Thursday, December 25, 2008

Christmas 2008

Christmas 2008
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Christmas 2008. The carrots and cookies were placed near the tree for Santa and his reindeer. The boys were being silly, as usual. We even had our own reindeer and Bat Man present this year! YIPEEE !! Santa visited and was very generous this year. Great gifts appeared from family and friends! Elmo, Power Rangers, fishing books, new Husker gear, Ipods, a red sled, Golden Guide learning books about sea shells to rocks, bugs to the weather, and and even a piggy bank for David. By the end of the night, he had $ 73.91 collected! Happy faces, giggles, and snuggles with Elmo made for a great Christmas this year! HO HO HO! Merry Christmas!

Sunday, November 16, 2008

Fun With Friends

Fun With Friends
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Our friends, Declan and Cara, spent a few ours with us having lots of fun! Yummy snacks, a fun movie and lots of giggles were just part of the great time! What great friends we have!

Friday, November 14, 2008

Picnic Photos

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We just got these pictures of the work picnic back in August from our office photographer. This was a good day. We made an appearance at the picnic and then drove to an awesome cabin in West Virginia (See August posts). Thanks to Marla for sharing these pictures with us.

Saturday, November 08, 2008

Chocolate Boy

Zach had a bit of a post Halloween chocolate binge.

It runs in the family.

Monday, October 27, 2008

"So much you can't even STAND it!"

David saw ice skating this morning on television. He was very interested. I told him how much I love ice skating and how I learned to ice skate in Colorado and the Broadmoor Hotel when I was only 3 years old. He said, "hmmmm". Didn't figure he really cared. So I then told him that we have an ice skating rink very close to our house and that I could take him ice skating sometime.

He smiled so big and said, "Mom, I will love ice skating so much that you can't even stand it". That a boy. I think he might just love it as much as Mommy. And I'll bet he even be better than me!

I love David's willingness to just jump in and try. What a great kid! Maybe we can skate at the Broadmoor when we move to Colorado..........


This one will make Daddy happy......... Zach is really talking these days. He has a lot of new words in his vocabulary. Daddy, Mommy, Daado (David), box, fish, ducks, sit, stop, go, what's that?, look, oops, truck, choo choo, ba ba (bottle), up, book, horsey....just to name some of them. Of course, he says, "No No No No !" (hmmmm, wonder how often he hears that )....

So here is the part that will make Daddy smile. This morning, Zachy was running around with his Thomas The Tank Engine book. He flips through the pages rapidly and asks, "what's that?" over and over. Then he spotted Daddy's book on the table. "What's that?" he asked. I said, "that's a book, Zachy. A FISH book. See the fishies? Can you say fish?" Zach looked at the book and said, "BASS", then smiled.

OK Dad, starting him a tad early don't ya think?

Sunday, October 26, 2008


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Just a few cute pics of the boys together watching a show.....Love them so much..

Saturday, October 25, 2008

Pre Halloween Fun with a skunk and a stormtrooper.

Just a few pics from the neighborhood halloween festival. David is a Star Wars strom trooper and Zachy is a cute little furry skunk!

Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Impromptu "Vacation"

Matt had to go to a 2 day meeting by Norfolk at Ft. Eustis. None of us were too happy about Daddy being gone for a couple of days. Then, a lightbulb went off......."Why can't we go?" Don't know if David or Mommy said it first, but it sure sounded fun. So Mom made a call to the hotel that was reserved by Matt (for business) to make sure we wouldn't be breaking any rules with us staying there. NOPE ! "Come on! We'd be glad to have you" said the lady at the desk. YIPPEE !! Matt went on and took off early to make the meeting time, and I packed the bags, made quick arrangements for the pups and loaded up the boys for a 3 hour drive to the coast! The hotel upgraded our room at no cost to a big suite! They even let us in though Matt hadn't checked in yet! We took a nap and then Dad met us. We ended up going to Virginia Beach for a seafood dinner(per David's request) and had a late night seashell hunt on the beach. It was ridiculously cold and windy and Zachy thought it was hilarious! The next day, Matt went to his meeting and the boys and I found another beach. Brrrr! I had to wrap a blanket on Zachy's coat and tie it to keep his hood on! We collected tons of seashells and saw some crazy surfers. Off to an indoor antique carousel for a fun ride and some yummy ice cream. We stopped by Sonic for a yummy drink then off to Ft. Eustis to wait for Dad. We played on the swings and slides for 2 hours! The drive home would have been long, but Dad and David mapped it out so we would drive right past Bass Pro Shop! Go figure. We ended up eating there after shopping and looking at the fishies in the giant tank. The drive home had Dad in one car and Mommy with 2 sleeping boys in the other. Not bad for "impromptu" eh? By the way, there are a bunch of pics here. But there are some goodies!


OK, OK. I know I am posting stuff that happened days ago. But better late than never! Just wait until you look at all the pictures of our vacations! And then Halloween is just around the corner! Whew! I'm tired just thinking about it.......
Cudos to those that blog daily....not gonna happen on this blog...ha.

Saturday, September 27, 2008


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Thought these were worthy of separation from a big group. The kids had so much fun playing in these big orange pumpkins at the pumpkin patch!

Saturday, September 20, 2008

Go Irish, Go Choo Choo !

