Saturday, June 23, 2012

Call Me Maybe

Good evening, it is Saturday Night!

No, I'm not hosting SNL...not that I couldn't!  I'm just blogging about today because I'm going to take a few days off from blogging.

Lillie had to be at the Renton Ikea PAC at 9:00 am for dress rehearsal.  Stef showed up to bring her lunch, help with makeup at noon, then help with her outfit change between dances.  Stef was a huge help today as Maren was not here.  The rest of us including John and Carol showed up around 12:30 to wait in line.  We got fine seats and enjoyed a great show.  The littlest dancers were freaking me out as I kept thinking them may just fall off the front of the stage.  There was an amazing mix of tap, ballet, hip-hop, jazz, contemporary, and break dancing.  The performance team is called Fusion...perfect name huh?

 Just after the show with her flowers and water.  Nice job Lillie.  Lillie did a jazz dance to Call Me Maybe and a masquerade ballet performance.  She was great.
The whole crew.  Lillie, Stef, Carol, John, Preston, and Hansen.  Maren was getting updates via text message as she is at the ALA conference in Anaheim California.  At this very minute she is enjoying the very last performance ever of the Rock Bottom Remainders.  Yeah, if you know who they are, you know how cool that is!

See you tomorrow.

Silly String.

Good morning, it is Saturday.

Wednesday was the last day of school for this year.  As of today we have a 10th grader, a 7th grader and a 4th grader!  And a couple of old parents:)  We are looking forward to a great summer full of fun, sun, and soccer!  But before any of that we have rain and a dance recital.  That's right, today is Lillie's dance recital.  She will be in two dances this year.  A masquerade for ballet and dance to the summer hit "Call Me Maybe" for her Jazz class.  Should be great!

At my school the kids who turned in the most reading minutes for the year got to silly string a teacher.  I think twelve of the staff got silly stringed.  I always volunteer to get a pie in the face or whatever the gig is.
Its a good look for me don't you thing?  I piled the silly string up on my head and had hair for a minute or a chia pet.
Here a few of the staff and a student are silly stringing the principal.  Our principal is leaving in a week for bigger and better things.  He was super and we wish him all the best.  Now we just hope our next principal does a great job at our school as well.

See you tomorrow.

Monday, June 18, 2012

Father's Day!

Good morning, it is Monday.

Happy Father's Day to me, my dad, and John.  And to any other dads out there like Chuck and Derek.  We had a very nice Father's day.  After Church it was over to John and Carol's house for a family gathering.  I helped cook the burgers and there was tons of other yummy stuff was on the table...yeah, I don't really know how it happens but when we show up at Carol's house yummy stuff is like magically on the table.  Cool huh?  At one point John had all three of his daughters hanging out on the back deck with him, and I know he enjoyed that.  Once everyone left we had a fun game of Apples To Apples with our five and John and Carol.  Then once we got home I was able to be talking to my dad on the phone while we watched the last couple of holes of the US Open then the last minute of the the Basketball game.  And the Heat won.  So yeah, very nice Father's day.
 Lillie made me this great card with matching box of goodies.
Driving to John and Carol's house was like being in a Limo.  I was in the back as Preston was driving.  Maren was up front with the kiddo.  
 In the middle of the day it was nap time on the comfy chairs for some.  A walk to the park for Jack, Avery, Lillie, Carol, and Mel.  Maren and I walked the other way to check out her old pool.  She walked or rode her bike to this pool every summer day as a kid.  It is very nice and I can see why she loves the Kent Pool that we belong to so much.
Derek was out golfing at Highlands so he missed his birthday candles.  I did send him this picture so I guess that counts.  Here Lillie and Abby are blowing out the candles in his honor.
Two Pink Flamingos!  John got these for me for Father's Day, but we all know they are really for Maren!  They are pretty amazing.  I think Lillie loves these pink flamingos just as much as Maren must have as a kid.  By the time we got home they were assembled and before even getting in the door Lillie had them set up in the the flower baskets out front.
This next picture is of Sebatian.  He is the son of a co-worker of Marens.  We went to his graduation party on Saturday.  Sebatian and his friends are a great bunch of kids and it was fun to be at his party.  
Sebatian said his grandma made him this lei.  It was so cool because each of these little flower things are actually perfectly folded dollar bills!  There was a pig to eat and just like at Carol's house, the most amazing food was just on the tables.  How cool is that?

Off to the last couple days of school, See you tomorrow.

Friday, June 15, 2012


Good morning, it is Friday!

Just a few more days of school for this year!  I think we can make it.  Last night was the little's school carnival.  It was very well attended and as usual the kids had a great time.  The carnival had everything from bouncy things to dunk tanks to pizza and miniature golf.
 Toward the end of the night Hansen had extra punches on his punch card.  Here he and a friend are buying as many sodas as they can just to use up the last of their punch cards.
 At the miniature golf.  This was probably not the biggest hit of the night, but it was only one punch, gave out great prizes...and best of all, I was helping run the show for the second half of the carnival.  Not so sure these two are the safest of golfers.
 This is the pitch speed ball thrower thing.  My friend Jim, trying to best the kid's high speeds.  My best was like 53 mph.  Not so fast.  The best we heard of was 65 mph.
 Lillie doing some very high bouncing.
 Angry Birds sling shot game.
And the dunk tank.  No, this is not Hansen, it is his friend.  The dunk tank was only for 6th graders, but Hansen decided not to go in.  Many other did and it always draws a huge crowd.  The carnival was great this year.

See you tomorrow.

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Our Little Mermaid.

Good morning, it is Thursday.

Last night we attended the Drama Club's presentation of The Little Mermaid at the little's school.  It was very well done and very fun to watch.  The names in the play were a little different that those in the movie, but we all new who was who.
  Lillie played one of three Annabelles (Ariel) and did a great job!  In the play she was in the middle part, but in this picture she is on the right.
 It is very hard for cameras to take pictures of a lighted stage while sitting in the dark.  So this is as good as it gets.  Here Annabelle (Lillie) is saving the handsome prince after his ship wrecked.
Carol and John came to enjoy the show as well.  Second night in a row at the school as last night was the Science Fair...which Lillie and her friend were the only ones from their entire class to submit a project.  Tonight we will be a the school yet again for the school carnival.

See you tomorrow.

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Boston Red Sox!

Good morning, it is Wednesday.

Look what I received in the mail a couple of days ago!  That's right, it is my grandpa's Boston Red Sox's hat:
 I was telling Bernice about how I was going to go to the Boston/Mariners game at the end of this month and she offered to send me my grandpa's old Boston cap.  How cool is that?  Yes, very cool.  Thanks Bernice.
The hat fits me perfectly.  No surprise really, and it has already been broken in and obviously was well worn by my grandpa.  I have already been wearing everywhere I go.  
This is a picture from last weekend.  Hansen's soccer team won the whole leauge in the last game of the season.  At one point they were down 1-3 and had given up the championship as they needed to win or tie to capture the title.  But somehow they scored 2 goal toward the end of the game to end it in a 3-3 tie and earn the title.  This picture is of the kids getting their medals.  Hansen enjoyed this soccer team so much that he wanted to do select soccer.  He made his MVP Rapids team, but the coach thinks he is best suited for defense and Hansen is not too thrilled about the change.  Who knows how this will end up.
Usually I show pictures of Preston playing soccer...but look what Maren found the other day on the floor under a half eaten candy bar.  Yup, Preston is an amazing student as well.  Way to go Preston!
This last picture is from last night's church meeting.  We have been discussing internet policies as well as tons of other things.  I am happy to be on the council and there are great things on the horizon for our church. This WSU Cougar clad guy sitting next to me is showing me an air-fare price he found on his phone for a proposed trip to Denver.  I'm sneaking this photo into my blog to see just how savvy our church internet police really are.  Just joking, but they will probably tag my blog with in the hour:)  Actually the policies are for the church website and sanctioned blog is under the "out in the world" and certainly not sanctioned.

See you tomorrow.

Monday, June 11, 2012

Lucy, science, soccer, camp, and a cat.

Good morning, it is Monday.

I have a ton of pictures to share for today's blog!  I'm having a hard time seeing them as my computer monitor died and I am using a very small one from "back in the day" until I get the new one fixed or replaced.  OK, glasses are on...lets get started:

My cousin Emily and her husband Sumanth welcomed their daughter Lucy Lark into the world!  Huge congratulations! I snagged this picture of Emily and Lucy napping off Facebook, I hope you don't mind...I think it is great!
 The rest of my blog will just be have fun:
Science fair weekend at our house.  The science fair is on Tuesday and these projects had to be done.  I helped Lillie and her friend by taking pictures, they giggled, goofed off, and did an excellent job completing their project.
Hansen had an experiment to do as well.  But rather than help, Hansen did this all by himself.  In fact, I was at the pool with Maren and Lillie while Hansen just got on task and worked away.  Good going Hansen.  This plan was better for everyone's blood pressure.

Besides the science projects, Preston had a soccer tournament hosted by the Washington Premier club.  Just getting in and out of the parking lot (field) was it's own adventure.  Rain had turned this grass field into a mud field.  It was like driving in snow.
Today I may have to give the truck a bath.  It is covered in mud.  The van stayed home...Maren thinks it was because I didn't mind trashing the old pick-up truck, but in reality the van was out of gas and I just didn't want to take the time or the money to fill it up.  

Besides, the truck did great.  And so did Preston.

The team lost the first game, won the second and third.  In their six team division they ended up third.  The other bracket may have had it easier, but that is the way tournaments go.  Good tournament overall.  Preston had an assist the first game and scored all the goals in the second and third games.  In this picture he is being chased down field...
 Now making some cool moves on a way to a perfect crossing shot.

