Saturday, June 25, 2016

Father's Day w/Family

June 18, 2016 - It's been just over 3 months since our grandpa passed away and this year we gathered with our family during Father's Day weekend.  What with grilled meats and our family recipe potato salad, we ate perfect park fare.

Incidentally, growing up, we made plenty of memories playing at this park and fishing with our grandpa on his off days.

You can see the traces of white powdered donuts on a few of our faces!

Benjamin and Noah with our cousin Eli

Benjamin trying to hold up his big 8# carp

Sunset by the lake

And now it's the next generation's turn to catch their first few fish...

There's a face that should be in the middle of this group that is markedly absent...

Friday, May 20, 2016

Blog Update

My Scandinavian friends (if I had any) would call this a smorgasbord of a post.  It's comprised of updates from April through May with a healthy sprinkling of selfies for that slightly egotistical aftertaste.

April 8, 2016

Spent the evening dancing and waltzing (clip below) with friends.  
Whew...glad to say that my waltzing has improved in the last month.

Credit: Larissa B.

April 9, 2016

Out on the town with the family for my birthday and dinner at Maggiano's Little Italy.

April 18, 2016

For my birthday, Kate got us seats to the first Cards vs Cubs game of the season. We ended up being shutout and beaten by our northern rivals, but we still managed some smiles for the photo.

April 22, 2016

 It's rare for a film trailer to create any expectation within me for a movie's release, but I have to admit that I was really curious to watch the new Jungle Book.
The visual design - and particularly the animation of the animals - were great to see in theatre.  To its credit Jungle Book profited from the updated portrayal of the characters from the earlier Disney version (which was a childhood favorite.)

Sidenote: Loved the continual depiction of Mowgli, the "man cub" as being so separate and somehow superior to the rest of the animals in the jungle hierarchy.   The "king of the swingers" and the elephants were both reverenced because of their size, but the respect paid to Mowgli at the end of the film didn't originate from his own power.  #imagodei
That was a very welcome departure from the '67 version that featured an orangutan being referred to as "cousin."

How about that - you got a free mini-film worldview critique thrown in with a selfie (right.)

Except...where was the girl?  You know, the one getting her water from the river while singing "My Own Home?"
In her place were these mice at the end of the movie.

April 23, 2016

Pics while we were doing some yardwork.

The ashen remains of our burn pile.

April 30 - May 1, 2016

All tucked in and ready for bed.

I sent proof that Lydia was well taken care of while Kate was out of town.

We got the opportunity to promote our instructor's (Diana Roberts) ballroom dancing lessons by doing a demonstration.  I'm not sure if we were showcasing the need for lessons or what we'd learned.

May 6, 2016

Benjamin and Noah working into the night under the wheel well of Benjamin's truck.

Noah testing the temperature on that glowing red-hot piece he was working on.

May 17, 2016

Had a great evening dancing with friends and helping to celebrate some birthdays.

I was going to caption this photo with 
"ENTPs can do everything - levitation included."

But, I had an "aha moment" and this nugget of wisdom that I'll end this post with:

While they can do anything
ENTPs have to learn they can't do everything.

Thursday, May 19, 2016

Dance Videos - May 13th

May 13, 2016 - Videos from last Friday night's dance practice on May 13th.
Filmed by yours truly and called by Jeremy Suermann.

YouTube Playlist

1. Yellow Stockings
2. Trip to Town O
3. Fenterlarick
4. Comical Fellow
5. Red House
6. Hole in the Wall
7. Scottish Polka

Nathan and Ashley's Wedding

April 16, 2016 - Spring is here!  The sky is blue, the birds all sing (like they do) and in this post we're "going to the chapel" to see Nathan and Ashley (or "Nately" if you want to use their couple name for shorthand) get married.

Have you met Miss Jones?
Josiah and Brittany in their roles as usher and the maid of honor, (respectively.)

PC: Matthew Thomas

I didn't get too much in the way of photos and videos, because I had my hands full with this mic for most of the afternoon/evening.  But will lack of material prevent me from creating a blog post?  Never!

Get with the program.

Leading the parents of the bride and groom to their seats.  
Why do they have to be lead?  I don't know...they're always on the front row.

Groomsmen and Bridesmaids:

The (Three) Githers

And here we see our first glance of the middle-earth theme set to "Concerning Hobbits" from the Fellowship of the Ring.  
Disregarding their altitudinal struggles, "Concerning Hobbits" alludes to the bride and groom who had made an excellent couple as Samwise Gamgi and Rosie Cotton at a Lord of the Rings Party during their courtship.
Now, in the Fellowship of friends and families, it was time for the Exchange of the Rings before the Lord as they took on the roles of Mr. and Mrs. Mangoff.

(How I missed getting photos of some of the grooms/bridesmaids, I'll never know.
It's not like they were sneaking their way to the front of the sanctuary and weren't walking right past me.)

Though they lacked an underlying agenda, these two were the ones to initially set up a meeting between the bride and groom.

The best man and maid of honor.

Video of the bride's entrance below:

- Who gives this woman to be married?

Leading the bride to partake in communion.

Praying for the soon-to-be wedded pair.

And after that five-star first kiss, it was time to introduce Mr. and Mrs. Mangoff as they embarked on Married Life.

“It's such a happiness when good people get together.” 


Once again, I had my hands too full during the reception to be handling a shutter button, but you can see videos of the first dances, etc, in my previous post.
Consequently, I skip ahead and end the post with the couple's sparkler send off!