Saturday, October 31, 2009
I'm sorry, I did not mean to make you cry!
That was dumb! But I like dumb jokes.
Here are a couple of videos I uploaded to YouTube. The first is the speech Preston gave in front of all the parents and such about why he likes band:
The second clip is of the last song they played. Ghosts in the Graveyard. It has a fun ending...at least it did in real life! When you see the close up of Preston, the girl behind him with the trumpet is a friend, and I was sitting not far from her mom. I joked that if Preston lost he hearing, we know who to blame. I told this story to Preston on the ride home and he answered, "what?" So I explained it again, and he just said ,"what?" Yup...I did not even get his joke. Getting old!
Have a spooky night.
See you tomorrow.
Friday, October 30, 2009
Last night Preston had a nice Band Informance. The teacher said that Informance is both for information and performance. It was fun, the teacher had the kids play a piece of music they never saw before, then he worked for a moment with each section, then they played it again, much better! Preston said it was not a set up, and it was kind of cool. Then three students got to come to the mic and read a short essay about why they got into music, Preston was the third of the three to read his. You could tell the three who were chosen to read were quite nervous, but Preston did very well. I video taped it and may post it one of these days depending on how it came out. Preston is in the middle left of this picture.
Lillie had a great field trip to the pumpkin patch. She brought home a little pumpkin and said she enjoyed the corn maze the best. Yes, the weather was cold and rainy, but the class had a great time. She did come home freezing cold and last night she took Preston's place on the couch...The comfy spot where you sit/lie down if your not feeling well. Since Preston was feeling better, we booted him and let Lillie be comfy. I hope she wakes up feeling great this morning!
Here is the big inflatable in front of our house. It looks cool with the lights when it is dark out.
Thursday, October 29, 2009
Today Lillie's class has a field trip to a pumpkin patch in Enumclaw. Today may be the wettest, stormiest day of the year so far. Does Lillie care? Nope. She is so excited she has been just bouncing off the walls around here. This just means that she gets to wear her boots to school and pack an extra pair of shoes and socks!!! If she could do this everyday she would! I just hope she does not bug her teacher too much, "can I change into my shoes now?...can I change into my boots now???" I am sure she would bring her Cougar flip-flops and a whole change of clothes if we let her.
Tonight Preston has his first band concert of the year. First band concert of Jr. High. The band teacher asked the students to write a short essay on how they got into band/why they love band and from what Preston says (we really only know what is going on due to what Preston says) his was one of the ones the teacher has decided was good enough to have him stand in front of the whole audience (they will be doing a dress rehearsal tonight, and a concert in front of the upcoming 6th graders in a few days or something like that) and read his essay. Pretty cool. On a different note, Preston kind of hurt his knee in his last soccer game (he will be fine) and he has been fighting off all the winter colds flying around the world, so he decided to walk his 2.5 mile fitness test yesterday with a friend who was also not feeling great. I must admit that it totally cracks me up that the only "B"s this kid will ever get on his report card (happened at GL one term before Preston was Male Athlete of the Jr. Olympics) are in P.E. But that is what happens when you walk the fitness tests because you're saving yourself for actual sporting events.
See you tomorrow.
Tuesday, October 27, 2009
Last night was pumpkin carving night around here. The kids did most the work on their pumpkins. I helped with the gross parts like taking out the pumpkin guts, and with the carving when little hands got tired, but for the most part, it was them. I don't have a picture of Preston's pumpkin yet...he was not as happy with the results of his pumpkin, but it was very clever. He carved his pumpkin into a soccer ball by whittling soccer squares out of the ball without going through the pumpkin. It is pretty cool too.
Here is Lillie with her cat pumpkin, while Hansen takes his time preparing his scary face.
Hansen done! "Yup, my pumpkin is cool...just like me."
Monday, October 26, 2009
This weekend Lillie finished her All About Me poster. Actually she had if finished the day she brought it home last week, but I had not helped her find the perfect picture for it yet. Now it is finished:
Yesterday Preston went to his teams indoor soccer game while the rest of us went to a Pumpkin Party at church. Lillie and Hansen got to draw on little pumpkins while I carved a big pumpkin. It was not too crowded, but the kids did have friends there, so it was all good. Afterwards we went out to LasMargaritas for dinner. We have never been there as most of a family (no Preston) and it was very nice. The add on the window, "Kids eat free Sundays" drew us in!
