Saturday, June 25, 2016


Good morning, it is Saturday.

We have been enjoying our first week of summer vacation around here. Like every day so far it is afternoon and I have not seen anyone under the age of 40 up and around. Heck, if it wasn't for bootcamp fitness class this morning, I would still not have talked to anyone. Maren is in Orlando for a Library conference, but I have said hi via text.

One of the cool experiences Preston had at college was to meet and hang out with a nice group of Japanese exchange students. One of them was able to travel down to our area and spend a few days with us. Hiroki is a very neat kid and seemed to enjoy his time here.
 Like many college kids (and all the kids in this house) Hiroki could sleep in very late. So he was a good fit around here. We took him out to Red Robin for burgers for dinner. Well, it was lunch or breakfast for them, dinner for Maren and I. Hah.
Here is the other side of the table.
Another night it was back yard BBQ and smores in the fire pit. The guys also spent plenty of time checking out malls and watching movies.
Peace out! Preston and another friend drove Hiroki back up to campus a couple of days ago as he has summer school to attend. It was a great visit for sure.
Check out this picture. This Redline BMX bike is one that I bought at a garage sale for Preston when he was proably 8 years old. Preston rode this bike all over, then when he moved up a bike, it was handed down to Hansen and ridden even more. Lillie didn't like the little BMX bikes and went the Mountain Bike route. I've had it hanging in the garage for a couple of years not really wanting to get rid of it, but look who it fits now. Jack! Yup, I pulled it down from the rafters, tuned it up, adjusted it small again, found Hansen's BMX helmet, and voila! Jack is loving the Redline.

See you tomorrow.

Monday, June 13, 2016


Good evening, it is Monday.

As the school year winds down we have been busy with all kinds of things from parades, concerts, graduation parties, homework, test prep, picking up Preston, and more. Here are a few pictures from the last couple of weeks.
Track season ended for Hansen a couple of weeks ago. With 80 participants and the coaches wanting to tell a little something for each athlete, this was a very long banquet. But it was fun to hear the jump coach talk about Hansen. Hansen was well liked as always. He can also be very technical and always wants to improve, so the coach said he would tell Hansen, "Hansen, just run faster and jump farther". Hah! I think Hansen may have turned to youtube for tutorials. 
How about a parade? Lillie's band put on a very nice year end performance playing Beatles songs and other rock songs. Saturday they got to walk in a parade in the rain. Yes, in the last two weeks we have gone from 60 degrees to 98 degrees and back. Lillie's on the right with her trombone.
March, March, March, March. Preston walked this exact parade in his middle school days.
If you want to hear the CHMS Intermediate band play Yesterday by the Beatles, just click play! Biggify to see the wide screen. Yes, Lillie is on the trombone and I tried to focus in on her just a bit.
Preston is home for the summer! Maren and Lillie were happy to wait up late to welcome him home. 
This is a picture of Preston and many of his WWU friends. Many of these friends are exchange students from Japan and will be returning home soon. Preston had a very successful first year of college. He made good friends, did well in classes, and is excited to return next year. Perfect!
He and a few of his friends have already got a house rented for next year. These are Preston's roommates from the second half of this year. Most of these guys will be roommates again next year as well.
Looking through my pics, we have been playing some golf. This was the 90+ day in the middle of the heat playing Hillbilly Golf at Susan and Mick's house for our Larry Memorial Golf Tournament.
A team pic of my friend and golfing partner Mark. We were wearing Husky colors and were able to sneak victories over our WSU friends during a Wednesday league night.
I took these three out for some twilight golf last night. It was way more fun than serious, which is good by me. We were the last group out and fighting daylight by the time we finished. It is fun to have Preston home from college. Lillie has been laughing a ton more and the piano is being heard all around the house. 
For my last picture I took this picture of myself and my old boss and friend Steve Dubsky. I had not seen Steve in person for several years and we ran into each other at the driving range a week ago. Steve has had some health troubles, but it was just really great to hang out with him. The old Steve shone through when helping Hansen with his swing, telling jokes that we've heard a thousand times, and on the putting green as well...Dubber can still putt.

See you tomorrow.