Sunday, May 31, 2009

BBQ and much more.

Good morning, it is Sunday.

This has been a busy couple of days!

Friday evening Hansen and Alex got to have a sleep over at Carol's house. John and Carol took them beach combing at Seahurst beach and out to dinner. They were back yesterday in time for Hansen's baseball game where he hit the longest home run I have ever seen in his league. It looked like a Ken Griffey Jr. shot that went just a little too high, but never came down until it was well out of the ball park. Hansen passed up the runner who was on 1st base at the time on the way to home plate, so there are still a few rules about baseball to be learned. H also made a great play at third base, snagging a line shot and tagging third for a force out. Below is a picture of Hansen and Alex on their way out of town.

Maren and Lillie got to go to a baby shower on Friday evening for a co-worker of Maren's. Sounds like they had a great time and Lillie met a new Lily as well as another girl who became fast friends. Maren said they exchanged phone numbers and played crazy games...yikes!

Preston has his first ever 7th grade dance on Friday. All the 6th graders from the several schools who will be entering jr. high next fall go to attend a dance to get to know each other. Preston said he had a fun you really think I would get more details than that?

With Hansen's baseball game and Alex and the weather and the timing, we ended up having a big BBQ at our house yesterday. We had a huge gathering, let see if I can remember with out leaving anyone out. Us 5, John, Carol, Stef, Mel, Court, Jack, Avery, Amy, Steve, Camden, Maggie, Annie, Kraig, Alex, Miles, (no Claire, boo hoo), Sue and her Black Lab Shawnee. We all ate great, BBQ hamburgers and hot dogs cooked on a 15 year old grill along with great potato salads and wonderful desserts.

I have not posted a video in a very long time, but this one is fun. It is of Carol and her sister Sue pulling grand kids Lillie and Camden in a pink toboggan down the small grass hill in our back yard. Just one of the fun activities happening around our parts this weekend.

See you tomorrow.

Friday, May 29, 2009

Amish Friendship Bread.

Good morning, it is Friday.

Every week at work, the staff room is decorated and snacks are left out for the other staff members by a person or two. I never really knew why or how this was done or organized as I started after the year had already begun. This week is the Title staff week, and yesterday was my day. The timing was perfect as it was time to cook our Amish Friendship bread starter. Maren spiced the starter up a bit by adding chocolate pudding and chocolate chips. Yum. I also took lots of little snack size chocolate bars and covered the other tables with candy. Double yum.

This is a pic of the Amish Friendship Bread. I left it out just before the first break, and by lunch time it was gone.

Yesterday Lillie got to go on a mini field trip to put salmon into Jenkins Creek. The kindergartners all had their cute fish hats on and helped carry the fish to the creek. There has been a tank of fish that started as an empty tank, then salmon eggs were added, then they grew into little salmon, now they are headed up the creek!

Tonight Preston has a dance at the jr. high school along with all the other 6th graders from the other schools feeding into Cedar Heights. Yikes.

Tonight Hansen and Alex get to go spend the night at Nana's house for a night of double fun. Double yikes.

See you tomorrow.

Thursday, May 28, 2009

posing the day away.

Good morning, it is Thursday.

Yesterday was all over the place. Dance pictures, piano lessons, Soccer banquet. Phew! We made it on time to each event with minimal stressing. If there is one thing you should know about Lillie is that she can make a pose at anytime with no effort at all!

At the dance studio, getting ready for pictures. Lots of different outfits and parents going every which way.
On the slide at the neighborhood park. The neighborhood where her and Hansen take piano lessons. Lillie's lesson is first, so Hansen and I played catch with a nerf football (people think it is a Steeler's football, but no, it is Hertz) then while Hansen takes his lesson, Lillie and I walk over to the park. Maren and Preston were enjoying Godfather's Pizza as this picture was being snapped. They were nice enough to save us all a piece!
See you tomorrow.

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

TV working, paperwork.

Good morning, it is Wednesday...but it feels like Tuesday.

We are excited to say our down stairs TV works again! The volume on a few of the channels stopped working and nothing we did would fix the problem. Finally I sat on hold for a while with Comcast and the guy figured the problem in about half a second. All we needed to do was hit the "language" button. Who know the channels could think they were in Spanish, so the English would not work. Technology, hmmf.

