Saturday, February 28, 2009

The Terrible Towel. Mick and Susan Visit.

Good morning, it is Saturday.

I am a bit late blogging this morning because I woke up early and went out for a bike ride. My riding buddy is out of town so I was riding solo. I went 28 miles in 2 hours. I am not joking when I tell you that I was riding into the wind out and back!

Last night we had a very nice visit with Mick and Susan. They came out for dinner and brought a very good dessert of ice-cream, brownies, and strawberries. We had tons of pizza as well. Susan and Maren are both children's librarians and Susan was one of our favorite story time librarians of all time. When Lillie was little, we would drive out to Auburn just for story time.

Yesterday we got a suspicious package in the mail. It was suspicious for a couple of reasons. First of all it was addressed to Preston. Secondly it was from Shannon and there were comments on the outside of the package about the wonderful colors black and gold. Well, it turns out that the worlds most fanatical Steeler's fan caught wind of the fact that Preston has turned to the dark side of sports and became a Steeler's fan himself. While Shannon was in Pittsburgh last month, she decided to help the local economy and purchase Preston this Terrible Towel. Below is Preston showing off his new favorite possession...other than his cell phone, i-pod, and soccer ball of course. Next time you see Preston, or Shannon for that matter, you don't have to be nice to either of them! Well, for a minute or two anyway.

See you tomorrow.

Friday, February 27, 2009

Hansen's 9 year check up.

Good morning, it is Friday.

Yesterday we finally got around to Hansen's 9 year check up. Yes, he turned 9 nearly two months ago, but that is how it works when you are slow to make a Dr. appointment for a kid who is not actually sick. Hansen passed with flying colors. He is in the 93rd percentile for both height and weight, a big solid kid. I don't know how it happens that all of our kids turned out so tall. Good for them. Hansen was cracking the doctor up with his jokes and dry humor. Me and Lillie were sitting off to the side. I have finally learned how to not answer questions meant for my children...but Lillie still has trouble letting others answer questions for themselves. For example, Dr. Wiseman asked Hansen if he is a good swimmer. I sat quietly to let Hansen answer the question, as he started talking in circles about swimming and ear tubes, Lillie chimes in about Hansen doing the "Puppy stroke" just fine (dog paddle?) and then goes on to tell Dr. Wiseman that when she is seen in a couple of weeks for her 6 year check up, she should not ask about swimming because although she has had some swimming lessons, she is not a great swimmer, and bla bla bla bla bla. The banter between Hansen and Lillie was quite funny, and Hansen was able to answer the questions for himself. Here is a picture of Hansen in his hospital gown. He did not like this gown one bit...Oh, and he did get one shot, his second chicken pox vaccine.

See you tomorrow.

Thursday, February 26, 2009

Let it Snow, Let it Snow, Let is melt.

Good morning, it is Thursday.

I am posting a bit late this morning, because we all got to sleep in an extra hour. We have snow everywhere again this morning. The roads are clear enough and the schools are on a two hour delay. We have had our share of two hour delays this winter, so what is one more? Maren just left for work, about an hour and a half late. She should be just fine as the snow is melting. The kids are delighted with the snow. They got to sit in the window and watch the snow in the dark last night...those are the times where you dream of sledding as the snow is just so quiet and light. Then they got to sleep in this morning. We were not sure if we would have several inches or just a dusting. No one wants school canceled as they will already be going to school into the third week of June. So I say, Let it snow, but let it melt.

Tonight Hansen finally gets his 9 year old check up...probably a shot or two? Then it is off to choir practice where we are in charge of snacks.

See you tomorrow.

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

The President's speech interrupted.

Good morning, it is Wednesday.

