The boys have been cranky and refusing to stop watching tv to even go to the park. They have been little stinkers this summer break. I got so annoyed by it that I did something drastic, I declared no TV week. I figured that if they didn’t have tv, they would do fun stuff and be in a better mood. And what do you know, but it worked!

This week we have:

  • Successfully gotten Micah to gymnastics on time.
  • We have gone picking blueberries twice and had fun running around our friends’ ranch where we pick the blueberries.
  • We have gone to the park more.
  • We went swimming.
  • We have had more creative play. Isaac has had a passion for creating replicas of real objects out of paper lately and now I have all sorts of little paper swords, shields, guns, wheels, rocks, logs, cups, plates, diving boards, watering cans, and anything else he has thought up to make out of paper. The diving board was funny because he actually taped it to our bathroom sink and had Little People and little toy wooden guys from our train set diving into the sink like it was a pool.
  • I was able to start cleaning out the office so that I can paint it. The boys even got into helping me carry stuff out to the garage so that they can help me paint. They love to help me paint. Isaac really wants me to paint lots of colors on the walls. I am not into black and yellow though, his preferred colors of the day. We have chosen a nice creamy color called maple. Think heavy cream. I have painted the ceiling so far. They will help me with the walls tomorrow and maybe the next day too.
  • We have played in the really awesome sandbox… it has been flooded with the garden hose innumerable times this week.
  • We have had playdates.
  • We have had naps.
  • We have read books.
  • We have cooked together.
The list goes on and on. It has been a much more productive week and I have loved the result! Go figure, I chose the one week of the summer when it has rained most for turning off the tv, but it has been the best rainy day week for a long time! Maybe I will sell the tv on craigslist next!

Oh yeah, and Bryan hurt his knee playing ultimate frisbee at work and has been laying around all week.

Oh man and I almost forgot to mention… I made it through a week of being cub committee chair during cub camp! Lots of little details, but it all went smoothly and now is over! I even had to go one day as an adult leader and it wasn’t bad. I don’t think I will sign up to go all week ever, but one day wasn’t bad. I actually almost had fun. Herding boys isn’t particularly easy, but for the most part they were good. Only a few brawls to break up. I sure hope that by the time Isaac is a cub, the other boys with him are good!

We also celebrated our 8 year anniversary this last week. We went to a yummy fabulous German restaurant in Portland called the Rheinlander. They have people strolling around with accordions singing and yodeling and if you have a special occasion, they sing to you. They sang an anniversary song to us, gave us balloons, and a delicious apple strudel. Plus the food was yummy, yummy, yummy! It was a great way to celebrate!

I guess that is about all for now. I will post pictures of the newly painted and reorganized office if I ever finish it. At this point, I have no desire to move furniture back in after I finish painting it! We have sold some of the old furniture and bought completely new stuff. I just think I might not be able to bring myself to put all the junk back in that we have collected over the past 8 years of marriage! Goodwill might get a huge influx of stuff this week from our very own house hold.


Nols July 23, 2007 at 9:18 a.m.

I love the Rheinlander! I totally forgot about it until you mentioned it. I was the German club co-president at Kamiakin HS one year, and we took a trip to Portland to go to the Rheinlander, and then we went skiing at Mt. Hood Meadows the next day. Which I thought was perfectly acceptable cultural activity (they ski in germany right?), but the school administrators didn't seem to agree...... Of course they didn't know until we got back!

Bryan July 23, 2007 at 11:09 p.m.

And I forgot about that trip until you mentioned it. I think I remember you telling me about it now. The name of the restaurant sounded familiar when I found it online... I don't think I knew that you got it trouble for that though. I seem to remember Frau Whatshername using the ski trip as a selling point to get more people to join the club!

Anyway...good times at the Rheinlander. Ily had the Chicken Cordon Bleu, just so we could compare it to the dish served at the Cannon Center and MTC with the same name. Not much of a resemblance, and do I need to mention that the Rheinlander version was far better? I think not.

Nols July 24, 2007 at 9 a.m.

I didn't get in trouble for the trip. I think they told Frau Hyde no more German club sponsored ski trips though.... I'm not really sure how they found out in the first place, at least we got to go!