Monday, May 31, 2010

Memorial Day Weekend.

Good morning, it is Monday.

Happy Memorial Day!

At this moment, on this holiday, Maren is out enjoying 50% off day at Value Village, I am up blogging about the weekend, and the kids are all asleep. Nice.

Yesterday was a fun day. Preston's team had two soccer games at Starfire, the rest of the family got together at John and Carol's house for lunch and hanging out. There was a 4 hour gap between games, so I brought Preston and Connor back for lunch and hang out time as well. As this spring has been totally cold and raining, the only place to capture some summer weather is in John and Carol's green house! Here is a picture of Preston and Connor eating lunch in the green house, warming up between games:

The soccer team got beat badly the first two games. A whole soccer association from Canada had signed up in the wrong age brackets, so they were much older, won every game, but their games didn't count for the tournament. So the third game the boys played was to get into the final. Preston had a great game, but in the end it came down to a very controversial call by the ref in the goal box giving the other team a 1-0 victory. The Starfire store had tons of cleats on clearance sale, so Preston was able to get a pair of fancy "forest green" cleats for a great price.

Back at Carol and John's house things were rocking. Claire, Alex, Miles, Jack and Avery were also there. There was tons of food and the kids were racing everywhere. Miles, who is just five, really didn't think a chicken burger was going to work for him. He protested and protested, but once he got it...he was totally amazed. "It's like a giant chicken nugget in a bun!!!" The world's best invention! He even stopped Preston and said, "Preston, dude, check out this chicken burger...it's a giant chicken nugget in a bun!" We were all cracking up.

Well, it is off to try to upload some music to my i-pod (Maren checked out a CD of 2010 Grammy nominees) then see if I can ride my bike on my indoor rollers (yes it is still pouring rain outside) to some new tunes!

See you tomorrow.

Friday, May 28, 2010

Tooth stuff, salmon, thank you letters.

Good morning, it is Friday.

Yesterday I took Lillie to what we hoped was her last tooth appointment for her knocked loose tooth trauma. Well, it isn't. Turns out infection is growing around the tooth and now she is on antibiotics to hopefully kill the infection and allow the tooth to grow. If this doesn't work then we go into the realm of options for a false tooth. Big time bummer, things seemed to be going well, but the x-ray was quite clear.

Yesterday I got to help the 1st and 2nd grades on their salmon release field trip. We walked to Jenkins Creek, then Mrs. Radford dumped the bucket of baby salmon into the creek. Some kids were bummed that you couldn't see the salmon swim away holding big "thank you" banners while others were just happy to be out of math class for 45 minutes. I was somewhere in the middle. Here is Mrs. Radford releasing the salmon:

Lillie brought home a whole stack of thank you notes from her class just for me! Each student wrote a letter thanking me for being a great art docent while practicing their letter writing. It was very fun to read them, and if you visit, I will share them with you. I did write the class a thank you letter back...I guess the monkey was a real hit:
See you tomorrow.

Thursday, May 27, 2010

Musical, track, ice-cream, Biz Town.

Good morning, it is Thursday.

Yesterday was Lillie's 1st-2nd grade musical. Welcome To The Jungle! Lillie says, "It's a great day to be a monkey!" Her speaking part was when the mouse chewed through the net and let the lion out. Yup, the music director did and amazing job with this Aesop fable. Here is a panoramic picture I took with my phone, the right side didn't turn out right, but you get the idea...Lillie is on the top row middle right:

Lillie and one of her best buddies hanging out after the show:
After the show John and Carol took us out to McDonald's for some ice-cream. Yay!

Preston had his last regular season track meet yesterday. Won the long jump, 100 meters, and 4x100 relay, took second in the 200 meters. Good meet. Next week he will have two meets, a qualifier on Wednesday, and the Conference Championship on Thursday. Today he goes on a field trip to the Seattle Center with his school band to play at the Center House.

Yesterday Hansen had his favorite field trip of his life. A trip to Biz Town. His job was that of AAA guide. He had a great time, made enough money to buy cookies and a surprise box of school supplies. I think he will even get to go next year!

Today is Lillie's last dental appointment (hopefully) to do with her tooth accident. Everything looks good to me...lets hope the dentist agrees.

See you tomorrow.

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

A flabby course.

Good morning, it is Wednesday.

