Wednesday, October 31, 2007


Halloween in Iowa is a little different than the rest of the world (at least the world I know). Here they have a "Beggars' Night", which is the night or so before Halloween, where the actual trick-or-treating happens. I think this is to keep the little kids removed from the older kids Halloween parties. I don't know if that really helps any, it just creates confusion as all the towns possibly have trick-or-treating on different days, Sunday, Monday or Tuesday, and I think some actually do it on Halloween, but that is the exception.
The other difference is that when kids go to the door, they have to tell a joke before they get candy. You get all types of jokes. Cole for instance is finally getting a sense of what defines humor. Last year he mainly took the first line and the punch line from different jokes and combined them, resulting in a confusing and really un-funny joke. He is doing better this year, and is able to recognize when things don't make sense. Regardless, my princess, cowboy on a horse, and Jedi got away with a good haul of candy. Even more, the weather was great, temps in the low 60s and very pleasant, for a Halloween!

Catching up

I wanted to put a couple of Kell's Soccer pictures up on the web. Here they are. The coach said he was the happiest boy on the team, he never got upset and was just happy to be bouncing around the field. And that is what he did. He didn't really follow the ball to much or really play the game more than he ran around and had fun.

Sunday, October 28, 2007

DCG Soccer Fall 2007

Thanks to a mom with a real nice camera, we got some sweet shots of Colito the soccer star in action. This slideshow module is nice to get them all in one place. Sorry I don't have the same for Kell. I hope to get some pics this week and I'll put them on the blog as well.

Sunday, October 14, 2007

Aloha and Mahalo

I was hoping to get in some pics of my trip to Puerto Rico, but due to camera issues, I don't have any pictures, yet...So eventually I hope to have something out there for you. Anyway, it has been long enough since I have updated things so I wanted to let you know how my trip to Hawai'i went. It is a beautiful place for sure, even if almost all my daylight hours were spent at work (6:30 - 5:00 days). I went to Kaua'i, and Oahu to work with the research centers there. I did find some time to visit the sites such as Captain Cook's landing in Hawai'i (the first European in Hawai'i), Waimea Canyon (the Grand Canyon of Hawai'i), a little seaside action, and that is about it. I did include some pictures from Oahu including a view of Pearl Harbor, Honolulu, Waikiki, and Diamond Head (all in the picture behind me), and an incredible sunset from a resort in Oahu called Ko Olina. Anyway it was a productive trip and I definitely need to go back and take Sherrie!