Monday, May 18, 2009

2009 Summer Bucket List

Summer is finally almost here! The kids have decided we need to have a "Little Bucket List" (i.e., spontaneous fun) and a "Big Bucket List" (i.e., things that need to be planned in advance). Without further ado, here they are:

Big Bucket List
  • Father's Day Camping
  • Summer Skiing (Dad's Birthday)
  • Sun River
  • Windsurfing in Hood River
  • Reno waterparks
  • Visit Boston, MA and Boston, England
  • Winthrop, WA and Ross Lake
  • Re-design/Paint Alli and Chardy's Room
  • Summer camps
  • Cannon Beach
  • Hiking in the Gorge
  • Wild Waves Amusement Park

    Little Bucket List
  • Swimming
  • Have a Picnic
  • Midnight Bowling
  • Library
  • Go Junking (i.e., Garage Sales)
  • Ice Skating
  • Rock Climbing
  • French Park
  • Enchanted Forest
  • Play Bump (a basketball game)
  • Racquetball
  • Have a Lemonade Stand
  • Barnes & Nobles
  • Baskin Robbins / Coldstone
  • Farmer's Market
  • Yarn shopping (gotta have something in here just for the blog author!)
  • Painting
  • Harry Potter & the Half-Blood Prince
  • Geo-caching
  • OMSI
  • Sunday, May 17, 2009

    Our Champion!

    Over 1700 kids compete in CYO track & field. And, only 64 of the girls even qualified to compete in the long jump at the Meet of Champions this weekend. Alli was thrilled to be among that 64 (she was ranked 27th coming into the meet with a qualifying jump of 11' 2"). So, it was even more of a thrill when she set her personal best jump ever (improving by more than a foot from her previous best!). And, it was absolutely amazing when that personal best landed her on the podium today in 8th place. We were hugging and jumping up and down for joy when they unexpectedly called her to the award's stand. Check out her amazing jump (12' 6 3/4"):

    video

    And, her award ceremony:

    Saturday, May 16, 2009

    The Best Cards Ever...

    ...from the best kids ever. An assortment of their cards for my birthday and Mother's Day.

    From Aaron:


    I love the multiple attempts he made to spell "Your family loves you..." "a" "Are" U" and then finally he went oh what the heck: "we all love you a lot"!

    From Chardy:
    Who knows I'd rather have a cold drink than be "queen for a day"





    And, from Alli, my amazing artist:

    Friday, May 1, 2009

    What's a Shark Say?

    So, we all went to see the movie Earth tonight. (Awesome family movie, by the way.) Anyway, in one of the scenes, there's this huge great white shark.



    As it's leaping out of the water with a seal caught in its jaws, Ginny keeps asking "What's a shark say? What's a shark say?" And, Aaron pipes up, "The shark should say 'sorry' to the seal."