Sunday, October 15, 2017

Dance Time.

Good morning, it is Sunday.

Last blog post you saw us at the Homecoming football game. When there is a Homecoming game, there is probably a dance to go with it. Last night was the dance.
Lillian and Hansen all ready to go. They both had a fun time, and they certainly looked on point! Afterwards Lillie was saying how fun it was to see all her friends, and how great everyone looked, and how nice everyone was to each other, and how everyone gave each other hugs, and how loud the music was, and... Hansen just laughed.
While Hansen took all of 8 minutes to get ready and go, the paparazzi was in full for force for Lillie.
Auntie Stef came out to help with make-up. John and Carol came over with Pizza.
Speaking of paparazzi, it's photo time! Hah. Lillie was a good sport.

See you tomorrow.

Friday, October 13, 2017

I didn't forget to have a great birthday!

Good morning, it is Friday.

Happy Birthday to me! Happy Birthday to me! My age is even more than the double of 23! LOL, it kind of rhymed in my head:) Actually, while Maren was down in sunny Tuscon Arizona for work, I still had a very nice birthday. My co-workers spoiled me and I ended up with a cake and cookies!
This the view from my side of the table for my birthday dinner at RedRobin! Ironically, Hansen simply didn't eat very many fries, and Lillie did smile.
On the way to RedRobin, we checked the mail, and this signed book was waiting for us. John Green's Turtles All The Way Down. This is even a signed addition and had an extra DFTBA in the jacket, which if you can tell is the sweatshirt that Hansen is wearing in this photo as well.
After dinner Hansen made himself comfortable and read the whole book! A very proud moment for his mama.
Speaking of Maren, she did accompany us to the homecoming football game last night. That's our friend Beth next to Maren.
The band played the halftime show, then set the stage for the introduction of the homecoming court. Lillie is playing her trombone and is standing in the front row on the 43 yard line. With about 3 minutes left before halftime, a huge bolt of lightning struck not very far away, and they had to wait 30 minutes to finish the half, then the band. It turned out to be a long evening, and even though our team lost, it was a fun time.
Lillie also joined the band for the home cross country meet the day before. This was a cool moment from the start of the girls race. About 100 yard out, the band is playing on one side of the track while the football team is cheering the runners on from the other side of the track.
And for your last photo of the day, my co-worker Todd and I dressed alike for twins spirit day (I'm on the right). Todd actually does have a twin brother, I am not him. If I take the jacket off, Lillie and I were dressed alike as well, but she didn't like the photo, so it no longer exists:)

See you tomorrow.

P.S. Thank you to my parents and to my aunts for very nice birthday cards! Now that Maren is back in town, I think I get one more party on Sunday. Yay.

Sunday, October 08, 2017

Senior Photo Time!

Good evening, it is Sunday.

Today Hansen and I traveled up to Seattle's Gas Works Park to meet a photographer to take [Hansen's] senior photos. The day turned out to be a very nice day and the photo's should be great. Here are a few photos I took of the photoshoot:

There are so many great backdrops for photography here. The photographer was Kaitlyn Krupp, the daughter of a schoolmate of mine reaching way back to 3rd grade. She probably took 300 pictures. Once the real photos are back, I will share a few more.
This is one of my favorite photos of the week. Hansen shared with me his A-ha moment in math. Hah. A-ha was a rock group formed in the 1980s, and one of their most popular songs was, "Take On Me".

See you tomorrow.

Sunday, October 01, 2017

P and H are back to school.

Good morning, it is Sunday.

Since my last blog post we've been going and going. The boys are both back in school, Maren has been busy with book reviews, leadership classes, and all the crazy that is her regular job as well. I've been helping with the school's golf team a little, and doing my usual job as well. Maren and I have also been taking a CERT class on emergency preparedness. It is a very interesting class, and some of the information one gets out of it is not necessarily what someone our age would first think. As in big picture things. But back to the blog:
Last weekend I drove Preston back to WWU. He is starting his 3rd year. He and his friends lost a roommate, but added two more, and moved down the block to a bigger house.
Not wanting to be listed on The Street Of Dreams website, the owners of these houses do a pretty good job of keeping maintenance to a bare minimum! Exhibit A, the wonderfully rotting out staircase in the very front. Well heck, at least the rent costs are kept at a premium! Actually, for a house that will be rented to 5 college boys, I think it's alright. Here's to hoping that school is at the very top of that list:)
Preston has his own little apartment at the back of the house. It is very cool. The whole house is divided up pretty interestingly, to make it the most usable. Yes, these photos were first day of school photos with Connor,
 Hansen is back in school too! He is in his senior year of high school, but as a full time running start student at GRC. He wakes up later than his high school attending friends, Gets home earlier than his high school attending friends, and enjoys the college environment very much. Yesterday he spent the day with his high school's cross country team at a meet in Marysville.
Why is Hansen holding Flareon in his first day of school photos? Well, the photo was taken after he got home from school, and Lillie kind of forced the issue. But what's not to like?

