Olive Us: Episode 18: Stacking Wood

February 6, 2013

By Gabrielle.

A new Olive Us episode! And it’s a charmer. Do you have a wood-burning fireplace at your house? This little episode shows how our firewood is delivered and stacked — an event we have found delightful since this is the first house we’ve lived in with a working fireplace. And hey, if you consider yourself part of the Oscar Fan Club, this episode is especially for you! (Be sure to watch till the end of the credits for a little treat.)

Have you seen Moonrise Kingdom? We really loved it and thought the matter-of-fact narrator was an especially cool aspect of the story. So we thought it would be fun to make an Olive Us episode with a narrator, too. And Oscar was picked for the job!

A bit of trivia: You wouldn’t know it by watching the episode, but it was actually really challenging for Oscar to deliver his lines while looking directly into the camera. So hard! It took lots of practice and many, many (many!) takes. And ultimately, he had to concentrate so hard while doing it, that he is very, very serious throughout the episode. Which happily, turned out to be pretty darn charming (at least, in my opinion).

As usual, you can find more Olive Us episodes, and fun behind-the-scenes info at the Olive Us website. Be sure to subscribe to stay in the loop on Olive Us contests and video releases.








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1 Rebecca Alexis February 6, 2013 at 10:33 am

heart! this is so so wonderful. what a beautiful family you have! I can tell you nurture play and wonder in your home. xxoo

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2 Linnea February 6, 2013 at 10:41 am

Oh my goodness — that was delightful. Oscar’s seriousness made me giggle, but it definitely made the episode! Keep ‘em coming.

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3 Amy Jo February 6, 2013 at 10:44 am

There is no question! This is my favorite episode yet. Oscar’s delivery is perfect. And charming.

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4 Lauren February 6, 2013 at 10:46 am

Cool! I love it when a new episode is up. I always wait until evening when my husband is home so we can watch them together. And you should know that after watching a portion of the Superbowl the other night, he said, “I’m really disappointed by the commercials this year- I’d much rather watch an episode of Olive Us.” :)
Keep up the great work!

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5 Design Mom February 8, 2013 at 4:58 am

Hah! Love this. If we ever start collecting praise for Olive Us to list on the website, I’m sure we’ll be quoting you. : )

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6 Val February 6, 2013 at 10:46 am

Oscar’s narrative was simply darling! I’d have never guessed that it took him many takes. Kudos for his patience and fantastic delivery! I also loved seeing June help with the wood — reminded me of the many winters we had little ones helping us stack our own daunting woodpile — brought back many lovely memories. Thanks!

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7 Kacy Faulconer February 6, 2013 at 10:55 am

Right on.

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8 Becca F February 6, 2013 at 11:13 am

I have to say, my kids look forward to every one of these episodes! They (my 6 and 3 year-old sons) really look up to your kids!

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9 Heather February 6, 2013 at 11:16 am

this might be my favorite episode yet. One armed push-ups???!!! Be still my heart :)

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10 Design Mom February 8, 2013 at 5:00 am

Fantastic, right?

We have no idea how Oscar even got the idea for the one-armed pushups. It was so random! And awesome!! We were actually having a filming break, when Julie from Tiger in a Jar looked over and noticed what was going on, and Matt quickly turned on the camera. Such a great capture!

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11 Paige February 6, 2013 at 11:18 am

So cute! Love the narration and the surprise at the end!

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12 KellliO February 6, 2013 at 11:21 am

He’s so solemn! I especially loved little June’s effort!

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13 Shannon { A Mom's Year } February 6, 2013 at 11:31 am

Oh my! Oscar totally channeled John Houseman, if anyone else remembers The Paper Chase. :) We put in a wood-burning stove when we built so we could enjoy real fires during our long winters. Just the sight of stacked wood makes me feel cozy.

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14 Bea February 6, 2013 at 11:32 am

Go Oscar! What a great narrator and sportsman!

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15 Angely February 6, 2013 at 11:39 am

Oscar’s seriousness is precious.

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16 Grace@ Sense and Simplicity February 6, 2013 at 11:42 am

Sooo sweet. He took his job so seriously and did such a fantastic job at it. He looks a lot like a mini-Ben Blair (at least in the video he does). Adorable little weak ‘r’s and lispy ‘s’s (a Speech Pathologist can’t help herself).

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17 Design Mom February 8, 2013 at 5:01 am

We get the “mini Ben Blair” comment a lot. Makes me happy.

