Wednesday, December 31, 2008

New Years Eve.

Good morning, it is Wednesday.

Yesterday Lillie got to go over to her friend Lily's house and play for a few hours. Lily also has older brothers who have tons of friends to visit and hang with while she is too young for all the fun. So it was good to get the Lillians together. They played Barbie and the Diamond Castle, sisters, and matcher pets.

Yesterday I was introduced to a game called Blokus. It is a fun game where you try to put all your blocks that are kind of tetris shaped onto a board.

Tonight we will be staying awake until next year! We have a few fireworks and sparklers left over from the 4th of July that we will light off...if the weather permits. I enjoy all the dumb "see you next year" jokes this time of year. Lillie has even caught on. She is now ok with waiting until next year for me to get down the extra movie box from the long as next year is tomorrow!

See you next year.

Monday, December 29, 2008

Goodbye gleaning.

Good morning, it is Monday.

Maren is off to work today. We have so much slop and slush in our culd-e-sac that her car could hardly get out of the driveway. All the main roads are just fine, but the back roads that never saw a snow plow are still bad.

Being snowed in as we have been, I don't think Maren minded going into work at the least. We have not gotten to do many things we would do this time of year, such as going to Zoo Lights, spending a day downtown, or even just driving around looking at Christmas Lights in some of the fancier neighborhoods around the area. Quite frankly we are all on each others nerves just a bit...actually, it is more parents vs. kids these days. Preston and Hansen think they should be able to do what they want, when they want as it is vacation. Why not just become a nocturnal human while on vacation? Why not play Nintendo all day? Why not stay up all night? Why not sulk around the house because there is nothing to do? Why not just drive your parents batty? We all need this sloppy snow to melt so we can kick the kids outside! Hansen and I have been taking some refuge in the garage. Hansen rides his skateboard, I fiddle with bicycles. I took my cheap mt. bike apart, will paint the frame and fork, then put it back together as a single speed. When done, it will be perfect for parking in the rain all day long at school. I don't really like parking my good bicycle in the rain all day. This cheap mt. bike was one that I found at a garage sale for $10.00 last summer.

Sunday was our last gleaner day. Maren and I (mostly Maren, but I filled in plenty) have been part of a local food bank gleaner organization. We used to do a pick up every Saturday, but when our Saturday pick up fizzled toward the end of the summer, we were switched to a Sunday pick up. Sunday has never really worked for our family as it interferes with it became gleaning vs. church. When I got my new job, it just made sense to quit the gleaners. All this snow has done wonders to the ordering and bread making at the local stores. Yesterday I did the run (too much snow for Maren's car) and had 3 shopping carts full of bread. The picture below is my van totally overstuffed with 150 loaves of day old bread, 150 lbs of produce, and about 20 pastries to bring the the gleaners. I know Maren will miss the gleaners a bit, but it is nice to have one less thing on the to do list.

See you tomorrow.

Saturday, December 27, 2008

Lillie the Leopard

Lillie has always loved leopard print clothing. She has leopard pants, tights, shirts, gloves, and now shoes. This morning she has most of her leopard gear on. I asked her if I could take a picture of her leopard outfit, and she insisted on crawling on the ground like a leopard.

See you tomorrow.

Friday, December 26, 2008

Christmas Day, Artwork.

Good morning, it is Friday.

Christmas Day was a nice day at our house. We woke up early and opened plenty of presents. Around lunch time John, Carol, Mel, Court, Stef, Jack and Avery braved the snow to spend a few hours at our house. We had Left over Swedish Meatballs for dinner, yum. Hansen had Kole over for a long time, Preston went out and played in the snow with Connor, and Lillie just enjoyed hanging out with everyone. The kids did each get a new video game, so the Wii has been on non-stop it seems. When they get bored with the Nintendo, or their rude parents tell them it is time to take a break, they usually go find other ways to be creative. Below are some photos of artwork from the last couple of days.