See you tomorrow.

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Preston's 21!

Good afternoon, it is Wednesday.

Yesterday was a milestone for sure! Preston turned 21! Happy Birthday Preston! Preston doesn't head off to college till this weekend, so he got to celebrate with all of us. Along with John, Carol, and Stef, who drove down from Redmond to hang out for dinner and drinks!
Preston started the day sleeping in. Well, he did snap a fun photo of him enjoying a beer at 12:00 am, the minute he turned 21. Hah! Then it was off to renew his drivers licence. Say cheese!
Stef helped Preston choose the perfect fancy drink. And yes, the wait staff carded Preston. Then the bartender came over to double check all the paperwork! Oh my, I guess they don't want to mess up with the 21 year olds.
Happy Birthday dad selfie.
Yes! The mom of the 21 year old maybe deserves the very biggest drink of anyone!
How about a Coldstone ice-cream cake to round out the celebration? Indeed. I'm sure Preston will continue his birthday celebrating once back to college in a few days. Well, maybe in between classes? And studying? Happy Birthday Preston.

See you tomorrow.

Saturday, September 16, 2017

The Fair!

Good evening, it is Saturday.

Thursday night was the fair! As in the Puyallup Fair! Well, it is now the Washington State Fair, but you know the song: You can do it at a trot, you can do it at a gallop, you can do it real slow so your heart don't palpitate, just don't be late, do the Puyallup.
We went on a weeknight, so we kind of did it at a gallop. Played lots of games, ate some ice cream, walked all over, listened to sales pitches, and had a nice time. We didn't see anything extra this time, like hypnotists, art centers, or really any animals. Oh well, can't really do it all in just a few hours. A few years back Hansen won a giant hot tamale that was bigger than a human on this ring toss game, so it is a favorite. No winning this time.
Well, on the ring toss. I did win this green gecko by hammering a frog into a basket. I've always won at the Frog Toss game.
This game seems rigged to loose! I wish I could just play some of these games over and over without pay to figure out the trick. I think this one you actually need to toss the ball up into the wall so it bounces up rather than out.
We even played BINGO! And lost...
What is this!?! Yup, I accompanied Maren and Lillie to the mall today to shop for Lillie's first ever Homecoming dress. These two had a great time! We also learned that Macy's is not always the most expensive store for such shopping, in fact Lillie found a great dress and shoes for a price that dad even approved of. No sneak peaks at the dress here, you'll get to see it in a month...

See you tomorrow.

Tuesday, September 12, 2017


Good evening, it is Tuesday.

This afternoon we finally had to put our cat Ranger down. Ranger has been one of our cats for over 15 years! That's right, since before Lillie was even born. Joe and Ranger were adopted on March 4th 2002, even Preston hardly remembers a time without Ranger. But Preston does remember the day we adopted Joe and Ranger, he [Preston] was sick and dehydrated, and will tell you about the 11 times he barfed, including at the house we adopted the cats from. But that is a different story. Joe died about a year ago.
This is the last photo I ever took of Ranger. He had pretty much stopped eating a few days ago and was not a healthy cat. But he was always very nice. Preston came with me to the veterinarian clinic. The clinic was very nice, but it never easy to put a pet down. Here are a few photos that Maren or the kids took of Ranger:

See you tomorrow.

Friday, September 08, 2017


Good afternoon, it is Friday.

