Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Silent Auctions, Birthdays, Conventions, and Lots of Construction.

Good evening, it is Tuesday.

We have had a busy few days for sure. Hmm, I seem to start every single blog just like this. Let's change things up. Yesterday wasn't very busy at all...or was it? Hah.
Happy Birthday Stef! With John and Carol living around the corner, it is so easy to have all parties either at their house or at our house. This weekend we wandered up to Redmond to bring the party to Stef.
Yeah, I don't know how old Stef is. Well, actually I do have a clue, but I don't have enough fingers or toes to figure out the math.
These kiddos are actually enjoying watching Spongebob on TV at Stef's place. The Lots of Boring Math Later was actually the episode we were watching.
What is this? A pig swimming in chocolate on top of a cake? Yup, we won this cake, a years supply of bagels, a trip for four to go ice-skating, and an older film camera. Dinner was great too. I'm talking about the silent action and dinner to fund raise for the Youth Mission Trip come the summer.
Nick and Hansen are two of the beneficiaries of the silent auction as they will attend the mission trip. Lillie was given a hat and hung out with these fellas as well. Lillie was instrumental in our winning a years supply of bagels for sure. I mean, we did spend plenty of money this auction, but it is for a good cause.
What is going on outside of our window?
Road crews for days.
This yellow pipe is the new gas main line going in our neighborhood. They have been trenching the roads all around and installing a new gas main. But the main line is only the start. Later they will have to then put gas in the lines and go back and hook up each house to the main line. Supposedly this will be good for the next 100 years. What a project!
Maren and I attended the district caucus for the Democratic party. I was the delegate from the precinct, and Maren was an alternate. Five hours after checking in, Maren went from alternate to an actual delegate!
This yuge gym full of folks was split probably 70/30 Bernie/Hillary. We then divided into four gyms, two for Bernie and two for Hillary. We went to the Hillary camp. The amusing thing to me was how young the majority of the folks in the main gym were, and how old the gym of us Hillary supporters were. LOL. We voted for folks to attend the state Democratic convention who will then run to go to the national convention. Neither Maren or I ran to attend further conventions, but I'd say that our time spent in this political process was interesting for sure.

See you tomorrow.

Sunday, April 17, 2016

One Tough Cookie.

Good morning it is Sunday.

This week we did have a couple firsts! Lillie is running track for her middle school, and I started my golf league.
This is the tail end of the 9th fairway at Auburn Golf Course. If I hit my drive and second shots perfectly, this will be my view as I walk to the green for an eagle putt. Last Wednesday this was my view after hitting my 3rd shot. A pushed drive and a low hook 7-iron recovery second shot leaves a smooth 104 yard third shot into this challenging par 5. There were baby ducks in the pond who really didn't care much about my golf game.
Lillie bandaging up her knees after track practice. A hurdler has to start somewhere. Lillie said she cleared six terrifying hurdles before dying on the seventh hurdle. The cinder tracks at the middle school are just not very forgiving on one's skin. Lillie is healing up nicely. To add to her misery, she had braces put on her lower teeth Friday. I'm thinking the sore jaw makes the knees hurt not so much? Lillie is one tough cookie for sure!
Who's birthday is tomorrow? Happy Birthday Aurora!

See you tomorrow.

Sunday, April 10, 2016

Pug Print.

Good evening, it is Sunday.

Yesterday we picked Maren up from the airport. She was in Denver with tons of other Librarians for the PLA conference. Maren even got to be on a panel of Librarians and got to talk in front of like the entire Library world! Her friend Judy texted me to let me know how well Maren did! Besides the stressful parts of this conference, there was plenty of fun.
Maren got to meet this famous Pug, Oliver.
Yup, Oliver didn't exactly write the book, but the book is about him.
And Oliver even signed the book for Maren. This is Oliver's actual pug paw print.
How about the joy of standing in this line? Maren did this for Lillie.
Yup, at the front of the line was one of Lille's favorite authors Marissa Meyers. Lillie was very happy to receive this autographed book.
Maren also got this book signed for Hansen. Matthew Quick is a favorite of Hansen's. Yup, meeting authors the kids like is a pretty cool gig.

Of course, getting to see Anderson Cooper in person isn't too shabby either. And going to publisher parties. Maybe catching a play. I wonder if the library world knows how much fun these librarians have at these working conferences? Hmm.
Lillie's latest cake creation. Yup, the littles are Star Wars fans these days. This cake was inspired by a new movie trailer that was just released for this fall's Star Wars movie.
In getting ready for my Wednesday's golf league, I took Hansen out to the course for some practicing. Hansen may get the golf bug yet.
But if he doesn't feel like spending his free time at the golf course, I just put up the hammock for the summer. This hammock may be the exact location for my nap tomorrow after work. Getting back after a great spring break is going to be rough.

See you tomorrow.

Thursday, April 07, 2016

Two Thumbs Way Up!

Good evening, it is Thursday.

