Hop Across the Pond
Just dropped $1000 to get Sarah to France in September. Ah, the price of education!
Happy Birthday Sarah and Ben!
Sarah has flown West to Oregon to return to school; her Winter Break is over.
Happy Birthday Piper!
Sarah flies home tonight from Oregon to start her (almost) month-long winter break from OSU. Yay!
Sad news, Hoshi the Guinea Pig has passed away. She was a good pet for Sarah, May, Cameo, Ben, and Jason.
Sad news, Wonton the Dog has passed away. He was a good pet for Andrew, Shauna, and Khazana.
Happy Diwali Day, Andrew!
Also, you're now old.
Happy Birthday Grandma Kerry!
Happy Birthday Cameo!
Maternity Leave for Grandparents
Off to College
Sarah is in Oregon today for OSU Registration. Here's a shot from the room where she's staying.
Today the family is heading out to climb Gray's Peak, the highest mountain in the Front Range of the Southern Rocky Mountains and the highest point on the Continental Divide. It's an easy 10-mile hike, and will help count toward Ben's Hiking Merit Badge. We have good weather and should have a nice time.
Cameo and I have been married for 21 years today! Happy Anniversary!!
Andrew and Khazana
Happy Birthday Sarah! Happy birthday Ben!
Art by Sarah
Happy Birthday, Cameo!
Jefferson County Public Schools resume classes today. Sarah is entering her Senior Year of High School, and Ben is starting as a Sophomore. Both are in the International Baccalaureate Program at Lakewood High School.
Sarah and Ben have one week of "freedom" left before they start the 2011-2012 school year. However, they've been hard at work already completing summer assignments, so their schoolwork actually started August 1st. And to think school used to start after Labor Day!
Had my first Rocky Ford cantaloupe for breakfast this morning. Yum! Always reminds me of how much my Mom loved good cantaloupe.
Happy Birthday, Khazana!
Welcome to teenage-hood.
Happy Birthday Dad! Hope your day is great!
Happy Birthday, Jason!
Lakewood High School recently made a video of Katy Perry's "Fireworks" and posted it on YouTube.
I saw Sarah around 1:13-1:17,
haven't seen Ben yet Ben is in the crowd scene at the end.
Your Keys, Mr. Bond
If all goes as planned, by the end of the day today Ben will have his learner's permit and will be able, if not ready, to begin practicing driving. As he said yesterday: "Stay off the sidewalks..."
Happy Birthday Sarah and Ben!
A sheet of ice
UPDATE @ 2/1/11 9am - I spent the night in the hospital; the morning CT scan showed the bleeding had stopped. I was released soon after. I will be taking today easy and will have a follow-up scan in three weeks. Moral: BE CAREFUL OUT THERE!
UPDATE @ 5:15 pm - I've been admitted for observation, as my CT scan showed some internal bleeding. I get scanned again in the morning and if all looks okay will be released by lunch.
This morning while scraping ice from the truck I slipped and smacked the back of my head. While I did drive into work, dizzyness and other issued led me to seek medical advice. A doctors visit determined I have a concussion; I'm now waiting at hospital for further tests to make sure there's no internal issues. Hopefully everything is okay and I just need some rest.
What a difference a day makes...
Now I'm no longer on the north side of 60; I'm on the south side of 70!
To celebrate her 70th Birthday, Grandma Kerry went on a hot-air balloon trip! Thumbnails below, click through for full-sized pictures.
Happy Birthday Cameo!
Happy Birthday, Shauna!
Thanks to Grandma Kerry, Sarah is now driving a 2002 Dodge Intrepid. Sarah will have it for a couple years, and then it'll pass down to Ben, and after that to Khazana. Click a thumbnail for a full sized shot
Sarah and Ben have their first day of school today. Sarah is a Junior and Ben a Freshman. I remember when they went off to Kindergarten as if it were yesterday, and now they're both in High School.
Happy Birthday Aunt Lois!
Lois Terzis is 90 on July 9th!!
We're wishing for you from afar a great birthday. You've been a source of wisdom and inspiration for us all. Enjoy your day, and weekend celebration with your friends and family.
After Performance - Denver Cherry Blossom Festival 2010
Busy busy busy!
Back from a week of summer camp (some pictures soon!); Ben is going to Tahosa to staff Bighorn Leadership Training this coming week; this weekend is the Cherry Blossom Festival. Lots going on!
Happy Anniversary Cameo!
Happy Birthday, Jason!
Drive my car
Sarah "sits" for her driver's license today. We've got the paperwork done, a year's worth of practice driving documented, and the necessary forms of identification. The weather should be sunny and in the 50s today, so she shouldn't have any issue passing the exam. Good Luck to you, Sarah!
Happy Birthday, Ravioli!
Happy Birthday, Mom!