Zachy is all grins. Proud to show O'Matt and O' Jeff his ND support. Zachy is also a new fan of Thomas the Tank Engine. He loves to dress up and say "choo, choo"! We love this guy. He is just too fun.

Fall Soccer

Fall Soccer
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Back to the fun! Soccer has started and David is doing great! He's even faster than he was during spring soccer. He's making goals and really loving the game. He looks awesome in his uniform and super cool shin pads. He has new coaches and a bunch of new teammates! Go David! We love you and are so proud of you!

Sunday, September 14, 2008

Festivals and Fingerprints

September is upon us. So, the beginning of Fall and all the festivals and craft shows. We love to go to these things and see what fun there is to be had. This particular day, we found one close to our house. It was particularly warm for September. David enjoyed the big slides, painting and a pony ride. Zachy enjoyed lemonade and, well, lemonade and more lemonade. He was too little to go on the slide and got crazy scared when he got near the pony. Go figure. The coolest thing we did was visit the booth that the local police were running. Both boys got fingerprinted, photographed and placed in a national database of kids. Pretty cool, eh? We even got a copy of the pics and prints. David thought the best part was getting to crawl around in the police car! We love the Fall!

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Zachy's Sneaky Snacky!

Zachy Snacky!
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Can't turn your back on this little guy for a second! Sneaky sneaky! Zachary found his way to the lower cabinet this morning. He helped himself to the Cheerios box. He actually got the box out, neatly opened it, removed the bag of Cheerios and had him self a little snack. He even stopped to say "cheeeese" for the camera. Sneaky little guy. Loves those Cheerios!

Sunday, September 07, 2008

Tropical Storm Hanna

Though the sky was beautiful afterwards, tropical storm "Hanna" brought a whopper of a storm to the Atlantic coast line and gave Fairfax, VA quite a downpour. The rain started about 8PM Friday night and absolutely poured for about 20 hours.
Due to a rainy day, the boys made yummy cinnamon rolls for breakfast and played indoors. Even Herbie and Molly lounged around. But the sound of the beating rain was just too much of a temptation. David pulled on his rain gear and out he went. Zach laughed and stomped in the rain puddles that blew up on the porch. There were times when the bands of the storm came through and we all had to run inside from the wind!
We then saw a couple of poor wayward toads that had been washed down the drains by the office window. Ribbit ! It caused quite a stir amongst the boys in the house and thanks to Dad's quick hands, David's butterfly catching net and Zachy's extreme interest, the 2 toads were "rescued???" and placed in a bucket for all to admire.
After the storm, the frogs and David moved outside. David even took his new "dad wallet" out with him to survey the water levels. (Check out the "back-end" pose). The last 2 pics are the aftermath. Our local fishing lake was flooded beyond imagination. And the picture of the sky is actually taken from our backyard. Beautiful.
All in all, the Olson's survived the tropical storm pretty well. From cinnamon rolls to big wheels to catching frogs, it turned out to be a good day. (By the way, the frogs were set free on Sunday. HA). David

Funny boy:

David is IN TO MONEY these days. During a brief visit to Walmart the other day, I was victim to the routine "shakedown" from David. "I need that, Mom. I want that, Mom. You should buy this for me, Mom"....etc. This time, I gave in. A $2.00 pouch that had a monkey on the front, used to hold money. Seeing as how Zach loves to put money in his mouth, the idea of David collecting every coin in the house and keeping it in this little pouch, seemed worth the $ 2.00. This little pouch is now lovingly called, "my kid wallet" by David.

Scene: Dad got home from work. David: "Dad! Look at my kid wallet! Isn't it awesome?" Matt, "Sure is David! Do you have money in there?" David: "Yup! And I have more under the rug! I'll go get it!" Under the rug. What exactly did that mean? I tiptoed up the stairs behind David, followed him to our bathroom, and found him pulling up the bathroom rug. Up against the wall next to the counter was at least $6.00 or $7.00, in change and dollar bills. Little turkey. He's been collecting money for WEEKS! Our fault for leaving it lay around for little hands to grab! Now that little "kid wallet" is stuffed!

Parental responsibility here: We did discuss picking up money that doesn't belong to us and keeping it..........don't want to start a thieving problem here, but do like the idea of him saving money!!! :)

By the way, he now has a second wallet, one of Matt's old ones, that he calls his "Dad wallet". The boy is loaded.

Delightfully David: The Mole

Sweet David is so unbelievably articulate. Some of the things he says just blow us away. Here is one in particular that just makea me smile as I write it.

Scene: Nap time. Zachy was already asleep, David's head bobbing and eyelids looking droopy. Now most all of you know that Matt and I both have a mole, yes a mole, that David likes to rub when needing comfort. Matt's is behind his right ear, mine is in front. Sometimes, in dire need, David feels as if he needs the "double mole", as he calls it.

I felt this little hand go up and rub my mole. David stated, "I am NOT tired, Mom." When he says that, he IS tired. So I convinced him to go upstairs and lay down with me for a little shut eye. Again, he rubbed the mole. Note: though most people don't want to hear or talk about it, moles sometimes "sprout" a few hairs. Gross, but true. I choose to intermittently "remove" mine, and had done so earlier in the day. Anyway, David rubbed and rubbed and rubbed, then forcefully pushed my head sideways to actually look at the mole. "Mom," he said. "Your mole. It's...., well it's...." He just couldn't find the words to describe that it wasn't fuzzy anymore. Then finally..."Mom, there is something wrong with your mole. It's not turned on!!"