When Preston gets tired of solving the Rubik's Cube in 33 seconds (he had a good solving method, but he could not get faster than like a minute, so he has been learning a different method that has taken his time down to closer to 30 seconds), he likes do do pencil drawings. This is his Naruto collection from yesterday.
Hansen likes to draw action stuff, but he really enjoys building things. These are a couple of his Lego inventions from the last couple of days. Hansen made a little pot-holder knitted type thing for Jack and Avery, then hand made an elaborate set of instructions on how to use the different loops for holding different toys and such, I don't have a picture of any of it, but it was quite elaborate and Hansen was proud of his work.

Lillie likes to draw on the white board of the easel. Her color choices are limited on the dry erase side of things, but this is her drawing of Belle, Aurora, and Snow White as seen on a princess makeup gift she got for Christmas.
The snow does not look much different from our windows just yet. The temps have gone up above the freezing point and in a few days we may see colors other than just white out the windows.
See you tomorrow.

Thursday, December 25, 2008

Merry Christmas

Good Morning, it is Thursday. Merry Christmas everyone!

This is the first white Christmas since 1990! Maren and I were going to get married just before Christmas in 1990, but the snow closed the courthouse on that day, so we actually do remember the last white Christmas. We rescheduled for Jan 3rd 1991 and the rest is history.

Last night we had a very nice Christmas Eve dinner at the Ostergard's. Mel, Court, Jack, Avery, and Stef were there as well. The twins got a little walker wagon that was the hit of the day, Jack pushed Avery around and around and around. I left my camera at John and Carols (along with the back up batteries) so I can't show you the cool pics I took on the drive of the roads and the trees.

Below are a few pictures from last night and this morning:

This is Lillie with the cookies and carrots for Santa and the Reindeer. Lillie wanted to go to bed early, but then could not fall asleep!
This is a panorama photo that I took with my phone camera. The kids actually slept until about 8:00am. Lots of gifts and fun. A bit scaled back from years past, but very nice none the less. Now the day will consist of watching A Christmas Story (non stop, for the rest of the day) and playing with new toys and stuff.

This picture is with the panorama option on my phone camera as well. This one is standing just outside the back slider looking into the back yard on Christmas morning. We must have had an additional 3 inches last night. We will be heading into a warming trend and in another week I am sure the snow will be gone.
Merry Christmas, see you tomorrow.

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Uncle Corey visit, Hansen saying of the day, more snow.

Good morning, it is Wednesday.

Yesterday we drove Maren into work as she was due to work. She had not been in since last Tuesday and figured it would be good to get some work time in. The roads were not too bad and it was nice to get out. Since we were in Issaquah, we decided to meet up with Corey and wish him a Merry Christmas. He ended up taking us out to lunch and we had a very nice visit. After dropping Corey back off at work, we just wandered from store to store. The kids are slurpee aficionados...even in the snow, so at Target, I bought them slurpees, talk about a few freezing kids.

Today the quote of the day is from Hansen, "That's amazing! How could Lillie hand off her chocolate and still be happy?" Yup, after dinner each kid had a very cool five inch chocolate reindeer that they received from my Aunt Sally. These had been out on the table for a few days and every day we would hear, "can we eat these now?" Finally last night was when they got to eat them. They each started on the solid chocolate head, demolished the hollow mid section, and although full, worked through the solid feet area...that is except Lillie, she figured she had enough and offered the feet area to me. As Lillie was handing off the chocolate feet, Hansen seemed to think that was a very foolish move, thus the quote of the day.

This morning we have another 3+ inches of snow and it is still falling. When will it stop? We have no way of knowing, it does not seem to be slowing, we have no idea where we are going, the danger must be growing! That is our little snow song as taken from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. If any of you have seen Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory as many times as we have seen it, you know the song.

