Monday, June 30, 2008
Yesterday was a very hot day around these parts. It has been hotter here than where Maren is in California...except we don't have any air conditoning. In the heat of the afternoon, we decided to walk to the AM/PM and buy slurpees. Preston had his friend Alec and Lillie really wanted to invite Adi, but for that long of a walk in the heat, I was not about to bring extra 7 year olds. The AM/PM was great. Air conditioned with working slurpee machines (I did not even think the slurpee machine may not be working until just before we got there then I was just hoping it was working), it was like a vacation destination. I don't know what all the grumpy customers paying $4.39 per gallon of gas on a hot day thought of four kids totally ecstatic to be in an air condition slurpee providing store, but I can say the kids were enjoying life more than most of those adults.
Last night we had quite a thunder storm in the Cascade foothills, not too far from our house. Hansen and Lillie got totally freaked out by the thunder and lightning. Hansen was so upset he could hardly count the seconds between the lightning and the thunder, which never got closer than 6 seconds. Hansen does have his irrational fears...much like big dogs when he was younger. He did a good job of getting Lillie plenty worked up. Preston was having a great time taunting Hans and Lils by saying how we were all going to die and how he was going to stand in the doorway just so he could let the lightning into our house, counting wrong as to convince the littles that the lightning was right on top of us, and basically doing anything possible to make sure Hansen's fears were fully fueled. I had to keep on top of Preston or he would have gone way over over the top (not that he didn't) as the lightning had got him energized...or freaking out his easily freaked out little brother had him going. Anyhow, the only way anyone was going to get any sleep was to have everyone sleep downstairs on the floor. Hansen and Lillie were scared and wanted to sleep with me, and Preston had then convinced that if they slept upstairs the lightning would surely get them. So we did sleep down stairs and we are just now waking up as we did not even get calmed down enough with teeth brushed and sleeping arrangements made and lightning stopped until around midnight.
Today I am taking the kids to Wild Waves Theme Park. We had season passes a few years ago, but it was too tough to watch the kids when Lillie was two and three. We will try again as Lillie is not going to have any problem staying with Hansen, and Preston is old enough where I don't need to keep my eye on him every second. Hansen's friend who told us he was going at 11:00, just knocked on the door at 9:20 to tell us he is leaving. We will not hurry so fast, after breakfast we will be on our way.
See you tomorrow.
Sunday, June 29, 2008
Saturday, June 28, 2008
Friday, June 27, 2008
Thursday was a full day. I have some phone pics to show what the day was like, kind of. The phone does not take the best pictures, but it is so gosh darn convenient that I choose to use it anyhow. Maren did land safe and sound in California, we will see her again Tuesday evening.
Preston got a haircut!!! He looks so good with short hair! It was totally his decision...Maren always complained about his long hair and now feels a little guilty, but rest assured, Preston would never get his hair cut just to please his mom. He looks a lot taller as well. He is about as tall as his mom now, which is amazing.
Yesterday we went to the Library for a program put on by the Bug Chef. There were tons of kids and everyone got to eat a bug if they wanted to. This bug is a cricket. Yum!
Preston eating his cricket. He struggled with it the rest of the day. Water was necessary right away, then at home he was using mouth wash and brushing his teeth. Maybe a little dramatic IMO. Hansen and Lillie were smart enough to stay away from the bugs.
This is Lillie doing a Warrior Pose with the yoga part of Wii Fit. She enjoys her Nintendo time, I don't think it really matters what game she is playing, what counts is that she has the Nintendo and her brothers do not. Choosing a one player game like Wii Fit is a sure way that one of her brothers will not join in the game, then change the game to one of their own.
Hansen and his buddy Kole playing a game of Chess. Unfortunately for them I am their chess teacher...and I suck. But I do know how the pieces move, so that is something. Preston has gotten pretty good for his age and has played some at school.
Today it is supposed to get hot and stay hot for the weekend. Like in the 90's. I am teaching a golf lesson while the littles are in their last day of VBS. Preston will be with me hitting range balls while I teach. The rest of the day is open so we will probably just be hanging out.
See you tomorrow.