Last night, what started as a quick trip to the grocery store, turned into a two-hour drive around town. Sarah needed to get in some practice drive time, and had volunteered to drive to the store. Coming back, she asked if we could take a longer way home. We ended up driving highway 93 up into Boulder, looped around campus, and then took US-36 back to Superior and home via Indiana Blvd. She did great, and can count the trip for practice, night driving, and highway driving.
School Days, School Days...
Eleven years old
August 5th--Happy Birthday, Khazana!
Happy Anniversary, Jason and Cameo!
Happy Birthday, Jason!
Kerry, Andrew, and Khazana came down last Saturday to help celebrate Ben and Sarah's birthday. We had a great time playing games and eating cake & ice cream.
Happy Birthday Sarah! You're 15 and can get your permit!
Happy Birthday Ben! You're 13 and are officially a teenager!
Ben's finally on the tail end of being sick. Yesterday he had a lot more energy and his fever was gone. He's still stuffed up and coughing but is feeling a lot better. We'll still take it easy today, however we expect he'll be back at school tomorrow.
Sarah is taking the behind-the-wheel part of her driver's ed course today. We dropped her off at a big parking lot at 8am, handed her the keys, and wished her good luck. She's under the guidance of MasterDrive program, and based on the feedback we've gotten from other parents she's in great hands. She's already passed the written part of the course, and as soon as we find the time we can hit the DMV and get her official learner's permit.
This past weekend Ben and I attended Klondike Derby at Golden Gate Canyon State Park. It was COLD, but all the scouts got through the weekend with few issues. However, Ben came down with a nasty bug Sunday morning and is now laid up with a cold and fever. We're hoping things improve today, but he's staying home from school to rest more. If he's still running a temp we'll call the doctor tomorrow.
Readin' an' Ritin' an' Rithmetic'
Sarah and Ben head back to school today after their long winter break. Both have a similar schedule to last semester, with just their elective courses changing. They both were able to get up at the correct time this morning, so vacation didn't spoil them for early mornings. (Ben did request a cup of coffee, though). Good Luck Kids!
Happy Birthday, Andrew!
Happy Birthday, Ravioli! 12 years old today.
Happy Birthday Mom!
Today is my birthday.
It is also the 250th anniversary of famous lexicographer Noah Webster's birth. (1758-1843)
It seems fitting that we share a birthday, given my love of words!
Boulder Asian Festival
Today Sarah is dancing at the Boulder Asian Festival at 3:30. We've had lots of rain this weekend, so hopefully it'll NOT be raining when she performs.
Back to School
Today is the first day of school: Sarah as a 9th grader and Ben as a 7th grader. Good luck at your new schools!
Happy Birthday, Aunt Lois!
Are you okay?
I wrote Aunt Lois asking if she was okay with all the flooding in Iowa (including Des Moines). Here is her reply:
Thank you for your concern and kind thoughts. Fortunately we are high and dry here at Wesley Acres. I'm so grateful to be here and not have the responsibility of the house. My heart goes out to all the victims of the floods, tornadoes, severe thunderstorms etc.--all tragic losses. The entire country has been deluged with viscious storms, and lots of places in the world with earth quakes and other disasters. I watch the Weather Channel more than regular news it seems. The destruction and deaths at the Boy Scout Camp were heartbreaking. I must get the TV on and see if the DM River hs crested. Thanks again. Lovingly, Lois
I've finally uploaded photos from Sarah and Ben's continuation ceremonies. See them here on Flickr.
Happy Birthday, Jason!
Here is a list of other important things that happened on this date.
Congratulations to Sarah for "graduating" from Manning Middle School! Congratulations to Ben for "graduating" from Kullerstrand Elementary School!
we went to a pinball expo last night. All machines were on free play so we were able to use any working machine. Sarah and Ben had a good time and we all went home tired.
Sports (Speed) Stacker
Last Month Ben participated in a multiple-school Sports Stacking competition. Ben has been "stacking" for a few years now, and is very good at it. Today he came across this article about the competition and how he and his fellow participants "stacked up": Ben took 4th in the Boys 3-6-3 and 1st in the individual Boys Cycle.
Have a Donut
Happy Birthday Sarah! You're 14 today!
Happy Birthday Ben! You're 12 today!
Off to "Camp"
Sarah received a digital camera for Christmas. Below is a slide show of her first set of pictures.
Click the triangle to play - requires Flash
Happy Birthday Marishka Shuto!!
A boy and his dog
After months of looking, we finally found a minivan we like, and last night we made the move to purchase it - a 2003 Honda Odyssey:
Note: Not our actual van, but it's the same type and color
Now we will have enough room for the five of us, plus cargo space, when we all travel together!
Happy Birthday, Andrew!
Happy Birthday, Ravioli!
What can I say? It's a PRIME number!
Happy Birthday Cameo!
Meanwhile, in Broomfield..
Khazana competed for the first time this Saturday. She did very very well. She was steady all-around. She ended up placing 3rd all-around score for her age group. She also place second for the beam event. Her score qualified her to compete in the State championship in December.
