:
• Watched Dada snow-blow, and shovel, and snow-blow some more.
• Watched Twisted Sister video, got upset about mean teacher guy
• Made things with Magnatiles, including an ambulance garage and a party house.
• Fought over Magnatiles.
• Told on each other re: Magnatile fights.
• Made stuff with Legos, including cars of the future: 1) car where you enter your arrival time in the cash register and it drives you there on time, and 2) car with a traffic light on the back that tells other people when they should stop or slow down.
• Played in the snow (duh), including: making Dada build us snow forts and snow thrones; attempting to walk in snow; sledding down the lame non-hill and the super big hill, which was awesome/terrifying, depending on whom you ask; taking 20 minutes to put on all our snow stuff and then deciding after 20 seconds outside that it’s too cold
• Played with train table.
• Helped Dada make grocery list and go shopping.
• Learned it’s spelled “cashews”, not kashoes.
• Watched Beatz go crazy in the snow.
• Picked up all the best snowballs, especially the big ones.
• Made Mama read The Day The Crayons Quit three times.
• Made sugar cookies and doused them in sugar frosting and sugar sprinkles with our friends, Lucas & Camille
• Sang “Mean”, “Roar”, and “Rock ‘n Roll All Night” on Singtrix auto-tune karaoke machine.
• Got in trouble for turning on karaoke disco ball by yourselves and then fighting about who did it.
• Played dress up
• Watched Tangled.
• Watched Tangled again.

What did you do??

– Bert & Duke

Knock Knock…

Who’s there?
Something completely unrelated to anything!

That’s how these things work, right?

Nailed it.

– Bert & Duke

My First* Concert

Truth is, I put on concerts all the time. I announce the concert, people have to buy tickets, people have to find their seats, and then there’s a lot of further announcements and preamble, and then sometimes I dance or put on costumes or sometimes I just spend the whole “concert” telling people to take their seats and be quiet. The only thing is, the people at these concerts are just Duke, Mama & Dada, and sometimes Grammy or Oma & Opa. So, this was my first concert with non-family members in the audience.

You can see I was a little nervous, and also that I have my mama’s rhythm (I’m the one in the white shirt, black pants, bob with bangs.)

Did you like it?

– Bert

A Christmas Story (no, not that one)

No one gets their eye shot out in this one. But spoiler alert: there’s a big hungry BEAR!

– Duke