Today we are scheduled to head out to the Ostergard's house for Christmas Eve. The boys don't mind tons of snow to miss school, but the possibility of missing Christmas Eve has got them wishing it would stop snowing. I figure we will have no problem traveling, but our evening may be ending a few hours early just to make sure we are not traveling in the really bad stuff.

See you tomorrow.

Monday, December 22, 2008

Happy Hanukkah, Football, Snow.

Good morning, it is Monday.

Happy Hanukkah. Like Amber (, we also have a nice Menorah and all the liturgy as passed down from Grandpa Sandler. In a fast paced world where Santa is everywhere, kids all have a handheld Nintendo and a cell phone, it is nice to be able to slow down, remember traditions of the past and make new ones for the future. My favorite meal of the year is probably Swedish Meatballs...only two more sleeps as Lillie would say.

Yesterday in the snow we had a big neighborhood football game. Three adults and 5 kids with the youngest being Preston and Connor. My team was me, Preston, Chase, and Christian. We were going against Jim (Christian's dad), Dan (adult neighbor), Sam and Connor. Luckily, me and my team prevailed...I even got to make the last game ending catch! Yeah baby. It is a good thing, because I would hate to be as sore as I am (I can barely walk) and not have won the game!

There is more snow outside at our house than I have ever seen [at our house]. Everything from the roads to the trees to the rooftops looks like a ski resort, not Covington. Maren is totally itching to get out. She has been home from since last Tuesday and is ready to move on. We may drive her into work today, but then again, we may not. Who knows!

See you tomorrow.

Sunday, December 21, 2008

We surived the storm, and the Nutcracker too.

Good morning, it is Sunday.

I almost titled my blog "The storm was one heck of a Nutcracker.", but that just did not sound right.

It did snow a ton, it was very windy, but we never lost power (knock wood) and now things should calm down a little. They still say snow and cold for the next week, but not in the teens for temps and not in the 40-70s for winds. I just went outside to get the newspaper and it must have snowed around 4 inches last night. The strange thing about the snow is that it was also quite windy and the snow has a strange little crusty top layer. Every step crunches through the top layer then sinks down a few inches.

We also did trek out yesterday so Lille, Maren, and Carol could see the Nutcracker Ballet. On the way to pick up Carol and drop the boys off with John, the roads in Covington were not too bad, there were clear areas for the car tires to drive on. The freeways were no problem, but Burien appeared to have gotten more snow than anywhere else and the show plows had forgotten about them. The roads were just compact snow and ice. Preston, Hansen, and John went to the park to sled, and had a great time. I drove Maren, Lillie and Carol to the see the Nutcracker, and I just walked around downtown Renton checking out the stores. The snow and wind started up about a half an hour before the show was over and the drive home was all white, but no problem. The roads were so cool the way the wind was blowing snow all over the roads, it almost looked like you were driving on snow flames.

Today we will watch the Seahawks last football game of the year from the comfort of our own home. Thousands of fans will head down to the stadium in the snow to freeze and fight a traffic nightmare only to sit in the new uncovered football stadium...I figure many of the fans have been just dreaming of a snow day like today to watch football. The forecast does not show more show falling, so the TV may not show the true amount of snow that is everywhere.

See you tomorrow.

Saturday, December 20, 2008

Sledding, Snow, football, power?

Good morning, it is Saturday.

I did not even realize until late that I did not post a blog yesterday. Well, yesterday there was no school and there is even more snow on the ground than a few days ago. The kids were all a bit bummed out to miss school on Friday. Friday was supposed to be party day for all their classrooms, instead it was day two of winter vacation. The big kid played a lot of football in the snow. Preston gets bored with neighborhood football, but the snow added a bit of excitement and they played a lot of football. I taped about 5 minutes of one of their games with my video camera...maybe I will post it later. I brought Hansen and Kole up to the school for more sledding. There were tons of kids once again, not quite as crazy as before, but the hill was faster than ever. Kole ended up getting wiped out by a slider and has a big swollen lip, ouch. I also got about 5 minutes of good sledding footage on my video camera, I may post some of that as well. Lillie decided she just did not need to go up to the school to freeze her booty off, so she stayed home with Maren and baked cookies and rested on the couch...good decision!

