Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Track meet, mornings.

Good morning, it is Tuesday.

Yesterday Preston had another fine track meet. He won the long jump with a jump of 14'8". He was bummed not to hit the 15' mark again, but he still won by more than two feet. He also won the 75 yard dash by like 15 yards. His relay team was an easy first, but they were DQ for a scratch...the ref could not tell Preston how or why they scratched, only that they were disqualified. GL won the track meet, which is what matters the most. Preston was just hanging out in the infield goofing off with his friends during the 600 yard run. I am not sure if he meant to run the open 600, or just kind of got sucked into the open 600 vortex, but anyhow, he ran the race and just jogged along with friends.

During the long jump warm ups there were folks just coming over to see about this kid who jumps like 3 feet farther than anyone else. Preston was just flying in practice, and one very long jump when a few adults around were like "WHOA!", Lillie chimed in, "That is my brother!" It is kind of amazing as in practice they don't rake the pit between jumps and Preston just flies over the big divot made by the rest of the kids. Luckily Lillie got to go play with Lily and did not have to stay at the track meet as it was very cold and the rain that fell could have been snow at just a few degrees colder.

I just took a break to go wake up Preston and see why Lillie was calling my name. That girl can yell, "Daaaadddddd!!!!!!" with the best of them. I walked in Lillie's room, turned on the lights, and said, "good morning!", she just groaned back, "It's morning already???? I was just calling you because my blankets fell off, ugh!" I let her go back to sleep, but I will be waking her up in another ten minutes. Maren just left for work, but sympathised with Lillie suggesting every morning is like that for her.

See you tomorrow.

Monday, March 30, 2009

Good weekend.

Good morning, it is Monday.

Last night at dinner I asked the kids if they each had a good weekend and they all answered "Yup!". We had a good weekend around here.

It all started bright and early Saturday morning in the dark and cold rain. Both Hansen and Lillie had soccer games back to back. The fields were more mud that grass and it rained the entire time non stop. I never even considered putting away the umbrella for the two and a half hours of soccer games. Hansen's team won as Hansen got two assists. This was without a doubt Hansen's best game that I can remember. He ran fast and was in the game, nearly scored twice and ended up with two good assists and some great defense work as well. And he never once complained about the cold and rain. Lillie also had a good game. She was in the game and had a few good kicks. She did not complain at all during her game, sitting through Hansen's game was a bit of a chore for her. After soccer we came home, put a fire in the fire place, had hot cocoa and warmed up for a couple of hours.

Then off to the Rainforest Cafe for dinner thanks to John and Carol. We were celebrating good report cards and having a nice evening. We sat in nearly the same place as last time so Lillie was now an Elephant expert. After dinner we wandered around the mall for a bit. Preston could not believe there were no Soccer stores, but the Seattle team stores had some good looking Sounder's hooded sweatshirts. To bad they have to cost so darn much...$60.00 for a sweatshirt? Come on Sounders, lower the price so your kid fans can actually afford them.

The boring time was looking at Washers and Dryers. Yup, after 10 years of non-stop use ours are finally about to be sent to the great appliance beyond. We have been debating back and fourth between top loader and front loader. Ours is a first generation front loader, and it has shook our house and shook our house for years. The top loaders seem much friendlier to a "in-house" location, but use twice the energy and water...of course they are less expensive and simpler. So we have been going back and forth, but most likely it will be off to Sears Outlet over spring break for a bargain top loader and matching dryer.

Today Preston has his second track meet of the season. The news says "snow", but we are good so far. One full week until spring break, sure be nice if the "s" word was removed from the forecasts.

See you tomorrow.

Saturday, March 28, 2009

Time For Kids.

Good morning, it is Saturday.

Lillie and Hansen both have soccer games today...actually this morning. Hansen's game is first, with Lillies overlapping. Later this afternoon, early evening, it will be off to the Rainforest Cafe to have dinner with Nana and Grandpa to celebrate good report cards.

