Tuesday, August 28, 2007

Wildlife Safari

On their way back from Medford, the boys got to take a trip to Wildlife Safari with their very brave Daddy. Not because he had to drive by lions and wait while a rhino crossed the road, but because it was just him and the boys...WOWZA!

The boys were excited by everything, making sure I knew that this time, a rhea did NOT try to get in the car. Good to know.

Even better, he treated them to lunch at the Noah's Ark restaurant. They had the best time! Their only complaint was that the grizzly bear exhibit was closed...we think they had cubs...

Monday, August 27, 2007

What to title this one...

On the 101 list is a cemetary...I thought we'd walk through one. Instead, the boys were along for the burial of Grandpa Bob. He is in a cemetary with his parents, so we got to see all of the heritage that goes into such a place.

Because none of us, especially Grandpa, go for the weepy weepy thing, we had a reception at my grandparents best friend's home. We all swapped fun memories, trying to make one another laugh the way he would.

The boys did a great job of keeping a smile on Granmda's face, whether because of hugs, kisses, getting them to chase her, or stealing her cake.

Sunday, August 26, 2007

In Memory...Bob Sovel

Robert B. “Bob” Sovel

Bob Sovel, age 83, passed from this life on Tuesday August 21, 2007. Bob was born in Stockton, California August 15, 1924 to Bialystok-born Sol Sovel and his wife Laura Raffail Sovel, their only child.

Bob enjoyed his athletic years in school and loved boating, golf and dancing. He was a fun-loving man who adored his family and made many loyal lifelong friends.

In addition to his wife of over fifty years, Doris Sovel, Bob is survived by three daughters, two sons, eight grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren. He was loved, and he will be missed, by many.

God, full of compassion, dwelling on High,
grant perfect rest under the sheltering wings of Your Presence
to the one who has passed….
May their soul be bound up in the bond of life.
Make them welcome to their eternal home.
May they rest in Your Edenic Garden of Delight.
Please, Master of Mercy,
envelop them in Your comforting, protecting wings forever;
Bind up their souls in the Bond of Life.
For You are their Portion, their Inheritance.
May they rest securely in Peace,
and we say:


May His great Name grow exalted and sanctified in the world that He created as He willed.

May He give reign to His kingship in your lifetimes and in your days, and in the lifetimes of the entire Family of Israel, swiftly and soon.

May His great Name be blessed forever and ever. Blessed, praised, glorified, exalted, extolled, amighty, upraised, and lauded be the Name of the Holy One Blessed is He.

Beyond any blessing and song, praise and consolation that are uttered in the world. May there be abundant peace from Heaven and life upon us and upon all Israel.

He Who makes peace in His heights, may He make peace, upon us and upon all Israel.

Saturday, August 25, 2007

Where Mommy grew up...

We broke up the California trek by staying over at the folks place in Medford. The boys love it there...partly because there is a hot tub PopPop is willing to get into nearly every night!

Wednesday, August 22, 2007


Bayley has been talking about taking in the butterfly exhibit at the zoo since his kindergarten class did a project last year. Unfortunately, every time we thought to take him it was closed for one reason or another. Finally, we made it and it was the perfect day for it.

Nice and warm, so the butterflies were flitting about. Hayden even was interested for a bit thanks to a Magic School Bus video he watched with Bayley's class.

The butterflies like light colors, so were attracted to the back of the sheet they handout to help kids identify the different species. They were also in love with Grandma Bobbie. She had them all over her!

Bayley had one land on his head...not that you can tell from the picture. The butterfly is hovering just after takeoff... A couple got friendly with me, so Bayley took a shot of one on my shoulder.

Afterwards, the boys loved all the normal zoo things -- hippos on parade, elephants eating cheerios, and black bear sitting in old tires. The treat of the day was lunch at the zoo...which we won't do again. Not sure why that is so poorly done. The rest of the zoo is fab.

We're counting the Butterfly exhibit as our Animal Rescue Center. All of the butterflies are endangered and part of what they do, in addition to educating those who stop by, is help in the breeding and continuation of dwindling species.

Wednesday, August 15, 2007

Airshow weekend!

This town revolves around airshow weekend! What made it doublly great this year was the kids day pre-show. The air museum opened up and lots of the participants came to the airport to let the kids have a hands on experience.

Hayden loved the purple plane. Both boys got a chance to sit in the jump seat and play a bit with the controls.
Bay loved working the helicopter and seeing the drag racer. I think Hayden was most impressed with the free Krispy Kreme donuts. What can I say? He's Hayden.

Monday, August 06, 2007


That's how we do it in the 'hood. Sprinklers in the front yard. What can I say? It's not as if the neighbors will mind. They are there too!

Thursday, August 02, 2007

Keep Them Moving!

I wish my camera took better pictures inside the rec center. I can't seem to get a decent picture of the boys in their swimming class. Hayden has started to swim a bit on his own, and Bayley got to go down the waterslide solo - no life jacket! He balked at jumping from the diving board though :)

Tennis was great fun for both boys. Bayley is getting really good! That probably has something to do with why he likes it so much. Hayden has fun with it. The days they get the lolipops are his favorites!