Dorothy's Days at Mary Lyon School

July 02, 2015 by Danica in Dorothy Miller

I'm still sorry that I wasn't able to join all of you for the fun week at the coast. ;-(  While you were there, I was in Philadelphia at a wedding. On my way back to Rochester I stopped at Swarthmore College to look at the Mary Lyon School archives in the Friends Historical Library there. For those of you interested in family history – here's a link to the web page I just posted that includes notes and some photos of materials I found, including photos of Dorothy from the two years she attended the school - 1925-1927. Can you find her in this class photo from the 1927 yearbook?

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More Farewells

July 02, 2015 by Adam in Family

Honoka left for the airport this morning.  Duncan and Berry woke up early with Joanna and I.  Honoka gave us all cards and a beautiful picture frame full of photos and a big "Thank You" in the middle.  We all cried and hugged and waved as Joanna drove her off.

Last night John and Yayoe came by to say farewell to Honoka, and later Seraph, Robbie, Isa, and my mom came by for dinner.  Joanna made her usual wonderful meal, along with this amazing blueberry pie.  I think we've reached the point where I can't ever leave her because my family likes her too darn much.

Joanna let me know she's got a writing gig with the Register Guard.  I guess that means we'll have to get the paper again.

As for me, I survived my first day back at work and all the doctors managed to get paid.  Hopefully today's insanity will be minimal.

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Back Home, With Goodbyes

June 30, 2015 by Adam in Family

We made it back home and our house was still intact, despite Civic Stadium burning down the day before.  It's quiet today - Sam and Emma went to their mom's house and will be away for a week to Seattle to move Meg.  Honoka has a final sleepover tonight, and is leaving the day after tomorrow.  We said farewell to everyone at the beach house this morning, so I'm kicking around the house feeling a little wistful.  Tomorrow I return to work, which is hopefully not too overwhelming.

The trip itself was generally pretty good.  We did many beach things, from running in the waves to exploring tide pools.  The most fun was just seeing everyone, playing board games with Greg, nibbling on baby Simon, and chatting away with everyone.  Hopefully it'll sustain me until the next family trip.

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Drone II

June 24, 2015 by Adam in Adam

In which I almost land on the neighbor's roof.

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June 22, 2015 by Sue in Wielesek

Thanks to all the wonderful planners in the family.

I'm using  this vacation to get rid of all the leftover bits of food in my house. Anything which hasn't been eaten is going home with someone other than me. Sadie and Seraph, think: big bag of pancake mix in your luggage. Yayoe, fattening sausage. Lohring and Anna, shredded coconut. So all should eat accordingly.

Jenny says that I can come over with her. (Seraph and Robbie have the Honda, and will go straight from Ashland to the coast on Wednesday.)

 I'm hoping Honoka will help me bake a nice gluten free cake on Thursday and we can have a little birthday party for Simon on Thursday evening, which will be the only evening other than Wednesday when all of us will be there.

Des can get Wednesday and Thursday night off, but will come back to Eugene with Jenny and Jordan on Friday. Jenny and Jordan will come back to the coast on Sunday, but Des will need to stay in Eugene and work. (Adulthood; it sneaks right up on you, doesn't it?!)

 Lohring, I'll bring a casserole of dressing to have with the turkey on Wednesday. Joanna and Adam, if you want to leave Eugene earlier but leave stuff at my house to take in Jenny's car, she thinks she won't leave until noonish on Wednesday since Des will have to work until 1:00 am Tuesday night and will probably need to sleep late on Wednesday morning.

I sent some breakfast and lunch stuff (potato soup with a side of sausage and biscuits) with Seraph and Robbie so Joanna and Seraph don't have to get organized with shopping right away.

 I can't remember who cooks Thursday evening. It's probably the best photo op time. Are the only people in the Fam who are missing Hanni and Danica? Or am I forgetting someone? Maybe next year?

Friday night and Saturday night I'll be rattling around in Lohring and Anna's house by myself, but Jenny and Jordan will be back on Sunday. Bob will come over on Thursday and stay through Friday. He's excited to see you all and especially Jethro.

Only specific goal I have is to decide on a where and when for next year. Hawaii is a priority for Adam and his family, and I agree that would be a good adventure, particularly if we can find a way to include Simon in a way that's easy for him and his parental unit.