Words and their definitions have been flying around our house these days. The boys bought a game called Apples To Apples which is a vocabulary game. They play it with Lillie and there is laughing all around. I guess one of the words was "flabby". Yes, funny word. And thankfully they have stopped using it on me! Hansen and Lillie like to shoot it at each other, then Lillie figured a way to put the blame on Preston...very clever:

At school the buzz is how many days there are left of school. Of course a couple of days after school gets out, I will be riding the LiveSTRONG Challenge. Last year I would look at this map and think nothing of the 100 mile loop. This year the 100 mile loop looks very intimidating...I am dropping down to the 45 mile loop. It has all the fun parts of the ride without the two life sucking hills. Also, I would like to finish before everyone else leaves! Maybe get to enjoy a burger while watching other folks finish as well. I wasn't the last to finish last year...but it was a long day. Here is the course map if you want to check it out:
Tonight is Lillie's class musical where she has a speaking part! Preston's last regular season track meet. And Hansen gets to go on a field trip to Biz Town!

See you tomorrow.

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

First day of swim team.

Good morning, it is Tuesday.

Yesterday was a much anticipated day for Lillie. First day of swim team. Maren took her and reports that she may be in just a little over her head (pun intended). First thing for the new little swimmers, swim across the deep end. No problem. Swim back. Uhhh, no. Sounds like Lillie did just fine. Her lack of years of swim lessons may be apparent, but she did not need to be rescued by the "giant hook", and she made it to the end of class. Never doing swim team, I can now see that swim team is not for wimps! I guess other littles needed rescuing and didn't make it to the end of class. Lillie says she will be up for practice on Thursday. Go get em Lillie!

Tonight is a "normal day"!

See you tomorrow.

Monday, May 24, 2010

Mile's birthday party.

Good morning, it is Monday.

Yesterday after church it was off to Puyallup for Mile's birthday party. We got a little side tracked in the parking lot at church when just as we were driving off I saw my biking friend Jim running toward us from across the parking lot. Luckily I didn't just follow my first instinct and drive off quickly (just joking). And Luckily I do have jumper cables in the van. I should have gotten pictures of the van jump starting their car...and posted it them all over facebook, but I didn't. Next time!

Off to Mile's 5th birthday party. Here are a few pictures:

Miles blowing out his candles.
The girls with their silly faces. Lillie has worked hard over the last few weeks perfecting her cross-eyed look (see the girl on the right).

Hansen and Alex goofing off.
Preston enjoying his first round of cake and ice-cream.
Maren scooping up some ice-cream. Annie had the cake, it was a very efficient assembly line. Someone (I think it may have been the ice-cream scooper) made some comment about maybe I should have been doing that job...but hey, someone has to take a few pictures.

Jack and Avery brought their parents for some fun too, but they showed up just after my camera was put away, and just before the Katy dog started thinking that Preston and I were its personal play toy.

See you tomorrow.

Saturday, May 22, 2010

Dress like a kid, art day, overnight bags?, and Susan's birthday party.

Good morning, it is Saturday.

Yesterday was a fun day. Dress like a kid day at school was fun. I had on my grubby jeans and a silly t-shirt. But the fun part was keeping my left shoe untied the entire day. I can't tell you how many times a student said, "Mr. Slane, your shoe is untied...hahaha!" I would then reply, "so is yours...hahaha!" Every once in a while my shoe would fall off and and that was extra fun. One of the recess teachers even reminded me to not kick my shoe off on to the school roof! I guess it happens!

I then headed over to GL to art docent in Lillie's class. There was a substitute teacher, but she was happy I was there. We did Starry Starry Night by Van Gogh (who is Monet?). Most turned out very well. We were talking about short brush strokes like the Van Gogh's painting appear, but it didn't work all that great. Kind of resulted in kids running out of stamina and pages not filled in quite enough. But there were some very nice pictures. The substitute teacher did an great job on her picture!

Once home it was off to Nana and Grandpa's house so the kids could have an overnight and Maren and I were on the way to Susan and Mick's house for a nice birthday party with adults! Yeah, try that out sometime. A birthday party with no kids! Didn't think that existed. Our plans almost got side tracked when were were about a mile from the Ostergard's house and we realized that Hansen and Lillie didn't get their overnight bags into the car. They were packed, just thinking that the magic of mom and dad would deliver them to the car. Well, Mom was dealing with food, dad with packages delivered to the wrong house, and the kids were in charge of their bags...so we thought. Well, after a few "we need to turn this car around!!!" episodes, they realized that one night without their stuff would be fine. Preston was a little slow and late to pack, but he had his stuff! I am sure that they were spoiled big time and having a great time. Thanks John and Carol!

