Wednesday, January 31, 2007

Big Boring Blog

Nothing really exciting has been going on lately... well nothing blog-worthy, that is. There have been a whole bunch of semi-interesting things that individually are fairly boring, but I thought if made one giant post filled with our goings on then maybe... just maybe everyone won't be bored to tears!

Here are the happenings in our life for last few weeks... in no particular order...

Most of you know we take Tae Kwon Do on Tuesdays and Fridays. The great thing about doing Tae Kwon Do is that we get to kick each other… all married people should get this opportunity! We also volunteer to help teach the beginner’s class just because it is fun to kick small children.

A few weeks ago a new element of fun was added to class... we now get to play with sticks! That is right, not only can we get hurt by getting kicked or punched in the face, we now have the added bonus of getting beaten to death with a hard wooden object.

Long Staff is actually quite fun… as you can see by the picture, Kenny is taking it quite seriously.

Last week Kenny started teaching an IFR Ground School at Rison. He gets to make sure that his students can fly in and out of clouds and bad weather without killing themselves.

Kenny is not one to do things half way. He made an awesome Power Point presentation so the class wouldn't get bored listening to him talk for the 8 week class (not that I'm saying he is boring... I love you Kenny!). The Power Point was great and all, but Kenny was not content to show it on the small monitors in the classroom. An hour before class, we ran to Best Buy and bought an amazing projector that just so happened to be on sale. The bonus to having this projector is that we get to bring it home... because it is just not safe at the office, right?!? Last weekend Danny & Tonita came over and we all gathered around the giant 100 inch picture and watched a movie. We now have a white king-sized sheet hanging in our living room, but we don't care... we get to watch movies really big! We also get to make cool shadow puppets :)

Last week we decided our microwave had seen its last day. There is something about us that seems to kill microwaves way before they reach their prime. We ran over to Costco and purchased a shiny new machine to heat up our meals. We hate this new microwave. We hate everything about it. We hate the way the buttons look and feel. We hate the way it beeps. We hate the way the display doesn't light up. We hate it. We will be returning it this weekend.

Note: We do not know why we felt this needed to be in the blog, but it was an important event that happened in the last few weeks. We are such exciting people aren't we?!?

A few months ago, Jen helped a friend apply for a trademark. His lawyer wanted to charge him $2,000... we were sure we could get it done for just the filing fee... what do lawyers know anyway??? Well, last week we received an official looking envelope from the US Department of Trademarks and Patents and guess what?!? The trademark was approved! Take that you greedy lawyer! So if anyone needs a trademark done... we'll cut you a deal... only $1,000 :)

Monday, we had to get two new tires on our car :( Don’t you hate putting money into a vehicle that you don’t really like? We like our car cause it is paid off, but hate certain characteristics it has. It is a quirky vehicle with doors that randomly lock and trap you inside and windows that work only when they feel like it. Oh well, two new tires is still better than having a car payment!

So, in about 3 1/2 months we are going to Peru. Whoo hoo!!! We have been scouring the internet every day looking for AFORDABLE tickets for the four of us (Danny & Tonita are coming too!). We are sure that our wonderful family and friends want to help, so we are asking that if you have any free time, if you are bored at work, or if you cannot sleep at night that you check,, or any other secret ticket finding sites that you might know about. We would love you forever (not that we don't already love you)! If you choose to accept this mission, we are looking for tickets from SAN-LIM or LAX-LIM preferably on LAN Airlines because they go direct (May 19- June 3). We promise to bring you back a llama if you find a good deal :)

While in Peru we will be hiking the Inca Trail for 4 days. We have been told it can be a brutal hike because of the elevation (up to almost 14,000 feet). Elevation gains on the trek average 1,000-1,500 feet, with one day gaining 3,934 feet! We decided to start practicing and working out so we didn’t die or need the oxygen our porters will be carrying on the trek. Sunday we hiked Pyles Peak (1379 feet) and had about a 1,000 foot elevation gain. We were tired and we are basically at sea level… I guess we need to do a bit more hiking!

Speaking of hiking, tomorrow we will send in our application to hike Mt. Whitney (highest point in the contiguous United States at 14,505 feet). All permits to hike Mt. Whitney are chosen by a lottery since it is so popular. We are crossing our fingers and hope that we get to do it this year!

Well, that is about it. We told you this was going to be a Big Boring Blog!

Saturday, January 20, 2007

Happy Birthday Jeffrey!

Jeffrey Ryan is one month old today! Happy Birthday :)

Tuesday, January 16, 2007

New Blog!

David, Jamie & Jeffrey have a new blog!

Jeffrey has been working on it and has posted the cutest picture of himself... check it out and show him some love ♥

Friday, January 05, 2007

Happy New Year!

Last weekend we decided to celebrate the New Year by doing something Kenny had never done in his many years of living in So Cal... We went and saw the Rose Parade floats in Pasadena! (Check off 1 on his 30 before 30)

We had considered volunteering to work on the floats, but after what we saw on Saturday, we now know better. That is a TON of work! We will just look at the floats and enjoy them, thank you very much.

We were amazed at the time that goes into making these floats so detailed… not to mention the money (most floats cost about $300,000)… all for just one day.

We were able to see the City of Palmdale’s float… We doubt the tortoises and Joshua Trees that graced the float would make someone think, “Wow, that looks like a nice place to live.”

We also purchased a post card to help support the Cal Poly float. Our post card supposedly rode on the float and they said they would mail it back to us with a statement attesting to that fact. It seemed like a fun idea at the time, but now we are not so sure about it…. We watched the parade and no postcards were seen riding on the float at any time! We’ll just choose to believe that they hid them really well :)

Sunday we surprised Jen’s parents and flew up to Fox Field in Lancaster. David, Jamie & Jeffrey picked us up at the airport. We had a fun New Year’s Eve making tamales and playing with little Jeffrey (Jen took about a million pictures of him which we will have to sort through and post later!)

Overall, a good way to start 2007!

Wednesday, January 03, 2007

Warm Ears- Warm Heart :)

Thank you Danny & Tonita for this wonderfully stylish hat! Kenny has worn it every day since you gave it to him! He has the warmest ears on the block :)