Saturday, October 31, 2009

Today is Halloween

Well, we survived our first Halloween in the new house. We even handed out candy! Although, numbers were REALLY low, we did have fun looking at the kids that came to the door for their loot. We even managed to get the dog involved in our little fun:

We hope your Halloween was as fun and safe as ours was!

Friday, October 30, 2009

Tomorrow is Halloween

Wow!!! Here it is the end of October.... amazing! I guess it's true, time flies when you're having fun. I take off about two days a year to run errands, work on house projects and spend time with Erik. This morning I hit two grocery stores and I'm making my way through our stacks of laundry. In just a bit Erik and I will head out to Old Navy and Plato's Closet to get him some more fall and winter clothes and then we'll get to do lunch and get him to practice. The Southeast Varsity football team is scheduled for their first playoff game tonight at 3:30 and Erik has volunteered to play with the band in the stands. We're excited to be there =)

Once we get home and settled Brian will grill steaks and I'll spend the evening working on Thank You cards. I have about 15 to drop in the mail already. I'm sorry these are so tardy! I kept thinking that we were going to have more time before and it never really panned out. We are so happy that so many of you were able to come and celebrate our wedding and we have enjoyed all of the lovely and thoughtful gifts so much. This weekend and next weekend we're planning to work on unpacking and getting settled in our nest. (With dressers and everything!)

For all our out of towners, if you are going to be in or around Lincoln on Thanksgiving Day weekend please come over! We're having both lunch and dinner at our house on Thanksgiving and you know we believe the more the merrier. In fact, to all our friends in and around Lincoln, if you aren't planning a big holiday come on over =) We'll have lots of food, fun and football in the basement with Erik. We have so much to be thankful for this year!

Monday, October 26, 2009

Yawn and Stretch

We spent all day (no seriously, like 8am until midnight) at Seacrest Field with the LSE Band Booster's hosting the Nebraska State Bandmaster's Association Competition. Aside from a few bursts of rain it was a GREAT day. We recruited friends and family to come help us while the Marching Knight's went to Omaha for their part of the competition and as far as I know everyone had a great time. Sadly, none of the Lincoln schools (not even LSE) received superior ratings.

Yesterday was spent on church and homework and the rest of the week may be a bit of a blur. Erik is off on school break and looking forward to some relaxation and time attached to the TV and video games. Later in the week he will be going with the church youth group to play laser tag and go bowling. Friday the LSE marching band will be playing for the first playoff game.

On a humorous note we moved the dog over last night, if you'll remember he is the one we built a fence for! He seems to like the house and has already reserved space for himself to sleep next to Brian's side of the bed on the floor, Brian is adjusting well so far. This morning we let the dog out at about 5:30 while I was getting ready for work. A few minutes later the cat, who is generally quiet and reserved, started yowling and screaming. Brian raced out to the kitchen to make sure that she hadn't gotten hurt or caught by something only to find that she was announcing for us that the dog was ready to come in. Our life is very much like a circus these days.

Thursday, October 22, 2009

We are the Champions!!!

The Southeast Reserve Knights won their last game of the season. They beat Lincoln High 14 to 6 in what can only be described as inclement weather. This makes them the City Champions, two years in a row. Erik informed me last night that this team of boys is now 15 and 1 over a two year span... which is pretty darn exciting! Hopefully next year we'll see more of the same.

I am officially going to take a day off next week to work on the house, put away the wedding presents, write thank you cards (I'm sorry to be so tardy!!!) and get Erik's room ready for him to move in to, he enjoys that basement but I'll feel better to have him sleeping upstairs with us. The rest of this week is packed full. Tonight I have loads of homework and more of the same tomorrow. Saturday we're at NSBA all day... if you are still reading the blog and you're free on Saturday night from 6-9 we are still in need of volunteers and we would love to see you! Sunday we'll have church and more homework. Next week is fall break for Lincoln Public Schools and this year Erik is REALLY looking forward to having some time off. I think he's planning to lay around and watch tv and play videogames. He has a few things with his church youth group that will be fun for him as well.

Our next wedding related project is to go to Bed, Bath and Beyond to finish getting our china and serving platters and to pick the wedding pictures for the bound book. Hard to believe that some people have that all done by the week after their wedding. Stay warm and well. And to the Duryea's, watch out... we heard there is 5 inches of snow headed your way by morning tomorrow... in OCTOBER!