Today is supposed to be a cold, wet, stormy day...and so far it is!
See you tomorrow.
Sunday, October 25, 2009
Last night was the Pumpkin Prowl at Woodland Park Zoo. We met John, Carol, Stef, Mel, Court, Jack, Avery and 20,000 others there! Dude, it was crowded! But it was fun. We walked around a saw a few animals, tons of five year olds in very cute outfits, and a few fun performances. Oh yes, thousands of very cleverly carved pumpkins.
Lillie and Avery. Er, Snow White and Tinkerbell.
After Stef, Mel, Court, Jack and Avery left, we found this indoor area showing off snakes and lizards. They were a little too close for my comfort, but the room was not crowded and was a great break from the mass crowds. After that we went into the auditorium for a play. The play was one that might travel to a school about bullying. It was very fun, with a dragon and a knight and some fun jokes...it was just perfect for Hansen and Lillie.
Saturday, October 24, 2009
Our Internet has been down since last evening, it just came back on around 11:00am today. No Internet...tough to live!
Yesterday was my first day as an Art Docent in Lillie's 1st grade class. We were going over Monet and his work. I talked just a minute, read a children's book about Monet, then showed the project...with water colors, painting a copy of Monet's famous painting of the bridge over waterlilies at his pond in Giverny. The students all had a great time, the paints were used, bridges were made,reflections were created, and overall everyone had a very fun time with art. I will see how they all turned out after school on Monday.
Here is Lillie with her painting. You can see she added birds above the bridge, and there reflection is in the water below! Lillie enjoyed everything about the project, from the name of waterlilies to raising her hand and calling me "Mr. Slane."
Tonight is the Pumpkin Prowl!
See you tomorrow.
Thursday, October 22, 2009
Last night I finished reading this book:
If Maren posted every time she finished a book, you would have several posts per day, but that is not the case with me. I enjoyed The DaVinci Code as well as Angels and Demons, for my birthday Maren bought me the new Dan Brown novel. It was very fun to read as the others were. I will now go back to magazines for a week or so, then I have a new list of books Maren and Preston think I will enjoy.
Tonight Hansen has soccer practice, Hansen and Lillie have choir, and Preston has nothing.
See you tomorrow.
Wednesday, October 21, 2009
The paper on my desk looking at me is a piece of Hansen's homework. The Words to learn start with Tennessee, Nashville...Mississippi, Jackson...Alabama, Montgomery...Georgia, Atlanta...South Carolina, Columbia...North Carolina, Raleigh. The list goes on to eleven state, capitals. This is his final list, his test this week will require him to know all 50 states, their capitals, where they go on the map, and the correct spelling. You miss the spelling or the placement, you got it wrong. Hansen really struggled with the first one of these tests, but has done very well ever since. Sure glad this is not a requirement of mine...I would just get report cards of "c's" again. Hansen is learning how to do his homework and to study, but it is kind of like pulling teeth around here.
Speaking of homework, you should see Lillie do hers! The total opposite of Hansen. She has an assignment that is due next Monday, she just got it yesterday...and it is done! The moment she got home from school she was working on it. I did not want to help her do it all as she had a whole week, but every time I mentioned a break, she would just get mad! Yikes.
Today is early release day for the littles and late start day for Preston. These days are far more complicated than they need to be! There are plenty of families dealing with both early release and late starts like us...give us a day off, or a full day, no problem, but throw in a late start for half the kids and an early release for the other half and this schedule is just yuk.
See you tomorrow.
Monday, October 19, 2009
Busy weekend around here. The weather was so bad on Saturday that Kent Parks actually canceled all their soccer games at Wilson Play Fields! Nonstop sheets of rain joined by plenty of Thunder and Lightning storms. Preston's game was not canceled, but it was kind of joke with wind gusts so hard that the kids could not even kick the ball in one direction at times. Maren, Lillie, Stef, and Carol headed out for lunch and some shopping on Saturday. Maren also had a nice visit from her friend Judy yesterday. Preston had his first ever indoor soccer game. To round things off Hansen got to go to a small Lego building event at Walmart.