Thursday, June 26, 2008
With this nice weather, you know who is coming around the neighborhood a lot more these days. You guessed it, the Ice Cream Truck. The littles and all the neighborhood kids under the age of about 8 years old go nutty when an Ice Cream Truck comes around. I mean they loose their minds. They have no money, and for a few minutes, they have no minds. We get a few different versions of the ice cream truck. The one I always buy from is the Ice Cream Motorcycle. He is a local guy with good prices...but he is not who swings by the most. The one that is here the most is a Chevy Astro Van that looks like it has not been maintained for years, prices that are too high, and a driver that does not really even like children. To combat the Ice Cream truck total loss of brains syndrome, we just have to stock our own Popsicles. We can buy like 20 Popsicles for the price of one not so yummy SpongeBob Popsicle head from the ice cream truck. Lillie is the smoothest of the kids with brain loss. She runs to the truck, decides what she wants, then has no money. She actually is able to get others to buy her stuff just because she is so gosh darn cute, but that is not really right. So when I hear the music from far off, I have to go straight into either here is some money mode, or total defense mode...can't just let it go.
Today after VBS we are driving Maren to the airport for her week in Anaheim CA for ALA. She actually has an invite to dinner in some hidden restaurant inside of Disney Land called Club 33? Some fancy member only club that serves alcoholic beverages. She is acting all sad to leave us for a week, but Anaheim with friends for a week, meeting and partying about books in secret clubs inside Disney Land??? Who is she kidding...not me!
Today is a bug show at the local library we may attend. VBS, take Maren to the airport, and Goalie Training for Preston in the evening.
See you tomorrow.
Wednesday, June 25, 2008
Yesterday while the littles were in VBS, Preston and I took out our bicycles and rode into town...Covington that is, a whole 10 minute bike ride away. We first went to the AM/PM and got the biggest slurpee possible along with a Lotto Ticket. Then it was over to the Post Office to buy stamps, and finally over to Walmart for no real reason. We rode at a leisurely pace, took shortcuts when possible, and did not have to navigate three parking lots. I bet our trip on bicycle took the same as long as it would have in a car due to no parking lots and traffic and stuff. Besides, it was fun. I also figure I had better take Preston out on a few of these rides and show him how traffic behaves and how to lock his bicycle and stuff as he will be doing these trips with his friends soon enough.
After I picked the littles up from VBS, Melanie and the twins (and Katie the dog) came over for a visit. They are home alone this week as Court and Stef are in Florida on Business, and John and Carol have been in Minnesota for a reunion. Tomorrow Maren leaves for California and we will be short handed around here as well. We took our kids and the twins on a walk up the the school for some fun. Hansen, Preston and Preston's friend Andrew and I practiced batting while Lillie played on the bars and swings. Mel's twins took a short nap. There were so many kids up at the the school you would have thought school was in session. Then it was back home and grilled burgers for dinner. The twins are very cute, but Avery does not like the stroller or the car seat. Put her in the car seat or stroller and she cries and cries and cries and just does not stop. Hopefully she grows out of that funk as the stroller and the car were always a safety net for us when the kids were babies and would not calm down.
Today is also VBS, I will take Preston to the driving range during that hour and a half of no littles. Later Preston will have soccer practice and Lillie has her last dance class before the big recital this weekend. Hansen will be on easy street and just hanging out, except for if he wants any friends to come in the house to play, he will need to work on his room first.
See you tomorrow.
Tuesday, June 24, 2008
The nice weather is finally here. Yay.
Yesterday was the first day of VBS for Hansen and Lillie. They both have friends from school in their VBS classes and both seemed to enjoy themselves. Preston has decided he is too old to be in VBS, and he may be right...the class he would be in is good size, but may be mostly 4th graders. I took Preston to the driving range during yesterday VBS, and I may do the same today.
Maren took the second half of the day off yesterday (she is building a very good stash of vacation days and needs to take some time off) and we took the kids to the new Red Robin in Covington for Lunch. Red Robin was great. We have always had good meals and good service at Red Robin. The restaurant we have had such poor service at that we have no plans on ever returning is Applebee's. They actually forgot half of our food order, then blamed us for not pestering them about our order. Anyhow, it is nice to have a new Red Robin in Covington...we could walk there if we were up to a 25 minute walk. The new TV commercial for Red Robin is very catchy, if we talk about dining there, the kids go around saying in perfect pitch, Red Robin...Yummm.
Mel and the twins are scheduled to visit this afternoon. Maybe we will walk up to the school park and they can play baseball with Hansen and play on the big toy with Lillie...oh yea, they are only 3 months old, guess they can watch.
Maren is starting to get ready for her ALA conference in Anaheim California. She will leave on Thursday and returns the following Tuesday. She is getting all kind of great invitations to very cool dinners and such.
See you tomorrow.