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18 Kelsey February 6, 2013 at 11:46 am

Your posts about your family are my favorite! They are the reason why I come to your blog and I love these videos!!

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19 Kelly February 6, 2013 at 11:47 am

This is my favorite one! Love it!

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20 Joan February 6, 2013 at 11:49 am

OMG, OMG, OMG!!! He’s so freaking cute, I can’t stand it! I swear, if he disappears in the middle of the night, it’s because I’ve stolen him. And now I understand why you had 6 kids. You’ll never do manual labor again! Smart girl!

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21 Ariel February 6, 2013 at 12:31 pm

Favorite one! Love that Oscar. He is too cute! The one armed push ups!!

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22 Mia February 6, 2013 at 12:38 pm

Too cute! Though I haven’t seen Moonrise Kingdom, Oscar’s seriousness (and sweet, slight, awkwardness) reminded me instantly out of something from a Wes Anderson film.

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23 Christine February 6, 2013 at 12:44 pm

Simply delightful. These episodes always bring a huge smile to my face! They will be such a treasure to your family as they all grow! My five kids could spend endless hours watching themselves on family videos and your videos are so much more! The memories created while making them are priceless- thank you for sharing your family! And… GO Oscar! He will be a fantastic public speaker!

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24 Design Mom February 8, 2013 at 5:02 am

We actually own a kid-sized podium (it’s back in Colorado in storage), and Oscar LOVES standing at it and “conducting” our family meetings.

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25 Erin February 6, 2013 at 12:47 pm

Oscar reminds me of a young “most interesting man in the world”! What a charmer!

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26 Rachael February 6, 2013 at 12:52 pm

That might have been my favorite episode, yet! Oscar is the cutest, he was perfect.

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27 Amy February 6, 2013 at 12:53 pm

I love it! My one year old son is mesmerized by the Olive Us videos.

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28 marian February 6, 2013 at 12:56 pm

The HOURS we spent stacking wood (and splitting and hauling and and and). Well done Blairs.

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29 Erin S. February 6, 2013 at 12:57 pm

Hooray! I can’t wait for my 3.5 year old to get up to show her the new video. These videos are so wonderful. In the 2 weeks since “Betty in Paris” (when I first showed her an “Olive Us” video), she has devoured them all multiple times (it’s her favorite treat!) . . . and she is Betty’s biggest fan (“Would Betty like to go to Disneyland with me? Would she talk to me?”). Now, her favorite pretend play game is to assign everyone in our family (and her dolls) to be the kids from your family (she is always Betty, her baby brother is Oscar, her Rapunzel doll is always Baby June, I alternate between Maude and Olive, and her dad is always Ralph!). All of that to say, thank you and your family for putting together these great videos. They are a joy.

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30 Design Mom February 8, 2013 at 5:03 am

Oh my goodness! Love this!! Please tell her Betty would definitely talk to her (and would definitely want to go to Disneyland, too!).

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31 Robin February 6, 2013 at 1:20 pm

So good. Oscar is sweet and serious – loved the ending, too. He did an awesome job!

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32 Lisa fyfe February 6, 2013 at 1:24 pm

I am now a card carrying member of the Oscar fan club. He is excellent. My favorite videos yet.

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33 mom in mendon February 6, 2013 at 1:29 pm

So great. I love the still photos in the post, too.

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34 Lisette Wolter-McKinley February 6, 2013 at 1:35 pm

Oscar is so adorable, the push ups killed me at the end. The clothes definitely made this little man too!

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35 Colleen February 6, 2013 at 1:38 pm

Gabby,

The more videos the kids make, the better they are! I especially enjoyed Oscar’s performace. He is such a natural. His timing is impeccable. I would love a post reflecting on how these six kids have changed since moving to France. I am impressed by our family dynamics and the great caring felt as they learn and grow. Thank you for sharing your family and the creative things you do.
Colleen

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36 Design Mom February 8, 2013 at 5:04 am

I think so too, Colleen! It appears we are getting better at making these videos. Practice works!

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37 mandi@herbanhomestead February 6, 2013 at 1:40 pm

Oh. My. Goodness! That little Oscar was precious! And the part where Ralph stops to help baby June stole my heart.

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38 Boni B February 6, 2013 at 1:42 pm

Love when Oscar says the bit about “enjoying the fruits of your labor”. So much fun!

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39 Zoe Alexander February 6, 2013 at 1:45 pm

Brilliant video! Oscar deserves an Oscar! He is a born star! :o) Great ending!

Zoe xxx

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40 hcarroll February 6, 2013 at 1:46 pm

This might be my favorite one yet! Oscar was too funny.

