Thursday, December 20, 2012


happy birthday my big boy!!!!!!  luca is pretty excited to be four, although he woke up sad because he didn't get bigger overnight.  but i think he's BIG, and he's BIG on love, which is what rocks.

Monday, December 17, 2012

luca wayne erbeck

sometimes my kid does something so spectacular that i am speechless. silent. and i cry.  and i am thankful for a child who is sweet and kind (even when he is full of sass, he is still kind).  and sometimes when i get frustrated with his oh-so-independent-ways...i remember that he is still so young, and he is doing such a great job learning about life, and navigating his way through it all.  
tonight luca showed such tenderness, kindness, friendship for another child that i almost fainted.  this was not learned, this was not coached, this is my child, and who he is.  and i am without words.

Sunday, December 9, 2012

winter walking with dad

the kids are pretty stoked that dad is back in town and thus, adventures are afoot.

what walk in the park would be complete without the jaw harp?

and thanks for taking us out for delicious hamburgers, yam fries, and a huge ice cream sammie!

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

fa la lah lah lah lah la

'tis the season, right?! the kids vote yes!
tonight they coerced coaxed miss mary into helping them build a gingerbread house.  i guess it was great fun and it turned out pretty darn cute!

morning drop off

aaron usually drops the kids at school in the morning...which means he gets 15 "alone" minutes with luca.  it's a sweet time for them to be just them.

Monday, December 3, 2012

happy birthday UL!

it was a birthday of hamburgers, cake (by skylar!), and lots of tackling (by all kids).  the kids were worn out by the time we left.....

Thursday, November 29, 2012

so soon???

true says to me this evening at the dinner table............."Mom, I don't really think there is an Easter Bunny....and I'm not really so sure about Santa either."
i really want to hold on to the make believe just a while i didn't lie, but i didn't tell the truth, and just steered the conversation elsewhere.

Monday, November 19, 2012

mini chef

i've read many times over that involving your children in cooking dinner is a great way to get them to eat and to try different foods.  it took me a while to employ the just sounded too complicated and it would take too long.  but true and luca are both in this strange "help mom" mode, and have been asking to help with dinner.  the idea works....i give the kids real tasks, important tasks, and i try to be less controlling about how things go, and how much of a mess we end up cleaning.   they love it, they are doing a great job, and they really enjoy eating their own cooking.
friday night was all about making your own pizza.....shaping the dough, spreading the sauce, adding the toppings.  this dinner was all about them, their way!  we all had fun too.  and the mess was easy to clean with two little helpers to assist.

Saturday, November 17, 2012

my new crossfit partner

true has been asking me to to take him to my crossfit gym for a while.  of course i have always wanted to, but their kids program starts at 14 years old, not 6.5.  but a hero stepped in, one of my trainers, and told me i could bring true to the early, less crowded classes.  today was our inaugural work out and it was a blast!  kids really have amazing strength in such little bodies, and true was no different.  he loved our warm up, which included jumping like frogs across the gym.  he really loved that he easily beat me!  he also was able to throw the medicine ball,  do box jumps,  sprint the length of the gym and back, dead lift a kettlebell, and almost do a pull up, completely unassisted.   he worked out next to me, but did his own special WOD (workout of the day), created by our trainer, jim.  jim was awesome with true, and kept him motivated and safe.  i was slightly distracted during my own workout,  just so stoked to watch true nail his box jumps, front squats, dead lifts and sprints.
true says his favorite part of the work out was jumping up high and grabbing the kid pull up bar.  he also says that he can't wait to go back!!!!!
jim getting true set up for his WOD

a little front squat instruction

on his way to getting stronger!

Thursday, November 15, 2012


Greenwood Elementary's salute to those who have served this awesome country.  We were pleased that True immediately decided to honor his grandfather, James Erbeck.   He colored the star with great pride and love.  Grandpa, we all salute you and thank you for all of your sacrifices.

Monday, November 12, 2012

the last of summer

summer left the boys in way of a haircut....luca's sun bleached locks were first to go, followed by true's moppy surfer bangs.  true, of course, still has white hair, but even it reflects the passing of summer and the hello to clouds and rain.  don't worry, it doesn't get the kids down, they love to play in the mud and ride their bikes no matter what the weather holds for them.  i use their enthusiasm to fuel my own motivation.  kids. they are truly keep me young.  or make me old.  maybe a combo.

