Sunday, December 26, 2010

erbeck christmas, 2010

santa was particularly good to the west coast erbecks in 2010.  i had to wonder what the kids DIDN'T get, as opposed to what they did.  while it may have been a tad excessive...both true and luca love everything that they received and are deliriously playing with each new toy.  

the big news is that true has a new bike...a pedal bike....and he learned to ride it with great ease! no training wheels!   with just a little push from dad, he was off, laughing and screaming and completely STOKED!  not to be left out, luca transitioned from his 4 wheel scoot to his brother's now old 2 wheel scoot and never looked back.  you simply can not tell luca that he can't do something!  it just resolves his determination. 
getting ready to rip it up
one small push from dad

look everybody!  no dad!

bye bye baby scoot, time for less wheels

all smiles, the entire time

Thursday, December 23, 2010

christmas in the city

trains. lights. hamburgers. this was our christmas outing on the town.  we wanted to ride the carousel, but with budget cuts, it was not to be this year.  i brought along my ice skates and had every intention of skating, but decided hamburgers at dick's sounded better.

Monday, December 20, 2010

happy birthday luca!

both adeline and luca are two!
luca is two!  and he can show you that with his two forefingers, and he can tell himself *happy day u-ca*!  (he still has a hard time saying his name).  he went to the doctor for his checkup and despite his brother telling him he would, he didn't have to have any shots.  we were all pleased about that!  he is growing as he should, a little taller and leaner on the growth chart than before and he finds news skills and words every day.

Thursday, December 16, 2010

grandpa erbeck's pictures

grandpa erbeck was in town the first week of december.  it was great fun for everybody and we loved sharing some of our holiday traditions with grandpa!  we shopped, we ate, we went to a hanukkah party, we ate some more, we went to the christmas tree farm, we ate some more!    the boys loved seeing grandpa, and they were so comfortable with him immediately!  i attribute this to skype, which keeps the family in touch, and gives the grandparents and kids face time, without the travel.   here are some shots that grandpa sent to me from his trip:

aaron says i'm number one

aren't they the cutest?

daily transportation to and from the preschool

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

keeping seattle city light in business

holiday house strikes again!  vern and jean really outdid themselves this year....the lawn looks like a mess of plastic by day, but by night, it's a mess of plastic christmas lighting that we have come to love.  the kids go over every evening to dance to the music (oh yes, there is music), and kiss the snoopy and frosty.  every square inch of this yard is filled with christmas!

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

let it snow!

all the erbeck boys (dad, uncle lincoln, grandpa, luca, true) loaded up and headed to the mountains for a little snow fun.  gabe and enzo have a condo at alpental, which made the trip a sleepover and an extra great time!  i wish i could have joined them, but i took advantage of my alone time, and admittedly missed the heck out of them!

Wednesday, December 1, 2010


luca and true modeling their indian hats and trading bead necklaces

never a dull moment (of course) at the erbeck household.  the kids continue to amaze me and i often wonder if i'll just spend the rest of my life being amazed by them.  i guess that's the reward part of parenting.
we were so busy last week with thanksgiving- a fabulous dinner with auntie gayle, nicola, uncle lincoln, skylar.  everything was great and there were plenty of leftovers and we all felt thankful for our bounty. the boys loved their extra "stay home" days, and they really loved spending time with auntie gayle, who just has the magic touch with these boys..they'll do anything she asks.
UW was closed because of the city snow and ice, so i had the good fortune of spending LOTS of time with the kids.  i have exciting milestones to report-

true can now do simple math.  this was unexpected and really cool!  he likes to count up whatever is in front of him (crackers, trucks, blocks, socks) and add more or subtract, and give me the number.  it's quite the game for him and i love his enthusiasm.   he's also learning to tell time, which i might not be that excited about (like last night, when i'm trying to get him to go to bed and he looks at the clock and reminds me he has plenty of time left...grrr.....)

and luca....everyday his language skills are better than the day before, which means less frustration and less tears because we know what he's asking for.  he is also really into doing everything for himself, which can be frustrating for me, but i'm learning to be extra patient.  he does ask for help when he needs it (eventually).  but the really big news is that luca is now using the potty.  this was his choice, something he started asking for a home, and something his teacher started for him during the day.  the success has been incredible so far, and we're afraid to talk about it in case we jinx it...but we are so very proud of him!

