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Trunk Time and a Super Bowl

We’re still in the reign of the White Witch for the past week or two, with temperatures in single digits and us making the most of the Great Indoors when we’re not venturing out for a Bible Study or something. Hannah’s made some balloon friends, and daddy’s made some more popovers (which go great with avocado, strangely enough).


On Saturday night, the Mathis family invited us over for dinner. We had some corned beef and broccoli along with some Valentine sugar cookies we brought. Emmett has been celebrating Mardi Gras early with masks and a table decoration with appropriately colored balloons. After dinner, we played a memory game called Say the Word, which was very much like the “picnic game” (which Aaron has enjoyed playing at grandma and grandpa’s house). Our kids mostly enjoyed a kind of playdate afterward playing with dominos, and Hannah made a picture of a bear with some tiles.

It was around zero degrees when we left and found the car had a nearly-flat tire. Fortunately, the Mathises had an electric pump I was able to use to fill it back up.


We went to church the next day, and Aaron and his Sunday school class had fruity treats for everyone as we came out of the service. I spent some time during the afternoon going through another one of my dad’s trunks, this one containing some old coins and stamps collected by my grandmother, as well as some odd currency sent to my dad by a friend (including a paper Shekel and a gag seven dollar bill with Jesus on it).

That evening was the Super Bowl, so I headed home and helped Vivian put our a spread of food for us to watch the game. My parents and Uncle Jonny came over to watch the Buccaneers roll over the Chiefs, and even Harold came out of his came to watch with us (and munch some salad). Hannah kept herself busy making little hors d’oeuvres for us with the crackers, chips, and dip we’d had set out.

It was a fun weekend, but I’m looking forward to some warmer days ahead. In the meantime, we have a tire to fix.

Pizza Machine and Super Bowl LIV



Over the weekend, we got to enjoy a fabulous amount of family fun. We spent nearly all of Saturday in Milliard at the Amazing Pizza Machine, courtesy of CRCC Omaha. I’d never visited this place before and expected it to be on-par with Chuck-E-Cheese, but I was happy to find it much closer to a Dave & Buster’s. We got to introduce Hannah and Aaron to such things as air hockey, whack-a-mole (or shark), and skee ball, and they both got to go on a few of the rides, including a Frog Hopper that Hannah wanted to ride non-stop. Aaron spent a good amount of time on a Ninja Turtle arcade game, which he eventually played to the finish, and Hannah got to ride a bumper car solo for the very first time.

We had some lunch in the middle of all this, which was especially fun for the kids since they got to pick out whatever foods they wanted from the buffet (including ice cream).


We had some gorgeous weather on Sunday, so I took Aaron on our first walk of the year to my parents’ house before the Super Bowl kicked off. All four grandparents and Uncle Jonny joined us in our annual tradition of watching football and filling up on food like nachos, chicken wings, and homemade pizza rolls, along with Peppermint Village Inn pie for dessert. Our kids were up to watch most of the game as well, as was Harold the Guinea Pig. Hannah rooted for the Chiefs — and she even had a “pillow pet” to watch the game with her.

I’d recently bought a $10 TV at Goodwill that I set up for the kids in the basement so they could watch a bedtime show during the pole-dancing halftime show. Aaron was in bed before the fourth quarter, but Hannah stayed up all the way through the exciting finish. It was probably the best Super Bowl I’d seen in a while — so good that I barely paid attention to the commercials (aside from Bill Murray’s reprisal of Groundhog Day).

Congratulations, Chiefs — and to the great state of Kansas!

Long walk of winter

We’re still in the midst of a long walk through a winter that’s been taking place since January, with snow after snow after snow that persists in spite of Punxsutawney Phil’s optimistic predictions.


We still try to get the kids out as much as possible, whether that’s a trip down to the Kroc Center to run around or a long stroll down to the Chick-Fil-A, when temperatures drift back into the fifties momentarily. That’s where we went on Groundhog Day, getting out of the house to move around and then grab some chicken sandwiches at our favorite indoor playground. Vivian stayed home and made soup that evening, which we ate while watching the movie Groundhog Day together. It’s been my favorite film for years, and I seem to enjoy it more with every sitting.


The next day was Super Bowl Sunday, so we had all four grandparents (and Uncles Nathan and Jonny) over to watch the Big Game with us. We had the usual assortment of Super Bowl food, including jalapeño poppers, buffalo wings, and a variety of chips and dips. Hannah’s team lost for the first time in her life as the Patriots beat the Rams in a game that felt like it would last forever. It was still good to get together to share the same experience with a couple million other people around the world, even if it meant sitting through Maroon 5 with the sound un-muted part of the time.


The snow continued to come over and over through the following week, but we still found fun things to do indoors. Among them is a group called 1,000,000 Cups, which invites business leaders to talk about their experience and share their thoughts. I got to hear from Scooter’s co-founder Don Eckles, who talked about starting his coffee chain in the mid-90s focusing on a speedy, drive-thru experience. It was enlightening to hear about the brand loyalty of a coffee chain, which only makes sense as people tend to be downright religious about which cup of “joe” gets them going in the morning.

Among my other indoor projects was trying (and failing) to replace a 3-way light switch with a Smart Switch, only to learn through trial and error that every switch in the circuit would have to be replaced, not just one.


Then on Saturday, our friend Kerri and her son Jonah celebrated their 40th and 5th birthdays, respectively. Our whole family joined them for some pizza, nachos, and cocktail wieners (and cake) as the kids dressed as superheroes and watched (most of) The Incredibles II. The little party was held at the most lavish apartment complex clubhouse I’d ever seen, which had its own legit mini-movie theater in the basement, among other things. Lexi brought Sammy and August along for the party, and we got our obligatory photo of Aaron, August, and Jonah together, as the three are growing up together like little brothers.

