Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Last Day of School!

Good morning, it is Tuesday.

This is the second post for today! Right now I am enjoying the peace and quiet of the mid day. Preston is attending a couple of summer classes at GRC to pad his credit requirements for his college degree. Hansen has been sleeping. And Lillie is back to sleep after an early morning tennis practice.

Yesterday was the last day of school! At work I basically said bye to students and teachers for a couple of months. Next year starts in just two months. Or we have to wait a whole two months to start next year! Depends on perspective. Hansen is now a Senior and Lillie is now a Freshman. Crazy huh?
Yesterday morning I dropped Lillie and her friend Naelli off for their last day of middle school. Lillie and a few friends like to walk to a park and hangout on nice weather days after school. They play cards, paint nails, and laugh. Yesterday was no different. I think they're all totally ready for high school!
After work I went to the local golf course and played nine holes with some of the staffers from my school. I got to play with the music guys. This is my group. J.U., Fowler, and Mr. Harris. I took the photo so I'm conveniently missing. Hah! Yesterday was also Mr. Harris's last day of teaching. Yup, retired!
I had one of my best rounds in like 20 years. Every shot just went right where I wanted it to. My 31 could have been a 29 with just a few more inches of putts going in. Pete is a fun golfer with 70 year old golf clubs. He had plenty of personal ESPN moments that didn't necessarily reflect on the scorecard! LOL. Dave wasn't overly impressed with his first round of retirement, but unknowing to him we were giving him letter scores, as in R,E,T,I,R,E,D! And he perfectly pared the long par 3 after the D.
Lake Wilderness is in great shape these days. The greens were perfect. Here Dave is teeing on hole 8.
This is how it was. The goofballs in the group in front of (more teachers on their last day for the year) putting the flag in upside-down (or in the bunker) just having fun. And my shots getting close. It was very fun!
Here is the group of golfers from KL. Until next year (or not in the case of Mr. Harris and five other fine staff members who also retired) have a great summer!

See you tomorrow.

Hillary and Hamilton!

Good morning, it is Tuesday.

School went a whole week long due to a crazy winter of snow days. So our last day of school was actually yesterday. For the last few days Maren has been in Chicago for the ALA summer meetings. We all know she worked and worked on her committees and such, but you really want to see the cool things she got to do:
Maren and Judy got tickets to see Hamilton! I know right!
There are no bad seats when seeing Hamilton. Or so they say. Maren loved this play and it was a true highlight of the trip. Only thing that could even been seen as better is:
Getting to see Hillary Clinton speak live. To Librarians. Maren says the line was pretty long, the wait was very long, but the excitement was high, and it was totally worth it.
Pretty good seats too! Maren says Hillary is a very good speaker, and very motivational. Very cool.
Recognize this painting Maren is in front of? It is more fitting for a day off of school than a summer off! How's that for a clue?
Yup, that is Cameron having a shift of perspective in Ferris Bueller's Day Off. Now for a shift from Chicago to our house:
While Maren was gone, we had a 95 degree weekend. So I decided to clean out the garage. Here is a mid way through pic of stuff all gathered up for a trip to the dump.
Dump run complete. Things put back in place. Maren's car back in the garage too.
When cleaning out the garage I came across a van load of stuff that went to the dump, but I also came across some treasures. Here is a small box of tape cassettes from Maren's and my younger days. I even dug out a cassette player so we could play these in the house. They were fun for a day. It is already time to put them back in the attic for another decade.

See you tomorrow.

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.