Saturday, June 17, 2017

The Falco Awards

Good morning, it is Saturday.

Last night was the Falcon Awards at Kentlake High School. The awards ceremony celebrates staff, students, and community members who make Kentlake great. I was informed a couple weeks ago that I was nominated for award. I figured that was a nice gesture, but I had zero chance of winning as we truly have a great staff. Maren wanted to invite everyone to attend, but I was like, please don't, I'm not going to win anything...
And after searching the whole line of pictures of those nominated and never finding my photo, I was thinking I was right. Not only was I not going to win, but they didn't even have my photo up! But there it was, right in the middle of the line.
After a very nice dinner of pizza, Chinese food, and sub sandwiches, everyone went into the PAC for the awards. We have six staff members retiring this year who have been very influential staff members of Kentlake. Between award each retiree was brought up and celebrated.
Somehow I won! Male Non-certified Staff Member Of The Year. I was so nervous giving my speech that I don't think I made one sentence that was actually sensible. Oh Well, maybe next time. When they announced that the winners should give short speech, Maren hit my shoulder and said I better be prepared, I laughed and told her that I had no chance of winning.
My Falco Award. Very fun! Thanks Kentlake!

See you tomorrow.

Nap Time!

Good morning, it is Saturday.

This week has flown by! Below are a few photos so you can follow the fun:
A week ago Lillie performed in her last Middle School band function. A parade! Her band marched in the Maple Valley Days Parade.
There's Lillie! She is the farthest person out in this photo. Maren said the band sounded great! Even if their playlist was cut to one song due to some last minute changes. I wasn't at this march as I was in the northern part of the state with Hansen for a archery tournament.
Up in the woods of Northern Washington State, Mount Vernon to be exact, this tournament wandered through some very cool old woodlands. This shot is very downhill. Hansen is up on the platform shooting down over a ravine 60 yard to a target you can just see under the platform to the left of the staircase. This range is just down the street from where Carol learned how to drive a car many many many many many many many many many years ago! How cool is that?
This is not an all too unfamiliar look for our living room now that Preston is home from college. This summer may be defined by the nap as Lillie will have tennis practice early in the mornings, and Preston is taking summer classes at Green River College to pad his credits.
I brought the Giant Jenga set out. We came up with a new set of rules. The only rules are: there are no rules. Well, if the pile falls within 5 seconds of you letting go, you lose...

See you tomorrow.

Sunday, May 28, 2017

Pool, Year End Band Concerts, and More.

Good morning, it is Sunday.

In the Seattle area this is the warmest Memorial Day weekend since the summer before Preston was born. Yesterday we went to the pool for the first time this season. Like the sales of this weekend, you're getting more blog than usual as well. That is what happens when this blogger is busy enough to forget about blogging for awhile.
We hung out at the back of the pool area behind the tennis courts. This is the most peaceful area IMO. Yesterday it truly seemed like a vacation.
 Maren, Lillie, Mel, Jack, and Avery enjoying a pool that "is as warm as bath water". Hmm.
Lillie out on the tennis courts. Tennis team for the KSTC will start up in about a month.

This could have easily been a separate blog post:
End of year band concerts! It is amazing how much better Lillie's end of year 8th grade band sounds than her beginning of year 7th grade band sounded. I mean no offense to those early 7th graders, but you guys have really improved!
Last week we also went up to WWU to see one of Preston's year end band concerts as well. They were great. They did a song called Bombing of Dresden. It was very powerful and amazing to listen to and I'm sure to participate in as well.
Yup, John and Carol came along for the concert as well. With camera in tow. WWU is a beautiful campus this time of year for sure.
Picking up Preston, he and his roommates were out doing yard work. They have enjoyed the house they rented. I'd guess that a new house may be on the horizon for next year, but the group of guys will mostly stay the same.
Here is your cat picture. This is Flareon trying to eat the rope I'm using to hang the hammock. You know that I finally think good weather is here for a while when the hammock goes up.
My mom sent me a couple of nice pictures from Florida. This is my mom hanging at some beach probably in Fort Lauderdale.
How about a photo of my dad and his new guitar! I know right. He may have traded in his golf clubs for a guitar...

