Taking Andrew to College

Today we (just Susan and I!) took Andrew to college! He will be attending Regis University in Denver. We left Des Moines yesterday around lunch time. It was a rough, emotional departure because the Reagen kids and our kids were all present to say goodbye. There were many tears and rumor has it that after we left everyone just sat in the living room for a while. We have had a great run here in Des Moines, raising our kids with the Reagens, and with Andrew and Ian headed to college it feels like a seismic shift.

Yesterday we drove to Denver and today we were up early for a hike and then took Andrew to get moved in. We got him settled into his room, met his roommate, and then said our goodbyes. He was really excited to start getting settled in on his own. That is about right.

Before move-in we went for a hike at Red Rocks Amphitheater
On a hike
Getting moved in!
When Andrew was little if Susan and I were ever sitting next to each other Andrew would always come in between us.

Susan and Reggie
Andrew and his roommate

Late Summer Happenings

Lucia’s first time going off the diving board.
Susan and Shelly in Shelly’s classic car.
We went to a Des Moines Menace playoff game. They lost on PKs.
We went to a car show.
We decorated the sidewalk.
We went for a walk along the Des Moines river while Mari was at soccer tryouts.
Making bracelets was a popular activity this summer.
I was a referee at Keeper Wars, a goalie competition.
The kids made our foam float into a slide for the pool.
The girls played in the creek on a walk with Susan.
We got a cool volleyball net for the pool.
We went for a hike at Greenwood Park.
Rose, Lucia, and I went to the state fair.
Andrew and Susan went to Eatery A for a final meal. College departure is close.
Boy Cousins. They had a final weekend together, spending the night and doing some fun activities.
Mari’s soccer season started, with a new club. She is in the white.
We got a new couch.
8/16 – We had the Liesses and Reagens over for one last dinner before Andrew and Ian head off to college.

Andrew’s Grad Party

Today we celebrated Andrew’s graduation party. Jill, her girls, and Mar-Mar and Be-Bob came from Cincinnati and Mary and Casey came from Kansas City. The party was at Main Frame studios, an artist co-op near downtown. Andrew’s friend Oscar’s family had reserved the space and invited us to join.

Andrew’s table
Susan, Andrew, Rob
Lucia and Rose
The grads
The cousins
The Lieslands

Andrew’s Final Orchestra Concert

Tonight was Andrew’s final orchestra concert. His orchestra concerts have really been a joy during his four years of high school.

Andrew’s Senior Slide
Andrew and some friends
Andrew and Will – They sure have come a long way.

April 2022

Girls at the park
Andrew played high school soccer this spring, for the first time. His team was a blast and had a lot of fun.
Andrew and his friends were the fan club for the girls soccer team.
We went out for dinner after church on Easter. Our kids mostly just didn’t know what to order.
Easter Family Pic
Looking for hidden Easter baskets.
Easter Egg Hunt
Andrew and Claudia, headed to prom
Prom group
Easter party
Andrew in the act of shooting
The girls making a fancy cake for Lucia and Rose’s First Communion

Ski Trip with Andrew

This past weekend Andrew and I went to visit Regis University in Denver and then went skiing at Keystone. Andrew did a wonderful job snowboarding. I managed to make it down the hill a few times on my skis.

Lunch Parking Lot
Tunnel in the training zone. This was Andrew’s first time officially snowboarding and my first time on skis since college.
Ready to get started.