Archive for January, 2013

January 24, 2013: Z had been complaining about the hair in his eyes and finally asked to get a haircut. We both agreed to go to the place where I go because I trusted her. And we knew his hair was very bushy and unruly. N saw this boy’s hair and had a fit! She said it needed to be thinned and styled with it brushed forward. Well, she began to thin and cut and thin and cut. Z told her to take it out of his eyes too. When it was over, it looked great but was much shorter! He hated it! He liked it unruly and has decided to let it grow long again. I am fine with either way.

 

N thinning it out

N thinning it out

Now cutting so it will sweep forward

Now cutting so it will sweep forward

Styled before we left

Styled before we left

OK, that is a lot of hair gone.

OK, that is a lot of hair gone.

We styled it after getting a shower that night

We styled it after getting a shower that night

After I trimmed it a little more and now we don't wear it sweeping forward. SO HANDSOME!

After I trimmed it a little more and now we don’t wear it sweeping forward. SO HANDSOME!

 

 

 

 

 

Advertisements

3rd Grade Choir Concert

Posted: January 27, 2013 in Friends, School

January 17, 2013: Z had his 3rd grade choir concert at the school in the evening. The theme was “I Have a Dream”.¬† Z had another speaking part but the pictures I took came out blurry. He is such a clear speaker and he loves to do presentations and stuff. He just hates singing in front of people! We really enjoyed the performance!

Being silly with classmates before the performance.

Being silly with classmates before the performance.

IMG_4075 IMG_4076 IMG_4077 IMG_4079

Time for the show!

Time for the show!

Part of Z's class singing.

Part of Z’s class singing.

IMG_4109

IMG_4116

January 11-13, 2013: Hubby took Z on a Cub Scout camping trip to Camp Sheppard which is in Greenwater, WA in the Snoqualmie National Forest. They went up on Friday night and camp home Sunday afternoon. They had such a great time playing in the snow, tubing, doing leather crafts, whittling, going to the campfire, listening to camp stories and skits around the campfire, participating in the agility course in the woods, etc. They got to sleep in heated cabins and played games in the evenings. There were 13 scouts that went along with their dads and everyone got along perfectly! They can’t wait until next year!

2013-01-13 09.46.11 2013-01-13 09.47.59 2013-01-13 09.48.19 IMG_4900 IMG_4904 IMG_4905

2013-01-13 09.41.29

Z and J

Z and J

2013-01-12 08.58.50

Tubing

Tubing

2013-01-12 09.59.46-2 2013-01-12 09.59.47-2

2013-01-12 14.45.08

2013-01-12 14.46.30-1

2013-01-12 14.46.31

2013-01-12 14.46.33

2013-01-12 14.32.27

2013-01-12 14.26.57-1

2013-01-12 14.21.04-1

Camp dog worked the front dest

2013-01-12 11.08.57-1

Snow fort the boys built

Snow fort the boys built

2013-01-13 08.40.52

Campfire

Campfire

Breakfast on Sunday on the way home.

Breakfast on Sunday on the way home.

January 9, 2013: We had a Cub Scout den meeting and the boys were going to learn about knives and they earn their whittling chip! I have to admit, I was nervous giving the boys knives and working with them. But we hosted the evening at our house and it was a longer meeting than normal. This meeting did not need to be rushed! All the parents were nervous too!

Before the boys got there, hubby had me make pocket knives out of cardboard and I put bright lipstick on the blade part of the knife. During hubby’s presentation about knives and knife safety, he gave each boy the cardboard pocket knife. He asked them to pretend it was real and open and close it as if it were sharp. After a few minutes passed, he asked the boys to put the cardboard knives down and hold up their hands. Of course they all were covered in lipstick. He then told them each of them would be in the emergency room with lots of cuts had those been real knives. Let me tell you, that lesson worked! By the time the parents handed over their real knives, the boys were much more respectful of the sharp instruments!

After they learned all they needed and said their pledge, the boys went to the garage to whittle on a bar of soap. They all did a great job and I was so proud of them all!

Once all the boys left, Z wanted some one on one time with daddy so they carved another bar of soap. Z did a great job! SO PROUD OF HIM!!!

Z showing off his new knife and whittling chip promise.

Z showing off his new knife and whittling chip promise.

IMG_4065

Cardboard pocket knives I made.

Cardboard pocket knives I made.