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41 Franca Bollo February 6, 2013 at 1:46 pm

F A V O R I T E!

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42 Ivonne February 6, 2013 at 1:47 pm

Es un amor!/ He´s sooo cute!
Congratulations! We will watch the episode the whole family again to night.

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43 Elizabeth February 6, 2013 at 1:58 pm

There’s a great “Moonrise Kingdom” vibe to this one — did you see that movie? And your Oscar is a star!

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44 Design Mom February 8, 2013 at 5:05 am

For sure! We were totally hoping Oscar would channel the narrator’s vibe. I think he did a great job.

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45 Blakely February 6, 2013 at 2:06 pm

Seriously charming photos. This is sweet!

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46 Cheryl February 6, 2013 at 2:14 pm

Oh My! He is adorable! I’m now an Oscar fan!

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47 kristi February 6, 2013 at 2:26 pm

Charming indeed! Oscar, you rock!

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48 Lindsey February 6, 2013 at 2:29 pm

Oh goodness! That was positively adorable. His line delivery is perfection. <3 We have our wood delivered by a Swiss farmer from a farm nearby. It's always good and dry and they taught us to stack it with a holding "wall" on the side made by stacking pieces in threes in opposing directions so the wood doesn't cascade and fall. It works really well! And why am I saying "we"?! I let my husband stack the wood himself!!! ;) xo

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49 Andrea February 6, 2013 at 2:30 pm

Oh my gosh! What a handsome little man he is–and I agree, his straight-faced delivery is absolutely charming. I’ll have to show this to my kids when they get home from school. Living in rural Wyoming, we are oh-so-familiar with this particular chore.

Keep these coming! They’re so delightful:).

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50 Geralyn Murray February 6, 2013 at 2:31 pm

This is the CUTEST thing ever. Oh my, Gabrielle. How do you do it all so well?!

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51 Elizabeth February 6, 2013 at 2:39 pm

Love this! We stack wood AND live right down the street from the real moonrise kingdom cove. Loved that movie but Oscar just stole the show!

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52 Design Mom February 8, 2013 at 5:06 am

Wow! What a beautiful place that must be to live. I assume winter there is tough?

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53 Jen Lewis February 6, 2013 at 2:58 pm

That was terribly cute narration! One of my favorite Olive Us episodes!

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54 ashley english February 6, 2013 at 3:16 pm

oh, goodness, gabrielle! that is just the BEST! oscar is wonderful in his earnest seriousness. i kept thinking of wes anderson the entire time. very well done!!!

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55 MeGo February 6, 2013 at 3:16 pm

Ha! Even before I read the post I thought of Moonrise Kingdom while watching the video. Beautiful in every way! Oscar is perfectly adorable. Was that push-up at the end for real? Maybe he should be a personal trainer. Wowee!

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56 Design Mom February 8, 2013 at 5:07 am

Totally for real! Oscar is one tough kid.

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57 Jordan Finzel February 6, 2013 at 3:45 pm

Perfectly charming. Really.

One question: where is Oscar’s sweater from? It’s perfect!

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58 Design Mom February 8, 2013 at 5:09 am

Great question, Jordan. I take a moment and give a rundown on his whole outfit in case anyone else is curious.

-Boots are from Tea Collection.
-Jeans and Buffalo Check shirt are from Polarn O. Pyret. (You may have noticed them in earlier episodes.)
-Cardigan and Hat are from Z Collection — an affordable clothing line here in France.

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59 Donna W February 6, 2013 at 4:02 pm

I loved it! Oscar is absolutely adorable. As are all of your children. Loved the pushup!

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60 Jenny also February 6, 2013 at 4:06 pm

Be sure to stay hydrated= a rule to live by. Oscar the serious narrator is THE BEST! I’m betting this is the one to “go viral.”

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61 Vanessa February 6, 2013 at 4:41 pm

Oh my word! He is a doll. I was cracking up!

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62 Jenny February 6, 2013 at 5:19 pm

What a great video! Oscar’s voice reminds me of Linus from the Peanut’s Gang. Love!

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63 Kiki February 6, 2013 at 8:13 pm

great job channeling the wes anderson style! what a joy! my husband even liked it…and that’s an accomplishment.

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64 Kelsey February 6, 2013 at 8:24 pm

Oh my. That was adorable.

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65 Colleen February 6, 2013 at 8:47 pm

I actually squealed at the end. Too adorable. I so love your children.

