Sunday, July 31, 2016

Flareon!

Good afternoon, it is Sunday.

Yesterday we caught the ultimate Pokemon! A Flareon! Actually a kitten. You see, yesterday was Meow Fest at the local library. Lillie and Hansen have had this day circled on the calendar for the last month.
The big draw of Meow Fest was the Humane Society's mobile adoption van. We met Flareon in this van and Hansen and Lillie knew that was their kitten right away.
In the adoption van meeting Flareon.
In his crate on the ride home. See, we did catch a Pokemon. Hah. Flareon was this guy's name on the paper outside his crate in the van, a perfect name shall not be changed.
At home playing with a little cat nip toy from Petco's grand re-opening.
Lillie playing with Flareon this morning. This cat is very hyper! Maren had to hold him just so I could tie my shoelaces this morning.
Joe and Ranger are not so sure about their little cat buddy just yet. Can you believe this is the first kitten Lillie has ever had in her life! Yep, Ranger and Joe came home a year before she was born.
No cats here. But goofballs around. I took the littles and their cousins to the school yard the other day during a family gathering at John and Carol's house. This is Preston's kindergarten classroom.
Closer to the age of a teacher than an elementary student, Preston is practicing on Jack. Jack say's he has never been called into the principal's office for getting in trouble. What kind of record is this? I've been trying to teach Jack ways to get called into the principal's office. What else is an Uncle supposed to do? Avery says she has never gotten called either, but Maggie...Maggie is on the left, and she says she is an expert at being called into the principal's office. LOL!
Avery and Maggie goofing around on the big toy at the playground.

Time to go see what Flareon is up to.

See you tomorrow.

Archery, Tennis, Golf, and more?

Good afternoon, it is Sunday.

We've had some sporty fun as of late. Lillie's tennis season has come to an end, Hansen had another national archery tournament, Preston has been soccer golfing and frolfing, and I've been golfing. We shall start with Lillie's tennis, then archery, and maybe some golf too.
 Lillie's team and individual photo! Lillie was voted most versatile. I wasn't at the banquet as I was in Darrington with Hansen, but by the looks of the spelling of Lillie's name, maybe that's it? Lillian is a very versatile name and you can spell it and it's nicknames in many different ways:) Congrats on an great tennis season Lillie!
Preston and I spectated at her last event. This is Lillie getting ready to serve. Lillie has improved quite a bit from last year. Hopefully for the rest of the summer we will get out for some tennis. But as you just read, we do have a new kitten taking up our time:)
Hansen and I spent three and a half days and three nights at the National Archery Field Tournament in Darrington WA. Darrington is about 100 miles away. That means 2 hours away if driving in no traffic. Going through Bellevue or Seattle means more like 3 and a half hours. So we camped. This shot is from a beautiful morning on the range as over 400 archers get ready for the day.
A panoramic shot of the range looks kind of like this.
Hansen got to hang out with one of his best archery friends Braden at the range and after the days. They shot in different divisions.
 The targets wind through the woods over the side of a mountain. Lots of walking and shooting. The woods are truly amazing. Darrington is a great place to hang out.
And hang out I did. I didn't shoot this event. The first I have not shot as I didn't think I'd be competitive, and figured I would walk with Hansen and carry water etc. But in the end Hansen didn't really want me around his group much and I will shoot in all the future events. No worries, I had a great weekend. I'd follow Hansen's group for 4 targets or so, walk into town and collect Pokemon at the local Library as well as read. Then I'd go back to the tent for a nap. Hansen would finish and then we'd hang out the rest of the evening. This is the little corner under the trees we found to camp. Perfect!
Hansen shooting on the first day.
Hansen figured this out. Put his phone flashlight under a full water bottle and lighting up the tent perfectly! Brilliant really!
Hansen won his division YAMBHFS and will be having this huge trophy mailed to our house. He also set some records. Right now he is redoing some of his equipment to get ready to move into the freestyle division in future tournaments if he so chooses.
There are plenty of divisions in Field Archery. From age groups to equipment. This is a photo of all the different cup winners.
I got to watch the shoot off for the top Professional class championships. I did enjoy having the time to follow some professional shooters just a little.
I golfed Chambers Bay for the first time in a few years last week. This photo was taken by the starter on the first tee. Personally I like photos to not cut off the people's legs and such, but it is what it is. I'm on the right, the other guys in this photo are the golf coaches and the Principal of my school. It was fun golfing with these guys for sure.
I do have a pic of Preston to end the blog. This was from twilight golfing with Preston and Hansen a couple weeks ago. This is the last day of July. Groan. I could live in the month of July forever! I love the weather, the world is still green, and the heat is not too bad. August means summer is almost over too. But yeah, we will surely enjoy August as well.

