Tuesday, February 28, 2006
Monday, February 27, 2006
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Sunday, February 26, 2006
They also distributed the awards from the Pinewood Derby Race in January. Jack got his trophy for finishing third in his den.
Last, but not least, the evening includes a silent cake auction. Each Father & Son makes a cake to bring to the dinner to sell as part of a fund raiser for the pack. Jack and I made a cake in the shape of a soccer ball.
Saturday, February 25, 2006
Friday, February 24, 2006
For their art project, they did a rubbing of a figure in motion.
Thursday, February 23, 2006
I have ordered a t-shirt with this word cloud printed on the front.
Wednesday, February 22, 2006
Tuesday, February 21, 2006
Monday, February 20, 2006
Sunday, February 19, 2006
We put Jack in a group lesson in the morning. Jack said that he enjoyed the group lesson more than the private lesson that he had last year because they got to play follow the leader. Sharon and I spent the morning exploring the runs; I had never skied at Soda Springs before.
After lunch, the fun began. Skiing with the three of us on the first run after lunch, Jack took off down the hill. He was skiing much more aggressively than he was when we saw him in the class. Jack was also skiing with more speed than control. In one of the first couple runs, he had so much speed at the bottom that I made a split second decision to cut him off and slide tackle him to keep him from plowing full speed into the lift line.
Originally, Sharon and I had thought that we would ski a few runs after lunch. We ended skiing solid the whole afternoon and stopping only when they shut down the lift. Jack got stronger and steadier as the afternoon wore on.
The weather for the whole day was great. It was sunny and clear. A storm had dropped some new snow on Saturday so the snow was perfect.
After packing up the truck, we made a quick stop at Rainbow Lodge for a snack. The traffic on the way home was slow. It started snowing about 6:00 p.m. It appeared that Caltrans was pacing the traffic to keep the speeds down to 30 to 40 mph. Additionally, there were a lot of trucks out spreading sand.
We stopped in Auburn and had dinner at Tio Pepe.
It was 8:45 p.m. by the time we got home. A long, but great, 14 hour day.
Saturday, February 18, 2006
Friday, February 17, 2006
Thursday, February 16, 2006
Wednesday, February 15, 2006
Tuesday, February 14, 2006
With Sharon working in an office more regularly for the first time in a number of years, I took the opportunity to have flowers delivered to her at work. Unfortunately, or fortunately from Sharon's perspective, I was unable to find anyone who would deliver a giant stuffed teddy bear!
Monday, February 13, 2006
Morgan got a chance to experience this storm first hand. She posted a photo album of great pictures of Sarah Lawrence College in the snow.
Sunday, February 12, 2006
Saturday, February 11, 2006
After breakfast with the Hood's, we headed to the Monterey Bay Aquarium. Jack had a wonderful time; he is a great age for this type of outing. He was particularly enamored with the sea otters and penguins. We ended up spending about three hours following Jack back and forth between the exhibits.
We had a late lunch at the Fish Hopper out over the water with a great view of the Bay.
We stopped back at the Hood's at a bit and then started home. Jack did not want to leave; He had such a good time that he wanted to stay another night.
Friday, February 10, 2006
We camped for most of the day around the 9th, 17th and 18th greens. The celebrities we saw play included: Craig T. Nelson; Rush Limbaugh; Tom Brady; Bill Murray; George Lopez; Andy Garcia; Donald Trump; Mark Wahlberg; Carson Daly; Justin Timberlake; Clay Walker; and Glen Fry. Sharon was very disappointed that Kevin Costner was not playing this year. Bill Murray and George Lopez are particularly fun to follow on the course; they are both very engaging with the crowd. In the last two years, I have yet to Rush Limbaugh actually play golf. Both times we have seen him, he has hit his tee shot out of bounds and walked the rest of the hole.
I especially enjoyed sitting on the 17th green. Players can not see the fairway landing area from the tee nor the elevated green surface from the fairway. The green has a nasty slope. Almost everyone was hitting their second shot short where the ball would roll back down off the front of the green.
The Pros that we saw included: Vijay Singh; Phil Michelson; Craig Stadler; and Jesper Jarnevik.
Although better than the drizzle of last year, the weather was not great. When we left the car in the morning, it was sunny. By the time we got to the golf courses, it was foggy. The previous day had seen record temperatures at the tournament, but we were cold and damp most of the day.
At the end of the day, we headed to Mark and Jeanie Hood's house in Pacific Grove. They made dinner, while the kids played. One of the traditions of this trip has become spending Friday night with the Hoods. The kids had a great time, including playing with insta-snow in the garage!
Thursday, February 09, 2006
Every year for last four years, Jack, Sharon and I have gone to the Pebble Beach Pro-am Golf Tournament on Friday. We got a little earlier start than last year and were in the room at the hotel in Marina by 7:30 p.m.. We are staying tonight at the Marina Dunes Resort.
We had a late dinner at the restaurant at the hotel, A. J. Spurs. Even by my standards, the food was medicore. I recommend finding somewhere else to eat!
After dinner, we sat on the balcony and watched the waves break on the beach in the dark.
Wednesday, February 08, 2006
Tuesday, February 07, 2006
This is definitely the best game that I have seen this season. The Kings had a 5 to 10 point lead for most of the game. Bobby Jackson single-handedly dragged Memphis back into the game in the fourth quarter. He hit a three pointer with 2:56 left to give Memphis a 95 to 92 lead.
Brad Miller then won the game for the Kings. Miller scored 10 of the Kings last 12 points. Miller hit a 16-foot jumper with 2:43 remaining, a 5-foot jumper with 2:03 remaining, a 25-foot three point jumper with 1:01 on the clock and finally a 25-foot three point jumper with 0:33 remaining.
It was Bobby Jackson's first game back to Arco Arena after being traded to Memphis in the off season. Jackson, who had only two points in the first half, made four 3-pointers after intermission and was the high scorer for either team with 24 points.
Kevin Martin was unconscious. He scored 22 points in 46 minutes. He was 7 for 8 from the field, including 4 for 5 from 3 point range. Martin was 4 for 4 from the free throw line.
Monday, February 06, 2006
In honor of the occasion, I had some some flowers delivered to Sharon today. We were surprised to find that florist left them stuck in the corner of the fountain near the front door!
I also posted an e-mail that I wrote to Rob Nooter shortly after we had our first date.
Sunday, February 05, 2006
The Kings have 3 wins and 5 losses in games that I have seen this season. This is the first time I have seen them win at home in person since November 25, 2005.
This was the first game that I have seen Artest play in person. During the first half, I focused on watching Artest cover Utah Forward Andrei Kirilenko on defense. Kirilenko had 1 point at half-time. Even with a sore hip, Artest was all over Kirilenko. Kirilenko had 11 points in the second half, mostly while he was being covered by other Kings.
This is a much different Kings team than the past couple of years, particularly without Brad Miller playing. The Kings only had 3 assists in the first half. Rather than the passing and cutting team of the past few years, there was a lot of one on one basketball with players creating their own shots.
After the basketball game was over, we rushed home to catch the beginning of the Superbowl.