Monday, June 23, 2008
Yesterday Maren and I got back to work on the daunting task of remodeling our bedroom. I got back to wall paper removal and we decided to get rid of our huge white Ikea dresser that I had in the bedroom. The big dresser was never very good, and one drawer was broken of late. Since our neighbor was holding a garage sale, the plan was to somehow get it down stairs, outside and put a free sign on it just hoping someone would take it. The thing was so big that we had to slide it on its end, then tip it on its lid, and kind of do the same down the stairs where we had a skate board waiting to roll it outside. Just as I was getting it to the sidewalk a big ford pick-up truck that had just stopped at the garage sale asked me if I was selling the dresser, I just said that they could have it if they wanted it. And just like that we had it loaded in their truck before I ever got it off the skate board. How cool is that. The guy also was hoping I wanted to sell my Coke machine, and made me an offer, but I think I want to hold onto the Coke machine for a few more years.
Yesterday the kids played outside most of the day. Preston and his friends Andrew and Alec were out on the loose on their bicycles. They are old enough now to be able to ride where they want to for the most part. They all have cell phones, so when it is time for Preston to come home I just call him and tell him to come home. Sometimes it is very nice for us parents to give the kids a cell phone.
I took Hansen up to the school park with a baseball bat and a bunch of tennis balls. Hansen has been bugging me to teach him to play baseball. It is too late to get him on a team this summer, so I think I will just take him to the school and teach him baseball skills on my own. This is probably a better introduction to the game for him anyway as we can leave after an hour no problem. Normally with kids (as I teach golf camps) I am teaching them to get rid of their baseball grip and use a golf grip, yesterday was the first time I have ever taught a kid to stop using a golf grip and to use a baseball grip. Hansen did very good with batting (when I could give him a decent pitch to hit) and he throws very well too. If Hansen keeps his interest in base ball, I will sign him up for a team next summer. Now with taekwondo out of the way, he is itching to do new sports. Sounds like baseball and tennis are on the top of his list. We have a few pickle ball rackets and pickle balls that we use out in the culde-sac to hit the ball back and forth. Once Hansen can get control of where he is hitting the pickle ball, then I will probably get him a tennis racket and let him try the full court.
Today is VBS for Hansen and Lillie from 10:00 to Noon. Preston decided to not be part of VBS this year as he thinks he is too old for it. I may force him to go to the driving range and hit some golf balls while VBS is in session, if it was up to him he would spend the time playing Guitar Hero at home alone. Guitar Hero for the Game Boy just came out...it looks very cool, Pres is saving his cash for that game now, it could take a while as he spent all his money buying Rock Band.
See you tomorrow.
Sunday, June 22, 2008
Yesterday we walked the neighborhood for garage sales around 10:00am and found one garage sale with some good treasures. Hansen got a cool little game boy type of game, Lillie got a pair of Barbie walkie-talkies, and Preston got a microphone to hook into his keyboard. The guy hosting the garage sale was a guy I was kind of friends with in High school. I recognized him and said hi, I don't think he would have recognized me, but he did remember me and we had mutual friends and grew up in the same area. Maren always freaks out when I can remember someone that I have not seen in 20 years, but living in Covington and growing up in Kent, it seems to happen on a regular basis.
Yesterday we had an Ostergard get together to welcome the twins. We got to see a bunch of cousins and relatives we don't usually see. The party was at Lake Tapps Island and even thought the weather was more overcast than sunny and in the low 70s, the kids all found the water to be the place to be. There was a slide into the lake, a couple of boats the kids got to be in charge of, and even a huge party barge that went for a trip around the lake. Lillie and Preston are boat and water lovers, Hansen not so much. The party boat actually had to come back in after a few minutes to drop off Hansen. The adults on the shore (like me, I also am not a friend of boats) thought that maybe Lillie was getting scared, nope, not Lillie...Hansen. Hansen went on his way catching tad poles while the party boat toured the lake. There was excellent food from every kind of salads to burgers and hot dogs to cake and deserts. I ate a ton! After Hansen got his second hot dog, he told Herm (one of John's brothers) that he was not allowed to leave the grill as he may be back! There was also a bean bag game similar to horse shoes called cornhole (which does not sound like a good name for anything really) that was quite fun. Courtney challenged me to a game and she was leading by 3 points until the bitter end, I caught up and tied the game on my last throw, then in an amazing sudden death performance, I won!!! I did not deserve to win, but luck was on my side. Below are pictures of the party, a few are lifted from Mel and Courts camera, you can see more pics at their blog site.
