Thursday, August 28, 2008

Ohhhh....JACK JOHNSON!





Happy Birthday to me! A little late in coming (my birthday's in March) but so worth the wait. Jens again got us tickets to the Jack Johnson concert here at the Gorge at George. (We went to his concert when he was here in 2005 and it was one of my highlights of that year!) Jens knows what I like :) Loved the show....did not love the crowd. Jack put on a great concert. He is ssswweeeet live. I have to agree with my sister Janae..."my love for Jack Johnson is on a whole new level!" Well put Janae :) But the concert crowd,wow, they're in a whole other crazy world.

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

CARE BEAR STARE!


Yesterday after being upset with Blake about something...she looked at me with all seriousness and said..."Mom, I think you need a Care Bear Stare!" I immediately started laughing and she said, "Mom, it's not funny, you need a Care Bear Stare!" Which made me laugh even more. I'm pretty sure she was referring to Cheer Bear up there and yes, I probably could have used a Care Bear Stare. Blake is in love with care bears right now....and it shows :)

Thursday, August 14, 2008

Fun

Camping on the Wetside:
Following a teacher conference I had on the Westside, we decided to do a little camping with my brother and his family. It took a while for the weather to cooperate, but it was nice to spend some time with family. Thanks Chris and Christy for the invite!


Boise:
I have a buddy that his family owns Cascade Raft and Kayak on the Payette river near Boise. I try to go once a year and help him work on his Scout while also doing some Kayaking. In between kayaking trips I decided to give something called 'Hydroslide' a try. You basically float down the river on a boogie board. They took some pictures - thought you would like the yellow helmet.



Salmon Season:
We live next to the Columbia River and we are in the middle of the summer salmon run. I am not a huge boat fisherman, but I like to go with a friend of ours here - he has the spots pretty dialed in so it is fun. Especially when you pull in a 26 pound Chinook like this one:

Field Turf


This past spring the American Football coach, and a member of the community that has been the key figure in almost all of the volunteer improvements to the athletic facilities at the school, approached me about the idea of putting field turf into the stadium.
We had plans for improvements to the current Soccer facility, but by putting in Field Turf into the Stadium it would provide all of the proposed improvements along with a consistent playing surface that we could share. It took some doing, and not everyone is supportive, but we were able to combine support from the athletic programs, school board, booster club, and generous community members who continue to donate their time, equipment, and money to get the field built.
We are the first 1A school (That I know of) in the state to have this kind of field. It is hard for me to describe to you how amazing it is that we have this... Last year the graduating class last year was somewhere around 75 Kids! We are the little guy, and we will be playing on the same surface as the Seahawks and the Seattle Sounders!
The school district kicked in $150,000, the Athletic Boosters put in $150,000, and the fund raising committee continues find corporate and individual donations (Currently close to $200,000).
The prep work for the surface including the sod removal, gravel, concrete, and all the work to get the surface prepared for the turf was done by community members.
You may be thinking: Who cares - its just fake grass... That may be true, but it is also a symbol of the spirit of this community. This is why we live here - these are the kinds of wonderful things that can be done when you have a group of people that are truly a 'community' and not just a mass of individuals that happen to live next to each other.

Where have you been?

Emily has been MIA on this thing for a while so I guess I will give an update:

Reunion:
To get the reunion week started we headed over to Seattle to pick up Emily's brother and family from the airport, and we were able to catch a Mariners game:


Emily's Brother Jason and Justin:Gunnar:
Emily's family had their family reunion up at Lake Roosevelt. It was our first time on a house boat and we enjoyed a week of boating and hanging with the fam. Each day had activities planned that kept the schedule full and made for a good time: