Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Landon's Trip to Target Field

Landon went to his first baseball game in style, at Target field on September 20. After a little family gathering at Uncle Virgil's on Saturday, a trip to the Minnesota Renaissance Festival on Sunday and a visit to Como Zoo on Monday we made our way to our hotel in the Warehouse District downtown then on to the Twins game. We were witness when the Twins beat the Indians 9-3. The next day the Twins clinched their division in the American League. Landon laughed, he cried, he peed his pants it was so exciting. Thanks to Virgil for hosting our Rolfsrud meet and greet with Landon.

Twins have a Bear (Cub?) mascot?

Monday, September 27, 2010

Saturday, September 25, 2010

A Belated Blake's Birthday Post


Becky here. Grandpa Al took 46 pictures at Blake's birthday so I needed to edit quite heavily. Uncle Adam, Aunt Kim, Landon, Dave, Hunter & Amy, Becky & Al were there with two of Blake's friends, Ethan and (little) Adam. Just posting pictures of the kids. It was a Scooby kind of decor with Scooby snacks at the end.

Hunter, (little) Adam, Blake, and Ethan...all very nice kids. They had a fabulous time playing Wii in the basement while the rest of us chatted upstairs in comfortable leather chairs.
Landon often steeples his hands while he sleeps.

Little party pooper.






Tuesday, September 14, 2010

5K Race at Living History Farms/Dave's Birthday

We tried to do a lot of things all at once on Dave's birthday...mainly a 5K race run by Adam and Blake.
 Our post-race party (picnic) table and food were supplied by Living History Farm's race organizers.
 At six p.m. on the hottest day of the summer, some of us were stationed at the finish line
while others of us hoped to catch a glimpse of our runners
 as they pass us on the road.

Hunter and I model for shadow photos while we wait for our guys.
It was Hunter's plan to spot Blake when he came by
to support his effort by running alongside for a short distance.

Six seconds or so later, along comes Adam.
At this station, it's just a half mile to the finish line...
 I can't get there with my camera in time to catch our guys coming through!

So this photo at the finish line will have to do.
Remember,
it's the HOTTEST DAY of the summer, a hurtin' kinda day to run!
Race officials blunt the pain with gifts of water and a handshake.
The intercom calls out the names of runners as they arrive,
 and, for a couple, they announce ages.
 "And here comes Blake Underwood--he's only eight years old!"



The guys collapse around our picnic/birthday party table for a sweat-off, a drink, and a little potassium.
Drinks were served and sandwiches, fruit, and cookies offered at the main table.


By the time the band strikes up,
this one has his hands over his ears.


A little cooldown and Adam and Blake chat while they stretch their legs.
Another successful run.
Thanks Living History
and
Happy Birthday, dear Dave!
We love you.
(Dave's birthday got short shrift at the Farm but we made up for it in other ways.)

Sunday, September 12, 2010

Day of the Dead Skulls

Becky here.
A long story...
For Christmas last year, Hunter presented me with a couple of specially selected gifts--skull-shaped soaps and a mold for making my own chocolate skulls. At school he'd learned about the Day of the Dead and,
 at the Art Center in Des Moines, worked in the art studios on Day of the Dead projects.
He learned that skulls and dying aren't all that bad--that some people celebrate the spirits
 of those who've passed before us.
In the Art Museum Store, he selected my Christmas presents.

I've been using the skull soaps all year...wrapping my fingers
 around the smooth shapes of the skulls while I wash :)
The mold package, with its hot pink paper back, has been lying in wait since last Christmas.
 I brought it home from Florida and, at last, we put it to use!!!


We melted Toll House Nestle Semi-Sweet Morsels in my tiny crockpot and spooned the smooth liquid-y chocolate into the mold. Popped them into the freezer and then, this morning, popped them out of the mold.
Waiting to taste...

Friday, September 10, 2010

The Big Game

Hunter and Blake are getting ready for the big game Saturday!  There is no question who their favorite is.

Thursday, September 9, 2010

A Belated Birthday Post

By last Sunday when we gathered at Westlakes, Hunter was 10 years old. Blake came a bit earlier to do the decorating by setting up the pizza-party coffee table, blowing up balloons and hanging fripperies everywhere.


See that smirk on Blake's face?
 These two rascals are about to unravel a few gags...that's because Uncle Adam (who thinks like a 10-year-old) brought along a fart whistle, a can of nuts that pops you in the face if you reach for a nut, and a fake ice cube with a bee in it to put in someone's drink.

Although it was Hunter's day, guess who got a lot of face time?


Hunter's looking a lot like his Dad in this picture...
couldn't help but notice the well-defined cut of the chin and jaw.


After presents came ice cream cake--a regular cake cake is no longer an option.


Happy Birthday, dear Hunter!
You're such a beautiful boy!

Thursday, September 2, 2010

Meals from the Heartland

Today Hunter's 5th Grade Class volunteered to work at the Meals from the Heartland project at Hy Vee Hall downtown Des Moines.  Hunter's team was headed by Mrs. Underwood (that took some getting used to).  We had 8 team members and completed 11 boxes of food (the highest # for Mr. Wise's class).  We fed close to 400 people.  We spilled a little rice and had a little trouble getting coordinated at times, but for the most part we ran a pretty tight ship.  When we left the entire group of volunteers for that day had created over 200,000 bags of food to be shipped to Haiti.  They had 4 more hours left to go so we don't know the total for the day.