Thursday, April 27, 2017

an erbeck in the leader's jersey

while true and i were sidelined with a spring cold, the other erbecks to racing anyway.  it proved to be a difficult night, including a lost luca with tears streaming down his face, but ended in another week of wearing the leader's jersey.  this kid loves his *new* bike, and apparently, he loves color.
lots of it.

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

little racer dude

luca got a big bike upgrade (shocking, i know!).  and he rallied that thing at the season opener for racing last week-  our local online paper did a little story:

Wednesday Night Worlds

you'll see a familiar face, and certain 8 year old who is currently sitting in first place...


Friday, April 21, 2017

saying goodbye

i moved my office location today at work.  it's just down the hall.  the move forced me to look through all of my "stuff", 14 years worth, which is a lot!  i had misc art and mom's day items from the kids all over and today i decided it was OK to pack them up.  here's a photo, so i can look at them and shed some tears every now and then.  i love each gift, each drawing that true and luca have given to me. they have always gifted me so proudly, so happy to make me smile.  it's absolutely charming, and huge parenting reward.


Monday, February 13, 2017

a new era

worth documenting.

my older son sends me emails now.
he also does his projects/homework in google docs, then shares with me so i can print them.
the days of pens and stencils are gone gone gone.
and it's so awesome.

Friday, December 9, 2016

oh summer i miss you

i completely neglected to blog our annual north cascade trip this year....the end of summer was such a blur.  we had the stonich boys with us-  yes, four boys!  it turned out to be a ton of fun, and i really love herding a pack of boys.  they get along great and are so easy to work with.
the boys insisted on carrying hahn.  or maybe it was the other way around

preparing for the river float.  a must in the 90F weather!

oh luca.  you are hilarious

we went horseback riding!

we practiced the lasso technique.  not easy stuff

true had great form though!

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

beckham meets star wars

it's almost christmas, but i'm still thinking about our epic halloween.  aaron is the kinda guy who is all or nothing....and this year, he was ALL.  halloween night, raining, cold, but that doesn't deter a guy who is all in.
in an hour of time...
fire pit on driveway built.
stereo moved to porch.
then the fire.
then the halloween themed music.
then a bowl of choice chocolates for trick-or-treaters (no cheap candy here! like i said, ALL IN)
then a cooler full of beer for parents of trick-or-treaters (remember the all in thing?)
then...true and luca took off,  without escort by an adult, to enjoy trick-or-treating (big moment for those guys!)
both kids came back early in order to hang out at the bonfire and help give out candy.  they surrendered, as always, Twizzlers to me (i love them), and fresh baked baguettes to dad (yes, our neighbor made baguettes...how seattle is that?!).  true proclaimed 2016 the "best halloween ever!"
*these pics actually from the day before halloween, at the thomson home.  big greenwood ave party!

a fighter pilot and a graham as chewbacca

luca knows how to pose, that is for sure

david beckham joins the group here



Tuesday, November 15, 2016

with gratitude

a trip to the dentist today....these always go well for the kids, with the dental hygienists arguing over who gets to work on true and luca.  today, they split the kids, and each hygienist had an erbeck.  one of them took me aside and said, "it's just so easy and such a pleasure to work on your children.  they are so kind, so agreeable, and always a pleasure. thank you for your hard parenting work".
proud? sure...but also, thankful.  guiding true and luca is a gift to my life.  seeing the world through their eyes has made be more patient, kind, tolerant.  i strive to be just like them every day.

when we arrive at school and it is after bell time, i am required to walk the kids into the office in order to get a pass to class.  we go into the office and a woman starts mercilessly teasing the kids saying now they're in trouble. she teases them for a bit and then  she turns to me, offers her hand, and says "thank you for having such fantastic boys.  i work on the playground and these two are always so kind to all the kids.  they are perfect role models and we really appreciate what they bring to our community.  they make our jobs easier."
after such an emotional week of great loss and sadness and losing my faith in humanity...i broke down into tears.
and now i feel....hope.  if my kids can be caring and loving, so can i.