Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Hiking for Cub Scouts

During today's den meeting the boys went on a hike to a tower in Landstuhl.  It is about a mile and a half hike up some pretty steep inclines.  They had a great time exploring the trails, finding sticks, and, oh yeah, picked up some trash for their Leave No Trace award - because they are cub scouts, after all!  
   Future Magellans at the base of the hill ready to go with all their tools.
about 1/2 way up the hill I make the boys stop for a picture.
hiking - or running with sticks..... 

Stopping to inspect a big along the way, and climbing the tower stairs at the top of the hill before heading back down the hill.
At the top of the tower, look at our VIEW!  I love this shot with all the different expression on the boys.  The were having so much fun and itching to get back on the trails to head down the hill and they DID NOT want to stop for a picture.
Micah at the base of the tower before heading back down.

Friday, April 23, 2010

Piano in Landstuhl

The Boys take piano in a German music studio in Landstuhl.  Their teacher, Miriam (seen behind Micah), invited them to play at a local famer's market (that had a stage set up for entertainment).  The boys played jazzy peices and we filmed them using our friend camera - but haven't figured out how to transfer it onto our computer.  As soon as I get them uploaded I will post them here.  Noah played as soon as the music portion got started because he had to dash off to a weekend camp out with his Boy Scout troop.  Sarah's dance school also put on a performance, but I did not manage to catch ANY photos of her!!

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Job Shadow Day with Dad

Rob had a great time showing the kids around his shop, the equipment he works on, and different presentations and tours put on by various other shops in and around the flight line.  The kids had a great time and really enjoyed walking around inside (and ON TOP OF) the planes.  They even went out on the cat walk on the air traffic control tower!  YIKES!
  Goose and Maverick.... I feel the need....

bullet proof vest and night vision goggles... all in a days work you know.
On a wing and a prayer... Mom would have been freaking out if she were there!

Monday, April 19, 2010

Sarah's 15th Birthday

After a busy weekend of partying, Sarah's "actual" birthday was a quiet affair.  We planned our schedule so we could take the day off school.  Sarah slept in until almost 10:00 AM, a luxury she would make a daily habit, but unfortunately has only gotten to do once or twice in her life (so far, she says).  Sarah chose the menu and we had her best friend and her family over for dinner.  Sarah's presents were the 9 tie-dye Tshirts she made during her party, so there weren't any gifts to open on this actual day.    She also needs a new lap-top for school, but will also be able to use it for her personal use, so we're counting that has 1/2 necessity 1/2 present.  We plan to pick that up later this week.  
(above) - Sarah and her best friend, Hannah, both 15 now (until Nov.)  (below) all the kids pose for a shot in their new tie-dye Tshirts.  Abby was at a sleepover this weekend so she is still waiting to make hers.  

THE FOOD:  Sarah wanted grilled chicken with fettuccine alfredo, steamed broccoli and cauliflower, and a cake she picked out of a new cookbook we just got (Baking: From My Home to Yours by Dorie Greenspan).  The cake was amazing and you really can't see the layers of white chocolate creme in between the layers of cake separated and frosted with a dark chocolate creme, not frosting.  We served it with sliced strawberries and it was truly amazing.  I served the food in the pots in which it was cooked... nothing fancy for just family!
Blowing out her FIFTEEN candles!  
Shot of the family, although you can't see Phantom in between the boys.

Noah and Noah in their matching tie-dye shirts.  

Sunday, April 18, 2010


Yesterday, after all the guests left, we used up all the left over dye on a bunch of shirts we had.  Today, after church, we came home and rinsed them out - after running them through the wash we hung them on the line to dry and Sarah snapped a couple of pictures... Since I wrote about Sarah's tie-dye party but didn't really have any actual shots of the finished products I thought i would include these shots that Sarah took.  They turned out GREAT, don't you think?

Saturday, April 17, 2010

Sarah's Saturday Party!

