Showing posts from 2011

Hunter's First Time Out on the Course

Venice East Golf Course was the place.  8 a.m. was the time he started at the driving range.  That was it for training. The 18-hole Executive course was no challenge for Hunter, but it was for his mom. He did a great job for the first time.
A Santa Palm for a photo op.

the newest kid on the golf course

Hunter was surprised when his parents bought him a set of golf clubs for Christmas. He's getting his first lesson on a 3-par course in South Venice tomorrow.

a tidbit...

just wanted to update a little...the Underwoods moved into the Christmas holiday beach condo a couple days ago and we haven't done a good job of recording everything. We'll get better... poolside just out their door
a little water football
gateway to the gulf

Landon's 2011 Visit with Santa...ho, ho. ho, hum...

Remember Landon's first visit in 2010? Click on the link!

Snow on the Landscape

Amy and Dave's backyard view.  Seen from their balcony

more hat chat

This hat went to Blake, the Champion of  the North-Hoover Wrestling Tournament.
And, would you believe he had the energy to pull it off on Sunday morning
after hosting a pizza and game party for 11 kids the night before?

Note the trophy that he'll add to his growing collection. Congrats to Blake! This is the coolest hat a champ could wear. Lookin' good!

hat chat

So what do you call a hat like this? Is there a name for it?
This is a gift to Landon from Grandma Janet.
Cute, eh?
Should be warm with those earflaps!

According to wikipedia, it's a tuque...a stocking cap...
a Canadian-English head cover against the cold.
 If it has a pom-pom on the top, it might be called a bobble hat.

Underwood Thanksgiving 2011

We have not had a Christmas Tree for what we think is 7 years. This year the night before Thanksgiving we got a tree that was pre lit, came in three parts and took 15 mintues and no mess to put up. All we had to do is the fun part of putting on the deocrations. Great invention!
On Thanksgiving morning we all crawled out of bed and did the Turkey Trot (3rd year). This year we all participated. Hunter was the big winner in 4th place for his age group for the 2 mile with 16:30. Dave and Blake tied both getting 5th place in their age group. Dave did the 2 mile in 14:56 and Blake did the 5 mile is 46:00. Amy didn't place but did finish the 2 mile in 26 min. Good place to start. Next year will surely be better.
After the run we came home and had a big feast with the Underwoods. We ordered a turkey, greenbean casserole and green salad from the club. The best part was the home made cranberry sauce that came with the turkey. The green beans were also fresh and the chef made a p…

Landon made a friend at the mall


just like my dad

photo by Adam 'n Kim
Landon skypes now, too. He showed us a lot of his toys the other day. 

Cousins hanging out...


Sarasota Chalk Festival

Hi everyone,
This is a little postcard from Sarasota.

Today we perused the chalk paintings on the street between Orange and Pineapple Streets.
 The Chalk Festival has been going on for a week and will finish tomorrow.
Artists from all over the globe participate in this strange and funky venue
 that resembles mural art, cartooning, and mastering the Masters.

They've been working on their paintings in the hot sun for six days. We're so happy that it hasn't rained on their parade of paintings!
We stopped to photograph this artist at work on something that might please Adam and Hunter...who is this character? Allen says "Anima"? Japanese cartooning...

You can tell the huge scale of these images by the chalk tray nearby.
These artists do get DOWN & DIRTY... note the grubby pants and knee pads.
And check this out, Blake!!! A 3-dimensional Lego scene...huge  (those guys in the grubby clothes are the ones who chalked this panorama.) Look at the crowd to see how big the picture…

Dancin' Landon

A couple fun videos of Landon Dancing this past summer. Just getting them up on the web now. Landon really loses himself in the music and gets into it.

Pumpkin Carving

Adam, Kim and Landon Jerdee joined the Underwoods (Hunter, Blake, Amy and Dave) for some good old fashioned pumpkin carving on Sunday. Amy supplied the venue and food. One of the highlights was the excellent dried pumpkin seeds Amy prepared to eat. Everyone enjoyed them including Landon.

Dave and Hunter

Kimberly "scooping out the guts" of a pumpkin.

Hunter and his Valley Tigers (local high school) pumpkin.

A display of pumpkin works.

Dave's pumpkin.

Two pumpkins with candles later that night.
Adam carved out a "Kitty-Bat" design from a carving kit template. Otherwise the designs were carved using freehand designs.

Mathlete Blake

At the annual awards ceremony this year, Blake received a trophy for reaching 2 years above grade level for math. Go Blake!

Legoland, Florida just opened

Remember our visit to Cypress Gardens during the Jimmy Carter days? It went by the wayside as a popular park so the lego people took over the site.
Check out the VIDEOS...the second one, A Walk in the Park, tells the story about the building of the park.
Blake is sure to love this place for its use of legos...:)

Pumpkin Patch & Corn Maze-ing


And he finished!!

Adam finished the 26.2 mile marathon in 4 hours 45 minutes and 32 seconds! Congratulations, Adam! That is an unbelievable accomplishment, something you've done several times before.
Waiting for pictures to come in via blackberry...

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Number 11

Amy sent this photo to me so I'm posting it. Hunter is popular with the guys.  He works hard and they give him a lot of "atta boys."
Blake is popular on his team too. There doesn't seem to be anything he can't do. I don't have a picture of him to post. Anyone?

Fall on the Greens


For all you Dolphins fans out there...

You can check out the West Des Moines 5th Grade Dolphins'  progress on Facebook! See the link posted at the top of our sidebar :)

Football Days

The gridiron has new characters for us to observe... one of them came up in the stands to see us.

This is Hunter BEFORE the game. Wish you could have seen the AFTER... Proud and sweaty...they'd played a great game with an outcome of 20-6!!! Everyone was slapping him on the back for all the great work he'd done, whole family standing around, taking it in.

All we had for picture-taking was a phone... maybe we'll do better next time. Watch for Number 11.