Sunday, November 28, 2010

My computer is sick:(

Good morning, it is Sunday.

You may have wondered why I haven't blogged much as late? Well, my computer died! Yup, got a virus that blocked all the ways I know to fix it. I couldn't reset it and all the anti virus programs I ran didn't do the trick. So it is hanging out with The Geek Squad for a week. That place is not cheap...but it is cheaper than a new computer, so if they can clean it up and it lasts for a year, then it is all good.

We have been having a great time this Thanksgiving week. School was out for the week due to snow and luckily enough the snow melted in time for us to go downtown for the day to see A Christmas Story at the 5th Ave. It was great!

I will have pictures later and stuff, but for now I am starting to work on our Christmas Letter. So, check in if you want, I may post again before I get my computer back, but with my pictures and routines, I may not.

See you next week.

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Snow Day!

Good afternoon, it is Tuesday.

Today is a Snow Day! Yesterday was an early release day, just in time. The snow started to fall, the temps started to drop, and the roads got crazy. Luckily Maren left work at around noon and made it home just as things were getting bad. There are reports of folks taking several hours to do Maren's commute just because they left a few hours later.

Here are a few pics of the world today:

This is my phone in "clock" mode. At 8:54 am it was 18 degrees at our house. Look, the high is supposed to be 21 degrees. Yes, that is Fahrenheit...and a picture of me golfing.
Now for a look out the window...My van is not going anywhere today.

Lillie on the back deck. She has been more excited than anyone to be in the snow.

Making the 3/4 mile walk to the school. That is where the sledding happens. That's Lillie leading the way. Hansen is in the back, but he is very excited to glide down the hill on his new sled.

Here is a quick shot of the hill at CV. Tons of kids having a crazy time. Luckily no major injuries while I was there, but it is kind of crazy place. The road behind this picture had cars getting stuck and quads having fun.

Here is a shot of Lillie (back) and her friend sliding down the hill. I don't have any good shots of Hansen, but I did take some video that he should be on.

Enjoy the Snow!

See you tomorrow.

Monday, November 22, 2010

My old jacket!

Good morning, it is Monday.

Yesterday at church John brought me back a jacket that I must have given them 10 years ago. This brown Eddie Bauer jacket is one I bought when I started college at the University of Washington 20 years ago. I wore it all the time, especially when riding my motor scooter to school and work. Years later Carol used it when hanging at the bus stop for a job in Seattle, then John used it too. Now that I have it back, I will use it when riding my bicycle to work. It's still in great shape, and maybe back in fashion? Maybe not...you decide:


Friday evening was a birthday party for Cousin Alex. Hansen got to spend the night and it was a very fun party. Alex got a very cool Redline bike that he kind of ignored and went straight to the video games...but Kraig and I were geeking out about the bike. Here is Kraig taking the bike on a spin to the garage:

And lastly, Hansen's last soccer game was this last weekend. Preston also had his last regular season game, but he will have a few tournaments before next season's tryouts. Hansen, on the other hand, is done. His team had a banquet, he got a trophy (probably his last one for participation as he wants to go select next season) and had fun at a pizza party:
Today there is snow and the highs will be in the high 20's. For some reason the schools are not even on a delay, so it is off to the races.

See you tomorrow.

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Peaches.

Good morning, it is Thursday.

Last night on their way home from hanging out with Mel and the twins, John and Carol stopped by to deliver a case of peaches! Yep, they went down to Oregon with a small caravan of folks last weekend for a fruit run. This is just one of the cans of peaches waiting to be eaten:

Carol also brought over a St. Lucia dress that she made for Lillie. It is very nice and Lillie will enjoy wearing it for the St. Lucia breakfast the church has for the girls. No picture of the dress, you will have to tune in later...you see Lillie will now be matchers with her American Doll who also has a St. Lucia dress. How cool is that? Last night after Nana and Grandpa went home, Lillie was telling Maren how lucky she was that like half the fancy clothes in her closet were made by her Nana!

See you tomorrow.

Monday, November 15, 2010

A Chicken Run.

Good morning, it is Monday.

First we will start with Maren taking the littles to see Disney on Ice at the Showare stadium in Kent. They had a great time...Maren said that Lillie had a better time than anyone in the entire stadium, "Look, there is so and so, I know this song! This is great" I guess that is how the show went. My text message , a message from Lillie read, "This is FUN! I wish daddy and Preston could be here!" We were at Preston's soccer game. P's team lost, but he did single handedly get a fellow on the other team a yellow, then a red card on two consecutive free kicks.

Lillie and Hansen enjoying the show!
The show...lots of Disney stars ice-skating around!