Here are a few pictures:
This is Hansen's Halloween costume! Can't tell it's Hansen...must be a successful costume!
Friday, October 16, 2009
Last night Preston and I had a very good time at Hansen's soccer practice. I can't automatically include Hansen in this sentence because he was running laps for being late to practice (not my fault!) and basically just practicing. There is an old guy (mid 70s) who is the grandfather of one of the kids on Hansen's team. He likes to kick the ball with Preston once in a while and seems to have some very good soccer skills, really enjoys kicking around, and usually picks out Preston. He is vacationing from Mexico where he lives and he does not talk much to folks because he does not speak very much English. I took 3 years of Spanish from high school to College and between him trying to speak English and me understanding the added Spanish, we were able to communicate just fine. Turns out he played professional soccer throughout Mexico on the best teams for many years. He was a center midfielder and had plenty of scars from tough games and such, the center midfielders do head the ball more and get more elbows than others on the field. He gave Preston some very nice complements on his ball control and soccer skills saying he could tell Preston was a very good soccer player and such. Also told Preston to work on his kicks off the outside of his feet and not to be afraid to really be aggressive on the soccer field. Preston thought it was great.
It is amazing what you can find out about folks every once in a while. I have found that Seniors doing not so important jobs, but doing them well and trying their best usually have quite a story to tell. Whether it be an old guy working part-time at a golf course or McDonalds or wherever, they may have been the inventor of such and such, or a developer, a professional athlete, or a teacher at a school you went to as a kid and you had no idea, you just never know who you will meet...but for some reason the common thread is that folks who were successful (whatever there field) as younger folks never stop trying to do their best, even at their little part-time job they do just for fun. Usually they are happy to share their experiences, so every once in awhile when you see a senior working hard at a not so important job, ask them about their story, you may find you have worked shoulder to shoulder with, or been waited on by very amazing people and you had no idea.
Sorry for the mini lecture, just re-read what I wrote and it was more than I thought.
See you tomorrow.
Thursday, October 15, 2009
I missed the last two morning blogs. Sorry. I just did not feel like blogging. It is tough to wake up early when it is dark and raining! But I am up now...ready for a nap actually, yeah right. Hansen is playing with Nick, Preston is playing with Connor, and Lillie is playing Nintendo as we just finished her homework. In 20 minutes Hansen and I will be off to soccer practice. Maren will be home in 15 minutes, then "tag" and Maren is it. This is been our lives, busy.
In an attempt to slow down and enjoy stuff, here is a picture of Lillie's socks. She mixed and matched her pink and purple socks on purpose! I think it is kind of cool.
OK, got to go.
See you tomorrow.
Tuesday, October 13, 2009
Here are a couple of pics:
Lillie with her Student of the Month award.
Monday, October 12, 2009
Maren and I had a very nice weekend in Seattle, and the kids had a very nice weekend in Burien. Maren and I had tickets to opening night of Joseph and the Technicolored Dreamcoat. We had seen the Donny Osmond show 15 years ago when it was in Seattle and it was amazing, so it was great to see it again. This show was very different in the way it was presented, not exactly what we were expecting, but still fun to see. Kind of like going to Vegas to learn about the pyramids rather than Egypt. The next morning we walked down to Pike Place Market, bought some flowers (I guess that is what you do at the market, everyone in Seattle knew that but me) and had coffee from the original Starbucks store.
We got to Burien in time to take Preston to the soccer store to buy some crazy bright neon yellow turf shoes and a pair of shiny shin guards. Also in time for a very yummy meatloaf dinner. I must admit that I have eaten well this birthday weekend!
The neighborhood was buzzing last night as a house just two blocks from our house burned most of the way down in a fire last night. I walked over and checked things out for just a few minutes with Hansen. The flames were very high and the trees were catching fire so they were worried about other houses and the natural gas lines. Very sad, that is two houses in our neighborhood in just the last year. We did not stay long, so we know no details.
Today is a normal Monday a for us...school, work, soccer, and homework.
See you tomorrow.
Saturday, October 10, 2009
Happy birthday to me!!! I am now 40!!! Dude, that's old! But I can tell that my 40's will be my best years yet! I don't know about the rest of you, but I am happy to just keep going.
