Hard to believe it has been two months since I posted anything here. I guess that means I have been busy. Work has been really busy. I did get my Epic OpTime program certification and my graduate project done so nice to have that taken care of and get on with the real work of building our system for PeaceHealth.
Bill and his friend, Jim West, are going to be participating in a fundraising competition for The Children's Center called Glamorous Gams2. They had a great photoshoot for the promotion of their team. Hoping that they can raise a lot of money for this worthy organization.
The Blues Brothers.
So hopefully those who come to visit me haven't given up on me and will come back to visit. I'll try to be better at keeping up.
Saturday, December 28, 2013
Since moving away from home (with a few exceptions of going to Denver for Christmas), Christmas has been a much quieter affair. Not necessarily bad. Just different. Our traditions have changed. Our pre-holiday parties have become the anticipated events for me to take the place of big family celebrations. Christmas Eve and Day have become quiet family affairs with just the four of us or five of us. And those numbers are now dwindling with Tom not being able to join us the last two Christmases. Gift opening in Bill's family was Christmas Day so we have switched up the day that we open gifts according his family's tradition. With adult children, gift opening takes all of five minutes as there are fewer gifts to open. Not the hour or more that it used to take growing up, waiting for each person to open their many gifts under the tree.
So all and all a very nice holiday.
Saturday, December 21, 2013
It also happened to be Christmas Open House at the Marshall House and Fort Vancouver. I don't remember the last time that I had time to go down there for Christmas or even if I have before. Stopped by the Marshall House to see their decorations. Beautiful of course.
Sunday, December 15, 2013
Since my only time spent in Florida was at Disney World in 1986, it was nice to be able to make a trip to Pensacola and take in the rich history of that area. We had a great time there.
Wednesday, December 11, 2013
After lunch, Tom signed us up for some simulation time in the T-6 and T-1. In the first picture, he is showing us how they have to strap themselves into the T-6 to attach themselves to the seat, parachute, oxygen, etc. It is the simulator in which they practice egress for those times when they need to eject. Bill had a blast--I think this was his favorite part of the trip besides being proud daddy at graduation. He got to do aerobatics and fly under bridges and between really close buildings sideways, etc. And Tom showed us how he does a lot of the aerobatic moves. Maddy and I just did photo ops.
Bill also liked getting to fly in the T-1 jet simulator. He only crashed the plane twice. It had a lot different feel than he is used to in little prop planes. Maddy decided she wanted to give it a try too and Tom talked her through landing the plane. She actually did it without crashing--although she did it in the grass strip between the two runways.
And this was my favorite photo of the whole trip. They both look so good in it.
It was a pretty emotional week. They found out bits and pieces all week about orders to SERE school in Spokane and when Tom needs to be in Kansas and how it affected their Thanksgiving and Christmas vacation plans. And unfortunately Tom doesn't get to go on Christmas leave and will be by himself in Pensacola while Maddy is in Washington. But it is what it is. So glad we got to see him but wish that he could come home to see Grandma and Chris. He is in Spokane for three weeks right now--and has been in the field since Saturday in sub-zero temperatures. I certainly don't envy him that experience. I have been cold enough in the house much less going outside with our record breaking cold temperatures here in Vancouver.
So proud of our boy. So glad that he is able to realize his long time goal of flying in the Air Force.
Monday, November 18, 2013
Chris took lots of pictures and his friends on the trip did as well but it is always fun to get a glimpse of what life is like for your kids when you aren't around and this was one of those perfect examples of that. I love that Chris is having so much fun with Sarah in these pictures. The one picture in particular makes me think of James Bond fighting in his tuxedo. Fun image for me. And what is so cool is that they felt so comfortable doing it in such a public place. Chris had no idea that all these Chinese people had stopped to watch them do their finger fencing. He was in the moment and having fun.