Tuesday, September 02, 2008

Early Fall Fun

Early Fall Fun
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Great early fall weather has encouraged us to get outside this last week. David started back to his daycare/preschool and has started up with a new gymnastics class. Zachy is growing each day and misses his brother terribly when he is not home. He goes through the house yelling "DAAAA DOE!" When David is home, we go play with friends, go to the park and swing and have great bike and wagon rides. Here are a few pics of each. These guys are getting bigger each day........

Monday, September 01, 2008

Pool Closes...Bummer.

Labor day weekend was the end of our season of fun at the pool down the street. We were there at least every other day almost all summer! That's alot of fun in the sun. David got an incredible tan despite liberal use of sunscreen. He took a few swim lessons and managed to go down "that really scary slide" 4 times! Zachy got more blonde with each day in the sun. He only drank a little pool water and has developed quite a love of the pool. Yippee!! Our last full day included 6 hours in and out of the water, a BBQ, raft night, popcicles, staying until 8PM closing time, 2 exhausted but happy boys, lots of laughs with friends and a little boy named David that slept until noon the next day. The very LAST day (next day) was only 4 hours of swimming, a pizza party in which all the lifeguards joined in and 2 tired boys again. David and Zachy have made good friends with 2 particular lifeguards. Karly and Steve O. David draws pictures for them almost every time we are there on the paper that he "requires" me to keep in the pool bag. Zachy will jump in to either one of them and loves to play in the water. We are sad to see the pool season end, but Karly and Steve O said they would babysit for us this fall and winter ! YEA ! Goodbye pool. See ya next summer!

Thursday, August 28, 2008

Rainy Day Fun

Rainy Day Fun
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We woke up this morning to a downpour of rain! Yippee! Our grass was prematurely turning yellow and crunchy. YUCK. When David realized there were large puddles outside, he ate his breakfast in record time, ripped his jammies off, dressed himself and put on his rubber boots and new awesome raincoat and ran out the door. Of course, Zachy was out the door behind big brother. It was so wet, David even got his snow shovel to scoop up the puddles! Zachy drew scribbles on the porch with chalk and had fun watching David play. David helped Zachy be careful on the steps and showed him the pretty flowers. What a great morning. Rainy days are lots of fun!

Sunday, August 24, 2008

Olson Fishing Weekend in West Virginia

We decided to venture in a different direction this last weekend. Our trips usually take us to Pennsylvania, but we just wanted to see something different. And boy, did we! Not that PA is not a beautiful state, but West Virginia is awesome! A 3 day weekend for Matt enabled us to leave early on Friday and arrive at a beautiful cabin. It was way too big for the 4 of us, but it was the only one they had! It was beautiful and had all the luxuries of home. A washer and dryer, heart shaped whirlpool bathtub, a relaxing hot tub outside under the stars and beautiful floor to ceiling windows in the front to see the beautiful view. Let's not forget the trout stream practically in the front yard!
Our first evening was fishing, exploring, dinner, a bubbly bath for Zachy and David in the giant tub, and a relaxing time in the hot tub for Mom and Dad. The only downer was Mom getting pulled over by a policeman on the way back from dinner. Speeding.....bummer. But he got one look at the sweet, beautiful boys in the back seat watching a movie, and could only issue a warning. WHEW !!!!!
Saturday included leaving our cabin and driving to a new motel that had a great little home cooking type restaurant. Best bowl of slow cooked green beans we have ever had. Then a quick nap followed by a drive over to the Cass Scenic Railroad! We road an old steam engine train. The "Fiddles and Viddles" ride. Up the mountain to a great buffet dinner, some bluegrass tunes and some great exploring by David and Zachy. Back down the mountain to the hotel in time for Zachy to have a bath before bed and for David to catch a cute little frog. Sunday was breakfast and a ride up the mountains to a remote little place to catch big ole trout. Three, to be exact. One was 20 inches long! Mom even tried a little fly fishing! Zachy said, ' -ish ! -ish!" Loves those fish! David was a great fisherman and Daddy did the hard work. An ice cooler and some ice and off for home with 3 "ish"! We finished the day with the all American dinner at Shoneys. We were tired but happy and glad that we have discovered alot of fun in West Virginia! Wow! What a fun filled weekend!

Sunday, August 10, 2008

Return of the Tabby

Our estranged cat Morris has returned home after well over a year's absence. He has been roughing it in the wilds of Kings Park West like a feline version of Eric Rudolph: living off the land and avoiding the man. Morris’s first order of business upon return was peeing in Herbie and Mollie’s dog food. While he could have been confused having been away from a litter box for so long, it was clearly a political statement. Given his experiences with the beagles it is understandable. We are happy have Morris back, but we are not sure how long this will last.

