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9 October 2016

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Sorry for not writing last week!  It was General Conference and that threw off my Sundays!  Every year for General Conference we make Orange Rolls.  As part of the recipe we are supposed to cut the dough in 1/2… I forgot and we ended up with HUGE orange rolls!  It was amazing!


As we sit down and try to think about things that have happened not too much comes to mind.  We are just BUSY!  I went to Utah for a week and Debbi held down the Fort.  Don’t ask her about that Fateful Tuesday where the kids had to all be at different places all night and there was a curriculum night and there was a class meeting for Kay and… and… and I was in Utah!  Needless to say she was running all over the place!

Bekah is busy with school and band stuff!  Here is a Picture of her dressed up for Athletics Day this year.  She is going to be on the cross country running team again. 


One of my favorite things is matching my family… I especially love when my kids match each other!  🙂 


Here is a video tour of Bekah’s room too (NOTE: she likes to say “Ja” a lot right now in place of yeah.. it’s cute… she has convinced some people at school that she is not from the US)

Kay – These past couple of weeks have been exciting for Kay!  She ran for student council in her class and got into that.  And now she is running for the President of Student Council in her class. There is one other guy running as well (who happens to be in our ward… lol.).  She’s been busy going to honor choir as well these past couple of weeks and is really liking it!

One night this past week she proudly told us how Joseph was teaching her some magic tricks this week!  Here is a video of our magicians. 🙂 

Spencer  loves to swing!  He has always loved to swing and the feeling of flying through the air.  We have hammocks upstairs that the kids have turned into a swing around the pole.  Here is a video of them swinging: 

This past week was the raingutter regatta for scouts.  We weren’t sure if we were going to be able to make it, but last minute we could so we threw together a boat!  Here is a video of one of the races he won.  He won 2 and lost 2.  It was a good night overall!

Joseph has been in BAND!  Does it sound like I’ve said this before?  Yeah… that is his life right now… the nice thing was that he had Friday during he day off (no school) and tomorrow (Monday) as well.  It is well deserved and needed!  Last night their band WON the Grand Championship (which is like the super champions) at the competition they did. 

Since we last talked Joseph discovered Queen and the Bohemian Rapsody.  It as pretty awesome to hear him enjoy some of the things I enjoyed as a kid!  Here is a video of breakfast one day!

Debbi finished up her sashes!  They turned out amazing!  She survived last week (barely) and is looking forward to being with her BEAR Woodbadge patrol this weekend as they finish up.  

I was in Utah for a week enjoying nature and got to go to an amazing conference and rub shoulders with some sweet folks, got to go to a BYU game with some amazing friends from Utah, and even attend a temple session.


This week I hired on a new director of software development and leased out some suites at a new office space in Plano.  Pretty exciting stuff happening at work too.  The Lord is so good and we are so blessed.  Love y’all!  Have a GREAT week!

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October 9th, 2016 at 3:40 pm

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25 September 2016

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Another week has come and gone… got to love Fall here in the VanDrimmelen house.  In some ways everything is the same as last week.. just moving along and enjoying life!  Nothing too exciting so here is a video of us just hanging out getting ready for dinner… 🙂

A few highlights of the week!

1) Mom (Debbi) was gone Thursday morning through Saturday night at Woodbadge training.  It’s a Boy Scout training program for those that have not heard of it where she goes and camps out and learns a ton about how to be a great leader.  I went last year and LOVED it and my WONDERFUL wife went this year!  Here is a picture of here in her and her patrol (the mighty, mighty BEARS!)


2) That means that I was holding down the house.. lots of lucky charms and hanging out with the kids… good news… no one died!  🙂

3) Joseph had his first band competition this past Saturday and was gone all day.  They did pretty good (got 6th out of 10th place or something like that).  He is enjoying and their full show should be done in the coming weeks.   Here is a run through from a family performance on Friday night… He is the saxophone wearing blue shorts and a hat… The ones I keep coming back to in the video:

4) Bekah says the most exciting thing of her week is that she is still passing Algebra.  I’m not sure that really counts for an update… So I’ll also say that she and Kay got to go to WordCamp DFW yesterday with me.  It is a conference where they learn to build websites and they had a kids track where they got to hang out with other kids.  It was “tons of fun!”

5) This week Kay was on Safety Patrol at school.  What that means is that she got to go to school early and stand in the drop off lines and help younger kids to class.. Even cooler is that she got go to to class late!  She also made the district Elementary Honor Choir and had her first rehearsal this week.  Turns out she’s a soprano.  Who knew?  :).

6) Spencer got to spend all day yesterday with Grandma Van, which means unlimited technology and food!  Woot woot! What could possibly be better than that?!  He still is loving Domino creations and here is a video of his latest creation.