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66 Nikki February 6, 2013 at 8:54 pm

This is my favorite episode yet.

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67 Joy February 6, 2013 at 9:01 pm

Oh, the wood pile… I remember stacking all to well from my own childhood. Ya’ll made it seem magical! I rembering it being dirty :) Oscar was fabulous!!

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68 Liz Zorek February 6, 2013 at 9:33 pm

So absolutely adorable!! Oscar adds so much charm and sweetness. Love!

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69 Marianne February 6, 2013 at 10:16 pm

As I watched it all I could think of was Wes Anderson! Well done!!!

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70 Tricia Whitworth February 7, 2013 at 5:22 am

Another winner! Can this kid Oscar be any cuter????? I love how the camera lingered on his intense face. I never thought much about stacking wood but it’s a beautiful task in life to focus on. :)

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71 Bridget February 7, 2013 at 6:40 am

Oh. My. Goodness. Precious.

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72 Susan February 7, 2013 at 7:27 am

This is my favorite of all! Totally reminded me of Wes Anderson!

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73 amy c February 7, 2013 at 7:39 am

I LOVE it!! And my children LOVE it! Oscar is so darn cute (as are the rest of the Blair children) and the piece after the credits is hilarious! Gotta watch it a few more time. :)

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74 Pamela Balabuszko-Reay February 7, 2013 at 8:10 am

My new favorite.

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75 Jaime - Design Milk February 7, 2013 at 9:25 am

Gabby – this is awesome! Love it so much. Oscar is so funny. His last line is the best. I can’t imagine you got through this with a straight face. And the one-armed pushups? Priceless.

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76 Design Mom February 8, 2013 at 5:10 am

It was so hard not to laugh during filming!

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77 Melissa February 7, 2013 at 1:45 pm

i thought it seemed a little wes andersen-y before i read your post! also oscar reminded me of linus from charlie brown. :)

the music you choose for each episode is always right on, too.

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78 Design Mom February 8, 2013 at 5:11 am

The music is great! I wish I could take credit, but really, Tiger in a Jar heads our the music sourcing. They find the best stuff!

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79 Mary February 7, 2013 at 10:14 pm

He nailed the moonrise kingdom style narration, It’s the first thing I thought of while watching, without reading your explanation! Oscar needs to get in touch with Wes Anderson ASAP. I’m sure there’s a broader audience for that one.

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80 Tina February 8, 2013 at 2:18 am

I can’t describe how much I loved this for all the reasons that I do. Perfect delivery, Oscar! And, he didn’t have to lift a finger except to use them for his one-arm push-ups. Bravo!

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81 tere February 8, 2013 at 8:57 am

Oh God, he is just too much!! I cracked up ten times and the end after the credits, just epic. The kids loved it too!!

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82 Joy G February 8, 2013 at 9:35 am

Oh My Goodness! I nearly died of how wonderful Oscar was in this video!!!!! I certainly see the homage to Moonrise Kingdom. Simply too perfect!

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83 Jan Burton February 8, 2013 at 1:48 pm

Hi Gabby,
I am now a memeber of the Oscar Fan Club. I have a suggestion that he may like, a story to tell, and an idea that may succeed. I was wondering if you would mind if I talked to him. I would like to talk to Oscar, either to his e-mail or on the telephone.

I am known to the Blair Family, Bob Blair was my prof. at BYU. I used Ben Blair in some assignments for my Education Major at BYU. I am the same age as Dell Blair, however; we have never been romantically linked, but I think he would recommend me as trustworthy and a good influence with children. He recommended Osccar’s Movie and gave me a link to your blog site. I think the Blair family would at least say they are aquainted with me.

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84 Molly@TheNestingGame February 8, 2013 at 5:56 pm

Adorable! He did a great job! The perseverance paid off.

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85 Laura February 8, 2013 at 10:05 pm

Oscar is SO great! In the last scene he reminded me of Alistair Cooke! These episodes really are getting better all the time (although I loved “Betty in Paris” so much that Oscar will have to settle for tying with his sister, as far as I’m concerned. :)

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86 mommio February 26, 2013 at 9:20 am

This reminds me of the old adage: Wood warms you three times – when you cut it, when you split it , when you burn it. Perhaps we should add when you stack it?

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87 Janan W March 1, 2013 at 12:29 pm

I regret every day that has passed without me being in the Oscar fan club. I volunteer to be president:)

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88 Barb August 30, 2013 at 2:10 pm

Oh, man, I love them all. Stacking Wood has got to be my new favorite, though.

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