Lillie and Hansen in one of the boats available for fun.
Slane group at a table for a quick bite to eat.
Lillie getting a ride in yet another boat.
Hansen never turns down a good piece of cake.
Mel and Courtney with the twins Jack and Avery.
Saturday, June 21, 2008
Friday, June 20, 2008
Thursday, June 19, 2008
Yesterday was a golf day for me as John and Carol came out and treated Lillie to lunch and fun. I golfed Elk Run GC and played just fine, I hit my best shots on par 3s, but no hole-in-one today. After golfing I came home and did not leave again...that is very rare, as in I don't think that has happened this year. Yesterday we had no sports or activities so the kids just played outside with friends, then inside with friends, then outside with friends. The weather was nice and it was a nice change of pace. Tonight Hansen has Taekwondo, his last class for the year, and the way he is talking, for his life! Today is also the last full day of school for the school year, tomorrow is a half day and then done!
See you tomorrow.
Wednesday, June 18, 2008
Tuesday, June 17, 2008
Monday, June 16, 2008
I did not blog yesterday, but had a nice Father's Day. After spending the morning at Starfire for two soccer games (that resulted in Preston's team getting beat quite soundly both games) Preston and I met up with the rest of the family at John and Carol's house for Dinner and hanging out. I listened to the US Open on my radio as much as possible and watched some of it on TV at J and C's house. Amazing ending...actually it is not over, playoff today! Also at J and C's house were Stef, Mel, Court, and the twins. The twins are getting bigger and cuter all the time. Both Jack and Avery have the ability to go from happy to not happy in an instant...or half of an instant. I called my dad after the open. He called the Basketball game, but I am still rooting for Boston...we are Ray Allen fans here in Seattle.
Friday night Maren and I had a very nice dinner at the 25th Anniversary Dinner for the Children's Alliance in Down Town Seattle. We got to see Governor Christine Gregoire and others talk about the importance of fighting for children's rights. Maren saw several folks she knows from different circles, it was quite a fancy affair.
Stef and Corey watched the kids when we were out. We picked up Preston in the evening as he had his two soccer games in the morning, but Hansen and Lillie got to spend the night at their place. We caught up with Lillie and Hansen at John and Carol's house. They [Hansen and Lillie...and hopefully Stef and Corey] had a great time and came home with plenty of Hertz logo stuff.
Today is an easy day. Nothing on the books other than Lillie's year end gymnastics olympiad this evening. And the weather should be nice today!
See you tomorrow.
Saturday, June 14, 2008
Last night was the school carnival at GL. The weather was perfect and the kids had a great time. The PTA was selling a family of 4 pass to the carnival which included 2 shirts, 4 dinners and 4 admissions. We sent the check with Hansen a few weeks ago and never heard anything. I guess the shirts and stuff came home with the kids a few days ago, but Hansen just thought it came home with Preston, and Preston assumed the stuff came home with Hansen. Anyhow, somewhere along the line our check got lost (It has not been cashed yet, but the PTA does not always cash checks quickly) and we did not have any stuff. Anyhow, we went to the carnival and had a very nice time. Lillie was off like a rocket, she hung out with a couple of dance class friends the first half of the carnival, then hung out with Lily R.R. the second half of the carnival. Hansen was all about the prizes. He hung out on the cake walk and the fishing booth just to collect as many prizes as possible. Preston hung out with a pack of kids from his class and had a super time as well. Preston is now at the age where the phone is starting to ring and there are girls on the other end of the line. He will answer the phone and go away and talk (usually it is his cell phone) then if we ask who was on the phone, his answer is "a classmate".
Tonight Maren and I are going to a fancy dinner/evening thanks to the Foundation for Early Learning. They are a sponsor of Children's Alliance's 25th Anniversary Celebration Gala and invited Maren to bring a significant other...or me, and attend. The kids will spend the evening with Stef and Corey and surly have a great time.
See you tomorrow.
Friday, June 13, 2008
Blueprint on how to start a fight at our house if your name is Lillie? You wait until the Blues Brother's theme song on the Drake and Josh show comes (or really any song on the radio that Preston and Hansen like) on, then you sing it as loud as you can realizing you don't really know the words. Even though Preston begs you to shut your trap, then he demands that you go away, you keep singing away. Then Hansen jumps in and starts to push and punch you until your are no longer singing, but screaming in pain. Then everyone is yelling as no one can hear the song. Finally your dad comes in and busts everyone. Next is the typicla lecture about how you just can't beat up your little sister no matter what...no matter what, followed by a talk about appropriate singing etiquette. What is appropriate singing etiquette you wonder? I say sing if you feel moved to sing, but don't sing just to make your brothers mad. Anyhow, this is how we ended our evening last night...how we spend much of the time in the car, and how we spend far too much time in our lives.