Back At It
Today is Ben's first day of school, and the start of his last year in Elementary School.
Have a good day, Ben!
Busy Busy Busy
I've been terribly lax in posting things lately - lots of work commitments, Sarah and Ben activities, and I was sick for some of the week last week. We all escaped up the Poudre Canyon to our friends' cabin for the weekend, leaving behind the city, str
Grandmas are moms with lots of frosting.
Unknown (quoted in an e-mail from Aunt Lois)
Happy Birthday, Aunt Lois!
Henry Yamashita 1926-2007
Cameo's Uncle (and May's older brother), Henry Yamashita, passed away today from complications following a heart attack. He was 81.
"At a memorial service a Head Priest declared one day, "We usually say that the deceased has gone bac
Cameo and I have been married for 16 years today.
Happy Birthday, Jason!
Sonic Drive-In will help you celebrate with Free Root Beer Floats from 8:00 PM to Midnight.
Tonight Sarah was inducted into the National Junior Honor Society. She's maintained a 4.0 average in school and has demonstrated Leadership, Service, and Character. Congratulations, Sarah!
Yesterday was a gorgeous day - warm with nice breezes. We thought there was enough wind to go fly kites. We loaded up the truck and headed over to our usual flying park. When we arrived there were four kites in the air, but by the time we got unpacked
Now that we have Piper, the kids get to clean up the back yard. It's actually pretty hard to find a plain old "pooper scooper" any more. At first we got a cat-box litter scoop, but then I found the Scoop and Sack It
While we did not have a big Easter event this year, Ben did mention (loudly, often, and forcefully) that he "never" had dyed eggs before. So we went out and got a dozen grade A's and a pack of neon food coloring and went to work. He and Sarah did 5 egg
Workin' at the Dog Wash
We've had Piper the Dog for three weeks! This evening the kids decided to give her a bath. She was a dirty dog! The bath went all right - she hopped out of the tub a couple times - but after a thorough cleaning she's a clean looking and smelling pooch!
For some time now I've been trying to get involved with the Boulder Humane Society's Pet Cruiser. This is a large trailer rigged out with cages and other equipment for transporting dogs and cats (also rabbits, ferrets, etc. from time to time) to commun
Happy Birthday, Ben!
Happy Birthday, Sarah!
Yesterday we went up to the Boulder Humane Society and found a dog to adopt. Her name is Piper, and she's an 8 year old Lab mix. Sarah and Ben both took to her right away, so she will fit into the family just
Spick & Span
Yesterday I spent $6.00 putting my car through an automatic car wash. It was WORTH it to get rid of 3 months of road grime and splashed mud. It's also very nice to be able to walk near my vehicle without getting oily dirt on my clothes. My Mom used to
Photos From last Saturday
On February 10th we had a 25th memorial service for Cameo's father. Family from Virginia and Cheyenne came down to participate. I took some pictures of the visit, and finally have them up on Flickr. Posted by Jason to Family
How did it get to be February
I was driving Sarah to the craft store today to get supplies for a school project when she noted, "We're really busy this month!"
I couldn't agree more: between school requirements, Scout activities, family coming into town, family leaving to
Today was the Spelling Bee at Kullerstrand and Ben won first place! His winning word was "geranium". Now he goes on to the regional round to compete against some of the other area elementary school. Well done, Ben!
Happy New Year
Last night we participated in the Joya-no-kane service at the Buddhist Temple. This New Years service welcomes in the new year with the ringing of the large temple bell 108 times. Each person who attended got to ring the bell. Below is a picture of Cam
Here are three photos of Sarah, Ben, and cousin Khazana playing in the quinzhee we built in our front yard.
Scenes from a Blizzard, pt. 3
Because of the blizzard, we finally had enough snow to build snow forts. Over the past couple days I built a quinzhee in the front yard. It's about 4 feet high, 8 feet across, and can hold 2 to 3 peop
Scenes from a Blizzard 2006, pt. 2
Sarah, Ben, and I shot some video of the blizzard, and Ben edited into a nice little movie. Check it out on Google Video, or play it below.
Sarah joined the Manning Middle School volleyball team last month, and after school today is their first game when the girls take on Arvada Middle School. Good Luck Sarah!
The heater don't work and it's oh so cold
It appears the blower motor on the furnace has died, so it was a chilly night for us. We'll be calling a HVAC company to come look at (and hopefully fix) the unit today, which is good as tomorrow's HIGH is only supposed to be 34°F. The modern convenien
Happy Birthday, Andrew! Enjoy your trip to Washington, DC.
Doggone! Ten years old!
Today is Ravioli's 10th birthday! Happy day, sweet puppy.
Sarah's got a new post up on her blog, giving a quick rundown on school, her arm, and Halloween.
Sarah got her cast off today! She now has a removable brace she has to wear for a few weeks, and has to avoid "contact sports" for a month. She's happy to have her arm back and can wash it in the shower.
Happy Birthday James Shuto!