Sunday, November 11, 2012

Woodland Park MFG/Alki-Rubicon 2012

the kids have been counting down the days to the big annual team cyclocross race at woodland park.   they love this event because they get to be outside with the other alki-rubicon kids all day long, and because they get to race their bikes.  true has been saying for the past two weeks that he intended to win the race....and we've encouraged him to  do his best and just have fun.  there were sooooooo many kids and soooooo many parents all positioning themselves for photo ops, and to be available should something go wrong (it's rather overwhelming, and likely slightly terrifying for younger kids...gentle encouragement is the norm).  true and luca both lined up in the very front line- even though they do not have gears on their bikes (the race is divided to geared bikes, pedal bikes w/o gears, balance bikes).  the boys were "stoked" (yes, they said this) to have their friends ethan, jaxon, enzo,  and dave jr with them.  the gun went off and off they went, pedaling their little hearts out.  aaron ran next to luca, but true specifically requested no parental assistance (oh my little man is so growing up).  the kids were only supposed to complete one lap, but they were so fast that the race officials told them all to do another lap.  and when true finished that lap, he decided he needed another!  luca was so impressive (how many almost 4 year olds ride pedal bikes in the mud!), but happy to stick with two laps.  you know, of course, i cried.  aaron and i both feel lucky that are children are as passionate as we are about cycling....something so important to all of us.
the ford flex can fit a small army of children

odessa has had enough of the boy energy

getting ready with dave jr and enzo

start line.  screaming is great race prep

tongue hanging out, but still going strong at lap 2

true stands up to give it his all in his sprint finish

there is no stopping luca

all done and still smiling!

finishing his 3rd lap. and passing a few still working on their second lap.go true!

at the end of the race, true gave me a hug and said, "i might not have won mom, but i sure did my best!"  he was delighted with his race, as were we.  what can a mom say?  i so love my erbeck boys.

Friday, November 2, 2012

halloween 2012

the bald eagle costume was lovingly made by dad!

it was pouring rain and windy and stormy....but that did not stop my noble bald eagle and mighty lion king from collecting candy!  with all the excitement, the boys just couldn't wait and they got started before dark.  they have their favorite houses (jean and vern give out BAGS of candy) and they also wanted to get home to help me pass out candy to other kids.   the boys weren't out for too long before they came back, buckets half full, but little hands tired from the haul.  they sorted their candy, counted out 7 pieces each, then bagged up the rest to donate to those less fortunate.  luca may have been reluctant, but true assured him it was the right thing to do.

Thursday, November 1, 2012

the hired help

luca loves to clean.  he tells me every day that the house is a mess and he is going to clean.  and then he does.  he has started using the actual, for real vacuum cleaner.  so, he is actually, for real, cleaning!  using a real vacuum cleaner has taught him a very valuable lesson-  legos and small toys must not be left laying on the floor, or else they disappear forever. i love it.

Saturday, October 27, 2012

being boys

they were having so much fun that i just couldn't pull the plug on the fun.  at least luca had the good sense to put a helmet on his cute head.  amazingly, the game didn't end in tears.

Monday, October 22, 2012

halloween creepy

the boys insisted on breaking out halloween decorations over the weekend.  we've always had a "happy" halloween themed house, but this year, the kids have asked for "REALLY CREEPY MOM!!!".  ok, we'll do our best!
luca and his trusty hammer  (built by grandpa)

Saturday, October 20, 2012

Greenwood Stars Jogathon 2012

True has been counting down the days to his jogathon since school started in September.  After getting a taste of the event for the first time last year, True came into this year with great focus.  He set a high goal for himself (30 laps), and begged Aaron and myself  to take him out training.  We did sprints, slow jogs, high knees, etc.....all in an effort to get to the 30 lap goal.  I thought the goal was a little high-  after all, last year he did 20 laps.  How was he going to add another 10 in the same time?  

Never doubt the determination of a first grader.  This was my lesson to learn.

I showed up at True's school a little early, before his run time.  I had the opportunity to cheer on some of the first graders from a different class.  I loved the enthusiasm of the kids and all of the parents that showed up to encourage them.  Community really is a powerful thing.

