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The boys in their Halloween costumes ready to go trick-or-treating. Landon is Obi-wan Kenobi, Will is Anakin Skywalker and Drew is Captain Rex.
Finally, Darth Vader joins the boys. There's been some talk among the ranks and rumor has it that Star Wars may be on the way out for Halloween. We'll have to wait and see if something else appears next year...
This is our old refrigerator, a classic side-by-side Kenmore Elite, which recently decided it was done making things cold.
With the ice maker removed, there was no shortage of storage space.
Our new KitchenAid french door refrigerator, officially a KitchenAid Architect Series II model number KFIS29BBMS. It sticks out just a tiny bit more than our old one, but we passed on the counter-depth model and went with the full sized. With three boys who will all be teenagers before we get another refrigerator, we didn't think it wise to skimp on space.
I'm still not sold on the french door design resulting in more space and one honest salesman agreed but added that it had more "useable" space. Perhaps. We'll see. (Note, shelves are as it came and not adjusted yet.)
The freezer drawer will certainly take some getting used to. Overall, we really like our new refrigerator and are enjoying the in-door ice and water again.
We purchased it at Hahn Appliance here in Tulsa for a surprisingly good price, i.e., significantly cheaper than anywhere else. And, while we never get extended warranties, we did spring for the extended warranty which turned our 1 year into a 5 year warranty. It too was pretty cheap. If we only have one service call we'll be ahead of the game. And, if we don't have a problem for 5 years, then it was inexpensive peace of mind.
Finally, Aunt Donelda and I share quite a few coincidences. This time around she was remodeling her kitchen, including all new appliances, and we both wound up getting our new refrigerators delivered on the same day. Hence, the iphone text messaging of photos and comments back and forth during pumpkin carving.
Our pumpkins before they got gutted, stabbed and carved. No stems this year...a Walmart "feature."
Landon gutting his pumpkin.
Drew and Will gutting their pumpkins. They did a great job making the walls of their pumpkins thin for easy carving.
An iphone pic exchanged with Aunt Donelda as we compared new fridges and made plans for her upcoming visit. Drew and Will both did a great job stabbing the outlines of their designs all by themselves. Good outlines and thin walls made carving by Mama and Daddy relatively easy. (That and we've learned to simply nix some ridiculous designs with overly intricate patterns and next to nothing supporting central elements.)
Landon's Elmo pumpkin, Will's dragon pumpkin and Drew's witch and cauldron pumpkin.
The boys' awesome pumpkins all lit up on Halloween night.
Today we carried on our Danz Family tradition with our annual visit to Pumpkin Town.
First activity, the boys' Pumpkin Town photo together. (Drew was a little weepy-eyed as his allergies were really bugging him.)
Then it was on to the lifting of the pumpkins...must find a greater challenge for Drew.
Will hefted a massive one this year.
Landon got a good grip on this one...but it never left the ground.
Good technique...lifting with the legs, but this one never budged either. And, there were no little pumpkins to be found anywhere, just big ones and tiny-winy ones.
Will had a good time on the big inflatable slide.
Drew also enjoyed his time on the inflatable slide.
Landon wasn't in the mood for sliding, instead occupying his time exploring and climbing.
Landon climbing high by himself.
On the way over to the pony ride, I challenged Drew to lift the biggest pumpkin I could find over his head. I didn't think he could pick it up much less get it up to his shoulders. And so it is written; when the last boy can raise the great pumpkin over his head, our days at Pumpkin Town shall have come to an end.
Landon riding his pony named Sugar.
Will riding his pony named Rex.
Will said that he could hold on with just one hand because he's been in the rodeo.
Drew looking like Eastwood on his pale horse.
The highlight for the boys may still be the pumpkin chuckin' but I only took videos of that and no time this year to put together a video. Unfortunately, the activity may not continue in the future with all the construction that's going on around Pumpkin Town. This year it was restricted to weekends only when there was no active construction going on.
This morning we all ran in the Tulsa Run 2k Fun Run. Will, Landon and Drew all bundled up and ready to run. The morning started out below freezing and only warmed up to about 35 by the end of the race. One saving grace, there was almost no wind.
Uncle David ran with his nephews again. He was Will's partner as the Danz Family broke up into three groups: Drew and Daddy, Will and Uncle David, and Mama and Landon
The Danz Family ready for the 2012 Tulsa Run.
This was a special year for Landon as it was his first year to run without the stroller.
Landon even got to see Elmo during the race!
Drew and Daddy's race results from the Nike+ Running app. It is amazing all the information it gathers. The only oddity is that the start is all green which does not show Drew's jackrabbit start. Otherwise, it reflects quite well Drew's run-walk race strategy.
I noticed for the first time today during lunch, that Tulsa's AT&T LTE network is up and running. A very pleasant surprise and...its fast!
A former coworker, shooting buddy and good friend was sworn in as a judge today at the Oklahoma Supreme Court. In August, Gov. Mary Fallin appointed Brian Goree to the Oklahoma Court of Civil Appeals. Everyone who knows Brian would attest to the fact that he is the most honest, ethical, moral and hard working person we know. He will be an outstanding and absolutely unbiased addition to the Oklahoma judiciary.
Brian's wife Jill got to put his new robe on for him.
Afterward, Brian...I mean, Judge Goree addressed the assembled guests while standing in front of the Oklahoma Supreme Court.
Judge Goree was his typical humble self.
Judge Goree and his beautiful family.
Judge Goree and his parents Mary and Jack. I was also fortunate to work with Jack for a few years. It is clear where Brian got is legal talents. Both of his parents are wonderful people; its no surprise that their two sons turned out as well as they did.
Me and Judge Goreee. I am absolutely elated for Brian's well deserved recognition but must admit a little melancholy as the position requires a move to Oklahoma City for him and his family. His Tulsa friends' loss, the state's gain.
Mary and the boys along with one of Mary's friends and her boy went to see the Imagination Movers and their Rock-O-Matic tour at the Mabee Center today.
The Imagination Movers are four friends from New Orleans who write and perform their own children's music with the motto: "Reach high, think big, work hard, have fun!"
There was plenty of dancing in the isles which got Landon rockin'.
The Movers frequently came into the audience. Will, shown here getting the microphone, got to sing along with Dave.
The show is full of high energy, inspiration and positive messages which all of the boys really enjoyed.
Will and Drew enjoying some popcorn during a break in the show.