Happy Travelin' Birthday
It winds from Chicago to LAI am now the age of a famous highway number.
More than two thousand miles all the way
Get your kicks on Route 66!
I share a birthday with:
Noah Webster [lexicographer] (b. 1758)
Happy Birthday, Lenora Shuto!
Happy Birthday, Mom!
Happy Birthday, Cameo!
Over the weekend we went up to Beaver Meadows Resort, by Ft. Collins and Red Feather Lakes. We were attending my company's annual "camp out" - though this time we were sleeping in condos instead o
I've had my motorcycle for about three weeks now. Here are some milestones:
- Rode around the neighborhood - up and down hills
- Rode down Carr Street (stalled out at a traffic light)
- Rode down and up Kipling Street to Lakewo
So, awhile back Cameo and I attended the ABATE motorcycle training class and received our "M" endorcement on our licences. Since then we've been wanting to get some bikes and put our new s
Sarah went in to the doctor to have her arm examined. It appears the bones are healing properly. Other details:
- Sarah has a new cast
- It's a half cast so she can move her elbow
- It's blue
- She needs to
Today is Sarah and Ben's first day of school!
Good Luck in Middle School, Sarah!
Good luck in Fifth Grade, Ben!
Sunday Sarah, Ben, and I went up to a roller rink in Brighton to skate with the Denver Roller Dolls roller derby team. The event was a fun "family skate" held as part of a team fundraiser. We skated for a
Volunteering at the Humane Society
Sarah and Ben attended Apple Camp today, participating in the Video track. Cameo drove them to the Apple Store in Broomfield and the kids spent the morning learning how to use iMovie and iDVD to create a
Today I went up to Broomfield and helped Andrew top off his front-yard cottonwood tree. It was dried up and dead and needed cutting off. It was a lot of work as the section we were cutting through was quite thick and required several passes with the ch
Way to go, Grandma!
Happy Birthday Dad!
Congratulations to Cameo for passing the ABATE motorcycle class and earning her M endorsement!
Looks like my niece may need glasses. Regardless of what her aunt says, glasses are ok!
Be safe out there
Andrew and Shauna had to get rid of their second dog; to avoid therapy costs for Khazana they rushed right out and got a third pooch: Won Ton!
Posted by Jason to Family
Over the weekend Cameo and I participated in the ABATE Motorcycle Basic Rider Education Course. It ran Friday evening, and all day Saturday and Sunday. The class taught basic motorcycle skills,
Happy Birthday, Jason!
Here are some other notable June 7th birthdays--
Paul Gauguin [painter] (b. 1848)
Dean Martin [actor/s
Today was the last day of school for Sarah and Ben, and Sarah's last day as an Elementary School student. Kullerstrand held a "continuation" ceremony for the kids, to honor their transition into Middle School. The class sang a song, there were three vi
Memorial to my Dad
Today would have been my Dad's 88th birthday. Charles William "Bill" Teale was born in Ringgold County, Iowa, and raised by his Grandmothers (mostly his paternal Grandmother, Theresa Rauch Teale) after t
Happy May Day!
Spring == Yardwork
Today was the first big yard work day.Things I did:
- Cleaned and refilled the birdfeeder
- Pulled out a strip of grass along the front yard
- Mixed in compost in a new flower garden area
- Mowed the lawn
Shauna posts some sad news regarding her pregnancy on her blog:
I just recently announced on this blog that I was pregnant, however, I have since miscarried.
Baby Makes Four
Congratulations to Andrew and Shauna! She's pregnant with their second child, which should be born in December. What a special gift!
Message from Lois Terzis--
A Domain of His Own
Ben has been working on learning HTML and has been wanting his own website - not just a section of pettis.org but his own domain domain. Over the weekend we registered the name he wanted and it's finally gone live. Check out Ben's site at Posted by Jason to Family
Things have been busy again lately. Here's a mini-update on some recent things.
Sarah has been sick with some form of the crud going around. She was sent home from school Thursday and was in bed pretty much through Saturday. She is better toda
A decade and a dozen
Happy birthday to Sarah, who is 12 today!
Happy birthday to Ben, who is 10 today!
March 6th is also the birthday of:
Michelangelo Buonarroti painter/ sculptor/architect] (b. 1475)
Cyrano de Bergerac [writer, swordsman (yes, he was a real person!)] (b. 1619)
Elizabeth Barrett Browning
Tonight Sarah performed in the Jeffco School All County Honor Orchestra. She had been tapped to participant by her orchestra teacher, and had been practicing her music for a couple months. Today she had an all day rehersal which ended in the performanc
busy busy busy
Friday through Sunday I was in Ft. Lauderdale attending the Lasso Summit. I met some great people and learned some new things to help me with my web development.
Between the trip, work things, scout thi
Shauna's Valentine's Day
This came in from Aunt Lois today, in regards to the big blizzard that hit the east coast.