See you tomorrow.

Sunday, May 14, 2017

Moms and Proms

Good morning, it is Sunday.

Happy Mothers Day to all the moms! Here are some virtual flowers for you:
There are flowers kind of like this [for Maren] on our counter right now!
Maren was delivered coffee and chocolate doughnut in bed this morning. This is no more than an artist's rendition of Maren's breakfast. The doughnut and the coffee may have been much plainer than shown. But surely the were more delicious!

For some reason you always hear the saying "Dads and grads" as graduations are always around Fathers Day. So Here's to Moms and Proms:
Although Hansen is a junior, he went to Senior Prom with his long time pal Alayna.
Prom was at the MoPOP in Seattle this year. Pretty cool location if you ask me. Sounds like they had a great time. They sure were cute, er, handsome, whatever!

See you tomorrow.

Tuesday, May 09, 2017

Redding Trail Shoot/NFAA Nationals.

Good Afternoon, it is Tuesday.

As Hansen and I have done for the last four years the beginning of May, we headed down to Redding California for the Redding Trail Shoot/NFAA National Safari Championships. Every year the weather has been a little different, from 100 degrees to 60 degrees and pouring rain. This year was somewhere in the middle. The mornings were cold and the afternoons were windy! While there was zero rain this time, it is clear that rain has happened as this was the first time I've ever seen Lake Shasta at full capacity.
The eleven hour drive on Thursday morning was so long. Halfway through I picked up a Monster Energy drink at a rest stop. Never have I had one of these. I was wide awake for the second half of the drive, but yeah, these things taste gross. This is a picture Hansen snapped to his brother.
The first day is always the most enjoyable for me. The crowds and the excitement are palpable.
Here is a pano of the main crowd. Behind me is where all the booths are set up. I've never taken a pano without at least one person looking goofy. LOL. While I was people watching, I should have taken a pic of the booths as well.
Time to get shooting. We were part of a very nice group of folks. I was one of the score keepers once again. It's fun to be part of the action. I shot very well the first day. I was one of the best in the group for day 1, but I slipped a little on days 2 and 3.
As usual in Redding, there is plenty of sitting around. Basically it takes most the day to shoot 25 targets. If you had to wait like this at a local shoot, you'd simply go home and practice on your own, but this is the Nationals, and 1800 archers is a lot. And to be honest, the waiting is not so bad in this environment.
I wish I had more photos of Hansen from different vantages than just the back. I'd liked to have a few photos of myself shooting as well. But Hansen and I were usually shooting side by side so we could spot each other's arrows.
Rattle snakes! There were several sightings and humans were being asked to use the utmost care when thinking about leaving the trail. This one is a fake, but it sure make a lot of people jump when placed out in the display areas. Not nice! I hate snakes.
 I got to visit the Archery God while on the trail. He sits on the tee box of one of the hardest shots on the course. Yes, we're buddies now. Hansen didn't need to visit the Archery God. He used his own talent to shot good scores. Hansen defended his NFAA YAMBHFS (young adult male bow hunter freestyle) title. Great Going Hansen! This was his last year as a young adult. Next year he will be shooting in the adult division.
If you're wondering what my bow looks like, this is it. I shoot in the freestyle division which means I get to use long stabilizers, a movable site, and a lens if I choose. Hansen shoots in the bowhunter division which means shorter stabilizers and a solid sight with up to five reference pins. The fact that he was able to beat me for the weekend shows his skills. Hansen would shoot in the freestyle division, but the colors of the targets and a lens do not go well together for a colorblind shooter. Of course, if he was in the freestyle division, I wouldn't stand a fighting chance. Over the course of 70 targets, Hansen beat me by two points.
A couple days before we left, John turned 80 years old! Happy birthday! We took him out for dinner and ice-cream.
Did I say John turned 80? Well, that's 560 in dog years. Hah! Great shirt his old army friend gave him.

See you tomorrow.

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

A Celebrity Photo Op! Stefan Frei!

Good afternoon, it is Tuesday.

Today at work Maren heard that Stefan Frei, goal keeper of the Seattle Sounders FC was just around the corner signing autographs. At the last moment she decided to walk over and see if she could meet one of her favorite soccer players.
This is the first picture Maren sent me. The line was long!
She made it! A photo with Stefan Frei! Dreams do come true! Sadly, Maren didn't have a soccer ball, a jersey, a poster, or even a little kid to get signed. Boohoo!
But wait! Maren wears a Seattle Sounders FC lanyard to work every single day! Phew, she did have something to sign, or she would have never been able to wash her forehead again. Maren said he liked that he was signing something that would be worn every single day.
In case you don't know right off who Stefan Frei is, this is his amazing save in last year's MLS Cup finals.
And this is the MLS Cup trophy that the Seattle Sounders FC are now in possession of. Nice!

See you tomorrow.

Saturday, April 22, 2017

March for Science - Seattle.

Good evening, it is Saturday.

Happy Earth Day! Today we joined around 20,000 people in Seattle and millions more across the globe to march for science. I need not go into all the political reasons [in my blog] such a march is necessary, but we were happy to be involved.
The very first photo of the day. The march started at Cal Anderson Park, about 2 miles up hill from the Seattle Center. So I dropped these three off and went and parked at the Seattle Center. Then I walked the march route backwards to meet up with the fam.
It didn't take long for the crowds to really show up. I got to the park just as it was all starting. Here is Lillie and Hansen. Maren is right over Lillie's shoulder. Yes, we made some steller signage. I will admit, the signs we saw at this science march were very good. Random people were coming up to Hansen to take pictures of his brain hat that his Nana made for him just for this march.
Maren practicing the art of the selfie. People as far as the camera can see.
There were speakers and some music as folks gathered. Scientists and politicians were among the speakers.
All the way to the Seattle Center. This week is also is the Space Needle's 50th birthday.
Lillie took this picture of Maren and myself marching. If you're a FB friend with Maren, you will recognize this as her new cover photo.
We made it to the fountain. We ditched the center house and went out to lunch afterwards. We were all feeling a little people-y after three plus hours of shoulder to shoulder with loud strangers. What? Science lovers can be kind of introverted:) But they all came out to march today...
When we got home we checked the mail to find a letter to "the Parents of Lillian..." Uh Oh. Na, instead we learned that Lillie was awarded Student of the Month in March for Science! Lillie said, "Oh Yeah!" and dug this certificate out of the bottom of her back pack. LOL! Pretty fitting for today, don't you think?
Yesterday we were out shopping for a science shirt or two, and yes! Unicorn Frappuccino! Sweet.
The last photo for this blog is one from the pages of the Seattle Times. If you look at the top right of this photo you'll see Maren reading while the kids are checking out the booths at the staging area.

See you tomorrow.

Sunday, April 16, 2017

Easter!

Good evening, it is Sunday.

Hope you've enjoyed a Happy Easter. We had a very nice day which started with church, then a family dinner/birthday party at John and Carol's house. The gang was all there. Today will be a day that will be forever remembered in Ostergard lore. Why? Maybe someday you can see the video of Stef doing her magic penny trick...
Preston came home this weekend which was a wonderful surprise. He was home last weekend for the Supernatural, so we didn't think we would see him. His friend Malcolm took this picture of our family after church. This is my FB cover photo now! As I type Preston, Nick, and Connor are driving back up to WWU for school tomorrow.
There were even Easter Baskets hidden at John and Carol's house!
Yup, Easter Baskets for Jack and Avery too!The little rocket in Jack's hand did get launched.
We also celebrated Stef's birthday. The "S" in front of Stef's face is one that Lillie and Preston crafted last night.
We even decorated some Easter Eggs(the night before)! Hansen was out visiting friends, but he did get to hang with his siblings plenty this weekend.
This is Preston flying on his BMX bike. While waiting for his ride back to school, we goofed off out front. Lillie got some cool videos of BMX and cats. Cats? Yes, Lillie and Preston are cat magnets, and all the neighbor cats come over and say "hi" to them.

See you tomorrow.