Maren and I had a great time with the adults. It was great to visit with Mick, Susan, Judy, Larry, Julie, and Anita. We had a great bbg dinner, talked about golf, motorcycles, soccer and baseball. I don't know what the girls talked about, but they looked to be having a great time. I only took two pictures!?!

Judy and Julie enjoying Popsicles and working feverishly at getting all Susan's candles in place and lit.

Susan getting ready to blow out her candles.

OK, I have rambled enough. Today it will be pick up the kids. I think I will stop at the bike store to look for some cleats for my bike shoes and new tires for my mtb bike. Then to the soccer store for Preston, he is looking for Adidas Sambas in Argentina's colors...I am thinking this pair will be in size 12! When will this kid's feet stop growing? Otherwise, the calendar is empty!

See you tomorrow.

Friday, May 21, 2010

blah blah blog

Good morning, it is Friday.

Today is "Teachers dress like kids and kids dress like teachers" day at school. I have a pair of grubby jeans and a Mickey Mouse tee-shirt to wear. I don't think I can wear my totally grubby shoes and leave my left one untied all day...that might just push me over the edge. I will be curious to see if any kids wear nice clothes or if this day just doesn't work for them.

Hansen and Lillie were very happy to be back at children's choir last night. They had about a month break after the busy Easter season.

Maren gets to take the day off of work today because she has been working totally crazy hours of late. I am sure she will figure out something to do to fight off the boredom of not being at work.

And lastly for today's blah blog (getting writer's blah blah block)...today is my last art docent day for Lillie's class. I have switched up the artist of interest as I was not too interested in the assigned artist. It is the last day...what are they going to do? Fire me! Oh please do! No, it has been fun, but today we are doing Starry Starry Night by Van Gogh. I have made a sheet of paper with a few marks on it to help the kids get the key items in the right spots, then they will use oil pastels to fill it all in. I don't think I will tell the 1st graders all about the wacky dude Van Gogh was...just look at his cool paintings.

See you tomorrow.

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Plays

Good morning, it is Thursday.

Yesterday saw Hansen and Lillie's last piano lesson of the season. They have had a great year and are looking forward to next year and piano, but they are happy to just goof off on the piano for awhile rather than following a strict regiment. Preston had a wet track meet...it rained very hard the whole time. His report was that he won the 100, the long jump, and the relay. A very good meet in very poor conditions. Lillie spent the evening performing plays in the living room and goofing off. Here are a few pics from yesterday:
Yup, my feet are up as Lillie is performing plays that she wrote and directed. She is very clever with her themes and rhymes!
Yesterday the poor weather caused power outages around the area. The kids' piano teacher had no power, but thanks to a big front window, lessons could go on.

Maren wishing she could just hang out by the fire in peace. Nope, Lillie had her plays going on and Hansen just can't resist a photo op.

See you tomorrow.

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Whittling the day away.

Good morning, it is Tuesday.

Yesterday turned out beautiful. The rain that was scheduled for yesterday has landed this morning. Preston was a busy camper with track practice then soccer practice, and Maren worked until crazy late...but the rest of us just hung out and enjoyed the weather. Hansen found my big pocket knife and decided to do a little whittling. Of course he would come find me every 10 minutes to tell me he was bored. My reply was always, "that's great!...you could always clean your room." He would suddenly no longer be bored.

Tonight is another mellow night.

See you tomorrow.

Monday, May 17, 2010

Green grass, Bibles, Piano, Carnival, and the end of baseball.

Good morning, it is Monday.

I hope you didn't mind this no blog weekend. I have kind of gotten into the habit of taking the weekend off, and it works for me. Of course we had a very full weekend so let me just get hopping. The weather has been great! I tried this winter and spring to grow the lawn in the front to see if it would come back and look great. Basically just proper fertilizer and week kill along with a higher lawn height. Looks great! I have not decided if I will water over the summer...that is the question.

Yesterday the 1st and 5th graders received Bibles at church. Lillie is very excited to have her very own bible! The parents were part of the giving of the Bibles, so I don't have any pictures. The kids had fun decorating Bible covers.

