October 31, 2009

Pay Back

Last night upon returning from an event at the elementary school, we found our Halloween decorations "embellished". All I can say is that I deserved much worse!

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October 30, 2009

Intro to Tech

Christian and Truman have been building these CO2 cars at school this semester. Friday they got to race them, Kenneth and Hazel went up to watch. Kenneth even helped a bit. Truman's car was really fast.

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October 25, 2009

ASU Band Day

Dobson High School Marching Band performed at the ASU Band Day competition. I thought the band was not at it's best but it always fun to see your kidsd do something they love.

Here is a snapshot of the field show. Christian is in the "front ensemble" or "pit". They are the percussionists on the track.

Here is the Pit on the jumbotron, Christian is the third from the right.

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October 24, 2009

Foundation for Blind Children

Our puppy raising club helped put on a "Olympic" event for a school for blind children. Kenneth Rebekah and Nate ran a beanbag toss event. They had a beeper that was in the bucket and the kids (if the kids were not blind they put a blindfold on them) tossed bean bags into the bucket. I think Rebekah was passing out the bean bags and Nate collected them up again. Sydney and Abby were asked to help face paint, there turned out to be so many volunteers that Syd and Abby had nothing to do, so they braided some fleece for a tug toy that the club sells for puppies to play with. Hazel parked herself at the face painting booth and took over the tattoo job, she convinced quite a few grown-ups to get a fake tattoo. Truman and I ran a booth where the kids ate a doughnut off a string without using their hands. And Nate got to try out "Test-drive" a guide dog.

It was a fun event, the kids (as always) worked really hard, and I think we all left with a better appreciation for our sight.

October 14, 2009


I have been told that Dejay is a Puppy teenager. Here are my two teenagers doing what teenagers do best, sleep (after they ate). Christian came home from a band event so exhausted that he just laid down in the middle of everything and went to sleep.

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October 12, 2009

A Mystery

Last week, Dejay did his first real damage. He chewed off the straps on my bike helmet and pulled a chunk of Styrofoam out of the back of it. It was irritating. I was surprised today when I was cleaning off the back porch to find a brand new helmet on my handle bars. The kids all swear that they know nothing, as does Kenneth. So to my benefactor "Thank you!"

October 10, 2009

Halloween Dry Run

We have a Guide Dog Raiser Halloween Party this week so we broke out the costume bins again. Hazel was looking really "Craby". Then we made Dejay try on costumes. In the end he went to the party in the ballerina costume.

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October 7, 2009

Say No to CUTCO!

I think that CUTCO knives are cool. They are really expensive. I always think to myself (about knife buying) "maybe someday I will be able to afford nice knives, maybe even CUTCO knives". The dream has ended...
Yesterday I got a call that one of my friends had given her my name, that I might be interested. Can she please come over on Wednesday and do the demonstration? She gets "credit" just for coming over and showing me the knives. I have sat through many presentations of this sort. She came over this afternoon and was really nice at the beginning. At the end when she wanted to look throught the catalog with me I told her that her presentation was interesting but I am not able to afford her knives, not even making payments. She was still nice. Then she asked me for a list of my friends that she could call. I told her I didn't have any friends to refer her to. ( I don't actually know many people who have that much money) She got frustrated and said "What do you only know people who have been laid off?". So I fessed up, and told her that I am uncomfortable giving out my friends names for marketing. That made her angry and she said "WELL, I guess I didn't know you WEREN'T interested!", and huffed off.

So, the moral of the story is that I am going to drool over some other expensive knife and I knew better than to say yes.