Wednesday, September 28, 2011

JRuss HansOn

I love to see the work of others. Jon is one of those 'handmade' guys. He loves handmade stuff, I have that streak too. We both like to figure out how to build it and get'er done. He has taken that to a whole new level. He has been building bicycles in his garage as long as I have known him. His brand is called Sabrosa Cycles. If you watch the sidebar to the right you will see his blog pop up over there. There is everything from the bikes he as built to rides he has done, from books he has read to rants about chickens. He is a great guy.

So, all that to lead up to Jon HansOn was featured in a TV show about people in Utah with passion. Here is the clip. Utah Passion – Bike Builder Please take the 5 or 10 minutes to watch it. He is such a cool guy...!!!

This is my favorite picture of Jon. Yes, he built both of those bikes.

Monday, September 26, 2011

Video of Lexy in Pitt

Here is Lexy's routines from Pittsburgh Figure Skating Competition in September 2011.

This one is Day 2.

Penguins Game 2011

We got tickets to the free Penguins game on Saturday afternoon. This is the second year that they have done this, they give the whole stadium away to the local kids hockey clubs. We got tickets from the Morgantown folks. Thank you Harry and Chris...!!! It was a great game, we had a cool perspective of the ice from the center on the end about 4 rows up from the rail.

This one is kind of dark, but that is Isaac. Complete with his Kris LeTang jersey on, and the tee shirt..!!
Here is Lexy Jo with the ice behind her. She is still sporting her medal from ice skating earlier in the day.
We had a great view of the ice...
The kids got a minute on the bench..
Chris was nice enough to take a picture of the three of us and texted to me. I hope that you can tell we were having a great time.

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Pittsburgh Figure Skating Competition

We had a great weekend in Pittsburgh for Lexy's figure skating competition. She got a 3rd place in Free Skate and a 5th in Interpretive. She did fantastic.

I have a lot to blog about and lots of pictures to post, but here is a start and I am tired tonight.

Lexy and Ms Mischa.

Her is Lexy just after she got off the ice on Saturday. With her new flowers.

This is a shot taken my the professional photographer on site. I stole the snap shot with my phone. LOOK how HIGH she JUMPED...!!!

Lexy on the podium.

Lexy and her friend Maddy.More to follow.

Friday, September 23, 2011

Busy Week

We have had a very busy week. It doesn't look like we will slow down either. Here are a few pictures to view.

This is three of Ms Mischa's students at the ice rink. Maddy, Carley, and LexyJo. They were having so much fun.

On Tuesday I visited the Smithfield 'algae farm'. Ha... Not supposed to look like that, on SO many levels...!!!
We made some Monte Cristo sandwiches that were listed on a food blog that I follow. They were pretty stinkin' good, and easy to make.
Lexy was ready to go to work with me the other morning. Hard hat and safety vest, she was ready.BIG weekend ahead... Stay tuned...!!!

Monday, September 19, 2011

Lexy's 8th Birthday Party

Oh boy did we ever have a Birthday Party...!!!

I picked up the kids right after school so that we could finish getting ready for Lexy's Birthday Party on Friday afternoon. I was a little bit worried about the early start time, 3:30pm on a Friday. But we had a great turn out. I grabbed some pink, sparkle, spray-in hair dye for Lexy. She LOVED it...!! My, my it is soooo PINK...!!! I posted a version of this cake that we had on her birthday. But this is the one that we had at the party. Nice and small, it was all gone by the end of the party. Huh, Helper C...???

Look at all the people that came to Lexy's party. There were two more that showed up late. Being such an early time of day and the 'off season', there were only 2 or 3 other skaters one the ice the whole time. So, we kept control of the music and such. Fun time for the kids.

Here is a little cake time, just before they all sang to her. Look and that cake a blaze... We played two games in addition to skating. Pin the Stuff on Lexy and a version of hot potato with a Stink-eez. The Pin the Stuff on Lexy was fun. We had skates, hair bows, a crown, ear rings, a necklace. It was pretty fun, and she just happened to pick the skating dress to wear to the party that was the same as the poster I had printed for the game.
After the party we went to a pho-Mexican place for dinner. It was pretty much a goodbye to the Barker's dinner with the Payne's. The kids all had so much fun. I'm pretty sure the adults enjoyed the visit as well. I know that I did. Still kind of sad that the Barker's bailed on us. They had all lined up the restaurant up to sing Happy Birthday in Lexy in Mexican. They brought out this giant sombrero and two fried ice creams. At the end of the song one of the guys picked up the treat and held it in front of Lexy, she thought it was to try the treat... Nope, they pushed in in her face... Hahaha...!!! Just a little, it was so fun, she loved it. She talked and talked about how fun that was. Turned out to be a fantastic evening. Thank you so much for all the help, Helper C, Butch, Zoey, Jess, Andrew, Cam, Jen, and all the others that helped me pull this off. Thanks to all the parents that brought your kids. You all helped me make a WONDERFUL memory for my little Princess.

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Lexy's Birthday

Here is a shot of Lexy as Isaac and I sang Happy Birthday to her. That is her ice skate cake with the candle and glasses that Amy got her. So, Lexy wanted to borrow this dress from her friend Camryn. I found one at Target (upon the prompting of Camryn's mother) and got one for her birthday. She wore it to school the next day. So, this is a day after her birthday dress. And her new shoes that Amy got her.

Tuesday, September 13, 2011



I don't know how to get that any bigger, bolder, or pinker...

This picture is right after brushing her teeth, ready for school.She is wearing the bows that Aunt Lyn made her for her birthday. The ribbon actually says, "Happy Birthday". Super fun.Last night she got a package from grandma with this hat inside (and lots of other stuff). She loves this hat, she can't wait to wear it to school and the ice rink.I started making her birthday cake, take one. I am making this one for today, just me and the kids. Then we will make another one later in the week to take to her party. I still have some work to do on this one. Laces, her name, touch ups, etc. I got the main base together and called in a night. Yep, those are rice crispy treat blades, with silver food coloring spray paint. It looks cool, but it tastes NASTY.I can't hardly wait to post pictures of presents and her party.

Happy Birthday Princess...!!!

Saturday, September 10, 2011

Lexy's Birthday Invitation

Lexy and I just ordered her Birthday Party invitations. We went with the WalMart photo card. So cute.If you see this blog your girl is invited. Please let me know if you plan to come so that I can plan for the right amount.

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Isaac's Fantastic Drawings

Isaac drew these Dragon Ball Z suits of armor.

He loves the Dragon Ball Z stuff. He has card, action figures, he ordered a set of Dragon Balls from Hong Kong on eBay, tee shirts, recorded tv shows, DVDs, etc. It is fun to see how much he loves it and how much he knows about the characters and stories.

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Lexy's New Shoes

Lexy got some new shoes this weekend on her trip to Virginia Beach with Amy and Isaac. She loves these new shoes. They are SOOOO pink. Plus she loves that they are tall.

She wore them to school today, she is so very pink today... We love it.

(Yes, this picture was altered with ColorSplash)

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Kids Pictures

I got the disk of the kids pictures that we had done a few weeks ago. I can sent prints to you if you want. It's so easy to just have them printed and the WalMart closest to you. No one has to pay for shipping or anything. Plus, you can do fun collages like the one above. Thank you so much Annie...!!!

Isaac's ZigTechs

So if you read the blog last month you saw that Isaac has a wish list. Things he wants, maybe he doesn't need, but we all want some things. He did need some new school shoes. The IN-Style thing this year is the Reebok Zigtech shoes. We looked and looked and looked at them. Online, in that stores, at the mall, and he finally found some that we both liked enough. And they were on sale. He loved them......for the first day, when they were still "fresh", once the white soles got a few scuffs he was kind of bummed.

So, he was still looking at some more Zigtechs on eBay. He found these that sold in 10 minutes. The bids were about half of retail, with free shipping. I bid just for fun. When we were the high bidder we were stoked. So, they ended up at our house.. Yes, that is the Dragon Ball Z crew guarding the shoes. No scuffs on these. He wore them to school today. I hope that he has fun with his newest diggers.

Friday, September 2, 2011

Turkeys at The Ridges, again

We keep seeing this rafter of turkeys that hang around near where the subdivision driveway meets Creek Stone Drive. We have stopped to take pictures several times, but last night we got the best pictures so far. I think that they are getting used to the people being around. Yes, I had to look up what a group of turkeys is called. Several places have slightly different answers but most of them used 'rafter'. Of course I am going to give you the link to the MOST scientific reference know to the World Wide interWeb. (c) Jruss.I know there are some turkey hunters out there that look at this blog from time to time. You could harvest these with an BB gun, they are so close.Just right there for the taking...

More ColorSplash

I have had some much fun with this ColorSplash App. I had my sis-in-law send me the photo of her kids on the first day of school this week and quickly turned the back ground to black and white. (Side note: You can't even see the carpet, girl.)

It's quick, easy and fun. I really think that it makes the subject, the kids pop out.


Thursday, September 1, 2011

New Lexy Routine

Here is a little video from yesterday evening. Lexy is working on a new program to compete with. This was the first practice that she and Ms Mischa worked on that new program with the new music.

Can you figure out that music...???