After church was Lillie and Hansen's piano recital. Grandpa John came along and got to enjoy a very nice recital. Lillie played three songs, Hansen played two. Not many students in this recital so it went nice and quick. The kids were very nervous, but they both performed very well.
Hansen and Lillie blowing off a little steam before the recital...so much for posing for the camera.
Afterwards, holding a congratulations certificate. All the kids looked very sharp and played great.
Friday evening Preston spent the night at a friends house while the rest of us went to the CV carnival. A little pizza and cotton candy always works!

Hansen had his last baseball game of the season Saturday. It was only the second game, but he didn't like it, and I didn't like it, so I pulled him from the team. First time I have ever not made a child of mine stay with a commitment like a sport they signed up for. Thing is, the league didn't have enough players sign up, so they added some older players. The difference between 9 and 11 years olds is huge on the baseball diamond and kids are just getting hurt left and right. Saturday's game saw several kids hit by pitches, one hard in the head. Balls off the bats hit two pitchers very hard as well. Hard pitching, big batting 11 years olds with little control vs. 9 year olds who can't move out of the way. Scared me just to watch. Hansen decided that he didn't want to bat or pitch or really even play for fear of getting hurt. This time I sided with Hansen and he is taking the rest of the season off. He will be counting the days until soccer.

Back to school, soccer, and Maren working late.

See you tomorrow.

PS. I missed talking about spending the day at the pool and signing Lillie up for swim team. Oh well, maybe I can't just take the weekends off.


Friday, May 14, 2010

Maren and her car.

Good morning, it is Friday.

Yesterday was a stay at home day. Choir was canceled and we all just hung out. The kids all just played outside with friends while Maren and I did some yard work. I also changed the oil in Maren's car and even washed it and inflated the tires to their proper psi.

I couldn't figure out how to get the license plate blurred out on the picture of Maren's car up on the wheel lifts with the hood up, so I just waited until the work was done to take a couple of pictures. The weather was great and the sun made things look amazing. Since the picture thing wasn't working so great, I did a quick web search to see if someone else had taken a picture of Maren and her car...and sure enough someone had! Here is the picture I found of Maren with her car:

Here is a picture I just took as Maren rolled out of the driveway and off to work at the Library. Most of you may recognize her in this picture:
Glad it is Friday. Hansen has baseball tonight, but with nice weather, it is all good.

See you tomorrow.

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Maren's watch

Good morning, it is Thursday.

Yesterday went just fine. Preston did great at his track meet then headed down to soccer practice. Hansen and Lillie enjoyed their last piano practice before their recital which is this weekend. There was no homework for Preston or Hansen because of MSP testing which is going on this week at their schools! My school starts MSP testing today. I will be a proctor. Tonight the littles have choir, and Preston just has track.

Even though these days have been busy, they have been smooth. Other than Hansen being not so sure about baseball, the kids are very excited about their activities, so getting them ready to go places is no longer an issue. What does Hansen not like about baseball? Playing catcher! He did his turn, he should not have to play that position again!


I titled today's blog Maren's Watch because the watch band on Maren's watch has finally broken into several pieces and it is time for her to get a new watch band. I think she likes the watch, so we will start with a new band. She thinks her watch is getting a bum deal. She says that if her watch were sports shoes for the kids, the band would have been fixed yesterday! Hmm.

See you tomorrow.

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Overbooked?

Good morning, it is Wednesday.

Yesterday was a day of dividing and conquering. I left work early to take Preston to the orthodontist, then to track, then to a soccer dinner for this year's new team. Maren took Hansen to baseball practice and Lillie tagged along and played with friends. Our slightly overbooked life is looking more and more crazy all the time! Here is a snapshot of our May calendar...it doesn't even include school or Lillie's swim team that is starting soon:

Today I will be taking Hansen and Lillie to piano while Maren goes to Preston's track meet. Not sure when I will find the time to mow the lawn, work in the yard, and change the oil in the cars! Yikes.

See you tomorrow.

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

One hundred thousand miles...+

Good morning, it is Tuesday.