Last night Maren and I hung out in the kitchen watching President Obama give his speech to the nation. He sure is great isn't he? About 10 minutes into the speech the door bell rings. The kids start to yell, "it is old people, Dad, answer the door!". So I leave the President for a moment to find two mid 20's guys soaking wet trying to sell us windows. Because our neighborhood is now just over 20 years old, vans must just drop these door to door window sales guys off to pester us about "not buying, just getting an estimate!". I said to the sales kids, "our windows are just fine, I can't afford new windows, and further more, the President of the United States Of America is on TV right now talking about the economy, education, health care, and other important stuff." One kid said, "Well, how is he doing?" I don't have a ton of patience for these sales tactics and just replied, "How would I know? I am talking to you guys...I am going go back to watching the President, and sorry, not interested in new windows either...come back in 20 years when I actually need new windows!" The ironic thing about this is that the last time President Obama was talking, this same company had different guys selling windows and I had the exact conversation with that couple of kids. Anyhow, lets hope that things turn around for this economy and stuff. In our culd-e-sac alone, two families (that I know of) have lost their bread winner jobs and are wondering about the future...and others are on the brink. If I actually thought spending $20,000 that I don't have on new windows would actually create huge savings for us and turn around the economy, I would consider it. For now lets just hope that the measures the government is enacting, fiscal responsibility by the rest of us, and a little luck will do the trick.

Today Preston has soccer and Lillie has Dance.

See you tomorrow.

Monday, February 23, 2009

Salt and Pepper Bars. Oscar night.

Good morning, it is Monday.

Back to school for all of us "been on vacation and now are slugs" slugs. Groan.

Yesterday between rain showers I rode up to the school with Lillie to pass the time. Maren was camped out on the red couch watching the red carpet at the Oscars. Oscar day is the day around here. Maren and Lillie watched the red carpet and oohed and aahed over all the dresses. I could not watch much as Ryan Seacrest is such a dork. The moment Maren even thinks of getting bored of the watching (not likely) she just reminds herself of how she used to work every Oscar Sunday and never got to watch the show. I watched the Oscars a little while surfing on the computer. Neither of us had seen any of the movies other than Wall-e, but that seemed to work out just fine.

Below is a long series of pictures (a tutorial if you will) of Lillie describing the finer points of a playground game that all the girls in the lower grades play at recess. Salt and Pepper Bars. She seems to think I can and should play this game with her every time we are near the school park. The object of the game is to follow certain rules of how you jump over, under, or around the bars opposite of your competitor who you are trying to go faster than and tag. Lillie is faster than me with the bar skills, luckily I still have speed on my side...I could never beat Hansen at this game.

Standard starting position for most salt and pepper games. Lillie's sweet face before she kick's butt on the race.
Crab Walk...I can't do this. You only have to crab walk half way.
Hop on one foot half way, everything else is the same.
Figure eights starting position. This game you just race around in a figure 8...I rule at this game.
Inside/ just jump and hit your bum on the bar, then go around.
Swinging or something...Like I can remember this stuff?
Opposite side start. Not so easy.
Both bars. You then hop down and race.
Scooting up. Basically starting half way.
OK, there you have it. Now you can be an expert at Salt and Pepper Bars.
See you tomorrow.

Sunday, February 22, 2009

Happy 40th Anniversary John and Carol

Good morning, it is Sunday.

Today is Maren's mom and dad's 40th wedding anniversary. Happy anniversary John and Carol.

This picture of John and Carol was taken just this last Christmas. There were pictures of them with their children and grandchildren and hundreds of combinations of the bunch. Knowing John and Carol, they would rather have the picture include everyone else as well, but here is one of just the anniversary couple. Have a great day.

See you tomorrow.

Saturday, February 21, 2009

M and J dinner, L new bike.

Good morning, it is Saturday.

Last night Maren and I brought the kids over to John and Carol's house and left them there for a few hours while we went out. Very nice. We had dinner at the Outback Steak House, then walked around the mall a bit. It was fun to wander around the mall on a Friday night. Lots of crazy hair and goofy kids just wandering around. I guess I fit right in? Sounds like everyone had fun back at John and Carol's house as well. Excellent.

