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Saturday, September 29, 2007

Homecoming '07

We're going to Homecoming

Do you know the secret handshake? Off we go...

It's that time of year again. The Fall classic. Homecoming. Yeah, it's about a football game--we lost. But it's also about The Dance. This year, Lovely Daughter went with nine of her best friends. Those girls were a hoot! First they all went out to eat. Then over to a friends house to satisfy the paparazzi (yes, I had my press pass) then on to the dance. Of course, all the while they were whisked around in a limo. They deserve nothing less.

Friday, September 21, 2007

A Beary Happy Birthday

L.W. made a Bear Cake They had to look deeply into their bear's eyes Build-a-Bear Workshop

This year, Lovely Daughter decided to do something a little unusual for her birthday. She had a Build-a-Bear party. She and seven of her best buds went to the local mall to the Build-a-Bear shop and had the best time. They each got to make their own bear, put in its heart, stuff it, wash it, name it and even get a birth certificate. They then came home (well, after a bit of shopping, during which I sat in the Sony store and watched some HDTV) and dressed their bears. Now, I think most of this is really for 8-10 year old girls, but I can sincerely say that L.D. and the gang all had a wonderful time. Just look at the smiles all around. L.D. told me, "it's just corny enough to be fun". At then end, everyone sang Happy Birthday. I was glad to be a part of it.

L.D. had a little trouble balancing bear Group Picture I named my bear 'Cream Puff'

After we got home and dressed our bears and ate some pizza and ceasar salad, then we had some Bear Flavored Cake and sang Happy Birthday again. After that, it was time for the presents. Unfortunately, I handed off the camera to one of the girls to take pictures of "The Opening of the Presents" and many of them turned out like this. But overall, a good time was had by all.

Decorating the Bears Happy Birthday Another Group Picture--these girls are having fun!

Sunday, September 16, 2007

Video Scavenger Hunt

Eating Green Eggs and Ham with bonus points for being On a Boat The judging Even second place got a trophy

The Game is Afoot! Time once again for the annual Video Scavenger Hunt sponsored by our church. Our Youth Pastor dreams up a list of crazy stuff to do and we divide up into teams and attempt to get it on video. This year, I has handcuffed by a policeman. Alas, we only got second place. Too bad we couldn't find a live cow to milk--that might have put us over the top. After our alotted time, we all show up for the judging. Watching all the other crazies is quite a hoot.

Saturday, September 15, 2007


Hey! If we're not open, don't come Thank you for shopping at OASIS I think the acronym is something like Outreach Assistance Serving Individuals in S. County. It is a food pantry that our church supports and that I volunteer to assist on an irregular basis. Back in the day, we used to go with the kids on the "youth Saturday". Now we go with our adult Sunday School Class. But recently, I went with the prime intention of taking pictures. Yeah, I helped a bit too. But I got some pics that I could use to decorate the OASIS Food Pantry website. The folks at OASIS were impressed with the church website that I work on (dontcha just hate the term "webmaster"-it reminds me of college geeks playing D&D) and so they asked me to "redo" the OASIS website. Lovely Wife made substantial contributions by making the banner, consulting on the colors and editing the pictures.

Thursday, September 13, 2007

Meat Cake

Meat Cake

Well, perhaps I should have put this on the Kitchen Page, but I decided that this was 1) too funny and 2) I do have a recent addition to the Kitchen Page. My neighbor was bringing this to a co-worker for her birthday. It's a meat loaf cake. The filling is peas and the "icing" is mashed potatoes. Now, that's my kind of cake. The only thing lacking is, perhaps a bit of ketchup.

Saturday, September 1, 2007


The Trophies

The Swimmers The Bikers The Finish

It was a beautiful cool, crisp early September morning. The sky was crazy blue and the flora was all a vivid green. But no lolling about for these folks. Theirs was a morning of sweat and endurance. Today was the 25th annual Lake Saint Louis Triathlon. Over 700 athletes from across the nation competed for...well, mostly bragging rights. And a trophy. The long course was comprised of a 1500 meter swim, a 40km bike ride, followed by a 10km run. The winning time clocked in at 57:35.9.