Friday, August 01, 2008

Silly times at Grammies

It is impossible to list all the fun and silliness that went on at Grammie's during our vacation. There were laughs and giggles galore with Uncle Matt, Aunt Sally, George, Francis, Uncle Jeff, Aunt Denise, Joey and Jackie along with Grammie, Aunt Terri, Matt, Jennie and of course, the kings of giggles- The Olson Brothers- David and Zach. There were 2 trips to Wonderland Amusement park, a visit to the Discovery Center where there was a "body noises" display that burped and "passed gas" and where there were giant bubble making machines. We hung out at Uncle Hunkies and Aunt Jerry's, jumped on the trampoline, got pushed in the walker by Gram and Jerry , told fishing stories to Hunkie and got to see his collection of rattlesnake rattles. We went swimming in Aunt Terri's pool, took trips to the park to play on the new equipment, played on big wheels and scooters until dark with the neighbors grandkids, and chased down the ice cream man for a giant popcicle, Whew! Just listing all these fun things is incredible! It is easy to say, WE HAD A BLAST AT GRAMMIES !! WE LOVE TEXAS ! Thanks to everyone for making this a fun trip for us! We love you all!

Thursday, July 31, 2008

Albuquerque, New Mexico

Off on vacation! Grammie went with us to Albuquerque and we had so much fun. Daddy drove us to Albuquerque on Monday evening. We checked in at our hotel and then off to find the Tingley Beach. This was our main reason for going! A stocked trout pond, a kids fishing area and well, fishing, fishing and more fishing. Zachy and Grammie checked out the ducks and geese as Dad and David surveyed the area for the following day of fishing. Early in the morning, Dad would "check out" the pond and come back to the hotel with reports. We had a great time relaxing, trying out the yummy New Mexico cuisine, and of course, visiting the beautiful aquarium, botanical gardens and the zoo. Zach "oooh'd and ahhhhh'd" at all the animals and David got to hand feed some beautiful birds. And we can forget to mention that David was the ONLY one to catch a trout at the pond. Check out for more details! What a fun time in Albuquerque! Just a little side note: Having grown up with a mom that was also a teacher, we frequently had "spelling" contests and such in the car on our travels. Many, many years ago on a trip to New Mexico, mom decided that we needed to learn to spell Albuquerque. It was a doozy, but A-L-B-U-Q-U-E-R-Q-U-E. There you have it. I've never forgotten how to spell it. Thanks Mom.

Monday, July 28, 2008

Zach and Grammie

Zach and Grammie
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Zachy and Grammie had some special times while we were in Amarillo. They became great buddies. Grammie showed Zach the big back yard and all the pretty birds through the large glass window in the living room. Zach and Grammie spent alot of time "talking" about their discoveries. Fun times for Zachary and Gram.

Friday, July 25, 2008

Incredibly Handsome Boys

Just a few pictures here of our handsome boys in their tuxedos for Gerianne's wedding. Have you ever seen 2 more beautiful boys? Love these guys. You can look forward to more "formal wear" pictures when the wedding pics arrive! Handsome, handsome, handsome.

Wedding Day ! July 25, 2008. Hours before the wedding!

The day has arrived! As you can see, the bride is serious in thought, and very happy that the day is progressing so well! The morning started off early with a bunch of early morning errands. Final tux fitting for JP, groomsmen and Mr. David Olson. Libby and company were up ridiculosly early working diligently to making the auditorium look FABULOUS ! Off to the "beauty parlor" for some beautifying. On went the vail along with lots of pins, hairspray and of course, backcombing for poofs. Then off to MAC cosmetics for a few pretty touches for an already stunning bride. Little Zachy had fun watching and dancing to the cool music at the MAC counter. Just a note here, David decided at the pre wedding pictures that he would like to take pictures himself. So all the last 13 pictures are courtesy of David. Pretty good job there little man! What a beautiful bride!!!! Can't wait to see the full set of actual wedding pics!

Monday, July 21, 2008

Pre Wedding Activities

With the wedding day approaching, we traveled to Lubbock, TX with anticipation. We had so much fun staying with Gerianne in her apartment and enjoyed hanging out with John Paul and even Cooper Tucker and Ceasar ( all puppies :)

Multiple trips to Sonic and Taco Villa were perfect beginnings and endings to a day. And hanging out in the freezing cold pool was fun for David........cold for Matt. HA.

We had David's tux fitted and man, what a handsom dude!. We got a tux for Zachy and WOW, lookin' great ! We had massages and facials and had a fun meal with family and friends.

What pre wedding fun!

Friday, July 04, 2008

July 4, 2008

July 4, 2008
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OK, better late than never. July 4th, 2008. Mommy went to work for 8 hours and then home for fun. It was a cloudy day with rain in the forecast. Our neighbors down the street invited us to a BBQ, kids bike race and water balloon fight. Of course, David LOVED the water balloons. And during a brief downpour of rain, we filled up all the balloons we had a home for round 2. We had yummy snacks and lots of fun and daddy had to go get the car to drive us up the street as the rain was coming down in sheets an the sky was turning black. Zachy loved all the attention and David rode his bike around in circles. We ended the night with a few sparkly fire crackers (not sparklers- mom's rule), some smoke bombs and some black snakes. Nothing fancy. But fun for all. Zachy went to sleep and David, Dad and Mom sat on the front porch and watched beautiful fireworks. What a great day.