Yesterday I did something I've been wanting to do for a very long time. Got a tattoo! Why now you ask? I guess you finally get to an age where if you want a tattoo, you get one. And 47 is that year for me. Plus, Maren and the kids were all quite supportive of finally getting inked.
I put a deposit down a week ago and asked the artist make a celtic band for my right forearm. That I like the breaks and the sharp edges where they come together. He came up with this sketch and talked to me about shading and such.
I really liked all the work I saw on FB and the store website, and after our conversation I knew he would do a great job making this celtic band look very artistic. Here he is copying his sketch to a carbon copy to create a stencil for my arm. This was clearly just an outline, he was super skilled and the lines when tattooing were even smoother.
Here we go. Arm shaved, all the safety precautions checked. And there is no turning back now. The outer patterns were done with a 3 needle set up. This part was amazing, and it didn't hurt too much. I enjoyed watching the outlining. After the outline was done, the tattoo looked great, but his plan was to bring it to life with shading.
If I'm not mistaken, the shading was done with an 8 needle set up. This was true mastery. And a lot more pain if I'm being honest. I watched part of the shading, but really that just seemed to make it hurt even more. So I didn't look. Much. It was still amazing.
The finished product. All told this was about two hours of ink time, and about five hours from start to finish with artwork and everything. Nate did a great job. And it was very fun being in his studio [Maple Valley Tattoo and Piercing Studio]. Nate is also an avid archer and we did talk about archery quite a bit while I was getting this tattoo.
Preston, Hansen, and Lillie even came out to watch for a few minutes. While they didn't stay long, they did get to see how the whole thing went for a few minutes. Preston sent me this photo. So why is the title of this post "Unexpected"? That was my dad's reply to me texting him photos of my tattoo. LOL. Nope, I didn't tell him it was happening, so it's all good. Most of my co-workers really like this tattoo, but one did wonder why I didn't just buy a Corvette! Is this really a mid life crisis tattoo? Nah, not a mid life crisis, more a mid life why not...

See you tomorrow.

Monday, September 04, 2017


Good morning, it is Monday.

How about a crappy cup of coffee? You're welcome.
I picked this mug up from a clearance bin last night. How could a meme like this end up in a clearance bin? I know right! I think it will become a pen/pencil holder at work tomorrow.

See you tomorrow.

Saturday, September 02, 2017


Good evening, it is Saturday.

The unexpected happened today. I was talking to a neighbor before going on a bike ride with a friend, and he was on his way to go to the metal recycling yard, and then the dump. A friend of his gave him an old BBQ that was in just fine shape as to either recycle or sell on Craigslist. I asked him the price, and he said, "for you, free". I told him that I'd like to buy it, as it is better than a free grill. Then he said, "I like IPAs!" OK, I've got that. Preston and I went to Safeway and picked out a middle of the road case of some IPA. I know, I don't really like IPAs, I prefer a lighter beer, or water, or soda, or cider, or maybe even motor oil...
A friendly exchange and I've got this cute 2 burner grill! And he's got a case of IPA. Chicken dinner! When we moved into this house (just over 22 years ago) our realtor gave us a Weber charcoal grill for a house warming gift. I've used that grill for 22 summers! And it is finally about done.
A trip to Home Depot for a propane tank, and a little scrubbing, and this grill is ready to go!
We invited John and Carol over to celebrate, and the grill was working! Maren joking said, "Are you going to do a whole blog post just on this grill you traded for a case of beer?" Uh, yes! This was the best case of beer I've ever purchased. Next beer you ask? Probably in a couple weeks when Preston turns 21!

See you tomorrow.

Thursday, August 31, 2017

1st Day of School...for some...

Good evening, it is Thursday.

Today was the first day of school for Lillie and me. Welcome to high school Lillie, freshman year! I only embarrassed her one time at school today.
Nope, Hansen and Preston don't start today, so they were sleeping while this photo of Lillie and I was taken. Only another 179 school days till next summer. I miss summertime already! No worries, next week the weather will be in the 90's, so we won't be able to forget just yet.
While Preston will not be starting school for nearly another month, he did give Lillie her back to school haircut!
Hi Hansen! This is Hansen just after getting his wisdom teeth removed. Cheeks full of gauze and no idea where his face even is thanks to numbing medication. He looks a little loopy, but trust me, he breezed through this surgery. As in, walked to the car no problem and zero strange anything from the anesthesia. Amazing really. A senior in high school this year, Hansen is missing out on his first day of school because of running start.Not really, he simply doesn't start for another 3 weeks! This running start thing suits Hansen just fine. No school for a nearly a month, and no more wisdom teeth?!?

See you tomorrow.