Sunday, May 31, 2009

Peanut Butter Thief

Peanut Butter Thief, originally uploaded by eouio.

Avyrlie thinks my individual peanut butter packets are just the right size for her. "Dad, can I have a taste?" and I never see it again...

Thursday, May 28, 2009


During most of this baseball season, this post topic is not one I would have expected having much to write about. Ian's team has managed to turn that thought around and then some.
They managed to end the season with a tie against the only undefeated team in the league and have managed to advance to the semifinals in the playoffs. Next game is Saturday at 11AM which will be quite a change from the late evening regular season games.
Ian pitched a great inning, had a couple of good hits, and had some great fielding. It was a great game to watch and has us all looking forward to two more great games :)

Monday, May 25, 2009

Baseball Sillyness

Wet and Wild at Salem Pond

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Headed down to Salem Park for some Memorial weekend fun in the sun. Most everyone was there and the kids had a blast playing in the water.
Aimee started out the day taking the kids out to breakfast with her parents. I started the day at work. We met up at the batting cages where I got smoked by Ian's mad baseball smashing skilz. I usually school him pretty good, but wasn't on my game today.
Then we headed down to Salem. Stopped at Hickory Kist on the way to snag some sandwiches and fudge. Matt brought water blasters for the kids to battle with. Avyrlie does not have the warrior spirit and took all attacks personally, melting into a pile of tears each time droplets flew her way.
Jessica got in some training time in the pond swimming almost the full course. She didn't drown and only held on to ducks for support twice so I think she'll do well ;)

Sunday, May 24, 2009

Holiday Weekend

Click the pic for the gallery and details of our Memorial Day weekend.

If burger cruelty we're a crime...

If burger cruelty we're a crime..., originally uploaded by eouio.

Saturday, May 23, 2009

Drive By...

Speedey Sister from aaron smith on Vimeo.

Quick Zoo Trip

Now that the weather has warmed up a bit we making more frequent, but shorter trips to the zoo. We started this one in the bird show with the canopy overhead. Click the pic above for the highlights...

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Looking at Ladybugs

Looking at Ladybugs, originally uploaded by eouio.

I put a bag of ladybugs in the garden and now Avyrlie's favorite thing to ask me is what they'll eat. "Will they eat the watermelon? Will they eat the strawberries? Will they eat the tomatoes? Can we make them eat my brother?"

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Baseball Playoffs

Grand Slam and stealing home from aaron smith on Vimeo.

Mostly I'm playing with Vimeo, but it's not a terrible clip from Ian's game. He had a grandslam and held them to one run. I missed the hit, but got the cheers. Next at bat he walked and stole around to home. Next game is Thursday at 5:30. Hopefully they keep playing like tonight!

Beauty and the Beast

Beauty and the Beast, originally uploaded by eouio.

Avyrlie loves having sunglasses and takes them everywhere. Saturday we went to the zoo hoping to see the new crocodiles and Madagascar exhibit.

The exhibit was not too lively with most of the animals hiding out or not present and the crocodiles have yet to return to their regular pen. We did catch the bird show which I love and got to see a rare Steller's Sea Eagle. They are found in Russia and are huge. Wingspan over 6 feet!

(Kiss me Baby!)

Sunday, May 17, 2009

stylish yardwork

quick pic post:

Sister of Steel

(click the pics for the full gallery)
Jessica competed in the Women of Steel Triathlon yesterday and did great. Click here to check out her whole story. Or click the pics for the rest of my gallery. Video to come later.



Click here for one of the best videos I've seen in a while ;)

Saturday, May 16, 2009

Grub Flowers

Grub Flowers, originally uploaded by eouio.

Out to get some grub on the patio at cafe Trio. Veeery slow service so far. Hopefully the food is as good as Aimee says it will be :\

Friday, May 15, 2009

Taking advantage of some down-time

Taking advantage of some down-time, originally uploaded by eouio.

She's been a little under the weather today. Usually she makes it through a Friday without a nap. Today she's had four.

Colorblind much?

Colorblind much?, originally uploaded by eouio.

