Pump boys and dinettes

wow! 2 stories in one week. in fact, i had to mention 2 stories in one week because without doing so would have meant the vast majority of you wouldn’t have even looked below this entry to see the other new entry.

anyway, this is about pump boys and dinettes and that’s where i am going with this story. paula’s mom and dad came up for a few days this weekend. paula had them bring some nice clothes to see a show, but that’s all paula’s dad new. the show ended up being her father’s favorite musical — pump boys and dinettes.

the whole family went to see the show. it was playing in the spectrum theater in downtown grand rapids. i figured we were in trouble when i was walking JD and Ellie in and noticed that they were the only kids below 21 in the crowd. i also worried that the show started close to their bedtime. but, my fears were not realized. the kids loved it.

the show took place in a gas station and a diner that were adjacent. and, at one point in the show, the waitresses asked if anyone in the audience wanted to come up for some fresh homemade pie and coffee. before you knew it, Ellie was on her way up with paula following closely behind. and, seeing Ellie go meant that JD was on his way up there as well with grandpa following closely behind. the 4 of the them took up one of the two table and actually ate on stage in the diner as the musical went on around them. it was awesome to see the kids eating and watching and just thoroughly enjoying themselves. after a number or two, they let the guests return to their seats and i could see the huge smiles on the faces of the people in the crowd. the kids did just great.

when the show was over, JD looked over to me and yelled, “I LOVED THAT SHOW!!!” we all did.

Website update

well, as most of you realize, we do a poor job of keeping up with this website. i am sorry about that. we find that we spend most of our fee time playing with the kids and then we have other hobbies as well. i wish i could say we were going to be more dedicated to this site, but i doubt it. i am just sorry that we miss so many big events that we should be posting. i am going to make a concerted effort to at least ad the big things.

i am also working on a new website. i want to shift thelancasters.net to a blogging tool. if you haven’t heard of blogs (short for a web logging tool — an online journal) then you’re not too unlike most people. however, blogs are catching on and they make the process of adding posts easier. i think easier would translate to more posts. this transition might happen in the next month, so stay tuned.

as for the kids . . . ellie is really ready for kindergarden. she starts in less than 3 weeks. we’re all excited. the school encourages parents to attend on the first day and stay the whole time. both paula and i are planning on being there. should be fun times.

JD (what i call Joshua these days) is doing swell as well. JD is growing pretty quickly. he’s a year and a half younger than ellie, but he has already reached her height when she turned 5 a few months ago. i am not sure where he gets it, but i am not complaining either. JD loves playing with his rescue heroes. did i say he loves them? well, he does.

ziggy has turned into the best dog in the world. i put a lot of time into the dog when we first got him and now that effort will pay off for his whole life. in fact, ziggy is so good that i can (and do) take him for walks without a leash. he never tries to escape as my dogs in the past would do. ziggy just minds. and, he’s wonderful with the kids, even when JD gets a little ornery from time to time.

i also have a lot of photos to add as well as some video to edit and post. school starts for me in 3 weeks, so hopefully i get to this stuff before then. be sure and check back and see if i make it.

finally, i signed up for some new photo sites. here’s a link to flickr, which is a cool site to use (very easy), but i am not sure if you can order the photos here. but, it’s really easy to view the photos and to choose the size you want to view them at. enjoy!