Sunday, November 9, 2014

Celebrations and Spiders

This week, I attended my 30th high school reunion.  So fun!  Yes, we are all more "seasoned", but  there was just a laid-back vibe...an enjoyment of just being around these people who knew you so long ago--good friends, and acquaintances too. 
 
 I was so happy to see people who traveled from various places to come celebrate!
 Even some folks who live "locally"...but we don't often cross paths.  On the left here is one of our teachers.  Interestingly, it was not part of our custom to invite our teachers, but we did reach out to a few this time around.  So WONDERFUL to have them there!
 So...If you are ever in a similar situation...invite a teacher!  Buy them a ticket!  And a beer!
 Here is the group of us left at the end of the evening (the hard core crowd!).  We had a class of about 200, so even though I wish more had attended, not a bad showing.
 OK, now on to my spider story. 
 
This is my leg with a spider on it.
I was on a tour of the San Joaquin River Gorge, and was trying to herd this tarantula for a photo op for this fellow visitor.  He was resistant.  I think he was mad at this point.
 
 Here is the view up the gorge, looking at one of the two old powerhouses.  This one is almost 100 years old! 
This is the bridge that crosses the gorge.  Isn't it beautiful?
 
OK, one last story that touched me this week.  My niece Megan had her last home game for water polo, so it was senior night.   
 She called out her big sister Casey as an inspiration.  Not a dry eye after that.
 This is going to be a hard year for my tender heart.
I can't wait to be a part of handing out the diplomas for this group of wonderful seniors!

Sunday, November 2, 2014

Halloween Fun

This year for Halloween, the girls continued their trend of pairing up for a two-person theme.  You may recall the ketchup and mustard, the dog and homework, and the pickle and cucumber.  This year, in classic Schlaefer form, they upped the ante.  This was actually a two-person costume.  The initial concept was a horse, as evidenced in their sketch below:
The horse turned into a reindeer.  Specifically, Sven, the reindeer from the movie Frozen.
I'm including a picture for those of you who do not have young girls who have watched this movie thousands of times.
 
So here we are with the prototype.  The muzzle is a red Solo cup covered with a paper lunch bag.  The antlers are a coat hanger covered with more paper lunch bags.  Yes, we spared no expense in pursuit of the perfect costume.
And here we are at the parade!  The girls got big applause, which made them very happy.
Here is the costume in operation, at our traditional first stop:  Grandma and Grandpa's house.
As is our custom, we drove around Burrough Valley looking for signs of Halloween.  We visited about a dozen houses, and finished up at our friends' place for a little party.  One of the events was lip-syncing.
The girls and I had practiced "What Does the Fox Say".  I got pretty into it.  Check out my goatee!  In fact, I got so inspired I was moved to lead the group in "Country Roads".
 Here's Abigail admiring, sorting, touching, and building with her candy.
 I think that's a pretty good outcome!  Happy November, All!