Saturday, January 31, 2009
Fishing is a much-loved pasttime, and our neighborhood school actually has a working hatchery. Every other year, the kids all participate in carrying the fry (baby salmon) to the creek to work their way down to the Umpqua River, and then to the coast.
So our Eastwood School kids get quite a bit of education about fish and nature, etc. The 5th grade, especially, gets to do even more than the younger kids with the hatchery and they get to attend a fish-stocking before the Fishing Derby.
Our little guy, Connor, has always loved the water. He's a good enough swimmer, but we are always extremely careful with him around any water. The rivers around here can be pretty rough, and we tend to avoid the parks along the rivers, so he's not too tempted. No fear.
The place they were going on the field trip on Thursday was called "Cooper Creek." I was thinking it was like a river - but I guess it's more of a lake. There's still, clear water, and a dock. I knew Connor would be wearing a life jacket and have an aide with him at all times. I didn't opt to go along with him on this trip, like I have for some others.
From what we got out of Connor, there was a big tube with the fish coming out. He had to reel in a fish (catch & release) and then the man scooped under to catch it (with a net, we're guessing). The local pizza place had a trailer with fresh, hot pizza for the kids and that was fun too. Of course, Connor came home safe & sound (yay!).
Apparently, Connor was on the news that night, but we currently don't get CBS because of a dispute between our satellite provider & the local CBS affiliate. Ugh. Hopefully the local station will post a video so I can see my boy on TV.
Back when Trevor was in 5th grade, he also made the evening news after the field trip - he was holding up his fish he'd caught, and someone off camera asked if he was going to eat it. Trevor said all incredulous, "I'm not gonna EAT it! I'm a vegetarian!" Even the newscasters laughed after the clip was over :P We have it on videotape somewhere... I think on Diana's turn we saw her coat...
Tuesday, January 20, 2009
Hire an accountant to manage taxes, etc.
Pay off the house.
Pay off any other debt.
Get full-time educational assistance for Connor.
Fix up the house & yard (I don't want to move. I like the location).
Create a resort castle with SCA people to work there. It would be FUN.
Create a health retreat resort for teaching better living skills to people with weight issues. Educational and stress-relief.
Create a voluntary school dormitory system for kids of parents with substance abuse problems. If they are clean, mom & dad can get the kids for the weekends.
Create scholarships & grants for people with good ideas to help their communities.
Monday, January 19, 2009
Sunday, January 18, 2009
Wednesday, January 07, 2009
And this is the 'new-to-Trevor' bike we got as a replacement, the same day.
Trevor was riding uphill at pedestrian-speed, according to witnesses, and a car pulled out in front of him, intent on the fast traffic as he tried to merge.
It was a slower accident, as accidents go - Trev said he wasn't scared, and he had the presence of mind to pull his legs out from under the car, using the fender, so he didn't really suffer any injuries as far as we know at this time.
The police were called, paramedics came & checked him out, and Lee was called at work because Trevor was hoping for a ride. He completely forgot that his dad walks to work. Then Trevor decided he'd just walk the rest of the way to the doctor appointment he was going to, and then he walked home afterward.
Then he got his new bike. Which I expect we'll submit to the guy's insurance for reimbursement. It wasn't way expensive, but the old bike would have lasted a few more years, at least. Oh well. Maybe we can use the tires & tubes for Diana's bike (she has a flat right now). They both got them the same year. I think it was '98?
Monday, January 05, 2009
Sunday, January 04, 2009
Thursday, January 01, 2009
We did a pizza party at Rocky & Sue's place. Sue taught Diana & I how to make toffee popcorn, and Diana expects to make it for any gathering she attends while she's at school. It's awesome & easy! Connor did really well with hanging out, eating pizza & then we watched "House Bunny" since Rocky had Netflix & none of us had seen it yet. It was cute. But once it got close to 9:00 & we watched New York ring in the new year, Connor was ready to GO. Still, for not being distracted by a game or something (he doesn't really watch non-action movies), we thought he did pretty well :)
Once we got home, Diana called Jen (camera gal) to wish her a Happy New Year, and I'm not sure, but she may have been in Times Square - wherever she was, it was loud and Diana sent a text later, because she could barely understand what Jen was saying (Diana thinks there may have been alcohol involved :P) lol. Diana's coach, Krista, moved to NYC once the show was done, and Jen & Krista got to be good friends during the filming, and they seem to hang out a lot when Jen is in town.
Connor stayed up late with us (till 11:00) but that didn't stop him from getting up early to play Sonic on the Wii - I was going to watch the Rose Parade, but I'm doing this instead. I'll see if I can get the TV in a little bit.
The older kids & Lee & I all kept occupied with our computers until it got close to the ball drop, and the station we were watching had Robbie Knievel preparing to jump the volcano at a Las Vegas hotel (I don't remember which one, I haven't been to Las Vegas since my honeymoon). The 'best' part was the computer simulations of all the things that could go wrong with the jump! He could go thru the fire! He could hit the side of the ramp! He could hit the ramp wrong and flip over! He could fall INTO the volcano (and then they showed the motorcycle floating to the top). OMG! And after we rang in the new year, Robbie jumped and nothing went wrong at all. It was a perfect jump.
People shot off fireworks around our neighborhood (I'm going to find a bunch of burnt-out 'flowers' on my lawn I bet).
We didn't really do any resolutions. Trevor was the only one with getting better grades. He will need them to be able to go back to OIT. Diana said she'd draw more. More? That's all she does in her free time now! Connor resolves to spend as much time as possible on the trampoline :)
I would like to be more organized at home. For instance, I still have all the GS troop stuff in my laundry room... plus a few other boxes & who knows what in the patio room, my closet, the basement. It's a mess.
Lee will have to tell you his own resolution - I don't know what he decided.
Happy New Year!