Next to the line was Mr. Lommer's first graders...True's class!  It was fun to see him...he was nervous, but gave me a quick high five and a hug.
As the kids got ready to go, Dad showed up!  yay Dad!  True was super excited to see him, and they ran some of the laps together.
True started out of the gate running with his friends at a full sprint.  After a lap, many of those kids slowed to a walk, but True settled in to a decent pace that he could keep for the full 20 minutes. Sometimes he went faster (to catch a friend), sometimes he went slower (around mid way through).  After they called the half way point, he started to speed up again...he had work to do!
At this point, Luca's preschool class came out to cheer him on too.  The entire family dedicated to the effort!
He did keep this smile on his face the entire time!
Mr. Lommers ran too!  True loved to sprint to catch and pass him.  It was a fun game to the kids.
True's running buddies, Charles and Emette
And all done!!!!!!  True was ecstatic when he learned he surpassed his goal of 30 by 7 laps!!!!!!

True's efforts landed him second place finish. I asked him about his 2013 goal, which he said would be 47 laps and FIRST PLACE!   As I finish this blog post True is getting his tennis shoes on, ready to start training again.....

Thursday, October 11, 2012

the disappearing erbecks

now you see you don't.

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

the cutest picture ever

no words needed really.

Monday, October 8, 2012

7 yr anniversary of my 38th bday

happy birthday to me!   we dressed the kids in nice clothes and took them to a fancy bistro, bastille, along with the eastside erbecks (lincoln AND nicola).  i told the kids that they had to be on their best behavior at the grownup, fancy restaurant...and they were...except when true loudly announced that it wasn't so fancy in there and more just "regular".  i'm not sure what he was expecting...maybe i'll ask him to draw a picture of fancy.  we ended the night with cupcakes at cupcake royale!


it's true for these boys....blondes have more fun!  the kids ran around the race venue for at least three hours, non-stop.  i was dizzy just watching them.
luca, true, and fellow rubicon rider, harrison

Tuesday, October 2, 2012


a gorgeous wedding weekend...with lots of "reflective" moments.  here my boys discuss family, marriage, duty, joy.

Monday, September 24, 2012

there's an app for that

oh aaron loves his cinemagram app!  they sent me this one night when i was working late.  i sure missed them, and this made me smile.

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

padlocked forever

do you ever have one of those days where your significant other just surprises you with the sweetest, most thoughtful thing ever?  and you just think to yourself, i am so in love with this man.  lucky number seven anniversary was one of those times....aaron just blew me away.

we were pretty busy this year and decided to just have a low key babysitters, expensive meals or gifts.  just a simple dinner at a kid friendly restaurant, with our awesome boys in tow.  so i was surprised when aaron handed me a package, decorated with hearts.  i was feeling slightly guilty, but none the less pretty excited to open!  neatly swathed in bubble wrap was a padlock, engraved with our names, our wedding date, and our anniversary date, complete with a rusted key attached by a rusted ball chain.  i was smitten and just adored the sweetness of it.

i also wondered what i would do with it.  bike lock?  no, it would get stolen.  as i went through scenarios in my head, aaron handed me is iPad, with the wikipedia information on this truly romantic trinket:

Love padlocks (also known as love locks and, in Taiwan, wish locks) are a custom by which padlocks are affixed to a fence, gate, bridge or similar public fixture by sweethearts at an increasing number of locations in the world to symbolize their everlasting love.[1]

the kids must have been in on the secret, because they were intently waiting for my reaction, and of course i got teary eyed and goofy. they high-fived dad and we all hugged and dad announced we were off for the 
fremont bridge, where we would attached our padlock and throw the key into the canal.  

a family portrait to start us off.  we so loved the perfect warm weather (no sweater needed).

the walk to find a good spot on the bridge

perfect!  the boys were awaiting the go to throw the key and the chain....

we all touched the key, excited and ready to padlock us all together, forever

luca threw the chain, true threw the key....done deal.   i can't wait to ride my bike on the bridge and look at our little erbeck padlock of love.  if you'd like to look yourself, the padlock is on the east side of the bridge, 
mid-span.  we're the only ones.

aaron mccaig erbeck, i love you so much.  you have made this the best anniversary ever.