Tonight is the school carnival at Grass Lake. Should be fun and it sounds like the weather should be ok...about 62 and overcast.
See you tomorrow.
Thursday, June 12, 2008
Well, Maren is finally home after a fun day in the skies. Her plane left New Orleans an hour late which made her hour and a half layover into a 20 minute sprint for the terminal. She made it there only to be told that they could not believe she made it and her seat had just been given away. She was still able to get a seat on the plane, but was now in the isle rather than in her preferred window seat. Well, she was on the plane, only the plane had no pilot. Due to delays of another plane, her pilot was late...then there was an issue with maintenance. The plane (fully loaded and happy to give her seat away because she was running late due to their earlier plane) sat for two hours before leaving. Maren was supposed to be at SeaTac at 9:30, which is not too late in asking her parents to pick her up (she left her car at their house), but arrived more like midnight. Luckily her dad stayed up and picked her up. We saw her around 1:00 this morning.
Yesterday was Lillie's last day of dance class before her big recital. The kids showed off the routine to any parents hanging out...it is very fun. One fun part is where they skip in, do a loop-de-loop into their spots, then shake their booties and pretend to be playing an air Trumpet. Yesterday I signed Lillie up for Disney Princess Camp, a 4 day summer camp for girls her age at Dance Arts. I am sure she will love the camp.
I golfed yesterday as John and Carol came out to hang with Lillie. They were looking a little worn out from their busy grand kid schedule. They both spent all of Monday, spent the night Monday night, then stayed until Tuesday evening at Mels to help with the twins as Court has been in Florida for business. John said it was like Eight hours after they got home from Mel's house and they were at my house, and I figure they will be out to North Bend again this morning after being up very late to pick up Maren from the airport. Good thing they are going on a 10 day vacation in just over a week! My game was pretty good, not quite as sharp since Lillie has finished school for the year. When she was in school, I would go to the practice range once a week while she was in school. No complaining here, just happy to get the chance to golf.
Today is Taekwondo, maybe. Hansen is quiting after this last two weeks are done and getting him to even go is just not worth it. He says he wants to play soccer and tennis and he thinks Taedwondo is just getting to boring. Taekwondo is a pretty structured and ridged environment that was great for him the first year, the second year he was just going for the sparring and the new belts...now he is just done. I can fully understand as that was how I felt about Cross Country Running as kid. The first years it was new and I was good at it, then for a while I suffered thru workouts just to do well at the races, and then I was just done...and I have never looked back. I say if your not having fun at your game, it is time to find a new game.
See you tomorrow.
Wednesday, June 11, 2008
Yesterday after speech class, Lillie and I went out on the town (actually, we ventured all the way to Kent East Hill) and ran errands. First stop Joes Sports to fix Preston's bicycle. His freewheel has been busted and he was using a pedal brake wheel from Hansen's old bicycle. One new freewheel and two fixed bicycles. Then over to Target. Lillie needed a new bicycle helmet as hers was old and cracked, she also needed new training wheels for her bigger bicycle. We found a cute skater type of Polly Pockets helmet (one that came with a Polly Pockets Doll...one way to sell a helmet to a young girl, give her a doll with purchase) and hopefully once she gets used to this bicycle a little, she will be ready to take off the training wheels. I was looking for slip on shoes for her as well, but we did not find any that fit the bill. I did find an Adidas golf hat in the clearance for cheap for myself. Then over to Ivar's for lunch. Kids eat free with an adult meal. With just one adult and one child, it makes for a great deal and a good lunch.
Last night Hansen worked on his book report for about an hour while Preston played Guitar Hero and Lillie did art work. I am sure Hansen's teacher wants him to do the book report himself, rather than his parent doing it for him, but it is just a shame that he has to race through it so fast. He spent plenty of time reading his book and enjoyed the book, but his answers to the questions are so short and incomplete that I just cringe when reading it. Oh well, I gave him one or two, "you should really try to explain this better" comments, but I think he was on to bigger and better things. I guess a second grade book report with one week left in school for the year should look short and to the point. Tonight he will work on his Diorama.
