Sunday, October 19, 2014

Playing Hookie with my Bookie

Guess where we are here?
Yep.  The race track.

Yep.  On a Thursday.  During the day.
OK.  It's the Big Fresno Fair. 
There are legitimately academically enriching things to see here.

 We can study the odds, for example.

 And investigate innovative mechanical devices.
  This was actually a very cool series of science displays.
 I like to see the Junior Exhibits...

and check out the winners are from our local high school and 4-H!
Maybe next year, we'll have a Schlaefer entry!

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Guess What Happened?

Hey, did you know that SCHOOL STARTED? 

Yes, you might have guessed that, since it is now the middle of October.

Here is the first day of school, August 21st, recorded now for posterity.   Much to my consternation, the girls are in a super, super casual phase.  There was no dressing up for the first day of school.  They are in stealth mode.  Of course, looking at Mark and I, how will they ever get any real fashion coaching???

We included ourselves in this one, to show you how TALL the girls are getting.  They grew 3 inches this past year.  And now the doctor tells me they're headed for a growth spurt.  Yikes.  Maybe I'll get some hand-me-down shoes!
But how is it that we are all in the photo?  Who's behind the lens?  Well, the cameraman was our guest, Coach Matt--one of our coaches from the British Soccer Camp the kids attended this summer.  He returned for a quick visit at the end of his soccer-coaching tour of CA. 
He was a great coach, and all the kids really loved him.
 Speaking of soccer...guess what else has started?
 That's's soccer season.  Here's Mae, defending against the strongest player in the league!
 He also has some of the best shoes. 
 Could they be the key to his super-powers?
 OK, one more photo of Mae, and one serious commitment to get better pictures of Abigail (that's her in the upper left corner)!  She had a slow start this year, with an ankle injury, but is now back up to full speed.  She had a goal yesterday, which I got on video!  I hope.  It all happened so fast!
And one more thing happened which I will share today:
 My morning glories bloomed.  After much tediously viney growth, they finally produced some flowers.
 It was worth the wait.

Sunday, August 10, 2014

New Hampshire Reunion

This summer was the 250th anniversary of my husband's hometown, Lincoln NH.  There was a week-long celebration, so of course...we went!  Mark's entire family turned out--all eight siblings, many of their children, and of course, the linchpin...Fran. 
Here she and Karen are attending a play called "The History of Lincoln".  We really enjoyed it!
There was a huge block party on School Street.
Complete with dancing in the streets...
These firefighters are doing the Macarena!
It was a great time to run into old friends.
It was also a great time to hang with family.
Here Uncle Kurt is getting initiated into our wild California ways.
Mae is getting quite good at this!

We had a great time at the local historical society, looking through all kind of photos and memorabilia.

We found Fran's first grade class photo--first grade class of 1930!
She was able to name at least half the class!  She is the cutie fourth from the right in the front row.
The origin of the best state motto ever.  Last year, Uncle John tasked my nieces and nephew with finding out the history of this phrase.  They did, and discovered why he had picked that task...they share the same last name as General Stark!
This is my finger, touching an actual meteorite.  Now I can say "I have touched an actual meteorite".  And not everyone can say that!

Of course, not all our time was spent poring over historical documents.  We also went to the local candy store--big hit with the kids! 

I spent my time refraining from buying chocolate covered bacon.

Another real treat was seeing Mark's cousin Maureen, and her PUPPIES!
These little bundles of fluff will grow up to be small standard poodles.

We also occupied our time with a new project...converting part of the old basement workshop into "Dick's Pub and Poker".
This is early on in the project.  I'll have to look for a better "after" photo.

The grand finale of the week was the alumni banquet.  And of course, the family photo!
Gotta get that side shot, showing off the proud Schlaefer shnoz!
Fran was recognized as a member of the earliest class in attendance...class of 1941!
So many reasons to celebrate.  And so we did!

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Lake Time

This is a happy sight.
It means that the houseboat is underway for another summer session of camping on Pine Flat Lake.
We like to hang out on the Trimmer end of the lake, so it is an hour-plus cruise.
My sister's ski boat, of course, goes a bit faster!  Here's Scotty taking advantage of that with the wakeboard.
Go, Scotty, go!  Once we get settled in our spot, we get all the toys in order.
The "tube" essential part of modern lake time.
Kayaks--good fun AND good for you!
Mae trying the wakeboard for the first time.
Great success!
And here goes Abigail!  Now we have two boarders!
The kids all try to sit on the paddleboard at the same time.  Endless entertainment!
Karen doing field testing of her new favorite sunscreen:  Sun Bum.  Another great success!
We encountered a large rattler.  Too many kids/dogs/tents to just ignore him, so Gail took the matter into her own hands...

By stoning him.  To death.
Here's Karen swimming the knife and water over to the victor.
And here is my own precious baby sawing the rattle off.  Nine buttons.
Here are my parents on my Dad's 75th birthday!  Remember, Dad had major heart surgery in April.  His goal was to be healthy enough to spend his birthday down at the lake.  He made it!
And yep...he looks happy!
So many reasons to be happy and grateful and celebrate.  One of the best lake trips ever!