Tar and Abby

Saturday, May 30, 2015

The Engineer in a kilt

The bride's family is Scottish and most of the men, teenagers, boys, even toddlers in diapers wore kilts. The Engineer wore a kilt too. Took some getting used to :-)
I noted for Eldest that several men who had married the bride's sisters were wearing kilts too. Next wedding (or big family occasion) will he be in a kilt too?

Friday, May 29, 2015

This cracked me up this morning

(Background: WA state is in a real bind. Our Supreme Court ordered the legislature to finally fully fund education - this has been going on since the twins entered kgarten. All these years we ran levies to make up our state budget. About $22 million a year in our district alone. AND we, maybe foolishly, voted in an initiative to drastically reduce class sizes. In the district I volunteer in that would mean 40 additional classrooms - probably portables and staffing and equipment. Anyway, the legislature adjourned - without doing anything. They came back, they adjourned. Nothing about the billions of dollars expected to fund education.)

ANYWAY - today this shows up. The governor is bringing back the legislature. AGAIN and -

" Gov. Jay Inslee has ordered a second special legislative session to convene Friday and told lawmakers working on the state's more than $38 billion two-year operating budget he wants them to move their negotiations to his office, starting Monday morning."

Read more here: http://www.tri-cityherald.com/2015/05/28/3581840_washington-senate-releases-latest.html?rh=1#storylink=cpy

Monday, May 25, 2015

We are back and we are now inlaws!

Eldest Son and C - our wonderful new daughter-in-law. A fantastic time was had by all.

Monday, May 18, 2015

Why we are going to heck in a handbasket

Our area's very first Krispy Kreme opens today. These people have been camped out starting at 7pm last night.

Mt. St. Helens

Current Mt. St. Helens
35 years ago today. 57 people died.
Makeshift filtering system so first responders could do their job.

We were in Southern Idaho at the time. One of my young nieces wrote us a letter with all the
doings of that day and then she wrote "THEN THE ASH FELL!!!"
My MIL went out and scooped up some ash in a little bottle and sent it to us.
We visited the volcano when the kids were younger. Amazing site.

Thursday, May 14, 2015

moving hither and yon

A boy and a half in the trailer and truck. Youngest's roomie from Alaska so we are moving his bed and sofa along with Youngest's bed and sofa. And boxes. And bags of clothes and bedding. Today it will all go from our place to Seattle for the second stage of moving.

Friday, May 8, 2015

A mom-type-graduation present

Two of our tribe are graduating this year. Youngest and Emergency Back-up Daughter #2.
They are headed to the coast of Washington.
So they both get an Earthquake/Zombie Apocalypse Kit.
We are very proud of them. They both battled significant learning issues - very, very bright in some areas but really worked hard in others.
 (MRI done at the UWashington found that dyslexics work five times harder with the written word than normal students - that can be exhausting over 16+ years - you never outgrow it - you just learn
to cope.)

Thursday, May 7, 2015

Baby raccoon

being raised at state university vet school along with six others. Bless their hearts.

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

The gnomes pose for a picture

One of my tutor-ees is a very reluctant reader but she always perks up when the gnomes send
her a note about their various adventures. This week they are going to brag about their reading list
for summer. (There is beer bribing involved.)