Thursday, March 31, 2011

Ode to Midge

Our beloved greyhound Midge had to be put to sleep yesterday afternoon. In May we would have celebrated 7 years with her. She was a beautiful dog and will be greatly missed. It was a traumatic passing and as Hannah kept saying "it hurts". But we take comfort in know that she did not suffer long and that it happened during business hours so that a vet was readily available. Good bye my Midge. Have fun playing with Wolfie, Buck, Lobo, Sam and all your other canine friends in Heaven. We will see you again someday. =)

Sunday, March 20, 2011

2011 Lassen District Pinewood Derby

Yip! I said yes again and helped with the local District Pinewood Derby. As much as I dread it and complain about it in the days leading up to it, I secretly love it! The kids are so much fun and their enthusiasm is absolutely contagious. And that is what it is about after all is the kids! I set up the computer and the projector and make sure the track electronics are talking to the computer. I also coordinate the movement of cars from pit row to the track. Things went really well this year. We had a pre-registration on Friday night and that made Saturday morning go much smoother. This is Eli with his car. He placed 10th out of 27. He also won an award for the "Sportiest Looking" car. He was very excited about that. This year he was one of my helpers moving cars from the end of track back to the staging area. He did a great job and was very helpful. This picture was taken while it was snowing. Even with the yucky weather we had about 115 racers! Along with the Derby we do a Scout Expo. Cub Scout Packs, Boy Scout Troops and Girl Scout Troops set up booths and do activities to help garner more interest in scouting. It was a really fun day! I'm always worn out at the end, but so glad I did it. Thank you boys and girls for another great derby. =)

Happy Birthday Trudy

March 12 was my 43rd Birthday! I can remember thinking I would not live to the year 2000 or ever be . . . gasp . . . 30! Yet here I am a 43 year old wife and mother of three. Time seems to go ever faster and faster.

For my birthday I went to see the local production of Best of Broadway on Friday night. It was really good this year. Much better than the 2010 show (in my humble opinion). I loved it! On Saturday we attended the last regular season game of Hannah's basketball team. They won and Hannah played really well. Then we were off to Reno to have dinner with Parker's JR High basketball team and their families. After dinner we attend a Reno Bighorn's Semi-Pro basketball game. It was a lot of fun.

February 2011

I know I say this every time, but really . . . where does all the time go? It really is almost the end of March already and my commitment to write at least once a month is already waning. For us February was pretty much "more of the same". However we added Boys JR High basketball to our list of activities. Parker total exceeded our expectations and played really well. The team started out with 12 players and by the end of the first week was down to 7. Parker saw quite a bit of playing time and we were really happy with his coaches.

On the 19th we sold our truck and purchased a 2005 VW New Beetle. It is a manual transmission and a diesel. So far it is averaging 37.5 miles to the gallon. More than double the truck. We will miss the truck, but it just wasn't working for our situation anymore.

The kids missed A LOT of school in February due to snow and power outages.

Hannah went to her first High School experience. They toured the campus, did team building games and met some of the teachers. She also took what they call the MAP test to see what classes she qualifies for in Math and English. She tested into Advanced English and Plus Algebra. However we know that Math is not Hannah's strong point, so we are going to start with Basic Algebra. At the end of March she goes to take a computer and typing test to hopefully opt out of a computer basics class. I think she will do fine. She already types 70 words per minute.

We finished off the month wishing Jeff a Happy Birthday! He is 33 years old this year. =)