Atom model made with daughter.  I guess you can call it “bonding?”

Augusta Canal Walk

Jonathan heading to college. Elizabeth leaves next week.  Helga Viking Lens, Pistil Film, No Flash, Taken with Hipstamatic

Jonathan heading to college. Elizabeth leaves next week.

Helga Viking Lens, Pistil Film, No Flash, Taken with Hipstamatic
My wife didn’t like the reference to “pony poo” on this one.  I’m not sure why, as it is magical poo.

My wife didn’t like the reference to “pony poo” on this one.  I’m not sure why, as it is magical poo.

This is our latest batch.

This is our latest batch.

My Little Pony Beer

My son and I are making beer together (bonding with a college student is actually not difficult).  Our first batch was good - it was labeled as a “summer ale,” but had a spice combination that was more heavy than expected.  Still, it was good for a summer ale.  We bottled our second batch - a wheat beer - yesterday and are now waiting for the carbonation to kick in.

We are calling our brew My Little Pony Beer, which may seem odd for a college student to choose.  There’s a story behind the name.

A few years ago my youngest daughter went through a pretty serious My Little Pony phase.  It didn’t surprise us, then, when her birthday wish-list had the words “My Little Pony” in front of each item.  Just for fun, I wrote the words “My Little Pony Beer” in my best imitation of her handwriting at the bottom of her list.

A few days later my wife told me that my daughter was quite distressed when going over her list and finding that “My Little Pony Beer” was on it.  

"I didn’t write that on my list," she said, quite concerned.

"Well, it’s on your list," my wife replied.  "If it’s on your list, you might just get it," as if the birthday list was magical in some way.

Fittingly, when her birthday came I made a label with a pony on it and affixed it to a beer bottle with juice in it.  She was a little nervous when she first looked at it, but having grown up around our family’s humor, was soon swigging the “beer” and mugging for pictures.

It’s now part of family lore, commemorated by our latest creations.

Canoeing on East Jordan river Helga Viking Lens, BlacKeys SuperGrain Film, No Flash, Taken with Hipstamatic

Canoeing on East Jordan river

Helga Viking Lens, BlacKeys SuperGrain Film, No Flash, Taken with Hipstamatic
Sometimes poles just don’t make sense Helga Viking Lens, BlacKeys SuperGrain Film, No Flash, Taken with Hipstamatic

Sometimes poles just don’t make sense

Helga Viking Lens, BlacKeys SuperGrain Film, No Flash, Taken with Hipstamatic

This sunset was beautiful and I had fun trying the different combinations I could do with Hipstagram.