Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Papa Bill's Preschool Celebrates 40 Years!

In 1975, Papa Bill (Jamie's Dad) started a preschool at the Village United Presbyterian Church in Prairie Village, KS. They're celebrating their 40th Anniversary this year! And look who ended up headlining their newsletter for the month - Papa Bill.

The picture was taken at Tracy and Matt's wedding where Dad officiated in his "Robe of Many Colors". My sister made that robe for Dad way back when for his use at the Village Church. As you might imagine, it was a big hit with the adults as much as with the kids! People who knew him well would request that he wear that robe when asked to officiate a wedding, funeral, etc. He and the robe are both long retired now, and both are doing well I'm happy to report.

And note that face in the upper left corner of the photo. That's Lynn! And as chance would have it, it's appropriate that she would end up in this photo in this newsletter because she began her teaching career (almost 40 years ago!) teaching at this very preschool. To this day, she speaks very highly of that experience and of the High Scope curriculum that they were using then and continue to use today. It's one of the feathers in her cap that she helped get this preschool going as well.

Click here for the 2-page article in their newsletter.

Saturday, January 10, 2015

Elephant Seals

Tracy got a hankerin' for a road trip up to see the elephant seals, and so that's what we did! The drive is over an hour one way, but has always been well worth it. Today was no exception. The behemoths were fighting and girl chasing, moms were birthing and nursing, you name it.

All the photos and links:

Breakfast at McLintock's

The kitchen remodel kicked off this tradition. And ever since, Papa Robob has led the charge every Saturday morning to McLintock's in the Village for breakfast. Mainly for the Bloody Marias, but they also have the best eggs and bacon around. Cups of whipped cream for the kids is a crowd pleaser, too! Sometimes there's a couple people tag along, sometimes it's the entire Compound like this morning, and on rarer occasions we'll have others join us as well. A sub-tradition for this breakfast trip is the Rooster Hunt. Papa Jamie will take whatever bigs want to go on a rooster hunt between the time we order and the time the food arrives. That's just about enough time to make a round-trip to the creek side of the Arroyo Grande Village where the roosters hang out. The roosters have their own website! Today it was just Papa Jamie and AJ on the Rooster Hunt.

All the photos and links are here:

Thursday, January 1, 2015

Christmas at the Compound - Really!

The "Foster Christmas" was really held at the Compound, albeit on New Year's Day. A sampling of the pics are below; all the pics are here:

Lift Off!

All nine of Robob's great grandkids
on Lynn's branch of the tree, plus one on the way!

Thursday, December 25, 2014

Christmas at the Compound

Except...  On Christmas Day we were at Shaver Lake this year...

All the photos:
Christmas Eve Eve
Christmas Eve
Christmas Day


Saturday, December 13, 2014

Friday, December 5, 2014

A Christmas Story at SLO Little Theatre

A Christmas Story
December 6-21, 2014
Produced by  SLO Little Theatre
Role: Helen

Helen is a bit of a child prodigy with a bit of attitude to go with it. OK, maybe a lot of attitude. Here's a review of the show: "A Sparkling Gift".

See a link to the photobook at the bottom of this page.

Just below is a photobook built on Shutterfly. You can click through and order a copy for yourself. If you watch for coupons and specials, you should be able to get it at $35 or less. I paid $31 out the door. All the money goes to Shutterfly (I take no cut). Enjoy!

Photo books are the perfect gift for any occasion.

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