Monday, August 21, 2017

Solar Eclipse!

Good morning, it is Monday.

This is post number 2 for today. Don't miss the last one on the Terracotta Warriors.

Did you get to see the eclipse today? Amazing. We are not in the path of totality, but we are kind of close. Close enough to tell the world got a little darker. And colder.
There were our viewers. Pizza box, cereal box, and actual glasses.
Preston went with the glasses, while the rest of us went with the pizza box. Both were totally amazing to look through.
Of course, there was the TV too. Bill, Bill, Bill, Bill Nye The Science Guy! The sliver on the TV in this photo is about how it looked for us. Very cool!
They said animals would freak a little. Well, Flareon is always strange. But he did climb the rhodies and try to catch a glimpse as well.
The pizza box is working!
Here is how Carol spent the morning of her birthday! Happy Birthday Carol!
Maren says, "whoa!"

Hope you got to enjoy the eclipse. It was very cool!

See you tomorrow.

The Terracotta Warriors

Good morning, it is Monday! Happy (yesterday) Birthday to Melanie. Happy (today) Birthday to Carol. Yup, she has an eclipse on her birthday. Cool! Happy first day of school Clark and Aurora!

Yes we have our glasses and our pizza boxes made for the eclipse. And it is happening! Now. But the eclipse blog comes later. Today is about an amazing exhibit we saw at the Seattle Science Center.
Walking into the exhibit you are greeted by this warrior. It is worth looking up the history of the Terracotta Warriors. They guard the tomb of the first emperor of China. There are hundreds of these warriors, each different, in lines guarding a mountain, which is the tomb. Amazing! So much bigger (or so it seemed) than even King Tut. And while many of these warriors have been excavated, they clearly are still doing their job. The scientists have decided based on the conditions of the warriors, that modern technology is not good enough to excavate the first emperor's tomb. So the first emperor's tomb is still untouched. The terracotta is too fragile after 2300 years.
The exhibit was quite crowded. The best thing we did was see the IMAX movie that goes along with the Terracotta Warriors before going into the exhibit. We already knew what we were looking at, but that didn't make it any less amazing, I'd say just the opposite.
See how the warrior's hands are formed? They were each holding cross bows and flags when originally lined up. They formed the same formations that the actual warriors of the first emperors would line up in battle. So the scientist are also learning a lot about the warfare of the time.
Yes there were full horses along with the warriors.
Chariots as well.
A warrior and a horse.

The photos behind this warrior show the excavation area of this particular dig.
Yes, they were all painted amazing colors when they were first created. Now the color has fallen off and they look different. Amazing really.
While we were here, there were dignitaries from China and the dig site on site. We got ask questions, our question had to do with holes in the smaller animals. Turns out that on the warriors the holes are on the bottom of the feet and around the head. These holes were there as the warriors are terracotta and they are cooling holes when in the kilns.

I'm sure that the kids have even better photos than I do.

See you tomorrow.

Monday, August 14, 2017

Rainiers game, and Happy Birthday Larry.

Good morning, it is Monday.

Facebook is a pretty crazy thing. It sends you notifications and stuff, but it is just a computer and knows not of anything other than exactly what you were shopping online for ten minutes ago. Today's reminder was for Larry's 70th birthday! This is a bitter sweet reminder because Larry passed away a few years ago. But Larry was awesome, and I was very happy to see the reminder. Happy 70th Larry!

Interestingly, when Facebook caught my eye, I was sitting down to do a blog about going to the Tacoma Rainiers baseball game with Judy. We've gone to at least one Rainiers game with Judy since the around the remodel of Cheney Stadium when Judy and Larry first purchased season tickets. The Rainiers aren't always the best minor league baseball team, but it is always a fun time.
A selfie from Saturday's game. You can even find this picture on Twitter as it was being advertised on the big screen to take a selfie and hashtag it #Rselfie. We did that:)
Perfect seats! And then it rained. As in water fell from the sky starting the 7th inning. Since the Rainiers were getting beat and the top half of the 7th inning was taking forever, you could tell the whole crowd just wanted to make it to the 7th inning stretch. We were no different. A little wet, we got to sing, then scadoodle. By the cars and folks streaming out of there, I'm not sure any fans made it to the end of the game! Thanks to the rain and a change of wind, we can see the sky again. The fires in B.C. have been sending smoke down our way so much that the local soccer teams have been canceling practice for the last couple of weeks.
This has got to be one of the very first selfies I ever took (with then brand new iphone4) at a Tacoma Rainiers game with (clockwise from me) Larry, Judy, Mick, Susan, and Maren!

See you tomorrow. Go Rainiers!

Monday, August 07, 2017

Sam and Amy's Wedding.

Good evening, it is Monday.

Today was a good day. We got to see the Omans, the Ostergards, and Mel and the twins at a nice little BBQ at John and Carol's house. We have recovered from the long day that was Sam and Amy's wedding. It was a great day, and you will see many photos in just a moment. That moment is now:
After a two and a half hour drive, we made it to the tiny ferry that delivers like 16 cars an hour to Lummi Island. On the way we picked up Preston from his house in Bellingham. Well, his old house, he and his buddies will be moving into a new house the end of the month.  You can see the tiny ferry at the end of the dock. While a beautiful ferry ride, it is kind of nerve racking the very first time as it is so small. The ride back off the island 8 hours later was done in the pitch dark, and we were the first car in line, which means the only thing between us and going off into the water was a single wheel block. Yikes. Well, that an my squeaky brakes. I did replace the front brakes on the van this morning, so they should squeak no more.
We caravaned from Bellingham with Maren's cousin Annie and family. What is crazy is how small a world this is at times. We were going to the wedding invited by Sam and family. Sammy grew up in our culde-sac, his folks still live here, and he was one of the twenty culde-sac kids that we've know their whole lives. Preston and I met Amy (Sam's fiance) one time, at his college graduation party. But Annie's family has known Amy since she was just a toddler. The Omans knew them back in California and up in Bellingham, they (Kraig and Annie) even rented out the basement apartment from Amy's parents way back in the day. We discovered this connection when Sam and Amy posted the save the date on Facebook and strangely both us and the Omans were invited. The Omans just met Sam at the wedding. Amazing. As the Omans are visiting from North Carolina much of this month, it worked out perfectly for all of us to attend. Because of the tiny amount of cars getting over to the island, we left early in case we had to wait a couple of ferry trips. We only waited for one extra, then we spent some time in a cafe (this is a selfie I took), then taking some family photos you'll see in a bit.
Here are Sam and Amy walking back down the isle as husband and wife. You can't really tell from this photo, but this deck is overlooking the water. An amazing location for sure. Lummi Island is were Amy's family lives now, so many of the wedding party was able to stay the night on the island. Very nice wedding from the start to the end.
Christian and Chase. In the wedding party and the best man respectively. Of course they were culde-sac kids as well. The wedding had a nice dinner buffet, appetizers, an open bar, and of course cake! We stayed long enough to see it all, even dance a little. We were aware of the time as the ferry leaving only left on the hour, and the last ferry was at midnight. Supposedly they would leave nobody stranded who was in line for the midnight ride, but we made it in time for the 11:00 pm crossing. We dropped Preston back at his house, then drove home. Made it home around 1:30 am!
We had a lot of fun hanging out with old neighbors and friends. We should have had the kids take some pics of us and our old neighbors, but didn't think about it. Oh well. Preston's college roommate Connor and his parents were there as well. It is always great to see Mark and Tina, they moved away a year before Preston and Connor graduated from high school, but it is always like no time has passed when we see them. Tina took this photo of Maren and me. I told Maren that I should try to wave like a normal person (finger close together), she said this not weird, rather it is the ultimate Slane wave as all the photos of my mom waving have the exact same hand. I went back and looked at a few photos, Maren is not wrong. Hi Mom, I wave just like you! Who knew?
Our kids and the Oman kids enjoying dinner and festivities. Kraig took the next couple of amazing photos. I always know that my photos on this blog are not the best photos taken of any event we're at by any stretch. But they are the ones I take and they do tell a story, so I'm happy. The following photos are in by possession thanks to the wonders of Apple Airdrop. Thanks for taking such great photos! In case you're wondering, our kids and the Oman kids are almost perfectly spaced out. In descending order: Preston, Alex, Hansen, Claire, Lillian, and Miles. They are all about a year and a half in age from each other. Perfect.

Preston, Claire, and Alex.

Annie took these photos of our family on Lummi Island before the wedding. The last one may be a Christmas card photo? Well, this blog was to be about the great wedding thrown for Sam and Amy, but there are far more photos of us and the Omans. I guess it is my blog! Ha.

Congratulations Sam and Amy.

See you tomorrow.

Tennis, Hair, Triplets, and a Birthday!

Good evening, it is Monday.

