Bowl Season Arrives Early in 2007


For Lindsey’s 31st birthday dinner, she went, as she likes to say, “out of the box”–the cereal box that is.

First, we started with dessert.  Pat made a delicious pineapple upside-down cake–Lindsey’s second in as many days–and we devoured it instantly. 

Once the cake was sufficiently settled in our stomachs, we moved to the main course which was both a meal and an event.  But not a bit healthier than the cake. 

To end all childhood debates, we created the first-ever Sugar Cereal Bowl.  The competition that would determine once-and-for-all which Sugar Cereal is the greatest. 


 The six judges were selected from thousands of candidates; each possessed a sensitive palate and an iron stomach–or so they claimed.  Each judge had two bowls, one spoon, and a selection of milks that included 2%, skim, and vanilla soy.  In each pairing, judges could eat as much of each cereal as needed to determine their favorite of the two.  Excess milk and cereal would be deposited into the Junk Bowl between rounds.   


16 cereals were separated into two regions and four divisions, the pairing selections for the 1st round were selected randomly as follows:

Wheaties Region
Tony the Tiger Division
Apple Jacks
Sugar Free Cinnamon Toast Crunch
Cocoa Puffs

Count Chocula Division
Peanut Butter Cap’n Crunch
Froot Loops
Cinnamon Toast Crunch
Chocolate Lucky Charms

Special K Region
Snap, Crackle, & Pop Division
Reese’s Puffs
Cap’n Crunch
Fruity Pebbles

Honey Bee Division
Apple Cinnamon Cheerios
Lucky Charms
Cookie Crisp
Cap’n Crunch Berries

Divisional Semi-Finals
The competition got started in the Tony the Tiger division, as Apple Jacks beat Honeycomb by a unanimous 6-0 vote, and Cocoa Puffs narrowly defeated Reduced Sugar Cinnamon Toast Crunch in a 3-3 tie breaker (Lindsey’s pick won). 

In the other half of the Wheaties region, Froot Loops beat Peanut Butter Cap’n Crunch by a 4-2 margin, and Cinnamon Toast Crunch easily defeated Chocolate Lucky Charms 4-1 in the Count Chocula division.


The toughest division appeared to be Snap, Crackle, & Pop with four strong contenders–including both of Lindsey’s pre-competition favorites, Reese’s Puffs and Fruity Pebbles.  Reese’s Puffs defeated Trix 4-2, and in the upset of the competition, Cap’n Crunch defeated Fruity Pebbles 3-2.

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Apple Cinnamon Cheerios somehow snuck into the Honey Bee division (named after its sister cereal’s mascot), but there would be no nepotism here.  In back-to-back landslides, Lucky Charms defeated Apple Cinnamon Cheerios 6-0 and Cap’n Crunch Berries defeated Cookie Crisp 5-0. 

Divisional Finals
By the time we reached the divisional finals three of the six judges had relinquished their positions.  Calin, Trilby, and Tristen had all dropped out due to stomach ailments, taste bud numbness, or any of another dozen excuses that none could back up with scientific evidence.  Only Micah, Lindsey, and Skylar remained to determine the Sugar Cereal Champion.

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In the Tony the Tiger division, Apple Jacks destroyed Cocoa Puffs 3-0 to earn its place in the Wheaties regional finals.

In the Count Chocula division, Froot Loops smeared Cinnamon Toast Crunch 3-0 and earned a trip to the Wheaties regional finals.

In the Snap, Crackle, & Pop division, which was suddenly wide open, Reese’s Puffs narrowly defeated Cap’n Crunch 2-1 and saw its way to the Special K regional finals where it would meet Cap’n Crunch Berries who had waltzed into the regional finals with a 3-0 victory over Lucky Charms.

Regional Finals
The regional finals were both heated battles, worthy of all the pre-taste hype surrounding the event.  Froot Loops was the first to reach the Sugar Cereal Championship by defeating Apple Jacks 2-1 in a fierce battle that was not without its share of controversy.  Rumors of judge tampering ran rampant after Skylar appeared to change her vote to match Lindsey’s; slow-motion replay could neither confirm nor deny the accusations so the results stood as reported.  However the voting process would be changed to a blind vote for the remainder of the competition.

The Special K regional final was an epic slugfest.  Cap’n Crunch Berries defeated Reese’s Puffs 2-1 setting the stage for the long-awaited Sugar Cereal Championship.

The Championship was a battle of cereal heavyweights.  Froot Loops, the lone survivor from the Wheaties region, squared off against the Special K region champ Cap’n Crunch Berries. 

Lindsey had voted for the winning cereal in each of the preceding 14 matches, so odds makers anxiously awaited her vote.  Tension mounted when she revealed that she had voted for Cap’n Crunch Berries, but in a late charge Froot Loops cornered the final two votes to claim the first-ever Sugar Cereal Championship. 



Thanks Babe!

Talk about a perfect birthday!  You made it so fun, nice and relaxing…just the way I like it. XOXO



Exhausted after a long day’s work!


