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|Noting like a plume ride in
cold water on a cool, cloudy day in February.
|Getting more of that packaged
California experience on the boardwalk at California Adventure.
|Even while on the bench, Brad
is into the game.
|This is the 12 year old
league? That guy Brad (middle white) is guarding is over a head
taller than him.
|Doug clogs the lane on the
|The Sherwoods visit Aunt
Betty, now back in her own home with 24 hour a day care.
|Doug has his first ever piano
recital on undoubtedly the finest piano he's played yet.
|Doug sings in the Children's
choir in a vest, while...
|...Brad sings in the Youth
Choir in robes.
|Kristi and Gail set up the
had her fortieth birthday on Feb. 5th. We had both a family
out and a subsequent romantic dinner for 2. (But the real
celebration was going to Cabo last
month.) She received gift
certificates from all her men for the likes of Crate and Barrel and
Pottery Barn. While Keith’s mommy educated him early on that
kitchen items were inappropriate birthday gifts from husbands and sons,
this year was an agreeable exception to the rule as Kristi is looking
forward to redecorating her remodeled kitchen.
always has that pesky week off. Our School District takes a week
off for President's Day, so the pressure is on Keith to take time off
so the family can do something together. Unfortunately, it's
during a busy time at Keith's work. So some compromise is
struck. This year, it was the same one as last year: Keith takes
one day off, and we go to a Southern Californian amusement park
(California Adventure). Rather than produce yet another page of
pics like last year,
I decided to do a retrospective of
theme parks the family has gone to through the years.
had his ten year anniversary at Intuit this Valentines Day. He
celebrated by changing jobs within Tax Engineering as part of a
department-wide reorganization. His job for the last couple of years
has been working on a not easily explained web service. His new
job involves supporting 6 disparate not easily explained web
services. The group charter is to kill the services off or
transfer them out of the current division as they no longer are part of
the division's focus. In other words, the group's goal is to put
themselves out of a job be getting rid of the web services to other
divisions. Sort of an interesting position to be in....
ten year anniversary gift from Intuit, Keith chose a Trek 4900 mountain
bike, and sized it for Kristi. She needs a bike if she is going
to Ride Across California next year with Doug. Unfortunately for
both her and Keith, when the bike arrived and he began assembling it
for Kristi, Keith became very envious of just how much better Kristi's
new bike was than his old clunker.
the sports desk: Baseball spring training has started for both
boys. Brad is one of three returning players from last year's
Majors team; everyone else will be new (and most will be 11, like he
was last year). The coach is looking to him to be a leader.
Brad says this will be his last year of baseball; his true love is
basketball now. Doug is in the Rookie league, a transitional
league for 9 year olds between the developmental league and
Minors. This will be his first year with kids pitching and
umpires rather than coaches calling the outs.
the first time since 1997 (Brad’s second year) Keith isn’t coaching
(excepting 2001 when Keith ruptured his Achilles tendon). Keith
doesn’t care to coach when they start keeping score and standings; he
prefers the “purer” joy of just getting the boys better than when they
started. Also, the games are umpired now, and he hates it when
the coaches work the umpires (often no older than Brad).
for Doug. The third graders play on 8 foot high baskets.
Unfortunately, they practice on 10 foot high baskets, so the stronger
kids end up launching the ball over the backboard on game days.
Doug’s team plays what has to be the most complicated offense in the
league with 5 different plays, each one containing two screens,
one for the passer and one for the receiver/shooter. With
repetition and practice, the boys have picked it up. With that
offense (and a couple of good ball handlers) they’ve been very
successful this season. Doug is always good for a basket or two,
a rebound, and a steal.
|Brad completed his
second and final season of competitive basketball. Although they
went 1-9, they won their opening tournament game, so they went out on a
high note. Brad was dejected a little in January when his playing
time was limited, but really loves it now. He would like to play
the spring season, but even he has to admit that baseball, umpiring,
and basketball would be too much.
|Yes, Brad is finally
old enough to start umpiring games. Brad and Keith have both been
looking forward to this age for years: Keith so he would never have to
listen to Brad complain about the umpires in his games, and Brad so he
could show how much better a job he could do of it than all the umpires
who made bad calls against him through the years. Brad went
through ump training this month and will start umping in the field for
games of younger kids, and may move behind the plate by the end of the
|Things really settled
down with Great Aunt Betty this month. The revolving door of
caregivers finally stopped on Linda, a fantastic, caring woman in her
late 50’s with her own car (very rare in this line of work).
Betty did have one fall in the bathroom that resulted in sore but not
broken ribs, but no trips to the emergency room and no seizures.
Susan and I are sleeping a little better.
|Despite a lingering
cold, Kristi was in her usual high gear this month. In addition
to managing the dog, the boys, and the remodel, Wednesday night’s
church program started up
again, so she’s back to planning for and feeding 40 people every
Wednesday night. And she and Gail are spending a lot of time
together planning and preparing for the Deer Canyon Elementary Book
Fair in early March. They make a great team because Gail does the
creative/crafty (e.g. decorations) and Kristi does the process/design
(e.g. layout of displays). And they’re both highly organized.
the time it got to
be Sunday February 29th, they had enough
volunteers, decorations, and books for set up
to go smoothly, even if overly long. It just keeps getting bigger
every year, and every year the bar goes higher for books sold, money
raised, and appealing decorations.
|Music ought to have
nearly as many column inches in this narrative as sports does, given
amount of time the boys spend doing each.
|Both boys are in choir
at church: Brad in the Youth Choir and Doug in the Choristers
(Children's Choir). Part of their Wednesday night program they
attend each week is choir practice. They are starting to practice now
for the big annual musical in May. Each of their respective
choirs is trotted out to sing before the congregation once every month
|Doug continues piano
lessons, and had his first piano recital this month. Brad
continues playing trumpet in seventh grade band, and continues to be a
part of the after school (honors) 7th grade band.
|Nietzche was probably remodeling when he
observed, "That which does not kill us makes us stronger"
remodel continues, and Kristi continues to manage it. Sometime
this month Kristi gave up trying to keep the downstairs
clean. Mud, dirt, and dog hair she's used to, but add in
construction dust and debris, and you're no longer talking about
cleaning to make things presentable, you're talking about cleaning just
enough to make things livable.
Kristi’s finalized kitchen cabinet designs and appliances (new
refrigerator and stove; keep old microwave and dishwasher). And
she gives the workers hot cocoa in the morning if she makes some for
the boys. We started the
month with “just a concrete slab;” we finished
the month with the wooden frame of the new addition up.
The final milestone of the month was delivery and installation of the
addition windows and city inspection. This will allow us (like we’re
doing any of the construction work) to wall and insulate the addition
and begin to take down the interior walls.
Living in a house under construction has been, um, interesting. The
house has been really cold this month. The back of the house has
been just plastic in places. This has been problematic as
February is the rainy season in San Deigo, and we got rain this
month. Sure enough, the rain found its way in at the top of the
plastic wall, ran down the interior of the windows, and soaked into the
carpet. The wet carpet, which was slated for later replacement
anyway, was removed earlier than expected, and we lived with a bare
concrete slab for a floor this month in the family room.
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Cabo San Lucas trip
Last year's California
visited by the Sherwoods through the years
month's remodel progress
Doug: Roller Coaster Tycoon
|Doug: (after his first
baseball practice in an older league where certain equipment is
required for the first time) “All I want to do is go home, shower, and
lie on the couch without my cup on.”