Time to catch up on the blog! What a whirlwind of a weekend. A banquet, a wedding, cousins, and even haircuts.
Thursday evening Lillie had her tennis banquet for the completion of the summer tennis league for the KSTC. Lille was awarded "most positive". Good going Lillie!
Didn't her tennis photo turn out great? Yes!
Here is the whole team! Who knows, maybe someday we will look at this photo and find the next Roger Federer or Serena Williams! Or maybe just a friend or two.
Preston is our most accomplished hair stylist. He gives his roommates haircuts, as well as Lillie and Hansen. Here Hansen is getting a very nice haircut.
So who cuts Preston's hair? Me! How great is Preston looking these days? Super Great!
This is a funny photo that Maren sent me. She and her co-workers were triplets! Not even on purpose. That is what make this so great. Hi Maren:) It may not be so crazy as this is a t-shirt from a summer reading program.
Happy Birthday Clark! It's great to be five! Clark enjoyed watching SpongeBob so much on his visit here, I figured a SpongeBob shirt and spinner were the perfect gifts! Oh Yeah...

See you tomorrow.

Thursday, August 03, 2017

Cousin Time

Good morning, it is Thursday.

This is post number two for the day. Decided I needed to break up these two Seattle days. Maren's cousin Annie and family have been in town. Our kids and her kids have always gotten along splendidly. We've had a day at the pool with cousins as well as an overnight and  a Seattle day. And we will see them a few more times before they head back to North Carolina, where they've been for the last few years.
BBQ at the pool. I know, not great to get all the food pic, but this is where we're all together.
A second table. Going through my photos, Mark would be happy to hear that the only photos of him I've got are ones where it is burger time. Maybe on purpose. Hmm...
I snagged this photo from FB. Say cheese Maren! LOL. Very cute photo of cousins.
Alex and Claire spent the night at out house the night before last. Lots of laughing and goofing off. Just like old times, except for how tall these kids have gotten. There are no little kids around any more.
Yesterday we spent the day in Seattle. The MoPOP museum was a big hit. We didn't play in the fountain, but a photo op was just fine.
Beam me up! The Star Trek exhibit at this museum is amazing. This is an interactive game where you actually play a role and are on video. I've got a video of myself playing Kirk doing a very dramatic yell! It is not blog worthy, but very fun if you ask me...
After the Omans left (we met Kraig up in Seattle, so we didn't take the same car home), we paid the extra money to see the Jim Henson exhibit. While there was all his works, including the Dark Crystal and more, I love the Muppets the most.
Lillie did too. Hi Kermit!
A couple of my favs. Of course there was Grover, The Count, and more. A great day for sure.

See you tomorrow.

Seafair Parade!

Good morning, it is Thursday.

Saturday evening was the Torchlight Parade put on in conjunction with Seafair. Normally we hang out in front of the TV and watch the parade in the comfort of our own home. Not this year. We decided to make a Seattle day of it.
Hansen and Lillie were not feeling photos in front of the fountain this visit, but Maren was up for a selfie.
We started the Seattle day at the Science Center for an IMAX showing of Dunkirk. I've known the story from my days in History class, but this movie was a bit much for me. No doubt an awesome movie, but way more war than I had anticipated. I thought we may get a little more backstory. P.S. I am a huge Harry Styles fan.
After food in the Armory, it was over to find a seat for the parade. We got to see this little rally by the Seahawk's band and cheerleaders. Cool!
Parade time.
So many bands and cheer teams and cars and floats and hydros and on and on and on and on. This is without a doubt the best parade we go to. And who doesn't love  a parade? How about the Sound Wave, the Seattle Sounder's band.
U of W band and cheerleaders.
The Navy Band. I think one can still take tours of the Navy ships that are in town for this event.
Some real parade balloon floats.
And my favorite, the hydroplanes! These boats seem so much bigger in real life! I was taking more photos, but it got too dark. I guess that is why the parade is called Torchlight.
Edit: I almost forgot to mention this guy. Right as the parade was starting this guy runs up behind us and hangs a hammock from a tree to a light post. He was awesome. He was a bit surprised that the people around him really didn't want his cold pizza, but he was very nice saying how his mom always told him that if he brought food, he had to bring enough for everyone! Let me just say, he got lots of thumbs up from the folks in the parade.
This is what is going on outside out house as I type. Construction noises. Last year they replaced the natural gas lines throughout the neighborhood. This month they are replacing the electrical lines. Of course they are under the ground, so the road gets dug up again. Yes, the kids can sleep right through this! LOL.
My van? I dropped it off last night to get it's timing belt and water pump replaced. Next week it gets a 10 year check to validate the lifetime powertrain warranty. It's 10 year birthday was last week, can't believe I've owned a car (no...minivan) for 10 years! I actually hope to maybe get another 10 years from it, at least until the kids are out of college!

See you tomorrow.