Friday, April 25, 2014

the spoils of grandchildren

it pays to be an erbeck grandchild (or daughter-in-law!).




Thursday, April 24, 2014

alkirubicon training camp + easter on orcas

easter on orcas was a great treat this year....the weather could have been worse, so we felt lucky that we enjoyed some sunshine.  the weekend was filled with the usual shenanigans-  but mostly it was great to be with family and close friends.  lots of lifetime memories at west beach resort.
getting ready for the big egg hunt on the beach



adventures while waiting for the ferry

my handsome husband


Monday, April 14, 2014

fan club

special guests to true's soccer game this weekend! grandma, grandpa, nicola and roberta!  true could hardly believe that all those people came to watch him play.

luca is not one to be left out of anything

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Orthodontist

true's orthodontia work started today.  i was worried that he would be nervous- but he actually seemed excited.  his orthodontist is extra cool, and we feel fortunate that we are able to pay for this care.  his smile will be even cuter, and the kid will be able to eat with both sides of his mouth.  That's gotta be a relief!
7:30am appt, we're still waking up

all kinds of weird tools to get good photos of T''s mouth

Sunday, April 6, 2014

mighty titans

i am a proud, full fledged, weekend, sitting in the rain soccer mom.  it has happened.
true joined an outdoor soccer league, the mighty titans, and now i am THAT soccer mom.  it's a title i have tried to avoid, but now that it is here, i'm loving it.  it's so fun to watch true play and see his confidence build with each touch of the ball.  he scored today, and immediately looks at me, he knows that i will be beaming.  i'm more than beaming, i'm jumping up and down and screaming!!!  even though the titans lost, they played a great game, and i look forward to each sunday....soggy or dry, cold or hot....game on!
enzo and true, waiting to sub

the might titans with parent coach, annabelle


Friday, April 4, 2014

finding Nirvana

one of the major influences in my life, and one of the major reasons i moved to seattle,  was the scene known as *grunge* or the *seattle sound*.  i loved the music, i loved the messy, thrift shop, eclectic lifestyle, and i wanted to be a part of it.  i wanted to be in the middle of it.  so with three other friends, i  jettisoned most of my belongings and made the move from san diego to seattle.  i instantly fell in love with the city, with the northwest culture, and i thrived.  i lived to hear live music, and watched *grunge* explode and influence culture all over the world.  the biggest influence, the band that still influences music today, was NIRVANA.

it has been 20 years since kurt cobain, lead singer of NIRVANA, killed himself in his seattle home.  the death rocked the world, and 20 years later, my heart still hurts.  in celebration of his life, the world's greatest radio station, KEXP, played one of the greatest NIRVANA tributes i have ever heard.  i sat in the kitchen with the family this morning, listening to to NIRVANA, feeling nostalgic, and enjoying explaining my history, as well as that of NIRVANA and grunge to the kids.  we cranked the volume, we listened, we sang, we played air guitar.  it was a moving moment for me....one that i will carry for a long time, and one that i hope my kids will remember, and one that i hope will provide them with a glimpse of what i was, what seattle was, and how we all came together.  without NIRVANA the band, i may have never found my own personal nirvana...my husband, my oldest child, my youngest child...and everything that comes with our awesome team erbeck life.
rocking to "Grandma Take me Home"

the kids are naturals at grunge rock

Thursday, April 3, 2014

ambition

what do you want to be when you grow up?  most kids have these grand ideas of careers that seem so very cool.....fireman, soccer star, digger operator......etc.  it's the first seeds of the big real world and helping kids explore their ambitions.
luca, apparently,  is fairly obsessed with hair.  in the pic below, he really had a hand in it!  the girls gathered 'round while he twirled their hair.

aaron thought he'd go ahead and encourage the ambition (or talent), and he put a pair of scissors in a 5 year old's hands.....that's a lot of trust.

the cut turned out decent, and there was no blood lost.   (and just kidding...aaron set the up the pic as a joke to send to the parents of the girls who had their hair groomed by luca)