Sunday, June 17, 2018

Grads and Dads.

Good morning, it is Sunday.

This weekend we celebrated Hansen's two graduations, and Father's Day. Hansen graduated from GRC on Friday night, then KL high school on Saturday morning. Between about 1000 graduates from GRC and 350 from KL, we've listened to a lot of names being read! Ha. Congratulations Hansen! Only 22 kids from KL were able to accomplish graduating with both their diploma and their A.A. degree. Well done!
Selfie of the crew at the GRC graduation
The Showare Center was completely full for GRC. We did a quick seat count and are guessing about 1000 graduates. Congrats to all the graduates!
Hansen had plenty of friends at the GRC graduation. This photo was taken while they were in line waiting to go into the stadium. It was like 11:00pm when we got home Friday evening.
Back at the Showare Stadium at 8:00 am on Saturday morning. While there were not nearly as many people at the KL graduation, the energy and the excitement was maybe even greater. The band played as well! You can see the in the back right of the photo.
There are tons of photos being shared over google drive and other photo sharing sites. A friend took this photo of Hansen being handed his diploma holder.
Afterwards there were mobs of fun photos being taken. Here is just a glimpse of what is out there in the world! The kids had so much fun, it really is great to see all these kids that we've known since grade school celebrating their graduation. Now for some family photos at the graduation:

Afterwards John and Carol took us all out to lunch at Las Margaritas. Jack took this selfie!
After lunch it was over to the Ostergard's house for more celebrating, Father's Day as well. Chris turned out to be the Jenga master.
Avery has been waiting for months till school was out for her to have Lillie dye her hair. Yesterday was the day.
Turned out great! Smiles were all around!
Not to be left out, Jack had his bangs dyed.
Congratulations Hansen and all of the class of 2018! Now for a relaxing summer before heading up to WWU in the fall!

See you tomorrow.

Friday, June 15, 2018

First and Last.

Good morning, it is Friday.

Starting tonight the graduation festivities begin. Hansen has graduation ceremonies both tonight and tomorrow morning. Tonight from Green River College where he is graduating with his AA degree, and tomorrow morning from Kentlake High School where he is graduating with is diploma.

Hansen's first day of preschool, and his last day of high school. You can tell it's the same kid for sure. He still likes his red t-shirts and brown jackets:)

Green River College had a celebration for all the Running Start students who will be graduating from high school with their A.A. degrees. There were about 200 students in total coming from several school districts who accomplishing this achievement. Kudos to Hansen and all the students who were able to do so, they had to pretty much plan out each class at GRC from the start, having every class match the guidelines for both high school and college. The kids had a fun time with this photo booth! Let's just say, you can make some very inappropriate signs from very innocent signs. Who knew? Just another talent kids growing up in the information age are blessed with. No, I'm not posing anything NSFW.

See you tomorrow.

Thursday, June 07, 2018


Good evening, it is Thursday.

This has been a week of super evenings at the high school. We attended the year end band concert as well as the senior awards ceremony.

After an evening of great music ranging from Phantom of the Opera to The Lion King, the band changed into their parade outfits. They're performing in the Portland Rose Parade this weekend playing music from Super Smash Bros. Lillie is in the top photo on the right side of the stage. Lots of great outfits and fun music!

Last night was senior awards night. It was fun to see all the seniors who showed up for awards night. Hansen got an award for earning his college AA degree along with is high school diploma. Nicely done Hansen! Here are a few friends from way back in grade school!
I've finally done it. I've gone and joined a band. The teachers at my school have a little band that will perform at the year end assembly. There are a handful of actual musicians, and a few not so much. I started with the Triangle, but settled on the Kazoo! The song we're working on is Iron Man, how hard can this be?
We'll end with a regular sight here these days. Lillie's trombone becomes Mary's resting place while Lillie practices. Crazy cat.

See you tomorrow.

Sunday, June 03, 2018

Prom Cats.

Good afternoon, it is Sunday.

Friday evening was Hansen's senior prom for his high school. He and his date met up with a bunch of friends and took a Limo to dinner and the dance.  The dance was held at the Tacoma Glass Museum. What a cool place for prom!  Then a few of the guys who have been buddies since kindergarten had their own after party at a friend's house. Sounds like a great evening.

We didn't follow the kids to the the house with the limo, or to Tacoma for photos, but we did get these pics of Hansen and Tashana as they exchanged their boutonniere/corsage at our house. I know there are lots of great photos in the world of the whole group and more, I'm sure we will get to see those soon. The pics we took are very nice though aren't they.
Last night Maren and I took Hansen and Lillie to the 5th Ave. to see The Hunchback of Notre Dame. The lead who played Quasimodo is a deaf person and they were signing the whole performance. One of the gargoyles would come to life, follow Quasimodo, and sing his parts. It really was amazing. Dinner was at the Cheesecake Factory. Hansen figures this may be the best dining weekend of his life, so far.
This morning was senior Sunday at church. While not the largest senior class our church has seen over the years, this is a group that has been together for a very long time. The quilters presented each senior with a personalized quilt to take with them.

