Thursday, June 24, 2010

Yo-Yo Pa

I'm sure you've heard of Yo-Yo Ma, the internationally famous and award winning cellist.  But, have you heard of Yo-Yo Pa?   You might know him as Judge Crow or Granddad.  Well, he is my Pa and the guy who won the Topeka Yo-Yo Championship circa 1939-1940.  Last night I took Yo-Yo Pa to a demonstration by National Yo-Yo Champion and World Runner-up, Brent Dellinger.  It was truly amazing.  He did tricks that were too fast to follow.  Double Yo-Yos.  Yo-Yos in the dark.  Free style Yo-Yos.  Yo-Yos off the string.  Hundreds of people attended.  Yo-Yo Pa loved it!  

Here is Brent at the 2003  World Championships:



Yo-Yo Pa bought several of Brent's custom-made ball bearing Yo-Yos.  Here is Yo-Yo Pa as he waits in line for Brent to sign his Yo-Yos.  
It was fun.  The next time you see him, ask Yo-Yo Pa to show you some tricks.

Sunday, June 20, 2010

Happy Father's Day to the best Dad ever!

I am soooooo lucky.  I have the best Father ever.
Happy Father's Day, Dad.  I love you.  

Sunday, June 13, 2010

Granny turns 85

Yep.  June 13th is Granny's birthday and this year she turned 85.  We had a small dinner party ....
and then dove into Nancy's made-from-scratch coconut Birthday Cake.  Helen licked the frosting and behaved like a 12 year old.  Shame, shame.
Happy Birthday Granny.  We love you.

Saturday, June 12, 2010

Judge Sam A. Crow receives Medal of Distinction

Last night Helen and I attended the Kansas Bar Association's Presidential Installation & Awards Dinner in Wichita where Dad received the Philip H. Lewis Medal of Distinction.
Awarded to someone who has made significant contribution to the administration of justice, this award is the most distinguished honor bestowed by the Kansas Bar Association.  After receiving a standing ovation from the room of 400 + attendees, Dad made a wonderful and gracious acceptance speech.
Some of his staff (and their spouses) attended as well.
We are very proud.  We had fun too.
Congratulations Dad on a well-deserved Award.

Monday, June 07, 2010

Ironman 70.3 Kansas, Wedding Gown and Circle S

SRC and JRQ arrived in Kansas on Friday so Jake could compete in the Ironman 70.3 Kansas on Sunday.   The check-in was Saturday morning.  Before going, Jake prepared his TREK feather-light carbon fiber bicycle.  
The race was at Clinton State Park near Lawrence.  We gathered all the Gu and other race stuff before checking in Saturday morning.  Once that was done, Helen and I accompanied Samantha as she had her wedding gown fitted by our friend Phyllis Livingston.  Here is a picture of Samantha in her gown along with Phyllis and Helen.
(OK ... so I cropped out Samantha and her gown as it is top secret.)

Jake and Samantha left early Sunday morning for the race.  I joined Samantha by 7:30 and we tried to find Jake in the swimming crowd.  No luck.
Those little specks are hundreds of swimming heads.

After the swim, Jake transitioned to the 56 mile bike race.  We were lucky to catch Jake as he zoomed by on his bike.  Then came the run of 13.1 miles.  Here Jake stops for a moment and gives Samantha a friendly hello.  
A cry of "me too, me too" was heard from the female athlete that was following Jake.  He ran on.  After 6 hours and 48 minutes, Jake came to the Yellow Brick Road where he took another short break before greeting Dorothy and the Scarecrow at the Finish Line.

That same evening we drove to the Circle S Ranch where wedding plans were discussed.  These photos might give you an idea of the setting. 
The wedding spot.
Some of the wedding guests.
The Kansas sunset from the Lodge yard.

After a jammed-packed weekend, Samantha and Jake drove back to Boulder this morning.