Next stop: V-Day!



There was some kind of lunar eclipse on Wednesday last week, so I thought it might be nice to get up early and have breakfast with my folks, where they have a backyard with enough of a view that we could watch it. Unfortunately, the clouds didn’t quite cooperate, but we did get a glimpse of the nearly-eclipsed moon before it disappeared behind an overcast sky. We brought the kids along as well, and my parents shared some pastries with us before we left.


Then on Friday night, we took the kids to the Children’s Museum for their Candyland Night. The “Candyland” theme didn’t stretch much farther than an inflated rainbow archway with a tattered colored path along the floor, but there were lots of other things that kept the kids busy. Hannah went “sledding” in the winter wonderland exhibit, and the kids both took trips on the carousel and train. Mostly, it was nice to let the kids get out and run around as winter made things a bit too cold for the great outdoors.

Vivian had a baby shower to attend on Saturday, so I took the kids down to the Kroc Center to get them worn out in the afternoon before putting them down with some Super Mario Bros 3.


Then on Sunday, we had some potluck with our friends at Twin Valley Church before spending the afternoon preparing for the Super Bowl. Vivian made an assortment of tasty wings and nachos, and Jack and Donna came over with guacamole, clam dip, empañadas, and some tiny mini pizzas. I got both of the kids to make their predictions for the Super Bowl again this year, and the both picked the Eagles. For those of you keeping score at home, that makes Hannah four-for-four in her Super Bowl picks. She and Aaron both seemed enthusiastic about the game, though the snacks probably helped. Hannah also brought out a variety of toys, including her bizarre balloon doll and Zoey cats dressed in their “jammies.”

We’ve got another cold week of snow and slippery roads in the forecast for this week. Hopefully we’ll make it until spring.

Snowballs and the Super Bowl


It’s old news by now, but on Sunday there was a thing called the Super Bowl on TV. Once again, we had all four grandparents over to our place, and Vivian went all out with some tasty wings and an assortment of snacks to munch as we watched an unexpectedly exciting game together. Uncles Nathan and Jonathan showed up as well, and even Hannah and Aaron wound up watching most of the game with us. They went to bed right after a quick dance during the halftime show.

I’m not even a football fan, but seeing such a remarkable comeback by the Patriots in a first-ever overtime Super Bowl was a sight to behold. Even better, Hannah correctly predicted the outcome of the game for the third year in a row. Next year, I’ll have to take her guess to Vegas and put the winnings in her college fund.

The next day, Vivian and I woke up to find Hannah had all her toys in the living room watching their own pretend Super Bowl complete with a cardboard cutout television. Simply adorable.


A few days later, we had a couple extra inches of snow. It made things sloppy and hazardous for a few hours on Wednesday, and the snow stuck around long enough for us to take the kids to the park for their first legit snowball fight on Friday. It actually warmed up to fifty degrees, making for a lovely day in the park on the swings, slides, and a little lunch. Of course, having plenty of slushy, sloppy snow to play with makes it fun, too.

In other news, Puddy.

Hannah’s Super Bowl Prediction

Snow Day and a Super Bowl


We got a little snow in the Omaha metro area over the past week, and the National Weather Service saw fit to give the snowstorm an actual name: Kayla. I decided to take a day off work, as did much of the city, which gave the road crews an easier time to clean up the white stuff. I spend the day shoveling and playing Hungry Hungry Hippos with Hannah and Uncle Jonny. Some people were actually without power, so with both heat and Internet, we were quite content.

On Saturday, it warmed up to the mid-40s, so we took the kids down to the park for a little sledding fun. I’d grabbed a sled at Walmart last week and we were able break it in sending Hannah and Aaron down a few modest slopes. Aaron even made the trek to the swings in his snow boots so he could have a brief, snowy swing with Hannah before we called it a day.

Sledding fun with the kids!


Sunday was the Super Bowl, so we invited the grandparents over (and Uncle Jonny) to watch the Broncos give Cam Newton a little taste of humility while eating giant piles of nachos, among other things. Hannah was content to play with grandma, for the most part, but she did make an accurate prediction once again about the game’s outcome. Aaron also seemed fascinated with Lady Gaga singing the national anthem, and I was able to put his hand over his heart without a fuss. It was the first and only football game I’ve actually watched all year. That shows what kind of sports fan I am, but I’ll take any excuse to eat nachos.

A Snowy Super Bowl Sunday


There were really only two big events that happened in Omaha over the weekend — our first legitimate snowstorm of the season and the Super Bowl. That meant getting some quality time indoors with the kids, baking cookies with Hannah and just snuggling with a sleepy Aaron. We woke up on Sunday to a winter wonderland, with plenty of the white stuff to shovel on the driveway and just about everything in town cancelled for the day — church services among them.

What wasn’t cancelled, of course, was the Super Bowl. We got our Super Nachos ready for the Four Grandparents and Uncle Jonny to munch on when the came over, and then we gathered around the TV to watch along with the rest of America as the Seahawks blew a perfectly good victory from the one-yard line. The legendary ads seemed less Super this time around, with dead kids and insipid puppies being among the highlights. Hannah stayed up for most of the game before falling asleep in mom’s lap, and Vivian discovered NBC is bringing Heroes back for a mini-series. That made her night.

On social media, several people made noise about how they’re not watching the Super Bowl. And honestly, I don’t follow (or care) about pro sports at all. The whole point was to have an excuse to sit with family, eat junk food, and make fun of Katy Perry’s back-up sharks, and I think we accomplished that goal in spades.

Hannah’s Super Bowl prediction