Thursday, September 30, 2010

Pictures and more.

Good morning, it is Thursday.

Here are a couple of pictures I took of pictures that we have received in the last few days:

Hansen's soccer picture. They won their last game and Hansen even got an assist!
Preston's 8th grade school picture.

This is a bit random. Yesterday at the park (while Hansen had his piano lesson) Lillie found all the pieces to a little toy cell phone. It was crushed by a lawnmower or something. Being a "tinkerfairy", Lillie just needed to collect the pieces and build it again. Looks like she is on her way! We may need to manufacture a few pieces later.

See you tomorrow.

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

What are you singing?

Good morning, it is Wednesday.

The weekdays just fly by with all we have going on. I hardly have any time to blog at some of my weekday posts have dwindled. But I do find time to check out blogs and facebook, so I should have time to blog!

Preston and his friends listen to rap music and his favorite is Eminem. Because of this, I kind of know many songs I wouldn't ever even know of...many with very unfavorable lyrics, but hey, it sounds good and you can dance to it! Actually not even. Anyhow, yesterday at work a 1st grader was singing "Toot it and Boot it." It's not an Eminem song, but the same genre. Yes, really!?! This is a kid who probably has a teenage sibling, so I got to cut him some slack...but really, you got to watch what songs your real little ones are listening to! Of course, none of the other kids knew what in the world he was singing, and really didn't I guess it is all good.

See you tomorrow.

Monday, September 27, 2010

Lillie's new curtains.

Good morning, it is Monday.

Yesterday John and Carol came over after church to deliver Lillie's new curtains and to buy us pizza for lunch. The pizza was great and the curtains turned out super.

I had to run to the store to buy brackets to hang the rod. Hansen came with me and looked around as well. I snuck in and hung the curtains while Lillie was out playing. Maren said she let out a very happy schriek when she first saw them up in her room yesterday.
Here is an up close pic for the "Ca-ti-tude" fabric Carol used. I think Lillie actually went with Nana to the fabric store to pick it a couple of weeks ago! Very nice.

See you tomorrow.

Sunday, September 26, 2010

Chamber's Bay

Good morning, it is Sunday.

Yesterday was a day I had been excited for for a several weeks. During the US Amateur at Chamber's Bay, Larry and I decided we would play the course the first time we had available. Yesterday was the day. How lucky we were! The sun came out, the weather was warm and perfect! And the course was perfect! Today the rain has started and the greens are scheduled to be aerified on Tuesday. The tee sheet of folks who played Chamber's Bay yesterday had as good or better golf experience than any place in the world.
We golfed with a fellow named Noel. He had played the course many times and just enjoyed golfing and hanging out. It was great to have him along. He took this picture of Larry and I on the 6th tee box.
I told Larry that I wouldn't take any pictures of his golf swing, or tell the world about our scores, but everything else was open for pictures. He agreed. And we both played great by the way. This picture is actually a just for fun picture of Larry looking for a lost ball...not that this scenario didn't happen a time or two in our group.
I like this picture. Larry walking toward the lone tree, pushing his golf cart. One amazing thing about Chamber's Bay is there is a walking trail around the whole place. Yesterday there were maybe thousands of people walking with friends and enjoying the amazing place. There were only a couple hundred folks lucky enough to be walking the facility while pushing golf clubs.
This last picture is of the remnants of sorting bins in the background of the golf course. I like the sorting machines and the swing set to the side. This is the 18th tee box. Larry is actually saying a quick "hello" to Judy on the phone and checking out the scenery while we wait a minute or two to tee off. After the round we went up and had a quick beer, then home. It was a great day! Thank Larry and Noel.

Yesterday after Hansen's soccer game, Maren and the littles found themselves at a pet fair at Kent Station. While having a beer with Larry, I got a text from Maren wondering if they could adopt an new cat named Einstein. I actually said "sure". Well, they tried, but Einstein (while being the cutest guy there) was only an inside they waited as our cats, while 75 percent inside, they do get to roam outside a bit. But the bug is in their mind. I wouldn't be surprised if Joe and Ranger get a little siamese sister one of these days.

See you tomorrow.

Friday, September 24, 2010

What time is it?

Good morning, it is Friday.