In addition to the opening ceremonies of the Olympics Friday, I checked the Weather Channel regularly, wondering which area would get the most. It
I before E...
Ben took part in his school's Spelling Bee today. While he didn't place in the top three (and won't be going to the next round), he did a good job getting in front of a crowd and participating in the competition. I'm proud of how he did and know he'll
Last night Sarah, Ben, and I joined Pack 111 at a Denver Nuggets game at Pepsi Center. The Nuggets won 105-104 in an exciting finish. It had been awhile since we'd been to a basketball g
~ Milton R. Sapirstein (Paradoxes of Everyday Life)
Back to School
Sarah and Ben return to school today after a long winter break. Both are excited to get back to lessons. Sarah actually got up at 5:00 today to get ready. Hope they both have a good day!
Remember: You! Were! There! (aren't you glad?)
Family History from Aunt Lois:
One hundred thirty years ago today ---November 28, 1875 --- your grandfather Joe Pettis was born. He was the youngest of the 8 children, but I doubt if anyone referred to him as the "baby of th
Happy Birthday Andrew!
9 years old today, which makes you right close to my own (old) age (at least in dog years).
Happy birthday Mom!
Happy Birthday, Cameo!
Good Luck with the business, Shauna!
Today would have been my Mother's 88th birthday.
She was a dear lady who loved her family, canteloupe, playing the organ, digging in the soil of her garden, and fishing. She kept her mind sharp with word puzzles a
Her sister Preia is also blogging at Dreaming of Hanoi.
Friends from all parts of her life, Pam, John and Sandee and the Iowa family celebrated Lois' 85th birthday with a surprise party last Sunday. Lunch, a slide show, a little square dancing and
you know, in case anyone wants a gift hint
Hot Cross Bunnies!
Grandma Kerry brought by some hot cross buns which we had this evening with our homemade ham soup. While Kerry thought they weren't her best buns, w
Now that Cameo's mother May is living with us, we've decided we need a larger house. We have been looking at different homes on the market and over the weekend we found a great place that meets our needs. Posted by Jason to Family
You're 8 years old today.
James called us soon after the birth. The stran
I've got a cold. *snif* *kof kof*
Hugs to you!
We made it back from Orlando and Disney World in one piece. We had a great time. Look for photos in the coming week, once we get the rolls and rolls of film developed.
Happy Birthday Bessie
Bessie was born on Easter Sunday morning, April 2, 1882. Her parents were Ellen and Samuel Symmonds. She grew up in Crawford County, PA. This would be her 122 nd birthday.Post Number 2310 04/01/2004 6:31:45 AMNiece Khazana lost her first tooth!Post Number 2305 03/29/2004 8:01:02 AMWe went to Mimi's Cafe last night for dinner. Nice restaurant, good food and a pleasant atmosphere. We went there because Sarah and Ben had received Certificate of Achievement/Free Meal coupons for Mimi's through thPost Number 2261 03/06/2004 9:03:25 AMHappy Birthday Sarah!
Happy Birthday Ben!Post Number 2260 03/06/2004 8:10:42 AMHAPPY BIRTHDAY to
Sweet Sarah ten
and eight year old Ben.
You beat the odds--
both born today--
And so to you I say "HOORAY"!
Grandma Kerry ala Dr. SeussPost Number 2249 03/01/2004 5:37:21 AMLast night Cameo and I ate at Cinzzetti's before we attended the Nuggets v Lakers game. Cinzetti's bills itself as an Italian Market Restaurant featuring all you caPost Number 2204 02/02/2004 9:03:33 AMHappy Troll Day!Post Number 2201 01/31/2004 10:48:28 AMStates I've Visited:
create your own visited states mapPost Number 2136 12/26/2003 4:47:55 AMPhotos of Christmas 2003 are up in the photos section of the site. Enjoy!Post Number 2079 11/23/2003 9:12:11 AMThe tree mocks us
Following up on the leaf raking post, Saturday morning I went out back to see the entire yard covered with leaves. Seems the Elm decided now that we hadPost Number 2067 11/16/2003 12:52:24 PMFive hours, 27 bags
This weekend was leaf-raking time. We had been waiting until most of the leaves were off the trees, but wanted to take advantage of the nicer weather, as winter will soon be upon us. The elm and apple trees in thePost Number 2055 11/09/2003 9:06:04 AMCameo submitted three paintings to Echter's Garden Shop Art Show and had all three accepted. We went over to look at them today. While she didn't win any prizes, her paintings look great and fit in with the others disPost Number 2050 11/07/2003 11:57:57 AMRAVIOLI--
8 years7 years old and still a puppy!
Happy Birthday, sweet dog.
OOPS! Ravi is actually 7 today. I either have math anxiety or brain failure. Sorry for the confusionPost Number 2026 10/25/2003 8:31:37 AMToday Cameo and I took down the roof over the patio. It was old and leaky, and we found a lot of water damage along the outside of the house. We now will need to figure out how to fix the rotten boards and decide if we want to put a new cover up or just sPost Number 2006 10/16/2003 9:13:00 AMHappy Birthday, Mom!Post Number 2002 10/13/2003 11:30:08 AMHappy Birthday, Cameo!Post Number 1983 10/02/2003 9:39:27 AMCameo was inducted into the Arvada Fine Arts Guild last month. She'll now be able to participate in shows, and have some of her paintings hung in restaurants where the Guild displays members work.Post Number 1970 09/26/2003 7:41:33 AMPhotos from the Camporee are up and ready for you to view.Post Number 1962 09/22/2003 10:15:19 AMLousy start to the weekend
Last Saturday morning, at 1:00am, a person rolled his truck into the side of my car, which was parked curbside in front of the house. The left-side doors are scraped and dented, and the side-view mirror is bPost Number 1948 09/13/2003 11:22:30 AMToday I sat for my Apple Certified Technical Coordinator exam. I had taken training back in February on OS X and OS X server Essentials, and needed to take the test. I'm pleased to report I passed and (iPost Number 1915 08/25/2003 8:10:16 AMI'm in Phoenix this week for the FileMaker Developers Conference. Phoenix is the same as always - hot and muggy. However, there is a "cold front" passingPost Number 1848 07/21/2003 7:37:56 AMThe power is back on, and the ceiling fan is installed in the kitchen. Well, almost - I have to patch up some cracks in the ceiling around the fixtures, and paint a little, but the hard work is done and cool breezes will flow soon!
A big thanks toPost Number 1827 07/06/2003 9:12:07 AMHappy Birthday Dad!
Today in historyPost Number 1824 07/03/2003 11:12:55 AMBen lost a tooth this morning! He had been wiggling it for days, and it was hanging from a thread last night. The tooth fairy will come tonight!Post Number 1804 06/18/2003 5:05:30 PMThis week Systemation is taking time to take part in some fun and relaxation. Monday we walked down to the drive-in for a malt. Yesterday we all went to the movies. And today we went to TBC Indoor Raceway. What a BlPost Number 1797 06/15/2003 8:57:19 AMYesterday we went to Water World for an early Father's Day event. It was a perfect day - sunny weather, no clouds and no rain. I didn't get the sunscreen applied evenly and burned my right shoulder, and endPost Number 1779 06/05/2003 7:57:15 AMWe went to see Finding Nemo last night at the local mega-cina-plex. We were able to see it on "the big screen" and because we went on a week night, there were no crowds.
We really enjPost Number 1773 06/01/2003 6:47:17 PMSummer's here! Time to Camp!
We bought a new Coleman tent today to use for camping this summer. We had been using anPost Number 1735 05/11/2003 1:40:52 PMMother's Day 2003
If your Mother is alive, remember to tell her OFTEN of your love.
If your Mother is dead, remember to tell others about her and the special things she said and did. Remember to say her name, for it is in naming a person that we giPost Number 1730 05/08/2003 10:27:12 AMTwo new photo sets have been uploaded today:
Sarah's Brownie Scout Bridging
Ben and Sarah's Piano Recital
The piano recital phoPost Number 1706 04/26/2003 11:13:34 AMMATH
A Poem by Ben
Minds in use
Hoping answers are right.Post Number 1679 04/13/2003 12:01:25 PMWe cleaned up the broken tree limbs this weekend, chopping them down to a more manageable size. Cameo will haul them to the city's drop-off point later in the week. After the hard work we relaxed on the patio and watched the squirells and birds zip aroundPost Number 1653 03/31/2003 4:45:32 PMHere are photos of our new truck!Post Number 1652 03/31/2003 9:21:11 AMPinewood 2003
Ben competed in his first Pinewood derby race last weekend. He had a lot of fun building and racing his car. Check out some photos of Ben andPost Number 1649 03/30/2003 12:07:43 PMWell, the Volvo just wasn't cutting it for us. It didn't perform well in the snow, and was starting to develop a habit of stalling out at random moments. So yesterday we traded it in and bought a 2000 Nissan Frontier Crew Cab.
The truck is in grePost Number 1638 03/24/2003 7:55:55 AMIt's been awhile, but I have a couple new photo sets up:
Sarah and Ben's Birthday
Photos from the bigPost Number 1633 03/20/2003 5:22:42 PMDigging out
We spent yesterday and today digging out from the storm. Our walks and driveway are clear, and we helped our neighbor clear his driveway as well.
Main streets have been plowed, but our street has not been clearedPost Number 1631 03/19/2003 11:16:47 AMBlizzard 2003
The snow has been falling since Monday night and is still coming down now, though not as hard. The entire Denver Metro area is shut down with massive amounts of snow. We have 24-32 inches in our yard.
We have losPost Number 1600 03/06/2003 7:51:52 AMCongratulations, Dad, on being hired at DaTARIUS Technologies!Post Number 1599 03/06/2003 7:50:30 AMHappy 7th Birthday, Ben!