Going over safety rules and practicing with the cardboard knives.

Going over safety rules and practicing with the cardboard knives.

Each boy got to sharpen a knife too.

Each boy got to sharpen a knife too.

Hubby showing the boys how to whittle.

Hubby showing the boys how to whittle.

Whittling in the garage. They tried to whittle a bear head.

Whittling in the garage. They tried to whittle a bear head.

IMG_4049

All the boys were so proud of themselves!

All the boys were so proud of themselves!

Whittling after everyone left.

Whittling after everyone left.

 

January 8, 2013: Our Cub Scout Pack hosted an egg drop event. Each boy was given a kit of materials in December that they were allowed to use to construct a contraption to hold a raw egg and keep it safe from a 10 foot drop. The kit of materials was all they could use with the exception of 20 inches tape and glue. The Pack gave each scout a raw egg during the January Pack meeting and 15 minutes to put the egg in their contraption before the event started. The boys did such a great job! All the contraptions looked great! Z and his dad built a super cool contraption and it was named “Over Protective Mama”. Basically it looked like a mama chicken.

Our Cubmaster dressed like Albert Einstein and there was construction gear all around the room. The evening was a huge success! Z’s egg contraption kept is raw egg intact! Great team work Z and hubby!

Showing off his contraption! Over Protective Mama.

Showing off his contraption! Over Protective Mama.

Getting awards before the egg drop began.

Getting awards before the egg drop began.

Cubmaster and I doing a skit before the egg drop started.

Cubmaster and I doing a skit before the egg drop started.

The stage is set.

The stage is set.

Going over the rules.

Going over the rules.

Those are some great designs!

Those are some great designs!

IMG_3930

Z taking his contraption to the ladder.

Z taking his contraption to the ladder.

Hubby dropped all the contraptions that evening. He did a great job and before each egg dropped the boys did a countdown.

Hubby dropped all the contraptions that evening. He did a great job and before each egg dropped the boys did a countdown.

Over Protective Mama dropping.

Over Protective Mama dropping.

The judges opening the contraption to see if the raw egg survived. IT SURVIVED!!!

The judges opening the contraption to see if the raw egg survived. IT SURVIVED!!!

 

 

 

December 29, 2012: We picked up C on the 28th and kept him until the 30th. These boys play so well together! I wish we lived closer. Z is always asking if we can go get C for the weekend. I remember how sad it was when we moved from Oregon and how much they missed each other. Poor C was so depressed. But those days are behind us now.

We always over do it when C is here so this trip was no different. We went to dinner twice, had donuts for breakfast, ate snacks, drank real soda, they played with the Xploders guns outside, wrestled, played video games, played Legos, went to the Lego store, and attended Celebration Lane (otherwise known as Snowflake Lane but after Christmas they change the name to Celebration Lane.) Those boys had an absolute blast at the celebration! They always have the best time together.

IMAG1169 IMAG1168

IMAG1177 IMAG1179 IMAG1189 IMAG1182_BURST002 IMAG1180

2012-12-29 15.35.49

2012-12-29 18.52.37

IMAG1217 IMAG1240 IMAG1242_BURST013 IMAG1254

 

 

December 25, 2012: Z couldn’t hardly stand it! He woke up early – duh right! He just couldn’t wait to see what Santa left for him! He had a great big filled stocking and a ton of awesome stuff from Santa! Can you say Skylanders? I knew ya could! Santa went crazy with the Skylanders this year! Oh, and he also brought a huge Lego set.

Hubby and I got Z all kinds of stuff. We always over do it each year. And this year we made an effort not to buy as much as in the past. Somehow we failed yet again! Needless to say, Z had a wonderful Christmas!

I also had a wonderful Christmas! I so enjoy watching Z open his gifts and be surprised. I love watching B open his gifts! I love watching the dogs destroy their new toys. I just love taking it all in – before I nap that is :). I got some wonderful things for Christmas as well; I got the pillowpet I had always wanted and some added extras. Hubby got headphones like he wanted and a couple added extras.

Later in the day, hubby made his traditional meatballs for Christmas dinner. We always have spaghetti and meatballs.

IMG_4789

From Santa

From Santa

From Santa

From Santa

IMG_4793

From Santa

From Santa

From Santa

From Santa

IMG_4806FX IMG_4808

All of this was from Santa

All of this was from Santa

IMG_4817

We finally got a blue ray dvd player. But this one went back and was exchanged for a better model.