Yesterday was my little sister's birthday. Happy birthday Amber! At 9:23 am, on 9-23-10, I was working with a group of 1st graders. I paused and asked, "You know what is cool about right this minute?" I got a few answers about recess and such, but then I said, "It is 9:23 on 9-23! And it is my sister's birthday! How cool is that?" Lots of ohhhhs and ahhhhs and getting to hear how old their moms are...all of them younger than you Amber! Haha. Happy Birthday.

Yesterday was open house at CV. I showed up with the rest of the staff. There was a good turnout and the teachers got to be rock stars for a few minutes. Lillie tagged along with me (not her choice) and showed off her WSU logo stuck to her left temple. Since everyone knows I am a Husky...the logo got Lillie lots of positive press from all the Cougar lot that I work with.

Preston was able to find rides from the Cedar Heights volleyball game after school to the Kentlake football game in the evening. Sounds like he had a nice evening. Starting to think that any evening away from home is a good evening for Preston...hmm. Maren took Hansen to soccer practice and is still freezing from hanging outside for an hour and a half. OK, got to go.

See you tomorrow.

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Open house night.

Good morning, it is Wednesday.

Last night was open house night at Grass Lake. We got to check out Hansen and Lillie's class rooms and say "hi" to their teachers. Preston had Hansen's teacher and Hansen had Lillie's teacher, so we already know them and are very happy with the kid's placements.

Hansen had a very cool guitar hanging from the wall. His guitar totally stood out for its creativity. Looks like we have another amazing artist in the family. And he is right handed...go figure. Hansen also did amazingly well on last years MSP, scoring 100% in the writing section and getting very high (in the 4) marks on math and reading. Way to go is his guitar:

Lillie got to show me her room, her desk, and take me for a tour. She has a book box full of good books to read and is doing great in school herself. Here she is hamming it up for the camera while sitting at her desk.
Yesterday was also finally dry enough to mow the lawn. Tonight, besides piano lessons, I have a meeting for art docents...yes, I will be art docent to Lillie's class again this year.

See you tomorrow.

Monday, September 20, 2010

And the cake...don't hold your breath.

Good morning, it is Monday.

I would say Preston had a very good 14th birthday weekend. Yesterday's party was lots of fun with the family here. Preston received tons of candy, lots of money, new soccer shoes, a soccer ball, and a memory foam mattress for his bed. Way more than even he ever expected. So it was good, but now Lillie and Hansen will have slightly higher expectations for their birthdays...yikes.

I had known that Nana and Grandpa were buying these shoes for Preston, so I tried to make a cake to match. It turned out just fine. Above, the cake...below the actual shoes. By the time the guests had made it to the party, the swoosh had slid down the side of the cake a bit, but it was still a kick.
And probably the biggest surprise for Preston was the memory foam mattress. He has wanted one for a long time and it was maybe time for a new mattress. So we splurged. What is crazy is how small a box these things come in. He never guessed it was a was like foodsavored. Then it just expands to it's right size. We will see if we can wake him up this morning.

Back to the old busy, busy, rainy, rainy...

See you tomorrow.

Sunday, September 19, 2010

Happy 14th Birthday Preston!

Good morning, it is Sunday.

Happy 14th birthday Preston!!!
Happy 14th birthday Preston!!!
Happy 14th birthday Preston!!!
Happy 14th birthday Preston!!!
Happy 14th birthday Preston!!!
Happy 14th birthday Preston!!!

Happy 14th birthday Preston!!!
Happy 14th birthday Preston!!!

Happy 14th birthday Preston!!!
Happy 14th birthday Preston!!!
Happy 14th birthday Preston!!!
Happy 14th birthday Preston!!!

Happy 14th birthday Preston!!!
Happy 14th birthday Preston!!!

Tomorrow I will post a picture of the cake I am making for Preston's birthday. It kicks!

Saturday, September 18, 2010

Happy birthday Preston...almost.

Good morning, it is Saturday.

Hansen and I are off super early for a soccer game, but I thought I would share this quick video. Last night Preston celebrated his 14th birthday at Godfather's Pizza with his soccer team. Here they are singing "Happy Birthday" to him:

Of course his actual birthday is on Sunday, but extra parties are always great!

Got to go, see you tomorrow.

Friday, September 17, 2010

Open house, soccer practice.