The last couple of days the weather has been nice enough to go up to the school park and play. Lillie has been riding her little pink 16 in wheel bike and it is evident that she has out grown it. I have had Hansen's old bike, a 20 in wheel mountain bike with 7- speeds and hand breaks hanging from the rafters figuring I would sell it or keep it for a couple of years when Lillie was big enough for it. Well, I brought it out yesterday for Lillie. She hopped right on it and just cruised like she had been riding a big bike for ever.

Today I am going biking this morning and Hansen's friend Nicholas will be over. After that Maren's old (as in not any longer) co-worker Stefanie (another Stefanie with an "f") is coming over for a visit.

See you tomorrow.

Friday, February 20, 2009

Swimming and Reading.

Good morning, it is Friday.

Yesterday I took the kids (actually just Hansen and Lillie, Preston chose to stay home and hang out with Connor) to the Covington Aquatic Center for an hour of crazy pool time with a ton of other kids on vacation. Can't really call it swimming because there was just not much swimming going on. There was floating on foam pads and noodles, and being goofy in the pool. Lillie shrieked with delight the entire time. Swimming was the one thing on her vacation list.

It is official, Lillie can now read. She read Go Dogs Go to us last night. She now can sound out words she does not recognize and can get them correct with guidance from the pictures most of the time. If she is taking a long time with a word and we try to help, she gets mad at us for trying to help.

Today Maren is off work and has an eye appointment in just over an hour. Later the kids are off to John and Carol's house as Maren and I get to go out for dinner for our anniversary.

See you tomorrow.

Thursday, February 19, 2009

Geo Caching, busy day.

Good morning, it is Thursday.

Yesterday ended up being a very full day. Preston and Alec were gone spending the night at John and Carol's house, so I only had the littles. We decided to go on a geo caching expedition. First one for us. A co-worker lent me an older GPS unit and we found a couple of caches near by our house, so off we went. First one was in the Covington Library...hidden in the maps areas. The kids thought that was great. I let Hansen be in charge of the GPS unit in the car and he was telling when I was speeding and such on the way back to the Timberline Community Center for a second cache. As we got closer Hansen would be reading off the coordinates and how close we were. It ended up just outside of the little park we call the "sand park". Without the GPS and some clever instructions, we never could have found the cache. The kids are hooked. When the weather gets warmer we will venture out on harder finds that you need to hike to get to, but there are plenty in the local area to keep us busy.

After lunch it was off the the eye doc for me. My eyes have basically not changed in the last 4 years, which is nice. My glasses are getting old, so I will get new ones one of these days, but no hurry. My contact prescription is still just fine.

It was such a nice evening last night that while Lillie was at dance class, I rode my bike around Lake Morton several times. There were plenty of walkers and bikers on the lake last night. I am getting in better shape and actually think I will be able to finish the 100 miles of the LiveSTRONG Challenge in June.

Today the only thing on the agenda is to go swimming. Lillie has been begging to go swimming this whole vacation, so we will go. Just sounds cold to me, but the kids enjoy the pool.

See you tomorrow.

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Hansen's first pair of glasses.

Good morning, it is Wednesday.

Yesterday we took a trip to the eye doctor. Hansen's eyes have changed quite a bit since last November, and will probably change quite a bit over the next couple of years. We picked up a his new eyeglasses prescription and headed down to LensCrafters in South Center Mall. It did not take us long to find the perfect glasses. We placed the order and headed over to the Rainforest Cafe for lunch. We have not been to the Rainforest Cafe in years. Kids loved it...except Preston, he only "liked" it. He was being drug around against his will, boo hoo for him. Lillie and Hansen just thought the huge elephants we sat next to were amazing. At one point when the thunder and lightning started, Lillie got scared and started to be a bit loud about it. She was just fine, but the little girl at the table next to us needed to go cry on her mom's lap. We finished the meal with a Volcano desert. Yum. Lillie kept saying it was the best day of her life...I guess we need to get out more.