Friday, June 20, 2008


No picture here. Just a simple fact that you moms out there will understand. It's one of those, "you know you are a mommy when....". So here it goes. My position of motherhood was reaffirmed today as my precious Zachy demonstrated that he is getting bigger. He looked at me with those big beautiful blue eyes, smiled and showed me his 4 little snaggly teeth, then...............grabbed my shirt and wiped his nose on it. Lovely. Now they BOTH do it! Oh, and did I mention that now he and David both giggle when one of them "lets out a windy?" Fabulous. Boys. Motherhood. Love it.....( I AM smiling as I write this, HA ! Love my babies!)

Sunday, June 15, 2008

Happy Fathers Day, Daddy !

Fathers Day 2008. We packed up and went back to our favorite campground in Pennsylvania. Another fun filled weekend with fishing, camping,, driving in the beautiful Pennsylvania Amish countryside, a big rain storm, a smorgasboard of yummy food, a Father's Day pancake breakfast, a train ride on Thomas the Tank Engine in Strausburg, and a trip to Bass Pro Shop for Daddy. The best part was spending time with Dad. From rocking on the front porch in a big rocker, to fishing in the pond, Zachy and David had a great weekend with Dad. Happy Fathers Day to our Daddy! We love you! Love, David and Zachary, and Mommy too !

Friday, June 13, 2008

All SORTS of mischief!

This silly boy. He gets into EVERYTHING. Now that he is walking around, he can't be stopped. I couldn't resist putting up a few pictures of this rascally boy getting into some mischief. Though he has his little "bummer bonnet" that has saved him NUMEROUS times, he still also gets the occassional boo boo. This kid is too much :)

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Happy 4th Birthday David Joseph

Wow. A big 4 year old. The time has gone by so fast. First we had this tiny little baby, now this big 4 year old. David celebrated his 4th birthday with a big pool party at the neighborhood pool. All of his friends came from preschool and the neighborhood to celebrate with David. The party was scheduled from 4 PM to 6 PM. The sun was out and the temp was a balmy 100 degrees. HOT ! Fortunately the pool had 2 canopies and we were able to get a lttle shade. The sun went down quickly and the pool water was nice and cold. As you can see, the theme of the party was Power Rangers. The pink and black Power Rangers even showed up to David's party ! ( With a little "phone call" help from Mommy" . Surprisingly, David was a little apprehensive and wasn't sure he wanted to get too close to the Power Rangers. But he sure talks about it alot!
David Joseph. 4 years old. David amazes us every single day. He is incredibly articulate and definely speaks his mind. He knows exactly what he wants. He loves to count, spell, and "do homework" , i.e. tracing books and maze books. He can practically read the Dr. Seuss books to you. He picks out what he wants to wear, dresses himself, brushes his own teeth and tells us exactly what he would like to eat. He is getting better at swimming each day and loves to jump in and out of the pool. He is amazingly fast and is becoming quite the little athlete. He still loves to eat noodles and salmon, and baby corns and vegetarian corn dogs are still on his favorites list. And lemonade. This kid LOVES lemonade. He goes 90 miles and hour until he is exhausted. David loves Zachary so much and tells him he "is the best little brother ever." He is sweet and loving and tells Mommy and Daddy, "I love you," at least a dozen times a day. He is kind to his friends and polite on the phone. He loves to talk to anyone that calls, especially his Gerianne. And we all know what a passion he has for fishing. We won't say more than that. Thank you to everyone that helped us celebrate with our big boy.
David, we love you, our precious big boy. We can't believe you are 4 now. It has been a great 4 years and we look forward to each and every single day of all the years ahead.
We love you!
Love, Mommy, Daddy and Zachy

Sunday, June 08, 2008

MOVIE : The Olympic Gymnast

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Champion Gymnast

Champion Gymnast
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David is an awesome gymnast! He can do the splits and make a bridge and smile at the same time. He can walk on the tallest beam, do 15 chin ups on the bar (more than anyone else in his class), do a front flip OVER the bar, and hang from and swing on the high bar then fearlessly jump into the pit. He can do tuck jumps, split jumps and seat drops on the trampoline then come to a quick stop in the blink of an eye. And the obstacle course. Well, that's a breeze. His instructor says, "Watch out with David! If you blink, you will miss him. He is so fast!" David does 3 front rolls, then off to a cartwheel, then up the ladder to hang on the rope. Down the rope, another cartwheel, then swing on a rope and drop into a hole. Fearless. Then a big back sommersault over a large mat, a big twisting jump, then start it all over again. FANTASTIC! Daddy, Mommy, Zachy and Pop Pop watched in amazement at the whole routine, then watched proudly as David accepted his trophy. (Psst....I think he got Mommy's gymnastics gene :) Big smile) Way to go David. Is there an olympic gold medalist in the making???

