Thursday, December 31, 2009
Sunday, December 13, 2009
Going up . . .
Coming down . . .
We spent Thanksgiving night at my dad's house in Rufus. Where Parker decided to see if the "old fashioned" rotary phone in the upstairs bedroom worked. What number does he dial?
9-1-1!!! Of course they had to call back to make sure we were all OK. On top of that the Sheriff also called. Ugh!!! So much for an uneventful trip. :o)
On Friday we had lunch with Grandma Jo. We wanted to eat at Brian's favorite Chinese place, but they were closed so we at at Big Jim's. Then Brian fixed a few things on Grandma's computer and we hit the road to Beaverton.
We had yummy tacos for dinner with Brian's brother Brad's family. Brad got Hannah to try cow brain by telling her it was beef. She didn't appreciate that. But Parker liked it and ate two brain tacos! Gross!!!
Then we were off to Grandma Margaret's where we spent the night. We had a lazy morning just visiting with her which was really nice.
On Saturday afternoon we attended Uncle Jerry's 60th "surprise" birthday party. Not as many people came as they were expecting, but it was fun all the same. We stayed with Jerry and Sandy that night and stayed up way too late visiting. It was so nice though. Uncle Jerry made his famous french toast for breakfast. Ahhh, the memories. :o)
All in all is was a nice weekend and for the most part great driving weather. Thanks everyone for feeding us well and letting us crash at your houses. I took our camera but didn't take one picture!!
Monday, November 30, 2009
Friday, November 20, 2009
Last weekend Hannah asked if we could buy tickets to the first showing of the new Twilight series movie New Moon. So Monday I went to the theater after work, closed. Tuesday, closed. Now I'm getting worried since the movie is Thursday night. I called my friend Jennifer and she told me the theater is usually open after 6pm. So after YW (youth group for those non-LDS readers) that night, Hannah and I went up to the theater only to find the sign had been changed from tickets available to SOLD OUT. An employee saw us standing there talking and came out to see what we were up to. He told us to come early (an hour or two) before the scheduled movie start time and we might be able to get some "stand by" tickets.
So we hatched a plan to be at the theater by 10pm on Thursday. My friend had also invited us to a 7pm pre-New Moon party where they were going to watch the original Twilight before going to the New Moon premiere.
Thus Thursday arrived. It had the makings of a good day. I got to work on time and Hannah's team won their basketball game by 1 point (Hannah scored 6 points of the teams 12 points). After Hannah's game I sold snacks while the 8th grade team played. We ended up not leaving the school until 6:30pm. We decided to drive by the theater to see if any people where in line yet. Unbelievably there were. So we rushed home to change clothes, grab some dinner and blankets, bagged the party and made a bee-line for the theater. We got there at about 7:05pm. Luckily a gal from church works there and she was on duty. She told us that the people who were hoping to buy tickets should wait in a different line. Yeah! for us, we were FIRST in that line. Literally minutes after we put our blanket down in our spot another woman came who wanted to buy 4 tickets!! Perfect timing for us!!
Now we settled in for the wait. One of Hannah's friends (who happens to be named Bella) was in the line of people who already had tickets. They went back and forth between lines, drinking hot cocoa, listening to music and talking. Bella was wired and Hannah was tired. It was cute to watch.
Anyway about 10pm one of the theater people came out and told us that we could only buy tickets for those people "physically" standing in line by 10:30pm. No purchasing for people waiting at home, in the car, etc. At 10:30pm they came out and said we wouldn't be allowed to take in blankets, backpacks or other bags with us and that they would start letting people in at 11pm. So just before 11pm Hannah took our blankets back to the van; luckily we had been able to park about 1/2 a block away.
Once they started letting people in, they were very orderly and the line moved pretty fast. And then . . . a random act of kindness!! A husband and wife herding a bunch of teenagers had an extra ticket. The man leaned across the barrier and told Hannah it was for her. She and I both just stared at him. So he said it again. Hannah looked at me to see what to do. I asked the man if he was serious. "Yes," he said. "It is for her." I pushed Hannah forward and told her to take the ticket. She took it, but hesitated about going in. I looked up and saw my friend Jennifer back in the line. So I told Hannah to go stand with her and go in with her. She went into the theater about 11:15pm. How cool was that?
