Tuesday, May 27, 2008

weekend update

This weekend was an awesome one. For the first time in a long time, we had no obligations and were free to hang out and get some stuff done outside.

Dustin got his garden planted and a small fence put up around it. It won't be long before we have fresh vegetables growing.

I had a great birthday on Sunday. Nice and low-key, just the way I like it. Dustin and the boys went to Game Stop in Rogers and traded in their GameCube and all of their games. They got $100 for it. Miles and Linus have been saving up for a Wii... they have both been saving their money for awhile now and had another $100 in their piggy banks. Dustin was feeling especially generous Sunday when the guy at Game Stop said that they had a Wii in stock... he let the boys pay their $200 and he gave them the other $50 so they could buy it. They came home so excited... they could hardly wait to get it going. We all took turns creating our "Mii" characters and doing the Wii physical fitness tests.

Dustin and I started watching the 6th season of 24. My nephew has it on DVD and lent it to us. We've watched the first few episodes and it's as good as all of the other seasons so far. I had heard that it wasn't very good so I have been pleasantly surprised. I have to tell you, Jack Bauer is the coolest guy on TV. That guy totally kicks my butt.

Dustin and I also watched Cloverfield because a couple guys from his work said it was good. We both disagreed with them. They told Dustin that it was a little scary too... and Dustin knows that I LOVE a good scary movie. It wasn't scary and it wasn't good.

I spent quite a bit of time yesterday on itunes getting some music thanks to some gift cards I received for my birthday. Dustin got me a sweet ipod touch for Mother's Day/birthday. I love it... but feel like it is way too technological and important to be mine! :)

Friday, May 23, 2008

the last band concert

Last night I made the treck to the Monticello High School for my niece Kelsey's last band concert. She plays the french horn in the Wind Ensemble. I've been to several concerts throughout her school career. They handed out awards to the seniors and her friend Susan was presented with the Arion Award. I am amazed at how good the Wind Ensemble is... listening to their music is so much fun (and I never thought I'd say that about a high school band!)

Track and Field Day 2008

A beautiful... but windy...day at the track. Greta and I spent the better part of the day at school cheering Miles on as he ran the 100 meter, 400 meter and did the softball toss. The best part of the day was when I heard my nephew Quinn (top picture, second from the left in the back row) encouraging Miles after he came in last in his heet of the 100 meter dash. Miles had ran his best but was discouraged that he had come in last. Quinn walked up to him and said "As long as you're out there doing you're best, it doesn't matter if you come in 1st or last. Just run your hardest, Miles."

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

must see tv!!

I just got a call from the Freiwalds (who are in New York right now.) This morning they got tickets for the taping of the David Letterman show that will air tonight. I'm totally going to TiVo this because there is a decent chance that we will get to see their crazy mugs on TV!

Monday, May 19, 2008


Greta and I were invited to the groundbreaking ceremony today at the school. The first phase of construction is starting for the additions made possible from the referendum that passed. My nephew Quinn was selected as one of the students who got to don the hard hats and break fresh ground.

More celebrating

On Saturday Miles got to invite 4 friends from school over for his birthday. We also had 2 of his cousins here so it was a house full of kids! Luckily the weather was beautiful so we spent a lot of time outside. Then on Sunday we celebrated Miles' birthday with the Youngs side of the family... another full house at my mom and dad's!


The Balvins surprised Miles on his birthday by driving all the way to Maple Lake to celebrate! It was like no time had passed since they moved... everyone just picked up where they left off. It was so much fun!

Thursday, May 15, 2008


Happy Birthday Miles!! 8 years old already... where has the time gone?!

You are a great kid. You love anything baseball... Brenton must have rubbed off on you because your 2 favorite teams are the Twins and the Red Sox. You love to read and you asked for math workbooks this past Christmas... you are a natural student and excell in school. You are finally coming out of your shell at school and have made lots of friends! You have even stepped out of your comfort zone and vocally stood up for a few kids on the playground... we are so proud of you for that!! It reminds us of your soft side, how sensitive you can be to others in pain. You are approaching the age where you would rather be with the adults than the "little kids" and are constantly asking "How old do I have to be to ....". Slow it down, kid. You're growing up way too quickly as it is.

Friday, May 02, 2008


O.k. friends, here are a few specific prayer requests for Nicole and Kelly's mom, Becky. Test results show that she has cancer of the lungs and liver and a few spots on other organs as well as in the brain. The results of the bone marrow biopsy also show cancer there.

Becky is having her first chemo treatment today. If she tolerates it she will then wait 3 weeks and have a second round. 3 weeks later she will have a CT to see if the cancer has gotten any smaller. Please pray for tolerating the chemo as well as the effectivness.

The doctors are stumped as far as her platelet counts go. They are very low already and chemo tends to lower them more. Please pray for her counts to go up.

If all goes well Becky could have a couple more years with us. Hard as it is to say, this treatment is realistically meant to give her more time and not to cure the cancer. It has agressively spread throughout the body and is taking it's toll. That being said, I know that we serve a mighty God and He can perform miracles. I remember reading something on Angie Smith's blog, Bring the Rain, that I think fits perfectly here. She talked about walking a narrow line between praying for God to do a miracle (because He can) and being prepared to accept His will, whatever it is. That is where we are at now. Please pray that this family is able to enjoy the time they have together, cherish each other, and are able to praise God no matter what the outcome is.

Thursday, May 01, 2008

a little something for everyone

The Brown kids have all been struggling with "intestinal distress" for the last 2 days. This has not been a very fun time. If I would've purchased stock in toilet paper a few days ago we would be rich.

Apparently pickles are in high demand right now. While shopping last night I was surprised to find that every brand of baby dills were sold out.

Greta and I watched the movie Matilda this morning. Easily one of the best kids movies of all time.

Miles and Linus are excited about baseball. They want to do the summer program through community education. I've got to remember to sign them up soon. This means that we'll be at the ball fields 4 nights a week in June and July... not sure if I'm going to enjoy the sweltering humidity so much.

Dustin and I watched Juno last night. It had a few great one liners and had great delivery but over all I wasn't really impressed with the movie. I had heard it was an awesome movie... maybe that's part of the problem... it was built up too much. Plus, the extremely cavalier attitude toward teenage pregnancy made me feel a bit uneasy.

We're fast approaching Miles' 8th birthday. I can hardly believe that he's already 8! We're starting to plan a small party for him and his friends from school. He's excited because it's going to have a Pokemon theme. I can't believe that he's still interested in Pokemon after all of these years.