7) On Saturday we all go to to go and have a birthday dinner with my wonderful mom.  It was great to see her… She’s 29 for the 30th time… :). We put together a video of all of us and the grandkids wishing her happy birthday… Of course she cried… :).  It’s almost like it’s not a challenge any more… 🙂

8) As for me… I’m just trying to enjoy each moment with the family as I can.  Work is going well and keeping me busy.  I’m looking to hire a Custom Software Engineer, or Custom Software Manager… Or what ever they want to call themselves (This is small business after all…  We can call them the Software Happineness Engineer if we want…).  This week I go out to Utah for a conference and am sneaking out a few days early to spend some time in the mountains communing with the Lord.  I am getting complaints that I never post pics of me so here are a few pictures from me this week.  🙂

The first one is our new trent middle school band shirts… that is a timberwolf claw with music on the background.  It’s pretty neat.  The second pic is me and a guy that works for Automatic (WordPress.com) at the conference yesterday.  You can see my CedarWaters garb there.  He actually knows one of my old students that worked for me at UNC days who now works for WordPress… it’s pretty cool.. I took a picture and sent it to her.

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September 25th, 2016 at 6:28 pm

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18 September Update

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Another week had come and gone in the VanDrimmelen home.   Life is busy and exciting!  These are truly days never to be forgotten!  Here are a few updates!

On Monday night we got to spend some time together and it was beautiful outside!  Here is a pic of Kay and Spencer!


That same night Spencer was exploring some larger dominoes and seeing if he could get a little creative.  🙂

And Joseph was busy trying to melt aluminum (NOT: apparently melting Aluminum in an aluminum container does work… Who knew? )


We ended the night with some frosty’s from Wendy’s around the fire… Always good to spend some time together!


This week Debbi got pulled into helping making sashes for the band.. She made dozens and dozens of these sashes for their show (I’m sure more to come on those). 


The rest of the week passed without too much excitement.  On Saturday Joseph had a marching performance and decided he should wear his super awesome China hat… I got a chance to wear it afterward while mowing the lawn and it is truly amazing!


The highlight of the week was certainly last night when Grandma Huebner (My Grandpa, the kids Great Grandpa) came to visit for a few hours.  He got time to spend with all the the kids (and us). Here is a pic I took and he saw one of Kay’s drawings (after she was in bed) and I recorded him talking about it to her… 

 https://youtu.be/bhiHDfJViFM

Today is pretty chill around here.  I am writing a bit and relaxing and I took a video of Bekah playing piano (I sure do love seeing her play).  

That’s about it from our land!  I hope you are all well!

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September 18th, 2016 at 1:01 pm

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Another Week… Another Buck Three Eighty

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When I was growing up when we would ask my Dad how he was doing he would often say “Oh you know, another day, another buck three eighty.”  That’s about how I feel. Another week… another buck three eighty today.   Life is good.  Just chugging along… lots going on with school and life.  Here are a few highlights for the week!

Joseph had his first marching performance of the year.  It was at the recently opened Ford Center here in Frisco.  It is the practice facility for the Dallas Cowboys and they share it with the Frisco School District so we get to go and play football games there.  It was really nice.  As I looked around I couldn’t help but again to feel so blessed.  We really do live in a nice place with a TON of parental support.  At the game there must have been 7,000 people there… The HIGH SCHOOL football game.  It is a lot of fun and we get to see a ton of folks from the ward as well.  

Here is their first performance of their show.  NOTE:  They have not finished their on field props.  Those boxes are going to be piers to go along with their show which is focused on the sea.  I’ll add more info for that once Joseph is around and I can ask him for details.  But enjoy: 

In other Joseph and Spencer finally got some new Suits.  They are looking slick!



Bekah and Dad spent some time “bonding” this afternoon. 

Kay had her city Honor Choir tryouts this weekend.  We’ll know tomorrow if she made it or not.  She’s been working hard on some super nice drawings of Harry Potter and one that she made for her art teacher. 



This afternoon Spencer as having some fun with Dominos.  Here is a video of his creation!

Debbi land has been busy as of late preparing for the Primary Program in the ward.  For those that don’t know she works with the leadership of the children’s organization in our church.  There are about 100 kids in the organization and once a year they prepare a program where the kids all talk and teach the congregation for Church.  It is one of the best Sunday’s of the year as the little children literally teach us.  :). 

The last exciting thing in our life is that this week we said goodby to Black Stallion (the Black Honda Accord we had) and upgraded to a F-150 Blue Truck.  We’re still trying to figure out names, but are leaning toward Zeus, Titan, and Spartan.  :). So if you are in need of a truck or help with moving or towing… CALL ME! I love to help and am so grateful to have a truck again.  

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September 11th, 2016 at 8:36 pm

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The Most Exciting Time of Year

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It’s that wonderful time of year again when we get to put all the kids back in school.  It has been way too long since we posted on here.  Life continues to truck along. One big thing this summer was our trip to Yellowstone.  We had a great time with the extended VanDrimmelen family and all the kids got to hang out with their cousins.  We saw the Lyman/ Lea clan in Southern Utah and also for a day up in Evanston with the Wirick’s.  There are tons of pictures but we’ll just post this one picture of our family in all of our matching Yellowstone shirts/hats.  (I LOVE to match!  The kids amuse me.)