We finally got a blue ray dvd player. But this one went back and was exchanged for a better model.

IMG_4822

The pups each got these toys. They didn't last long.

The pups each got these toys. They didn’t last long.

Seriously, I asked for one of these!

Seriously, I asked for one of these!

IMG_4828

Loving the Kindle Fire HD!

Loving the Kindle Fire HD!

They are for winter camp!

They are for winter camp!

IMG_4849FX

Lots of warmth going on here! Love it

Lots of warmth going on here! Love it

My and my pillowpet!

My and my pillowpet!

Pretty excited don't ya think!

Pretty excited don’t ya think!

IMG_4869 IMG_4871FX

Gag gift.

Gag gift.

This was all of Z's loot. Did he score or what???!!!!

This was all of Z’s loot. Did he score or what???!!!!

Christmas dinner. I would have brought out nicer dishes if I knew he was going to take a picture. Gesh! How embarrassing!

Christmas dinner. I would have brought out nicer dishes if I knew he was going to take a picture. Gesh! How embarrassing!

B always makes a ton of balls. We freeze some to have through the year. Unfortunately we eat more than we should because they are just that good to just pop in your mouth!

B always makes a ton of balls. We freeze some to have through the year. Unfortunately we eat more than we should because they are just that good to just pop in your mouth!

December 24, 2012: We drove back home from Great Wolf Lodge and stopped at Red Robin for dinner before picking up the dogs at the kennel. Once we got home, we all showered then Z and I made cookies for Santa. We made big chocolate chip cookies – YUM! As always, Z set out cookies and egg nog for Santa and carrots for the reindeer. We can’t wait until Christmas morning!!!

IMAG1125 IMAG1128 IMAG1133_BURST001 IMAG1141 IMAG1145

2012-12-24 23.25.23 2012-12-24 23.26.32

 

December 23, 2012: Since we moved here right after Christmas last year and getting back to Indiana didn’t work in the plans this Christmas, we decided to stay close to home this holiday. So we took a quick trip to Great Wolf Lodge on the 23rd and 24th. We played in the water park all day on the 23rd and Z played the Magiquest game on the 24th. He even completed the game and fought and beat the red dragon. Go Zman! The lodge was decorated so pretty for the holiday and they even made it snow every night in the lobby. We sure¬† had a great mini vacay right before Christmas!

2012-12-23 21.18.17 IMAG1123 IMAG1121 IMAG1120

Playing Magiquest

Playing Magiquest

They give the kids wolf ears with a kids meal. Too cute!

They give the kids wolf ears with a kids meal. Too cute!

IMAG1109 IMAG1108 IMAG1103

It was snowing in the lobby!

It was snowing in the lobby!

IMAG1092 IMAG1085 IMAG1082

 

 

December 22, 2012: We had our friends from Portland come and spend the day with us. D, W, T and a friend of T’s all came for the day. We sure had a wonderful time talking and remember old times. We even looked back at some old pictures of us all when we were younger and thinner. T and his friend got some pretty good laughs seeing the pictures because I think T was between 5-7 years old in the pictures. We ended up having to cut our visit a little short because we had plans to go the the Reindeer Engine in the neighborhood that night.

What is the Reindeer Engine? Well it is an old firetruck decorated with a ton of Christmas lights and took the kids in the neighborhood around on the top of the engine or inside. Our neighbor is a firefighter and apparently this is something they do every year for the neighborhood kids. So since we are still new here, we decided to go for a little bit. I am so glad we did! Z had a blast! B and I both rode on the top of the truck and it was sure fun! Thanks to T and D for hosting this super fun neighborhood event. I am so sorry we had to cut that evening short too but we still had our friends in town and wanted to go to dinner with them. So we met up with D and W after the Reindeer Engine rides. We went to a dive restaurant in Seattle – home of the 12 egg omelet.

It was a busy day but a very fun on with some very dear friends!

2012-12-22 18.42.40 2012-12-22 18.50.24 2012-12-22 18.51.24 2012-12-22 18.54.26 2012-12-22 18.58.22

T holding Z. The last time T held Z was in 2004 after Z was born. Such a cute picture!

T holding Z. The last time T held Z was in 2004 after Z was born. Such a cute picture!