Sunday, March 22, 2015

Spring

Yesterday was beautiful.  The sun was out the birds were singing.  We were sitting inside the opera house watching kids.  I planned to get a few things done today outside.  Was really looking forward to being out in the sunshine.  Nope......it rained and rained hard.  From the looks of our forecast, it will be raining all week.  I have lots to do inside, I just don't want to do any of it.

Can watching everything on your DVR be consider as cleaning up and organizing?  I think so.

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Forgotten Password

It has been so long since I posted I had forgotten my password.  It's not just this blog that has been neglected, but my camera too.  I actually had to dust it off.  Something that has never happened before.  I take this as a sign that things are changing in my house.  The kids are getting older and starting to make their own lives in the world.

Anthony has moved out and talking about leaving our small town.  It has taken a little bit but he might have found something he is really interested in.  He found that he really loves fighting forest fires and wants to make that more of a career.  He found a college about 6 hours from here and is thinking about moving there this fall.  So happy for him that he has found want makes him happy.

Megan is still heading off to another state to play soccer.  She is happy to be back on their team.  She is also helping coach a select team here.  I can't believe this kid is graduating from high school this year.  We are really looking forward to everyone being here and having a great party.  She also will be celebrating her 18th birthday this August.  We are going to celebrate a few weeks early and combine it with a goodbye party.  My eyes are already getting teary because I can't believe she will be leaving us.  Megan is going to live out her dream and join the US Navy.

Yes, she has already been sworn in.  She will leave in August for the Great Lakes and graduate sometime this Fall.  She will stay in Great Lakes for her training and then sometime next winter she'll be assigned a fleet.  This kid knows exactly what she wants to do and knows what to do to get there.  Once she is out, she is planning on being a teacher.  However, her plan at the moment is to make the military her career. 

Jason landed a part in Chitty Chitty Bang Bang.  He is loving every minute of it.  The show started the first weekend in March and runs through April 4th.  I thought I was ready for the demands of the  theater.  After all, I have spent the last 20 years doing sports.  The days and weeks are long, but completely worth it.  This play is being done in a nearby town with a population of about 1000.  Everyone who has seen a show done here will tell you how good they are.  This show is no different.  The local Lyons club built the car and it's amazing.  Not at all what you would expect from a small town show.  We are so thrilled that Jason is a part of it.

Here he is as a Morris Man in the "me old bamboo" left side in the back.  I have seen this dance being learned and even during dress rehearsal week, we just weren't sure it was ever going to come together.  OMG.....it is amazing.  I think this number gets the loudest applause.

The Bombi Somba.  He is on the right side.  This picture was done on the last night of rehearsals.  That is why some of the costumes are not completed yet. 

So there is absolutely no free time in this house.  I voleentered to help with the little kids before and during show time.  There are 35 kids under 12 in this play and about 10 are kids of the performers.  On Saturdays we get there at 1pm and leave at night around 10:30.  We also do a show on Friday that I help with.  The kids are a blast and I love working with them. 

So that is how I am spending my free time and some of the reasons why this blog has suffered.  The weather is getting nicer and I vow to get my camera out and start taking some pictures.  Hopefully I will start posting here as well.

Happy Spring!!!!!!

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Halloween

It's Halloween time again. 

This is Steve and Jason's favorite time of year.  The haunted house is in full swing.


This years theme is the Zombie Hunter.  And once again they did a great job putting it together.  Last night they where short handed so Steve and I helped out.  But Jason as always has a major role in the haunt.  He lives for this time of year.  


This Halloween is very different for us.  Well......mostly for Steve.  It started last year.  Our baby doesn't trick-or-treat anymore.  Steve and Jason have had a tradition of starting down town and hitting all the shops.  Then up to the college dorms and finish up with as many houses as they can hit.  Jason usually returns with pounds of candy. 

Now, Jason and his band of buddies, dressed in their Zombie attire will go down town, without poor Steve.  Then they head to the haunted house to get to work.

My babies are growing up.

Friday, September 05, 2014

Megan Turns 17

I can't believe this kid is 17.  She is growing up to be an amazing woman.  I am always in awe of her giving and caring spirit.  Yes, she is also moody and cranky but she is 17.


We asked her what she wanted to do for her birthday and she said Florence.  It's one of our favorite camping spots.  However, our trailer has some issues and is in the shop getting them fixed.  We were hoping to get it back in time but no luck.  I said...How about Seattle?