Happy 9th Birthday, Sarah!Post Number 1591 03/02/2003 7:53:31 PMToday was a perfect day for sledding. A front had deposited a nice layer of powder on top of a more packed layer layer from the day before. Sarah, Ben, and I were one of the first groups to arrive on the sledding hill, and got in many runs before the crowPost Number 1575 02/22/2003 5:57:38 PMWe had our taxes done today and made out pretty well - we'll be getting a bit of money back from both federal and state filings, and this year the refund is directly deposited into our accounts. It feels good to have thisPost Number 1508 01/18/2003 8:49:00 PMWe taught the kids how to play Risk this evening. Ben came in second. He's a little Napoleon.Post Number 1507 01/18/2003 8:48:06 PMThis evening we won a loaf of bread at the grocery store. It was truly a random experience.
However, we now have tasty french bread.Post Number 1479 01/05/2003 2:00:26 PMI didn't get this posted as quickly as I'd like; my Great Aunt Lois wrote some thoughts about Grandma Estelle, who passed away late last month.
Estelle was born three days before my sister Alice, who died as a child. As I was growing upPost Number 1473 12/31/2002 10:59:12 PMWe went down to watch the fireworks show in downtown Denver this evening (we went to the 10 o'clock show). Not a bad event, but the fireworks were only on one endPost Number 1468 12/27/2002 4:32:54 PMEstelle T. Pettis
1912-2002Post Number 1434 12/09/2002 9:57:14 PMI'm in training through Wednesday, so not much time to find links this week. Do check out the new Apex Pools website. The company is owned by my aunt and uncle, the website designed by... me!Post Number 1424 12/04/2002 8:56:42 PMWe went to see the Denver Zoo's WildLights display this evening. It was chilly, but not an unbearable cold. Not many people there this evening, either, so we had some time to enjoy thPost Number 1365 11/01/2002 9:48:15 AMPost Number 1358 10/27/2002 7:42:56 PMWe took Sarah and Ben to see Spirited Today. Sarah really enjoyed the movie, which is what we expected as it was made for girls her age. Ben liked the movie, too, even though he thought it was kind of long.Post Number 1337 10/16/2002 9:38:24 PMHappy Birthday, Mom!Post Number 1332 10/13/2002 6:01:21 PMHappy Birthday, Cameo!Post Number 1327 10/10/2002 5:14:23 PMWe went to a hockey game last night!Post Number 1322 10/07/2002 9:06:55 PMBen lost his second tooth today at school.Post Number 1321 10/07/2002 5:16:25 PMWe visited Estes Park over the weekend. It was chilly, but we had a great time.Post Number 1299 09/24/2002 9:20:10 PMBen lost his first tooth this evening!Post Number 1269 09/08/2002 5:57:27 PMThe Cinnamon-Roll Fairy visited us today!Post Number 1256 09/03/2002 3:16:16 PMBen is a Tiger Cub.Post Number 1252 09/02/2002 8:17:37 AMSunday Jason, Andrew, and their families came over for food, play, and "Mama chores". We gave real meaning to the term "Labor Day". Andrew brought a chain saw and we cut many hanging branches, which I now need to drag out for the trash truck. We ate broilPost Number 1240 08/27/2002 7:37:03 AMBen came home from school yesterday, pumped up after an assembly about cub scouting. We went to the informational meeting and signed him up to be a Tiger Cub. Of course, there wasn't a den lePost Number 1226 08/20/2002 9:36:37 AMLast Sunday we visited a local park for a picnic. Here are the pictures.Post Number 1211 08/11/2002 10:06:32 AMI'll be in Palm Desert, CA, all next week for the 2002 FileMaker Developers Conference. One thing for sure about Palm Desert: it'sPost Number 1207 08/09/2002 7:48:36 AM
From my Aunt, Lois Terzis, to my Grandmother, Estelle Pettis:
Step into the spotlight, lady,
There's something we all know,
You're celebrating an important birthday,
For the big round number, "Nine-O"
ThatPost Number 1200 08/05/2002 2:03:35 PMPost Number 1191 07/30/2002 11:57:29 PMThe Denver concert scene is hurting. Oftentimes this year promoters have given away tickets the day of the show. This evening we had a chance to see John Mellencamp at Fiddler's Green in Denver.
Because it wasPost Number 1156 07/12/2002 12:51:45 PMSystemation paid for a trip for the company to Elitch Gardens (now owned by Six Flags). This time we were able to use thePost Number 1137 07/03/2002 9:11:50 AMSystemation's softball team won their game last night 6-1. I had a base hit at my first at-bat, but struck out on my second. Today at work we celebrated with breakfast burritos.Post Number 1119 06/25/2002 9:54:32 PMToday Systemation's softball team played their third game of the season. I had played in the first game, missed the second, but played today. I played outfield.