Time For Kids is a magazine that the schools can buy, really just a leaflet to read in groups with interesting facts and good information at a kid's level. It is great for reading groups and current events. I am a big fan of Time For Kids. There was a thing at conferences where if you fill out 7 address of relatives and give it back, they will reward the child with a little tiger stuffed animal. The mailers goes out as filled out, and no address on any junk mail list. I only add that last sentence because I did fill it out for H and L, and some of you may be getting a little Time For Kids mailer asking you to renew magazines through them. Please disregard this, unless you want to renew magazines. Well, Yesterday Hansen got his little Tiger for completing his form, but Lillie had a guest teacher, who maybe did not know what to do with the forms, and will be getting her Tiger on Monday. Lillie was quite upset that she did not get her Tiger and Hansen got his, so after school, we checked with Ms. Todd to see if the Tigers would go out on Monday to other kids. When Ms. Todd was talking to Lillie, you could see the tears welling up in Lillie's eyes and her face was crinkling trying not to cry. Ms. Todd tapped Lillie on the shoulder and said, "Now don't get upset, you will get your Tiger on Monday." Lillie did a super quick nod trying not to cry, and we were on our way. Lillie will get her Tiger on Monday, and Hansen will have already forgotten about his. I must admit, I am not a fan of fund raisers that give out rewards. When you have more than one child in the same school, it just never works out fairly. I have gotten where I prefer to not participate in these reward fundraisers, but Hansen was just going on and on about the Time for Kids, so I filled it out, and I should have known, these prize things just never work out smoothly. My favorite fundraisers...book fairs. I spent quite a bit of money between GL and CV's book fairs this last week, but the school benefits, and the kids choose books they will actually read.

See you tomorrow.

Thursday, March 26, 2009

Lillie's turn, Book Fair finds.

Good morning, it is Thursday.

I hope you did not mind the last two blogs gushing over Preston and Hansen. Today is Lillie's turn, but in Kindergarten you don't have as many tests or competitions to just post scores and such. But I can tell you that Lillie is doing great, every bit as good as her brothers...maybe better. She is now going through 1st grade read well books in reading groups and is very good at math facts and counting. More than that, Lillie is a good citizen in her class. She sets good examples and is careful not to leave other kids out. We are every bit as proud of Lillie as we are of Hansen and Preston. Way to go Lillie, you rock.

Ok, so you are probably getting tired of crazy bragging about kids and no pictures. While I don't agree with Chuck about a blog not being a blog without pictures (sorry Chuck, throwing you under the bus with no warning), I will throw a few in here. These pics are of the kids and their book fair finds.

Lillie chose so many books that she could not hold them all up. They range from Fashion Design, to Power puff Girls, to Sassy. We have already read the bulk of these books and Lillie really enjoys "owning" her own books.
No surprise which books Hansen chose. Ripley's Believe It Or Not and World Records 2009. Besides Garfield and Little House On The Prairie books, these books are the ones Hansen enjoys just thumbing through.
Preston did not make it to both book fairs like the littles did. He only made it to his school's book fair, and he only wanted soccer books. Here is Preston with his only book, Soccer Super Stars. Of course he likes to point out all the incorrect information about how the players now play for different teams and such, but has been most interested in how different in size the players all are. While the world of professional sports gets bigger and buffer all the time, there are still some great soccer players in the 5'10" range.
See you tomorrow.

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Hansen's turn to be the star.

Good morning, it is Wednesday.

Yesterday was all about Preston, and yes, his teacher conferences were very good. I have to relay a little story about my school before moving on to Hansen. Yesterday morning I stopped into the gym to tell Mr. Rish (CV's gym teacher and Preston's teacher up until Preston left CV to go to GL for the HiCap program) about Preston's track meet. I opened up the door to the gym and Rish said, "Mr. Slane" (he says folk's names very quick), I heard Preston was the star at the track meet yesterday...over 15 feet in the rain, man that is good!" I guess the GL gym teacher had already called him to do a little bragging. It is funny because the two gym coaches are good friends and golf buddies, but Mr. Rish at CV is a Husky fan, and Mr. Rowand at GL is a Cougar fan. Preston got 3's from Mr. Rowand his first year at GL and attributed it to not being able to stand all the Cougar posters in the gym.

Now it is time to brag about Hansen. Today is Hansen's school teacher conferences, so I can now do a bit of bragging. As you may remember Hansen missed getting into the HiCap program last year (when they test all second graders) by just one percent. We did appeal the decision, but finally we pulled him out of GL and sent him to CV with Lillie as we wanted her to go there for Kindergarten. I ended up getting a job at CV, and this has been just a great year. Hansen got so extremely lucky to get Ms. Miller for his teacher. She is exactly the teacher Hansen needed at a new school, and has been great for him. She lets him excel at what he is good at, and makes him focus on the total basics when he needs to slow down (mainly his hand writing and sometimes re-reading directions and such). We did ask to have Hansen re-tested for the hi-cap program expecting him to do well, but not really knowing what to expect. Well, he did crazy good. He scored a "high 99%" in all three abilities on the CogAT. Yup, high 99% in Verbal, Quantitative, and Nonverbal. That is the best of the best third graders in the entire country. Impressive young Hansen. Barring budget changes to the hiCap program he should be going back to GL next year for the HiCap program. He knows he did well, but also knows that with the budget cuts and stuff, who knows about what the HiCap program will do next year. Hansen really wants to get into the program and do back to GL, so we are hopeful.

Today is both Hansen and Lillie's teacher conference so I will have plenty to brag about Lillie tomorrow. I did buy them each a book of their choice at the GL book fair, and they will each get a book from the CV book fair, I will just let you imagine what book they chose and will fill you in later about the exact titles. I know this blog has been a ton of reading and no pictures of late, thanks for hanging in there. Although the metal picture that Susanna left of how Preston should finish the relay race is great.

See you tomorrow.

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Bragging about Preston.

Good morning, it is Tuesday.

Today is a day to brag about Preston. If you have had enough of Preston's amazing feats, stop reading now...tomorrow and the next day will be about bragging about Hansen and Lillie.

Yesterday was Preston's first track meet of the season. Yes, it rained and was cold, that is what track season is about in the PNW. Preston won the long jump by nearly 3 feet. He jumped 15 feet 2 and a half inches. His coach from last year said that no elementary school kid has jumped over 15 feet in many many years. Standing next to the pit with other parents, Preston just had a different sound to him. The other kids would run fast and whoomp! into the pit. Preston would run crazy fast and WHOOMP! into the pit...it was almost startling. Preston also won the 75 yard dash by a half of a second, and anchored his relay team to a win. His relay team actually dropped the baton between the first and second runner and was mid pack, but the third leg was fast enough to where Preston only had to pass a couple of kids to win the race. Thanks to Preston's long jump, we may actually get a break from watching soccer 24/7 on YouTube and start watching Carl Lewis.

Today is also Preston's parent teacher conference. Since Preston got thirty nine (39) 4's and four (4) 3's on his report card, and all the teacher comments were excellent, this conference will probably be another "Preston is great" fest. And well deserved, Preston does work hard to do an excellent job at school. I am not going to scan his report card onto the blog, but you can come look at it anytime...Preston will be happy to show it to you.

I tell Preston that he had better really enjoy his year because it won't take much longer for the rest of the world to start catching up with him. Probably in middle school when the other kids have the growth spurt that Preston just had and there are a couple thousand extra kids for competition, that he may actually have to work to stay the best. He is just like, yeah, yeah, and then he is off singing some Justin Timberlake or Akon song on his i-pod and texting all his friends on his cell phone.

Tomorrow will be about Hansen.

See you tomorrow.

Monday, March 23, 2009

P's last soccer game for the season, bunny pics.

Good morning, it is Monday.

Yesterday was Preston's last soccer game (actually he had two) for a month or so. He ended his season with a bang, getting two goals in one of the games. He has been retelling the stories of his goals, but I will only tell you that he slid into the goal with one of the goals and the other was a corner kick that he took that he was actually able to get the ball the curve into the goal. Cool.

While he was playing soccer, the littles got to go to Yuen Lui and get their picture taken with a real live bunny. It was a weird time as the bunny (a big guy the size of an average cat) was trying to escape and was hoping Lillie and Hansen would help him out. The photographer was a guy who was moving about a mile per minute like some crazy portrayal of a crazed artist, but he could not relate to kids at all. We did get a few good pics. The one with the writing, I wrote, "Easter 2009, Lillie and Hansen, Preston chose soccer..." Preston will like that.

This week is early dismissal at school for conferences and Preston has a track meet. He is really excited for this season as he has already jumped a few personal bests in the long jump and is still the fastest kid in school during practice.

See you tomorrow.

Sunday, March 22, 2009

Littles soccer.

Good morning, it is Sunday.

Preston is long gone for his two soccer games this morning. Both his games are in Shoreline, with a Connor's brothers game in between. Preston had the choice to go to his games with Connor or come with us to church and Bunny pictures with us. Needless to say, he won't be in this years bunny pics. Below are a few pics from yesterday's soccer games...actually the photo parts.

Two Lillian's enjoying their morning. The Lillian on the left is on of Lillie's good buddies, and she is a darn good soccer player. She scored the teams only goal in a 1-1 tie by following all her shots and being extremely aggressive.
Lillie with her team, in line for team pictures. Lillie is second tallest! It is good that we don't take Lillie out of ballet just yet. She was near the ball most of the game, but I don't think she actually kicked it. Lillie did learn that mud and soccer cleats can't stop great skippers from skipping. Lillie can skip up the field as fast as some kids run!
Hansen in line for his team pics. I think I was embarrassing the kid. Hansen is a defender at heart. Even when the coach put him in forward, he drifted back to help the defenders when he could. He has a very powerful kick, but it goes too high and a couple kids from the other team did get a soccer ball in the gut or the face, yikes! Hansen's team is fuelled by beginners, even though they did not win the game, they did show some promise.
See you tomorrow.

Saturday, March 21, 2009

H and L's first games today.

Good morning, it is Saturday.

Last night it rained SO hard before soccer practice that Maren was complaining and threatening to not take Hansen to his soccer practice because she might have to stand in the rain. Maren does not have this soccer mom thing down just yet...and all signs indicate that she will one of these days, but the transformation would happen much quicker if she could watch the kid's games from the luxury boxes at Quest field. Luckily for both Hansen and Lillian the rain stopped a short while before practice and other than the fields being totally mud to their shin guards, it was not so bad.

The spring league happens very fast around here, today H and L have their pictures and first game. I have to go in a minute and get Lillie ready. Preston and Connor are up, Connor spent the night while Hansen spent the night over at Kole's house. As it turned out, the neighborhood was playing musical kids last night.

See you tomorrow.

Friday, March 20, 2009


Good morning, it is Friday.

Phew, long week! TGIF. I finished the last sentence, then had to take a break and go get a cup of coffee. And I hate coffee. And I hate starting sentences with the word "and". See, long week, wasn't joking.

We muddled through yesterday just fine. Preston made it to math club. We made it to school, then we made it to Lillie's six year check up, then we made it to the science fair and jr. high school orientation. The End.

No, not the end. Lillie passed her six year check up with flying colors. She is 96% in height and 94% in weight. She could easily pass for a 7 year old. I don't know where my kids get their height. Or their smarts for that matter. Must be from their mom! Speaking of smarts, Hansen and Lillie got their report cards yesterday. They are doing great in school. Preston will probably bring his home today and make his sibs feel like losers, but I will tell them not to listen because they did great! All 3s and 4s and excellent comments (which are more important than the grades to me at this point).

The science fair went very well. The kids all got ribbons and a cool part of the fair was that there were actual scientist judges. The judges would come around with clip boards and ask the kids a question or two about their projects. It was fun.

Maren survived jr. high orientation. She said that it sounds like jr. high is going to be lots of paperwork to fill out and lots of money to shell out. Preston can't wait to get to jr. high school. Of course with the Seattle Sounders FC's opening game yesterday (go Sounders!), Preston is wondering how young they will let you be a professional soccer player.

Tonight both Hansen and Lillie have soccer practice, then we will all just collapse on the floor in front of the TV for a movie and some ice-cream.

See you tomorrow.

Thursday, March 19, 2009

Busy, biking, science fair pics.

Good morning, it is Thursday.

Today will be one of those crazy days at our house. We begin with Math Club for Preston, followed by school/work, straight from school to Lillie's 6 year check up, back home for a very quick dinner, then Maren and I split up as I will take the kids to the science fair and Maren will attend Jr. High Orientation for kids entering Jr. High next year. Phew.

Last night I discovered how real bikers roll. While Lillie was in dance class I met up with a co-worker for a quick bike ride around the lake. Joy just turned 50 and she is an avid cyclist. Her bicycle weighs about the same as the back wheel on my bike. She has all the gear and was polite to drag a beginner like me around for a few laps. Since we only were out for about 40 minutes, I kept up OK. Joy and her group are very fast, I don't know if I will ever be that good, but completing the 100 mile LiveSTONG Challenge in June should be no problem as long as I keep up the riding...but I will be far behind the leaders.

Below are sneak previews of Lillie and Hansen's science fair projects. The show is tonight. At CV the science fair is totally optional so it will be interesting to see how many kids participated. GL makes the science fair mandatory for all 4-6 grades, and optional for the younger classes.

Lillie and her Colors In Nature project. She choose the pictures, printed the labels, found the collections, told me what to type, and did all the gluing. And she would start another project tomorrow if we let her. The Kindergarten and 1st grade participants were to do collections.
Hansen with his and his friend Kole's joint project on Hovercrafts. They did all the research themselves, as well as the cutting and gluing. Hansen is holding their homemade hovercraft made form a CD and a balloon.
See you tomorrow.

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

St Patrick's Day, March Madness.

Good morning, it is Tuesday.

Happy St Patrick's Day. Don't forget to wear green. But remember, no coloring your hair at school, no painting your face at school, and pinching others for not wearing green will not be tolerated. After school, anything goes...so raise a glass of green beer and party!

This is college basket ball time at its most fun, March Madness. No, it is not just the weather...yes it is snowing at our house right now. Our staff has a NCAA tournament pool which I will be participating in this year. But I have an ace up my sleeve...Preston's buddy, a sixth grader named Connor. His brain is filled with everything about every sport and yes, he gets good grades in school as well. Last night I traded him some cake for some basketball knowledge. My brackets are now complete and I have chosen UNC to beat Louisville in the final. I really don't have a clue, and it turns out that my brackets look a lot different than the one Connor is using against his friends because as it turns out, Connor just chooses Duke to win every year. And (again using "and" to start a sentence...sorry Ms. Radford) truth be told, I hope I loose all my money because the University of Washington goes on a crazy tear and wins the whole thing!

See you tomorrow.

Monday, March 16, 2009

Soccer canceled, H and K science fair project.

Good morning, it is Monday.

We had a pretty good weekend around here. Saturday I went for a 28 mile bike ride with my friend Jim. We go so muddy! You would have thought we were dirt riders. I ended the ride with a flat rear tire, ugh. Then it was off to Nana's house for breakfast for dinner. A very nice dinner and a nice visit.

Yesterday Preston was scheduled to play a soccer game at 9:00am. There was so much snow on the field that they canceled the soccer game. Cancel a soccer game? Snow in mid March? I have never heard of such a things. Preston was ready to play, but did not feel bad about having the game canceled. He was bummed out that he could not just come home and goof off, instead it was off to church for him.

After church Hansen had Kole over to work on their science fair project while Maren walked down the hill to a Party Lite party, a candle party. This was not the first day that Hansen and Kole had gotten together to work on their project, and after a few hours of working on the project, and playing with the hovercraft they built for the project, breaking it, and rebuilding it, the project was complete. The contrast between Preston's 6th grade project and Kole and Hansen's 3rd/4th grade project is interesting. Preston was interested in getting all the facts down, the scientific method checked off, but not too sharp about the layout of the final product. Hansen and Kole got bored looking for information, exhausted early with their typing, did not think much of the scientific method, but worried about the homemade hovercraft, and were quite meticulous about the final layout. Both projects are/were excellent and grade level appropriate. And I did a good job having them do nearly all the work, my motto was, "I will give you a little direction, but this is not my science fair project." Lillie is doing a science fair project as well, we will work on that tonight.

Tonight Maren has to work late, the rest of us have normal schedules.

See you tomorrow.

Saturday, March 14, 2009

Preston's home, soccer starts for H and L.

Good morning, it is Saturday.

Yesterday after school we picked up Preston from his friend Josh's house, where he went after coming back from camp around noon. Sounds like he had a great time. He said the 6 hour hike in the freezing weather was not so cool. But the look out tower was very fun. He choose not to hug a tree, you know Preston, too cool for school. He told us about the dinner tables, the cabins, his wacky camp counselors and their 45 minute bed time stories about sheep and many other wacky things. He had a very fun time at Camp Waskowitz, laughed a ton, and thinks he would like to be a camp counselor when he is in high school. He admitted to missing his home and his family a little, but would go on a similar camp next week if he could. After being home for a half an hour, he laced up his soccer shoes, grabbed his soccer ball, and started destroying the back yard again...until it was time to take the littles to their soccer practices.

Yesterday was the first day of spring soccer for Hansen and Lillie. They were both very excited about practice. Lillie's was first at a local jr. high school, her team is coached by Preston's old coach from years back so Preston came along and kicked the ball around with his old friends (the older brothers to the other Lily on Lillie's soccer team). The picture below is of Lillie posing in soccer gear...Pink and black shoes, light blue soccer warm up jacket, styling. She came home with a blister on one foot which reminds me of my favorite song from the Johnny Test cartoon show. "I love my sister, she's so much better than a blister!" That was for you Amber. Lillie's team with be the Thunder!

Maren took Hansen to his practice at Cedar Valley and it sounds like Hansen had a great practice. I did not get a picture of Hansen sporting his gear as Lillie had to leave first. The Covington league is interesting and we really enjoy it for the younger kids because it is not overly competitive on the coaches' ends. The kids try their best, but if you want to be on an overly competitive team, you go select like Preston did. Maren said it was interesting to see a couple of kids who were dressed like the pros, mix it up with the rest of the not so fancy rest of them. Hansen's team does not have a name just yet, their color is black and yellow, and they will be voting next week.

See you tomorrow.

Friday, March 13, 2009

Red Robin, Preston comes home.

Good morning, it is Friday.

Today is the day Preston comes home from camp. Gone since Tuesday morning in the freezing weather, it will be interesting to see if he is glad to be home or really wishes he had different parents and could live at camp forever. The big question is will he will want to tell us all about camp and stuff, or go straight for his cell phone and his i-pod. I know we will be glad to have him home.

Last night we had to buy soccer shorts for the littles as their spring soccer seasons both start today. We decided to hit Red Robin as it was just the four of us and we could get in and out for not too much money. We had a nice dinner and we had yet another Lillie bloggable moment. Well, the cup coasters all read, "Red Robin's 1969 History Quiz"...When Red Robin opened up in 1969, what was the number one song? A. Hey Jude B. Ring of Fire C. Red, Red Robin or D. Sugar, Sugar. I did not put the artist, you can quiz yourselves for extra credit. As Maren and I were discussing the question (we did figure out that D. was the correct answer) Lillie wanted to be quizzed. So I asked her, "Who is a famous person who was also born in 1969?" Since I was looking for the answer to be me, as in her dad, I was not expecting her answer. Here you go. She got all excited that she had a question to answer...she thought for a moment and blurted out "Jesus!" We laughed and said "No, he was born much earlier, guess again...and I was pointing at me." Next she blurted out "Ronald McDonald!" Jesus and Ronald McDonald in the same sentence, nice try Lil. I told her she was supposed to guess me, as in her dad, and she just laughed and said, "your not famous!" Oh well, good try.

See you tomorrow.l

Wednesday, March 11, 2009


Good morning, it is Wednesday.

Last night we went to Costco. Yahoo, Costco. Did a little shopping and ate a little dinner...actually there is no such thing as "a little" anything at Costco, so we did a lot of shopping and ate a lot of dinner. Good thing we only do this one time a month. Preston was not with us as he is off to camp, and until you only have a party of four instead of the usual party of five, you don't really realize how much everything is geared to parties of four. The table fit us just perfectly, usually we have to put two tables together or let the boys sit at a different table or something like that. Hansen and Lillie had too much fun at Costco.

Hansen's favorite place was the house sized cold room. More specifically the entrance where the freezing cold air was blowing super hard. He just stood there in the wind looking like it was summer vacation...the air was freezing, guess he really just wanted to be outside or something. An unknown shopper looked at Hansen, then looked at me and shook his head and said, "that kid is crazy in the noodle!" What could I say, I just nodded my head in agreement. Hansen was very proud to be called crazy in the noodle, go figure.

On the drive home, Lillie was drawing a picture of a bicycle and wanting help. I told her to start with the wheels so she could fit the whole bicycle on the page. She kept working and after a minute or two had a very nice bicycle. Then out of no where she asks, "How do you draw an Eel?", "Why do you want to draw an Eel?" I asked. She answered, "you know, eels on wheels!" I guess you had to be there, eels on wheels? It was all very funny, I guess at school when learning about the letter "E", there is bit about "eels on wheels". Of course this turned into a whole thing from "meals on wheels", to "banana peels on wheels" and so on.

Today Lillie has dance class and Preston is missing soccer for camp.

See you tomorrow.

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Snow and cold...lets go camping!

Good morning, it is Tuesday.

Yesterday Maren was at the court house for her stint of Federal Jury Duty. Last week she was not called in, so she got to work. Yesterday she drew a high number and was not selected to be on a jury. So now she is done. Not too bad. Other than having to drive all over in the snow. This is a picture from our front porch at 3:30 yesterday afternoon. It was snowing so hard and it seemed like it would not stop. But it did, now it is like 22 degrees and cold.

What does all this freezing and snow mean? Must be time for 6th grade camp. Yes, Preston and the rest of his class are heading up to the mountains to camp Waskowitz Outdoor School this morning. Yup, there is probably several inches of snow (maybe much more) on the ground at the camp site, but the good news is that the snow should be done...now it will be sunny and cold. I think Preston is looking forward to camp. The cold and snow does and does not sound like fun. The lack of a cell phone and an i-pod are bigger worries for this hi-tech generation. Last year, before Preston was so hooked to his phone and i-pod, he was teasing his older friends about having to spend the week without technology...now it is his turn, and it is not so fun this time around for young Preston. The kids will be at camp through Friday. Hansen is not sounding too bummed out about loosing his roommate for the week.

See you tomorrow.

Sunday, March 08, 2009

Snow and soccer.

Good morning, it is Sunday.

Actually today is Snowday...is that an actual day of the week? Yup, Lillie just shrieked as loud as she could, "Momma, look out the window! It's snowing, its snowing!" I don't think Maren was actually ready to wake up, but she is up now.

Yesterday afternoon Preston had a soccer game in Shoreline. Right in the midst of the convergence zone. I drove and we had Coach Mark and Connor carpool with us. Preston actually slept in the car the whole drive up because the night before he had an overnight at Alec's house with all his old friends who are now in middle school. It was great that he got to hang out with all his old buddies, too bad they decided not to sleep. My only advice to Preston was that he really did not want to be the first one to fall asleep...and he wasn't, David usually gets that award, along with the consequences. Back to the soccer game. It really did not snow, it was more of a very hard sleet/hail. All the adults were either under cover or under umbrella. Preston's team gave up a few easy goals, and Preston had a couple of great shots at goal stopped by a very impressive goal keeper on the other team. The boys lost their game, the parents grumbled about them being "too slow to the ball", or "not taking enough shots at goal", or "the other team was offsides", but in hind sight, any kid out playing soccer in that weather who was not just standing still and crying gets two thumbs up in my book. My soccer carrier ended with a game much like this one, the coach said, "Slane, you want to go in?", and I said "No!"...I think my dad may have said something like, "guess your done with soccer, huh?" And I was, soccer was just never my game. Preston, on the other hand, is a different creature. While he may have not followed each shot like he would have in the 70 degree weather, he did want to play, and when he realizes he will miss his next soccer practice due to being at 6th grade camp, he will be disappointed.

Today is a great day...the clocks have changed and it will be light until 7:00pm. It may be snowing, but it won't be dark until late, and that is great.

See you tomorrow.

Saturday, March 07, 2009

Happy Birthday Dad, you missed the party!

Good morning, it is Saturday.

Happy Birthday Dad!

This was a birthday weekend around here. Only my dad lives in Florida, so he missed the parties. Hope you had a party of your own, old man. Below are some pics and more blogging.

This is a picture of the birthday boy. He is on the right. Hanging out with mom and Joey.
This is a picture of the birthday boy's, uh, backside...apparently looking for treasures with the dogs by his side. The only recent pictures I found of my dad this morning were in group photos. This is as close as it gets to a recent solo picture of the birthday boy. Your day to shine dad! I thought that was funny, and that is all that matters since it is my blog.
If my dad lived closer, he could have had a joint birthday party with Lillie yesterday. We had 8 girls running around our house like a tornado. Lillie had a great party. There was no school yesterday, so a perfect day for a party...except Maren had to work and I ran the show solo. Not quite, Preston was a huge help. Preston was my DJ for musical chairs, freeze dance, and the Limbo. He then was the note taker for the present opening, and later the lemonade mixer and dishes collector. After reading this, I wonder if I even did anything. I did make the cake by myself if that counts.

This is a picture of the party goers. My dad should have been kneeling in the back right in this photo waiting patently for his slice of barbie cake and some ice-cream...but no, he lives in sunny warm Florida while the rest of suffer through another miserable weather winter in the PNW. Besides, Allison was by far the best Limbo dancer. My dad would not have stood a chance in the limbo or freeze dance. He may have been a contender in the musical chairs category...but since I made the decision that all ties were battled with "rock, scissors, paper", victory probably still would have eluded the one turning "sixty-something" and gone to a little girl.

Well, hope you have a great birthday dad. We had a nice party, maybe I will photo-shop you mug into the birthday picture above some day.
See you tomorrow.

Friday, March 06, 2009

More Lillie birthday parties, GL science fair.

Good morning, it is Friday.

Yesterday was Lillie's birthday and she had a great day! Today will be another great day for her as there is no school and we are hosting a friend party at our house with 5 to 7 friends. Below are some pictures from Lillie's great day.

I was able to have lunch with Lillie at school. Lillie got to pass out cupcakes. We had a couple of mixed packs of Chocolate and Vanilla cupcakes. I think I was kind of able to tell who Lillie considers her friends by who got the Chocolate cupcakes.
This is Maren's favorite picture of the season. Lillie was in total awe as a crowd of Red Robin employees sing happy birthday to her. We don't usually see Lillie not in total control of the world around her.
Nana and Lillie playing fairies and having their photo op invaded by Preston at Red Robin. Red Robin was very good. The service was excellent, and so was the food. John and Carol treated us all to dinner at Red Robin for Lillie's birthday, thanks!
After dinner and presents, it was off to the GL science fair. Preston did his project on colorblindness. His had a lot of good info and tests to test for colorblindness. Preston, Hansen and John all had to trust us that there were actually red squares and a red sail boat for those without colorblindness to see clearly.
The GL gym was totally packed. This is just a little view...I should have used my panoramic shot, but did not think about it. It is totally amazing how many quality projects the students from GL produce.
Today will be fun as well.
See you tomorrow.

Thursday, March 05, 2009

Happy Birthday Lillie.

Good morning, it is Thursday.

Happy Birthday Lillie!

Today Lillie is six years old. Below are a few pics from over the years.

Taken just recently at the school park. She loves playing on the bars. This is the way we usually see her these days...jeans, monkey shirt and ready to go.
A couple of years ago. Wearing her first recital outfit wishing to be a mermaid.
Lillie loving her binkies. The binky fairy came at age two, but we still have a few pics. She still enjoys hanging out in laundry baskets.
As a toddler, young Lillie enjoying better weather.
Lillie exactly six years ago.
Today we will have treats for her class at school. Then a fancy dinner...followed by Preston's science fair (boo on a birthday). Should be a great day.
See you tomorrow.

Wednesday, March 04, 2009

Spaceman Spiff, six year pics.

Good morning, it is Wednesday.

Last night I took Lillie and Hansen out to Yuen Lui for pictures. Lillie had her 6 year old birthday pic taken. Hansen had his first real pictures with his glasses. They turned out quite cute. Lillie had her hair back and was showing of her toothless grin. There are a few good ones of her that will work just fine, but she seems to do much better when given poses that feel natural to her...and this girl does know how to pose. Hansen on the other hand did not take a poor picture. Almost every one of his pics is just cute as can be.

After we got back from pictures and had dinner, Maren let the boys know that she brought home some books from the library. Yes, having a librarian mom has its perks. Especially when your library mom believes that any reading counts as reading and books full of cartoons count. Hansen grabbed the Calvin and Hobbes book right off. He was getting mad during American Idol because the TV was getting in the way of his reading. After about a half and hour of reading and already pointing out a few funny cartoons, he came across a Spaceman Spiff one. He was excited and showed us that Spaceman Spiff's name was just like our late cat Spiff who Maren and I adopted way back in college. Maren said, "well, yeah, your dad named Spiff after Spaceman Spiff in the Calvin and Hobbes cartoons." Hansen thought for a moment and said in amazement, "Calvin and Hobbes is that old?!?" Yup. He decided that he still enjoyed Calvin and Hobbes, but he will probably be telling his friends that these books were around back when Dinosaurs learned to read.

See you tomorrow.

Tuesday, March 03, 2009

Dr. Seuss night

Good morning, it is Tuesday.

Last night at CV was Dr. Seuss night, a read across America event. As it was put on with the help of the Title staff, I was part of the fun. Maren is part of a SOAR program so she was also a reader for the event. My job was to be the Cat in the Hat. I had my picture taken with most everyone and wandered around a bit. Maren read Green Eggs and Ham to the crazy mob. Our kids were just part of the crazy mob. From my prospective it was a very good night. A ton of people, lots of games and activities, good story readers, Actual green eggs and ham to eat, and the Cat in the Hat.

This is my Cat in the Hat costume. I actually did not wear the little cat face most the time as it fogged my glasses and was just kind of weird.

See you tomorrow.

Monday, March 02, 2009

Soccer, Matcher dress.

Good morning, it is Monday.

Yesterday Preston had a soccer game in University Place and our friend Larry came out to watch the game. Larry had Murphy with him, a very nice medium small dog. He and Murphy stayed for the whole game, they actually brought doughnuts. I had a delicious doughnut with coconut shavings, and the rest we saved for the team. After the game I put the doughnuts out for the team and after they had there little "hey guys, we played well, but with a bit more intensity we could have won the game rather than a 0-0 tie" lecture, they flew over to the doughnuts and they were gone within seconds.

The picture below is Lillie in a matcher dress with her new American Doll Kirsten. I am not sure who likes this doll more, Maren or Lillie...Kirsten's paperwork, clothes, hair and eye color were based on Swedish immigrants at the turn of the last century.

Tonight is Dr. Seuss night at Cedar Valley. I will be dressing up as the Cat in the Hat for the first part of the fun and for pictures, Maren is a guest reader, and the kids are just going to be kids.

See you tomorrow.

Sunday, March 01, 2009

Lillie's first birthday party of this birthday season.

Good morning, it is Sunday.

Yesterday was Lillie's first birthday party of the season. It was meant to be a joint birthday party for Lillie, Claire, and twins Jack and Avery. Sadly Claire and her whole family have been sick, so they were missing from the celebration. Lillie still had a fun time as did Jack and Avery. Below are some pictures of the day.

The big birthday cake.
The twins with their first birthday cakes. Even Lillie got her own little cake for the fun. The twins are turning one, Lillie is turning six...amazing how much a kid grows in just five years. Lillie was a good sport, but lets face it...little cakes and cameras everywhere are really meant for the one year old with cake in their hair.
Lillie hanging out with her auntie Stef.
Lillie and her new American Doll, Kirsten. At this very moment Lillie is changing Kirsten's cloths and stuff...she is actually waiting for me to leave the computer so she can try her new Webkins toys.
Some craziness at the party. Lillie will have another party with some of her friends later in the week.
Today Preston has a soccer game, the rest of us get to hang out.
See you tomorrow.