Thursday, August 30, 2007

A day of fun!

This summer has gone by so quickly that is hard to believe the kids will be heading back to school on Tuesday. We invited the Block family to join us for a day of fun in Wilsonville, Oregon.
We started our day off at Bullwinkles Family Fun Center with a round of miniature golf! Pictured from left to right - Morgan Block, Roman Block, Tyler, Tori, Brandon, Ryley, Ryan and Sarah. (Mallory Block was camera shy!)
After playing golf and several video games at Bullwinkles we headed to a nearby park for lunch!

After lunch we went to visit the Oregon Korean War Memorial and read about the losses incurred during the 3 years of war in the 1950s. Visit this site to learn more about the memorial:

We ended our day by cooling off in the fountains adjacent to the war memorial! We had a fabulous day and are sorry that summer has ended so soon!

Sunday, August 26, 2007

Are you ready for some football?

We spent several hours in Beaverton, Oregon on Saturday at a football jamboree the Canby Cougars participated in.

Ryan is #28, waiting on the sidelines. Notice the red shoes...he's the only player in Canby with them. You can't miss him on the field!
Ryan waiting to go in on defense with his coach.
Ryan being blocked by the opposing team.
After the jamboree Matt's mom brought my nephew Malachi over to have cake with his cousins. We hadn't seen him in 1 1/2 years!
Tyler making a wish and blowing out his candles!

Friday, August 24, 2007

It is Tyler's birthday!!!!

Today was Tyler's 7th birthday. He started the morning off by checking his email and reading all of emails and birthday e-cards!

He asked for his favorite breakfast -- toast, scrambled eggs and bacon!
Then he spent the ENTIRE DAY upstairs playing video games with his brothers. He said that is a 7 year old's dream birthday day!
I made him the Sponge Bob Square Pants Cake he wanted!
He was so excited when he saw his finished cake!

He chose Kentucky Fried Chicken for dinner!

Then it came time for presents! The benefit of having several siblings is you end up with a tower of gifts!

Surprise! Legos, Legos, Legos! Exactly what he wanted!

Sunday, August 19, 2007

August Update

It has been a while since we posted on our blog! Nothing really exciting going on. Matt and I are preparing for the "busy season" with the kids. We spent the weekend shopping for school clothes -- Nothing like packing up 6 kids and hitting the mall. 10 pairs of shoes, 30 pairs of pants, and multiple shirts and other necessities later, we celebrated finishing our school clothes shopping at Red Robin's Restaurant in Clackamas!

Our school supply lists seem to grow larger and larger each year. We went to Target with a list of supplies we needed. While standing in the school supplies section, I was reading off the list to Matt "We need 84 pencils" "We need 42 glue sticks" "We need 11 peechee folders". The store employee looked at me and asked "Are you buying for the whole classroom?" Funny, it sure feels like it, sometimes!

School starts on September 4th and we are coordinating the kids schedules, which will keep us very busy. Starting in September Tori will start Jazz class and Musical Theater classes. Ryan is playing football. It looks like he will start out playing 1st string defense as a Cornerback (we have ice packs ready for the bumps and bruises!). Tyler's soccer coach called tonight and his first practice will be August 27th. Luckily Ryley, Sarah and Brandon don't have any extra curricular activities just yet.

Matt and I snuck away for a quick trip to Portland's new IKEA store. Even an hour before closing the parking lot was completely full. We made it out with a couple new bookcases for Tori Lynn's new "purple room" that we are redecorating.

Matt finished tiling our walls surrounding the bathtub! He'll be grouting this week and then move on to tiling the bathtub surround at the base and then start demolition on our bathroom counter top!

Friday, August 10, 2007

A man who's advice is worthy

I think there is something to be said, for a man to remember who he is and where he came from. Warren Buffet lives the life he chooses to live. He doesn't live up to society's expectations of the wealthy. Yet, he alone has helped millions with his gifts to charity.

There was a one hour interview on CNBC with Warren Buffet, the second richest man who has donated $31 billion to charity. Here are some very interesting aspects of his life:

1. He bought his first share of stock at age 11 and he now regrets that he started too late!
2. He bought a small farm at age 14 with savings from delivering newspapers.
3. He still lives in the same, small 3-bedroom house in midtown Omaha that he bought after he got married 50 years ago. He says that he has everything he needs in that house. His house does not have a wall or a fence.
4. He drives his own car everywhere and does not have a driver or security people around him.

5. He never travels by private jet, although he owns the world's largest private jet company.
6. His company, Berkshire Hathaway, owns 63 companies. He writes only one letter each year to the CEOs of these companies, giving them goals for the year. He never holds meetings or calls them on a regular basis. He has given his CEO's only two rules. Rule number 1: Do not lose any of your shareholder's money. Rule number 2: Do not forget rule number 1.
7. He does not socialize with the high society crowd. His pastime after he gets home is to make himself some popcorn and watch television.
8. Bill Gates, the world's richest man, met him for the first time only 5 years ago. Bill Gates did not think he had anything in common with Warren Buffet. So, he had scheduled his meeting only for half hour. But when Gates met him, the meeting lasted for ten hours and Bill Gates became a devotee of Warren Buffet.
9. Warren Buffet does not carry a cell phone, nor has a computer on his desk.
10. His advice to young people: 'Stay away from credit cards and invest in yourself and re member:
A. Money doesn't create man, but it is the man who created money.
B. Live your life as simple as you are.
C. Don't do what others say. Just listen to them, but do what makes you feel good.
D. Don't go on brand name. Wear those things in which you feel comfortable.
E. Don't waste your money on unnecessary things. Spend on those who really are in need.
F. After all, it's your life. Why give others the chance to rule your life?'

Sunday, August 5, 2007

Let the renovation begin!

We went to pick out some new tile for our master bathroom today and Matt is in full fledged demolition today! The marble tile that was originally put in was not sealed properly when it was originally installed and water had seeped behind the tile and into the sheet rock. We have found that several other homes in the neighborhood have had the same problem. The good news is we caught ours before there was any dry rot! The neighbor next door....not so lucky. Her tub had to come out and the contractor ended up cutting out the back half of her house and pulling the tub out to replace the sub floor along with everything else.

Saturday, August 4, 2007

Day trip to Vancouver Washington

On Saturday we decided to travel north and check out Vancouver Washington! We toured the city and then headed to Vancouver Lake. The lake itself is huge and the grounds with walking trails are GORGEOUS. The downfall is that the lake is inaccessible due to high levels of ecoli, so we weren't able to play in the water. Brandon and Ryley are not pictured because they are spending the week at their Grandparent's home in Winchester, OR!

Sarah, Tyler, Tori and Ryan at Vancouver Lake
Ryan and Tyler trying to show off the frogs they caught!
Matt and Tori with the snake they caught!