Thursday, June 05, 2008

Zachary John Turns One

June 5, 2007, 4:30 AM. Zachary John Olson was born. This precious round bundle came into our lives. Pink, perfect and precious. All 8 lbs and 4 ounces. Today, June 5th, 2008 is his first birthday. What a great celebration. Zach got lots of phone calls from family and friends wishing him a happy birthday. We had cake and Zachy got some great gifts. He looked so cute in this birthday hat! This sweet boy is incredible. He is always laughing, smiling, chuckling and is so easy going. He has 4 cute little teeth, chubby feet, a round little bottom, curly blonde hair, a perfect button nose and the most beautiful blue eyes you have ever seen. Zachy worships his brother whom he lovingly calls, "Daaado". He says Da Da, Ma Ma , Uh Oh, No No, Ohhhh, and UP! He waves bye bye, blows bubbles and is taking 6 or 7 steps at a time. He loves the swimming pool and the bathtub, graham crackers, ice cream , peas, watermelon, strawberries and, well, eating in general. He puts EVERYTHING in his mouth and he likes to bite! He is admired by all the people whom he smiles at in Walmart, at restaurants and everywhere else we go. He brings a smile to everyone's face when he enters the room. Zachy loves music and is starting to dance, and loves to drum and "pat pat" on tables. He claps and cheers when he is happy. We call him Zachy and he laughs when we say, "Go Zachy, Go Zachy, GO GO GO!" He loves to cuddle with his blanket and sit in Daddy's lap at night until he falls asleep. He loves to wrestle and jump on the bed with David. And he loves to sit and cuddle and be near Mommy. This year has gone by so fast. All the nausea, heartburn, stretchmarks, sleepless nights, backaches and crabiness were worth it and more. Zachary John Olson. Thank you for the joy you have brought us this past year. You are a precious angel and we can't wait to see you grow. We love you! Love, Mommy, Daddy and David.

Monday, May 26, 2008

Memorial Day Part 3- Hershey Park Rollercoasters!

OK, read part 1 and part 2 first then...check out that rollercoaster! Mom and Dad each took a turn riding that thing! It was SCARY ! Of course, the whole time Mom was riding, she kept thinking, " I have a family that needs me. What in the heck I am doing ALL THE WAY UP HERE risking my life for a one minute adrenaline rush?" Ridiculous. But what a minute it was! David enjoyed tons of rides. Especially the spinny ones. Thanks, Dad, for bailing Mom out of those. Not good on the stomach. Zachy looked way cool riding in the backback. He even rode a couple of rides while still in the backpack. Loved it! David enjoyed a yummy hotdog (Zachy ate the bread ), and we even saw some fish in the water! Believe it or not, we only did about 1/3 of the park. And we were there over 6 hours! We still need to go back and do the whole waterpark and the zoo! A fun time was had by all. They day ended with a downpour of rain just at closing time. Felt good after a hot day. We put the kids in their jammies and they were out in less than 5 minutes. Didn't even stir when we carried them in from the car. Slept all night. Now THAT is a success.

Memorial Day Part 2-Hershey Park CHOCOLATE !

We packed up our gear, cleaned the cabin, and headed off for Hershey Park. Yes, as in HERSHEY CHOCOLATE ! YUMMY ! We arrived at a huge factory and could see that this would be a fun day. The rollercoasters in the background had David screaming!
We toured the inside of part of the factory and saw more chocolate than any human could consume. We saw singing cows, giant KitKat bars, thousands of Hershey kisses and giant tubs of milk chocolate that were screaming "JUMP IN HERE !!!" It was like Willy Wonka's Chocolate Factory!!!! We actually showed great restraint and ate only the little samples that they gave out. Delicious! We purchase NO Tshirts, NO giant candy bars and NO "make your own mix of chocolate" bags. DARN IT! This was quite the challenge for my Weight Watchers! HA. So after the fun, off to the roller coasters! See part be continued

Sunday, May 25, 2008

Memorial Day Part 1- Sunvalley Camp Ground

We booked a fairly primitive cabin for the weekend. With packed suitcases and excitement from all, off we went to Pennsylvania. About 3 hours from our house is a great little campground. It was awesome. OK, so it was FREEZING COLD the first night as we brought "linens" (per instruction), but forgot the blankets. Lucky for us, David is one lucky little dude. The campground had a silent or "Chinese" auction on Saturday afternoon. You purchase tickets and drop one side of it in a brown paper sack attached to the item you want. If your number is called, the item is yours. We spent $10.00 on tickets. All the items are donated by residents of the campground. David picked each thing we should "bid on". WE WON 5 THINGS ! Including a very warm blanket and an extra set of sheets. Way to go, Buddy! Zachy and Daddy took a nice long nap during the auction, then we all met up and went....yup, you guessed it...FISHING! Just so happens that there is a catch and release pond about a 30 second walk from our cabin. How about that. David even gave Zachy a few fishing pointers. So we fished, cooked steaks out on the grill, ate Hershey's ice cream, made smores, and David made a new friend, Jarrod, whom he played and played with. David actually cried when we left. So we will be returning over Father's Day weekend. How about that!? Stay tuned for more camping pictures!

Thursday, April 24, 2008

Take Your Kid To Work Day

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David got a taste of the real world this week. Thursday was ‘take your kid to work day.' David was so excited; he made sure I got him up to catch the bus, but he was clear that he didn't want to take the "early bus." He insisted on wearing an appropriate color: camouflage. He also had to take a big swig of joe before he was off to the grind.

Everyone loved David at work. He quickly made friends with the daughter of one of my co-workers. Mom and Zach came up later for arts and crafts in the courtyard. Unfortunately, we have no pictures of anything past us boarding the bus. Apparently, our enemies could potentially exploit the images of the arts and crafts, and David coloring at our meeting table. So, David may be a little non-committal about what he actually did on Thursday. He could tell you, but...

