It is time to move.

We’ve survived 2.5 years of Stinkbine Lane. Now, finally, the end is in sight -5 more months! And nights like tonight keep us counting the days. Tonight as we made dinner I noticed the rug below the sink was wet but didn’t think much of it (except I was annoyed my socks got wet). Then after dinner we were washing dishes and water starts gushing out of the cupboards below the sink. Awesome.
We opened the cupboard and found this:

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Now I’m not a plumber but I’m thinking those thing-a-ma-jigs should definitely not look like that.
So after calling the landlord, mopping up the water that filled our kitchen, and throwing away everything from the flooded cupboard, it’s time to move.

My husband is blessed…

… with every attribute necessary to coach a 3 and 4-year-old basketball team! On Saturdays Mike coaches and refs basketball games at the Coralville Recreation Center. He gets such a kick out of the 3 & 4-year-olds that I decided to go watch this morning. It was great!
First of all, it’s hilarious to watch these kids try to play basketball! They are barely coordinated enough to run, let alone dribble and shoot a basketball! Quite entertaining!
Secondly, it was awesome to watch Mike interact with the kids! They absolutely love him and he is so good at getting them to pay attention but have tons of fun at the same time!
What a great way to start my Saturday!

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The View From the Top

… of the mountains! We just got back from 5 incredible days in Colorado! We headed out early Friday morning and arrived in Beaver Creek just in time for lunch. After a quick lunch we decided not to wait any longer – we grabbed our skis and headed for the slopes! Because Mike had never skied before we decided to take a lesson to learn the basics. By no means am I an expert skier, but I have been skiing for quite a while. However, Mike and I wanted to take the same lesson so I pretended I had never skied before and we both enrolled in a beginner lesson. Most of the lesson was spent on the learner hills and we rode the “magic carpets” rather than ski lifts. Luckily we were in a group with other adults as Mike was afraid he might tower over all the 5-year-olds who were learning to ski.

By the end of the lesson Mike was doing great so we moved into a different group and headed for the big time: green runs!

Day 2 on the hill consisted of Mike and I taking on more green! It was a beautiful day!!

Day 3 we decided to get a little more adventurous. We had been sticking to one part of the mountain and we decided it was time to branch out to some different green runs on the other side of the mountain. The first couple times down went great! Then it was time to meet everyone else for lunch. We get to the top of the ski lift and get out our map and plan a course to the restaurant.
Our thought process:
Hmmmm it looks like there is only one green route that will get us there.
Hmmmm I wonder why this sign says “Experts only. Absolutely no beginners!”
Well, let’s try it anyway!
So we followed the signs to what should have been a green run, only to find out it was closed due to lack of snow! Then Mike sees a sign that says “Slower skiers stay right.” So we decide right is the best way to go. We soon find ourselves at the top of a mogul run. Uh oh. After about 10 minutes of standing in the middle of the slope discussing our options, 1. try to do some turns and make it through slowly, 2. blast straight down and hope for the best, or 3. take off our skis and walk down (seriously, this was our conversation!) we decided to go for option 2. We booked it right through that run like pros (not!) and made it to lunch on time! We decided that next time we get to pick the lunch location!

While the weather was nice and warm the first 3 days there wasn’t much fresh snow causing the slopes to be a little icy. Things changed on Monday! Beaver Creek got 10 inches of snow throughout the day and we were loving it! The visibility wasn’t great but the skiing was great! It was our favorite day by far! With the wonderful new snow we decided to stretch ourselves and hit some blue runs! (Look out!) Piece of cake! We were shredding like crazy! We were getting so good that other people were actually willing to ski with us! It was a great way to end the trip!

Besides skiing there was great food, great card games, and great time spent with family! My nephew, Seth, was also along on the trip. He is an incredible skier and has a camera for his helmet – it was quite entertaining to watch his videos each night!

Thanks so much to my parents! We had a great time and loved skiing! Mike is ready to go back already! Any Colorado schools looking for 2 teachers???

The Original Look-Alike!

Earlier this week when Mike and I were giggling about Tubby and Goldie we kept thinking there was another comparison we used to make about coaches and mascots/cartoon characters. Well, after reading Makenzie’s comment about 101 Dalmatians on that post Mike remembered our other favorite look-alike!

Nebraska Football Coach Bo Pelini and Jasper from 101 Dalmatians!

If the first two aren’t enough… the second two should help you see the resemblence.

Thoughts?

 

 

Tubby and Goldie

Wednesday night we watched the Iowa Men’s Basketball team play the Minnesota Golden Gophers. (Hawks win!!! 2-1 in the Big Ten!!! WHAT!?!?!) While watching, I couldn’t help but notice the striking resemblance between the Minnesota coach, Tubby Smith, and the Minnesota mascot, Goldie the Gopher. See below:

Tubby Smith:                                                                 Goldie:

 

 

 

 

 

 

Strong resemblance?? I think so.