This morning has turned into paperwork morning. Lillie's dance pictures, a few different forms for Preston's soccer, another form for Preston's "moving on" ceremony...going to jr. high school, kid's project forms, cheetah readers forms, GL carnival pre-order forms. And that is just the ones on my desk! I probably have some bills to pay as well.

Tonight Lillie has dance pictures, she is excited because she gets to wear her recital outfit. Preston has a pizza banquet to announce this years soccer team, collect funds, talk fund raisers and so on. At the same time, Hansen and Lillie both have piano lessons. Phew!

See you tomorrow.

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Ocean Shores was great.

Good morning, it is Tuesday.

We had a nice vacation to Ocean Shores this Memorial Day weekend. Little snafus the whole way, but that is expected. First they could not find our reservation. An hour later they tracked me down to say they found it under "Mr. Flane". Preston called me Mr. Flane the whole weekend. The party for Brenda's 50th party was fun...especially for the kids who are very brave karaoke singers! Preston was first with Hey Jude sung with Marina and Neesha. They were very good. Then Lillie sung on her own, Love Story by Taylor Swift. The boys got me to sing with them, Don't Stop Believing by Journey, and then they sung How To Save A Life on their own. Here are a couple of pics:

Preston and Hansen singing in front of the ball room. How To Save A Life.
Lillie and Marina singing Love Story. Lillie sung this song herself first, then Marina and Katie wanted to sing the song and asked Lillie if she would sing with them, she did not even give them a look, and said "No, I already sang!" She changed her mind and went and sang with Marina.

Preston lining up a putt in the golf tournament...I think he just wanted to take a nap. We had a great time. Scramble with me, Preston, Mick, and Sherry. Sherry had never played golf in her life, Mick played well, and Preston struggled the whole way. We needed a drive, fairway shot, and a putt from each person. We were concerned about getting Sherry's shots in that we kind of forgot about Preston's shots...until the end. He needed his drive on the last hole, so he was on his own...He did hit a few good shots during the day, but not on that one! Our team won thanks to a few good holes (and putts by Mick). Preston loves the hat he won...has worn it all weekend.

We had our usual dinner at Dugan's Pizza. Had a great time with all the Davies. Used the pool and visited the beach. Really a nice vacation. The kids are getting so big that it will be two rooms for us some day! The twins had fun roaming everywhere, Lillie loved hanging out with them. It was also great to have many of the family (John, Carol, Stef, Mel, Court, Jack and Avery) there, and I think everyone had fun. Took a last drive on the beach yesterday morning, did our customary "doughnut" on the way out...tipping over the food inside the car and freaking out Hansen. Lillie could have done doughnuts on the beach all day!

It was nice to be home, here are the kids playing monopoly with the neighborhood kids in the evening.
See you tomorrow.

Saturday, May 23, 2009

Off to Ocean Shores.

Good morning, it is Saturday.

This is one of those mornings that I am true to my blog title. Here it is exactly 9:00am, I have already ridden my bike just over 20 miles and now I am at my computer typing and surfing while no one else in the family has even woke up. The weather is a bit chilly, but the sun is out as well as plenty of other bikers and joggers. Great morning! I used to do this with golf as well, go tee off super early, and finish around the time everyone was waking up...I don't know, but walking the golf course early in the morning seemed much more taxing then riding my bike for 20 miles...go figure.

Today we are heading out to Ocean Shores for the three day weekend. There will be a ton of folks from Maren's past there as we are attending a big birthday bash for Maren's old neighbor who is turning 50! Maren used to babysit her children back in middle school and high school. I am not planning on blogging or even touching a computer (unless my phone counts!) for the weekend, but knowing me, I will probably be up first and using the free computer at the hotel after reading the paper and having some coffee.

See you on Monday.

Friday, May 22, 2009

Homework coupon.

Good morning, it is Friday.

Yesterday Lillie did not have school and Carol came out to hang with her. Sounds like they had a great day. New shoes, fancy tiara, broccoli shop (ice-cream store in disguise), out to lunch, and a play date with a kindergarten friend at the park. Then tacos for dinner, yum.

When the rest of us got home it was time for Hansen's baseball and choir as well as Preston's soccer. Lillie came with me and Hansen and played at the playground with friends for yet another hour! It is amazing how much energy new shoes will give a kid.

