Wednesday, June 30, 2010

On a "Mission"

Erik is spending this week in Schuyler with vacation bible school and next week in Kansas City working on a Presbyteria Church Camp. We're getting a few texts from him each day with updates on how things are going and he seems to be enjoying himself.

All the mowing is caught up for another week, ok I lied, I'll be mowing again tomorrow but our house and my mom's house are both mowed =) Tonight Brian and I are having date night, we just have to convince Cache the basset hound that it's our date night and not his. I suspect we'll have to play with his rope, his tennis ball and his squeaky flip flop while we try to watch a movie. It's nice to have a little break though.

Monday, June 28, 2010

Hot, Hot, Hot

Last year we had the summer that wasn't, this year we're creeping up on July with staggering temperatures. We had our garage sale Friday and Saturday, and I learned that next time (the first weekend in August) we will be advertising in the paper. Craigslist and signs just weren't enough. Saturday we saw a heat index of 106, which makes you wonder how much you can possibly sweat!

Erik survived his week as a day camp counselor last week and is spending this week on a mission trip in Schuyler Nebraska providing a Vacation Bible School program. We told him to drink plenty of water and to liberally apply bug spray since Schuyler was one of the areas in Nebraska with significant flooding.

Brian and I are hoping to get some work done on our house "to-do" lists while Erik is away and we're on the vacation countdown since it is a short 18 days until we leave for Ely!

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Prototype - Approved!

We met with the band staff last night and the prototype for this year's marching props was approved!!! We are getting together with the prop master and the engineer Friday night to start on the rest of our projects. We have 4 or 5 more things to build and we'll be spending lots of time at the hardware store!

This weekend we'll also be hosting the first of 2 or 3 garage sales for the year. We've got many contributors this time so it should be a good sale.... Erik is working at cub scout day camp again and it's very nice to have him drive himself. Sunday he'll leave for a week long mission trip so Brian and I are trying to figure out a couple date nights while he's gone. Too bad there's all that construction to get in the way.

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Button, Button, Who's Got the Button

Tonight is Band Button Night at our house =) We're having the people who used to do the buttons come over to teach Brian and I, AND the new people who are doing the photos and button making how this is all going to work! We will also get to do the first test on the cannon prototype. I'm SO excited!!! Last night the "team" got through all the gluing and I tried hard to serve as the runner. If this works we'll demo it for the band director and the program writer this weekend.

Friday afternoon, the three of us are going to go help the Nebraska Community Blood Bank in their attempt to be the worlds largest human blood drop. We're all going to wear red and get into formation!

We're really looking forward to our week in Ely, I've already set aside the books I want to take along and I'm continuing to dream about the dock and the blueberries! Can't wait for the lake!

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Rocket... Baby

I know groan all you want, it's all very punny!

We have a very interesting props project for the band this year.... because... we have to build a cannon. I know... sounds scary... last week we went over to the prop masters house one night and came up with the plan. Then I had to go to the gun store (no joke!) to get springs and the hardware store for other supplies, last night we got it to work, not well, but at least it shot something out the end and tonight we're going to the next level with compressed air. I must admit, when we agreed to be band booster presidents, this isn't what I had in mind. I think it's going to be an amazing show and it is definitely something that we'll remember for the rest of our lives!

Monday, June 14, 2010


Wow - what a wild and wooly spring, but finally, we all made it through to summer break. It was a great term too! Brian came out with a 4.0, Erik with a 3.81 and Christi with a 3.79 =)

We had to celebrate since Brian only has program classes left (he'll officially be done with school July 2011) and Christi is all the way done with math courses! We of course jumped feet first into summer! Watch for more updates soon!