Friday, December 30, 2011

two wheeled love

we are equally amazed and proud that wee luca is riding a pedal bike (his bday present from aaron).  the kid is a natural.

Thursday, December 29, 2011

fish-n-chips and turning three

luca just had his well child check up for turning a big boy 3.  he was so amazing at the doctor's office!  he answered questions, and charmed the staff, and rolled up his sleeve  bravely for a shot.  he winced a little, and a slight tear, but he was apparently the bravest boy the nurse had ever seen.  and according to this sweet nurse, luca made her day.  everything was great with his check up ...he's tracking along as a tall and thin kid (90th percentile for height, but only 20th for weight!).  i swear he eats a ton, so i don't know where it goes!

some holiday fun

our team volunteered at the downtown holiday carousel, with all proceeds going to help western washington foster families.  it was a fabulous way to feel festive, and warm and fuzzy about being good community members.  aaron ended up doing all the work for the erbecks, while the kids begged me to take them on the carousel over and over and over and over and over. 

Friday, December 16, 2011

luca at school

luca's preschool has grown in size, he has more friends to spend his day with.  they all look pretty happy!

Monday, December 5, 2011

introducing ava and rubi

true loves two of his classmates a whole lot. ava is on the left, rubi in the middle.

Monday, November 28, 2011

happy thanksgiving!

we traveled to portland to spend the gluttonous holiday with our bestie family, the keelings.  our kids love to play together and that makes life easy and fun!  as usual, heather captured some of the best moments, so please check out her blog (click the link below).

the keeling three

hvk photo!

Monday, November 21, 2011

TRUEly amazing

our first parent teacher conference ever....and a very good one!  we learned that true always is eager to share, to talk, he listens well, he is courteous and polite, he has good friendships, and his math/reading/writing/creative skills are excellent!  it's hard to be anything but extremely proud, and of course i'm quick to brag!  mrs. schumacher is a fantastic teacher, we are lucky that true has her guidance for the next 7 months.
i had no idea that the beach is so important to true!

Thursday, November 17, 2011


 skylar agreed to let luca and true sleep over at her house a few weeks ago, giving aaron and i a full night to ourselves!  the boys had a blast and they can't wait to do it again.  aaron and i went to a fancy party, then hit the bars (!) until closing time (a first since children!).  we love having skylar as our bonus niece!

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

6 minute artist

True gave the family an art lesson.  If you have 6 minutes to spare, it's kinda cute.

Monday, November 14, 2011

raising racers

true and luca have been anticipating the alki-rubicon woodland park cyclocross race for quite sometime. we've talked about what clothes they would wear, their bikes, the mud, the other racers, etc...  this was to be luca's first race on the scoot bike and true's first race on a pedal bike, so it was a big day for the wee erbecks.  aaron was out the door at the break of dawn to set up the course, i planned on enjoying a few hours of extra sleep before i hauled the kids there.  that was not to be...the kids were too excited and woke me up at 6am.  true held my hand and said, "you know mom, i'm going to win this race.  i am just gonna win it".   you know i love the winning attitude!
it seemed to take so long to finally get to race time, but the kids were ready!  there were so many kids that they separated them into groups- bikes with gears, bikes with pedals but no gears (true's group), bikes with pedals and training wheels, bikes with no pedals (luca's group).  aaron chose to ride along next to luca, while i chose to run next to true.
the race announcer started the race...on your marks, get set, GO!!!!!!!!  and off we all went.  i was on the side waiting for the kids to start pedaling and get a gap so i could start running with true...i looked over and watched a few kids run into him...he faltered slightly, pulled it together, and then took off faster than i have ever seen him pedal!  i had a hard time catching him, and then keeping up!  he entered the mud section with the downhill turn like a pro...he dabbed a little, but kept upright (unlike a lot of kids).  he zipped down the hill, made some passes and then up the steep muddy hill.  he passed more kids and then hit the pavement with determination and resolve.  he passed more kids and then smiled all the way to the line!  i'm not sure i can adequately express my emotions....i was overwhelmed with pride.
we turned around to watch luca finish with aaron.....he started in the last wave, but worked his way through many of the pedal bike competitors- many who were years older than he.  he charged through the finish line with determination, but a mile-wide smile.  it was a good erbeck race day!
warming up, checking out the course

dave rider explaining race tactics

luca is getting his game face on

at the starting line!

all done!

we love racing!

after race rest time...odessa and adeline joined us

we found a garden gnome that looks just like luca

true. my star.

my SIL nicola, bravely crossing the thousands of people coming through the gate

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

the world is safe

a couple of superheroes in our midst.  maybe you have heard of super true and super luca?  they have glowing lighting bolt cuffs that have powers beyond belief (nice work papa bear).