Saturday, April 19, 2008

MOVIE: David's First Soccer Practice

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David First Soccer Practice

He is growing up so fast ! We can't believe that we just sat through our little man's first soccer practice. Time goes by fast. We remember laughing about how much fun we would have, going to David's sports events as he got older. Now, here we are, soccer. Looks like the little man got some of the athletic gene from his mommy. He's a natural! We think we had just as much fun watching as he did playing! Many more pictures to come during the summer and the actual season in the fall. WOW ! First soccer, then school, then ... who knows?, but we can't wait to find out!. Thanks to Zachy for being a great boy during big brother's practice. Way to go, DAVID !

Monday, March 31, 2008


OK. I realize that there are a BUNCH of pictures and videos to watch below. It is much better to put them on here one or maybe two at a time so as to not overwhelm our viewing population. But here is my excuse other than being crazy busy here. Our digital camera is broken! Everyone of these pictures comes from our cell phones! It is a painstaking process to download each picture, one at a time. So, there you have it. My excuse. And yes, we are going to buy a new digital camera- ASAP. So, thought I would just put this little "disclaimer" note to try to save myself. Enjoy the pics!.....Jennie

Happy Easter 2008

Happy Easter 2008
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The Easter Bunny visited the Olson house! There were eggs hidden in all sorts of fun places. Lots of candy was found (and eaten), and baskets were explored! Gerianne was here with us to celebrate Easter. YIPPEE !! Zachy played with plastic eggs and David read his new books. What a great day! The boys had their picture made with the Easter Bunny a few weeks ago. Don't they look handsome? Happy Easter from the Olson house.

A Day In The Life of Zachy

A typical day for Zach: Wake up with a smile, look incredibly cute, coo and talk alot. Followed by a diaper change and lots of kisses from Mommy, Daddy and David. A few more smiles and laughs, then down to the kitchen for some breakfast- usually oatmeal (see evidence on face) and fruit and a bottle. Watch a little baby Einstein flick to stimulate the brain. Talk alot, smile alot, more kisses. Upstairs to playroom. Don cute hats and clothes, more smiles and some giggles and just play and put stuff in mouth CONSTANTLY. Off to bed for a nap. The rest of the day is pretty much a repeat- food, fun, naps, kisses and hugs, brotherly love, playing and putting stuff in mouth. Wow, what a life. Isn't he a cute little guy? Getting bigger and cuter by the minute

Sunday, March 30, 2008

Olson VS Gulde Bowling Challenge

Notice the scores. Bottom row. Yup. That is a score of 100. Bowled by David. Awesome for only the 2nd time bowling. Bumpers up, of course. So we called Uncle Matt, Aunt Sally , Francis and George, and Uncle Matt said, "the challenge is on". They plan to go bowling, bumpers up, and try to match the score. Good luck, Gulde family. Olson VS Gulde Bowling Challenge is officially on.

MOVIE: Wipeout !

WIPEOUT ! from Olson on Vimeo.

MOVIE: David Ski's Again !

David SKI'S again ! from Olson on Vimeo.

Skiing Fun Part 2

Skiing Fun Part 2
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Here are some great pics from our 2nd ski trip. David was a trooper. Just put those skis on and down the hill he went. Zachy was a trooper too! He went to the daycare and made new friends and everyone said they think he is the "cutest baby ever". We agree! David met "Powder", the ski bear. Powder said hello while we were skiing, then found us on a lunch break! David told Powder all about his skiing ability and Powder gave David a really cool purple necklace! David polished off a pizza and back to the slopes we went. Zachy was happy to see us at the end of the day. We got in the car to head for home and both boys were asleep in less than 5 minutes. Now that is a successful day.

Friday, March 07, 2008

David on Skis! WHAT?

David on Skiis! WHAT?
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Liberty Mountain skiing in Pennsylvania. 1 1/2 hours from our house. Oh my gosh! We took David skiing. At first, our plan was to let Daddy ski, and Buddy and Mommy would go on the tube slide. Zachy was having fun in the daycare. Well, a couple of tube slides down the hill and David decided it "was too slow and boring". He announced he wanted to "do that" as he pointed to the skiiers whizzing by. So after a hungry boy devoured a big slice of pizza, we went to get the skis and sign up with a teacher. Mr. Spike. David's ski instructor. Great guy. Took Buddy right up the hill on the lift and along with Daddy, wheeeeeee ! Down the hill with no fear. HE LOVED IT !!! Oh my gosh, the kid loves to ski! He had a few spills but popped right up and went going. Our camera broke, so no movie, but we are going back again. WAY TO GO DAVID! You are a great skiier!

MOVIE: David's First Time on Rollerskates!

David's First Time on Skates ! from Olson on Vimeo.

Flips, Swings, Jumps and Roller Derby

More fun with our friends. We went to a gymnastics place that let us play on all the equipment. Mommy even did a back flip on the trampoline! Sorry, no pics of that.
Zachy was using his genetics (ha) and started climbing over the beam, balancing himself, and even standing for a second or two! David and Margie flipped, jumped into foam pits, bounced on the tramp, walked on the beam..... What fun. That Margie is quite a gymnast! And David was fantastic! We hit the roller rink for some crazy skating fun. Once again, Mom put herself at injury risk, and put on skates! Oh my gosh, that is fun!.....Memories of years ago..... David had NEVER skated, but he was great! And Margie learned to skate backwards! Great, great fun!