Saturday, November 27, 2010

True's camera

Warning: Guest Blaaagrrr
True received a camera for Christmas last year from Grandma & Grandpa. Like most toys, His interest ebbs and flows but this stout little child's camera consistently appears at key events. It has only a few buttons and makes fun beep sounds, even when deleting photos. I recently realized when the kids were scrolling through photos in the little display screen they were also erasing many of them. Still, they managed to fill up the memory card so I thought I'd salvage what I could by downloading and give them a clean slate to start over with. I had no idea how fun it would be to see the images full screen. Not only did they bring back memories but I thought the ultra low resolution grainy quality of the images and the child's perspective (3 feet tall) gave them an innocent sweet viewpoint. So, manage your expectations, get a cup of coffee and enjoy a slideshow
Speaking of photos; I had the great fortune of spending a little time with Jake Stangel and really enjoy a popular photo blog he keeps. You gotta love; Too Much Chocolate.

Monday, November 22, 2010

Woodland Park Cyclocross race.....

James Birkenbuel, aka Uncle Jamie, put together a little video from our team's cyclocross race last week.  The footage is mainly interviews with riders, but there is also some great footage of the kids.  The kids were out in the cold, all day, no nap, and they kept it together.  We were impressed with their fortitude.  Then again, they are Norwegian.
Woodland Park

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Dancing Machine

you gotta cock your head a little to view this, but it's worth the neck cramp.

True, You're Breaking My Heart

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

the first outing for the holidays!

riley, true, zoran, ms. colleen, luca, camilla, emma,  reindeer, elf(?)

true leads the pack

luca and his friend, emma

hey, it's enzo!

i know it's early to start in on christmas activities...but what can we say?  we love the holidays and we may as well get the party started.  aaron did just that....he biked the kids down to meet our preschool friends at swanson's nursery.   the kids saw curly the camel, a couple of reindeer, an elf or two, santa, lots of trains, fish...and a whole nursery full of plants.  they were there for hours and topped it off with a trip to dick's drive in, a seattle burger institution.

good grief charlie brown!

i've been forcing true to watch charlie brown holiday cartoons since he was a year old.  it's a big dose of nostalgia for me, and until the past year or so, true never really "got it".  he does now and he laughs heartily at the appropriate times.  it's fun to see which scenes make him laugh, like this one, with snoopy making toast for thanksgiving dinner.  true thought a dinner of popcorn and toast sounded pretty good and he was surprised that linus, franklin, sally, lucy, marcie, and pepermint patty were dismayed at the lack of turkey.  i've also spied true tappng his foot and moving his head to vince guaraldi's piano soundtrack....the music sends me way back to my childhood, sitting on the brown scratchy couch in front of our TV with the broken knob (thanks to me and my brother...over and over and over).  i loved being cozy in my pjs and dreaming of the holiday.  i hope that true feels the same way, and i wonder if he'll share charlie brown with his children.

Friday, November 12, 2010

Cycle Oregon, Aaron, Rapha, and a wee bit of me

take some time to read up about Rapha at Cycle Oregon.  of particular interest is day 5 and 6.  you'll see.

Rapha, Cycle Oregon

Monday, November 1, 2010

the Fantastic Fox family!

we had a family themed halloween this's the first time i have dressed up in 20 years.  i loved our costumes, based on the book and movie, The Fantastic Mr Fox (you gotta see the movie!).  while aaron and i were cute, the kids really take the cake.   thanks to grandma erbeck for churning out the costumes for the 4th year! 
the weather cooperated and we had a solid hour of door knocking and treat collecting.  luca often lagged behind and was the last to get a treat, but true was quite the good big brother, always insisting that his brother got his share.  it was super sweet, although we cringed at the amount of sugar these kids amassed.

skylar with her friend olivia...they were great candy scouts!  

more pictures to come (thanks nic for sending these!)

Tuesday, October 26, 2010


SSCXWC (single speed cyclocross world if you didn't know) was held in small town near seattle this year.  i stayed home with the kids (raining buckets)  and off aaron went to conquer or be conquered. sounds like it was a lot of fun....but the mud tells quite a story:
hard to see out of these!
the sock on the right is what the sock on the left should look like

yes, it is aaron

Monday, October 25, 2010

fort erbeck

sunday was a torrential downpour.  even this seasoned seattleite had no interest in going outside.  the kids felt the same way.  we did the best we could with what we had and created a cool sheet and chair fort.  i think the kids managed to get every toy they own under there, complete with bedding and food, and this kept them busy for 3 hours.  true begged me to not take it down during nap time, i complied, only because i remember how much i loved forts as a kid too.  in good time, true decided the house was a mess, and the fort should be removed.  he acted as the project manager as i dismantled, and he instructed his brother on where to put all of the toys (no, no, no luca, the balls go into THIS bin.  no, no, no luca, all the trucks go over HERE....etc....)
Fort Erbeck
just a few tears
mostly trucks were allowed in