I made a good catch of a deep fly ball, putting the batter out. I also made a base hitPost Number 1104 06/19/2002 1:29:54 PMLast weekend Cameo, Sarah, Ben, and I went to Golden Gate Canyon State Park, for a Father's Day campout.
Here's how it went.Post Number 1087 06/10/2002 10:56:12 AMYou only live once... the lawnmower won... built-in air conditioning... the King and I... it'll grow back...Post Number 1080 06/05/2002 3:04:58 PMOn August 6th, vote Thomason for Commissioner.Post Number 1023 05/04/2002 10:59:32 AMBackyard Census
We're back up to two woodpeckers. They evicted the two black birds (still don't know what they are) from the tree by the patio and have been enlarging the hole they live in. The black birds moved over to another branch.
All thPost Number 1011 04/29/2002 1:12:30 PMDown to One
A couple weeks ago we had three woodpeckers in one of our backyard trees. Now it appears we're down to one. I don't know if the other two left for a different nesting area, but the hole they were working on has been taken over byPost Number 1003 04/25/2002 9:09:53 AMSick sick sick sick
Benjamin has been out of school two days with a fever and cold, and I'm starting to come down with a sore throat and chills. Something's going around...
All I want to do is curl up with an afghan and a cup of hot tea.Post Number 983 04/16/2002 7:56:34 AMPost Number 975 04/12/2002 2:19:58 PMMore Photos
I've put up some more pictures from our flower garden and of the kids playing in the backyard.Post Number 964 04/06/2002 9:00:06 PMWe visited the Art Train today! The train is making two stops in Colorado this year - one in Arvada and one in Greeley. It was only in town for a week. We saw thePost Number 942 03/25/2002 4:52:39 PMWe went to the 2002 Denver Auto Show.
See our pictures here. I didn't think many of the cars were any different than last year, butPost Number 939 03/22/2002 4:30:52 PMCharles W. Teale
1918-2002Post Number 902 03/06/2002 7:53:27 AMHappy Birthday, Sarah!
Happy Birthday, Benjamin!Post Number 876 02/21/2002 10:52:30 AMTaxman
We finished our taxes today. We're getting back about $275 Federal and about $400 State. The sun shines a bit brighter when you don't owe on taxes.Post Number 871 02/18/2002 6:15:34 PMDay of Discovery:
Today I learned I'm allergic to shrimp. After eating ONE at lunch, I experienced swelling in the face, tongue, and hands. Fortunately, Benedril has helped reduce the swelling and I'm mostly better. No more shrimp for me - which isPost Number 834 01/27/2002 10:58:02 PMToday was a sad day
Karly Anne Richardson: 2002-2002
Our thoughts and prayers are with you.Post Number 811 01/17/2002 11:24:12 AMI have a new iBook! Systemation actually purchaced it for me as I have been doing a lot of work at home. I opted for the 14" monitor, DVD/CD/CD-R drive, and I was able to put anPost Number 681 11/05/2001 5:16:55 PMWe raked leaves over the weekend.
Lots of leaves.
30 Bags Full.
My arms are still sore.Post Number 656 10/25/2001 8:39:03 PMSarah fell at school today and had to have stitches in her chin again - the last time being when she was two. She's fine, only needing five stitches, plus a few on the inside of the cut.Post Number 549 09/10/2001 2:35:10 PMNew Photos of Khazana!Post Number 516 08/27/2001 7:59:52 PMI've posted some new pictures of Sarah and Benjamin enjoying a beautiful summer weekend.Post Number 239 04/20/2001 12:12:09 PMPost Number 154 03/10/2001 8:21:54 PMSpeed Stacks
Sarah has been learning cup stacking at school and is pretty good at it (though no where near the 1st grade record of under 4 seconds). While the idea of stacking and unstacking cups soundsPost Number 144 03/07/2001 8:16:51 PMSarah lost another tooth this evening!Post Number 135 03/04/2001 7:28:05 PMToday we held Sarah and Ben's birthday at the Apex Center in Arvada. Everyone had a great time. Now we're tired (well, at least the grown ups are tired) and hopefully the kids will quickly go to bed.Post Number 57 01/21/2001 8:49:55 PMSarah lost her other fron tooth tonite!Post Number 43 01/16/2001 8:07:08 PMBANG!
Sarah and I were rear-ended today in our truck, riding home from Brownie Scouts. No one was hurt. The truck will need its bumper replaced, but the car that hit us, a Subaru, was pretty much totaled. I'm glad I was driving the "big" vecPost Number 38 01/14/2001 8:37:17 PMNow Jason and Cameo are feeling sick. Nyquil to the rescue!Post Number 34 01/13/2001 6:54:12 PMFlu
Sarah and Ben have both been sick with feaver, coughing, and stuffiness. Cameo and I are trying to keep from catching it ourselves. Ugh.Post Number 16 01/07/2001 10:42:23 AMFrenzy
I've been busy the past few days attending my company's annual "Frenzy". Systemation's instructors are located all over the country, so we try to get everyone together to discuss company direction,