Maren called last night and said she had a very nice dinner with my Aunt Susanna and Uncle Johnny last night in New Orleans. Today is a travel day for her. She gets into the airport around 9:30 pm, which means while she technically gets home today, we will not see her until around 11:00pm, and the kids won't see her until tomorrow.
Today Preston has a class field trip to the Point Defiance Zoo and I plan on golfing. Luckily for all of us the rain is supposed to stop (it has not stopped yet!) and the day should be a cool but dry day with nicer weather on the books for the next hand full of days.
See you tomorrow.
Tuesday, June 10, 2008
Yesterday was sure rainy and windy and cold around our house. Last night the wind was blowing very hard and the power was flickering on and off...I thought it was going to be a dark evening. But we never lost power and by bed time the wind calmed down for the most part and we all slept just fine. The back yard is covered in leaves and small branches, but everything seems to be where it should be.
The most exciting thing that happened yesterday was that I stopped by the store and bought ice-cream. You would have thought that the kids had never had ice-cream before in their entire life times the way they were excited for ice-cream...and just chocolate was perfect. We ate ice-cream and watched American Gladiators. Last night was the night featuring the HULK and one of the gladiators was spray painted green and did look rather Hulkish. I think I will go to the library one of these days and see if you can check out the old Hulk TV shows so the kids can see some David Banner getting a little angry...then a lot angry...then turn into Lou Frigno (sp?). The movie previews look like it is all computer animated now rather than on the TV shows where the Hulk was just a huge human.
Last night on the news they have a new segment called Money Saving Mondays with Jesse Jones...da da da. It cracks me up that Jesse Jones is in these money savings and consumer advocate roles as he is the most extremely intense news reporter ever. Anyhow, last night the big way to save money was...da da da...check out movies from the King County Library System. Go Library! We saw more of Jesse Jones calling himself Jesse Jones than the actual Library, but a little extra prime time advertising for the Library was cool.
Today is another basic day. Hansen has taekwondo in the evening, and that is about it.
See you tomorrow.
Monday, June 09, 2008
Yesterday I got Hansen back, and gave up Connor. John and Carol got their house back and gave up Hansen and Kole. I am sure everyone of us is mostly happy to be back where we belong. Sounds like Hansen and Kole had a great time at their overnight. They got to see the new Indiana Jones movie and shop at the dollar store. Sounds about perfect. Preston and Connor had a fine time as well. We watched Uncle Buck and the boys mostly played Nintendo and goofed off. The soccer game was a bust. Again the boys did not have their regular coach...I know the assistant does his best, but it is just not quite the same. They got beat 0-5. Carol and John got to see the second half of the game and brought a picnic lunch for all of us after the game. We just walked over the park the kids ate and played...until they could not behave like proper citizens and we had to leave. Lillie got to play with her friend Lily and they had fun as always. Starfire was having some type of international tournament in the stadium and the place was just packed. The place is a soccer Mecca.
In the evening we walked up the school. We ran into Kole and Christian as well as Cierra and Allison. The kids all had friends to hang with and it was a nice way to wind down the weekend.
Three and a half days until Maren is back. Sounds like she is having a good time in N.O.
Today is back to school, gymnastics and soccer.
Sunday, June 08, 2008
Maren arrived in New Orleans just fine last night and was in her hotel room by 10:00pm. She is probably conferencing away today.
Yesterday we got Hansen and Kole to John and Carol's house just fine. I had Preston, Connor, and Lillie with me and we were lucky enough to be fed lunch before taking off. The funny lunch story was the ketchup. On the counter near where the hot dogs were being dressed was a bottle of Catalina French Dressing. Both Preston and Kole put that on their hot dogs thinking it was ketchup. About two bits into his hot dog Preston started to complain. Kole make it a few bites as well. Once the ketchup snafu was discovered, the boys got to have new buns and regular ketchup...phew. I was cracking up.
On the way home from the Ostergard's house we stopped by the music store to trade a box of #2 clarinet reeds for a box of #2.5 reeds...I guess Preston's band teacher thinks he is getting a little bit better and could benefit from stronger reeds.
We also went to Joe's Sports to buy Preston new Soccer shoes. His old ones split in the toe and for the last game and few practices, his right foot has been covered in Duct Tape. I thought it looked quite tough, but he needed new boots. We looked at the cool motorized mini bike on sale for like $200.00 after rebate. I told Preston that he should bring his mom to Joe's when she gets back and convince her to buy the mini bike for me for Father's Day. With him on my side, anything is possible...but Noooo. Preston goes into a lecture about how I shopped the Dollar store with the kids for Mom's Mother's Day gifts and that if I thought I would have wanted something expensive for Father's Day, I should have maybe spent a bit more on Mother's Day. What gives??? I though he would be on my side. It turns out the kids are quite loyal to their mom, guess I will need to plan better next year.
