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Monday, February 20, 2006

The Last Cheer of the Year

Go Indians! Huah!

Today, Lovely Daughter cheered for the last basketball game of the year. Tone down the bright smile, put away the pom-poms, bottle the pep until next year. This one's done. As an added bonus, here is a quick video clip of the festivities.

Saturday, February 18, 2006

The Gazelle

the hood and fenders were carefully balanced on the car for this picture All I need is my babe beside me Sometimes I live vicariously through others. Today, I live vicariously through my friend Scott. He is quite the handyman. Always a new project. A new challenge. Today he introduced me to his newest challenge...a project car. One day it will be his son's car (yeah, right--ed). Until then, it's his tinker-toy. It's a 1929 Mercedes Gazelle kit car. He bought it on E-Bay for a song. It has a V-6 Mustang engine and promises to be a classic. Don't you worry...Mr. Scott has lots of "follow through" so I'm sure it will be on the road in a matter of months. Here's how it will look when finally completed:

The finished product

Wednesday, February 8, 2006

Yen for a Snow Day

Each little twig has a soft snow blanket Snow-Day-Toe-Socks
This morning we had a lovely soft snow. The snow was wet and the winds were calm so the snow was able to pile nicely on the tree branches and make outlines of each little twig. Unfortunately for the Lovely Children, the snow was too late. It didn't start in earnest until school had already started and they missed another opportunity for a snow day. Lovely Daughter is not one to leave things to Mother Nature. She gave it her best shot. She wore her special Snow-Day-Toe-Socks, complete with giant glitter snowflake. Alas, to no avail

Sunday, February 5, 2006

Polar Bear Plunge

Curious onlookers Crazy people swimming in January

I've never seen such a large turnout at our Community Association for any event as there was for this years Polar Bear Plunge. Luckily, with temperatures in the upper 20's and a strong NW wind, the conditions were ideal. Daredevils from across the area braved the weather and hypothermia to raise money for charity. One brave soul even risked arrest by going au naturel.

Saturday, February 4, 2006

Go Wildcats!!!

We are the Wildcats...the mighty, mighty Wildcats

Hey, did I tell you I'm a basketball coach. Co-coach, actually. We have a group of 11 1st and 2nd grade boys whom we are teaching Bible and basketball basics. It's a great program called Upwards, which combines basketball and the Gospel message. It's a great opportunity to make a difference in the lives of these young tots and they seem to really enjoy it. They participate in the weekly devotions during practice and even memorize their Bible verses. Also, they are making very real progress in their basketball skills. They are gaining self-confidence and having a great time. We have now had three games in an eight game season. All the kids get to play and they're matched up against kids of similar ability. I've seen kids that would run away from the ball in Game 1, playing aggressive defense by Game 3. If you have the opportunity to get involved in Upwards, I would certainly recommend it.