I woke up this morning (first one up), made some coffee, and decided that since it was my birthday today, I could just skip exercising for the day. Then I turned on my computer, and just like everyday, I look at facebook for a minute (today is extra fun as my facebook friends are wishing me happy birthday-it's great, thanks everyone!) and read my horoscope. This is my horoscope for today:
Your horoscope for October 10, 2009
You could feel stimulated and inspired today, Julian. You'll have a lot of physical energy, and you could even feel a bit manic! Try to center yourself by avoiding caffeine and doing some deep breathing throughout the day. You might want to run a bunch of errands or go to the gym for a nice workout. You'll need to do something that will help you to focus your energy and control your life force.
O.K. I will now spit out my coffee, and get ready to exercise! No I won't, the horoscope is just silly, but it's always right, done with the coffee...suddenly I am feeling a bit manic. What is that freaking cat doing to my birthday balloon? Why is my foot twitching? Breath! Dang, I forgot to buy my birthday lotto tickets, now I have errands to run...how does my horoscope do this to me everyday?!?
Last night was fun, Maren let the kids plan a small party for just us. They (mostly Maren) bought me a great 40 balloon and 40 streamers:
Lillie even made a great sign for me and taped it to the front door!
Friday, October 09, 2009
It is just after 8:00am and the house is still quiet. Except for the loud bang from the cat popping a Halloween balloon that the kids filled up the the other day.
Today will be a mellow day. I will be going to Grass Lake today (even though there is no school) to learn how to be an art docent. I volunteered a couple days after the deadline to be the art docent for Lillie's class, and sure enough, I was the only one who volunteered. I will get tour on how to check out the equipment, how to use the equipment, what to teach, and hopefully enough other stuff so that when I am actually teaching art to Lillie's class for a whole hour in just two weeks, it sounds like I know what I am doing. I have kind of wanted to be an art docent for years and I am glad I will actually get to try this job out.
The only other thing I will be doing today is enjoying my last day of being young. Tomorrow I will be forty. GOOD LORD! TOMORROW I WILL BE FORTY!!! No matter how you slice it, forty is on the young side of being old...not the old side of being young. Sorry for putting it like that to all you older than me who read my blog, maybe tomorrow I will change my mind. So today I will slowly surf the Internet (yay for Obama winning the Nobel Peace Prize), or nap, or read a book, or just give in and take my uber-vain teenager shoe shopping...that is, until Maren gets home from work. I have heard rumblings about a dinner, but even Lillie is too old to be tricked into telling me what the plan is.
See you tomorrow...but I may need my eye glasses.
Thursday, October 08, 2009
But if feels like a Friday! No school for me or the kids tomorrow! Actually it probably feels like Monday for Maren as she worked until about 8:00pm and is already out the door this morning. And it is dark. And it is cold. And I should not start sentences with "and", but it should not be dark and cold at this time either. This paragraph went from happy to glum in like three sentences...I am an amazing writer!
Last night went smoothly, but we were busy. Preston had soccer practice, Hansen and Lillie both had piano, and all the kids had plenty of homework. I don't have much to say, so I am kind of rambling...getting ready for my 40's!
I just could not think of a title for my "waste of computer memory" blog today, so I asked Preston to give me one totally random word. He came up with "cheese", that is where the title came from.
See you tomorrow.
Wednesday, October 07, 2009
Today I am talking about pictures, without ever showing you one! The church has been taking family pictures for the Church Directory. The deal is that you sign up to have your pic taken, and it goes into the directory. What they don't tell you is that you will then be given the hard sell to buy and the prices are not cheap. In fact, I would bet that these places mark the prices up when going to the church. We did not dress too fancy, and they did take some nice pictures, I had just figured they would try to sell us some pics and we would be shelling out $100.00 for plenty of pics. Nope...the first quote was like this, "This price is $150.00 off because we came to your church, the total for package A is only $475.00." I just about fell off! We ended up buying a small package and getting the CD for like $175.00. Still not cheap by any means, but there was a good pic of the kids, a good pic of me and Maren, and a decent pic of the family that we did not want to just go to waste.
Today is also picture day for Hansen, Lillie and me at school. My pics are free, the kid packages we will buy are $33.00 each. I thought this was expensive until last night, guess it is a bargain. Who knew.
