Friday, June 10, 2011

30th Wedding Anniversary

Last Monday, June 6th, Jim and I celebrated our 30th wedding anniversary.

I would love to say we celebrated it at a tiny, intimate little restaurant in Paris, just down the street from the Eiffel Tower but we didn't but we did celebrate.

Instead we celebrated at a tiny, intimate little French restaurant in Portland, just down the street from Fred Meyer.

Even if we weren't in Paris in felt a little bit like it and tasted like it!

 We started with a brie, roasted garlic and raspberry appetizer.
For dinner I had a delicious Beef Bourginone and Jim had a Steak Poivre.

We splurged and had dessert too - a crepe filled with fresh berries and custard.  Yum!!

Here's to another 30 years!

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

A'cat'emy Awards

Thursday night was the theater awards program.  Since we are the Westview Wildcats they call it the A'cat'emy Awards.  It is always a fun night and the kids get all dressed up.  It is a good excuse to wear that prom dress again.  They even have a red carpet for them to walk into the auditorium on.

Tessa walked the red carpet with her cute friend Rachel.  They have grown up together and have had so much fun together the last couple of years in the shows.

 Dad wanted his picture taken with his pretty girl.

 Awards are given out during the evening for the various shows through the year, things such as best actor, best director etc.
Tessa was recognized as an Honor Thespian and received a cord to wear at graduation.
She also received a very special award - that of Best Thespian for all she has contributed to the deparment during her time there.  So proud of her!

As the Historian for the Thespian Troupe Tessa and Cali (mainly Cali) worked very hard on a Year in Review Slideshow.  It turned out great and it was fun to see pictures from the whole year and all the productions.

Tessa was also in charge of doing gifts for Carolyn (the director) and Ryan (the head tech guy)  They decorated a pillowcase and signed it for Ryan since he practically lives at Westview - it said Westview - Home Sweet Home.

For Carolyn all the seniors created a page in a scrapbook for her.  Both Tessa and Carolyn teared up when Tessa presented it.

One of the most special parts of the evening was when Carolyn did a beautiful tribute to our family from the stage.  She talked about how we had been involved in the program for 12 years - since 1998 and how grateful she was for all that we had done, she listed off all the shows our kids had been in (over 30 I think!) and the different things that we had done.  Of course Jim and I both cried and so did Carolyn.  It was very sweet and touching.

After the program there was cake and punch and of course some more picture taking.

We are very grateful for this lady and the amazing influence and impact she has had on our children's lives and ours!  We love you Carolyn!  You may not have gotten rid of us totally!!!

Senior Reception

Each year they host a reception in honor of all the graduating seniors.  They have a little award recognition and then cake and punch.  Parents are invited and it is a nice opportunity to say goodbye to some of the teachers.  Tessa was busy putting the Year in Review slideshow together for the theater awards that night so we missed the recognition part of the evening and Tessa didn't get to be recognize for her Honor's Project but oh - well!

We did get there in time to take her photo next to her WildCat paw.  There is one for each senior who is going to off to college and the name of their school lining the main hall of the school.

A Crazy Couple of Weeks

This past week and this upcoming week have been and are going to be pretty crazy.  I am just putting my house on notice that it is going to be a mess for a while!  It can wait.

Last weekend I was asked to speak at a fireside for the Single Adults in our area.  My topic was Social Media Etiquette.  It was a fun topic to speak on and an interesting group.  Jim and I had dinner at our friends the Watts before hand (Merrill is the one that got me roped into doing it) and then the four of us went to the fireside. 

Our last choir concert was this last week.  I've lost track of how many of them I have been to over the years.  A bittersweet night.

The thing I love about the last choir concert of the year is that for the last song (Irish Blessing)  any alumni who are in the audience are invited up to sing.  It's always fun to see Tessa with one or more of her siblings! Cali was there this year.

Thursday was Tessa's last official day of high school.  Of course I had to take a few pictures.

 Hard to believe my baby is done with high school!!