Today is a spooky day according to the forecasters. It is just cold (17 degrees) and calm right now, but starting this afternoon along the foothills of the cascades (that usually creeps just to our house) there is suppose to be sustained 40 to 60 mile per hour winds with gusts reaching Hurricane speeds. Also the temperature will not rise above the mid 20s. And on top of that, we could get another 6+ inches of snow tonight. They are figuring on wide spread power outages and lots of fallen trees! How is that for a doom and gloom forecast? I hope they are not quite right and things are just a bit calmer than they think.

Maren, Lillie and Carol are supposed to see a performance of The Nutcracker in Renton today. The performance is from 1:30 to about 3:30 and should be great. With the roads and the upcoming weather, we may or may not go. Who wants to be stuck on the roads during true blizzard conditions? We will see.

Enjoy the day, hopefully will have power the next few days and I will see you tomorrow.

Thursday, December 18, 2008

Snow day.

Good morning, it is Thursday.

SNOW DAY! This is the first full day off from school we have had due to snow! Last night the snow reports looked like not much and yesterday was much more mild than the weather folk had forecast. The kids all went to bed figuring I would be waking them up early for school. Not today! We have a couple of inches of new snow and the temps are just falling. Who knows if we will have school tomorrow or not. The trees look so cool with show on each and every branch. By the messes on the local freeways, many folks must have left just before the snow started because there are backups everywhere.

Maren is taking the day off as well. She had one meeting that has been canceled and the rest is just vacation. Maren is sprawled out on the new couch watching the traffic messes on TV and very happy not to be going into work today.

See you tomorrow.

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

400 posts and the couch is here!

Good morning, it is Wednesday.

Today is my 400th post. Wow. But even more unbelievable than the fact I have posted 400 times is that we did in fact get the new couch delivered yesterday. Maren's parents, grandma, sister Mel and the twins all came out to visit. And they all got to see the new couch first thing. Hansen was in fact the first to sit on the new couch, and he approved. The picture below is the couch with Lillie, Hansen and Maren having no trouble warming up to it. It seems a little bigger than I had thought, but we do like it a lot. Now I have to re-hang the pictures and re arrange the furniture to get the room looking just right.

The schools are on a two hour delay, so I have to start getting ready for work.

See you tomorrow.

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

School delay, couch today?

Good morning, it is Tuesday.

Another cold, cold morning around these parts. A two hour delay for our school system and snow in the forecast for tonight and tomorrow. I just woke up and I will be waking the kids next. The kids just may get a few extra days of winter vacation.

Today is the day the new couch is due to be delivered. Since it is scheduled between 1:30 and 3:30, the Ostergards are coming out to hang out and take the delivery. With any luck at all we will have the new couch by the time I get home from school with the littles. Our culdesac as well as the whole neighborhood is still a ice skating rink, but the main roads are drivable. We also ordered a nice leather bench/storage box to fit under the front window, and it is due to arrive today as well.

Today is also the Cedar Valley all star volleyball team vs. the teachers. I get to play this year. I guess the teachers usually win, but the boys team beat the teachers a couple of years ago, and they are very good, so it may be close.

See you tomorrow.

Monday, December 15, 2008

Sledding at CV

Good morning, it is Monday.

School is on a two hour delay today. We are letting the kids sleep in a bit. Yesterday we went up the the school to do some sledding. The rest of Covington also thought that was the thing to do and the hill was totally packed. It was a crazy time with all age of kids from 5 years old to high school and beyond. There are mostly little disc sleds like my kids have, but some have longer ones and some have 50 year old metal sleds and some kids just had big signs that are probably missing from some house for sale down the street. Some of the older kids found a steep hill that feeds into the road and were flying into the street hoping that their friends were telling the truth about no cars coming. I was glad my kids thought that those kids were totally crazy, rather than wishing they could do the same.