See that “V”… that’s the VanDrimmelen sign yo!  (Okay, I realize I’m too old to say that… but hey… what do you do?  🙂 ) A few updates from the family!

Other than that we are trying to spend some good time together as a family when we can.  Yesterday we went to this awesome little 50’s gas station that was turned into a restaurant up in Pilot Point.  It was fantastic!  The owner there Chaz is this awesome old guy who just comes and sits and talks with you and makes the best volcano (super hot) French fries.  :).  Here is a picture of us having some grub outside … What you can’t see is that the gas station pump is right next to us.. We are right in the drive there.  Nom nom nom!


Joseph – He says most exciting thing for him is that he is not a Freshman any more… :). He is SUPER busy with band this time of year.  In addition to spending his last two weeks of summer marching all day (some days he went in at 8am and got done at 9pm) he is still marching every day during school and then each night he has marching right after school till 7pm or so.  It is all paying off and they sound great with this 250+ kid band.   They have had 2 games so far this year and spend about every Friday at games for the next couple of months.


Here is a picture of Joseph in his room.  This is pretty typical of him right now. You may or may not be able to see, but on the ground are a bunch of his “projects”. There are some metal roses, forge (or melting metal projects), some book related things, ideas, card tricks, etc.  All the posters on the wall are pics from New Era’s.  Oh, he has an electric guitar and Ukelele, but can’t really play them yet.  

Joesph also has this “brownie” he makes… In the microwave.  Yes, you read that right… The microwave.  It is pretty dang awesome.  


Here is the recipe: 

  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • Pinch of salt
  • 2 TB of Cocoa Powder
  • 2 TB of Oil
  • 3 TB of Water
  • Microwave for 1:30-1:40.  Enjoy!

Rebekah – She says that the most exciting thing for her is that she figured out her Halloween costume she is going to wear at the Halloween band concert.  She says she is going to be Rowana Ravenclaw on a Saturday – She’s got flip flops and basketball shorts.  A shirt with an inspiring quote and on the back on the shirt is something funny (TBD) and she is wearing her diadem.  Yeah, that is about a perfect example of what is exciting for Bekah.  She loves Harry Potter now a days… Her room is covered in Harry Potter paraphanalia.  She read all the Harry Potter books again this summer.  She spends her free time reading Harry Potter theories online.  Ah, the life of an 8th grader.  🙂


Kay – Kay is in 5th Grade this year… Here in Frisco ISD that  means she is the BOSS of the school!  This year the new elementary school opened in our neighborhood which is SUPER exciting because now Kay and spencer can walk or ride their bikes to school.  She is enjoying getting to know new folks and is in the choir at school.  This week when Deb and I were at the school on Friday her Choir teacher saw us and told us how much she loves Kay.  🙂 

She and Mom have been working on this REALLY HARD puzzle.. Like super hard.  Not only did it have 1000 pieces, but the pieces were really strange.  There were pieces that looked like they fit on the edges that went in the middle… And tons of very unique shapes… Which you think would make it easy, but it did not because pieces that looked like they fit did not, and pieces that looked like they would not fit, did.  :). It took them several weeks to complete this puzzle, which is a really long time for them!  What’s worst of all when they got done they were MISSING 5 pieces!  This is their super sad faces.  🙁


Spencer – Spencer is in 4th Grade this year at Miller too!  He loves his teacher and rides his bike FULL blast to school every day.  When I was a kid and we went snow skiing I used to go down the hill AS FAST AS I CAN.  He is like the Texas version of me… Really everywhere he goes.  His bedroom is right above ours and I can hear him when he wakes up in the morning and RUNS to the bathroom and runs back.  He only has one speed right now and that’s okay.  We love it. 
This week while he was running around the park at a band event he almost stepped on this spider… Seriously!  He then ran and told me and I ran ove to check it out!  It was amazing! I tried to get Debbi to let us keep it.. But alas she wouldn’t let me… 🙁


Spencer still loves to play with his Legos and make things for the turtles.  This is their outside enclosure.  🙂 


Mom
– Where to start with Debbi?  She is not here right now to ask what is exciting because she is at a meeting for the Primary.  That is pretty typical for her right now.  She is running a thousand miles a day getting kids where they need to go.  She get’s dinner on the table EVERY night for us… And she takes care of me… Let’s be honest folks… This is a full time job in itself.  This past week my WONDERFUL mother sent us these amazing chocolate strawberries to say thanks for helping her move.  We took a picture of course… And you’ll see again here ho which I LOVE to match my family (seriously people… I’m not even kidding… I really do love it).  We have our Miller Elemntary shirts on from going to the kids Miller Friday celebration (families can come) and our matching CedarWaters hats.  


As for me, I’m just trucking along. The Lord is blessing us tremendously in work and I’m grateful for that.  The hardest problem I have is figuring out how to grow the company in the right way with the right folks.  We are truly blessed though and I’m so grateful for that. 

We’re enjoying the Sabbath today and playing some cards with my goofy kids and amazing wife!


Love you all!  have a great week!

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September 4th, 2016 at 3:26 pm

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