Wednesday, January 04, 2017

New Years, Birthday, Anniversary.

Good evening, it is Wednesday.

The last few days have been a Happy, Happy, Happy! As in Happy New Years, Happy Birthday, and Happy Anniversary! So yesterday's numbers were 26 and 17. Happy 26th Anniversary Maren and Happy 17th Birthday Hansen! Both of these numbers are getting up there for sure.
One of the last outing of last year was ice-skating. How about some blue ice-skates!
The rink was very busy. I was probably twice as old as anyone else there! I guess a Saturday at 9:00pm skating time is too late for us oldies! LOL. Lillie actually said that she can't even remember a time that she went ice-skating. Is that considered a parenting fail?
Rather than doing anything far away, we just stuck around home New Years Eve. Maren went on a walking adventure with the kids after the Huskies game. They walked over to Starbucks, Sally's, and I picked them up at Walgreens. The kids had been staying up all night every night watching different TV series. They got through most of Supernatural from what I understand. I tried some of season one, but these are kind of creepy shows IMO. So I chose sleep. It's still been hard waking up to school again!
How about a super long Monopoly game? The cats took turns playing Monopoly too. Did I say eating the Monopoly game? That's what I meant.
Happy New Years! The freezing temps didn't stop neighboring houses from lighting off huge amounts of fireworks.
Preston in a Tux? Yup. But this is for school. Symphonic Band attire. Sharp huh?
Jack getting a haircut at our house? This happened on at Hansen's birthday party. Along with lots of eating pizza, opening presents, and eating cake and ice-cream.
Blowing out candles and singing Happy Birthday is all part of birthday fun.
You think it's been cold here? Yes! We are in the midst of a cold snap. It may have gotten to 34 degrees today, and tonight it will be like 18 degrees. It is every bit as cold up in Bellingham, I tried to get a picture of the snow all in the trees and on the sides of the road, but yeah, I'm also driving.
Kind of like New Year's Eve, my blog post is getting blurry. This picture should have showed up earlier. These cat emoji pillows make for strange pictures. Lillie is clearly wondering what the heck is going on...
Can't forget anniversary flowers for Maren! Flarion was thinking about knocking them down, like they were a Christmas tree. Luckily they're fine so far.
Hansen's Grumpy Cat calendar gave us this gem for our birthday/anniversary day. Perfect.

See you tomorrow.

Monday, December 26, 2016

Merry Christmas, Happy Chanukah!

Merry Christmas and Happy Chanukah!

Hope you all had a Merry Christmas, or are still enjoying Chanukah!

We hung out at John and Carol's house on Christmas Eve, then just stayed home Christmas Day. The following are pictures from John and Carol's house.
 Jack is always a blur.
 There are no great pictures of everyone together (at least on my phone), so this picture, I choose Lillie!
 Everyone is busy opening presents.
 Before dinner and presents we did a white elephant gift exchange. This year the gift was socks. There were some pretty good socks to choose from, but I will admit, the Ostergard family is not too fond of stealing other's gifts. LOL!
Cat fingertip. Whoa. Lots of fun had by all. After dinner we attended the 7:30 pm church service. Christmas Eve Service is always quite a service. Christmas started a little later this year at our house. Why? Teenagers and beyond are the kids these days. Maren and I woke up around 9:30am and had to wait to open presents until the kids woke up at 11:00am. For the record, I'm good with the late start, while the 5:00am starts were magical and exciting, sleep is good too!
Chanukah began on the 24th. We do have the menorah my grandfather gave us. Happy Chanukah!
Costco golf balls in this blog? Sure, they are the hottest thing in the golf world. Costco is offering a tour quality golf ball for $30.00 for a double dozen. This is crazy cheap. Two dozen Titleist tour golf balls would be $100.00. Anyhow, Costco's website crashed and these balls sold out in 10 minutes online, and really never made it to stores. But not everyone knows just what a deal these balls are. In fact, I found a brand new unopened double dozen at a second hand sports store this morning for only $10.99. I could sell them right now for $65.00 on eBay, but I will keep these for summer time!

See you tomorrow.

Saturday, December 24, 2016

A Downtown Day!

Good morning, it is Saturday.

Today is the first day of Chanukah. Happy Chanukah to all our Jewish family and friends!

Yesterday was a long awaited day. Downtown Seattle! The 5th Avenue! Sheraton Gingerbread castles! The Cheesecake Factory! Yay!
We started out at the 5th Avenue Theater to see The Lillie Mermaid. What an amazing show! I'd have to say that the first half of the show was probably the most amazing anything I've ever seen at this theater. The second half may have been rushed just a little, but what a musical!
Here's the crew on the way to find our seats. We were up in the balcony zone this performance, but the front row of the balcony. Great seats for sure.
Gratuitous selfie attempt.
After a great dinner at the Cheesecake Factory, it was off to see the gingerbread houses. What's a little hour plus line to the patient? Nothing. Here are just some of the pictures of the amazing gingerbread houses. There was one for each book. And the backs of these houses were just as amazing as the fronts:

There was even a sorting hat at the end of the show. Two of us were Gryffindor, two of us were Ravenclaw, and one of us was Slytherin. I won't tell you who of us were put in the Slytherin house, but I will tell you that earlier in the week Mel, Carol, and Avery were put in the same house as Maren. And all four of them were sorely offended.
Check out this super cool Christmas Tree complete with scarf, glasses, sorting hat, and scar. My kids were not up for a picture in front of this tree, but it was too cool to not get a photo. I have no idea who these kids are, but you got to love an older brother choking the life out of his younger brother just so mom could get their 703rd picture of the night. Hah!

