Thursday, August 27, 2009

Kindergarten!!

Little miss Blake was off to Kindergarten today! It was very exciting for Blake...not so exciting for her mother...and an awful day for her brother. We started the morning by dropping Trent off at "Grandma's School" and then Blake and I went to an orientation where she left with her teacher, Mrs. Mueller, and I stayed with the parents to be "oriented." Before I left I went to peak in on her class. She was having story time and had already done her handprints in paint...she was loving it... so I said good-bye...and went to get the child that still needed me :)
Blake is lucky enough to be in the same class as her cousin, Gunnar, and a few of her friends. It should be a fun year for her, we're pretty excited for our not-so-little girl.

Blake & Avery outside the School
Story Time with Mrs. Mueller
At her Table next to Brynne and Kale

Friday, August 14, 2009

Me again...

Emily is not getting to this - So here I am again to share whats up.

Every year we try to go on some sort of a camping trip with some friends. We went to Westport a couple of years ago, Sun Lakes last year, and this year we went to Scootney Reservoir. We just stayed a night and hit the lake and whatnot. It turned out to be a great place for camping and the kids.

I had tickets for the Sounders v. Barcelona match so we headed over to the other side of the mountains and decided to extend the stay a few days and stay with my brother Chris and his wife Christy. I went to work with Chris one of the days - He has his own business shooting studs, laying decking, and building stud rails/embeds for large structures. Many of you have seen me wearing an orange - Seattle Stud Welding - shirt... Well - this is him 'shooting' a stud:
We took a day trip to Westport another day - I actually brought my longboard over to surf, but it has to be really good to get me out in that cold water - it was not, but we had some fun:
Rub Emily's belly for good luck!We hit the Zoo on Wednesday and took a Camel ride. I cant imagine how boring it must be for the handler and the camel to walk in a figure 8 giving people rides all day long... Watch Out - They Spit! (Blake, Carly, Christy):
And Later that day I headed to the Barca match with some friends from Royal. Messi made the Sounders look terrible, but Barca is the best club in the world with Messi as possibly the best player on the planet, so what can you do. Sold out Qwest Stadium so it was good fun.
While I was at Qwest, everyone else went to some kind of 'cook in front of you' resturant. It is not Benny whatevers, but the same concept:
I had been kicking around the idea of heading down to San Diego for a surf trip with a buddy from BYU-Hawaii. I had never been south of LA, and I was jonesing for some warm water and waves. My buddy is a professional photographer shooting a lot of different things, but for the most part he shoots weddings and surf.

I will plug him because he is a buddy, but also because he is good at what he does:
www.nathanpetty.com


Anyway - Emily and I were really good friends with Nathan and his wife Arianna in Hawaii. They have since had some rough times so anyway - it was a good opportunity to see a buddy and catch some waves so I headed down for about a week. Surfed Scripps, Tressles, Windansea, and Ocenside. Also looked around a bit - saw the Temple and Balboa Park. Would have been better to have the whole family, but it was good times and a great opportunity to check out SD for future get-a-ways with the full crew. I am not a huge fan of California just because I feel like someone dropped me into the middle of Barbie Land, but the water was warm, and the surf pleantiful so I was stoked. This is Windansea in the am before the clouds burned off:

Last surf session at Oceanside before jumping on the plane for home:So I guess that is it for now.