Here is Preston with his neighbor friends Christian (on left) and Sam (on right).
Lillie and her pink disk. Getting ready to fly down the hill.

Hansen showing off his full speed form.
Maren is a bit nervous about driving in this weather, she will be going in a couple of hours late just like the rest of us.
See you tomorrow.

Sunday, December 14, 2008

Pictures and more.

Good morning, it is Sunday.

Lots of pictures below, and the post below...I forgot to upload the pictures first, then I did them in reverse order. I could probably flip things around and such, but I am stretching my computer skills as it is.

This is a very cute picture of Lillie and her drawing/writing. She had Preston help her with spelling. She is making snow hand signals and the computer monitor freaked out my camera, but I still need to post. The saying is "People on the moon sprinkling sugar" That is what Lillie thought snow was, and the picture below the writing is of a curly hair girl on the moon, sprinkling sugar onto our neighborhood. We did explain snow to her, but sometimes she would just rather make things up as she goes. The other day we had a Title Math night at the school that I worked, Lillie was happy to go, but she said "I guess it is OK to go back to school at night, but I won't have to learn anything will I?" The kicker is that she may end up being the brightest of us all!

This is our house with no couches! I am not convinced we will have the new couch anytime soon. This is how we live these days. Sometime Maren and I take the Princess chairs (they will probably go away after the new couch arrives, but it is good we still have them for now. We just bought the chair Hansen is sitting in, and it will live next to the couch. Hansen helped pick it out, then stayed up half the night helping me build it. He has claimed it as his "spot". The cats like it as well.

Picture of the kids with Santa at the Covington Community Center. Free, quick, not much background, but it was great! I saw a handful of students I see at school there as well.

Another pic of the kids with Santa. We did not make anyone dress differently than they wanted. Preston (back right) is in shorts and a hoodie sweatshirt, Hansen (front left) is in his standard jeans and a long sleeve tee shirt, and Lillie decided to get all dressed up for Santa with her fancy white shoes, red tights, and red and white fancy dress. She really liked that she made a red/white pattern with her clothes.

Picture of just Lillie and Santa.

It is totally snow covered around here. I saw that both Texas, New Orleans, and Boston got snow a few days before us...but are catching up just fine. We now have about 3 inches on the ground and the temps will not get above freezing for several days. I am blogging a bit late because I did Maren's volunteer food bank run this morning. My wheels did not even touch actual pavement until the drive home just under the traffic camera. Maren does not believe that they would take care of the roads better under the online traffic camera...but I bet the traffic camera locations get taken care of first, middle and last. There were plenty of freaked drivers, I saw probably 10 spun out cars, and one good little crash. But made it no problem. The little Hyundai drives just fine in the snow. Only on one scary down hill did I have to drive to the edge of the road to let the slop slow me down, getting ready to use the curb to stop.
The kids have been outside all morning, Lillie just came in and was frozen like a Popsicle. I put up our Christmas lights yesterday and they look just fine. I don't put up too many due to a "very tall ladder" phobia, but I do have some blinking icicle lights and some strands that don't blink.
See you tomorrow. I am sure we will have a delayed start at school.

Friday, December 12, 2008

Macy's on naughty list, cold, Santa

Good morning, it is Friday.

I just woke up too late to blog yesterday. That sounds better than it is, really I just slept in 15 minutes.

The couch saga continues. We were supposed to get the couch tomorrow, but Macy's called me to let me know that while it was supposed to get scheduled, the couch never made it back to the warehouse in time to actually make it out by tomorrow??? Now it will be delivered on Tuesday. If Maren did not really want this couch, it would be so gone by now...just on principal! It really is a nice couch and the only one we saw that was really what we wanted, which is why Maren if far more forgiving to the Macy's delivery folks than I. I have never had such poor customer service as I have received from the Macy's delivery service. I finally called my sales person to have them reschedule my delivery because the delivery department just frustrates me so much. Looks like John will come out on Tuesday so the couch can be delivered...That is very nice of John, and it is just as well that I am not here. Appleby's is on my list of not going to ever again (they forgot half of our food and then blamed us!), now Macy's is about to be put there as well. I am very forgiving to these stores because I know it is just people working who really don't care, but geepers.

