Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Daddy Daughter Dance

The dance was last Saturday, but I'm just catching up....I had a set of gorgeous twins to take to the dance, so I'm sure that all eyes were on us. My dates dressed up for the occasion and I took them out to pizza at Boston's. They were kind to me and my wallet and ordered off the kid's menu. They even entertained themselves with the crayons and coloring book :)

We had a great time and banked a few more memories. Many more pics on the flickr site.

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Future Bike Mechanics

Hannah (left) and Maddie (right) are putting the finishing touches on the contents of a box that arrived at the house today. We have been waiting for four months for the package to arrive. They were excited to learn how to build a bike, so I took the opportunity to teach them the proper methods (sorry Jason, we didn't ream the seat post or trim the factory cables). Greg and Sterling will have some good looking chick mechanics in 5 years and I will have an employee's discount :)

The larger question for the audience is....why did a bike snob like Tom get a Schwinn Frontier?

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

10 going on 11

At least this week they are 10 going on 11. Some weeks they are 10 going on 17, sometimes 10 going on 22. It all depends.....but they are usually very good girls.
Hannah showing her Littlest Pet Shop toys.
Maddie is posing with hers.

So this week they are still our little girls. This weekend is a Daddy/Daughter dance. I'm looking forward to it. They are a good way to make great memories. I just hope they remember and cherish them as much as I do.

Monday, February 16, 2009

Hannah's Piano Contest

Hannah had a piano contest this weekend. She played "Splish Splash I was taking a bath" and she did wonderful. This is a picture of the judge giving her some feedback after she finished. She received a trophy for her efforts and will get the judges notes at her next lesson. Another good job of playing in front of an audience (which I secretly think she loves).
Not much else going on this weekend. No bike riding, just power lounging. We did try to watch a few movies. I am Legend and Rocker. Will Smith is good, but the movies was just ok. I love stupid comedies, so Rocker was the winner for me.

Thursday, February 12, 2009

Wii Ski, do you?

Santa brought us a Wii for Christmas and Tom put in a special request for Wii Ski. It was a great gift and whole family enjoys it. You can play individually on the fit board, or just use the controllers and play in dual mode. The girls really enjoy it and it is surprising close to real skiing (on the fit board).
Hannah and Madison having a freestyle contest.
Racing downhill in the tuck position. Serious game faces.

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

60 Degrees in February?

Good day for a commute to work. High 40's on the ride in and high 50's for the ride home. The Raccoon River is flooding and the Bill Riley Trail is underwater, the rest of the trails were clear of snow and in good shape. It's supposed to go back near freezing which is probably a good thing for the rivers. I'm going to try and commute as much as possible from here on.

Sunday, February 8, 2009

09 Guys Ski Trip - Seattle edition

Another great trip in the books. As posted before, this one was a last minute affair. The tickets were booked on Monday, I left Wednesday and we skied Thurs, Fri and Sat. I returned on Sunday. It was actually the perfect amount of time. We skied hard, partied a fair amount and caught up on each others lives.
Tom, my brother Tim and David, my high school skiing buddy. This pic is from the top of Crystal Mtn. Yes, this was a picture perfect day. We made 4 or 5 laps from this top lift. The runs are in yesterday's post.
David (Fluffy) is a big guy that has a laid back persona. It is evident in this picture.

It was snowing on Friday at Stevens Pass. Most of the steep North facing runs had some good snow. We had it to ourselves all day.

Fluffy can be an imposing a steep chute......above you.

You don't want to miss the 1st turn at the top of this section. Look how quickly the chairs are dropping away :)

No injuries, which is fairly rare for our ski trips. We played it smart and quit before the legs were jelly. Always saved it for the next day. However, we didn't take it easy while skiing. No more major cliffs or jumps for us old guys, but the GS turns on the groomers were quit fun. I brought the GPS to pay with. 55.2 on Friday and 63.3 on Saturday. I always knew we skied fast and used to estimate 30-40 mph was common. After feeling checking the speeds after several runs, I think we will have to up those numbers to 40-50 is fairly common with these guys. Disclaimer: Not with crowds around and only in wide open areas.

More pics on the flicr site, here.

Saturday, February 7, 2009

Crystal Mtn.

Another great day of skiing. More people on a weekend, but uncrowded on the steep stuff. This is a picture at the top of Crystal Mtn. We've been making laps through the chute in the middle of this picture. It was icy this morning, but the sun is out and it is now spring conditions.

Friday, February 6, 2009

Stevens Pass

Up at Stevens Pass for the day. Decent snow but foggy. No real good pictures due to the fog so I took one of this avalanche puppy in training. Her name is Neva.

Thursday, February 5, 2009

Guys Ski Trip

Last minute decision to join an old friend and my brother for a ski trip in Seattle. Tonight we are skiing at Alpental on Snoqualmie Pass. Just working on getting the ski legs back under me. There can't be more than 100 people at this hill tonight. Which is nice because we can make high speed laps without worry.

Sunday, February 1, 2009

Saturday's Gravel Ride

Fuller, Sumpter and Will met at my house for a 7am gravel grinder. It was a warm 28 degrees and we headed south towards the booneville loop. We met Rick and Squirrel and pushed into the wind. I was off the back all morning, but Will kept me company. We did one loop for 40 miles. The others did two. I saw Sumpter later in the day and feed him beer & pizza so he could finish with a hundy.

So my hundy streak ends at twelve. I actually feel good about that. At one point in the ride (when I realized that I wasn't riding a century), I looked over at Will and told him how I was relieved that I didn't have to keep track of pavement miles any longer. At that point it seems like the ride became more refreshing.

Sunday Breakfast

Curly haired Hannah loves chocolate milk.