I on the other hand I had to wait, outside in the cold until 12:05am. There ended up being 16 people in line behind me and we all got in!! It was an interesting experience. One I don't know that I will repeat. However I am now assured, by several people I had never met until last night, that I am the "coolest mom". What they don't know is that will only last until the next "I must have . . ." comes along and I say no. Then I will return to being my normal mean mom self. But until then I will soak up the love. :o)
Sunday, November 08, 2009
What's in the big box?
Newspaper?? What another box??
What? Another box? Well at least this one is wrapped!
Yes! Hannah got a prepaid cell phone for Christmas 2008 with the first prepaid card. The deal was she would learn how to manage her minutes and earn her own money to purchase them in the future. With her running all over the county for soccer & basketball we decided it was time. She did ok with it for about 6 months. Then she would "text" herself out of 200 minutes (400 texts) in a weeks time. It became a constant battle over the phone and we began to reqret getting the thing.
We decided that Hannah was too old to go trick-or-treating this year and that from now on she would have to come up with her own costumes if she was going to dress up. So she decided to be a Zombie Soccer Player. She asked me to put her hair in pony tails, tease them and spray them black. You can't really see the black, but her hair turned out really cool.
Parker decided to be a Mummy. I had to sacrifice a sheet , OK it was old, and my mom wrapped and pinned him up. Parker wanted to go trick-or-treating so bad, but ended up going to just one house on his way home from the party. (We live 2 blocks from the church.)
Eli decided he was not into halloween this year. At the last minute he said he wanted to be a "beat boxer" ????? So I spiked his hair and sprayed it black. Then he changed his mind again and put on his costume from last year which was a knight. I didn't get a picture of that one. :o( Eli was having no part of trick-or-treating. Which was totally fine with me!
Friday, October 30, 2009
Anyway, I thought the documentary was well done. In some of the footage he forgot words and didn't sing as well. But at other times when he was giving direction to the band, his talent was amazing.
I just keep thinking, "how sad to be so talented and yet so screwed up."
It's too bad he never got to perform it. The production looked like it would have been a great show.
Monday, October 12, 2009
Here's what our week looks like:
Monday - Brian class at 5:30; Parker soccer game; Hannah soccer practice
Tuesday - Eli & Parker after school band; Eli soccer game; Parker scouts & soccer practice; Hannah piano lesson & youth group
Wednesday - Brian class at 5:30; Eli & Parker piano lesson; Parker soccer game; Hannah soccer practice
Thursday - Brian class from 3pm to 6pm; Eli & Parker after school band; Eli soccer game; Parker soccer practice
Friday - Whew.......breathe...........we made it!
Saturday - Hannah soccer game either at home or in the Redding area (2 hours away)
Sunday - Church
Monday - Do it all over again :o)
Friday, September 18, 2009
This is the first year Parker has played league soccer. He scored this goal in their first game Monday, 9/14. OK it was actually their second game, but the other team didn't show up for their first game. :o) I missed the game (it's harvest time), but a friend filming her grandson accidentally caught Parker in the lense and sent me this video. You have to be quick, the ball going into the goal is the first thing you will see. But his reaction after is priceless.
Thursday, September 10, 2009
I love this picture of Eli in the canoe with Donna's bull dog CoCo. Donna says CoCo would stay out in the canoe all day if they would let her. CoCo even has her own life vest.
Hannah has been obsessed with driving lately. She wanted to drive the boat really bad. So this is her evidence that she got to drive . . . NOT. The boat was still tied up to the dock. :o)
Saturday, August 29, 2009
Hannah is in 7th grade this year and will be 13 in November. Parker is is 6th grade, he turned 11 this past May. Eli is 9 and in 4th grade.
I couldn't find the 2008 picture. We had just moved to Susanville and if I remember right we had some computer issues and lost a batch of pictures during download. So this is the 2007 silly picture. Wow! How they have changed is just 2 years. Hannah was so mad that her haircut was shorter than she wanted. But it looks so good on her.
Saturday, August 15, 2009
I went to the IGA here in Susanville a couple of weeks ago and the first thing I saw in the fruit and veggies section was cherries. As I got closer I saw that they were ORCHARD VIEW FARMS cherries. I bought 2 pounds. :o)
When I got home you would have thought it was Christmas. Who cares what else I bought, give us CHERRIES! When I first started working at OVF the kids hoped I would get paid in cherries.
Today I discovered they still had them. I don't know if they were a new shipment or just more of the old one pulled out of storage. But they were in good shape so I bought 2 more pounds! Same reaction when I got home . . . give us CHERRIES! Thanks OVF!!
It's been a few years since we used the big family tent. But we got it up in no time!