Tonight I have to winterize our house. Make sure the pipes are wrapped and stuff. It is supposed to get down in the teens for the nighttime lows for the next week. We may just wake up to a bunch of snow tomorrow morning, the double doppler is giving different forecasts depending on who is reading the info, but there is a good chance of snow above 500ft, and we do qualify. Preston is due to play in the district Volleyball championship tomorrow morning and a soccer game in the afternoon, we will see how that all unfolds.

Tonight the local community center is scheduled to have a visit by Santa Claus himself. We hope to make it in time. We have made it there the last couple of years and it has been great. You get to bring your own camera rather than paying through the nose for Santa pic the way the mall does it these days. The lines are not nearly as long, and they actually have had little gifts for the kids. I may actually have a Santa pic of the kids to post tomorrow.

See you tomorrow.

Wednesday, December 10, 2008


Good morning, it is Wednesday.

Yesterday turned out to be a nice day. Maren had to work late, so she was on her own, but she did just fine. Me and the littles got home from school, hung out for a bit, then went to Preston's school to watch his all star volleyball team get beat by the teachers. The teachers do have a real height advantage. Good for the teachers! The CV teacher vs. the all star CV team is next week. I guess last year the students won. CV always has a great volleyball team. GL always has a great track team. If it amazing how these things work out year after year. Afterward the volleyball game, I took the kids out to Arby's for dinner. The kids were totally thinking Arby's. The only fighting going on was when Lillie and Hansen had a mini wrestling match to see who got to ring the bell. Our Arby's has a bell that you ring if you had good service. Every time you ring the bell all the employees turn and say "thank you!". Even if you ring the bell a few times in a row, the employees just do the "thank-you!" for every ring. Gets kind of creepy after all three kids have rung the bell, especially as Lillie has to out ring everyone on the planet. I choose not to ring the bell at about that point...not that I would not have gotten a polite "Thank you!" as well.

Today we have a very busy day. Preston has a Volleyball tournament at Cedar Valley. This will be a fun game, not too sure who I should root for. Since Hansen is too young to be on the CV team, guess I will root for Preston. During that time, Lillie has dance class. Afterwards is the Title Math night at CV, and I am one of the Title workers. I am having Preston skip his soccer practice to stay and help me with math night. Yup, he will enjoy working the table with the math fortune tellers, and I won't have to show off my awesome math skills.

See you tomorrow.

Tuesday, December 09, 2008

Just hanging out.

Good morning, it is Tuesday.

Yesterday we just hung out at home and did nothing. Preston's soccer practice was canceled and we had no other activities scheduled. We just sat around and listened to classic Christmas music such as Heat Miser and Snow Miser from "Year Without Santa Claus". Everyone was exhausted from the first full day of school in a couple of weeks.

Things do get busy for us over the next few days. Both Maren and I will be working late, Preston has a couple of volleyball matches, Lillie will have dance class and Hansen choir practice. This has been the calm before the storm. The weather folks say the same thing as it is going to be very cold towards the end of the week and snow looms as a possibility.

See you tomorrow.

Monday, December 08, 2008

New shoes.

Good morning, it is Monday.

