Wednesday, October 30, 2013


it's always nice to get a text from a couple of erbecks to brighten my day.
"come home we miss you"

Monday, October 28, 2013

still loving racing!

big weekend for true, who upgraded from the little kids race, to the juniors.  that means that he was given a timing chip and a bib number, and he was scored!  it also means that he raced with kids much older than himself....which made him so nervous that he almost decided against the race.  at the last minute he thought he'd give it a try, once we told him he could stop whenever he decided he had enough.  and of course.....he didn't stop.  he finished his race, 35 minutes, with a huge smile.  he proceeded to tell me all about the course, and he gave me pointers and suggestions for my race, which i was off to start.  i listened very carefully, for my child's enthusiasm melted my heart and also made me want to give my best, just as he did.  it really is amazing when your child becomes your inspiration. (and btw, i had the most fun and one of my best races yet...i attribute this to my son).

31st place is a great for a kid 2 years younger than the rest!

luca was initially upset to be racing with little kids....but not when he came in 3rd!

Thursday, October 24, 2013

number four

yes, number four.  this time, no struggle, no pleading, nothing.  true proclaimed that after he finished his homework, he would pull out a tooth.  oh right, we all thought.  then he did.

Tuesday, October 22, 2013


true is learning the value of setting a goal, devising a plan to achieve the goal, executing the plan, and achieving the goal.  his goal: run 40 laps in the jogathon.  his plan: train as often as possible, running laps, running sprints. his execution: running as often as he could!  his achievement: 43 laps!
it goes without saying that we were so proud.  near the end, when true was showing signs of wearing out, he pushed through the pain and kept running.  there was NO way this kid was not going to achieve that goal.  this ambition and drive will serve him well in life.
getting stoked for the start with dad and finn!

first lap and great form!

a little encouragement from a lap with dad

luca was there to high five and cheer his brother!

done and really proud of his hard work!

Monday, October 21, 2013


aaron and luca love this kinda crazy song singing political kooky guy, usually found strumming at greenlake or in front of whole foods.   he really is quite a good guitar and harmonica player and we usually find ourselves tapping our feet.  today, luca pulled out his harmonica (he carries it in his pocket!) and played along.   guitar man was impressed as was the small group that had collected to listen.

Friday, October 18, 2013

cheer squad

the kids really got into cheering at the last race.  it's a simple thing really.... having a bunch of kids screaming your name and running up the hill while you turn over your pedals is really quite the motivator.  the kids had so much fun doing it, and the racers really appreciated the effort.

Thursday, October 17, 2013

getting ready!

our neighbors usually take the cake for any holiday display...but since vern's knee operation, their house has remained sadly without the the usual over the top lawn full of plastic lighted craziness.  it's up to us, says true.
we can try, but we'll never really compete with what once was.

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

just a few more

just a little help from mom. not much though!

Sunday, October 13, 2013

big kid race!

my little sons amazed today like they never have.  they raced with the big kids, but on the grownup course!  they actually did an entire lap in some of the sloppiest, muddiest, wet-grassiest conditions ever to be had.  i just couldn't believe what they could get through.  aaron and i were really proud...and they smiled the entire time.
and to give you some race was only 3 of those laps and i was cursing for most of it!

Saturday, October 12, 2013


getting true to pull out his very loose teeth is's like pulling teeth!  he has two more that are barely hanging in there. so tonight i tell him i'll give him $5 if he pulls the super loose one out right then.  really? he says.  yep, i say.
he reaches into his mouth, gives  a slight tug and boom. out.
i kinda feel duped.

Friday, October 11, 2013

T for trouble and L for lots of it!

luca and true came to work with me for a few hours.  while i was running around getting some things done, they stayed back in my office and really took over.  disaster!  at least they had fun. and if i am going to ask them to come to work, the least i can do is allow them to have a good time.

Thursday, October 10, 2013

random weekend shots

another big weekend with lots of fun outings!  in particular, the keeling twins were in town!
the cutest pic of lu ever!

sculpture garden with E and M!!

Thursday, October 3, 2013

second stop this week!

the tooth fairy is getting to know true quite well!  she made a second stop this week....

Tuesday, October 1, 2013


it's no secret that this family adores the lumineers!  the kids love them, i love them, aaron loves them.  so when tickets went on sale in June, i snatched  four of them so we could all go!  i couldn't wait to take the kids to their first big show.  the concert was outside, under the threat of rain, but there was nothing that could dampen our spirits.  while we were prepared for rain, we were surprised by clear skies.  we were sandwiched between good groups of people...everybody was polite and impressed by the awesome behavior of our children.  AND THE LUMINEERS ROCKED!!!!!!  i'm not sure i've ever felt happier, listening to this amazing band, next to my husband, my youngest alseep in my arms, my oldest curled up next to us.  i think i shed a tear.  shhhhhhhhh, don't tell anybody.
cheese puffy snacks while we waited

lots of funny faces and laughing

no rain here!  gorgeous sunset

on stage!  these guys are awesome live and we loved their new music

the full moon coming out of the clouds what a night!