See you tomorrow.

Sunday, July 17, 2016

Go or Gogh?

Good morning, it is Sunday.

Congratulations to my cousin Emily and family! Maisy James Prabhaker was born July 13th! Lucy is now a big sister and Emily and Sumanth will be busier than ever! Did I say busier, I meant more tired:)

Yesterday we drove down to Vancouver WA to celebrate the life of Maren's cousin Doug.
Doug had the best/most genuine smile of like all humans and will be missed.
Ranger is back from the vet and feeling better than he has for some time. At least I think so. I'm not much of a cat whisperer...but I do know that as much as Ranger hated going into his crate, I don't think there is much chance any self respecting cat will venture into the neighbor's cat trap. But he [neighbor] has posted lots of legal stuff about animal poop on the mailboxes.
I helped the local golf course teach over 65 kids the game of golf last week. This is my group helping pick up golf balls from the putting green. Great turnout, and lots of fun!
While I was teaching golf, Preston, Hansen, and Lillie were out at the mall playing their second favorite game. The duck skill crane! Yes, you win a duck every time. You're looking at the very best anything $14.00 can buy on this planet. Just ducky. I'm pretty sure they were also playing their favorite game at the mall as well. Pokemon Go!
Or is is Pokemon Gogh?
Lillie rocking the tennis! She has been going to practice every morning bright and early and is enjoying her second season of tennis. This year she is on the younger side of the brackets as she is now in the 13-14 age group. Go Lillie.
We have local elections and our ballots came in the mail recently. We've always voted for Pat Sullivan, and the second sign is Karen Fraser, one of Carol's long time friends.

See you tomorrow!


Saturday, July 09, 2016

Growlers

Good afternoon, it is Saturday.

I've got lots of pictures to share. Enjoy!
We had plenty of fun on the 4th of July. We blew up plenty of fireworks and watched even more. Here John and Carol hang with most of their grand kids. Hansen was invited to celebrate with friends and reportedly had a great time.
Dinner time!
Preston and Avery roasting marshmallows.
Lillie made this perfect cake! What you don't see it the amazing red, white, and blue layers under the frosting.
Starting with some smoke bombs. We moved on to bigger and crazier things, then watched the neighbors blowing off the big ones! My iphone camera pretty much stopped here.
Lillie's summer project? Paint her room! Lillie and primered over the bright pink one day, and repainted a couple days later. Lillie has this painting thing down!
The new color? Big Chill. Great name. And a good change for Lillie's room. Our favorite colorblind folks actually can't see much difference between the cool blue of the Big Chill and the hot pink that was.
Remember our new neighbor and all the notes on the cars? Now he is trying to trap neighborhood animals or something. I am toying with the idea of going to the thrift store and buying enough stuffed animals to place a new one in the trap each night. LOL. We have had conversations with the cats about not eating any yummy food surrounded by steel mesh cages...
I got to go to the Seattle Sounders game the other day. Safco field really is an amazing place. A frined and I took the train to and from the game. On the way home it was standing room only. I'm not sure what is worse, having lots of people in your bubble, or having to be in everyone else's bubble who is around us. I did get to see an amazing game by Jordan Morris, he is my favorite Sounder these days.
Two thumbs up! Hansen and his old rip stick. Skateboards and rip sticks are his favorite form of transportation when heading a few blocks over to John and Carol's house.
We will end this blog with some Schillings Hard Cider. Maren and I ventured out to their tasting room last night and picked up a couple of growlers. Yum!

See you tomorrow.

Monday, July 04, 2016

Like Magic.

Good morning, it is Monday.

Hope you have a happy 4th of July today! Around here the loud bangs have started. Tonight will be crazy for sure. Here is how Ranger hides from all the big bangs:
Maren got back safe and sound from Orlando the other day. She brought home some cool gifts and updated us with pictures of sunshine.
Someone is happy to be in Orlando.
Lots of nice weather.
Magic wands for the Littles. Sirius Black and Voldemort.
Preston and Hansen have been helping John put together a shed. This is after only a couple of short days of work. Another couple of days and this shed will be complete.
Thanks to the need to hard wire their gaming computers into the internet (wifi is too slow), these guys can be seen sitting across from each other playing very different games on their computers.
And I've spent some time working in the yard. In a few years I hope to have the back of the deck out of view!

Other chores of the summer are to paint Lillie's room, and replace the flooring in the kid's bathroom. I may even put a shed up in our back yard, but that may be down on the list.

See you tomorrow.