Camp Pendleton Sprint Tri


Micah competed in the Camp P. Tri again this year.  All was good, until we found out that Kirk Lindahl fell on the bike and had road rash all along his right side.  He ended up finishing the race like a champ, and was very pleased to report he had the “crash of the day! 

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Husband of the Year!


Micah was on a three day business trip and got back last night (Thursday) at about 8:00pm.  When he got home, he found the Brockbank and Clifford kids set loose in the house, as we were all in Los Angeles at the Family Feud auditions.  Rather than quietly sneak past the kids to unpack and get ready for Friday’s workday, he starts planning a fun night with the kids.  After he got shot down from Megan to take all of the kids to the Simpsons Movie (due to a 6 and 7 year old at a PG-13), he had another idea up his sleave.  He walked with all of the kids down to Blockbuster to pick out a DVD.  After they all voted on “Earnest Goes To Jail”, they walked back and Micah set up the “Dive-In Movie Theater”!  They all got their suits on and went swimming while the movie was playing on the movie screen next to the pool.  The kids thought it was the coolest thing EVER.  I didn’t get home until about 10:30, and saw all of the kids hanging out in the pool.  I hung out for no more than ten minutes when I was ordered to go and make hot chocolate for everyone.  The movie finished up at around 11:30, and after we cleaned everything up we went to bed at 12:15 am.  And without any complaints, he was up bright and early for work this morning!  It is all about the good times…..and I love that my husband is always game for a fun idea!

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Jokes on Him!

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This post is seperate from the fourth of July post because I didn’t want it to get lost in the mix!  Micah thinks it is funny to pull out these disgusting pink striped Speedos every time my family is around.  I will admit I thought it was funny the first few times, and he is a HUGE hit amongst the grandkids!  BUT, I am now wondering if he likes these things a bit too much.  It is now at the point, that we all ask when he is going to put the lovely Speedos on.  So of course, after we all got down to the pool….Micah starts unlacing his trunks to expose WHAT ELSE…his favorite Speedos!  His usual timeframe is about 45 minutes until he puts his trunks back on, but this time he lasted about four hours!  Even when we were playing Bocci Ball, there he was…out collecting the balls in the lovely things.  So in an effort to get him to stop the madness, my sister started snapping pictures so I could embarrass him by posting the pictures.  Who knows if it is going to eliminate or exacerbate the problem???  I would bet this is only going to put a little fuel on the fire, and next time we can expect some thong Speedos!

Nerd Alert!


Last night Micah caught the entertainment part of the news when people were walking out of the Transformer’s movie getting interviewed.  They all said it was one of their favorite movies of all time, and a must see!  Micah got so excited, he ran down to the computer to see if there were any more showings last night.  Mind you…it was 11:15pm.  It just so happened there was a midnight showing, and he was battling in his head if he should go or not.  He asked me if I wanted to go, and I tried to act excited, but he saw right through it.  And to be honest, nothing sounded worse to me at that moment.  He called Tacky, but he was too tired.  So his tried and true midnight movie buddy, Calin Clifford, was totally up for the fun.  She was SO excited, she was ready in about five seconds.  Micah said it wasn’t until they were in the car that she asked what movie they were going to see! 

I told Micah he had to take the camera to take pictures for Calin’s new blog and I asked this morning to see them.  Very interesting that Micah is not in even one of them!???  I told him if he went, I was going to blog about him and name it “Nerd Alert”.  When I asked him this morning why he wasn’t in any of the pictures, he said, “if I am not in any picture…than you can’t prove I was there.”  Well then, I guess Calin walked there!


First Sponsored BH Tri!


Micah put on another Beacon Hill Triathlon…but this time he had a little help!  A local running store, Fleet Feet, came down and sponsored the event by putting up the aid station during the run portion.  We also had some sponsors send products to give out at the event such as Cliff Bars and Cytomax.  The race was really fun, and the pool has never been more full.  My duty as the lap counter was a total disaster.  I had to split it with some other spectators, but even the lanes I counted may have been off. Hence my pre-race disclaimer….COUNT YOUR OWN LAPS!

We had some pretty cool happenings at the race:

1. We had a new BH Tri winner named Brett Bryan coming in at 1:16:12.


2. ***Marc Hemeon came in 2nd place AND he beat his nemesis Dave Bourne!!! A big congrats and a shout out to the Clydesdale Training Program!***


3. Bryan Tacky gets the award for most improved!  He has shaved about 15 minutes off of his time.  And for a 1 - 1.5 hour race, that is AWESOME!  And the best part is that when he finished, he looked at his watch and said, “I could have totally beat Seth on that one!” I guess spending $5,000+ on bikes really got the fire under your rear a little hotter.  Good J-O-B!


4. We got some new people out to the race.  And two of them actually are friends of mine from college. Mikey Bartholemew - who tied for first in the swim showed up and did really well coming in 6th. And John Zimmerman had a great race, but his 10 minute transitions where he wailed like Chewbacca kind of added to his total time in a negative way.  Even so, he finished 10th out of 17!