Good morning, it is Friday.

Yesterday Maren went to the open house at Preston's middle school. She got to follow his schedule and hear the teacher's spiels while visiting friends who have kids in Preston's classes. She was pleasantly amazed by a few of his teachers, in the middle about a few of his teachers, and sad for Preston that he has to waste an hour of his life with one of his teachers. It is always amazing how Preston totally agrees with all of Maren's assessments of his teachers after spending only 10 minutes with them.

I didn't get to go to Preston's open house, instead I hung out in the rain at Hansen's soccer practice. But I did get to meet a couple of parents that also went to Kentridge high school, only they were older than me:) And I figured out that walking the perimeter of the school his practice is at is about 1/4 mile long...Yup, during an hour and a half practice, I can walk a mile and a half, read for awhile, visit with other parents, and still have time to watch the practice some. I was going to be the assistant coach for awhile, but others who are more knowledgeable kind of took over around the second practice. Actually I think it works out better for everyone...I think Hansen gets enough pressure from me in his life, good he gets a break during soccer.

See you tomorrow.

Thursday, September 16, 2010

900th post!

Good morning, it is Thursday.

Believe it or not, this is my 900th blog post. 900 seems like a lot if you ask me.

Here are a few pictures from yesterday:

Hansen petting Ranger while watching Survivor.
The instructions on the deck sealant was to wait 48 hours before it rained. Well, almost to the minute...48 hours exactly, it started raining and it hasn't stopped. The water is beading very nicely! How cool it that?

And the sign at the little's bus stop. It doesn't rhyme, and has the word "Hell" right at the bus stop for all the school kids. Someone is proud of their handiwork...not to mention the person turning 40! I thought about taking the sign down and saving it for a few months, then putting it back up for Maren! And claiming it as my, no. But signs like this do crack me up!

See you tomorrow.

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Busy for some...not for others.

Good morning, it is Wednesday.

Some days are crazy busy for some people and not for others. Yesterday was a busy day for Hansen. He got off the bus with only 30 minutes before he had to leave for soccer practice. Somehow he thought if he told his coach that they ran the mile in gym class that maybe he wouldn't have to run as much in practice. I don't know if he told him or not...but he was indeed running a ton in practice. After soccer practice it was time for homework and piano practice. Sure, he had time to eat and stuff, so it wasn't all nose to the grindstone. But it was a busy night for him. Preston, on the other hand, got home from school an hour earlier than Hansen. He had zero homework, and I don't think he left the couch the entire evening. When we got home from soccer it looked like he had been sleeping. Preston's schedule must be catching up with him a little.

Yesterday Lillie let me put "two low ponys" in her hair. This was her hair as she left for school:

See you tomorrow.

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Bus, gymnastics, amateur status, and the deck.

Good morning, it is Tuesday.

Yesterday saw a couple of firsts for Lillie. Not firsts ever, but firsts in a long time. She got her bus pass so she got to ride to school and home on the bus! She has a "space available" pass so the first couple of weeks she was carpooling to and from school. She was very excited!

Yesterday was also Lillie's first gymnastics class in two years! She had a great time! After the hour long class she came to the parents zone totally hot, sweaty, and all smiles. If I hadn't packed a water bottle for her, the smiles would have disappeared in an instant.

Yesterday was also the day I was granted my amateur status back in the golf world. It has been a two year wait for reinstatement to amateur status. Being a golf professional for 15 years was great, but now I am excited to be able to just join a local golf club and play and compete against the locals.

And in an attempt to not start this paragraph with "Yesterday", I am choosing "And" instead. Yesterday I was able to weather treat the deck! I may or may not put another coat on today. I will wait and check the weather forecast. Now the deck is officially done!

See you tomorrow.

Monday, September 13, 2010

A Fair Day.

Good morning, it is Monday.

Yesterday was a fair day! Started off with Rally Sunday, a church carnival to kick off Sunday School:

For some reason they thought Preston would be the perfect kid to run the cotton candy machine.

We stayed about 15 minutes too long at the carnival. When the teenagers are painting their faces you know the party is going strong. Lillie even won a pink bible in a drawing!
After the church carnival, we headed to the Puyallup Fair! Preston went the day before with his friends, so it was just Maren, Hansen, Lillie, and me:

Now this is how face painting is meant to be.