Last night I took the kids out to buy Hansen new shoes. I knew going into it that Preston needed new shoes even worse than Hansen, and Lillie is not capable of being in a shoe store without really wanting new shoes...let alone having a brother buy a pair of shoes and not her. So we went to Payless to take advantage of the BOGO1/2 off figuring on four pairs of shoes. We found a good pair for Hansen right away (a cool pair of skater shoes), Lillie could not make up her mind, and Preston kept going through the sizes. By the time Preston had a pair he liked, he was up a size and a half to a mens 9.5. He probably could have gone into size 10, but decided the 9.5s worked fine. Looking at the way he wares out shoes, these shoes won't last very long anyhow (Preston only likes running style shoes, but then uses them for Volleyball and skateboarding). Lillie finally found a pair that she really liked. I tried to talk her out of Black Hightops (similar to Converse) with pink hearts or something all over the sides, but I finally decided to just let her get them. We needed one more pair and I spotted a $3.00 box way above the Hansen size (now mens 6.5). This was a very nice pair of shoes originally $40.00. We snagged them and still needed one more pair of shoes as I did not want to waste a half price pair of shoes on a $3.00 pair. I just don't need more shoes just yet, so we looked for a bit and found Maren a cool pair of black semi fancy slip on style shoes (Maren was not there, but the rest of us thought they were cool). Five good quality pairs of shoes that everyone was happy with for just under $90.00. Not so bad. One of these days the kids will probably start thinking that Air-Walks and Champions are not their favorite brands. If the day comes where they all need Nike and Adidas brands, the bill will triple...yikes!

See you tomorrow.

Saturday, December 06, 2008

Couch sega, Lillie's play dough self portrait.

Good morning, it is Saturday.

Preston is already off to a soccer game. The game starts at 9:00am in Sumner, but he left with his coach and friend as to get there an hour early to warm up. I will go to the game, but no need to leave for an hour as no warming up required for me.

We got rid of our old couches yesterday. Oh my, what a deal. I posted them for free on Craigslist. Within 10 minutes I had nearly 50 responses. I chose the first one who said he would pick up yesterday. He showed up an hour later, said he is selling furniture...inspected our couches, and turned them down. Free was not a good enough price for him. So back to the computer, by now there were 15more responses. I chose one from the top 20 that was from our city. Car problems, help problems, they were not able to make it until yesterday. Fine, with 74 messages, I knew someone would take them. Yesterday they came and took them away, they were nice and it worked out just fine. Now for our new couch. AARG. The window their computer gave us for delivery was yesterday from 11:30-1:30. I told the lady that I did not get home from picking up the kids and work until 12:15 (early release for conferences) and maybe they could come at 12:30. I got the "just a computer" song and dance. Well, when I got home at 12:25, I had a bunch of messages about the delivery folks running early and wanting to come by at 11:00. Then more about them waiting at our house at 11:15. Then another about them knowing that I would be home at 12:30, but instead they waited in front of our house from 11:15-11:42, then left, never to return to Covington and I needed to call to make a new appointment. I called at 12:30 and the next time that would work is next Saturday! Oh sure, they could try again next Thursday, but the computer would put us at 10:00am and we could not be home. I was totally not impressed with anyone's attitude or caring at the delivery phone. I was talking to them during my delivery window and the van was just leaving Covington. This is Macy's by the way, and a darn expensive couch and delivery. I came very close to canceling the order, getting my money back and going to Ikea and buying cheaper stuff. I still feel like doing that, but this couch is just the one Maren wants so I am taking deep breaths and venting just a bit on my blog.

On to happier things. This picture below is a just a great picture. Lillie spent 20 minutes making this self portrait out of play dough. She was very happy with it and added play dough words "ME" on it later. It was more detailed in real life, but the picture shows it pretty well. I especially like the fingers!

See you tomorrow.

Thursday, December 04, 2008

Step for P, phone for me.

Good morning, it is Thursday.

Preston is back on antibiotics, but this time around a much more powerful dose. The doctor figures he never actually got rid of the strep last month and now it is back even stronger. Hopefully Preston will be back to good in a day or two. One more bout with strep this winter and the doctor recommends tonsils out for poor little Preston.