Last night went smoothly around here and it will be off to soccer in an hour.
See you tomorrow.
Saturday, June 07, 2008
Maren just left for her trip to New Orleans. She says it gets harder to leave on these week long trips every year...but she does have a very nice time when she is there. She just left at 9:00 am our time, and she will not get to her hotel in New Orleans until around 10:30 pm. How is that for a long day of travel? Last night when we [the family] were talking about today, Lillie and Hansen were jumping on Maren saying "don't leave Mom, we want you to stay!" She will get home very late on Wednesday evening. This is actually an extra trip, not really planned, she will be going on her regular trip to Anaheim later this month.
Yesterday was the School BBQ at Grass Lake. Lillie and I bought lunch tickets and joined in the fun. It was raining SO hard the entire time. The most fun to be had [according to Lillie] was to stick you hand in the down pour of water where the gutters were overflowing and the water was falling as if being shot from a Fire Hydrant. Hansen's lunch was first and Hansen enjoyed having me and Lillie hang with him. We ate outside under the overhang [in the cold] as the inside of the gym was over full and the high school band, that was very good mind you, was just too loud for little ears. After eating Lillie followed Hansen and his friends around, and found some of her own friends to hang with. 45 minutes later we got to do it again with Preston and his friends. I think Lillie was never so happy to get back in the dry car when it was finally time to leave. Lillie did do a very good job of embarrassing Preston by giving him a little hug in front of his friends...the HORROR!
Today at Noon we will have Connor over for the weekend. Connor and Preston are on the same soccer team and they have a game tomorrow. Hansen and Kole will be spending the night at John and Carol's house tonight, so basically I am just trading one kid for another. Should work out just fine.
See you tomorrow.
Friday, June 06, 2008
Is it really supposed to be cold and raining on a Friday in June??? NO! Today is a BBQ at the boy's school that me and Lillie will be attending. Brrr. Maybe we will be eating in the gym?
Yesterday was the 5th and everyone in this family knows that the 5th is allowance day. Hansen started jockeying for shopping time after taekwondo class the other day, he likes Walmart, Target, and Fred Meyers...he can't decide. Preston's favorite store is the dollar store (unless he has tons of $$$ and then GameStop is at the top of the list), and Lillie likes the toy department at Fred Meyers.
Not only did the kids have their regular allowance, but Carol added a few bucks for each of them as well, and for Maren, who also enjoys the dollar store. I dropped Preston and Maren off at the Dollar store, and took the littles over to Fred Meyer. Lillie chose a collection of three Barbie Mariposa dolls that are very cute, and has a few dollars left over for a future shopping trip. Hansen tried and tried to get me to lend him even more money, but he had like $23.00 to spend (or save, or spend part and save part) because everything he wanted was suddenly $26.00. It is amazing with Hansen, if he has only $5.00, everything he want is suddenly $7.00...you get the picture. But true to allowance rules, he only had his money...if he wanted more, he could wait until next allowance. Anyhow, he did a fine job in the end. He purchased a Star Wars action figure and a Nerf Type of crossbow. I think he is actually getting tired of Legos as he looked at them first and switched to the Star Wars action figure. I think Hansen is going through a growth spurt of some kind as he is also getting very tired of taekwondo, I think after this month he will choose to be done. I have told him he can take the summer off and start back in the fall if he wants, but I get the feeling he will decide to play soccer and taekwondo will be a thing of the past. He has a purple belt now and it would be like another year plus of twice a week or three times per week classes before he would earn his Black Belt. However is fine with me. Anyhow, enough rambling, Preston purchased like 5 bags of candy at the dollar store and pocketed the rest of his $$$. Maren bought herself and the kids some fun stuff at the dollar store. I spend all my extra money at Chambers Bay the other day. Next allowance day...July 5th, hmm, maybe we will give out allwoance a few days early so the kids can buy their own fireworks?
Today we have the BBQ at the school, then in the evening Maren will be packing like mad for her 5 days in New Orleans.
See you tomorrow.