Yesterday Maren's car hit a major milestone. 100,000.00 miles. Then it drove her the last 15 miles home from work without an issue. I jumped in the driver's seat to snap this picture just before parking it in the garage. Cool huh? Maren has had two cars long enough to see this happen. Her last car I got rid of at 140,000 miles to get her this car. If I didn't do that, her old car would probably still be in the driveway. Maren doesn't have any plans to get a new car for a couple of years so who knows how many miles she will pile on her little car. I have never had a car long enough to see this happen. Maybe my van...

Maybe not my van...You may remember yesterday how I was telling how nice the weather was on Mother's Day and how bad it was in the morning, well...I apparently didn't remember to roll up the windows. When I got home from work (rode my bike and didn't notice the driver's side window was open) it had not been raining for much of the day...but there was still a little puddle in the door handle. Groan. Ah, the seat was dry and not much water got in at all. That was a dumb move.
See you tomorrow.

Monday, May 10, 2010

A happy Mother's Day.

Good morning, it is Monday.

Mother's Day was a happy day around these parts. I hope everyone else had a nice Mother's Day. We skipped Sunday School to give us the time to give Maren breakfast in bed. The kids helped load up breakfast and a bunch of gifts and up to wake up mom. In this picture Maren is reading one of many great Mother's Day cards and opening gifts while the kids sneak the bacon from her breakfast.

After church it was off to Burien's Seahurst Beach for a big family picnic. This next picture is of all the moms and girls who wanted to be in the photo.
The following pic is of some of the kids from our party playing on the beach. The weather was perfect!
Lillie and her cousin Kyra. Two peas in a pod. Kyra's brother and Hansen are two peas in a pod as well. Preston is just the old kid with cousins all around.
But he doesn't mind...he got to help cook!
In other news, soccer tryouts were successful for Preston. He made his team and there were a few other players picked up who will help this team move forward. Hansen's baseball team won their first game as Hansen played catcher and got a key hit. Lillie, Hanen, and Maren enjoyed an afternoon at the pool on opening weekend...and it is totally raining outside and it is almost hard to believe it was such a beautiful weekend.

See you tomorrow.

Sunday, May 09, 2010

Happy Mother's Day.

Good morning, it is Sunday.

Happy Mother's Day!

Here are a few pics for Mother's Day:
Maren and her kiddos enjoying an outside BBQ at our house.
My mom hanging with dad and Joey in their back yard.
Maren's mom with John and her three daughters.

I hope you all have a great Mother's Day!

See you tomorrow.

Friday, May 07, 2010

Flowers

Good morning, it is Friday.

Yesterday was flower pick up day at Grass Lake. Every year the PTA sells flowers to arrive just before Mother's Day. Well, ours have arrived. We now have tons of flowers, dirt, bark, and manure. Tonight will be an inventory of pots and hanging baskets...then the work will begin. Other than a few places, like the huge soccer goal with the strip of zero grass running down the middle of the back yard, and the deck that needs updating, and the...and the...the yard will be looking great!

Last night we had dinner at Costco. We were all home, and other than Hansen and Preston having tons of homework, we were free for the evening. So a quick call in to Costco and a pizza was ready when we arrived. Our family can scarf down a Costco pizza quite quickly these days. We ran into a family from church (Lillie's first preschool teacher and fam) and it was Mike's (the dad) birthday. We joined their family in the Costco food court singing "Happy Birthday" to Mike. He was a little embarrassed, but all the kids thought it was great.

See you tomorrow.

Thursday, May 06, 2010

Hershey's Hansen

Good morning, it is Thursday.

Yesterday was track meet day for the boys. Hansen participated in the Hershey's Local track meet, Preston in his school meet. Preston could have done both meets, but chose just his school meet and then hang out time with friends at a local coffee shop. By the turn out in his age group, he was not alone in that sentiment. Preston did have a very good school meet, finishing 1st in the long jump and the 100 and second in the 200 and 4x100 relay. Hansen's age group was jam packed. Hansen had a great time goofing with a couple of friends and finishing second place in the 50 yard dash as well as the long jump. The same kid beat him in both events. Nice work Hansen.
Hansen also completed a ton of homework with very little protest and overall had a great day. He has qualified for the state track meet in Seattle later in June! Of course the way our schedules work out, Preston also has a soccer tournament that weekend, we were supposed to go on a mini vacation to the Great Wolf Lodge, I have the LiveSTRONG Challenge, and Father's Day. But that is way off in the future...we are still trying to figure out how to cope with this weekend! Saturday will bring Jr. Olympics, Baseball, Opening day of the pool, and possibly two sessions of soccer tryouts. Sunday is picnic, more soccer tryouts, and of course Mother's Day.

See you tomorrow.

Wednesday, May 05, 2010

Hansen's busy day.

Good morning, it is Wednesday.

Yesterday ended up being a busy day for Hansen. Piano lessons were changed to yesterday, and he had baseball practice. Baseball is meant to be only an hour...but we have come to realize that it will always just be an hour and a half. He seems to be enjoying baseball and does talk about golf, but thinks that next year he will be ready for select soccer. I have talked with him a few times about not just following Preston's footsteps, but soccer seems to be the way he wants to go.

Yesterday Hansen had a substitute teacher who didn't give back work for the class to take home for homework. Hansen was just going with the flow figuring he was off the hook for the bulk of the homework...but others in the class must have been a bit more edgy. We (the whole class) ended up getting a couple extra e-mails in the evening by their teacher about how and what to do for homework. We had Hansen do some of the work, but the rest will wait until school today when he can actually get his outline in his hands.

Hansen (and I) really enjoyed yesterday. It was Star Wars day. It was fun to say, "May the 4th be with you!" Of course, when I hear that, I automatically think, "And also with you." But that is a church thing.

See you tomorrow.

Tuesday, May 04, 2010

Teacher Appreciation Week.

Good morning, it is Tuesday.

This week is teacher appreciation week. Monday was bring your teacher a flower day. Lillie jumped into the spirit by both making a paper flower for her teacher as well a picking a pretty little flower from the yard:

The same can't be said for Hansen...I thought he would want to make a paper flower for his teacher, but he got a little derailed with other things like coffee and hair. Out the door he grabbed a tiny bunch of Bleeding Heart flowers, seemly named, "lady in a bathtub". I don't know why they are named that, I do know they are kind of cool and not surprised Hansen likes them. I don't know much. But I do know that Hansen prefers totally goofy pictures of himself these days...so I will spare you and him the permanent record. If you really want to see goofy pictures of Hansen, just ask to see my phone...it is full of them.

Today is sweet treat day. So little Hershey's Kisses will do...either that or left over Easter candy! I am sure that Lillie's teacher will get a few little Hershey's Kisses, who knows about Hansen's teacher, but I am voting for Hershey's Kisses too. I am a little worried that Hansen thinks a left over cream filled chocolate egg may truly be a better treat! He is right of course, he knows where to find them, and they are not that old, but...but...I give up! I am only one person and I can't fix everything.

See you tomorrow.

Monday, May 03, 2010

John's birthday...cake.

Good morning, it is Monday.

Yesterday after church it was celebrate John's 73rd birthday. Some got to partying quicker, some just went to other parties first. You see, John and Carol took Hansen and Lillie out to lunch and then to North Bend for the party at Mel's house, while Maren, Preston and myself came home as Preston had a different party to go to first. In fact, Preston celebrated 4 different birthday this weekend, two being overnights. Enough about Preston, this is John's birthday. Well, after picking up Preston, we made our way to North Bend and had a nice time hanging at Mels house eating tacos and yucking it up with Jack and Avery. I took a couple of pics, strangely none of John...but here is a picture of his birthday cake:

Who knows how today will go. Hansen is supposed to have a make up track meet for the one that was canceled due to hail and thunderstorms...only today it is forcasted to be raining with high wind warnings. Maybe Hansen can long jump down wind and go super far!

See you tomorrow.

Sunday, May 02, 2010

Work Party

Good morning, it is Sunday.

Yesterday I worked a four hour shift at the Kent Swim and Tennis Club (KSTC). We joined last year and have really enjoyed the club. Next week is opening weekend so cleanup has been in full swing. I didn't really know what to expect for a KSTC work party, but I can tell you, I worked hard. The reward for working a four hour shift is getting $75.00 back from your yearly dues...and helping the pool/club get ready for the upcoming season.

My job(s) started with washing and sorting big garbage cans. From there I went to the parking lot and moved dirt from and around the parking lot. The last part of the shift was painting the boy's changing room. I worked with a few nice folks and really had a nice time even though I was working hard. Glad I showed up.

Today is Grandpa John's birthday! Today after church and a birthday party for one of Preston's friends, we will be doing a little birthday celebrating with the birthday boy.

See you tomorrow.