Friday, April 23, 2010

Go Wolverines!

Last week Chance tried out for his school's basketball team. On Friday his coach handed him an envelope that simply said, Chance.
Chance waited until he was by himself then opened the envelope. Inside was a tiny peice of paper that said:
Congratulations! You made the team.
See you Monday.
Coach Benson

Way to go Chance!!

I am so proud of you. I can't wait to watch you play.

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Coloring

Gunnar loves Round Table Pizza. Not for the delicious pizza but for their
"great coloring papers".John loves it too...(but I think it's because of the pizza not the coloring).Good job Gunnar!

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Gunnar's Double Play

I promise I will not post pictures from every single one of Gunnar's games.
(These will be the last...at least for a while.)
Gunnar makes an adorable catcher. In t-ball every kid on the team gets to bat each inning whether there are three outs or not. However, there are never three outs in t-ball. When you are catcher your biggest job is to wait for the last batter and then tag out all of the players coming home. This is very exciting. Gunnar was a little confused because there were two home plates. It looks as if he was going to let everyone score and then try to tag them out..hmmmmm.
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Good job Gunn.

Looking good on third base. Gunnar played in the pitcher position. He got so many great plays. He would quickly get the ball then throw it to Paige on first base. They got a lot of kids out. The best play of the game, however, was when the kid from the other team hit the ball and Gunnar actually caught it. He caught it! He then proceeded to throw it to first base and the kid on first base got out as well. Gunnar got a double play. In t-ball. That doesn't happen in t-ball. It was so exciting. The fans went wild.

Good job Gunnar. You're getting good!

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Dash Point

We finally had a nice day here in the great Northwest and we took full advantage.Gunnar had so much fun in the sun.Chance and Coby had friends with them so they wouldn't "let" me take pictures of them. I snuck a few anyway.

We are lucky to have the beach so close by. I have a feeling we will be here a lot this summer.

Sunday, April 18, 2010

Update on ME!

I got a job!
A small, part time job...but I love it!
I started on March 27th.
I work at Gunnar and Coby's school.

At 8:40 AM I drive (along with the boys) down to the crosswalk near the school. It is perfect because it is less than a minute away. My first customers are Coby and Gunnar. I safely get them across the street. I then wait for other students who need help safely crossing the street. I am done by 8:55 AM.

I look similar to this...
Don't be jealous but I have (oops, I mean get) to wear a lovely vest complete with reflective tape. Similar to one of these...I also have a flag that I use to stop traffic.

You may think this is a simple job...but think again friends. This is serious stuff. See below...


JOB DESCRIPTION: School Crossing Guard

QUALIFICATIONS:
1. At least 21 years of age.
2. High School diploma or equivalent.
3. Previous experience working with children.
4. Previous safety experience preferred.
5. Such alternatives to the above qualifications as the Board may determine.

REPORTS TO: Building Principal

JOB GOALS: To monitor and to provide a safe traffic flow and crossing for each student.

PERFORMANCE RESPONSIBILITIES:
1. Supervises and monitors school traffic.
2. Supervises students at crossings.
3. Advises building principals and district staff of any potential danger areas.
4. Maintains confidentiality of students and/or staff.
5. Other related duties as assigned.

I have big responsibilities!

And my day is not done there.

I return to the school at 11:10AM and report to the school cafeteria. While there I help out the lunch lady... aka : "The Gak". I am usually only in the lunch room for first lunch. The first lunch consists of kindergarten and 1st grade students. I help keep the kids in line. I help them refrain from screaming, running, hitting, punching, throwing food, trading food, eating their dessert first, tattling, crying, poking, puking, kicking, spitting, burping etc. etc. However the actual job description should be...

Job description: open a million Go-Gurt packs but know that each and every one will spill, spray, drip, ooze, and squirt all over the place. My day is still not done.

After lunch I go out to the playground where I bandage skinned knees, break up fist fights, peel children off each other, wipe tears, fix ponytails, tie shoes, apply pressure to bloody noses, assist kids to the office who have wet their pants, referee/umpire soccer, basketball, kickball, football, foursquare, red rover, etc.

It is a lot of fun.

Gunnar loves it that I am there every day for lunch and recess. I thought Coby might not like the fact that I am there for his recess but every day he runs outside and gives me a big hug. He is thrilled that I am there. I am still a little shocked.

I am done with recess duty at 1:10. I them go home but have to return again to help kids cross the street after school at 3:30. My entire day is finally done at 3:40. I only work for a little over two hours but it is spread throughout the entire day. That is the only thing I don't like about it. Back and forth, back and forth.

8:40 - 8:55
11:10 - 1:10
3:30 - 3:40

Hopefully someday I will get to work more hours. I would love to be there more (plus it would be nice to get paid for more hours).

***
The other exciting news in my life is that I lost 24 pounds since January.

I joined a Biggest Loser competition and came in 3rd place out of about 30 people.

First place got $469
Second place got $281 and
Third place (me) got $187

I lost 14.63% of my body weight. I have tried for years to lose weight with little or no success. I guess it was motivating enough to compete with others. John also was in the competition and he did awesome. He lost 22 pounds.

I worked out every day and counted calories.

I have slacked a little bit since the completion of the contest at the end of March. I haven't gained weight back but I haven't lost anything since. I was losing 1 to 3 pounds a week.

I guess it is time to start up my workouts and calorie counting again.

While I am no where near where I want to be...I am on my way.

Saturday, April 17, 2010

Gunnar Tours the Fire Station

Gunnar had so much fun "driving" the fire truck.
His favorite part was spraying the hose.Then he got to spray it while wearing the "fire fighter coat". He felt so cool.Thanks Kian for inviting Gunnar to your birthday party.Now Gunnar is an "unofficial" fire chief.

The volunteer fire fighters were amazing. I had never been to a fire station and I was is awe. They were so informative and fun. They were so nice to the kids and you could tell they loved having them in their fire station. We had a fantastic time.

Twins Season Opening

The Little League Pledge

In the dugout.

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Safe on first base...


Way to be there Gunn.
Baseball Ready
Way to go to the ball Gunnar. Throw it to first.

What a great game Gunnar. You have gotten so good. All of the practice has really payed off. I am glad you love playing baseball because you are so fun to watch.