I love you all, and am so grateful for the effort y'all have made to put this together. Special thanks to Anna and Lohring.


June 21, 2015 by Adam in Adam

Joanna organized some great presents for me.  I got all manner of nifty ceramic goodies, hand painted by assorted family members.  Chocolate covered espresso beans were tucked away inside of one.  Sam and Emma picked out a drone for me, which has the capacity of recording video.  It's somewhat tricky to fly, but I'm getting the hang of it.  Eventually I'll get some additional batteries as well so I can get some good practice time in.

Happy Father's Day!

June 21, 2015 by Adam in Family

Happy Father's Day dad and all you other dad-like people out there.  Joanna woke up early and made pancakes, filled with blueberries from our balcony that Berry picked.  It was delicious.

Yesterday was pretty entertaining - we took kids to the Black Sheep gathering at the fairgrounds.  Joanna returned with alpaca fiber and Berry with an alpaca stuffie.  Honoka enjoyed herself, as did Emma.  We swung by the library where Honoka got her free book and I loaded up for the beach trip. 

In the afternoon Sam and I played Goat Simulator, which is ridiculous fun.  I turned into a demon goat with telekinetic powers.  At one point we had turned into giraffes and got to space.  It's crazy.

Eventually we piled into the pool and hung out there for an hour or two.  We need to get some more pool toys, I think.  Joanna worked away in the garden, getting a nasty blackberry scrape in the process.

As the evening rolled around, I got pizza for the kids and Joanna and I went off to dinner at Belly's.  The dessert was absolutely delicious and Joanna got me a great wedding book for our anniversary.  We finally have the vows written down somewhere, so I can refer to it and see if letting Joanna eat the last bite of ice cream was really in the vows somewhere.  We returned home to find Emma putting the kids through the evening routine nicely.  Honoka had made us a beautiful 3rd anniversary cake, which was much appreciated.

Life is good.

Mocha Friday

June 19, 2015 by Adam in Family

Joanna cooked up a storm last night - lasagna and a tasty apple tart for dessert.  Mom, Seraph, Robbie, and Isa all arrived for dinner, bringing bread and a salad, and we added Joanna's pomegranate cider for a delicious meal.

Isa and Emma discovered a shared love of Supernatural, and chatted away with a steady stream of "shipping" this and "cosplay" that.  When it came time to go, Emma begged me to go stay with Isa, which was very sweet.  I think she'll end up following her around all day.

It was great to see Seraph and Robbie.  The great thing about family is just starting up where you last left off.  We chatted about raising chickens and the womenfolk got together with Jenny about vacation plans.  I've decided I'm going to just go with the flow.  We'll see which door at the rental has my name sticky-noted on it.

I'm heading into work shortly.  I'm trying really hard not to make any dramatic changes before I go, but we keep having crises pop up.  Hopefully the doctors will get paid right while I'm away.

More Reunion Thoughts

June 18, 2015 by Lohring in Lohring

I am thinking that I will cook a turkey dinner on Wednesday.  I'll be mostly hanging around waiting for everyone to arrive, so watching the turkey cook will give me something to do.  I'll also cook the standard mashed potatoes and vegetables.  Yayoe volunteered to bring tofu as well.  I'll be sure there are eggs and pancake mix for breakfast on Thursday.  After that you are on your own for organizing shopping and meals.

I'm excited to see everyone.

Vancouver Run

June 17, 2015 by Adam in Adam

It was an exhausting day yesterday.  I drove up to the system office in Vancouver for a three hour meeting.  I'm glad I was there - a consulting group was brought in to replace something I've spent the last 18 years making.  Of course, they didn't really know what it does, and at this point I hope I've struck the fear of god into them.  We'll see what happens.

Joanna is awesome, as always, greeting my late return with hugs and dinner.

I'm missing Sam and Emma a bit more than usual this week.  Sam's been in Summer mode, and I haven't hung out with him as much as I'd like. Emma's been generally entertaining over the summer - we'll play Superfight or do art projects together.  Duncan and Berry have been plenty entertaining while the bigger kids are away - I've had fun telling them about Microsoft's Hololens and showing  them the latest E3 videos.

The transition to summer is always a little bumpy, and I miss the certainty of the school schedule.  Still, I really look forward to seeing everyone soon.  Rumor has it that Seraph, Robbie, and Isa are in town already.  Can't wait to see everyone.

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