Hansen, Lillie, and I just returned from our very first trip to Texas! What do we remember? We remember...The Alamo! And family. Mostly family. We spent six days hanging out with the folks we see the least. The three of us squeezed easily into my parent's little Austin condo. We had a very comfortable and enjoyable stay. We stayed up very late playing cards and watching movies, and we woke up early to go on walks and see the city. And in between we got to visit Amber, Chuck, Aurora, and Clark. I took so many pictures, here are a few:
Getting ready to fly out of Seattle! The kids just have not been on too many airplanes.
My parents were waiting for us at the airport. So was Finley. Finley is my parent's new pup. He is a very fun little guy.
Straight from the airport to Amber's house! It took all of ten seconds and Aurora and Clark were changed into the Seattle shirts we brought down for them. Hi Aurora!
Hi Clarkie! This photo was anything but a sure thing. Clark knows how to move. Clarkie and Aurora are super kids for sure!
A walk around the neighborhood. Aurora was very cute, she didn't want me to take this picture till she could unzip her sweatshirt and show off her new Seattle Mariners t-shirt. Clarkie was like a little green hoodie flying all over the place:)
In case we forgot where we were. The grocery store we shopped was called H.E.B. No, we didn't bring home a Texas bird bath.
Zilker Park and Lady Bird Lake. We did it all. Two thumbs way up!
We took boat tour on Lady Bird lake. The city of Austin is very nice. I will be curious to see the pictures that Hansen took on this trip. Hansen takes artistic photos for sure. Every time the tour guide says, "get out your camera", Hansen puts his away. I like that kid. 
Like here. This shot of Austin will not be on Hansen's camera. Me on the other hand, I'm a sucker for tour guided mediocrity.
Stevie Ray Vaughan even got to hang out with Aurora, Clarkie, Lillie, and Hansen! 
After all this touring, we were all dog tired! Tired like Fin buddy. Finley is a wire haired dachshund. Lillie says Fin buddy is the cutest of them all. On the flight home Lillie said that she never wants to ride in a car without a Finley pup ever again!
How about some live music? They say Austin is the live music capital of Texas. Or maybe the world. This is the whole gang out at a free live concert at the park. 
Apples to Apples! We played this game with the Wadey family a couple of times. Chuck is a natural at this game. Strangely (or maybe not strangely) the only other person I've ever seen dominate this game as Chuck did is also married to a Slane. Yup, I'm talking about Maren. Speaking of Maren, she is in Denver right now at a Library conference. She got to take part in a speaking panel as well as seeing Anderson Cooper in person!  
Aurora thoroughly enjoyed having Lillie do her nails.  
We met Amber at work and then took a tour of the Capital building in Austin. Texas is a very proud state for sure. The lady giving the tour and talking about the founders and famous Texans never once said "they"...it was always "we" or "us". 
Hi from the the capital of Texas. I purchased a deck of cards. I passed on all the fancy hats and shirts with sayings such as Davy Crockett's "You may all go to Hell, and I will go to Texas", or "Come and take it". Our tour guide made sure to make it a point to only call Davy Crockett, David Crockett. And we learned that a little later the British did actually "come and take it", but the boldness in this line symbolizes the Texas revolution.
Hearts! We played a few good games of Hearts. Lillie played till she wore out, then the rest of us kept playing. 
My dad was the best player of the bunch, but this score card does exist. Yup, I actually ran the last two consecutive rounds to win this game! When packing this score card he reminded me of the other three score cards that clearly showed him as the winner...what score cards? Hah.
Pee Wee Herman?!? The night before we ventured down to the Alamo, we watched this movie. What do you remember kid? I remember the Alamo! Woo Hoo!
Hi Mom! The Alamo was very cool. I got to drive the gang down to San Antonio. It was like we took a right turn, and boom, we were in front of the Alamo.
This shot of Lillie and Hansen is all Alamo. If you could see what they are looking at, or if I stretched the sides of this photo to show the surrounds, all you would see is modern shopping. It is really something how the world just built around this little mission building.
The San Antonio River Walk is really amazing. The colors and the surrounds are beautiful.  
LBJ. We toured the Linden B. Johnson Presidential Library on the University of Texas at Austin campus. Here LBJ is giving me the treatment? The museum was very interesting. Included was a replica of his Oval Office, his actual Limousine, floors of archived papers, what the world was like during his presidency, and Lady Bird's office is exactly as it was when she used it after the museum was built. 
Spider-man memory. It is really amazing watching Lillie, Amber, and Aurora just know exactly where all the matchers are! My dad and I were like, "what?" and the girls were "matcher, matcher, matcher." Amazing. Clarkie would turn the very same card over every time, but he did find the matcher to it eventually!
Getting to do a little uncle-ing! Aurora's huge smile kind of sums up our whole visit. My parents and the Wadeys treated us like royalty. We were treated to great dinners, fun activities, and a really super vacation. Thank you!

See you tomorrow.