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5. We had Tarah Hemeon and her brother Jaren battle for 12th place.  In the end, Jaren took the lead, but Tarah was a great sport!


6. We had a great crowd of spectators thanks to David Bourne’s family who was in from out of town!


7. Poor Kirk Lindahl showed up at the usual race time - 6:30.  We were still in bed when he called Micah’s cell to ask where everyone was.  Micah then informed him that this time around the start was 9:30 and he should have slept in!  And the saddest part is this would have been the first race he didn’t bring up the rear because there were two flats that lost to his previous times!!!

8. This was Scout’s first BH Tri….and I think he has the itch!

9. And last but not least…Micah, who came in third (1:30 behind 1st) was shunned by my family.  My mom said that she is a little humiliated that he didn’t win, and bragging about a third place son-in-law just doesn’t do the trick.  Poor Micah, but when you start at the top, the only way to go is down.  Which is why I NEVER stop at the top.  DUH- who hasn’t learned that trick yet?

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It was a success, and thanks to everyone that helped!  The next BH Tri is going to be an open water swim for the first time! We will see how that goes!



50’s Style!


Every so often I get the total itch to do something fun.  So this time around, I planned a 50’s drive-in party!  We had a handful of couples over for BBQ’d burgers, milkshakes, hula hooping, music and a drive-in movie.  I kind of put it together at the last minute, but it turned out to be a blast. 

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We had all of the cars back up to the movie screen, and Scummy Tacky and my sister Tristen were roller-skating waitresses.  But in the end, Tristen’s stint on skates was short lived because she took two major falls within the first minute.  It was hilarious. - especially the part where she was on the ground, face down, begging B. Tacky to get her skates off because she broke her tailbone! Her limp throughout the night had everyone feeling bad, but I kept cracking up everytime I saw it, and told her she better invest in one of those donuts you sit on for a broker tailbone.  On the other hand, Scummy proved to be awesome at the whole 50’s thing.  She did great on the skates, dominated the hula hoop, and even won a $100 bet that will go unnamed.


The burgers were fabulous.  I must say Micah and I are a great team on the grill.  Britni made the shakes that were some of the best I have ever had.  We then all sat back in the trunks of our cars and watched American Graffiti. I didn’t die over the movie, so I just socialized while Micah and Scout hung out watching the flick!

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When it was all over, Micah broke out the DDR, and we have some new people hooked.  Namely Andrew Lark who was very impressive, Doug Jolley who picked it up quickly (see the picture of Doug and Micah, and notice Micah squatting like a russian dancer - I think he was either taunting Doug or showing off!), and Mary Jolley who wants to follow in my footsteps and go into labor from DDR.


We had such a fun time, and can’t wait to do more things throughout the summer! And most importantly…PLEASE NOTE….my hair was in a beehive!  It looks more along the lines of “the bride of Frankenstein”,  but it is supposed to be the ever classic 50’s beehive!

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Classic Micah!


Micah was watching Scout last night, and he was a bit fussy.  Knowing how settled and good he is in my baby carrier, he found it and wrapped Scout up in it.  I will admit that the wrap is a little tricky to put on, and Micah couldn’t figure it out, so he reinvented the wheel!  When I came in and saw the little guy’s arm and foot sticking out I started to crack up.  I asked if he had fallen asleep like he normally does, but Micah said he was wide awake and he must love the “new way”.  I think it was more along the lines of he was amazed that his daddy really thought he could get all of his work done while I was in this funky position AND why didn’t mom teach him the RIGHT way?!

Summer Concert Series


Summer is officially here!  Last summer, Micah and I discovered the Dana Point Summer Concert Series, and had a blast at them.  Each Sunday afternoon, Micah head down to the Dana Point Harbor to have a picnic and listen to some fun music.  There is a serious turn out with hundreds -maybe even thousand- of people there.  They have a different theme each week such as rock and roll, reggae, classic rock or cover songs. 


This year Micah found out that there are summer concerts in a lot of cities.  So he put together a calendar of where each was, and what genre the music was.  A little overboard -I Know!  But because of his calendar, we hit up the “Music Under the Stars” in San Juan Capistrano wednesday night.  My mom, Tristen, Calin, Skylar and most importantly…Scout joined in on the fun. (He hung out in Belly’s pirate holder -see picture)  Beyond the music, there were local vendors, and local restaurants like the Sundried Tomato, and Cedar Creek Inn had food available. 

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All of the girls but my mom got up and danced most of the time.  And Micah went around and collected everything he could read from the vendors and hung out on the blanket.  My mom also hung out on the blanket and watched and laughed as Tristen would dance behind people who didn’t know she was there.  But the classic of the night was when we all got back to the blanket, and my mom saw a handfull of older people (50’s - 60’s) near us dancing in a group.  My mom leaned over like she had a secret, but instead she innocently and quietly asked, “Is that a mosh pit?”  Tristen and I cracked up!