I was greeting with YESSSSSSS!!!!!!

Sadly though, Anthony couldn't make it.  He was still fighting fires.


We decided to hit all the touristy stuff we could.  I think we walked over 7 miles in one day.  Of course, we spent hours at Pikes Market.


The gum wall is both cool and gross at the same time.  I couldn't convince anyone to stick gum on it.



Megan used her birthday money to buy a cool new smart phone and some shopping at the market.

While she and Steve ran back to the car to dump her purchases, Jason got a tattoo. 


A henna tattoo.


It lasts about a week or so.


Then off to the eagerly awaited restaurant The Crab Pot.  I had been here a couple of years ago with a bunch of MOMS Club people and was excited for the kids to check it out.

We showed up a little before noon and thank goodness we did.  It was packed within the hour.


This is our before picture.  The waitress suggested adding more crab to the meal and I am glad we did.  I was afraid to get my hands in the way of the kids mouths.

 
A quick picture before the feeding frenzy began.



At one point Jason says "this is so good and I am so hungry I am shaking."

Needless to say, they loved it.

Our after picture


This picture is a little misleading, because it looks like there is food leftover.  That was completely gone after I shot this.  There was nothing edible left.

Will we go again.......YES!!!!!


Megan and her birthday cake.


After lunch we walked over to the ferry and went to visit Bainbridge Island.  It was about a 35minute ferry ride to the island.  The weather was wonderfully.


Off in the distance we could see our cruise ships.  Jason said "Oh wow.....that thing is huge.".


Why would we pay to get on a ferry then walk another couple of miles?  Ice Cream of course.


It was very good, but I really wasn't that hungry after the Crab Pot.  However, I was team player and ate it anyway.  Megan and I got the Watermelon sherbert.  It was very good, but Megan says it's not as good as mine.  I love that kid.


Took this shot from the ferry going back to Seattle.  We went to the Space Needle the next day.  I didn't go to the top.  I have been there before and I seriously don't like the heights.   The kids really enjoyed it.


We had such a great time.  Looking forward to going back soon.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

ALS - Ice Bucket Challenge

The ALS or Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis , "Lou Gehrig's Disease.

I saw the challenges going on and I will admit had to google ALS to see what it is.  The ice bucket challenge was aimed at raising awareness and raising money.  Since the "ice bucket challenge is all over social media and the TV, I believe their plan worked.

The last report I read, they have raised 41 million dollars.  Taking the challenge is only part of it. The second part is to donate to the ALS foundation.

One of the things I know about myself was, I didn't know anything about ALS and didn't know anyone with the disease. So I learned.  I also found out that a friend of mine lost her mother to the disease.  I also heard first hand, just how horrible this disease is.

I watched the video's of my friends doing the challenge and thinking and hoping that I would not end up having to do it.  Thanks to my good friend Jessie, I was called out.  Here is my video, and I challenged my kids: Jason, Megan, Anthony, Kagan (Anthony's girl friend) and my brother Rick.  You have 24 hours to complete the challenge.  When my family is done, I will make my donation.

Here is my video:


video

Thanks to my wonderful daughter who edited the video.  What you don't see is, my dog decided to pee right in front of me.

Jason, decided to complete his challenge right after me.  Here is his video.  At least one of the people he challenged has already finished it and posted a video.

Here is Jason's video:

video

I will post the rest of the families as soon as they are done.

If you haven't already been challenged, take the time to research ALS.

Thursday, August 14, 2014

AugustFest

AugustFest is over and unfortunately I don't have many pictures to share.  We were just to busy.

Here is one taken by Nancy..

We are sneaking a quick beer and some food.


Sunday, July 27, 2014

Update

We are busy, I am just not posting.

This family is getting ready for our church's AugustFest.  Steve, myself and a couple of other families organize this great event.  This year it is being combined with the Church's 100th year celebration.  So so exciting.

We have redesigned some of our old carnival games and added some new ones.  Since the event is 2 weeks away we are hopefully going to be finished with the games today.  I said TODAY!!!!!

You see these games online and think, "how hard can the be?"  We started designing back in Feburary and are just now getting them done.  Being in a small rural town, we don't have Home Depot or Lowes.  We have to travel 2+ hours to get to them.  So while we need a small little part or just one more piece of lumber, its a road trip for us.  It was nice having soccer in Washington because we hit those stores at least two times a week.

My break is over and I am going to get this boat race game done if it kills me.