Monday, October 31, 2011

oh so scary

nic, sky, UL were over to help us carve pumpkins.  the kids liked scooping goop, but that's where it ended.  the front lawn decorations were chosen and placed by true.  we are so ready for halloween!

yes, aaron is the one who made the Rainier beer pumpkin

Friday, October 28, 2011

big mouth

the kids wanted to see who had the biggest mouth (yes, here we are at a restaurant...good thing we were the only ones!).  and in case you were wondering, true does have a black eye, compliments of  luca.  probably the first of many to come.

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

call me luca

i'm always making up and calling the kids silly names.  monkey-butt, grasshopper, little bunny rabbit, pumpkin muffin...just to name a few.  there is no significance,  sometimes it's just the first thing i get out of my mouth.  last night i called luca "my little butternut squash".   he stopped and looked at me, put his hands on my face, kissed me, then with great intention said, "call me luca". 

Monday, October 24, 2011

auntie gayle's visit!

the erbecks  had fun this weekend with auntie gayle's visit!  the boys just adore auntie gayle!  sitting up in bed this morning, rubbing his eyes, luca said, "is my auntie gayle still here?"  she was, and after a hearty breakfast, we sadly said our goodbyes until the next time.
a family clan green lake walk!

grumpy faces...but finally a smile from true

having mastered the scoot, luca is ready for pedals

sky, nic, pot roast the wonder dog

more pumpkin patch


Friday, October 21, 2011

Greenwood Elementary Jog-a-Thon!!!!

true has spent weeks getting ready for the PTA fundraiser, the jog-a-thon.  he has been training for the timed 20 minute event quite rigorously-  lots of running around the block (with his brother pacing aside him on the scoot bike), lots of sprints, lots of high knees, lots of butt kicks (sprinting, high knees, butt kicks are essential training exercises to increase speed and endurance, plus they make the time go by faster).  true also collected pledges for his jog-a-thon (thanks readers who pledged!),  and had a goal of running 10 laps. 
this morning, day of the big event, we ate carb-loaded breakfast and talked about what clothing would be good to wear.  true thought most people run in sweat pants, but since he didn't have any, he'd just run in his long johns.  i countered that he should wear sweat pants and then produced  brand new blue, fleece lined track pants, in his exact size!  he was so excited! (as was luca, when he also got a band new pair of track pants in his size....can't leave out wee luca!).
aaron took the morning off to go watch true run and cheer him on.

aaron must have been a great cheer leader, and all that training really paid off.....TRUE COMPLETED 25 LAPS!  more than double his goal!!!!!!  sponsors, get you check books out and transfer funds as necessary!

true chose a goal, he trained in order to meet his goal, then he surpassed it.  i am one extremely proud mother.

Thursday, October 20, 2011

you gotta have heart....all really need is heart....

grandpa erbeck had some scheduled maintenance for his heart-  the kids were quick to turn the event into an art project. they spent a great deal of time decorating a string of hearts for gramps, to hang in his hospital room.  the little erbecks were enthusiastic and rather prolific heart builders so  i felt a little badly for grandma, who had the task of hanging them.  true actually drew and cut some of the hearts himself, while luca proudly decorated many of them with fish, because he knows grandpa likes to fish.  

Monday, October 17, 2011

pumpking patch 2011

cool year for the pumpkin patch with creative kids preschool!  true happened to also have the day off from school, so he came along with us.  he also got to spend the morning at preschool with his brother.  the boys were pretty excited about being together again, although true proclaimed that kindgergarten is more fun.  we were actually relieved when we heard this.....up until that day, we'd only heard about how he thought he should be back at preschool with luca.  of course good news can always be a double edged sword, with luca deciding he was going to kindergarten with true, and pretty upset when we told him that it was not to be.   oh wee luca, he always feels like he's getting left behind.

emma, camila, logan, ms colleen, luca, noah

these guys still take care of each other!

colleen, one erbeck grad, one erbeck student

little goats were super sweet!

true and luca think we should have a pet goat