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).