See you tomorrow.

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Christmas/Cat Tree.

Good evening, it is Wednesday.

Do you remember how badly Flareon destroyed our Christmas Tree? Well, if you forgot, here is a picture:
No, I didn't bend the tree! Flareon did that. And in this picture you can see him attacking the tree again. Yes, there can be no ornaments on this tree...or else. This cat does not deserve good things, but our family does not deserve this^^^.
Look what Maren and I found at Costco this evening. We decided we would just replace the Christmas Tree with a cat tree. I know, I know, horrible! It was fun pushing this cart past the food court and to the car. This like 3 year old girl eating with her parents was looking in awe at this tower. Her parents said to her, "what do you think that is for? A cat!" I said, "No, it is so big, I'm going to climb on it as soon as we get it home!" She was like, "Wow!" I know, dork of the year. No judging:)
Flareon loves this thing. He has not left it since we got it set up. The kids have great video and pictures already. The tower really works fine in this house. I just shake my head, can't believe we have this kitten/cat/thing, and that we now have this tower. Oh snap.

See you tomorrow.

Monday, December 19, 2016


Good evening, it is Monday.

Tonight after taking Maren out to dinner, the kids and I decided to go see Star Wars Rogue One a second time. Well, Preston had not seen it, so we used that as an excuse to go again. After the movie we headed into the mall because the kids found a new skill crane. A turtle skill crane.
Not sure why these little turtles are so awesome, but they are. They will get to hang out with the little ducks from the duck skill crane on the other side of the mall. Hey, no judging!

Right across the way from the duck skill crane was Santa's Land. That's right, where you get to see Santa. Only the hour was late and Santa is old, so he and his elves were already asleep and his land was closed up. In my desire to raise well rounded kids, I convinced them to slip through the gap in the fences so I could take their pictures. It really was no trouble, I mean, these kids are super skinny.
Hansen and Lillie were not so fond of taking a Santa-less picture, but Preston called them over.
Ho Ho No Santa, No problem. Aren't these kids the best? Yup.

See you tomorrow.

Saturday, December 17, 2016

Rogue One!

Good evening, it is Saturday.

Last night: Rogue One.

If you don't know what I'm talking about, then the force is simply not with you. Yesterday was opening day of the new Star Wars movie "Rogue One". It is an interesting movie that kind of fills the gap between "Revenge Of The Sith" and "A New Hope". No spoiler alert here, I really liked the movie!
A Lillie and Hansen picture in front of the big Rogue One display.
And one with the rest of the group. Well, us oldies are not in the photo...
Is this a downed Darth Vader from the latest movie? Nope. This is our front yard. Darth is deflated and under a small layer of snow. Fitting really.
This isn't Star Wars! Even better, this is Lillie's band performing at the winter concert. The 8th grade band sounds great. Lillie is playing the trombone, and is seated above the piano in this picture.

See you tomorrow.

Saturday, December 10, 2016

Drive awhile, and Home!

Good morning, it is Saturday.

Preston got home from college yesterday! These kids in college have the best schedules ever. Preston and Hansen are on the same schedule and both are out of school more than a week earlier than the rest of us.
What happens first thing when Preston gets home from college? Yup, he and Lillie give each other haircuts! Looking good:)
Preston's trip home from school was pretty quick and uneventful! John and Carol drove up to Bellingham without issue, picked him up, and made it back home equally easy. The weather can be really strange around here with small convergence zones, so I'm very thankful the drive for them went so well.  Maren left to work about 10 minutes before Lillie and I (which was two hours later than usual for a late start due to weather). I took this cool picture of the handrail at the school as I showed up, then saw that Maren had been trying to text me. Like a million times. With horrible pictures like this:
And ugly tweets like this:
And other things that I simply can't repeat on my blog about being stuck in the world of no alternate routes!

Yup, she hit the convergence zone. Just 10 miles from my no snow picture (but cool ice on the railing), Maren was stuck in a snowpocalypse! Hwy 18 was closed in both directions as crashes were cleared and semi trucks were chaining up. Maren was NOT a happy camper! While John, Carol, and Preston went over 220 miles in like 5 hours with relative ease, Maren went like 20 miles in 4 hours with the total lack of fun. Doh! Maren did make it home, as did all us. Yay.

See you tomorrow.