Thoughts??

More celebrity/mascot look-alikes to come!!

Happy Friday!

Nawlins

On Saturday we returned from a great trip to New Orleans with the Whitt family! New Orleans is a very interesting city! We arrived on Wednesday and spent most of the day touring the city. Our first stop was Johnny’s Po-Boys for some Po-Boys (duh), Muffulettas, and the first bowl of gumbo for Daniel on this trip.
We wandered around the French quarter – which reminded me a lot of Europe and we found the famous Bourbon Street… but even during the day it was a bit too crazy for me! We also jumped on a street car and traveled to the Garden District which is full of plantation style houses. That night we enjoyed a delicious dinner at Emeril’s! Everyone else thought the food was average but mine was delicious!! I had some butternut squash bisque with crab meat that was so yummy I would have licked the bottom of the bowl if I was eating it at home. My entree was a delightful crab cake – I’m a sucker for crab cakes – soooo good! Then! (yes, there’s more) for dessert we shared a piece of banana cream pie and a piece of lemon ice box pie. Usually I’m not interested in pie but these two were excellent! Daniel also had his second bowl of gumbo.

Day 1 Total Walking Distance: 5 miles
Day 1 Caloric Intake: I don’t want to know.

Thursday Mike and I decided to sleep in, get a quick workout in, and then meet everyone for lunch and a walking tour. We met John, Sharon & Daniel at Cafe du Monde for some quick beingets. Beignets are basically a fried doughnut covered in a ridiculous amount of powdered sugar. Another one of my weaknesses: doughnuts. So naturally, I loved them! We headed to our walking tour covered in powdered sugar.
Our tour guide led us around the French Quarter and she had tons of information! She told us lots about the history of New Orleans had share some neat architectural info as well. This was helpful… then as we walked I could think profound thoughts like “That’s a creole house because of the 4 wells, rather than “hmm that house is strange looking.”

After the tour we headed to a BBQ joint called the Joint BBQ that Mike and Kevin had seen on Diners, Drive Ins, and Dives. A 2 mile hike left us all hungry (and maybe a bit grouchy) so we chowed down on pulled pork sandwiches and BBQ chicken. As always, my favorite part was the mac and cheese side dish.
After the Joint it was nap time and that night we headed to Acme Oyster House for dinner. We enjoyed some oysters on the half shell (Daniel’s first oysters and third bowl of gumbo) as well as some standard gumbo, red beans and rice, and jambalaya.
Day 2 Total Walking Distance: 7 miles
Day 2 Caloric Intake: I don’t want to know.

Friday morning we got up early and headed to the National World War II Museum. We toured the exhibits and learned soooo much about the war and life at home during the war. Some interesting tidbits:

These blow up tanks were used as decoys to distract the German military while the US planned its attack at Normandy.
Here’s a fun story about some Iowans!
They used tetrahedrons on the beaches! Can’t wait to tell some geometers about this!
The museum was very interesting and thought provoking – it definitely made me miss my grandpa. I have many questions I would love to ask him! Today Mike and I went to the library and picked out some WWII in HD DVDs to watch and Mike is currently reading Band Of Brothers… so I guess you could say it piqued our interest!

After the museum we headed for the swamp! But first… more food! Lunch at Welty’s included deli sandwiches – mine was a Rueben the size of my head. Yum! Now, onto the swamp! We took a bus outside of New Orleans for a swamp tour. We climbed on a boat and headed out in search of alligators! We saw lots of cool wildlife including armadillos, turtles, herons, and of course, alligators!
They also had a baby alligator on the boat that we could hold! It was awesome!

Dinner time meant more food and Daniel’s fourth bowl of gumbo.

Day 3 Total Walking Distance: a measly 2 miles
Day 3 Caloric Intake: I don’t want to know.

Saturday we packed up and cleared out of our hotel rooms and then headed to the New Orleans School of Cooking for a cooking demonstration and of course, more eating! Our chef made gumbo (Daniel’s 5th bowl and voted best!), jambalaya, bread pudding, and pralines. We had tried some pralines earlier in the trip and I wasn’t too impressed. But these… these were incredible!! I bought 12 of them in the gift shop and have been enjoying them daily.

After the cooking class we headed to the airport for the trip back to Naperville!

Trip Total Walking Distance: a minimum of 15 miles – not bad in about 3.5 days!
Trip Total Caloric Intake: I definitely do not want to know!

It was a great time! Thanks John & Sharon for a fun trip!

Note: crazy person dancing while blocking traffic 🙂