Sunday, May 17, 2009

Recital and Uncle Adam

Katelyn has been working on the song "Salsa Kid" for months and finally performed it at her recital today. She did a fantastic job! To see her performance, click here

Yesterday we got to see a very tired, yet still energetic Uncle Adam in NYC. Adam is working for a company that hosts 200 mile relay races (Ragnar). Each team in the race has 12 runners who each take 3-8 mile stretches to run. The fastest team ran it in 18 hours and 50 minutes. The slowest teams took almost 35 hours. During the run, most of the runners get very little sleep. Although the runners get little sleep, those who staff the event get even less. Adam had only gotten 6 hours and 15 minutes of sleep since Wednesday (3 hours Wednesday, 3 hours Thursday, 15 minutes Friday). Today he had hoped to come to Church with us, but I think he was a little surprised when he woke up after 12 hours of sleep still tired. So, he decided to spend the remaining part of the day in NYC resting. We look forward to seeing him on Tuesday when he's done with work.

Sunday, May 10, 2009

Snakes, toads, soccer, fence, Mother's Day, Eli standing

Saturday Melanie looked out the window to see some strange animal outside. Not sure what she was seeing, she went outside to find two snakes playing tug-a-war with a toad. When she went out, one of the snakes fled, leaving the toad to the other snake. Unfortunately, Dale and the kids weren't home, but she was able to get pictures. The boys (including Dale) are fascinated and Katelyn is petrified and will not even look at this blog while the picture is showing.

This week we stayed busy with more soccer. Katelyn and her team played very well. We took a lot of pictures. See our pictures site.

We also finished taking down the ugly white fence in the backyard. Can't believe how it has transformed our backyard from feeling long and narrow to much wider and expansive.

Melanie had a wonderful Mother's Day (& week). Celebration started Tuesday with a special Activity Day where Katelyn gave Melanie a beautiful pin and framed letter. Later in the week she also gave Melanie some potted marigolds from school. Dale and the kids all helped to make a wonderful fruit and french toast breakfast. Then Luke led Melanie blind-folded into the kitchen to help her sit down in one of her new chairs for outside. Katelyn's gift-giving wasn't done and she gave Melanie mascara and a slice of a geode. Lots of hugs, kisses, good food and love made a wonderful Mother's Day.

An update on Eli -- he has discovered that he likes to stand unassisted. So, he stands himself up and is so proud of how long he can go without holding on to anything.

Sunday, May 3, 2009

Garden, garden, garden, oh and some tennis, & cherry blossoms

This week was all about finishing getting the garden cages finished -- stapling down the chicken wire, putting hinges on the large cages, mixing soil, and planting transplants and seeds. Still a little early for some of the warm summer crops (tomatoes, etc), but we've got a good start on some of the other stuff. Fun to see that our radishes have already sprouted (not sure if anyone will eat them, but its hard to pass up something that will be ready for harvest in three weeks).

Katelyn also started tennis lessons this week. Yes, she is doing two sports right now -- soccer and tennis. But, when she showed interest in the Challis' favorite sport, how could we say no? So, by the end of the week, everyone in the family now has tennis rackets. Katelyn had a great first practice and thinks she is pretty hot stuff. Luke was able to hit 3 balls that Dale tossed to him. Dale and Melanie might have to hit the court on a date night soon.

Finally, this week the cherry trees are in blossom. We have a small cherry tree in our backyard that Dale took the above picture. But to see more pictures of our family in beautiful Hurd Park with a cherry tree lined brook, please see our picture website: There are also pictures of Eli playing the piano -- he discovered that he can reach the keys if he stands on his tiptoes. He has tried to play duets while Katelyn has been practicing.