Sunday, February 17, 2008

President's Weekend.



The boys had Thursday and Friday off (and tomorrow as well) for a fun, five-day weekend. Dave also had last week off ("Again?!", you might ask. Yes, again. It turns out that 11-12 weeks of vacation is A LOT.) Dave picked up this ax/pick at his requisite trip to Home Depot during the beginning of his week off. And rather than completing "the LIST" I gave him, he used this contraption at the skate park to hack away a huge slab of ice that was covering a side of the bowl he likes to carve. That's commitment. Now if I could just get him to be as engaged in my LIST...





On Thursday, Dave and the boys drove up to Monarch to snowboard/ski. The weather turned out to be very nice and they had a great time. Either Dave is toughening them up or the Newton play-till-you-drop-gene has kicked in. They returned home just before 8 p.m. and were not too tired and grumpy to tell me all about their day. Jake took pictures with his cell phone and has threatened to write his own post but we'll have to see...






Rachel and I made Valentine cupcakes (which may have helped get the boys to stay up and share stories with us), played princess and monster, read books, and Rachel enjoyed a game of hide-and-go-seek with her baby doll, "Sarah".







This is Rachel hiding from "Sarah" who is on the coffee table, counting. When I first realized what she was doing I felt a bit guilty that I was not playing with her, but then I just felt proud that she is so imaginative and self-reliant. Guilt has never been my forte...besides I did save her earlier from the dinosaurs and monsters for nearly an hour and we made chocolate sour cream cupcakes from scratch with cream cheese frosting. Yum.




Jake went camping Friday and Saturday for the Klondike Derby. The sled that he's been working on for several weeks with his troop was loaded and raced through a trail for over 3 hours! They had "challenges" to complete along the way like climbing a ladder with the sled, climbing a rope with the sled, moving a "dead horse", and navigating a scout on a stretcher while blind folded. None of their leaders could accompany them on the trail. Despite what was reported to me by the leaders as "below zero temps," Jake had a great time. He didn't mention anything about the cold! Way to go Jake.






Rachel and Ben were able to attend "Parents' Night Out" at the YMCA on Friday and Saturday nights. There are several local Y's in the area and we happened to hit two of them in one weekend. Lovely to get out and enjoy our favorite Indian restaurant! All in all, a very happy President's weekend.

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

I'm not bragging but i have wonderful smart beautiful and talented grandchildren. PS congradulations on the birth of your new COSTCO

Grandma said...

Jake's camping trip sounded great but cold. That's an awesome sled. Did it scare you to have him out in the cold like that? He's getting so big. As for my maniac son chopping ice away so he could skateboard, the apple doesn't fall far from the tree. Jim used to go steelhead fishing when not only the roads were icy, but the river was iced over.