Celebration

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Our oldest turned 39!!  We felt like Oprah… you get a pizza and you get a pizza and you get a pizza.  Bryon introduced HIS kids to “The Last Starfighter” and we all dug into the pizza of our choice.

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Ice cream for dessert and the evening was a success.  Cards and gifts were opened and wishes made.

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Father and son…a birthday filled with laughter, fun, mugging for the camera and making good memories.

 

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Birthday in the Park

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Fun and games with the birthday boy turning double digits.  Games, play, costumes, searching for gems, pulled pork sliders and picnic food.  What fun!

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The birthday boy and his “crew” prepare for battle.

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First game of Kid Kubb goes to the little ones.

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“Wind” blows

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The “Shadow” knows

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“Fire” crackles

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“Death” ….scary

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Mom and Dad still have the energy to smile after hosting such a full energy bash.

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The birthday boy dabs out.

Small World

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While I’m not a big celebrity watcher, I do enjoy a morning talk show “The View” where a small table to women discuss daily news.  The one exception is that if I am star struck with anyone one the show, it is most definitely the most magnificent Whoopi Goldberg.

“The View” group often have guests that are usually there hawking their latest movie or book.  Last week is was Caitlyn Jenner, arguably the most famous transgender woman in the US.  She was talking about her new book.

Not being a huge fan and NOT keeping up with the reality train-wrecks on television (I do not keep up with the Kardashians.) I was half listening until I heard these two words  “Graceland” and “Iowa.”

I came back into the room, backed up the DVR and listened.  Before she was the famous Caitlyn….even before she was the famous Bruce Jenner- Olympic medal winner, Jenner attended a tiny college in Iowa, called Graceland.

My Graceland.  That’s where I attended my first two years of college before transferring to the University of Kansas.  Jenner? Olympic winner?  Graceland?

I hit google and sure enough, Jenner received a scholarship to football at Graceland.  I pulled out my Acacia yearbooks and his name was in the back of both my freshman and sophmore books.  He stayed in a dorm named “Faunce.”  I checked the pictures…..nothing.  Either book.  Hummmm.  He was an upperclassman and I don’t remember him.  But he did attend….  I checked all the yearbook snaps and BINGO!  There he was on page 140 (pictured above).

Small world, indeed.  The people you rub shoulders along the way….who knows their journey.  Those in the stands cheering on the relay race.  Did they know they were cheering on a future Olympian? Reality TV figure? Transgender Woman?

The world is a pretty interesting place, indeed.

The Great Doggy Door Escape

Don’t you have those days that you just want to get away?  I sure do.  I follow Lynz Real Cooking as she shares stories about family, her life, and the beautiful landscapes around her home in Idaho.  Enjoy her story “The Great Doggy Door Escape.”

For a couple of months both Aiden and Bennett have been looking at the doggie door, watching Kenny make his exit and trying to figure out how he does it! Well the other day it happened! Bennett is the great explorer of the two boys and he was very pleased to finally make his move! […]

via The great doggie door escape — lynz real cooking

A Man, A Dog and a Hummingbird — sanseilife

I came upon this post by Paula Matsumoto (www.sanseilife.wordpress.com) and found the video charming. My parents passed on their wonderment when it came to hummingbirds (and many creatures roaming around their acreage in Kansas).  Mom and dad would sit quietly on the porch in the early morning or the late evening at watch the hummingbirds feed.  Their code, when a hummingbird was near, was to make a “hummmm” sound yet stay very still as not to startle the feeders.

Enjoy the video Paula found and passed on in her blog:

via A Man, A Dog and a Hummingbird — sanseilife