Monday, February 27, 2012

End of Season Basketball party

Jeff and I hosted both boys end of season basketball parties at our house. The families all brought goodies to share and we provided the pizza. It was a fun night. The boys started a pick-up game in the front which later turned into a cold shirts versus skins game.  Brr... 

Meeting Evan

Last night we were invited over for pizza at the Thurmonds to meet Evan Jonathan Thurmond, their newest addition.  We are so blessed to have another Thurmond to love!
Emma and Evan

Evan gazing forward

Adam showing us his 21st century skills

Will and Evan

Will and Evan

Jeff and Evan

Jackson and Evan waving "Hi!"

Will's Birthday continued

After Will's birthday party with his buddies, I asked him what he wanted to do on his real birthday.  He wanted the gang to come over for homemade calzones.  So, we invited the Thurmonds, Leclaires, Epps, Jerry and Nancy, and the Bryan Krause family.

We had a great night with food and laughs.  Check out the photos:
Will, Jenn, Kailey, and Greg
Shay, Brynna, Kennan, Bryan, Tim, and Will
Nana, Will and Papa
KK, Jackson, Jeff, Sam, Emma, Will and Jason
 After everyone left, we opened gifts. Will asked for donations to Children's Hospital in honor of his friend Sam instead of getting gifts.  Since he was so generous with his birthday, Jeff and I put together all of Jeff's old baseball cards into a cool album for him to keep.  His gift to Sam truly deserved a gift from our hearts as well.


Jackson Will and Emma with the card album

Jeff and Emma

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Visit to Grandma's

A few weeks ago, I was talking to my dad's mom, Grandma Bert. She asked that I come down for a visit. When your 96, (almost 97) year old Grandmother asks you to come visit, you come visit.

 I scheduled my trip to Mesa to coincide with my mom and dad's trip to Arizona as well. I left Saturday morning meeting my mom and dad and then heading over to a celebration for my Grandma. She has been a member of her church for a very long time. So long that they call the celebration "For score and years..." She was recognized during the celebration with a beautiful rose.

 After the celebration, I was finally able to see Grandma's new home. It is a really nice assisted living facility where they take excellent care of her. She seems pretty happy there.

 The next day we went up to my Uncle Bruce and Aunt Karen's house in Prescott with my grandma as well. We had such a nice visit and dinner. We took Grandma out to breakfast and dinner on Monday.

Although she can't hear well or so well, it is nice to hear her get so excited about seeing different things and being taken out to eat. The whole trip was so enjoyable being able to have my parents all to myself and also spend some very special time with my grandma. She is one special lady!
Grandma Bert a.k.a. Bertha the Great

Karen, Grandma, and Bruce

Dad at Grandma and Grandpa's old house

Dad and Grandma
Anne, Uncle Bruce and Aunt Karen

Bruce, Grandma and Dad at Bruce and Karen's
Anne, Grandma and Dad

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Will's birthday

We celebrated Will's birthday at South Suburban Ice Arena on Sunday with a great party. Will invited his buddies to come skating for a few hours. We supplied the pizza, pop and cake. One of my students, Alec, even showed up to assist with teaching the kids to skate.  Most of the kids had never skated before so needless to say I was quite worried about how this was all going to turn out since I would be on the ice with all of them. Luckily, the kids are quick learners. Most of them loved it by the end of the skating session.

For those of you who don't know, Will decided that instead of presents, he would collect money to donate  in honor of his friend Sam Leclaire.  Kristin and Jason, Sam's parents, made Will a shirt to commemorate the occasion. We are so proud of Will!

The best part was at the end of the event, the "party host" felt as though he had let Will down and not done a good job. So, he offered Will a ride on the Zamboni while he cleaned the ice.  What a treat!


Political Learning Adventure

On Monday night, Mitt Romney was speaking at Arapahoe. I have never seen in all my years a political candidate up close, and so we offered to the kids the opportunity to go and see the political rally put on by Romney's supporters.  Neither Jeff nor I tell the kids our political beliefs, but we thought this would be an amazing educational opportunity.  Will didn't want to go, so he went to basketball with Jeff and I took Emma and Jackson to AHS.  Luckily we arrived early since the parking lots and gyms were packed full by the time the rally began.

Jackson and Emma were intrigued by the whole process and couldn't believe the number of media personalities  covering the event at AHS.  Our Arapahoe kids were on stage with Romney and other former Republican politicians. Additionally, Jackson summed up the whole process of campaigning with, "It seems like all they do is rip on each other. It's like trash talking in basketball."

I couldn't have said it better myself.

Monday, February 13, 2012

Monster Truck Rally

The boys were given tickets to the monster truck rally from their friend Jim.  So, Saturday night we loaded up the family to the Pepsi Center. Jim gave us AMAZING seats through his company.  We were right in front of the monster trucks.  And boy could my hears and lungs take in all the engine revving and the gas/diesel/ethanol from the cars-YUCK!
Will and Jackson getting ready to watch the action

The trucks are warming up

Monstosourus! He breathes fire and eats cars!

View from our seats

Watch for the video to appear later this week. What a hoot!