Friday, December 9, 2016

oh summer i miss you

i completely neglected to blog our annual north cascade trip this year....the end of summer was such a blur.  we had the stonich boys with us-  yes, four boys!  it turned out to be a ton of fun, and i really love herding a pack of boys.  they get along great and are so easy to work with.
the boys insisted on carrying hahn.  or maybe it was the other way around

preparing for the river float.  a must in the 90F weather!

oh luca.  you are hilarious

we went horseback riding!

we practiced the lasso technique.  not easy stuff

true had great form though!

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

beckham meets star wars

it's almost christmas, but i'm still thinking about our epic halloween.  aaron is the kinda guy who is all or nothing....and this year, he was ALL.  halloween night, raining, cold, but that doesn't deter a guy who is all in.
in an hour of time...
fire pit on driveway built.
stereo moved to porch.
then the fire.
then the halloween themed music.
then a bowl of choice chocolates for trick-or-treaters (no cheap candy here! like i said, ALL IN)
then a cooler full of beer for parents of trick-or-treaters (remember the all in thing?)
then...true and luca took off,  without escort by an adult, to enjoy trick-or-treating (big moment for those guys!)
both kids came back early in order to hang out at the bonfire and help give out candy.  they surrendered, as always, Twizzlers to me (i love them), and fresh baked baguettes to dad (yes, our neighbor made seattle is that?!).  true proclaimed 2016 the "best halloween ever!"
*these pics actually from the day before halloween, at the thomson home.  big greenwood ave party!

a fighter pilot and a graham as chewbacca

luca knows how to pose, that is for sure

david beckham joins the group here

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

with gratitude

a trip to the dentist today....these always go well for the kids, with the dental hygienists arguing over who gets to work on true and luca.  today, they split the kids, and each hygienist had an erbeck.  one of them took me aside and said, "it's just so easy and such a pleasure to work on your children.  they are so kind, so agreeable, and always a pleasure. thank you for your hard parenting work".
proud? sure...but also, thankful.  guiding true and luca is a gift to my life.  seeing the world through their eyes has made be more patient, kind, tolerant.  i strive to be just like them every day.

when we arrive at school and it is after bell time, i am required to walk the kids into the office in order to get a pass to class.  we go into the office and a woman starts mercilessly teasing the kids saying now they're in trouble. she teases them for a bit and then  she turns to me, offers her hand, and says "thank you for having such fantastic boys.  i work on the playground and these two are always so kind to all the kids.  they are perfect role models and we really appreciate what they bring to our community.  they make our jobs easier."
after such an emotional week of great loss and sadness and losing my faith in humanity...i broke down into tears.
and now i feel....hope.  if my kids can be caring and loving, so can i.

Saturday, November 12, 2016


i was unlucky enough to chaperone the second graders on a class trip to MOHAI!  luca and 5 of his buddies were in my group and wow.  that's a lot of boy energy to corral!  the museum is full of interactive displays and lots of seattle history-  i will admit that i do not enjoy museums in general, but MOHAI kinda rocks!   we'll go back again, when we can take our time, and i can spend less time searching for missing second graders.
a gorgeous day!  its november and we're in short sleeves!

Raaaaaaineeeer Beeeerrrr

the kids thought this was funny.  plus it is has uncle lincoln's name on the truck!

Friday, October 28, 2016

jog-a-thon 2016

i was specifically asked to NOT jog along side either boy this year, unless requested (true and luca's mandate).  maybe it might have broke my heart just a little bit...but i get it.  i know where i'm no longer needed.
this was true's final jog-a-thon...and he did his best ever.  even after two shoelace tie stops!  45 laps is darn close to the school record of 50- and i do have to throw in that the time period was shortened from 20 mins to 18 the rate of 2.5 laps a minute, he'd be in line with a school record!
and luca...oh luca.  he did not look like he had any fun at all, but that kid set a pace and never let up.  he tied two other boys for lap leaders in the 2nd grade.  luca really knows how to suffer-  he just pushes through and never gives up.

is he 10 or 16?!  he looks so mature

perfect form....true is an amazing runner

this was the happiest i have ever seen true after finishing

he always stuck to running inside, knowing it would be an advantage

the kids made me take this. neither luca nor myself could figure out why

luca, elliot, lucca- 2nd grade lap leaders!

Monday, October 24, 2016

change of pace

kids woke on up on sunday and asked for a change of pace.  they didn't feel like racing....unusual, but i welcomed the idea of not loading up bikes, food, etc for an 8 hour day on the course.
instead, we decided to explore some areas that we always see, but from a different perspective.  it was amazing to me that i had never been on the trails that are only 4 miles from the house-  the only thing i didn't like was the lack of solitude.  i had to remind myself that i live in the city!
still, marsh and foster islands  were a nice change of pace.  thanks aaron for bringing us out here!
we usually ride our bikes over this bridge

walking under the montlake bridge for the very first time!

view of the UW shell house

lots of viewing spots from the trail

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

MFG race report

and here is our oldest child, making the MFG race report page.  we could not be more proud of both our kids racing every weekend-  they inspire us.

Monday, October 17, 2016

weekends are made for mud

some serious fun out there on the cyclocross courses now that the mud has started.  true says he races best in mud, and i think he's right.