Thursday, June 05, 2008
Wednesday, June 04, 2008
I will be waking the kids up early because Grass Lake has a special breakfast for all the folks who volunteer at the school during this school year. I get to have the kids serve me breakfast or something. I am sure it will be a fun morning, the kids are excited that we are going.
This afternoon I am very excited to be golfing at Chambers Bay Golf Course. It is the newest fanciest course in probably the whole country. The US open will be there in several years and I will let you know tomorrow it is worth all the hype in my opinion. I will be golfing with a neighbor and a friend from Elk Run. I had always figured my first round at Chambers Bay would be with our friend Larry Nelson who is in the midst of battling throat cancer and can't play right now. Larry lives right near the course and is and has been more excited than anyone about everything to do with Chambers Bay Golf Course. I will try to hit a good shot or two for Larry today.
See you tomorrow.
Tuesday, June 03, 2008
This is a rainy morning. Glad I cleaned out the gutters yesterday. All but the very high ones...I don't really do tall ladders. When the gutters are starting to sprout little trees from all the seedlings that fall, you know they need to be cleaned. I found two GI-Joe action figures, one Nerf Dart, and three paper air-planes. I do need to do the higher gutters on a dry day as I can actually see some kind of toy hanging halfway in/out of the gutter. Of course Lillie was confused when I told her to come outside and clean the gutters with me. She calls utters gutters. She was like "we are going to clean a cow's...you know...these things???" No, gutters, not utters you goof ball.
The littles had a fun evening on the neighbor's trampoline. I usually don't let them on the trampoline because the games on their get kind of rough and if you ever watch AFV, you know trampolines are injury magnets, also the gymnastics folks always preach against home trampolines. Anyhow, Lillie snuck herself up on the trampoline and was having a great time, so I just looked away for awhile. Hansen and Kole had gotten their walkie talkies out and were on a self prescribed spy mission when they spotted one Lillian Slane jumping gleefully on the trampoline. The spies made a beeline to me to tell me the news. So I fixed the situation with a small band aid...I just let Hansen go on the trampoline with Kole after Lillie and Adi were finished. Of course as all great plans go, Preston spied Hansen on the trampoline as he was on his way home from soccer practice and tried to get Hansen busted.
Today I have the refrigerator repair person checking in on our fridge. It seems the ice maker must have a small leak as dripping water is forming lumps of ice in the freezer. We will see what they say. The fridge has been doing fine of late, maybe this is a simple fix.
See you tomorrow.
Monday, June 02, 2008
This weekend was a fun one. Saturday we had our friends Mick and Susan over for a BBQ, only we did not BBQ, rather we had a bunch of good Taco based dishes. Yum. Susan did a good job as lead singer during a 10 minute stint of Rock Band. Mick and Hansen [and I] were working on their chipping and pitching in the back yard. I suspect we will be finding golf balls in the craziest places for the next few weeks...Spif enjoyed making himself a target as often as he could. In the evening we had the fire pit going, it was fun to make smores and hang near the fire. Preston asked all day to have his friend Andrew come over to do the fire pit with us. We said fine, then they did the fire pit for all of five minutes before going back to playing Rock Band.
Sunday brought a super early wake up time as Preston had a Soccer game at 8:30 am. I had the Hansen and Lillie with me as well as Connor who rode to the game with us. The team never really took control of the game and lost 3-0. It was a very physical game with lots of shoving and tripping and stuff. I took Lillie and Hansen to the little lake and the park so they did have fun, other than just rolling down the hill. The two littles were on each others nerves from moment one. Hansen running in front of Lillie and blocking her path, Lillie not letting Hansen on the teeter totter with her, and so on and so on.
In the afternoon we went to the Oman house for a lunch to honor Maggie and Camden's dedication at their church. More good food, and a little sports watching on the TV. Maren's parents left just a few minutes before Mel, Court and the twins showed up. I am guessing they [John and Carol] get plenty of twins time in, but everyone was like, poor John and Carol, they just missed the twins. Lillie and Claire get along amazingly well, they never seem to argue and they have no problem changing into and out of different outfits then showing off their fancy looks to anyone who will look. The boys all got along just fine as well...even Preston seemed to enjoy whatever game they were playing. Seems to me they were designing and flying paper airplanes. The hardest part getting ready to leave was to get Lillie to put her own clothes back on. We would tell her to go change and she would, just not into her own clothes. The kids are very lucky to get to hang with their cousins on such a regular basis. I think this has been three of the last four weekend that at least some of the cousins have been together.
Today is back to a Monday. School, gymnastics, soccer and so on.
See you tomorrow.