Friday, June 15, 2018

Yosemite Hugs

Ah, the beauty!  Ah, the incredible animals!  Ah, the cousin fun!  All awesome... but just as awesome was day after day of Yosemite hugs from this funny, cute, affectionate, giggly, loving, nephew:

Thursday, June 14, 2018

Yosemite Animals

No bears this time, but June bugs (not pictured), the unidentified shiny bug below, a really gorgeous and healthy-looking coyote (not pictured), water snakes (wow!), and the first bobcat I've seen in the valley (pictured below). We were headed to the car and G said, "that was a mountain lion!"  I ran toward where it had disappeared (prompting my sister to say that I'm the only person she knows who will run TOWARD an alleged mountain lion) and we promptly identified it as a large bobcat.  Not perfect, but pretty good photos follow and it was really awesome to see.  An employee told someone later that it is really cool when they catch a squirrel and do a happy victory dance; too bad we missed that!

Under a tent cabin

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Yosemite Valley Day 2

Hiking and water play competed as priorities.  Who could choose? 

Silly cousin fun with a view; life doesn't get any better.

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Yosemite Valley Day 1

An incredibly beautiful hike around the valley floor.  I don't think I've ever seen the park more beautiful (but I think I said that every day for the three years I lived there, so it's not unusual, just always true.)  Great company made the trip absolutely perfect.

Monday, June 11, 2018

Happy Birthday, Dad

As we prayed before dinner, the gratitude toward Dad/Grandpa was awesome:  greatest dad ever, greatest man on earth, best grandpa imaginable.  Lots of love for a truly great man.  He said, "I wish I could live up to all of that" and G quietly and definitively told him, "you do."  Amen!

Saturday, June 9, 2018

Pancake Breakfast Volunteers

Helping out at the parish's pancake breakfast.  The girls were serving, I was announcing our youth ministry program, and we all had our turn at the mike.

Friday, June 8, 2018

Pacific Association Track Championships

Well, she's a girl without a team or a coach, but when her season ended her coach did suggest considering participation in additional meets, for the experience and continued exposure to the sport.  So we did - I registered her in the Pacific Association Track Championships, which seemed to be a meet composed primarily of young people from private track clubs, as opposed to from teams affiliated with schools.  Boy, were they great!  Even some of the teeniest runners looked dead serious in their spikes and cool uniforms and their pace was truly intimidating.  Plus, they had events that the girls' league doesn't have:  we saw race walking, discus throws, and hurdles, which are all fun events to watch.

K competed in the shot put, though she's had no practice or coaching in a month.  Not bad!  She didn't do her best, but placed fourth and was competitive with the top athletes her age and a year older.  It was a longer day than we expected, but the weather was great and we had fun watching, even before her event.

Then she went off to her basketball game and they won again too; having a great season and a lot of fun.

The ref blocked my view of my favorite athlete, but the throw is represented by the angle of the shot putt, which is cool.....