Strikes , Spares and Puppies!

One of our fun days with Kiki and Margie included David's first time to go bowling. He and Margie were both quite the bowlers! David's favorite ball was the neon orange. He and Margie played several games and Zachy was a happy onlooker. Then off to the pet store we went. We played with 2 really cute puppies. Zachy loved them! He giggled and laughed as they tried to chew on his car seat. David wore his gloves to keep those sharp little puppy teeth from biting him! Kiki was brave and got a bunny rabbit out of the cage for David and Margie to hold. It was so cute! Not cute enough to take home though. HA. What a fun day!

Wednesday, March 05, 2008

Visit from Kiki and Margie (aka Mo Mo)

Our dear friends, Kiki and Margie, came to visit. All the way from Tyrone, Georgia! YIPEE !! We were SO SO SO happy to have them here. And Zachy got to meet them for the first time! We played and laughed and crammed in every activity that we could. Kiki made us her famous chocolate cookies, which disappeared rapidly! Thank you guys for coming! We miss you so much and hope to see you again really soon!!!!! We love you!

Monday, February 18, 2008

Super Heroes !

Super Heroes !
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David and Matthew decided to be superman superheroes today. Capes and all. They were very cute and only stopped long enough for a chicken nugget and cheetos break. All in all, total play time more than 6 HOURS !!! Wow. Long day on the job for super heroes.

Sunday, February 17, 2008

Brotherly Love

Brotherly Love
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Ok, not too many people want to look at pictures of kids taking a nap. But look at these precious boys. Aren't their little hands and feet so sweet? And such peaceful sleep. Wonder what they are dreaming about?.......

They love each other so much.

They fell asleep together and I couldn't resist taking a few shots. Now that is LOVE !

Haley Balentimez Day (i.e. Happy Valentines Day"

"Haley Balentimez Day", David says.
Zachy says, " Da Da Da Da", which of course, means the same (when it doesn't mean" I AM HUNGRY! OR DADDY! OR PICK ME UP NOW!"
This is the first Valentines Day for Zach and the first one that David actually understands. David can say "I LOVE YOU" in sign language.
What a fun day. We made (belated) Valentines for friends and family, got pretty cupcakes for friends at school and took off to the park for a little fun on the equipment. Both guys were dressed in red and looking awesome! Zachy was a little bit more cooperative about posing for Valentines Day pics.
Anyway, David had a great time playing and Zachy watched with great interest. Then, cupcakes for everyone at David's preschool. And off to get a few last minute items for a yummy Valentines dinner. We had salmon, salad, bread, veggies and celebrated with ice cream and presents! YIPPEE! So we hope YOU had a nice Valentines Day and thank you for the cards and gifts for the boys (Gram and Guldes). And as David says, "Haley Balentimez Day!"

Best Friends

Best Friends
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David and his best friend Matthew. What a pair. Hugging and playing one minute, fighting the next. It is too cute. It was way too cold to play outside, so off we went to the Springfield mall. We had lunch and then the "best friends" jumped, ran and played on the indoor jungle gym. Then off to the toy store (that is sadly going out of business) "to get some Army stuff like Dad". The boys LOVE army stuff and they call themselves "heroes" . So we ended up with Army helmets and guns. Now I'm not a big fan of guns and we have a rule about not pointing guns at anyone. Only objects can be "blown up", or the gun belongs to Mommy. But boys are boys. If it's not a pretend gun, it will be a stick, bat or some type of item that will be used to "shoot" anyway. So......what do ya do??? But see, these boys are still sweet, regardless of needing to shoot up things. Don't they look cute on the carousel? :) What a fun day we had with David's best friend. Friends are cool.

Monday, February 11, 2008

Introduction To Fishing: 101

Zachy's first fishing expedition. A warm day in February. It was still nippy enough for him to wear gloves, but he didn't mind. He was introduced to one of the first aspects of fishing. Bobbers and lures. He was so sweet, chasing this glow in the dark bobber thingy. It is in his blood. Some day soon, he will outcast adults. Love them boys. Good luck ,Zachy, It gets more crazy and fun from here. Ask your brother..........

Just Doin' Guy Stuff

Just Doin' Guy Stuff
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It was near 70 degrees outside. Strange for February. Of course, this meant PERFECT weather for fishing. ( and football, of course. It was Super Bowl Sunday) So off we all went, down to the lake for a little fishing. Though everyone got skunked ) meaning no fish were caught), it was still a fun time. This was actually Zachy's first fishing excursion. We even met a cute doggy that loved the water . Thanks, Mother Nature, for the out of the norm warm day!

Sunday, January 27, 2008

Saturday, January 26, 2008

Winter ! Snow ! Sledpants!

MOVIE :Winter, Snow and Brand New Sled Pants

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Operation Overdrive !

Operation Overdrive !
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David's favorite Christmas gift was a brand new Red Power Ranger outfit! His best friend, Matthew came over to play and of course, they were Power Rangers! Operation Overdrive! To the rescue! Next time there is an emergency, you can call us and we will send in our Power Rangers! Be prepared to see lots of RED!