Lori's Side of the Story: September 2011        

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Jog for Jefferson and a new addition to the family

I bet you are wondering about that 'new addition' part of the title aren't you? Well, first let's tackle the Jog for Jefferson, our elementary school's annual fundraiser.
Here is Jack's class with their sign, Hoffmann's Speedy Hamsters.

Jack ran an impressive 18 laps, only to be outdone by 1 boy in his class who ran 19 (over-achiever)!

Now onto to the new addition.....it is shiny, and slides...Any guesses? O.K. I'll give you a hint: 76 ____________ led the big parade. That's right, it.....is....a ......

TROMBONE! Isn't it lovely? You should hear the 'music' it makes :-) All sixth graders have to choose, or be fitted for, either a string or band instrument. Dylan had his fitting this evening and the band directors decided he would do best with a trombone! Dylan is excited. So we are now the proud new owners of a used trombone! You know i've been marching around the house all night singing 76 Trombones. Matt took a video during tryouts that is hilarious! We have been sitting around here tonight just laughing till we cried. I think he is editing it to put on his blog, go check it out. And wish us luck as we had to make a family commitment to practice 5 times a week at home....

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Totally random thoughts

I have had a fever for four days now and it is terrible. And can I just say how sorry I feel for my kids who have had fevers more often than I have?! Fevers make you feel miserable. Matt asked me one night if he could get me anything. My response, 'a club'. Pathetic, I know, but that's how I felt.

Anyhow, I did go to the doctor yesterday for a 1:30 appointment and arrived a little early (surprise surprise). My name was called quickly and I was escorted to my exam room where the long wait began. "The doctor will see you shortly" were the last words of the nurse......So I was sitting on the exam table waiting (remember, I feel like **it) and began to listen to the conversation going on in the exam room next to me (so much for patient confidentiality). It was like two old friends recounting war stories, agent orange, veterans hospitals, wives, ailments, lost records, medications, shingles vaccinations, gout.......for one hour and 10 minutes. At one point in the conversation, the patient went on to explain how long he had had to wait in an exam room in a veterans hospital and how unbelievable it was! Really?By this time I was slumped in a chair in the corner, mumbling to myself. Well, the door finally opened at 2:31 and in came a hurried doctor. I had a diagnosis, prescription, doctors excuse and my hand on the door by 2:35! What the heck? At least I got some meds.....

Ok, my next topic to discuss is Word World, a show on PBS. Have you seen it? Grant and I watched it today and it was brilliant. The characters are animals and they are literally their names. Ex: the pig is made up of the letters p-i-g. They were focusing in on the letter 'a' today. The animals were collecting and making apple pie in a barn and everything was made of its own word: barn, apple, pie...It was great show for Grant to begin to realize that letters come together to form words and that the world is made up of words. Just brilliant. You should check it out.

Sunday, September 18, 2011


I asked the boys to take a picture of Matt and I this morning...I didn't think it seemed to hard, well it was. Hope you are in for a good laugh.

I think this last one might work.


Happy Birthday Lily! We love you, stinky or not. She got a new collar, bed, and her favorite present, a new 'chipmunk baby'. (Her previous bed and collar did not survive the defumigation).

Pay no mind to her terribly necessary haircut. We keep telling her that it will grow back, but she seems very embarrassed.

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Skunk Update

See Matt's blog for explanation and pictures of the world's most pitiful dog: http://wingerblog.com/


We've been skunked!!!!!!!

Monday, September 12, 2011


I just thought I'd share one verse from my daily devotional this morning. It speaks volumes as I'm sure we all have thoughts of 9/11 on our minds.

2 Corinthians 5:1

1 For we know that if the earthly tent we live in is destroyed, we have a building from God, an eternal house in heaven, not built by human hands.

Wednesday, September 7, 2011


What to do when it's literally 100 degrees outside and big brother was invited to a pool party...sprinklers and surfboards!


Grant had his first day of school today. Daddy went with him for the first day and I heard that Daddy was a little silly and that Grant was very shy?!

Prepare yourself for the sweetest pictures ever.

Last year of preschool for my boys...sniff, sniff.