Checking out the cats.

Eating some ice-cream!

Tossing some dimes! We didn't win anything here, but Preston did come home with some new bowls from his trip.

Had I won anything, I would have chose one of these "money monkeys"!

We had a great day at the carnival and at the fair. Now it is back to Monday.

See you tomorrow.

Sunday, September 12, 2010

Marta Connell Golf Tournament, Hansen's tooth.

Good morning, it is Sunday.

Yesterday was the 10 annual Marta Connell Golf Tournament to raise money for Primary Pulmonary Hypertension. In the first many years I helped much more with scoring and stuff, but 10 years later it practically runs itself....with a ton of hard work by Steve W. and his family and friends. Yesterday was the first year that Steve and I didn't partner up in the 2 man best ball format. Steve partnered with a friend from out of state, and I was going to just watch soccer this year. Well, one of our usual foursome, Capt. Bob, needed a partner, so last minute I was playing for the 10th year in a row. While not golfing much this season, I have been not too rusty...and Bob is a good golfer himself, well, something clicked on the last 10 holes and we just caught fire. We shot a 61 gross over 18 holes, which is just a great score. I was hitting shots very close to the hole the whole back 9, and we were knocking all the putts in! It was tons of fun. We ended up winning the tournament by a few strokes and $200.00!!! Just like we do every year and as most of the folks do in the tournament, we donated the $$$ back to the Tournament as raising money and having fun are what the tournament is all about.

In an unrelated story, Hansen totally "got" me the other day. He slipped down the stairs and made a great "thump, thump, thump, THUMP, OUCH!" at the bottom. I yelled, "you OK?", and he said, "I think so, but my tooth is loose!" Oh, man, I thought and headed over to the stairs to check out the carnage. But before I got there he said, "don't worry, my tooth was loose before I fell down the stairs!" Thanks a ton for the heart attach kid! If you ask him he will also tell you about how the Tooth Fairy forgot to leave him a dollar that night and so he is charging the Tooth Fairy a "late fee". I don't think the Tooth Fairy's missing him had anything to do with the fooling his dad scene, and I don't think he/she was too I doubt he/she left any extra late fee. It is all very suspicious.

Today is another very busy day with Sunday School starting at Church and who knows where the day will lead after that.

See you tomorrow.

Friday, September 10, 2010


Good morning, it is Friday.

Yesterday was not too exciting around here. In fact, as the routines of school and stuff fall into place around our house, the days kind of just blend together. We still haven't figured how to fit school, sports, homework, piano and a bath into one day! So we try to compensate...if you have sports one day, you don't have to do piano that day and such. I don't know how the piano teacher will like that, buy hey, you have to live a little! Anyhow, were working on it. The biggest culprits are things we TV. We got to watch Wipe Out, Sponge Bob, football!

There really are actually plenty of photo ops each day. I just need to be a little more creative. Yesterday while picking up the littles from school, Lillie and her friend were swaying from foot to foot in perfect rhythm while singing the same song. Hansen played well in his soccer scrimmage. And Preston and Connor were just hanging out next to the tether ball pole after school laughing about their days at school, backpacks still on.

Well, time to get things rolling. Maren just left for work, Preston just came downstairs, Hansen is procrastinating, Lillie has to get rolling, and I have to figure out breakfast and lunches for all of us without bread, applesauce or capri-suns.

See you tomorrow.

Thursday, September 09, 2010

Hansen's new glasses.

Good morning, it is Thursday.

Last night we were able to pick up Hansen's new glasses, here is a sneak peek. These pics were taken at Costco optical and may not represent how handsome Hansen really is:

Pair one, Nike frames, flexible frames, and AR glare lenses. I have never really liked the way flexible frames feel, but the idea is great. I think Hansen already agrees, but I do think he will wear these for soccer.
Pair two, Converse frames, pewter color, nice and square, adult size, and AR glare lenses. I think these will be his daily wear pair. He was walking around Costco totally amazed that the AR lens makes such a huge difference. I wouldn't be surprised if he is actually willing to wear glasses now that they are just a bit stronger RX and the anti glare makes them comfortable.

See you tomorrow.

Tuesday, September 07, 2010

Synergy bu-14, Puyallup Valley Kickoff champs.