See you tomorrow.
Tuesday, October 06, 2009
Preston left this morning at 6:15am to go to "open gym" with all the basketball wannabees. His buddy Connor is going and going to try out for basketball. Preston is checking out open gym, and is considering trying out for basketball. He was always good as a little kid, but did not really love it like he does soccer.
Lillie spent some time after school drawing these pictures and asking about spelling and stuff. I had no idea what she was drawing, just thought she was making pictures. Then I spot these pictures on the refrigerator! The first one says "how I look", the second one says "how I want to look" She wants to go from curly blond hair and blue eyes to straight brown hair and brown eyes. Not sure what to think...we will see if she makes these changes to her hair and eyes as an adult, I think she is stuck like she is while she lives here.
Lillie also decided she did not want to do dance class anymore. She has been whining about going to dance since the end of last year. So we finally let her quit. When asking her what she does not like about dance, she just says "everything". I said, "let's be more specific." She said, "I don't even like to leap!" OK, done dancing. She is actually plenty busy and it may be for the best. She is taking piano lessons, singing in the church choir, and doing great in school. In fact Lillie was awarded the Student Of The Month Award for the first month of school at her new school! Way to go Lillie.
Yesterday while out and about, Hansen spotted this "X" in the middle of a sidewalk. We have no idea why it is there, we only know that it "marks the spot". Hansen would really like to start digging and see what he can find. Hansen may be a pirate at heart.
Monday, October 05, 2009
This weekend, where do I start? Ok, I will start with Lillie and Claire. They had an overnight with Nana on Friday night. Saturday they went out for a real tea party with Nana and Grandma Sue in Marysville. They had a great time and got along well the entire time...considering they did not sleep much, that is great. I took this picture at 8:30am Saturday morning after I drove Lillie's tiara out to her at Nana's house because she had forgotten it and needed it to be matchers with Claire at the tea party (I was also delivering Claire's glasses left at our house). By the time we got Lillie back at 7:00pm on Saturday evening, the girls were still going strong, the same may not be true for Nana and Grandpa.
Friday afternoon Claire and Nana came to our house before heading to their overnight. As it turned out, Kraig was meeting up with Annie to go buy a new car after dropping off Claire. We ended up keeping Alex and Miles for the evening so Kraig and Annie could car shop in peace. Hansen and Alex are always delighted to spend time together, and Miles is just excited to be cruising around. Maren and I took all the boys out to dinner at Jack In The Box. Hansen and Alex were on bar stools by themselves having fun.
Friday, October 02, 2009
Last night was a night of lots of homework. Hansen has been doing his best to learn the states and capitals. Even worse for the poor kid, learning how to spell these silly words. Hansen does get his spelling ability (or lack of) from his dad. Lillie was working on her spelling words (no problem) and working on tally marks for math. Preston was working on a How To Survive Seventh Grade brochure. The brochure is very cute, here are a couple of pics (I think you can bigify if you want to actually read the information):
Thursday, October 01, 2009
Yesterday Hansen went to the ear doc. In a few months he will have that permanent hole in his left ear fixed. With a little luck, Hansen will be swimming and diving without ear plugs next summer! The doctor said that he is amazed that Hansen has had a hole in his eardrum for so many years and has had zero hearing loss. Good for Hansen!
Yesterday Lillie got to ride the bus home from school. She was so excited that she ran right past me after school and to her bus! I was occupied trying to make sure other kids I was responsible for were on the bus, so I did not get a picture of her huge smile as she waved at me from inside the bus. We are still trying to get her morning pass figured out...hoping today is the day. Preston met Lillie at the bus stop, which Lillie thought was the best.
Here is a sneak preview of Lillie's Halloween costume. She has the wig on, but not the matching dress. Can you guess who she is?...................Yes, she is Snow White. If you remember her hair choice from Disneyland you will know that for some reason Lillie with the nicest curly blond hair just wishes she had straight black hair. Go figure, I guess I would just like to have any hair, so I guess I can't blame her.
Don't know what the boys will be. Hansen will still dress up and stuff, but Preston, well he may be getting too old/cool/embarrassed. We will see.
See you tomorrow.