Friday, March 23, 2012

St. Patrick's Day...

I forgot to post these earlier, but the kids and I had some festive fun on St. Patrick's Day. First of all Josh and I made these delicious mint oreo brownies:
Okay, so maybe that wasn't my photo, and ours weren't as pretty, but as you can see from this photo, they were devoured just the same!

The girls and I did a science experiment with some white tulips. We started with this:

And following a little green food coloring to the water and a few hours of patience, ended with this:

Tuesday, March 20, 2012


No wonder I heard giggles coming from down the hall last night...
It's said the Chinese like sleeping on a hard surface, but geez, sleeping on the toy box in the closet is a bit extreme!

Friday, March 16, 2012

Macho Volleyball...

Wednesday night the family went to watch Josh participate in "Macho Volleyball," a fundraiser for Travel Club at his school, that pitted nine all-boys volleyball teams against one another to claim the ultimate title of Machoness.  Well being a high school volleyball coach myself, I must say that my group of girls would have humiliated any of the boys teams, but it still was a fun evening watching them all try their best to be macho.
Warrior Josh leading the chant, "Mad Dogs on three."

Josh and his team mate with the coaches (real volleyball players).

Little did I know when I showed up that the staff team was short players. As a spouse of a staff member, and being they were desperate, I was quickly recruited to play. That counts, right? The staff was going to play the Macho winners, who would have a chance to win the ultimate of titles, beating a bunch of old people!  Josh's team, the "Mad Dogs," made it to the semi-finals, and I was hoping for a chance to play against him, but it was not to be. Team "Old Farts" crushed the winners, but their was still plenty of testosterone in the air!

Saturday, March 10, 2012

Best of Show...

Ever see this movie???

Well if you haven't, you should, because it's hysterical. I watched it on a flight to China a couple years ago, and I found myself laughing out loud with my headphones on.

Today we took our dog-loving girls to the Seattle Dog Show, at the suggestion of one of my coworkers, and let me tell you, the makers of the movie did not exaggerate the characters at all! I'm not sure who was more entertaining, the dogs or the people. As we pulled up in the parking garage the girls were so excited to see all the dogs walking towards the events center. Nearing the entrance, Jaelyn exclaimed "I'm freaking out!"

The girls thoroughly loved walking around and petting their favorite breeds and learning about some new ones. However, we had a difficult time deciphering why one dog won over another when they look exactly the same. We all especially enjoyed watching the agility competition. Below are just a few of the many dogs we stopped and conversed with...

Kaia's personal favorite breed, Samoyed

A cute Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever the girls loved on.

A rare Peruvian Inca Orchid....cute for a hairless dog!

A 220 lb. Bull Mastiff
After seeing one in person, Jaelyn decided she now likes the Chinese Crested dog.

Hanging out at Safeco Field at lunch time

Two of the Beagles my friend showed.
My coworker Liz got one first place.

Max, a National Champion Duck Toller, getting ready for show (Jaelyn shot this one)

We all fell in love with the Shiba Inu, who looks just like a miniature version of our old Chow-German Shepard Nikita (Kaia snapped this one). 

Between getting up early and the thrill of it all, the girls were a little bushed on the drive home....