Our hour was done and we headed back to LensCrafters for Hansen's new glasses. These are the glasses we/he picked out:

Hansen really likes his bright yellow glasses case. The little orange stripe on the edge of the glasses is very cool as well.
Here is Hansen with his new glasses! He really likes them. We walked around the corner out of the store and looked over toward the Rainforest Cafe and the first thing Hansen said was, "Wow! The leaves are not all connected!" Of course he already knew that that is exactly what his Mom and his Nana first said when they got their glasses, so he enjoyed keeping tradition...and seeing the leaves! The whole drive home he kept reading signs off in the distance and telling us how he could not have seen that sign without his glasses. He does not need to wear them all the time, mainly at school to see the Smart Board and whenever he wants to see in the distance.

Lillie can't wait to be 9 years old in hopes that she too can have glasses! She really enjoyed picking out frames, this was her first choice. Only time will tell about her eyes. Preston still has perfect eyes, and I did not need glasses until college. Maren got her first pair at Hansen's age, and Lillie's grand parents are a mixed bag of needing and not needing glasses.
See you tomorrow.

Monday, February 16, 2009

Maren is home. Overnight, Ostergard's, Escalators.

Good morning, it is Monday.

We have had a busy couple of days. When I asked the boys to make a list of things they wanted to do over the break, they both wanted to have a friend spend the night and go to the skate park. There are other things such as go to the swimming pool and such, but we did get both of the first two out of the way. Saturday night Hansen had Kole spend the night and Preston had Connor spend the night. They all slept in a row on the living room and I let them have the TV on until midnight. Kole had said he was supposed to go to sleep around 10:30, but he just came to the wrong house. Hansen and Kole were out by midnight, Preston and Connor kept talking until later. Lillie was on the way to feeling left out, so I let her have an overnight with me. She got to sleep in Maren's spot, so she thought that was pretty fun.

Yesterday we headed into Burien early on the way to pick up Maren from the airport. We went to the skate part, then to Big 5, then the bicycle store, then to John and Carol's house for dinner and a visit. We also saw Mel, Court and the twins there. Hansen was so nice the twins. Preston slept on the couch, and Lillie was just hard to keep track of. We had a nice dinner and headed off to the airport.

Once at the airport, we parked in the hourly rate lot and wandered inside. We were there about 15 minutes early, and the kids wanted to just ride the very long escalators. When I agreed, they were a little surprised. The extremely long escalators over near the Airplanes hanging from the sky are quite fun. We must have gone up, then down, then up, then down, then up, then down about 15 times. Folks sitting in both the upper level and the lower level started to notice that we were just going up and down over and over again and were snickering a bit. Below are a few pics from the escalator.

Maren got home just fine and we are all just hanging out today.

Hansen with a hanging airplane in the background. Going up.
Preston having a fun time going round and round on the escalator. Going down.

Lillie on the escalator...she started to get a bit brave and standing backward without holding on and stuff. Going up.

Hansen just leading the way. Going down.
See you tomorrow.

Saturday, February 14, 2009

Valentine's Day Dance.

Good morning, it is Saturday.

Happy Valentine's Day to everyone. Especially to Maren who is in Chicago for another couple of days.

Last night was CV's Valentine's day dance. The kids had a fun time with their friends. Lots of running, dancing, and being totally goofy. Below are a few pictures.

This is Lillie (on the right) with her pals from Kindergarten. These kids are great pals at school, Hazzen had just got his hair cut into a very cool Mohawk! I did not choose Lillie's clothes!
This is Hansen with his Valentine Dance friend Catie. I did not choose his hat!

Preston doing a little dancing. He is the one with the orange top. This is not his school, so he did not think he would have much fun. Some of the CV guys who think they are cool did not really care for Preston's goofy ways, but just like at his school, there were plenty of girls happy to dance with him.

This is Amish Friendship Bread. We received a start from our friends Judy and Larry. As it turns out, Maren seems to be out of town on cooking days. The first time I goofed up on a couple of things, this time...perfection! I cooked the bread last night.
See you tomorrow.

Friday, February 13, 2009

Valentine's Day.

Good morning, it is Friday.

Valentine's Day madness. That pretty much sums it up. But wait...there is more. Last day of school before Presidents/midwinter vacation. Yup, a week off of school. Add these two up and you get a recipe for a crazy day at school. Luckily I did get all my word study and QPA testing wrapped up by yesterday. Today I can just watch as a whole school of kids explode into a sugar fueled last day for 9 days frenzy. And we can't forget the Valentine's Day Dance tonight at the school.

Our Valentine's day festivities started yesterday. Yup, Maren had a place full of goodies for each of the kids when they woke up. And (second graders are not allowed to ever start a sentence with the word "AND", but I am going to at this very moment to emphasize the continuance of Valentine's Day festivities...sorry Mrs. Radford, I could have used a better transitions phrase such as "On top of that") last night Carol came by on her way home from the twin's house (to kindly pick up Maren, let her spend the night, then drive her to the airport this morning, Maren is in the air as I type) and brought the kids some extra Valentine's stuff. A doughnut, a card, and some money. You want a kid to be your best friend for life, try giving them a doughnut, a card, and some every time.

See you tomorrow.

Thursday, February 12, 2009

Taxes, Maren to Chicago.

Good morning, it is Thursday.

Last night I finished our taxes and filed them online. We will have our refund deposited in our bank account in a few days. How cool is that? My job did not withhold any money from my checks, but thanks to the child credits, we will be getting some back anyhow. If only we had bought a new house and hybrid car! Yeah, right.

Tonight we loose Maren to another convention for the weekend, she is off to Chicago. This is not one of her big conferences, so she will only be gone from tonight - Sunday night. I think we can handle long as I feed the kids a ton of ice-cream. Because Maren will be gone over Valentines Day, this morning will be Valentines Day at our house. Maren is covering the kid's spots at the table with all kinds of goodies. Yum.

See you tomorrow.

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Lost tooth, thinking spring.

Good morning, it is Wednesday.

Last night Lillie finally lost her top right tooth. Yes, she is growing like a weed. She is not nearly as daring a tooth puller as Preston was. Preston actually let me tie a rope to his tooth, then to the door for a door slamming good time. No, that never worked all that great, but he did try! Lillie said she would not touch her tooth until it just fell out. That plan was well underway until a miss guided bite of chicken. Trying to get Lillie to show us her teeth is not so easy, this is as good as it gets. The other top tooth is now loose as well, next month it will look like she has no teeth, it will be a cute 6th birthday picture.

This is how Lillie came down stairs yesterday. She decided it has been winter too long and she was going to dress for spring and hope for warmer weather. She was quite cute for a while, but then she got cold and had to put on some winter clothes.
tonight Lillie has dance class, Preston has soccer, and Hansen has a play date with his friend Nicholas. Preston has been sick the last few days, and his parents probably will send him to school, but probably will not allow him to go to soccer...he wished it was the other way around.
See you tomorrow.

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Happy 40th Anniversary Mom and Dad.

Good morning, it is Tuesday.

Today is my mom and dad's 40th wedding anniversary. Happy Anniversary!

This picture of my mom and dad was taken a few days after their wedding (which was at Fairchild Gardens in Miami) at a reception at my mom's parents' house.
This is a picture of my mom and dad 40 years later (actually taken a couple of months ago). It is amazing what technology, fashion, healthy living and a handsome pooch will do for two still look great. Have a great anniversary!
See you tomorrow.

Monday, February 09, 2009

I caused the rain, but not the snow.

Good morning, it is Monday.

It is my fault that it is raining, but I did not cause the snow! Yes, I washed the cars yesterday. I knew going into washing the cars that I would be causing rain for today, but the snow...well, there is no snow at our house, just everywhere north of us. Maren will probably go into work late since Issaquah schools are two hours late. I also changed the oil in both cars and added air to the tires. Next time I may just wait until it is raining to wash the cars, maybe then the rain will stop?

I don't think we have anything going on this evening if you can believe that. How rare.

See you tomorrow.

Sunday, February 08, 2009

Allowance, eyes, biking.

Good morning, it is Sunday.

Yesterday was a nice day around here. Started out foggy, ended up sunny. Yesterday was the first allowance day since the beginning of November. The kids have been dying to go shopping! I took them to Target, with a stop at the Starbucks inside Target (thanks to a Starbucks gift card Hansen had from his birthday!). Preston spent some of his money on cool colored pens, he loves to draw these days and just wanted his own pens. Hansen bought a Bionicle, he told me that he OK to not get so much in the way of Lego stuff over the holidays, but he just needed a new Bionicle. Lillie bought a cute little thing called Polly-peek-a-boo. Next allowance not until March...assuming the kids can do their chores on a regular basis and clean their rooms on the weekends.

We have discovered through menus and the smart board at school that Hansen now needs glasses. A few months ago he eyes checked out fine/not fine...on the verge of glasses, just waiting on a growth spurt as the eye doc said. Well, the growth spurt must have happened as Hansen even acknowledges that he just can't see the way he could a few months ago. I will be bringing him (and me) in for a eye exam in the next week. Maren said she first needed glasses around age 9, so no surprise. Hansen will look so smart in glasses!

Yesterday my friend Jim and I biked 20 miles. The first 10 miles going downhill did not seem too bad at all. Turning around and doing the last 10 uphill was not so easy. My knees and body fared just fine, I can see it will take some training to be ready for 100 miles in June, but I would say I am on the right track. My bike on the other hand will need new pedals by next ride, my right pedal broke about halfway through the ride and was making some cool clicking sounds toward the end of the ride.

While I was riding, John and Carol came by for a visit. We all hung out afterward and enjoyed meatballs and yummy deserts. Then sat down for a good ole disgusting episode of Dirty Jobs. The pig slop episode filmed in Vegas. Fun times.

Today is Church, then Preston has a birthday party at a soccer friend's house.

See you tomorrow.

Friday, February 06, 2009

A band night.

Good morning, it is Friday.

Last night Preston got to be part of a huge band concert. Four elementary schools, the jr. high school, and the high school band all go together for a very good concert. Preston is in the picture somewhere...kind of like finding Waldo in a Where's Waldo book, so good luck. There were so many kids that the entire high school band is not in this picture, they were off to the left. Preston is in the middle left, just next to the girl in black in the front row. The Elementary students played three three songs, the jr. high school played a very good rendition of one of the famous Phantom Of The Opera songs, and the high school played a Cake Walk, and had an actual cake walk for the elementary students. It was very fun. We stopped at McDonald's for ice-cream on the way home. Yum

This will be the first day this week that we don't have something going on after school. Phew. But then Maren has to work again on Saturday morning.

See you tomorrow.

Thursday, February 05, 2009

Our ground hog.

Good morning, it is Thursday.

As I am sure you know, the other day was Ground Hog Day. Yes, the Ground Hog saw it's shadow, now we are supposed to have 4 more weeks of winter. No one wants least in my family. At CV, there were quite a few ground hogs roaming about looking for shadows. Below is a Lillie Ground Hog.

Lillie insists that WE don't have 4 more weeks of winter...just the Ground Hog! I like that theory, but I am not sure that global spacial planning is her strong suit just yet.

Last night Preston had a good time at soccer, Lillie had a good time at Dance class, and Hansen got to play with his friend Nicholas. Tonight is a big multi school band concert for Preston at the high school. He gets to go on a field trip during the day to rehearse, should be good.

See you tomorrow.

Wednesday, February 04, 2009

Dirty Jobs.

Good morning, it is Wednesday.

