Sunday, May 30, 2010

Carly marries Travis

After dating for years, Carly Waugh and Travis Swanson get married.  I was honored to perform the ceremony at the Reinisch Rose Garden.  Here Steve and Marilyn escort Carly down the rose aisle.
Carly, who we have watched grow up, was (as always) joyous and beautiful.  Travis, a very loving and gracious man, has a wonderful extended family.  Here is the ceremony itself:
The Reception featured excellent food and great music.  Here Carly dances with her Dad.
Later, we are exposed to the Cupid Shuffle and treated to Helen singing and dancing to Shout!  It was fun.

Life-long Kansans, they now relocate to Knoxville, Tennessee, where Carly begins her job as a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine.
Congratulations Travis and Carly.

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

15 years in Bella Vista

Dan returns to Bella Vista for the 15th straight year for golf and golf.  Here is a photo from the first trip in 1996:
and here is one from last week:

Saturday, May 15, 2010

SRC delivers THS commencement speech

At the invitation of the Senior Class, SRC delivers the commencement speech for the Topeka High School class of 2010.  She was great.  Since I video taped (yes taped) the entire speech, I was unable to get a still photo of her at the podium.  But, I was able to get this photo of her on the speaker's platform with all the dignitaries.   She is the one in the middle with the blonde hair and the red shoes.
Like I said, she was great!  Full video of her speech available soon.  In the meantime, here is a video clip of the students singing and swaying to the Topeka High School song at the end of the ceremony.  Here is SRC holding her Google High School diploma as presented to her by the Principal during the ceremony.
The 8 of us celebrated with dinner afterwards with Nancy, Rocio, the Gs, SRC and JRQ all in attendance.  Samantha rocks!

Friday, May 14, 2010

Let them eat cake

HRC organizes a casual dinner party of young people and cake eaters.  She has the caterer (Anna Serene) prepare 4 different flavors of Princess Cake ... a name that is not endearing to either Jake or me.  Anyway, we have people vote on their favorite flavor.  It was fun.
Here are the happy cake eaters:
Votes are being tabulated by SRC.

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Visitors from Colorado and Chile

SRC and JRQ come to town so SRC can deliver the Topeka High School commencement speech on Saturday.  At the same time Rocio, our friend from Iquique, Chile and currently an exchange student in California, joins us for the weekend.  Fun stuff.
Now 18 years old, Rocio was last here in 2005 when she was only 13.  Here is a 2005 photo of Rocio the Christmas Reindeer.
She is soooooo grown up!  Very cute too!

Monday, May 10, 2010

Mother's Day

Mother's Day 2010 saw us enjoy a leisurely brunch with the Gs.  It was fun.
While Helen rushed off to Open House in the afternoon, we were able to have a nice visit with the Oma in the evening.  Unfortunately, I missed my photo opportunity.  The Oma was chipper and looked great.  Happy Mother's Day to 2 great mothers.

Saturday, May 08, 2010

Helen's birthday

Friday, May 7th.  It was Helen's birthday.  She had been working very hard.  She needed an escape.  Dan to the rescue.  Yep, he whisked her away for a quick dinner at Hardee's (no kidding) where he treated her to a Little Thick Burger (with no cheese) and a glass of water ...


and then off to a movie ...  The Back-up Plan.

Yes, it was really stupid but guess what?  Helen did relax for a few hours.  Mission accomplished.
Here is our mirror image. Who says we don't have any fun?   Happy birthday Helen!

Wednesday, May 05, 2010

Dad turns 84

Dad turns 84 and his office throws him the traditional birthday lunch.  Tons of people come.  SACII and Cheryl come too.  We gather for a family photo.
Then we gather again, this time with Nancy, for a birthday dinner at the Kansan Grill.
Happy 84th Birthday, Dad.

Saturday, May 01, 2010

Happy May Day

Here is the May Basket found on our front door.
Happy May Day.