Hansen used a "Homework Coupon" so he would not have to do his homework. I had never heard of such a thing until this year in Hansen's class. I sure wish I had these things in college! Hansen saves his (he has had a few) for days where he has multiple homework assignments as well as a sporting event on the same day...pretty smart.

See you tomorrow.

Thursday, May 21, 2009

1st Piano lesson.

Good morning, it is Thursday.

Yesterday Lillie had her first ever piano lesson. Hansen got back on the lesson train as his first two tries never worked out (group lesson, then teacher quit for different career path). Through a recommendation we found a teacher and Lillie could not be happier. Hansen is OK with it, but not overly excited. Below is a picture of Lillie in front of the big piano during Hansen's lesson (can't see Hansen behind the teacher). Lillie liked to watch the inside of the piano, who doesn't?

The teacher's house has kind of cool little thing in the entry way, a big fancy ceramic pot that would normally hold an indoor plant or something is filled with water and houses a few gold fish. Lillie and I were going out to walk around the neighborhood during Hansen's lesson and somehow one of Lillie's shoes ended up in the fish tank! Lillie was barefoot the rest of the day, and laughing about her shoe in the fish tank...yes, we snuck it out before anyone noticed, sshhh.

Today the Kindergartners do not have school due to Kindergarten orientation for next year. Carol is on her way out to hang with Lillie the whole day. Lillie is very excited. She is rubbing it in to her brothers at every turn..."I don't have school tomorrow and you do!"

See you tomorrow.

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Tooth Fairy.

Good morning, it is Wednesday.

Who knew I would write about teeth once again? Yesterday at school Lillie lost her 7th tooth! She was very excited and the school gave her a little tooth shaped necklace to hold he lost tooth in for the day. When she got home, she made this great little letter (on the outside of the envelope the tooth goes in, then under the pillow) to the Tooth Fairy. She had a little help with spelling, but not with writing. She is figuring this whole reading/ writing thing out! I think the quick drawing is of the Tooth Fairy on the left, Lillie on the right holding her tooth.

Today is Lillie's first piano lesson. She is a very excited camper. Dance class is almost over and she can't wait to be done with dance. If it was not for the recital in a few weeks, she would be done yesterday! She says her two sports next year will be piano and gymnastics!

See you tomorrow.

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

P and J dentist visit.

Good morning, it is Tuesday.

Last night Preston and I had Dentist visits. He had a standard cleaning/check-up, I on the other hand needed a new filling where one from my high school days had fell out. Maren hates the dentist and was much happier fighting a cold than going anywhere near the dentist chair. In fact, I am kind of surprised how much she enjoys the Golden Peacock restaurant knowing it is really only half a block away from the dentist office! Preston passed with flying colors. His teeth are still moving around so this summer he may be seeing the orthodontist. My tooth was kind of a mini adventure. The dentist asked me if I wanted a numbing shot or without pain killer as it would only hurt "a little, a few times". I said I was fine to try with no pain killers as long as he promised to give me some if I started shuddering in pain. It was not so bad, a couple sharp "OUCHS!", but worth not being numb for the evening. The longest part was actually grinding everything down so it felt/fit normal...

After dinner it was off to buy Preston a few pairs of new shorts. He is in adult sizes and most of his clothes are not, poor kid just grew too fast. His wardrobe is slowly catching up with him.

See you tomorrow.

Monday, May 18, 2009

A fine weekend.

Good morning, it is Monday.

Most of us had a great weekend. Maren has been fighting a cold so she has been moving quite slow, but this nice weather makes it nicer indoors as well, so she still enjoyed the weather. I really don't have anything crazy to blog about. Lets see: Preston had good soccer tryouts and is very happy with his soccer team for the up coming season. Hansen hit another home run in his baseball game. I went on a couple of bike rides which were great. BBQ and Red Robin for dinner. Lillie got to play with friends all weekend and had a great time. I was shepherd for the last week of Sunday School in Preston's class. Washed the cars and mowed the lawn. And we all stayed up too late every night, so waking the kids in a few minutes will be very hard.

The only thing I wish I would have done differently think of taking a picture of Lillie at every change of clothes yesterday. I did not think we were going to break records in that department until around change number 5. I counted 14 changes of clothes yesterday. Too warm, too cold, too wet, not good for playground, need to match my painted fingernails, time to go in the sprinkler again, and so on and so on. It would have been a world class blog to have gotten a picture of her in each outfit of the day!

See you tomorrow.

Saturday, May 16, 2009

Willy Wonka, Shannon's ice-cream.

Good morning, it is Saturday.

Last night was a crazy busy evening for us, but everything went great. Preston had his first day of Soccer tryouts for his select soccer team (Synergy of Auburn) and he said he performed great at all the skills, made two goals by heading in good cross shots from teammates, and was glad that some friends from other circles were trying out as well. Maren went to CV for a SOAR event as well as game night and a silent auction. She won some great prizes by being the highest bidder and it sounds like everything went well. I had Lillie and Hansen there for a few minutes, but we left early because I took them along with cousins Claire, Alex, Miles, and their friend (and their parents) to a Performance of Willy Wonka at Sunrise Elementary. The director is Hansen's choir director from church, as well as an old college friend of Kraig. The performance was way better than I was expecting from an elementary school, not that I was not expecting a lot, it was just really really good.

When we all got home at around 8:45pm last night we decided it was ice-cream time. We had just a little bit of the Chocolate Custard ice-cream that Shannon had brought over when she visited last weekend left, and now it is gone. Yup, last Saturday Shannon came out for a nice visit, dinner, dessert, and an episode of Maren's favorite TV show (other than Amazing Race, American Idol, and Survivor) Dirty Jobs. John and Carol were out last weekend as well and were lucky enough to get to take home some extra custard ice-cream too. So, we ran out of custard ice-cream, but we still have some toppings. Shannon had tried to call before she came out, but I did not get the message until after she left. The message was about if I did not get back to her soon with a list of our favorite ice-cream toppings, she was just going to get a bunch of different toppings and bring them over. Well, she was not joking. Every kind of sprinkles, along with chocolate and carmel toppings as well. The kids were allowed to top there own ice-cream and well, you could not even tell there was ice-cream under all the toppings. We were very glad to have Shannon visit, and it was just a bonus that she spoiled us with custard ice-cream.

This morning Hansen has a baseball game. Preston has soccer tryouts again this afternoon. And we are all geeking out because the weather may actually get to 70 degrees for the first time this year! Can you say BBQ?

See you tomorrow.

Friday, May 15, 2009

Final band concert.

Good morning, it is Friday

Last night was Preston's final 6th grade band concert. The concert was very good, all the kids play so well. Let me say that there are a ton of kids in band and in orchestra! It was so crowded that even though we got there 15 minutes early, we had to sit on the floor and stand up against the wall. So I don't have much in the way of pictures. This is the only one I have of Preston playing his clarinet, and it is during warm ups. No matter, it was a great performance.

We had Maren's mom, dad and grandma come to the performance as well. I had to sneak into the staff room at GL (with the Principal's approval) and grab comfy chair for Grandma Mike (Great Grandma Ostergard, but Maren grew up calling her Grandma Mike and it stuck) so she could sit...she is 92 years old, she does not need to be standing up for the whole hour! Heck, I think she even slept some of the time...but when your 92 you have the right to take a nap whenever you darn well choose! You can see Maren sitting on the floor in the front of the picture.
See you tomorrow.

Thursday, May 14, 2009

Look who is on the cover of the Kent Reporter.

Good morning, it is Thursday.

Yesterday when I got to school, I ran into Jason in the hallway. First thing he said was, "great picture of Preston in the staff room!" I did not know what he was talking about, so I wandered over to the staff room, and look what was hanging on the wall:

Yup, it is the cover of the Kent Reporter with Preston's picture hung on the wall with a nice note written by...Preston's second grade (I almost typed "Preston's old teacher", that would have been a mistake! Proof reading people!) teacher Mrs. Radford put this up. Thanks, that was very nice. After school we drove down to the headquarters of the Kent Reporter and picked up a few copies. Of course the article to the left of the picture of Preston looms large at CV. Our poor school is loosing teachers and student population. I am at the very bottom of the seniority list, so who knows what next school year will bring in the work department. No matter what happens in that department, this has been a great year with a great staff. This morning when I was getting ready to blog, I had to clear away a path to my desk. Yes, this is the family computer in every sense of the word. Here is the mess: Lillie's artwork covering Preston's math homework and his Kent Reporter. Hansen's field trip permission form along with his cars. An Alphabutt CD (very funny), paperwork to be recycled, ear phone thing, offering book, cameras, sponge bob golf balls...and who knows what is under the first layer, hopefully my glasses, keys and name badge.
Tonight Preston has his final year end Band concert of his elementary school career. Should be good.
See you tomorrow.

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Hansen's pocket knife.

Good morning, it is Wednesday.

Wow, I am almost to my fundraising goal thanks to some very generous people. Thanks!

A couple of days ago Hansen decided he had found just the right sticks for making a new bow and arrow. The only problem is that he could not find his "sharp rock" to do the carving. I have been hesitant about pocket knives ever since Preston needed a trip to the ER, several stitches, and now has a finger that does not bend quite as well as the rest thanks to me giving him a pocket knife on his 7th birthday. Well, I decided Hansen is ready for a pocket knife (age 9...I did wait longer this time). I gave him a good lesson on use, and he does remember Preston's trauma. So far so good. Hansen has been whittling away non-stop first making a new bow, then making arrows. Yes, he has been a safe knife user and has been accident free (knock wood). But this is only half of the story.

Hansen had his most wonderful arrow that he had just carved on the stairs during dinner or some break. When he came back he could not find it. He was freaking out for a day and a half about someone stealing his new arrow. He must have asked me 20 times if I did anything with his arrow as he really should not have left it on the stars, but no, I never touched it. He thought Lillie was the culprit, and asked her nonstop about an arrow. She always said that she knew nothing of an arrow. Finally yesterday he gave up, found a new stick, and made a new arrow. He was showing the new arrow to Lillie and asked her on last time, "have you seen anything that looks like THIS!" holding up the arrow. And Lillie said, "OH, like that stick with the sharp point...yes, I have it in my room, I found it on the stairs yesterday!" Hansen could have just died. Who knew Lillie did not know it was supposed to be an "arrow". We all think Lillie may have just taken it on purpose and stumbled upon a way to give it back without looking too much like a schmuck. Hansen is glad to have his arrow back, and has not left it on the stairs since.

Today is an early release day. Lillie has dance class, and we are meeting a new piano teacher today to see about getting Hansen and Lillie signed up for lessons again. Lillie is very excited. Also a friend e-mailed me to say she saw Preston's picture in the Kent Reporter holding the big trophy from his track meet. We may be trekking down to Kent to buy a bunch of copies of the Kent Reporter today as well.

See you tomorrow.

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

I hate fundraising.

Good morning, it is Tuesday.

Mother's Day was a success around here, next up...Father's Day! In the past I like to wake up early, go for a jog or a walk or just have some peace and quiet...or sleep in. Then the rest of the day devoted to watching the U.S. Open Golf Championship. Yup, I played in a few first round qualifiers for that tournament hoping some strange magic would propel all my shots into the hole and I would make it to the second round of qualifying. Never made it, seems that it was just me hitting the shots. Never embarrassed myself, played well a couple of times, but never made it past the first round of qualifying either. I still enjoy watching the tournament every year on Father's Day.

Anyhow, fast forward to this years Father's Day and I will be waking up early, packing up my bicycle and heading into Seattle for the LiveSTRONG Challenge. A 100 mile bike ride to raise money for Cancer research via the LiveSTRONG organization. I am very excited to be riding in my first "century" bike ride. Even more excited to be in an event such as the LiveSTRONG Challenge supporting a cause worth supporting. The only part I don't like is the fundraising. The entry for the ride was $50.00 plus a $250.00 fund raising effort. I paid the $50.00, and have a couple of supporters so far, but I kind of need more. I probably won't ask again after this post, because I would rather just pay my fund raising effort myself than beg for money. But I do realize that this is bigger than just me, and if you do give money on my behalf, you are not giving me the money. You are giving it to the LiveSTRONG organization. You may not know this, but my little sister Amber works for the LiveSTRONG organization and says it is a great organization in every way, both to it's employees and to its cause. So this year, no father's day gift to me please, maybe just a donation on my behalf.

If your interested, you can visit my fundraising website at:

Thanks, and see you tomorrow.

Monday, May 11, 2009

Mother's Day Fun.

Good morning, it is Monday.

Maren had a nice mother's day. The day started with sleeping in, and breakfast in bed. Only she woke up too early and had to be escorted back to bed while the coffee finished brewing. We were planning on having her sleep in until like 10:00am, but she came wandering downstairs just before 9:00am.
The flower project. Lots of flowers, lots of pots, lots of dirt. I ran to Costco for more dirt early in the morning and was not the only one with dirt in the cart!
Here is Lillie counting the filled baskets and pots. Got a lot done! Good thing, it is raining today.
Dinner was at The Golden Peacock in Fairwood. Great food as always. The kids did extremely well at everything from ordering to manners, they did their mom proud.
Today is back to busy.
See you tomorrow.

Sunday, May 10, 2009

Happy Mother's Day.

Good morning, it is Sunday.

This is a special second post of the day to honor Mother's Day...a regular post is below.

Happy Mother's Day to my Mom and Grandmas in Florida. Happy Mother's Day to Maren's Mom Carol. And Happy Mother's Day to Amber, Mel and Court. And a Special Happy Mother's Day to Maren!

Here are a few older pictures of Maren with her kids...being a mom.

Love, Julian, Preston, Hansen, and Lillie.

Preston Shines at the Jr. Olympics.

Good morning, it is Sunday.

Yesterday Preston had the track meet of his life (so far!). The Jr. Olympics is the final track meet of the Kent School District track season. There were around 14 schools competing and nearly 500 kids (those are numbers from the Kent Reporter) in Preston's meet. These were only the best from each school, not the whole track team. Below are a few photos along with an explanation or two.

This is Preston in the first heat of the 75 yard dash. There were two heats, with the top 7 going to a final. In this heat Preston won by a good 10 yards to some very fast kids. Heat 2 had the one kid who beat Preston earlier in the year, also winning his heat by 10 yard. In the final Preston got beat off the line, but made up ground and won by a yard. His time was 8.66 seconds, a personal record! Amazing race.
This is Preston flying through the air in the long jump. This is really Preston's event. He scratched on the first jump, on his second jump we could not really tell what he jumped, but after the score was read Preston was jumping up and down, spinning and dancing all the way back to the line for his third jump...not to mention all the screaming from the GL cheering section. He had just jumped 15' 8.5". That was his personal best by over 6 inches! To prove it was not a fluke, his third jump was 15' 8". The second place jump in the whole track meet was 13' 6"...yup, Preston won by over two feet. Amazing.
The kid that Preston beat in the long jump and the dash is from Sunrise and is a great kid and a great sport. Preston and him also ran into each other at the Math Olympiad last weekend. Sunrise's relay team was just better than Preston's team, and they got first place to GL's third place. We were glad Antony was able to take home a blue ribbon as well...he deserved it, not that Preston's team would not have enjoyed winning the relay, but you know.

This is a picture of Preston and sixth grade girl of the meet (also from GL) talking to the Kent Reporter News reporter about winning boy and girl of the meet. Yup, Preston was awarded Outstanding Male Athlete of the entire Meet. On top of that, Preston was awarded the Most Inspirational person by his peers for his entire track team (yes, GL won first as well this year). What a day for Preston!
This is a close up of Preston's Outstanding Male Athlete award. Not to many folks in the world get to have one of these. Yes, those are Preston's grubby thumbnails.

Not to be left out, Hansen had a great baseball game. He played pitcher, first base and catcher. He hit two triples and grounded out. This is a cool picture that Carol took of him just leaving to run the bases after a hit. Looks like something from Sports Illustrated huh? The team Hansen played had his favorite girl from last year at GL (Anessa) on the team, it was fun to run into her...of course there was also one of Hansen's favorite girls from this year at CV (Katie) on the team as well. After the game we snapped a photo with Anessa and said hi to her parents. I guess Anessa was a little ticked off at Katie as Katie kept bragging about being in Hansen's class and liking Hansen. I told Anessa's mom that Hansen was coming back to GL next year for the Hi-Cap program and Anessa could have him back! Hansen was totally oblivious to anything but how the dirt clumps up differently in near the pitcher's mound than at 1st base.
See you tomorrow.

Saturday, May 09, 2009

Hair, cousins, art class.

Good morning, it is Saturday.

Some pics today. Lillie really liked this hairstyle yesterday. Maren thinks it looks like the girl from Napoleon Dynamite. Cool.

The next picture is actually the first picture I took of the hairstyle. Lillie had no idea that Hansen was behind her, but I got them both in the picture on purpose. Lillie always wants to see the picture, so when she saw the picture, and saw Hansen giving her bunny ears, she immediately got very mad and turned around and punched Hansen...then moved to a saver place for the picture (see above picture).
The pic below is of Hansen and his cousin Alex at art class. They had fun goofing off and drawing.
The pic below is of Lillie and her cousin Claire. After art class, Lillie went with Claire's family for an overnight. We have not heard from them, so I am sure they are having a great time.
Today is Preston's Jr. Olympics track meet. I will be waking him up in just a minute. Hansen has a baseball game as well. Glad the weather is nice.
See you tomorrow.

Friday, May 08, 2009

Young Author's Night. First Mother's Day Gift.

Good morning, it is Friday.

Last night was Young Authors Night at CV...with a twist. This program was run by having the kids be the authors. The gym was divided into parts and kids read their own work to the audience. Some grades had more participation than others, but many turned out. Here is a picture of Hansen reading one of his stories to the group. One was a story about snowmen, the other an acrostic poem about Native Americans.

Below is Maren's first Mother's Day gift of the season. Lillie's class made cute little flower pots. Lillie also made a nice card for Maren, but the yellow crayon does not show up well in the picture. I am sure the boys will have more for Maren today.
See you tomorrow.

Thursday, May 07, 2009

What are you going to do?

Good morning, it is Thursday.

Today is one of those days where you can only be in one place at one time, so some things just don't happen. GL has its HiCap orientation this morning, but GL starts so much later than CV that Hansen, Lillie an I would be late to school/work if we attended. Since we have done this in the past with Preston, we are just skipping the orientation. Tonight is Hansen's baseball practice and a Title program called Young Author's Night. Hansen has a small part for his group in the Young Author's Night, so he is missing baseball practice. I am also working the Young Author's Night. I am the sound guy!?! I got a crash course on how the sound system works yesterday by the 6th graders in the know...hope it works.

No new pictures...but I can tell you that Lillie's "Girl's Just Want To Have Fun" recital song/dance should be good!

See you tomorrow.

Wednesday, May 06, 2009

Clarinet, Sandwiches, Raven, and doughnuts.

Good morning, it is Wednesday.

Yesterday turned out to be a busy day. But I don't have pictures of everything. The night before last Preston's clarinet fell off the dining room table when he was getting ready to practice. The mouth peice broke and left the clarinet unusable. Preston was quite distraught by the dead clarinet as yesterday was band practice. He brought it to school and and a note and showed it to his band teacher. His band teacher said, "yup, broken!" and just tossed it in the garbage (the mouth piece). Last night we brought it into the store to be fixed and life sure would have been better if we had that piece to show the damage, rather than a story about a band teacher just throwing it in the garbage! Preston now has a new clarinet as a loaner, and I am not sure he will want to give that one back, it seems to make a difference.

Yesterday we had One Crazy Raven do an assembly at our school. He was great as usual. Below is a picture of his Raven dance done at the end of his inspiring performance.
This is a picture of one of my favorite assignments that second graders at do in writing class. They have done reports, poems, small moments, but now it is writing procedures. In this assignment the kids wright procedures on how to make a peanut butter sandwich. Then the teacher follows their instructions as read. Some end up with a jar of peanut butter in the bag of bread! But after a bit they all figure out how to write each step. It is fun.
This is Lillie after enjoying a doughnut...well, the frosting off of the doughnut.
See you tomorrow.

Tuesday, May 05, 2009

Allowance day.

Good morning, it is Tuesday.

Yesterday was allowance day for the month of May. Hansen bought a Lego Star Wars small thing after looking at a couple of stores for way too long. Preston bought nothing, but he owed me about as much money as was his allowance, actually he bought a three foot long peperoni stick. And Lillie chose a cute little Fashion Design Sketchbook. Here she is going through the style guide to figure out how do design a particular accessory...or something.

Allowance day is the day where the kids spend their money for the month, and I spend my patience for the month. Actually it was not so bad this time around.

See you tomorrow.

Monday, May 04, 2009

Wheels at Walmart

Good morning, it is Monday.

Yesterday I took Preston to Walmart in the afternoon. Walmart has a Subway Sandwich inside, and we were after a couple of five dollar foot longs. We also found a couple of good deals from wandering the store for a minute.

I had just been teasing Maren about me getting a new car since I had just cleaned out the inside (yep, over two garbage bags worth of stuff bouncing around) and it looks ready to trade in! Well these are the two cars I parked between. Walmart is only a mile and a half from my house, and I am a pretty observant person, but what you can find automotivly in from one stall at our Walmart parking lot is what you might not see driving in months of driving. This first car was on my left, I took the picture and sent it to Maren that this was my next car...well, lets get real, I couldn't afford the wheels or tires!

So Preston and I were still cracking up about the cool car (the other side had all matching doors and looked much cooler!) when we saw the bumper sticker on this car, a car to the right of us:
I reeds, "I am only speeding cause I really have to POOP" with a picture of a smelly pile of poo. If you want to see it better, biggify (that word is for my mom!) the picture.
Who knows what I could have found if I would have checked another isle!
See you tomorrow.

Sunday, May 03, 2009

Baseball/Math Club.

Good morning, it is Sunday.

Yesterday was a good day for the boys and their sports/clubs. Maren and Lillie pretty much stayed home and out of the rain, so hopefully it was a good day for them as well.

Hansen had his first ever baseball game. Hansen was at the end of the lineup (number 11 on his shirt) as the coach lined them up by shirt number, so he did not get to bat in the last inning, but he did get two good at bats. First time up a good line shot to right field for a double. Second time up he hit a towering fly ball over the left fielder's head for a three run home run, the only home run by his team. By the time he got to home plate, he had caught up to the runner who was on 1st base and they crossed the plate at about the same time. The pic below is of Hansen getting ready for the game, he does look like a baseball player.

Preston had a great day at the Math Olympiad in Tacoma. There were 8 schools and over 300 kids participating. He saw some kids from other schools he knows from track and soccer and stuff. They put the kids in groups of 4, then give them a few hours of math problems that make the WASL look like child's play (yup these kids are excited to do the math for hours, on a Saturday, and many for no reward). There was a one hour session and a few twenty minute sessions. Preston and his group were one of only two groups in the entire Math Olympiad to get two medals! Below is a picture of Preston with his medals and shirt. The math club had a nice picnic at the Point Defiance Park afterward, boy did it rain! The kids still had lots of fun.
Today Hansen's class is leading prayer in the first service, so I have to go wake everyone up early. I will be putting up with a few moans and groans.
See you tomorrow.

Saturday, May 02, 2009

Fire pit Friday.

Good morning, it is Saturday.

Yesterday the weather was so nice, we decided to bring back Fire pit Friday. These pictures were taken around 9:00pm, so was is getting quite dark by then.

Preston with Hansen and Kole in the background.
Hansen and Kole. They went through their marshmallows quite quickly, then moved on to roasting pine cones and anything else they could find.
Preston had Andrew over. But first they rode their bikes up to the Jr. high to do some foot racing and long jumping. Track kids!
Lillie with her last marshmallow stuck to her lips, getting ready to roast another.
Hansen controlling the fire on his marshmallow.
Today Preston has Math Olympiad, while Hansen has his first ever baseball game. Yes, it is raining.
See you tomorrow.

Friday, May 01, 2009

Bye bye

Good morning, it is Friday.

Last night we officially retired Lillie's favorite shoes, her Barbie Shoes. They had a great life and now she does not know what her "go to" shoes are any more. I guess it will be shoe shopping this weekend for one picky little girl, or she will just have to be happy with one of her other 15 or so pairs of shoes. I thought about shoe goo, but the holes are just too many, the toes are gone, and the soles are worn thought as well. Preston also has a pair of shoes that are hideous that he just loves to wear. Hmm, I just don't remember having favorite shoes that were not of the newer variety, maybe a pair or two.

Today is going to be great weather, we just may have to restart "Fire pit Fridays" at our house.

See you tomorrow.