MFG Cyclocross

click the link above...true made the photo page for the race!

Thursday, September 29, 2016

an announcement

i'd just like to bloggerly announce that true can out stair-sprint his mother, 4 out of 5 sprints, for 5 sets. these are not your ordinary stairs.  these are gigantic cement "outdoor theatre" steps that come about knee height on me.
on top of that, while at cx practice, i came to the conclusion that by the end of the season, true will be faster than me on any course.  i am both proud and a little pissed off.  but more on the proud side.

Wednesday, September 28, 2016


we spent a day in roslyn with good friends...riding bikes and eating food (no, really tracy?  you guys rode bikes??!!).  if you haven't been to this sweet little town then you should go.  it retains the charm of a bygone era and amazingly, although focused on tourism, it remains very untouristy.  we dream of having vacation property here!

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

tahoe trip, part iv, business as usual

there are some things that we ALWAYS do when we go to tahoe.   that's because we LOVE to do these things, and the tradition is deep with the boys.  it's fun to see how each "same" thing turns out differently from the year before, and how much it stays the "same".
riding at the tahoe city xc center is always a must! here, luca and i found a trail we've never done, FUN!

tahoe without a dinner at Bacchi's would not be a tahoe trip 

"italian dinners" indeed!  meatballs here reign the top of our list

skylandia pier-  we love this "locals" beach

on the long drive home, we stop in ashland, oregon, and stay at the Palm Cottages., complete with a saltwater pool

the kids love dinner at the ashland brewery, and here they talk about how much they miss their dad

missing pictures from other traditions that we ALWAYS do:

  • popsicles (4 a day is the general rule, although colder this year, so one seemed to suffice)
  • putt-putt golf-  the kids insisted on the full course (yawn), which might have been about 10 holes too many.  we'll remember that for next year. 
  • peach pie- grammy always makes a peach pie for the kids.  it was gone before i could take a picture
  • bat watching- the last rays of light in the day are usually spent on the porch, searching for bats

Monday, September 26, 2016

go true go!

True, racing Marymoor, 2016.  Top ten finish!  And below, not so long ago....2013 wow.

Tahoe trip part III, the COUSINS!

i couldn't believe that we were lucky enough to actually see the cousins, but we were!   my boys were ecstatic to spend time with these big bartholomew boys-  and it was fantastic to be with them.  all of the kids got along really well and it warmed my heart to see true and luca so enamored with their cousins.  we were sad to say goodbye after only a day together and we're already planning for next time.
luca, true, caleb, gabrial, david (missing michael, who stayed behind with his girl)

caleb was the absolute best to his young cousins!

Friday, September 23, 2016

Trip to Tahoe, part II, Adventure!

tahoe trips always involve a little adventure! each year we like to do some of the same stuff and we always work in some new stuff.  our new stuff this year was really cool.....and involved digging up some bravery.  we decided to give tree top ropes courses a try.  i had to dig pretty deep to summon up some courage and i spent the entire time pretending i wasn't nervous. holy cannoli.  i was nervous.  the course is set up as green (easy), blue (getting harder) and black (hardest) diamond.  each level brings you up higher in the trees.  while you are securely harnessed in, and kinda safe, there is still room for injury with errors.  did i mention i was nervous?
this 7 year old...not nervous.  he was a monkey. was rocking black diamonds within 30 minutes of arrival

this 10 year old, like me, cautious

one of the more complicated bridges

like a pro

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Tahoe Trip, Part I, Crater Lake

summer is not complete without our annual pilgrimage to tahoe.  sometimes aaron can get away to come with us, sometimes he can't.  sadly, this year, he had to stay behind (we blew vacation time on chelan, lake wenatchee, winthrop, two trips to bend...not a bad summer at all!).

while driving to tahoe, we decided to take a little Crater Lake detour-  the kids have never seen this lake and i firmly believe that everybody should see it at least once in their life!   it was funny to explain to true and he actually has been to crater lake a little nugget inside me.  i was likely about 2 weeks pregnant with true the first time i had ever been to the lake (a memorable, but miserable trip for me as i was soooooo sick and could not figure out why!).

the basin was smokey from a fire recently extinguished to the west.  in fact, we came upon fire rangers whose job it is to just go to the lookouts and watch for any possible flare ups.   we ended up talking to these guys for a while, as one of them crawled under our car to dig out gravel that was stuck in the suspension (long story that involves a high pitched squeal that i wanted to ignore....these guys were heroes who figured out the issue and fixed my problem **note to self...always carry a 6-pack in the car to reward heroes in situations like this.  a bag of Pirate Booty doesn't do the trick**).

Luca was terrified of the edge...lots of signs warning people that getting close to will cost them their lives

Monday, September 19, 2016

the canoe files

aaron has taken adventure to a different level-  his restored canoe, complete with a trailer to haul while attached to his bike.  it's quite the scene- 16ft of canoe and a couple feet of bike, with a kid on the back....and two riders behind, all making their way to green lake to go on a sunset paddle.
i was skeptical, but i happily admit, this was really awesome.  i gotta say, i love this city!
store stop for dessert in the canoe

luca loves to help

and it's unloaded and ready to go

yes, it is that much fun!

a completely new perspective of green lake