Saturday evening Maren had scheduled a chicken run! Zayzon Foods had a stop in Bellevue so it was off for some cheap chicken. Drive to a school in Bellevue, give them our online order information, and get handed a 40 lb. box of chicken. Of course we had to do all the work of bagging and cutting ourselves, but it was kind of fun?

Isn't Maren the cutest chicken chef? Even wearing a scarf! I just held the bags and squawked when chicken parts would hit the floor! Lots of help huh?

Here is Hansen getting a breather on the left bench during his soccer game. His team got beat too, but they did have fun. This picture really doesn't show it, but boy was it muddy at the Pea Patch! Check out his shoes:
These shoes just need to make it one more game. Next week will be his last game of the season. Should be a cold one...early morning in Enumclaw on a day that the high is supposed to be 30 degrees.

See you tomorrow.

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Report cards.

Good morning, it is Saturday.

Yesterday the kids brought home their report cards. Well, the littles did, Preston's are posted online and will be mailed separately. I am happy to report that they all got excellent marks! Of course they think that good grades should get them something exciting like a trip to Hawaii or a new PSP...but lets get realistic here. How about a trip to Baskin and Robin? Yeah. Preston has the best marks of all of anyone (on the planet...he takes after his mom), but he went to the KW football game with friends, so it was just us chickens out for ice-cream.

This picture reminds me of one you may have gotten with a film camera. You remember, you thought it was good and this is what you got a month later after developing the film. In today's world of digital, you usually just shoot until you get a good picture, but Maren was giving me the "why are you taking a picture of us eating ice-cream in public you big dork?" look, so I just stopped after one take. I think I forgot to make them yell "CHEESE!"

Nice job on your grades kiddos...you do your folks proud!

See you tomorrow.

Thursday, November 11, 2010

STOMP

Good morning, it is Thursday.

Happy Veteran's Day to all Veterans especially to John Ostergard and Robert Sandler (Maren's dad and my Grandpa). We slept in this morning in your honor! The kid's schools have been holding assemblies and teaching the kids what it is to be a Veteran! Enjoy your day.

Last night we had some extra fun that we would have never planned if we didn't know we could sleep in today. We went to the Paramount Theatre in Seattle to see STOMP. Maren found a discount site and the whole family was able to enjoy this show for under $100.00. Pretty good deal in our world. Sure, we were a bit far back, but the show was amazing.
We dropped Maren off at the "will call window" then drove around Seattle looking for a parking spot. Here is Hansen, Lillie, and Preston walking toward the Paramount.
We got to walk up a couple of flight of stairs to get to our seats...but check out this view from one of the balconies just before actually going into the theatre. Just looking around the Paramount is nearly as amazing as the shows they put on.

This is taken from the web. If you don't know about STOMP, it is a group that make very cool music from brooms, buckets, and all kinds of everyday stuff. There was a cool part in the dark with lighters. They were able to inject tons of humor and even get the audience involved...and not a single word was spoken. Cool.

See you tomorrow.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

The Thankful Tree.

Good morning, it is Wednesday.

At school I am know as a Christmas loving fellow who doesn't give a rat about Thanksgiving. Something to do with decorating the staff room for Christmas last week, go figure. Well, the staff room is just drab this week, no nothing. So I figure at least I participated in the decorations game. But getting back on track, I do like Thanksgiving, and so does the family. Maren put a big Thankful Tree up on the wall in the dining room and cut out leaves on the table. Each night at dinner we take turns on who we write Thankful Leaves for. It is a very nice thing to do, and it feels good when it is you night to be written about...mostly.

Here is the tree! This picture is too far away to do any reading, but if you come visit, we may let you check the tree out in real life!
Last night was Preston's night. Preston was cracking up when Lillie was asking how to spell "hamsters", not knowing what in the world she could be writing. It is a very nice Thankful Leaf from a little sister.

See you tomorrow.

Monday, November 08, 2010

Haircut and more.

Good morning, it is Monday.

We had a very busy weekend around here. Here is a quick list: AYSA auction, Lillie overnight with Claire and Nana, Hansen overnight with Alex, Preston overnight at friends, High school football game, two outdoor soccer games and one indoor soccer game, visit from Jack, Avery, Mel, John and Carol, Costco pizza, take and bake pizza, Kent Station, church, Amazing race with youth group, jewelry party, driving range, work on pickup truck, trip to the Cash Machine, and a haircut for Maren. Phew, I am sure to be missing something. Anyhow, it was a good weekend. I will only leave you with a couple of Pictures of Maren's haircut:

I stopped by the haircutting place to check out Maren's hair after hitting range balls at the golf course. Her hair was only half done, but the picture is a fun one.
And here she is this morning on the way out the door. Nice hair kiddo!

See you tomorrow.

Saturday, November 06, 2010

Lillie Gaga.

