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The Turkey Trotters Made it to the Finish

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Every Thanksgiving morning, the Underwood boys run the Turkey Trot  through downtown Des Moines. When they finish, they are served breakfast. It's a treat to run in this lovely, sunny 40-degree weather!
Now they'll drive to Ollie for a Grandma Jonita Thanksgiving dinner.

Stone Crab and Kim

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The Jerdees stopped for lunch at Doc Fords in San Carlos.  Kim is loving the stone crab.

Back to Disney for a Run or Two

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Kim, Adam, and Landon flew to Florida today, registered for their races, and moved into the Dolphin Hotel. Here's their hotel pool...it comes with seating behind the falls for extra thrills. Landon does the Kids' Run on Saturday,  Adam does the Wine-and-Dine Half Marathon on Sunday. I'll be feeding their cat.

A is for Academics

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Be is for Brains, Brawn, and Beauty. Hunter has it all. We attended the fall ceremony for handing out academic letters and gold bars. Hunter has been on the Honor Roll as a sophomore and junior at Valley High.

Amy is 50!

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Landon and I did the decorating after his art class at the Des Moines Art Center.  Instead of putting 50 candles on a cake, we put 50 actual-size candles  around the patio and in the house so we could toast Amy  when the Underwoods arrived just after sunset.

A Look Back

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I came across photos from 2004 taken at a gift opening party after Kim and Adam's wedding. I was stunned by the difference in height between Hunter and me. If we stand together now, he's the taller one!

Valley Homecoming 2017

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Group dating is where it is...the girls pushing the guys to make a move.  So Blake and Hunter obliged but deny that they are into "dating" girls.  It's all a big set-up. Parents were on board with their kids & cameras for the winning game, HyVee Hall dance and dining at Biaggi's and Glen Oaks Clubhouse.

It's A Sack!

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Hunter's an excellent linebacker.

Dave is 50!

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Five red carnations for Dave's five decades filled with verve and vitality.
A dozen family members gathered to celebrate
and I was so involved with the food that I forgot
to take pictures.
Anyway, it was a great time!!!

Hunter's Rafting on Clear Creek in Colorado

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Alas, I can't move the phone pictures to my photo gallery to show you but he's wearing a wet suit and boarding a big yellow Clear Creek bus to the white waters. Waiting for news... I'm looking at ClearCreekRafting.com

OK, figured out how to get pictures:


In just two hours...

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It's a good thing Hunter came by the day before D Day to help pack
 the contents of our kitchen cupboards
because the demolishing crew meant business! They arrived at 8 a.m. and by 10 a.m. the old fence from the back patio
 walked away and the 1980s kitchen disappeared.



Watch this space!

Syttende Mai birthday party for Adam

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OK, so Adam's birthday is really May 21 but because he loves being Norwegian, we scheduled his celebration for Norway's Constitution Day.
Party guests were greeted with rhubarb cordials (ok for kids). The recipe is simple: 2 lbs. of rhubarb cut into 2-inch pieces is brought to a boil in 2 cups of water, then simmered for 30 minutes. With cheesecloth over strainer, the liquid is reserved and the rhubarb remains tossed. In a clean pot, 1 3/4 cup of sugar is added to the rhubarb liquid and brought to a boil, simmered for 10 minutes, then poured into sterile container and  refrigerated. To serve, combine 1 part rhubarb liquid with 2 parts water.  Pour into glasses over ice. Lemon slices/mint leaves on the side.

Smorrebrod.
 That's the Norwegian word for open-face sandwiches, the theme for the party menu. Inspiration for all sorts of ingredient combinations. Salmon/cucumber/dill cream cheese/chives. Chicken salad/lettuce/parsley. Boiled egg slices/ dill pickle slices/sandwich …

Landon is 7!

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It was a great day for a backyard birthday party--a lovely free-for-all afternoon under the maple tree shading a circle of chairs for about 35 attendees...parents, grandparents, cousins, school friends, adult friends from church.
 For additional super-cushy seating, some chose the Little House.

Our Happy Graduate

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The graduate may be happy but so are we!

While working as Director of Cost Reduction and Productivity
for United Technologies Corporation, Dave did the work that it took to earn his MBA.
On May 6, 2017, he graduated from Upper Iowa University
 and everyone who could travel to Fayetteville, Iowa that day
 was there for the celebration.
Congratulations, Dave!

Nationals 9th Grade Wrestling Champ

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The next day he ran the track relays for the Valley Tigers of West Des Moines.
For details, read the first comment below.

Dirty Dancing

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The Underwoods headed to North Carolina for Spring Break this year,  staying at Rumbling Bald Resort on Lake Lure. A cool place for golfing, zip-lining, hiking, rock climbing, wellness center workouts. And dancing! Stealing a scene on the site of the resort where the movie, Dirty Dancing, was filmed.

Our Wrestling Star

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We've  been in Des Moines for most of wrestling season this year and yesterday was the last tournament. Catching moves on an iPhone at quite a distance was a challenge but we did our best. Hope you enjoy a few action shots. Blake won all three matches at this tournament.

The final count for the season:
18 wins (half of them pins)
4 losses