thanks so much, guys!!! i will tell eli you said his teeth are bangin. can't wait to see your updated countdown! you are right......25 days!!! yes, i watched most of the opening ceremonies last night. and yes, i too get teary-eyed when the US athletes come in. it's awesome how many cheers they always get even in foreign countries. i'm not one to assume that i'm better than you just because i'm from america, but i'm definitely proud of my country! to be honest, i wasn't that impressed with their performance on SYTYCD. they didn't sound that good vocally! they've sounded better when i've seen them on TV shows before. maybe they were having an off night. glad you guys enjoyed the concert - your pics were great! oh, no......that's totally fine! how cool that you're planning a trip like that! if you guys end up at SSR request congress park - it's so nice to be able to walk to DTD so easily! yep, that calendar is getting blacker every day (which is a good thing!) the first day of school is always exciting stuff. when anna picked him up she asked the teacher how he was and she said he was good for the most part, but that she did have to get stern with him once because he wanted to play instead of sit down when it was time to sit down. he said, "i'm gonna tell my momma you were mean to me." glad i have you the "flat" idea! actually, you can thank winkers and jordan because i stole it from them! HAVE FUN!!!!