Nick and Hansen have been good friends since Kindergarten, and still are today. Nick chose music for his quilt's theme. Hansen's theme: Cats! The quilters did an amazing job.

We will have more very busy weekends with the end of the school year, and graduations. Welcome to June!

See you tomorrow.

Tuesday, May 29, 2018


Good evening, it is Tuesday.

We have new windows! For the last 10 years sales folks have been coming to our doors trying to sell us windows. The answer has always been nope. Well, over the last couple of years the windows in the back of the house have all had their seals break and the windows became cloudy. The final straw was over the winter when the sliding glass window went bad. So today new windows were installed.
The last look through the old front widow at the big van full of new windows.
I had a Dr. appointment today, I checked out just fine. Healing well. I got to see my x-rays. The original radiologist thought I had up to 5 broken ribs on the right side! A couple I could easily make out on the x-ray. The other scans didn't agree with so many breaks. So who really knows. I also had blood draw today. After my Dr. appointment I came home to see how the windows were coming along. I didn't do too much supervising, but I did want to see one complete window from start to end. No more front window.
New window being put in. With the right tools and the right crew, this seems like a pretty easy job! Glad I didn't attempt to do it myself though.
This is the kitchen window just waiting to be put in. The front windows still have the cross hatches, the back windows don't.
The front of the house with all new windows! These double pane vinyl windows are quite substantial. They cut back an inch from the window sills and the the windows kind of stick out farther than the old ones too. We immediately noticed how much quieter the house it, it really took out some of the road noise from behind the house. I couldn't be happier with the install and the windows so far. Let's hope they're great windows for many years to come. Buying windows is a scary proposition, there are so many options as well as high pressure sales pitches. Who really knows if we got a good deal or not, I'm just glad the job is done, and seems to be done well. We purchased from Champion Windows.

See you tomorrow.

Friday, May 25, 2018


Good evening, it is Friday.

A graduation you say? Nope, it's not Hansen graduating from high school and GRC in a few weeks. We will surely have blog posts for those great things. It's Maren! She graduated from Leadership Eastside. This class has taken plenty of Maren's time over the last couple of years. I had a fun time being Maren's +1 for this graduation event.
The slideshow. This slide features Maren!
The official graduation photo!

Maren's team! There were probably 40 or so people graduating. They were divided into teams over the past couple of years. These are photos of Maren's team.
Being called up to receive her Diploma. There were a few folks who gave very nice speeches. They gave Maren's class the theme of: Unprecedented.
The entire graduating class. This is a very diverse leadership group that started in earnest just a couple days after the last Presidential election. It is not hard to believe that such a diverse group of leaders found themselves in a hard place to get along seamlessly just days after the last election. It was interesting to listen to the speeches, and how they described this class, and the timing of the class. Maren has made some good friends who I'm sure she will keep in touch with well beyond the ending of this class.
A selfie on the way to the celebration. Downtown Bellevue is the city you see in the background. I may have been a little under dressed. Cocktail wear? Yeah, no. I don't own such an outfit.

See you tomorrow.

P.S. I worked 4 days this week. My recovery is going well. Moving around is getting better and better every day. Sleep is still hard as is taking deep breaths. I'm surely a month away from golfing or biking again, but I'm happy with how it's going.

Sunday, May 20, 2018

Getting Well Soon

Good morning, it is Sunday.

I've received "get well"cards from friends, relatives, and students. It has been very nice, thank you! One get well package I received was from the 3rd grade classes at my school. I won't share all of them as there are too many, but here is one that cracks me up:
This card has a little bit of everything: sympathy, artwork, connections, praise, and even a little note from the teacher. Very fun. While far from better, I will head back to work tomorrow and see how it goes. Yesterday I weened off of oxycodone, my main pain medication. I will still take the muscle relaxants and Tylenol round the clock for sometime. I can now very clearly feel exactly where the bone breaks are, and I try very hard not to have to sneeze or anything like that, because ouch! I'm sure I'm still a couple months out from doing things like biking or golfing again.
One bonus of this injury is that I don't really sleep much. The bonus, I got to watch the Royal Wedding live. The rest of the family was sleeping. No worries, Maren says she has DVR'd three different versions of the wedding. I think her and her mom will be watching them today. It was kind of like a real life Hallmark Movie huh? I need to get out more!
I did drive my van for the first time in two weeks last night. Lillie and I went to the school's ASL Music Project. Basically the different classes of ASL were signing to popular music. There was choreography and dance as well. It felt like a dance recital. Sadly we missed Avery's dance recital as that car ride would have been too much for me just yet, I'm sure it was great!

See you tomorrow.