Sunday, November 20, 2011

Warrior Dash

Jes and Jessica decided to get a little dirty and do the Warrior Dash.   It was a 3 miles run with various obstacles, such as a junk car jump, wall climb, slippery slope, barbed wire army crawl, etc.  It was a great time and they got mud everywhere! 

Jessica in the trenches.

Jes with Jessica's muddy hand on his back.

Climbing over the cars, the second obstacle, Jessica was starting to freak out at what she got herself into.

The killer...this was the third obstacle.  The mud was so thick, people kept losing their shoes.  This added at least 10 pounds of weight to clothes and shoes from that point on.
Jes climbing down the wall.

Jes cut his leg!

Done, a happy Jessica, with mud in her teeth.

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Comment of the Day

Mason came home from school today and declared he had a "crush" on a girl in his class.  He couldn't exactly explain what a crush was, but he knew that he wants her to be his girlfriend.  When asked what a girlfriend was, he explained it was a girl that was your friend.   "But you have lots of those," Daddy said.  To which Mason replied, "Yes, and I want MORE!"

Victoria enjoys talking to people.  She usually tells everyone, everything.   When we leave the YMCA, her tradition is to say goodbye to everyone in the lobby (which thankfully is usually just the staff).   Yelling goodbye to everyone, we walked out the doors.  A man was sitting on over to the side of the doors, about 10 feet away, and Victoria turned to him and yelled, "Goodbye man with no hair!".     Choking back laughter, Daddy quickly shuffled her to the car.

Monday, November 14, 2011

Veteran's Day Program

Mason had his first school program last week.  It was in honor of Veteran's Day.  It was about 15 minutes long, and consisted of about 5 songs as well as the Pledge of Allegance and a moment of silence.  Mason pretty much stood in one place, didn't smile, and sang the songs quietly.  He seemed like he didn't want to be there...and I don't blame him. 

Oh, so many more of these to come!

8-0 but who is counting?

We were!

Yes, we're not suppose to keep score.  And yes, it shouldn't matter how many wins you have.  But we won.  We won every game this season!  Which really feels a lot better than losing every game which was the result of a year ago in our first season.  

We were the fireballs this season!   The kids were all great and it was super fun!

Doing the fireball cheer!

Mason getting his medal.

The team!

Sunday, November 6, 2011

A Day for Nerds

A Science and Tech Expo came through Austin for two days.   It was free so only Mason and Daddy went, anticipating big crowds.  At first, Mason took his time, trying to understand the makings of lightening, magnets, and energy.  But eventually his focus broke down into a frantic mess of trying to do as many activities as possible with less learning.   He got to build legos, play with slime, create a type of heat power, get fingerprinted, use microscopes, and mess around with planets.  We even got to sit in a large dome and watch a movie.   Daddy didn't like that one as he felt they jammed as many fat people as they could into a blow up tube and made us all look upwards for 15 minutes.   At one point, they demonstrated fire and Mason says that was his favorite part.   Mason loves robots and this sort of nerdy stuff, so he was in heaven.  A great way to spend a Sunday afternoon.    

Making Lightening!

This was a crazy slime that Mason got to play with.

Mason driving a robot.

Jupiter.  Mason's favorite planet.

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Lot's of treats, one trick

Now that we have a kid in school we can no longer tell them that Jes's work party is "real" Halloween. The past 2 years we have skipped trick or treating on Halloween night and the kids were non the wiser! I guess those days are at an end though, as Mason knew exactly what we were suppose to be doing... and it wasn't staying home watching T.V.!

So we got the kids all dolled up again and headed to Whispering Hollow neighborhood near our home. We have never gotten any trick or treaters at our house because the houses are too far apart  and there are very few street lights, making it very dark.  
 All hail King Mason!

 Victoria wanted to have a 10 minute conversation with each person that gave her candy. This old lady was happy to talk to her for just as long. Mom finally had to pull her away, literally.
 AAAHHH!!! This scared Tori!

 Near the end of the night we did have one trick. The kids knocked on a door and a nice man came out. He had a little pug dog with him and after giving the kids candy and talking to them a bit he let them pet the dog. All of the sudden, the dog freaked out. It barked / growled and lunged at Aryah, knocking her to the ground. It pounced on her chest snarling. All the kids fell to the ground and started screaming! I grabbed Aryah and the man grabbed the dog. We looked her over carefully and found the dog didn't actually bite her. We were relieved. The dog on hind legs was the same height as Aryah so if it had bitten it would have gotten her face. I could have been very bad, but we were very lucky. The man and his wife, who had come running from the other room, told us the dog had never done that before and were very apologetic and worried about Aryah. He was very nice. We told them it was fine, she wasn't hurt. He insisted on giving her loads of more candy! We were just grateful she wasn't hurt!

 After that we decided to call it a night!