Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Cowboy/Pirate Day

I thought Mikey was going to dress up as a ninja. How very wrong I was. Meanwhile after skipping 80s day and professional day, MK decided to participate in Spirit week by actually dressing up.

Tuesday, September 28, 2010


Blogged by Jessica:

Last weekend I embarked on a very crazy adventure known as the Ragnar Relay! It consisted of a 200-mile relay race on a team of 12 people. I had the easiest part (13 miles), but it was still definitely a stretch for me!

Last Friday morning, after a very sleepless night, I got up at 4:30 AM to go meet my team to start the race. I was the first runner on my team, which was exciting!

My first leg was 4.8 miles. It began at Rocky Gap State Park in MD.
The terrain was a little tricky for me to navigate, as I'm not used to having to run in wooded trails, dodging tree roots and big rocks. That part of the course wrapped around a lake, and it was absolutely gorgeous. I was also happy because it was at 9 AM... before the heat of the day set in. When the course started, we ALL unfortunately got off track right away, and veered off unto some VERY steep hills. The temporary detour nearly put me into a panic, because I hadn't been anticipating the course to be that hilly! I ran most of that course with Shannon Merrell, who was running with me on a competing team.

After I completed my first run, all 11 of my other team members had to run their parts-- so it wasn't until 8PM that I ran again. My second leg was 4.9 miles on the side of a highway. I was wearing a reflective vest and a headlamp, and was dodging roadkill left and right! I had a gorgeous view of the moon the whole time. My favorite moment of the WHOLE race came during that leg when I finally saw the "1 mile left" sign. I literally threw my arms up in the air in the victory sign. It was a relief to know that the end was in sight!

I finished my run at 9PM, and once again had to wait for my other teammates to run their legs. I ran again at 5:20 AM, after a few hours of "sleep" underneath train tracks. Trains thundering over your head and sleeping in between two strange men is not conducive to getting a good's night rest. Therefore, when it was time for me to run my last leg I was COMPLETELY drained. It was only 3.3 miles, but every step of it was sheer torture. I had to stop and walk three or four times because I was so exhausted. And running on the sides of those deserted country roads was creepy! Definitely my least favorite leg.

When 6AM finally rolled around, I was done... but I had to wait for the rest of my team to finish. We all met up at the finish line at National Harbor where we all got medals.

It was a VERY exhausting, but fun experience! I'm glad that I did it!

Spirit Week

Monday: 80s day
Tuesday: Professional day
Wednesday: Ninja (for Mike)/Cowboy (for MK) day
Thursday: Jersey day
Friday: Class t-shirt day

So the question to incorporate our latest Unique find into spirit week? He ended up going as a Professional American. That works, right?
He was only slightly obsessed with this jacket. The minute he laid eyes on it, he knew he had to have it, despite the fact that it stunk to high heaven. It took a bottle of fabric frebeeze, a container of leather wipes, a box of baking soda and a dozen dryer sheets to get the stench out.

In other news, MK lost her election. It was sad because her BFF, Olivia, got in and they really wanted to do it together. Oh well--there is always next year. Meanwhile I took MK homecoming dress shopping on Saturday. It was so out of character for her. Usually the only stores she will go in are Lady Footlocker and Brookstone. 15 minutes in Macy's and the deed was done. The transformation from Tom-boy to young lady will transpire on Saturday. Stay tuned...

Saturday, September 18, 2010

Mutual Party/Ward Camp-out

True to form, the 4 week drought was interrupted by just enough rain to cancel the mutual pool party. So instead they all converged at our house at pretty much the last minute. The kids enjoyed chick-fil-a platters, soda and chips. We really have a great group of youth in our ward.
On Friday night we went to Lake Fairfax for the Ward Camp-out. We had an insanely good turn-out.

Friday, September 17, 2010

Mikey's Homecoming Posters

Mikey did these on photoshop to advertise the upcoming homecoming dance/spirit week. Only one of them can be used. They couldn't use the one with color because of copying issues. Can anyone figure out which of the other two can't be used?

Thursday, September 16, 2010

MK's campaign posters

They all have candy around the border for kids to take:)

It's the most wonderful time of the year:)

Now that the kids are back in school I'm back to being a morning person. I love only having one school to deal with. This hasn't happened since 1993 when Jessica started at Thoreau. It's nice to have a few minutes with Mikey and MK when I take them to seminary at 5:50. Then the day is mine until I pick them up from school at 2:10. So far field hockey has been a lot of fun for MK. Her team is 2-0-1. Here she is after her game against McLean yesterday.She is also running to be a freshman class officer in the SGA. They take the top 4 vote getters and there are about 15 kids running, so it's an uphill climb for sure. Mikey is in SGA and is working hard on Homecoming. He designed all the posters that they will be using to advertise the dance this year. We had a fun visit with Bruce's brother Paul who came for his annual trip from Oregon to attend his 4th conference in DC. We have had hardly any rain for the past month. You could pretty much say we're in a drought. But that's not to stop it from raining on the mutual pool party tonight. Pretty good chance of thunderstorms. But then it's back to being a drought conditions for the next 10 days. That's DC weather for you.

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

September Birthdays!

Hope Stephanie, Nathan and Jeff all had great birthdays. We will have belated celebrations with them when we go west next month. Today is September 14th. We all know what that means: Spam casserole for dinner and John Battersby cake for dessert. I can smell it baking right now:) Here are the top ten reasons that Dad rocks:
1. Plans great vacations to places like Europe, Cocoa Beach and the occasional cruise.
2. Roots for BYU football and loves his Cowboys.
3. Pays for stuff. (that's an understatement)
4. The YM love him and sit with him at Madison football games.
5. Drives this to church most Sundays and doesn't care what people think: 6. Works hard. (another understatement)
7. Takes MK to Safeway.
8. Loves to SCUBA dive.
9. Loves to ride his bike.
10 And finally he's the best dad these guyscould ever ask for. Happy 39th--so glad I am no longer older than you.

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Off They Go:)

Wow. Mary Kate is in HIGH SCHOOL. How the heck did that happen?

Thursday, September 2, 2010

My Latest Project:)

I LOVE batik fabrics and was excited to use them in this quilt.
When Laura was in London she took a picture of these tiles that she says are from the Charles Dickens' house. I liked the pattern so much that I did a little drafting and this is the result: