The last Weekend Roundup you will ever see ever… probably

Is it Sunday evening already? Seriously? And I gotta waste it typing up hundreds of words about how I folded towels and went to the hardware store? I don’t think I want to do that, and I don’t think you want to read about it. Do you? Lord knows I wouldn’t. It’s my life, and I can tell you right now, it ain’t that interesting. (Though next weekend should be an exception… stay tuned.)

So yeah… I’m probably done with these Weekend Roundups for a while. I’d like to start doing more during the regular week. You know, a few shorter posts and photos and such rather than some enormous tome banged out reluctantly on a Sunday afternoon. We’ll see, I guess, if I can actually stick to that. Seems like more work for me, frankly, but I need a break from these Weekend Roundups. They’re killing me, can’t you see that?! Every word I type sucks a little bit more life out of me. Well, not really, but anyway I’m sick of ‘em. But as I said, don’t worry: I’ll still be doing something, and probably more often than I am now. So keep coming back.

Until the next time I feel like writing on this thing, here’s a nice little video I put together about… okay, it’s about our weekend. So I guess I’m kind of undercutting everything I just said. Nonetheless, enjoy: A Day on Lake Waukomis, looking back on a fun, relaxing day at the lake home of our friends Don and Jansen.

Easter Weekend Roundup: A hastily-thrown-together video highlight reel

Yet another lame video Weekend Roundup

And if you thought previous Weekend Roundup videos were lame… well brother, you ain’t seen nothin’ yet.

Thanksgiving Weekend Roundup

I, Shannon, will be taking over the weekend roundup this weekend to share with you my top ten things I’m thankful for from our long weekend. The kiddos have been out of school since Wednesday so we’ve had a five-day weekend. Without further ado, here’s my top ten list! I’m thankful…

10) …that we got to enjoy the company of 9 guests who joined us for a Thanksgiving feast on Thanksgiving Day. We enjoyed eating, laughing and hanging out with “Uncle” Tom; Doug and Lynda; Laurie and the Carlson Clan: Gordon, AmyLou, Lennon, McCartney and Sadie Lou Starr (can you guess where those kids’ names came from?)

9) …for getting to take some naps, I mean who doesn’t love afternoon naps? My kids, that’s who.

8) … that we got our Christmas decorations put up three weekends ago which was way early but was still better than having to put them up today!

7) … that I survived giving the message three times at church. Whew, I’m whipped and I’m really thankful I don’t have to do that every stinkin’ weekend. I really admire Rick for his stamina.

6) … that my friend Joy joined me for some Black Friday shopping at Wal-Mart, Target and Toys R Us (where we couldn’t bear to wait in that nasty long line). It was a great time and I was thankful to have a friend to keep me from going insane when I see all the great deals that I really don’t need!

5) …for Joy’s husband, Jimmy and their kiddos Jake, Sophie, Samie, and Zoe who joined up with my family for breakfast after our Black Friday shopping. I’m especially thankful for Jake’s prayer before breakfast which had us all cracking up. Jake prayed that “he loved Steven (my son); his mom and sister and that he loved when the stars come out at night.” I really, really love little kid prayers (Jake is just 5).

4) … for a very memorable and sweet evening with my family on Friday. We got dolled up and went to see Santa at Crown Center (a Horn family tradition) and watch the lighting of the Mayor’s Christmas Tree at Crown Center (something we’ve never done before). It was magical…don’t believe me-watch this awesome video the Priceman put together capturing the evening. We finished up the evening with a nice dinner in the Power and Light district. It was a magical evening.

3)…for my kiddos. Each unique and wonderful in their own way. I’m so grateful for them and time to share with them. I’m thankful they are healthy and strong and growing. I love watching them grow up!

2) …for my sweet and amazing husband. Priceman is truly a gift to me. He is always so loving and patient. He’s a great daddy, a supportive husband, a great friend and an all around loveable and godly man. I’m so very grateful that my life has been blessed with him in it for the past 15 years.

1)…for God who loves me and who has showered me with more blessings than I deserve. A great church, wonderful friends, a warm house, good food, a great chef;), a cute pug, a job I love, our parents, our families, the joy of living in the US, Steven, Maya and Price and so much more.

For all this and more, my heart is warmed at the end of this Thanksgiving weekend!

Gliding over Boulder, Colorado

Video highlights of my sailplane flight over Boulder, Colorado. October 13, 2008.

The Weekend Roundup wanders around aimlessly

It wanders aimlessly around Gladfest, our little town’s annual fall festival. Of course, we spent so much time walking around and stuffing ourselves with giant turkey legs deep-fried Oreos that I’m too exhausted to write about it.

I can, however, post a mediocre highlight video! (Warning: eardrum-shredding girly screams about 40 seconds in.)