Good morning, it is Saturday.

Here are a few of pics from the last couple of days:

This was taken at Hansen's last soccer practice of the season. He still has a few games, but with the clocks changing this weekend, it will just get too dark too early and his team doesn't have access to lit fields like Preston's does. This was also the last beautiful day of the year if you prefer warm and sun. Here the sun has set an the kids are running. Hansen is on the left.
Yesterday was a teacher workshop day. Yup, it is report card time. It was also the end of my staff room duty at the school, so I took down all my Christmas decorations and will be curious to see how the room is decorated next week. We hit Kent Station yesterday to spend allowance monies, and sure enough, it is Christmas in retail land. Yesterday was even the "first black Friday"...you know, the day after Thanksgiving when Christmas shopping begins...that day doesn't even wait for Thanksgiving either!

And lastly, 75% off on Halloween stuff is the perfect time to buy next year's Halloween costume! Don't you think Lillie Gaga is even cuter than Lady Gaga? This is not her costume for next year, but it was fun to try on in the store! It especially looked good on me!

See you tomorrow.

Thursday, November 04, 2010

H.O.M.E. Project.

Good morning, it is Thursday.

Last night our family volunteered at the H.O.M.E. Project through our church, but at a different church. This is a program that is designed to feed and help homeless men. Our job was to serve dinner, prepare lunch for the next day, then clean up. I was about an hour gig. We had talked about it last year, but never actually did it...this year we signed up. Preston was a bit bummed at first because it meant skipping soccer, but once we got working and helping, we were all glad to be there. Hansen, Lillie and Maren stuffed cookies and deserts while Preston and I made sandwiches. Afterwards we were the buffet line serving a great dinner. I cut and served turkey, Lillie and Maren served mashed potatoes and stuffing, Hansen served desserts, and Preston was the drink guy. There were probably 25 guys being served. We left feeling like we had done some good in the world, and while we don't always feel like we have very much, we actually have tons to be thankful for. Here are a couple of pics:

I didn't take but a couple of pictures as we were working the whole time and I had slimy gloves on the whole time as I was cutting and serving turkey.
This is Hansen working away!

Preston will be volunteering with his youth group on Friday...he will not only be the expert, he will be cooking brownies!

See you tomorrow.

Tuesday, November 02, 2010

Christmas time!?!

Good morning, it is Tuesday.

Yesterday when I walked into the staff room at break time, all the Halloween stuff was taken down and it was all replaced with Christmas stuff. There were advent calendars on the side walls, season greeting signs up as well, and even a snowman and a Santa Claus. On the white board was written, 54 days until Christmas! Who would do this to the staff room so early? Yup, I did! It is my week to decorate the staff room and just like every store in the country, Christmas started yesterday! Of course it is just for fun, and half the staff are appalled and the other think it is great...I have only had a few "It's not Christmas Mr. Slane!" remarks. I may take it down and put up Thanksgiving stuff, but probably not, I think it kind of funny and absurd at the same time. Perfect for the staff room. But seriously, go to a chain store and try to buy anything not Christmas. Can't do it.

I got to administer a writing assignment for a few kindergartners. Draw your family and label them. Not so easy for some. This is my 2 minute example. I thought it turned out cute...not nearly as nice as Mr. Marshall's, but fine. I put Mom and Dad instead of my name as to help the kids out...they could copy that on their pictures if they could figure it out. I think this might be 4.0 material!
See you tomorrow.

Monday, November 01, 2010

Trick or Treat?

Good morning, it is Monday.

Yesterday was a very full day. Started with church. Maren taught the children's sermon and did a wonderful job. After church was the church Trunk or Treat event for the kids. Lots of very cool, old cars...and my van, and grandpa's new truck. Kids got plenty of candy! Next was a trip to the local Sr. Center with the middle school kids. I went along and got to visit my old friend and boss, Steve. He was hanging out watching football. It was nice to catch up for a few minutes. Preston and his group of boys mostly hung out with a couple of nice old ladies. Then (as if that wasn't enough for one day) Preston was off to an indoor soccer game. I stayed home with the littles and Maren. Preston got home in time to some last minute trick-or-treating with his friends too. Maren's job was to stay home and give out candy! I walked the neighborhood with Hansen and Lillie. Now for a few pics:

Hansen as a zombie Justin Beiber and Lillie as her fancy witch.
Preston and friends on their way out. Hand made pumpkins...perfect.
There were some very good...er...spooky houses in the neighborhood. This pirate ship is always a favorite.

After dropping off Lillie, Hansen and I stumbled upon this spooky group. Taking a candy break huh?

We now have three full bags of Candy and plenty of left over...woo hoo! Ugh.

See you tomorrow.