Monday, October 31, 2011

Saturday, October 29, 2011

Yet Another Tech T-shirt Available

Tech has issued its second t-shirt for the year after their win over Clemson... This one is at least more legit than their Kansas victory t-shirt....

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Meow!

Elle is going to be a kitten for her first Halloween!  Jack, recall, was a pea in a pod...but much younger for his first.


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Monday, October 24, 2011

Do You Know The Way To Monterey? - Volume 3 / 3 - Cowpot Edition

While Del Monte Beach and the Monterey Aquarium were the highlights the real highlights for us was watching our kids interact in a much less structured environment than they are used to...

Jack in a hotel bed by himself.   He did great.  We should write a book on transitioning a kid from his crib to his bed!

















The hotel room also featured plenty of "crawling races".  And when Jack had too much pent up energy we had him do laps (supervised of course) around floor 9 of the Embass Suites - that may have had something to do the the prank calls we received one night...  There were plenty of hugs to go around as well...


Jack fit right in at the Dennis the Menace park and enjoyed drinking water out of the lion's open mouth.


Jack and Dennis...


















Finally, we threw them a curve ball by stopping unexpectedly at the Jelly Belly factory on the way home. It Jack a bit to figure it out...but once he did he was in candy factory heaven.

Sunday, October 23, 2011

I'm Going on a "TP" Mission

Heading to my teacher's house tonight to roll her yard! My Mom taught me.


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Do You Know The Way To Monterey? - Volume 2 / 3 - Aquarium Edition

The night before the aquarium we braved eating out on the old Monterey wharf. Food wasn't great. Atmosphere was.












Towards the end of dinner Jack and I had several thump wrestling matches while we waited for the waiter. Jack is a natural.

















We finallly arrived at the aquarium.  Jack was mesmerized by the fish a few times including the below (there was a huge tank of fish right above sea quote.  Mostly, however, Jack was enthralled with the escalator.

The open sea exhibit contained tons of different fish including a great white shark, several hammer head sharks, lots of tuna and this school of fish numbering 20,000!  We got to see the feeding of all the aforementioned fish!

The jelly fish exhibits were pretty amazing. 



Almost to the Aquarium!

Saturday, October 22, 2011

Today Jack and I went Swimming...Latest We've Ever Swam in our Pool. Temp was 77

Pumpkin Fever

I love October because of the pumpkin flavored products that show up in stores. Here are a few of the one we've tried this year.





This KBC Pumpkin Ale from Trader Joe's is one of the best I've tried because of the intense pumpkin spice flavor.





This one is ok too, but the pumpkin flavor is too weak.




These almonds are very good. Could use more pumpkin flavor. I treat 'em like candy because they're so sweet.





Another Trader Joe's item, this mix makes a great pancake that tastes like pumpkin bread.





I'll say it. Buying these was a mistake. The same can be said about all pop tarts.



This cheesecake was excellent.

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Do You Know The Way to Monterey? Volume 1 / 3 - Beach Edition

Our first family vacation was a grand success that began on a high note as the weather was great for beaching.

First we had a long drive there which included lunch in a rest stop and Jack receiving the advice from a stranger in the rest stop bathroom that "you don't want to be caught shooting upstream" while he was patiently waiting for the short urinal.

















Here we are after settling in and claiming our spot on Del Monte beach. Jack was enthralled by the big waves and Elle enjoyed the sand.



This picture was taken after we convinced Steph to remove her sweater and Ugg boats!



Running from the waves!


These waves are fast!

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Monday, October 17, 2011

Jack's First "Great" on a Homework

Jack scored his first great on a school homework project. His does much better on the coloring projects with pencils vs. crayons. Math is likely to be his calling though!

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Don't Fear The Reaper!

Our "reaper" made his debut in our doorway last year and is back up! He still startles us sometimes when we see him out the window above the door. When the wind blows he twirls a bit and his hand rap at the door... nevermore...


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Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Family Football Results

While the Leuenberger Family League has not been kind to me for the first month of the season I've secured my only victory when it counted. Against Brother Bubb and his Yuki and The Cats team.

Sunday, October 09, 2011

The Best Little Pumpkin There Is!

We'll take the little pink one marked down to $5!


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Fall is here: Wigs, Cakes and Swings

It was wig day last week at school and Jack was excited about his clown wig we picked up. Elle elected not to play along.


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Because Jack was such a good sport we went into one of our favorite cupcake places and snapped up the seasonal caramel corn cupcake and a cookies 'n cream cupcake.  Jack sported his wig in there as well...

























Elle wasn't much into the cupcakes either (though she did have her first cupcake bites!) but she enjoyed swinging outside!

Saturday, October 08, 2011

Pumpkin Pete's Pumpkin Patch

My buddy Ed recorded an audio spot for a local pumpkin patch. I went ahead ahead and added video and background audio to help round it out.


Palindromes for Specific Occasions

These come from a book by Demetrius Martin. The book is called, "This is a Book." I thought Dad might like them since he's such a palindrome junky.

GENTLY INFORMING A DJ THAT THERE IS A PROBLEM WITH THE SOUND SYSTEM:
No music is, um, on.


A FATHER TRYING TO CONNECT WITH HIS ESTRANGED SON BY OFFERING HIM SOME PIZZA:
Son, I'm odd. Domino's?

THE HEAD BAKER AT A BAKERY INSTRUCTING A NEW EMPLOYEE ABOUT HOW TO DEAL WITH CUSTOMERS AND THEN SUDDENLY NOTICING WHAT THE NEW BAKER HAS MADE.
Snub no man. Nice cinnamon buns!

AN AMERICAN TOURIST ANGRILY CORRECTING HIS CAB DRIVER AFTER LANDING IN ITALY AND DISCOVERING THAT THE DRIVER IS TAKING HIM TO THE WRONG CITY.
No. Rome, moron.

A COMMENT SAID TO A FRIEND ABOUT THE SIZE OF HIS OLD JEANS, AFTER HE'S LOST A LOT OF WEIGHT.
Massive Levis, Sam.

A GUY EXPLAINING TO HIS FRIEND HOW HE FEELS ABOUT OPERAS AS HE ACCIDENTALLY RUNS INTO A BEEHIVE.
See, bro, operas are poor - Bees!

Friday, October 07, 2011

Barbie Girl - Worst Song of the 90's?

I always liked Aqua and this song...the broader music world is not so accepting!

Tuesday, October 04, 2011

Rick Springfield Played Jonesboro!

Perhaps the biggest concert there since the Pointer Sisters rocked the old Indian Fieldhouse!

Saturday, October 01, 2011

Bad Restaurant Names


 

Ran across this place the other day.   Burgerocity!  Can't say I'm dying to try it...

Mysterious Cats

Recently I've started noticing some graffiti cats appearing around Lincoln. They're usually sitting in out of the way places, and I've seen them in several different parts of town. Here are two that have appeared on the bike trail near our house.











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