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Happy 2011!

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Happy New Year, everyone! This is the Underwoods' last night in Florida. Tomorrow they'll be driving back to Iowa. Boo hoo :(

Eruption on Mt. Vernon Drive...

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There was an eruption on Mt. Vernon Drive last night!  Blake finished making his volcano--a Christmas gift from his Big Sister. After cutting up a disposable container (old milk carton) to mix the volcano-building material,  he stirred and blended the mixture with water.
Got his hands in the muck...sandy stuff that dries slowly so there's plenty of time to create the mountainous volcano.
A little landscaping for scale and bit of reality...
...paint to develop character...
...and finally, it's ready to go.
He pours in a tablespoon of soda...
...stirs up a vial of vinegar and dishwashing liquid (the instructions say to be sure to wear those goggles!)...
...and thar' she blows!!!!

Bowling with Dave

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Dave and Blake found Gabe (9) at the beach yesterday. We exchanged contact info and met Gabe and his mom, Joan, at the bowling alley on a cold and windy night (last night).
Here's Gabe (Gabriel)...
bowler Blake...
...and Gabe's Mom, Joan, an excellent bowler.
We ended the night with these scores on the third game. Good time had by all :) Maybe today we'll play with Gabriel at the playground near his house... depending on how much energy we have for being outdoors on another cold and rainy day.

Santa Pants

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All the boys get Santa Pants this year! Here's Landon. Here's Blake.
And here's Hunter!
All set for Christmas Eve... Have a good one, everyone!

A Timeless Classic

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Landon in 2010
Allen in 1943Adam and Kim here with a little treat. Here is our little man Landon dressed up in a special outfit worn by his grandfather Allen in 1943. It’s still in great shape and is great for any occasion. It actually even still smells pretty nice. Notice the very different hair.

Another Winter

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Note from Becky: The Underwoods arrived in Venice at 6 p.m. Sunday evening.  Hunter intended to post a winter greeting to you from a clipart picture he'd saved on his computer but the server rejected his use of the art for posting here. He substituted with this winter picture from a couple years ago... we'll get busy and make some new pictures :)

Swimming in the Snow

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It's 9 degrees in Champaign, IL but Hunter and Blake  couldn't resist jumping into the snow-surrounded pool.

Landon Visits Santa

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Adam said he worried that Landon would freak out when he got near Santa. It didn't happen.  Landon practically jumped out of Adam's arms to get to Santa..the little daredevil... a boy who completely enjoyed his visit with Santa.

Thanks, Virg

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And a good time was had by all. Mr. Softie and I drove to North Fort Meyers for a little tete 'e tete (sp?) with Virg. While there we took a little tour of the water/park area in Moody River, the part that's been turned into a bee farm by the mad, mad, mad developer. Kayaking, anyone?

Spider starts another season

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Blake and Hunter opened their 2010-2011 wrestling season with a tournament at daddy's old high school - Pekin. Hunter won his first match and ended up with a bronze medal. Good for his comeback after being out for over a year.


Blake pinned all three of his opponents in under 57 seconds each. The last one was 27 seconds. The Spider is wrapping up one of his opponents here in the photo.

Here is Blake on the winners podium.
Daddy is proud!

Turkey Trot 2010

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Thanksgiving has come and gone. The Underwood's carried on their tradition by starting Thanksgiving morning with a brisk 2 or 5 mile run this year in 19 degrees. (no moisture or breeze though). Hunter and Dave chose the 2 mile leg both finishing better than the year before. Blake chose the 5 mile run finishing in 40:23 and coming in first place in his age bracket.

The next morning Amy took the boys shopping at 4 am. Target was way more challenging than any 5 mile brisk run!

We hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving!

Getting the Guest House Ready for the Underwoods!

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Landon Visits the Underwoods

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We got to have Landon over for a visit yesterday afternoon while mom and dad went to see the new Harry Potter movie.

Landon was very well behaved. He laughed at all of our jokes and let us throw him around like a toy for a good three hours. His favorite game was "I am going to eat your toes" and "no way you are going to get those pants back on me". We are wondering if he was ready for a nap when he got home like we were.
Here a few high lights. He didn't sit still much so some of the photos are a bit blurry.







Happy 6 Months Landon!

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Today is Landon's 6 month birthday so to celebrate we gathered some pictures and a video to share. Also, happy birthday to mom/nana/Becky!
At the Target Field shop
Wearing a crazy hat from great aunt Solveig.In the jumper, just hangin' around.
Celebrating the end of the Des Moines marathon with daddy.
Yum, rice cereal.Monkeying around with great grandpa Lyle at Halloween.
Landon doing his trick while Becky and Allen watch via Skype.

The Little House in the Backyard

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Adam and Kim here with an update on a fun little project in our backyard. We decided it was time to freshen up the little house Al and Becky built about 12(?) years ago. Here's how it looks before, during and after.
Adam washing the siding first.
Before cleaning
The shutter shows how it looked before cleaning, part of the wall has been washed, and the leanto has been stained.
The North side of the little house completed.