Tuesday, October 20, 2009


Sorry, we seem to be neglecting the blog... This past Saturday the Southeast Marching Knights competed in the Lincoln Public Schools Invitational Band Competition and was the only band to receive a superior rating for both the band performance and the auxillary. The kids were THRILLED!!!

This week we've been busy with homework and housework. Tomorrow is Erik's LAST game. We'll play at Lincoln High on Beechner Field under the lights at 6:30 pm. The kids are REALLY excited. It is supposed to start raining this afternoon or evening and rain clear through until Thursday morning. The anticipated rainfall for Wednesday is over an inch and a half so it could be a REALLY interesting game. The last marching competition is this Saturday. Brian and I are band vice presidents so we'll be working ALL day. If you need us come to Seacrest field between 9am and 9pm where Southeast will be hosting the Class B schools. It should be a lot of fun and running!

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

An Amazing Game!

Last night the Reserve Knights played Millard West in the rain. It was clear and low 40's until 4pm when a light mist started. The game kicked off at 4:30 and by halftime it was pouring rain and the kids were struggling to keep warm. The Knights defense returned two interceptions for goals and the offense scored two touchdowns of their own. The Millard West team was a "combined" team and had a mix of Reserve and JV players while the Southeast team is entirely Reserve sophomores. The final score was Knights 28 Millard West 27. We won in the end with a blocked field goal =) I'm not sure the parents section has ever been so loud!!!

Brian and I are looking forward to the end of football and band season. After Erik's game last night we had back-to-back marching band meetings and a walk through long term storage at the school. On Halloween night we're hoping to stay in, finish all our wedding thank you cards (there are really a lot left to go, and we apologize for the delay!) and unpack the kitchen and the office all the way!

Hope you're staying warm and dry!

Monday, October 12, 2009

From the Plains to the Pacific

What a weird weekend! Friday night Southeast Varsity beat the Southwest Silverhawks and the Marching Knights had a fair half time performance. The weather was cool but very fall like. Saturday morning we woke up to about a half inch of snow on the ground. I took Erik to football practice and Brian and I worked on homework. It continued to flurry off and on throughout the morning and early afternoon.

Erik and I went to my mom's to cook dinner at about 4pm with temps hovering in the low 30's. After we ate a pre-planned hot and hearty meal we donned our long underware, waterproof boots and winter coats and headed to Lincoln High School to participate in the "Links" marching band competition. We came in 4th place overall and received a Division One Rating for our band and our Auxillary (the flag line). We were pleasantly surprised to win best auxillary in the competition. Go Knights.

Yesterday afternoon it was cool still so we stayed in and did homework and laundry. This morning we woke up to rain and it's threatening to stay around for the next 3 days. Guess we'll be breaking out our poncho's for tomorrow night's reserve football game.

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

We Are the Knights

Had a VERY cold game last night at Southeast but the Reserve Knights won 27 to 0, and the boys always love a shut out. Erik played the offensive line the entire 4th quarter and a few minutes of the the third. Immediately after the game he had to change into his performance outfit for Excalibur and sing. He and four of his friends had a tenor quartet during one of the songs that was gorgeous!!!

This weekend Lincoln might see snow... I know, in EARLY October. So we have a little winterization to take care of. We're planning to spend Friday night picking wedding pictures for the bound book that the photographer will make for us and then Saturday and Sunday will be homework and marching band.

Monday, October 5, 2009

Waiting for Spring

My mom's best friend Carol came to Lincoln yesterday with two tubs full of plants and blubs to put in to our new yard =) Now we're just waiting for spring to show all our work. We added surprise lillies, iris, tiger lillies, aster, blazing star, lambs ear and hosta. It will hopefully be beautiful when it all blooms.

This week we'll run as fast as we can again. Brian will be installing more than 30 brand new computers at one of his banks, thank goodness his counterpart from western Nebraska is able to come down and help. And really thank goodness that it's a bank easily within driving distance. I'm hoping that we'll get to see both of the men one night for dinner.

Saturday we spent with the Lincoln Southeast Marching Band in Clarinda, Iowa. The Knights got first in their class for the field competition, second in their class for the parade, first place overall for the entire competition, best woodwinds and best drumline. The kids were SO excited and happy! (One of the awards is actually called the Glen Miller Band Award!)

Erik has football and a concert for choir on Tuesday, scouts, popcorn blitz, the oh so famous Thursday night Husker game and the Links Marching competition this week. If we didn't have marching band he would be at Senior High Youth Retreat for church. And if that wasn't enough Brian and I have classes again starting today. What would we do if we weren't so busy???