Good morning, it is Tuesday.

Yesterday Preston's team played possibly their best soccer game as a team ever. They won the Puyallup Valley Kickoff tournament playing a team in the finals that they have never beat. They beat them in grand fashion, 6-0. The defenders played great against a very good offense and the forwards and mid fielders played great. Preston may have reached another plateau in soccer. He now has the confidence that he really is faster and better than any defender...and has the ball skills and awareness to go with it. He was able to just fly past defenders, handle the ball perfectly, know where the keeper was, fake him out, and just gently roll the ball into the back of the net. He did that type of move for 7 goals this tournament. Amazing.

My favorite quote of the tournament came while Preston was dashing by two defenders to grab the ball for a cross. Our neighbor said, "Oh man, Preston runs like a vampire!" If you are a Twilight fan, the vampires just kind of zoop from one place to the next...and Preston seems to have a speed 10% faster then anyone else on the field.

Here is Preston receiving his medal with the team.
And the whole team, Preston is under the "Y" in Puyallup.

See you tomorrow.

Sunday, September 05, 2010

Puyallup soccer, new bicycle, Halloween?

Good evening, it is Sunday.

I have been having to wake up too early to blog the last couple of days due to Preston's soccer tournament in Puyallup. He has had a very good tournament so far, scoring 5 goals in 3 games even while sitting half of the last two games with a sore leg. He should be good for the championship game tomorrow. The tournament is being held in a very interesting place. I had about two hours to just roam around between games today and checked things out. These three pictures are taken while standing in the same place while turning 1/3rd the way around to take each picture:
Far corner of 9 soccer fields. Hundreds of kids playing soccer all daylight hours. Even a turf field that the championship game tomorrow will be played on.
Turn to the right and the Native Americans are holding a huge annual dance competition/pow wow? There must have been hundreds of Native Americans in amazing regalia doing different dances and such.
Turn farther to the right and there are vast farms, currently harvesting squash I believe. There were dozens of farmers, most wearing traditional Vietnam farming hats. Turn to the right again and it is back to soccer. I just thought it very surreal to be standing there with three distinctly different worlds going on at the exact same time, separated by only a few yards, drainage ditches, and maybe a tree or two...and not interfering with each other at all.

Yesterday a neighbor girl was moving and was giving away her bicycle. Lillie now has a new bike! Isn't it cute? I had to do quite a bit of tuning up to make it road worthy, but it is good to go and will be perfect for next summer.
And lastly, Maren is ready for Halloween! This is her latest purchase:
It has a big candle inside and looks very cool when the lights are tuned low.

See you tomorrow, or the next day.

Saturday, September 04, 2010

Last 80' day of the year?

Good morning, it is Saturday.

This week of up early for work and school has just kicked my butt! I have been tired and taking short naps in the evening the past couple of nights. The kids aren't too tired, just me...go figure.

Hansen has his second soccer practice the other day. They even passed out jerseys. I really like the new jersey:

At Hansen's soccer practice I ran into Mel's old roommate April. They were roommates like 15 years ago. Turns out that April has a couple of kids, lives near us and now her kids have soccer practice the same time as Hansen at the same school (different teams). Small world huh?
Yesterday was slated to be the last day in the 80's this year by the weather folks. And today is starting out cold and rainy, so they must be right. We took what might be our last trip to the pool this year, for warm weather and a BBQ dinner. Lillie thinks I am her personal play toy and kid throwing machine when I go in the pool.

Hansen didn't go in the water last night (and Preston stayed home), but that doesn't mean he didn't have a good time hanging with his mom at the pool.

This weekend is a soccer tournament weekend for Preston, so no sleeping in just yet.

See you tomorrow.

Thursday, September 02, 2010

First day of school.

Good morning, it is Thursday.

The first day of school was yesterday. Everything went just perfectly. The kids all like their teachers and their classes. Maren took the day off to drive the littles to school and see them off. But they just wanted to play with their friends...which is good. My first day was good too. I spent most of my day in a Kindergarten class. I can't believe my kids were ever that little! Here is a picture of the kids on the front walkway (yes, it was raining) on the first day of school:

Today Hansen will tryout the bus on the way to school, we don't have a pass for Lillie just yet so we have some creative carpooling with friends.

See you tomorrow.