Friday, March 27, 2009


Rick and Ryan Goldsberry (www.9thwardcartoons) are astute observers. I think they are on to something here.

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Finishing & Beginning, Again

We learned Tyrel will was selected to beon the 10-year-old Fusion baseball team. So we had exactly 0 weeks break from the end of basketball before baseball practice began. It should be interesting to see how this team does given how new they are. After watching them practice a few times I am excited by the chance to see a team play that was filled with kids who want to play baseball. Tyrel is excited as there are several of hir friends friends also on this team. On top of the Fusion team, little league tryouts are this week!

Tyrel had his first soccer game, and win, this week as well. I forgot that spring soccer means cold games. Saturday’s game was no exception. All parents and spectators on the sideline shivered as the players seemed to hardly notice the weather. Being distracted by the weather, I admit I didn’t pay close attention to the entire game, so I had to ask Tyrel if he scored this game. He stated he did, but I’m not too certain.
Erin continues to treat our house as a gymnasium. She hardly takes two consecutive steps without turning a cartwheel. At times, she will spontaneously bust out into a fit of cartwheeling that will last until she hurts herself or until she is out of breath, whichever comes first. Without exception, she is the self-proclaimed cartwheel expert in all the land.

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Beware the Ides of March

The weather has been taunting us here in southwest Utah. The night temperatures have mellowed and the days, with temperatures reaching into the 60’s, remind even the least observant among us that summer must be just around the corner.

Then there was last Friday night. During the night is snowed between 4-6 inches and turned bitter cold. This storm was followed by a second Monday night with the morning temperature dropping to 4 degrees! Despite wishing winter away I am grateful for the water this snow will bring and also know the snow will not last long as the sun usually has it melted before noon. Surely the soothsayer’s warning to Julius Caesar to “beware the ides of March” applies to us and March weather.

With nearly a terminal case of cabin fever we decided a trip to St. George had to be the cure. We were right. While there we took the kids to the temple grounds and took a few photos before stopping into the visitor’s center. A few photos and a short film later was a good break from the other things found on our “To Do List.”

Erin is getting ready to register for Kindergarten this week. Ready or not here she comes!

Thursday, March 5, 2009


This video was not an original idea of mine. I first saw it in Jay and Kayla's blog and thought it was great. Sadly, this video reminds me of work and many of my clients. Enjoy.

Wednesday, March 4, 2009


I suspect most of you already know, but for those of you who chose not to partake in small town gossip, we are in the process (due 09/27/09) of adding another member to our family! A while back Amy went in for her first doctor’s visit. She tried to convince me to go in with her. After several attempts at tactfully turning down this invitation, I finally had to lay out the principle of why I did NOT want to go to the doctor with her. Simply put, I have an aversion about being in the same room with Amy and another male (or in this instance, the doctor and his intern) and watching them do whatever it is they do at these appointments, with Amy, only to feel obligated to look him in the eyes, shake his hand, and then pay an outrageous amount of money for the experience. I don’t have near the reservations if I am not there to witness what he is doing.

A safe part of the “doing whatever it is they do” at this first appointment was RADAR. I know it isn’t technically a RADAR test. They call them ultrasounds, but if you know anything about the basic principles of how RADAR, Sonograms, Ultrasounds, or SONAR works you will find they are not too different.

So here is the first photo of the next Robinson.

If you are like me, it is difficult to actually tell what you are looking at. It could almost be some modern-art masterpiece.

Does anyone out there have experience with an older fish finder? Apparently, the medical professions have some catching up to do. A while back fishermen were having difficulty interpreting their readings when using their fish finders. So they developed technology where fish are filtered out from everything else returning a signal and identified all fish with an unmistakable fish shaped icon. To put a cherry on top, these fish finders have color screens! A baby shaped icon to identify the treasure on a color screen would be great.

With modern fish finder technology it could look like this.

All kidding aside, I am almost as excited as Erin about this event.
Lately, Erin is the cause of more than the usual accidents in our home. She has recently mastered the cartwheel and our house has become a gymnasium. This mastering by Erin has not come without a price. It took a while to learn socks don’t help with traction on tile or laminate floors. She also figured out that enough space is mandatory. This latest lesson had food items giving the ultimate sacrifice after being knocked off of pantry shelves. Erin also learned her toes are not as tough as her stool when doing cartwheels.

This past week has been both the ending and the beginning of two sports for Tyrel. Basketball ended for the Bolts with a presumed win (we only assume as a score is not kept). Basketball practice and the final game were mingled between baseball tryouts for Tyrel. In fact, Tyrel had tryouts 6 of the last 7 days. It wasn’t until Sunday and today that we actually got a break. Tyrel was invited to try out for a traveling baseball team. He is waiting to hear if he has made the team.