The SleepOver crew (one of the girls had to arrive late last night, so she didn't make it in the first shot)
On Saturday morning the girls woke up and, as soon as they were done with their pancakes, rinsed out their tie-dyed shirts.  After they got dressed and cleaned up we had another little party around lunchtime.  Sarah invited all her younger friends (siblings, friends from dance, and little people she babysits) over for lunch and to tie-dye their own T shirts.
Some of the "little" friends Sarah invited

Even the Moms had some fun dying Tshirts (Left) and (Right) Leisha and Leah pose with the creations they made last night. 

The "big" girls were GREAT about helping all Sarah's younger friends who came to play.  (Above Left) Hannah helps dye a shirt. (Above Right) Leah helps Lily decorate a cupcake. (Center) Sarah helps Stella decorate her cupcake.
All the kids gather 'round the table to sing happy birthday to Sarah.

One of Noah's friend's, Simon, (Leah's brother) came to dye a shirt on Saturday.  Simon and Noah are always being told they look alike - I don't see it...... Rob was SUCH a huge help during the party!  While Krissie was busy running the tie-dye portion he grilled and set up the whole lunch!  What a GREAT Daddy!

Friday, April 16, 2010

Sarah's Sleep Over

Sarah is celebrating her 15th birthday with a tie-dye birthday party extravaganza.  She invited all her teenage friends over on Friday night to a sleepover where they tie-dyed shirts and all the other crazy teenage girl sleepover fun.  
On the menu was build-your-own nachos
Her lovely friends brought her some great gifts!
The boys got in on some of the birthday fun, too.  For dessert (instead of cake) there was TONS of junk-food and root beer floats.

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Noah's Court of Honor

During Noah's first Court of Honor awards ceremony he was presented with the 3 merit badges he has earned and his first rank.  They also give him a mother's pin and invite the Mom to come up and the scout pins it onto his mom.  It was a great time and we are so proud of Noah.  He is really enjoying life as a Boy Scout and can't wait for all the camping trips coming up!

Monday, April 5, 2010

Happy Scottish American Day!

Actually, tomorrow Tuesday, April 6th is Tartan Day if you want to be technical..  It is also the day of Noah's FIRST ever Boy Scout "Court of Honor" ceremony.  (which is a  time to recognize all the work each Scout and the Troop has done over the past few months like earning merit badges, rank advancement, camping  trip or hikes—all in front of the Scout’s families.) The boys decided on a Scottish theme for the reception and Noah's patrol was in charge of desserts.  So, other than Lorna Doones I was a little stumped as to what to bring.  Noah looked up Scotland and we started playing with ideas that would incorporate Noah's favorite Scottish contribution, The Loch Ness Monster.  Here is what we came up with:

Sunday, April 4, 2010

Easter Sunday

Our Easter this year was a wonderful day full of worship, friends, and good food.  Our church traditionally holds a pot-luck Sunday on the first Sunday of every month.  Since Easter fell on the first Sunday of April we kept the tradition, but "fancied-it-up" a bit to distinguish it from our regular monthly pot-luck.  Krissie organized the event and as such did not sit down ONCE until it was all over and every dish had been washed... therefor there aren't ANY pictures from the wonderful day! Rob took the kids out in the church yard and let the boys and a bunch of their friends smash the confetti eggs on one another's heads, but he didn't realize I had the camera at the church to take pictures of it.  I had meant to get lots of shots of families, especially with so many of them moving... but all I got were a few pictures during the set-up portion... once the feast began it was a crazy whirlwind of activity.  On the plus side the church secretary figured out how to work our German dishwasher in the kitchen and so clean-up went a lot fast than usual!  After the clean-up was finished we came home and Sarah and I promptly fell asleep on couches for about 90 minutes!  After our nap we all watch Annie (the 1982 version) and then all went to bed early.  A great Easter, I just wish I had a few pictures to share!
(pictured above: The Easter Lily's our family purchased for the church in memory of Kim Blum who lost her fight with cancer at the age of 33 in Nov. '07.  below: the only shots I managed to take of the great feast at church before I set the camera down and did not pick it back up again!)