Last night Lillie had dance class and I was just hanging out in the waiting room. Well, not really just hanging out, I was playing with my new phone. It is so cool! I could read the news, text people, answer e-mails, and listen to music all at the same time! And if I had forgotten how to get home thanks to all this mindless technology, my phone could have given me directions. Wow. The most amazing thing is that I even get reception at the dance studio. The phones we had for the last bunch of years never got reception at the places I hung out. Big improvement in the phone department.

Out of time, time to get Hansen and Lillie ready for school.

See you tomorrow.

Wednesday, December 03, 2008

Christmas Cards, Slug.

Good morning, it is Wednesday.

I am not sure it is really politically correct to have the title of today's blog be "Christmas Cards, Slug.", but since that is what I wrote about, that is just the way it will be.

Yesterday we put together the first 40 Christmas cards. The ones we don't need to double check will be in the mail today. If you don't get one in the next few days, it is because we don't have your address correct, you are on the "hand deliver" list, you will be in the second 40 Christmas cards, or we just don't know you. But since only about 15-20 people look at this blog on a daily basis, most of you will be on one of the lists. If you are not on any of these lists, let me know. I can add a new list...actually Maren can add a new list, she is our list maker. I am just the blogger/day dreamer.

Here is a gross thing that just happened to me. Maren usually leaves at 7:00am, I walk her out, then grab the newspaper. I grabbed the paper, brought it over to the sink to shake the water off the plastic bag (yes, the PNW is wet every morning these days) and when I grabbed the back part of the bag, I grabbed right into a decent size slug. Yuk. Usually the slugs that cling onto the paper are only about a centimeter in length and you just shake them off, but I some how missed this one and it was like an inch and a half. I figure that is just a sign that there is no good news in today's paper.

See you tomorrow.

Tuesday, December 02, 2008

conferences, advent calendars, reindeer.

Good morning, it is Tuesday.

Yesterday we had very good parent/teacher conferences with Hansen and Lillie's teachers. Both kids are excellent students...and a pleasure to have in class.

We also stopped by the book fair in the CV library and the littles chose a few books. Hansen chose a fancy book about Dragons, while Lillie found a couple of small books about Barbie And The Diamond Castle.

Last night we brought out all the advent calendars. Each kid has an advent calender to work with, Hansen has a Lego calendar while Lillie and Preston have Playmoble calendars. Each of these make a scene in the snow or something. We also have a little singing Christmas tree and some felt ones as well.

Lillie has been pretending to be a reindeer ever since she found these reindeer horns attached to a head band. In the picture below, I actually got her to stand up on two feet, as opposed to just crawling around on all fours, or flying off couches and chairs.

Another early release day for us today.

See you tomorrow.

Monday, December 01, 2008

Back to school, new couch.

Good morning, it is Monday.

Back to school and work after a nice long weekend. The catch is that this week is conference week so the kids all get out of school about two and a half hours early each day this week. Maren is getting off work early so she can attend conferences today for Hansen and Lillie. I am sure their teachers will only have good things to say about them. Preston's conference is on Wednesday. The kids have early release this week, then two full weeks of school, then they are off for winter break. It must be great to be a kid.

Saturday we ordered a new couch. It should arrive on Friday. This is only the second new couch we have ever purchased. The first was the futon couch we bought in College and gave to Amber and Chuck when they moved to CA years ago. The new couch is a sofa sleeper with a left chaise thing. It is red leather and will look very nice in our living room. Next will be a couple of chairs, then figuring out how to get rid of our old couch/loveseat and two chairs. I will show you a picture when it is all in place. The kids were asking how we got the old couch and loveseat if we did not buy them. Well, about 8 years ago, some friends of ours from Preston's pre-school days were moving to Arizona and had these couches and needed to sell them. We did not have any money to buy, but they were leaving the next day, so I offered them a decent set of golf clubs. Moving to Arizona and not owning any golf clubs, the trade worked and we have had these couches ever since. The new one should be nice for many years.

See you tomorrow.