Sunday, October 24, 2010

Pioneer Stadium

In September, we helped celebrate the opening of Leavenworth highschool's new football stadium. As I've mentioned here before, this was a big deal for the school and the town and was part of a $60 million facelift for the entire school district. My parents worked very hard to help the bond issue get passed and they are faithful supporters of Leavenworth schools. This was a happy day for former, current and future Leavenworth kids.

Fun for me that I got to see some old and dear friends. This is me and my former teammate, now head of Human Resources for the school district, Amy Zule.

Me and my former track coach Tamra Strano. After 30 impressive seasons as the Leavenworth girl's track coach and 10 (TEN!) Kansas state titles in track, they named the new track after her. She is one impressive (and very kind) lady.

Despite the pending tornado (only in Kansas), fans turned out in big numbers for pre-game food and fun.
View of the new field and track with the highschool in the background.

The Marching Pioneers took the field (Dan would have been proud!)

A ribbon cutting ceremony before the game. Dad was down on the track as well as Coach Strano and current LHS students.

The fancy new scoreboard with video! It was completely donated to the new stadium. Geiger Ready Mix has their own mini-commercial...sign of the times!

The team taking the field.

The stands were packed with blue and white!

Charlie was ready and clapping for the players.

Mark was wearing blue and cheering on the Pioneers.

No chance that Macy will not be a cheerleader some day. She's a natural.

Charlie and Grandaddy watching the game.

As you might imagine, Charlie in the bleachers was perpetual motion. But I think we only knocked over one drink and the people in front of us weren't entirely soaked, so I call it a victory.
Despite Charlie's and all the fans' cheering, the Pioneers did not get a victory that night. In fact, the weather finally broke and we all got drenched. The game was finished the following afternoon.
Charlie must have known Grandaddy was really interested in the game, because he kept going back to pester him over and over again to make sure he was distracted.

Charlie will soon learn that Gram is the one to provide attention during any and all games.

But surely if I pull on Grandaddy's ears I can get his attention....

Charlie managed to get Grandaddy's hat.
My first LHS football game in 20 years and it was a memorable one. The students and everyone in the stands were clearly excited and proud of their new stadium and the future of the schools. Maybe we'll be back someday to watch Charlie play against the Pioneers, you never know.

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Fall Garden

We discovered the Kansas City Community Garden recently. They had a special kids day full of fun activities and we went to check it out. It was a beautiful garden right in the heart of our city.

Giant gords hung under the entranceway.

"Please smile for mom in just one picture..."


Trying my hand at some nature photos...I'm so jealous of people with a photographic eye, wish I had one.

There were butterflies, bugs and spiders in jars and cages...

These ladies were spinning wool. Charlie liked seeing the wheel go round and round. And the wool felt rough to the touch.

These were actual peanuts growing on these vines. We got to taste fresh peanut butter made from these very peanuts.

There were several activities Charlie wasn't old enough for - like painting gords. Next time.

Of course, where there's water you will find Charlie. Please don't jump in the lily pond, Charlie.

This gord house was pretty cool, giant gords hanging from the ceiling and the sides. The community garden was a great place to visit and we'll definitely be back.

Time for a nap!

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Funny Face

Not sure what this expression means...a half-smile, half-frown that involves wrinkling his nose. There is no logic to when it shows up. Also, next time you see Charlie, have him help you sing "If you're happy and you know it."

The Leavenworth Carousel

There is a fabulous old (restored/new made to look old, not really sure) carousel in Leavenworth. It has its own mini-museum and is run by volunteers in town. An old organ cranks out music as you go around. Charlie loves to ride it. It actually goes pretty fast, which is probably what he likes best.

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Summer in the Park (with Dad)

Catching up on some older posts with Charlie. These pictures were taken on a beautiful Friday evening this summer, we went for a bike ride to the park and then rode our bikes to dinner nearby. Although I love fall, I'm going to miss those long summer nights.

Ryan was trying to catch a quick rest at the park, but Charlie wasn't having it.

Charlie is to water like a moth to a flame. There is no holding him back.

I'm pretty sure he would have jumped right in.

With Ryan's help, he didn't have to jump in...

This is the kind of thing that happens when Ryan comes to the park with us. Boys will be boys, I guess.

Bye bye summer!