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Mar 31 2013

Happy Easter 2013


After Drew's game yesterday, the boys visited the Easter Bunny at the mall.


Up early this morning, bed-headed and red-eyed Huey, Dewey and Louie were eager to check our everything the Easter Bunny brought them.


After church and lunch at Ma and Pa's, the boys hunted for Easter eggs in Ma and Pa's backyard.


Landon, Drew and Will after a successful Easter egg hunt.

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Drew's team continued their Hilti tournament last night...and today. Their Monday game was cancelled. They played Tuesday. No game Wednesday. The team played Thursday but Drew, and the coaches son, had to miss the game to perform in the third grade Sing Me a Song musical. The team won so they played again Friday night but the game was interrupted when a lightening storm started up. So, we finished the game today. Since Drew's team is so good, they decided to give the other team 7 runs last night and start the day down 0-7.

Drew chased down this ball hit between him and the center fielder. The second base cut-off is doing exactly what he's supposed to do, waiving his hands giving Drew a highly visible target to throw to. Shortly after this, the game was called due to lightening.


We started up today exactly where we left off last night. High pitches to the boys are like government programs to liberals; they are irresistible no matter how bad they are. Drew wound up hitting this one foul.


Same picture as above but worth another look at Drew's grimace. Great game face!


Drew hit this low one for an infield grounder. The team played great and today, scoring 7 runs and holding the other team to just one run. Unfortunately with the lead they gave their opponents last night, we wound up losing 7-8 in a heart breaker.

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Mar 28 2013

Drew's Scool Musical


Drew performed in his third grade musical tonight entitled Sing Me a Story. He played the metallophone or, more accurately, the Sonor Meisterklasse SKM10 Soprano Diatonic Metallophone. The music teacher said it was the best performing group she had taught in 20 years. We couldn't agree more, the performance was flawless.

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Drew had his first baseball game of the season this year. It was cold, somewhere in the upper 40s! But, Drew dressed warm and played a great game. Here he is going after a line drive hit down the first base line.


Throwing the ball in. Drew kept the runner from going to second!


Drew is the hardest working right fielder ever. He backs up every play and is always there when a ball gets past.


Drew struck out the first time up at bat but hit a long single his second time up. You might think the ball in the upper right corner of the picture is too high to try to hit. But, remember, this is the first game of the first year of kid pitch and good pitchers are few and far between. Not to mention, there is a little bit of arc on the pitch.


The above pitch is the one Drew hit into the outfield. And, just to make things a little more difficult, he did it with his eyes closed. Drew's hit led off a come from behind rally in the bottom of the third inning resulting in him scoring the winning run in an exciting 11 to 10 victory!

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Mar 17 2013

Tulsa Auto Show 2013


Today, we all attended the Tulsa Auto Show at the Tulsa Expo Center/QuikTrip Center. With three young boys who will be growing up to be tall young men, we are going to need a vehicle with a real third row seat. This is the third row seat of a Chevy Tahoe which is the same as a GMC Yukon (or Cadillac Escalade). Look at Drew's legs, and he's just in third grade. Worse, look at Drew's expression, he's not happy imagining being stuck in the third row. The seat literally just sits on the floor. It's a complete joke. It's shouldn't even be allowed to be called a seat.

The newer Chevrolet Traverse, GMC Acadia and Buick Enclave (generally the same vehicle) are all smaller than the Tahoe/Yukon but have better third row seats. Unfortunately, none of the three vehicles do much for us.


This is the third row seat of the Nissan Armada. It actually qualifies as a seat. In fact, the Nissan Armada Platinum is currently in the lead for our next vehicle. Although, we have no current plans on making a purchase, we just like to be prepared. The interior is appealing and the third row is easily accessible by the second row's flip-folding seats or by the easy removal of the second row center console.


The best third row seat in a non-extended version vehicle is in the Ford Expedition. If the picture wasn't a clear enough indication of the roominess and legroom of the Expedition's third row seat, just check out the expression on those three boys.


Unfortunately, the Ford Expedition's dash is straight out of the nineties. It is hideous. It evidences a complete disregard of soccer mom's in favor of beefy truck drivers. There's not a vehicle on the road more in need of a modern facelift. Hopefully a complete refresh will come before we need to purchase a new vehicle. We'd love to support the one American car manufacturer that didn't take a government bailout.


After looking at all the cars, the boys checked out some Cars movie characters. Landon loved Mater but wouldn't get any close than this to Mater's mouth.


Will, Landon and Drew with Sheriff.


The boys in front of an Audi racing car not unlike some of the Audis in Real Racing 3 which the boys are currently playing.


Finally, no trip to the Expo would be complete without a picture with the Tulsa Driller.

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We had two miscarriages before we were immeasurably blessed with our three boys. Recently our church bought new missalettes and hymnals. For a small contribution, parishioners could put a dedication in the front.


We dedicated two books to Baby Danz. Today after mass, we broke up into groups and started searching the hundreds of books in the pews. About half way through, Drew found one. We didn't keep searching for the second. We moved the one we found to the pew we sit in most often and have enjoyed seeing it occasionally since then.

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Mar 8 2013

Bingo Night 2013


Tonight, Drew and Will's school had their annual bingo night which included a silent auction this year. It was a wild success and the school raked in an estimated $3500 (to be updated).


Will was just one square away from a blackout and a $100 prize on the last game of the evening. While we didn't win any bingo games, we did win two door prizes!



Forgot I had a pretty good photo on my iPhone of the boys that I sent Aunt Donelda during bingo.

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Will participated in his school's Writing Celebration! tonight and recited a poem he wrote for his class's Poetry Unit.

The Danz Family Cat

I had a cat and his name
was Joey and he was a
good cat

He never scratched I
wish he was still alive


Will and his teacher posing with Will's poem. Will wrote a great poem and did a great job reciting it for everyone. Way to go Will!

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We welcomed a new partner to the firm at work this week and celebrated in the member's lounge at Tulsa's Southern Hills Country Club. Needless to say, it was a great way to kick off the weekend. TGIF!

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