If you leave, the Weekend Roundup won’t cry, it won’t waste one single day

Hey, didja miss me last week? Because I don’t know if you noticed, but there was no Weekend Roundup last week. It was Labor Day, people! We were out of town, so even though we took a ton of photos and video, you won’t get to see any of it. Labor Day weekend is over. Stop livin’ in the past, man! Also, no one has left a comment on our blog for nearly a month, so we’re just going to assume no one’s reading it so therefore it doesn’t really matter. I mean, we put this blog together so family and friends from far and wide could keep up with the miscellaneous goings-on in our little household, and we know now that our parents never read it. For Pete’s sake, this whole thing was my wife’s idea, and not only does she never post anything, she doesn’t even read it herself. Hey, Shannon, you’re a big doo-doo head! See? I can say whatever I want, and there will be no consequences. Not a one.

Okay, on with this week’s pointless family happenings, typically little church and school events that we attend ever weekend. They’re all the same: you eat hot dogs, the kids bounce around on inflatable thingys, there’s a lot of screaming, you get repeatedly punched in the groin. (After asking around, it turns out that last part only seems to happen to me. Weird.) Oh, and Maya gets her face painted. To wit:

it seems like just yesterday she had a caterpillar painted on her face

Has there been a weekend yet when Maya hasn’t had her face painted? Read through the archives. It happens all the time. This particular weekend, it was at her preschool’s annual carnival.

Frankly, it seems like I’m starting to repeat myself here, because I’m pretty sure I’ve written something about this before. Well, looky here. Same time of year, same carnival, same face painting… it’s like we’re stuck in one of those time loops that happened every other episode on Star Trek: The Next Generation. Am I doomed to repeat this night over and over again forever and ever amen, a la Groundhog Day, with screaming preschoolers and cake walks and butterfly face paint for all of eternity?

Nah, probably not.

There was dance associated with this year’s carnival. A couple of weeks ago I posted a video of Maya’s dance stylings. In the interest of equal time, here’s Steven shaking his groove thang.

Oh yeah, you better believe we’ll be watching that video when he brings his prom date home. Hey, I can’t make fun of the kid. At least he was trying to have fun. Me? Just like every single dance I attended when I was in junior high school, I was hanging back against the wall, watching the cool kids enjoy themselves and praying I wouldn’t get punched in the groin.

But it wasn’t all carnivals and dancing, oh no. The weekend also featured birthday parties. Two of ‘em! Steven went to one, Maya went to another. Is there anything a kid loves more than receiving an invitation to a birthday party? And is there anything that a parent fills a parent with more dread? Oh, great… let’s go buy some Pokemon crap (for boys) or some pink plastic princess-related gewgaw (for girls) and go watch little kids stuffed full of pizza and cake and ice cream laugh and shriek and crash into each other and burst into tears and beg to go home. And then let’s make a date to do it all again next year.

But then, I’m not the target audience here. The kids seem to enjoy these soirees. It’s a good thing, because we seem to attend one just about every weekend. The problem is, Maya and Steven have too many friends. They’re too popular and well liked!

For me, though, that’s never been a problem. Popular, well liked… those terms are rarely used to describe me. Why, I’ll never know. Who wouldn’t like to have a guy like me around: awkwardly trying to chat up the ladies, constantly complaining about things no one can control, perpetually moaning about my crippling depression…

Hmm. Now that I think about it, this may explain the rampant groin-punching.

A Weekend Roundup in pictures

And they’re not even great pictures, at that. But it’s late, and I’m tired, and I don’t have the energy to wax poetic about eating hot dogs or driving to the grocery store. So, in no particular order, some pics and a Very Special Video. And I’ll warn you, it’s pretty Maya-heavy this week. (She’s the only one of us who did anything interesting. Steven spent the whole weekend playing video games, and who wants to see photos of a kid rotting his brain?)

Dining out at Tomfooleries at Zona Rosa.

photo by Steven, cheesy smile by Price

Sweet, sweet dessert at Tomfooleries.

they spare no expense for kids’ desserts at this place

Maya holding a toad we caught at the park on Saturday.

not pictured: the amphibian urine pooled in Price’s hand

Maya and the Mackenzies strike a pose. Yes, they’re both named Mackenzie. And yes, Maya and the Mackenzies would be a great name for a band.

charlie’s little bitty angels?

Maya jumping in a bounce house at Mackin Park in North Kansas City.

not pictured: Steven, who is busy rotting his brain, as I previously mentioned

Maya dancing to the dulcet tones of Dead or Alive, a (shudder) Bon Jovi tribute band playing at Zona Rosa.

she can dance if she wants to, she can leave her friends behind

And now, let’s put that picture in motion, in a video that will haunt and bewilder you.

Vacation Video Highlights

Okay, now I swear we’re done with vacation stuff.


Weekend Roundup: The Video Edition

I didn’t feel like writing a bunch of words about the weekend, so instead I wasted an entire evening putting this together. Enjoy!

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