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Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Bike Riding...

Well this all started last summer when we tried to get Tristan to learn to ride his bike with no training wheels. He seemed to be getting the hang of the idea but refused to keep it up. He was too scared, crying and throwing fits and all that loveliness.

Well Winter came and went and he was so sure as soon as it was sunny and warm he was going to ride his bike for sure!! Well for the past week John and I have worked with him here and there after work and after dinner but he would try for a few minutes, get tired of falling (which was his own doing) and cry and say "I just give up". So we didn't push it too hard. Well lastnight John and I were discussing what could we do different and I called my Mom for ideas and to see if things we were going through with him was "normal" or if I could try something different. She assured me all was normal for everyone else and so I just figured we'd keep trying.

Today we went on a playdate at a school friends house and had a great time. When we were closing to leaving time the kids older brother came home and started riding his bike... well Tristan thought that was pretty cool to see him riding through puddles and all over the place. So we got home and I told them we could stay outside til Daddy got home and started BBQing dinner.

Tristan went straight for his bike, got his helmet and pads on, walked his bike out of the garage and rode it down the flippin street! ARE YOU KIDDING ME????? lol
I started yelling and hooting and hollaring and clapping for him, he was SO proud of himself! So the rest of the day we spent outside with him riding all over the street! He still has some steering issues (i.e. riding into the ditch) but overall he's gotten it, it clicked and he's doing amazing and we so insanely proud!!

Here are some pics of the boys from tonight :)










Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Tristan's Dragonfly Presentation

So its "Habitat Week" at Tristan's preschool and the habitat that his class is doing is the Wetlands/Tundra. Each child is assigned or chooses and animal or bug and Tristan chose a dragonfly. So we had to do a poster and put some specific information on it and all so he could present it to his class.
Well the poster turned out awesome, he did a really great job and here is the presentation he did today on video! Love it!!! I watched quite a few of the kids and they were all hysterical reading their posters and then answering the other kids questions... I wish I could've recorded them all!
Mr. Know it all about the dragonfly Costa himself :)


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Saturday, April 18, 2009

Happy Birthday John!!

Well this weekend was John's birthday (actually today is). And for his birthday I decided to get a hotel room for us in Anchorage for a night. I got reservations at a nice fancy restaurant at the top of our hotel. It was amazing... beautiful. The view was awesome and it was just a really nice dinner. We got all dressed up to go for fun too!

Than after dinner I got us a horse carraige ride. He was totally shocked, he said he never would have guessed we were doing that. I'm so not a romantic person but this was definitely romantic. And luckily the weather wasn't too too cold so we were comfy under the blanket they have in the carraige.

After that we went for a walk around downtown then went back to the hotel and went to the bar inside and just hung out for a bit.
All and all it was a nice relaxing night :)
Here are some pics of our evening.

Just me and John messing around in the mirror before our walk


Our yummy Creme Brule dessert


John's fancy schmancy salad :)


This was our view from our booth at dinner


Us in the elevator on the way to dinner


John with "Bud" after the carraige ride :)


Both of us after the ride


Part of the beautiful scenery on our ride


Me and John on the carraige ride


Us after dinner :)

Sunday, April 12, 2009

Some of the Easter festivities...

Just some fun pics!

















Wednesday, April 8, 2009

A couple videos of Tristan swimming :)

Just a couple videos... just for anyone who doesnt know, he does NOT know how to swim at all so these are actually him figuring that part out! (while my anxiety goes sky high)


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Monday, April 6, 2009

We're staging an Intervention...

After an unexpected event this morning we are being forced into gathering together to stage an Intervention..

The Intervention-ee (lol is that a word?)
-NOTICE THE LOOK OF SHAME IN HIS EYES


His "Drug of Choice"


Tristan fueling his addiction


Our last straw and Jacob's "bottom"
.....
This morning at 6:15am as my alarm goes off, just like it does every morning. I get up earlier than the kids so that I can shower and get ready for the day in peace. Well that all changed this morning. As I opened my bedroom door to walk downstairs and enjoy a cup of coffee before getting into the shower, Tristan greets me at the door. After a small fright and jumping ohhhh 5 or 6 feet in the air (you have to understand someone standing in front of me was the last thing I expected) he says "Mommy Jacob's in his room"... I say "well of course he is honey, its sleep time, go hop in Mommys bed and I'll be right back"... to my surprise Tristan says "No Mommy, he's not sleeping".
Hmmm I think to myself... I better see what's going on. To my shock and awe... there is my youngest addicted poor helpless child laying in the dark on his bed, under his blankets playing his NINTENDO DS... YES I SAID IT OUTLOUD!!! I said "ummm Cubbers, what are you doing?"...... his response..."I'm playing my DS Mommy, OK?".

Now mind you I have NO CLUE how long he's been laying in there playing his games. That DS was downstairs, so at some point he had to have walked downstairs and got it, then walked back upstairs, get back in bed and start playing. What the crap is going on here??? He could've been playing in there for an hour for all I know.

Have hope for us ... there has to be some hope out there!

Saturday, April 4, 2009

Doubting Mt. Redoubt

I really wish they would just stop lowering that level every time activity on the volcano lowers a bit.

Again last night or yesterday they lowered the warning level to orange because there hadn't been any significant explosions for a couple days.... COME ON PEOPLE! The last time it erupted in 1990 it last 4 MONTHS! Take a hint, its not done yet.

John and I were just talking about this last night... I told him it was dumb to lower it cause I'll betcha its gonna blow for sure now lol.
Low and behold....... it just blew again about 2.5 hours ago. A nice big 50k foot blow! They lowered it last week some time too and then it blew like 4 or 5 time in a row up to 65k feet. Take a step back people, realize it's not even close to done yet and keep the warning level at RED! lol

Here are some pics of the volcano during its explosions and aftermath since it started erupted a couple weeks ago.

These first two are actually pics taken this morning from the webcams, I just went to the website and copied them.







Thursday, April 2, 2009

A few updates!

Wow I've been slacking here!
Ok so Tristan had his Spring Concert at school and did amazing! He was so stinkin' cute up there singing and he loved it!
We had Jacob's birthday party last Sunday and also ON his actual birthday me and a friend took him to Build a Bear.
We had a blast at all of them and here are some pictures of everything that has gone on recently :)