Thursday, October 31, 2013

What October Looks Like

Temple Date

I wish you could grasp the size of this thing.
It was huge. Like a sausage.

Brandon could be on American Ninja Warrior.

His band teacher had him try the tuba for a couple weeks.
That was fun to lug home.

Did you see these FUN wigs at Target?

Date night! Mellow Mushroom and art galleries downtown.

The girls giving daddy a "spa day"

Both girls are having fun in their gymnastics classes.

During a drizzly soccer game, we got great use out
of our eight foot you-know-what.

 Finished Gate City 2013 season.
Our team finished 6th out of 14 teams.
Diane was my partner most of the season. 
LOVE playing with her. We were 4-1 together.
I was 5-2 on the season. Yes!

Fun lunch date at Miss Bea's house.

Whitney's field trip to Proehlific Park.
 I think this was my favorite field trip ever.

 Isn't that an awesome indoor football field?
 Whit's first time playing Knock-Out.
She took second place!

 Getting instructions for "Zombie Apocalypse"

 So glad I could play with her and her friends.

 Halloween Skate Night!

 So fun to see school friends outside of school.

 I think amazon may have overestimated the size of box
they would need to ship my shirt.
What do you think?

 Mmmmm...can you smell the tortillas?
They were delicious.

Look what happened to our tree.
One of the kids tied a shoelace around it 
and it has grown into the limb.
Poor tree.

Monday, October 28, 2013

Our little dumpster diver

Our church building is not in the best part of town. There are apartment complexes surrounding it and there is a spot right before you get to our parking lot where there is always a big pile of bulky trash items--couches, old tv's, mattresses. Very lovely and welcoming. Ha.

A couple of weeks ago we were leaving church and there were three old tires in that spot. And they were calling to Brandon. He asked if we could take them home. And I couldn't think of a good reason to say no. So we pulled over and loaded them in the van. It's funny to see the looks on your friends' faces as they drive by and see you picking up old tires from the side of the road.

In B's mind, he could see the tires as part of a sweet obstacle course in the woods behind our house. That hasn't happened yet. But....he did do something fun with one of the tires.

A tire swing!

We don't exactly have a good tree for a tire swing. Poor B had to climb maybe 20 feet up to the branch that this is hanging from. 

 What a great big brother!

Luckily, he didn't seem to mind it much.

It has been a hit so far. I just wish we had found those tires a little sooner. It's just now starting to get a little chilly to play outside.

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Low Quality NBA

This is the second season that the Charlotte Bobcats have played a preseason game in Greensboro. Right here. So close! Last time they played the Heat when Shaq was still playing. There was no question we were going to that game. Loved it. This year they were playing the Mavs. We twiddled our thumbs thinking about going. They have cheap tickets. And we'd get to see Dirk play. We decided to go for it.

We threw on all of our Bobcats clothes and headed down to the Coliseum.

We decided to get the cheapest second level tickets. When I looked at the map online, the seats didn't look bad--about the 5th row of the upper deck. But then we showed up, we found that they are remodeling the second level and these were actually THE VERY LAST ROW. That black plastic sheet kind of bugged me. But I guess that's what you get with a $10 seat. At least they were nice and cushioned.

During warm-ups we realized something was missing. Dirk wasn't on the court. Andrew looked up his status and found that it was Dirk's night off as well as Al Jefferson's, the Bobcats' best player. Boo. All of a sudden our $10 tickets are feeling like a rip off.

 Dirk warming the bench.

The Bobcats got killed. There were some hilarious botched plays. We saw a few great dunks. Brandon caught a growl towel. Or the guys in front of us did and passed it back to B, who had been screaming his lungs out for it. Our action shots:

The halftime show was a unicycling couple with a cameo by their son. It was pretty cool. Andrew couldn't handle the man riding the giant unicycle. He had to close his eyes.

Overall, it was a fun way to spend an evening. I guess I'd do it again. But I still wish Dirk would have played.