Thursday, February 23, 2017

A Bumpy Stay-cation.

Good evening, it is Thursday.

Happy Birthday to my cousin Emily! And Happy Anniversaries to both My parents and Maren's parents! Both sets of our folks celebrate 48 years this month.

This President's week vacation is almost over! And what a strange vacation it's been. Only Lillie and I are on vacation as Hansen and Preston have school, and Maren has work. So it's kind of been dad/daughter stay-cation. We've gone to malls and restaurants. We've gone on walks. But what nearly 14 year old hipster wants to hang out with her dad the whole time? So Lillie decided to venture out on her own and walk to the stores to get some ice-cream and do some shopping. On her walk home, Lillie gets hit by a car! Yeah, no joke! In a crosswalk even! Lillie will be just fine. She has bumps, bruises, and a very sore knee. 911 was dialed. Lillie got to visit with police and firefighters. Once home, she and Maren took a trip to urgent care to make sure her knee was OK. Which it will be. But for now she is limping around and admiring some cool swelling.
This is a package I sent Preston. One of two. Yup, while his visit was great, too short really (Friday-Monday), he left a few things behind. LOL. On his visit he gave Lillie a very nice haircut. These are his scissors. He said he was needing a water bottle, so I sent him this one! Do you think he'll love it?
This picture is from just a few hours ago. I know, right. Snow/sleet/hail/whatever. The world was blanketed in snow. Just a few hours prior Lillie and I were driving in the sunshine! Is it spring yet?

Enjoy the rest of your President Week! This narrative of Lillie and I vacationing while the boys have school for four days will take a sad twist come June. The boys will get out of school toward the beginning of June, but due to snow days, Lillie and I will be in school till the bitter end of June...

See you tomorrow.

Saturday, February 18, 2017


Good morning, it is Saturday.

Preston is home for a long weekend and Maren is in Boston for a short weekend. Actually Maren is helping with the AAAS Science book and film awards. She has done this for many years now. Sounds like she is having a nice time. I've received a few cool pics of the city, I'm sure more will follow. This has been a very busy week, here are a few photos:
Lillie's school had their National History Day presentations/competitions Wednesday evening. Lillie's project was on Galileo and his work with the Copernican Theory. This huge display is thanks to lots of hard work on Lillie's part.
Lillie was one of the winners. What does that mean? She and her project move on to regionals. Not sure when or where regionals will take place, but we'll be there.
Really dad? A picture? Give me a break! LOL. I also like the poster to the left in this photo: Think like a Proton & be positive!
Hansen jumped in to make such a photo much more enjoyable. Then it was off to ice-cream. Congratulations Lillie!
Speaking of Hansen, he has no idea I took this picture. This is his super cool brain beanie. Carol made it for him to wear at the Science March in a couple months. Not sure if this brain beanie is making me smarter or not... Pinkie out SpongeBob!
With archery league going on and the tournament season just around the corner, it is time to put together more arrows. Last night I was fletching arrows. A before pic.
And an after pic. A new dozen for Hansen, half a dozen for me, and several repairs to older arrows. These arrows still need to be cut down, have the tips/inserts glued in, and have the nocks replaced with pin bushings and pin nocks. Saves quite a bit of $$$ to do this stuff yourself, and it's fun.

A couple of pics of the views out of Maren's hotel room. I'm sure I will have more photos to share soon. But for now, I may work on our taxes...

See you tomorrow.

Monday, February 06, 2017


Good morning, it is Monday.

Here is a picture out the front window. I'm in sweats and slippers, no reason to go outside in this! How do you like the Seattle Sounders Championship flag? Beats the heck out of any Patriots logo that seems to be filling my FB feeds. Can you even believe that game? The finish? Yuck!
The back yard looks even more amazing really. All the schools are closed today. Even the colleges! Preston and Hansen both get snow days as well. Maren lives by a simple and smart rule, if the school districts she would drive through to get to work are closed, she stays home. They're closed. She's home too. So yeah, quiet morning as Maren and the kids sleep in.
Hansen and Lillie won't wake up till noon today, but it is not like they didn't get to play in the snow this morning. Well, kind of. This picture of them was taken at 12:15 am. As in the middle of the night. Hansen promised Lillie he would go out in the snow with her after turning in his homework which was due by midnight. It is cool how in this digital age you simply submit your work by the end of the day and it's good.
Saturday Hansen and I participated in a Superbowl Safari archery tournament. It rained the whole time. And really, it was just a few degrees warmer in these photos than in the ones at the top of the post. This photo is the first in a trilogy.
This photo is taken from the deck that you saw Hansen standing on above. We are shooting down to a target on a little peninsula in a lake.
And the target up close after going over a little bridge. Hansen ended up shooting in the adult BHFS division and placing second!

Enjoy your snow day! See you tomorrow.

Friday, February 03, 2017

What Braces?

Good morning, it is Friday!

The KSD is on a 2 hour delay due to poor weather, so I've got time to goof off! I'm glad I found my blog, I should have found it 20 minutes ago before getting on social media and commenting on things. Hah!

This is how Lillie spent her morning the other day:
Yup, an hour and a half in the orthodontist's chair. But it was all worth it because:
No more Braces! Look at that perfect smile:) It has been a grueling couple of years with braces.
We celebrated before heading back to school. French fries! The photo before is the best pic I've got of Lillie's new smile. There were some very cute pics out in the world, but they didn't make it to my phone. Here she is Shapchatting the best photos to Preston. I don't mind being chopped liver.

See you tomorrow.

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

A Maren Party!

Good morning, it is Tuesday.

Over the weekend we got together with a bunch of other Ostergards and celebrated Maren's birthday! Maren was in Atlanta over her actual birthday weekend. But hey, you can't have too many birthday weekends, can you? Nope.
Much of the gang gathering for the party.
Maren getting ready to blow out candles. "What to wish for, what to wish for..."
The candles are out!
Yay! I got what I wished for! A Seattle Sounders Champions Hoodie. Let's leave the wishes for the world out of if for just one moment. Because. Blah.

For those wondering what an Olympic Recurve Bow looks like, Hansen has worked for a couple months assembling his new toy, and it was finally ready to go the other day:
See you tomorrow.

Saturday, January 28, 2017


Good morning, it is Saturday.

For last night's adventure, we headed down to IKEA. Why? Lillie says her only memories of IKEA were not being able to play in the ball pit and something else that I can't remember. That would be from like 10 years ago. And their ball pit back then was huge and gross. I offered to let her play in the ball pit last night, but nope, that ship has sailed.
You know IKEA, just a huge warehouse of rooms. Way too many ideas!
Sure, I could have taken photos of the Swedish meatballs, the amazing chairs, couches, art, all kinds of thing. But your last chance to use the TP on this roll...seemed like the best photo of the day:)
Actually, kids with cat pillows looking at art is better isn't it?

Guess what? John drove me down to pick up the van yesterday before this trip to IKEA. It got a new torque converter, seals, and fluid. It seemed to drive fine, maybe a little clunky at times. All covered by warranty, so yay! We were all happy to have the van back.

See you tomorrow.

Sunday, January 22, 2017

Women's Marches.

Good afternoon, it is Sunday.

Yesterday was quite a day huh? Maren and Mel were texing me photos from the marches they were attending. Here are a few:
Maren was working when the march in Atlanta started. But when her job was done she found the march in full swing.
The march in Seattle had this gang in the fray. Yup, that's Carol, Stef, Avery, Jack, and Melanie.
Mel sent us this sign. On social media there were so many photos of marcher and signs and such. Trump is clearly doing things, but I'm sure all the folks marching will be filling the emails of their district's representatives. I certainly can't fault anyone for being skeptical of a Trump presidency. One day into his term and the most trending term is #alternativefacts. I guess alternative facts is a fancy way to say, "we're just lying to your faces."
Here's a funny meme: It does feel like Plankton finally got the recipe to the Crabby Patty. Now what?

See you tomorrow.