This is a picture of Maren watching Dirty Jobs on TV last night. The episode was one where Mike Rowe was at a cloth diaper cleaning factory. It was so gross. Maren was covering her nose so she would not smell what was on the TV! That is how gross the episode was. What a great show!

Tonight Preston has soccer and Lillie has dance class.
See you tomorrow.

Tuesday, February 03, 2009

Soccer banquet.

Good morning, it is Tuesday.

Last night was Preston's soccer banquet. It was at the Bouncy Place in Kent. The kids were flying all around. Preston got a ball in the face and was a bit injured for a bit, Lillie got rug type burns on her elbows, and Hansen was limping around a little as well. The kids loved it! There is no fun it seems unless the threat of injury from flying around is around every corner. They got pizza and root beer floats. Fun. The coach dubbed Preston "Rocket Foot"...he said that all the goalies jump the wrong way on purpose when Preston is kicking free kicks. The kids were laughing and the goalies were showing where they have been hit. All the kids got a little praise from the coach.

I some how got a picture of all three of them at one time looking out the mesh window down at me from inside a huge bouncer.

Tonight is my final class of diversity training. I have to present a 5-10 minute presentation on what I learned in class and how I take it to my job. I also had to submit a little paper.

See you tomorrow.

Monday, February 02, 2009

Witch Hazel. Football game?

Good morning, it is Monday.

This is a picture of Maren's Witch Hazel. She grew it in the back yard and I will agree that it is pretty cool.

Oh, Yes there was also a football game yesterday. What a great game. It really was, amazing crazy plays, the underdog taking the lead with two minutes to play, and another amazing play to win the game. That last catch is the one that every kid who plays two-hand-touch in the street dreams of making. I can remember as a kid trying to make that catch on the curb, two feet down, falling out of the end zone to win. We would just practice that catch. Very cool. I still would have liked to see Arizona win, but it was a fun game. Preston came out of his shell a bit last night and really celebrated the Steeler's win... I can only say something that ends with "dork", so I just won't. The commercials were good. I liked the Pepsi add with Will I Am and Bob Dylan. Maren liked the snow globe add for Doritos. We did get to see the 1/2 second Ivars spot, that was fun...and quick. Safeway was so busy at 1:00 pm yesterday, I have never seen a store so busy in my life! The lines went halfway down the shopping isles, yup, like 15 people in every line! Good sale on Pepsi.

Tonight is Preston's soccer banquet at the Bouncy Place. The kids are excited for the fun and the bouncing. Since Preston's team starts up again on Wednesday to get ready for the spring league, it is hard to say there has really been an end, but now that they are in the U13 level, they get to use a size 5 soccer ball. This is good news for Preston as size 10 feet have a hard time getting size 4 soccer balls up in the air.

See you tomorrow.

Sunday, February 01, 2009

Superbowl Sunday

Good morning, it is Sunday.

After Church it is shopping for...snacks. Maren was asking Preston what the best part of the Superbowl is, and his answer almost made me choke on my cornflakes! He actually said "rooting for the Steelers?" I can just barely type is like worse than rooting for the Cougars. EWW. Poor Preston, not only was he totally wrong on his football allegiance, but his mom was actually looking for an answer like 1. The snacks, or 2. The commercials. An acceptable #3 would have been "watching the Steelers go down!". But, no...Preston may have been lost to the dark side by his Steeler loving buddies on his soccer team. And to think we pay for him to be with those kids. All I can say is that I won't be paying for him to be a Cougar. All you WSU fans in this family, you may as well start saving for Preston's college now, because if Preston wants to attend WSU (which if he is a Steeler fan, anything is possible), he will be asking for a scholarship! I don't know how this paragraph turned into what it has become, but we will be eating some good snacks while rooting for Arizona at our house this afternoon!

This is a picture of Lillie as she was leaving to her princess birthday party at Ali's house. This is actually her dance recital dress from a year ago, but she decided it looked like Cinderella. She had a very nice time at the party.

See you tomorrow.