OK, you thought you were done with my blog huh?  Not quite.  Friday Hansen got back from sixth grade camp.  He had a great time.  He took my little weather proof camera (and is thinking he may keep it, as he used it for his science fair project and has not given it back) and took some great pictures.  The following pictures are all taken by Hansen at camp:
 On a group hike.
 Mr. Lawrence came out for an evening and took his small group out for a hike and a fire pit.  Hansen has some great stories and was telling me all about the different types of plants while mountain bike riding last night.
 Wow.  I think this is Hansen's small group having fun on the hike with Mr. Lawrence.  They are in a 5th/6th split class and Mr. Lawrence stayed behind to teach his and another 5th grade class.  He came out to hang with his 6th graders for an evening...the small group had a great time.
 I should have Hansen commentating, but he is off to school.
Another hiking picture.  It rained the whole time they were out camping, but that didn't seem to dampen the kid's spirits any.  Yeah, I'm good with the puns.
 Nope, this is not a wild cat from camp...this is Ranger napping on the arm of the couch.  The littles like taking pictures of the cats.

See you tomorrow.

Wednesday, June 06, 2012

Camp, Band, and Baseball.

Good morning, it is Wednesday.

I was just looking at my last couple of post and wondered how it is possible I still have so much to blog about.  Well, here it goes:
 Last night was Preston's last band performance for the year.  For those of you not invited, sorry, but we didn't find out about the concert until a day ago:)  The kids were great!  The graduating seniors got flowers and other awards were given.  My favorite selections were, The Beatles: Love, Carry on Wayward Son, Highlights form Les Miserables.  The concert did go on and on, and ended in a Rocky selection from their field trip to Victoria Canada.
 Hansen left for 6th grade camp yesterday!  He is now at Camp Waskowitz.  Yes, Maren and Preston both went to 6th grade camp there...and John taught 6th grade camp there.  Have fun Hansen!  Sorry to say I was not one of the weepy parents sending off their child to camp for the first time.  I'm more like, go on...have fun!
After dropping off Hansen, I chaperoned a field trip for Lillie's class to see the Tacoma Rainiers play baseball!  This is the small group I was in charge of in front of a cool poster.
Getting autographs!
 I don't think these kids will ever wash their hands again!  Lillie brought Larry Nelson's had to the game (actually I was wearing it) and got it signed as well.
 In the stands!
 Meeting the Moose up close.
 The catcher is the guy who signed our hat and hands!
The sun came out and the game was on!  The morning was so rainy we didn't really expect there to be a game.  I wish we could have stayed longer, it was back on the school bus at 1:00pm.  And yes, what else are you going to do with your hot dog wrapper other than make it into a mustache?  Lillie said it was the best hot dog ever!  Her teacher said that the only place in the whole world that has a better hot dog is Fenway Park!  Got to love Mrs. Morrow.

See you tomorrow.

Tuesday, June 05, 2012

Preston's Soccer Practice/ Seattle Sounders Women

Good morning, it is Tuesday.

Yesterday was my day to drive Preston's soccer carpool to Starfire for practice.  The field is 25 mins away and practice is 90 minutes long, so on driving day I just stay at Starfire and watch practices or games or whatever.  Yesterday was a Seattle Sounders Women Team match.  The place was totally buzzing.  So after dropping the boys off, I walked around to the front of the stadium to catch some action.
 I hung out next to the entrance for a bit.  I got to see the excitement of the players walking through the tunnel as well as the girl who sung the national anthem.  The singer was hanging with her friend and could have been just a normal fan.  Then she sang, very well I might add, then came back and just went and hung out in the bleachers.  It was all so low key...she went and sung in front of all those fans like it was nothing.
Here the players are coming on to the field.  Hope Solo, Alex Morgan, and the rest were all in attendance.  It was fun to see the superstars of Women's soccer.  There were tons of kids very excited.
 I didn't have a ticket so I was happy to just check things out, then go back over to Preston's soccer practice on the other side of the bleachers.  But someone gave me a ticket so I went in a watched for a bit.  As you can see the crowd was a very good size.
The coolest part for me was being able to go to the top of the bleachers and off the back I could easily see Preston's soccer practice.  If I turned around it was the Sounder's Women.  So this pic if the field from the top of the bleachers.  
And here I am turned around watching Preston's team run and run and run and run.  Usually I like to watch field 4 from the top of the bleachers, but it is not always the Sounder's in the stadium.
After the boy,s practice they were given tickets to the bleachers side.  We went and watched the game for 20 minutes, but wanted to get out before the rush.  This is Preston and a friend.  About half the team stuck around.  The Sounders were up 2-0 when we left.  It was very fun to be there and we saw plenty of folks we knew which was fun too.  I am still amazed how fun the evening turned out to be...especially since us carpoolers don't usually love our carpool driving days...I mean, we carpool so we don't have to do this everyday, right?

See you tomorrow.