I love the kid, but even I can see something wrong here. It's jeans, not jersey. Jeans match everything...

Princess Lunch

Avyrlie wanted to eat chicken nuggets (big surprise) and the King was on the way home. They have the crowns spread around the lobby to enhance your King experience so Avyrlie stuck one on each of our heads. Of course hers was a princess crown and mine was a daddy crown.

There were a million little kids there. Avyrlie was a bit overwhelmed by the numbers and the nuttyness. One kid, about 3YO, took Avyrlie's drink and threw it at his sister. Avyrlie looked at me very seriously and said, "She can punch him now. In the FACE!" I agreed, picked up our chocolate shake, sucked in a mouthful, read a tweet from K, and promptly laughed the entire mouthful out my nose. I am now a King legend to about 20 four-year-olds.

Monday, May 11, 2009

Football Clips

These are from the last game again Northern Extreme in the play-offs. Ian had a great game and managed to exact his revenge on #7 in the process :)

Sunday, May 10, 2009

Earthshake - Baseball Entertainment

earthshake, originally uploaded by eouio.

Baseball season, finally ending

I can't say I'm all that sad to see baseball season coming to an end this year. It's been pretty painful to see the team miss many more plays than they've made.

Last two games are Tuesday at 7:30 and Thursday at 5:45.
Having arena foot ball at the same time this year hasn't helped things out any. It's tough to follow a tediously slow two hour baseball game after the fast paced action of football. Ian has had a pretty good season, but we're still very looking forward to all-stars (fingers crossed)

Friday, May 8, 2009

The Cats Close the Deal

Avyrlie spotted these before we we're even in the store and had to have them. She loves the sparkles and the color. I actually tried to say no until I noticed the cat in the middle of the gold ring. They also have a very cool cat design on the bottom.
We found some cute shirts and a couple shorts as well. Avyrlie's at the weird in-between 4 and 5 size where everything is either the wrong size or they don't have the style you want in that size.
Nartjie came through with some cute outfits including hats and we even found a summer Cinderella dress.

--Mobile update sent from my BlackBerry

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Someone Loves the Weather

We have a duck hanging out at the end of our street. He was there with a female a few weeks ago, but we haven't seen her for a while. I would guess she's off hatching eggs. He has a travel pattern down during the day and usually ends up on the roof next door in the evening. Avyrlie is currently very mad at her brother for mentioning shooting the duck. Now she tells everyone that her brother hates ducks.

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Random acts of cuteness

Avyrlie has a pretty quirky personality and her preschool teacher always has a story about some random thing Avyrlie has done or said. I didn't have a chance to ask about the boat comment today so I'm jotting it here so I'll remember to ask tommorrow. She did mention that Avyrlie was very proud of her 'My Daddy Can Fix Anything' shirt today ;)

Saturday, May 2, 2009


Tech got to us pretty wick after my last post. She just took a scan and ran down to have the radiologist take a look at it to be sure they have what they need before they scan his elbow.

Football Season

I'm curently sitting in the ER waiting to see the doc for ian's neck. He got tackled pretty hard and smacked the back of his head and his elbow. He's pretty hard to read when he gets hurt so off for x-rays we go. Currently he's complaining more about his elbow and leg than his neck... Gotta school him on how to get seen quicker at the ER ;) The doctors her at PCMC have been really good every time we've been here. One doc just stopped in to check while he was waiting for another patient till ian's doc showed up.

Now we're waiting for x-rays which could take all night. Hopefully it goes as quick as it's been so far. Thankfully grandma and grandpa Sutliff offered to take Avyrlie while we're here.

Updates to come...

Friday, May 1, 2009

The BIG Birthday Party

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Avyrlie is still not quite convinced that her party was big enough to adequately celebrate the greatness that is her, especially now that she is four years old!

Next year I suppose we will have to round up a couple alligators and crocodiles and have better weather so we can party outside. Talking to Avyrlie after her 'party', it's clear that she remembers her last birthday party in the backyard and was pretty disappointed that the weather didn't hold out this year. When I asked her why she thought Mother Nature didn't let her have her party outside she said, "Probably my brother made her mad!"