Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Hunter's a Boy Scout!

That's right - Hunter had a court of honor tonight where he progressed from Cub Scouting to Boy Scouting. He received his Weblos badge, his Arrow of Light and about 17 other pins, belt loops and badges. Unfortunately, it was a hectic night with friends over, wrestling practice and a faux jewelry party all mixed in, so we didn't get any pictures.

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Rainbows and Butterflies...

I wish. Actually, Orrin got sick and now I think most of the rest of us are coming down with it too. Just some 24 hour bug though - nothing serious thank goodness.

Unfortunately, no pictures this post either - Just an update.

Orrin decided that he too wanted to be in wrestling (along with Mason and Brayden), so he went to practice this last Tuesday and Wednesday. Then they had a meet on Thursday. Each one placed second - it was fun to watch them all wrestling - especially since they knew what to expect this time and nobody gave up, and they all did a lot better.

Josh had a presentation on Friday to the Idaho/Wyoming hospital cooperative. There are 14 hospitals, and they have various meetings quarterly with different groups. They have a CEO retreat, a CFO meeting, Nursing officer’s meet, and the IT departments meet (I'm sure there's others too, but that's all I can think of right now). At any rate, Josh got to present to the Co-op about Windows Deployment Services and how it could save them all time and be able to get more done with the limited resources of today's economy. It sounds a bit more prestigious than it really was - but at the same time, it was pretty nerve racking too. Turns out, he did a good enough presentation that in January they're having him present again on fire suppression systems and backup techniques geared towards hospital environments. It'll be fun!

Well, until next time - love you guys!

Sunday, November 8, 2009

Wanna Wrestle?

Mason and Brayden decided that they wanted to be tough like their uncles, so we signed them up for wrestling! Actually, I'm not sure where they got the idea - but they really, really wanted to do it, so we signed them up. We've been to 4 practices now and had our first match on Saturday. All the kids were split up into categories of 3 kids each, that way they could all get a medal (Gold, Silver and Bronze). Brayden didn't win any of his matches - though the first one was close. He didn't realize he couldn't rest for a second while on his back - and by the time he got his breath again and was ready to flip the kid over and keep going - well, he was pinned. The second match he did better, he went all 3 rounds, but in the end got beat by points. The third kid though was a real tough kid. You could tell his dad knew what he was doing and practiced every day. About 1/2 way through the first round Brayden was crying and we had to coax him with McDonalds to even finish. It'll be interesting to see if he wants to go back for practice.

Mason had 3 rounds as well. His first round was with a girl and he didn't really know what to think about it. In fact - the entire first round they just circled each other and neither of them would shoot and take the other down. By the third round though, he was into it! They tied for points and had a fourth round, where the first one to score would win the match. Mason was taken down, but his back didn't touch, so it didn't count as points. With some instruction from the coach, he grabbed her ankle, put her on her back and won the match. The second round he had a buy - which means he sat out for the round. The third round was the interesting one though. They didn't have enough kids in Mason's weight range, so they pulled an older kid - but same weight - to wrestle. The kid had him pinned in about 20 seconds. Mason didn't even know what hit him. He tried though - and that's the part that counts. The ironic thing is who the other kid was. Trace or Taylor or something Batton. That's right - Ray's kid. A little weird - but what do you do? Anyway, they had fun and that's what counts.

Incidently, it should be noted that only the top 2 pictures are actually of matches - the other pictures are simply Mason and Brayden practicing with their friends.

Orrin - the next Gap Kid

Well, we submitted Orrin to be the next Gap Kid! Actually, we were a day late submitting the photos - now we'll never know if he could have been the next Gap superstar. Oh well, he's a cute kid anyway.

Mason's B-Day

Mason had his birthday party this last week. He wanted to do a pirate theme, so the adults (Josh, Jamie and Carrie) all dressed up like pirates and when the kids got there, we sent them to pirate school. We taught them how to talk like a pirate, how to dress like a pirate, how to eat like a pirate, etc... We had a treasure hunt and when the kids left, we made them walk the plank. Really, we had a board coming off our front porch, and when they left, we made them put their hands behind their backs and jump off the board. It was great fun.

Sorry ... Again

I know, I know. I always promise to blog more and then it never happens. Sorry. Most of you already know what's been happening in our lives, so for this post we're just going to put a bunch of photos. Let us know if you have any questions! Enjoy!

Orrin gets his cast off:

Football Season:

A Day of Fun:

Fun with Friends and Family: