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.

Sun Valley Lake

This was our third trip to Sun Valley Lake with the Liesses, Connors, and Reagens. You might also see Jana in a few of these pictures.

The Liess/Connor House
Lake
Yoga by the lake
Mimi
Liesland/Reagen Basement
Lucia
Ian and Todd? I can’t remember his name, but he spent a lot of time in the water.
Jumping Pad
Girls on a paddleboard
Dinner

Colin reading to Rose
Celebrating Papa’s Birthday

Ian’s Grad Party

Today was Ian’s grad party. I was helping take pictures of the event so I am also going to use this as an excuse to post a bunch of pics of people who we spend time with, but don’t always make the blog.

Ian and Andrew
Anna, Erin, Susan, Jax, Leelia

Mimi, talking with Jill, Mary Connor, Travis & Kristin, Susan
Ian’s table
Paul Copeland, Heather and Ryan Carlson
Kathleen Reagen and Ian

Super Bowl Party

The Reagens hosted the Super Bowl party this year and the Bengals were in the Super Bowl for the first time since I was a kid! They had a great season and run through the playoffs. It was a lot of fun.

Susan and Rob
Fronts
Backs
The Couch
Lucia and Rose needed some other things to do.

Senior All-Star Meet

Andrew and his friend Cody qualified for the Senior All-Star Meet. It was a beautiful day and fun to cheer for all of the seniors who worked so hard these past 4 years.

Cody and Andrew

After the meet we enjoyed some pastries in Pella, stopped by Yellow Banks Park to hike and play by the river, and then picked up some ice cream at Over The Top. That’s a good day.

Gary Reagen Celebration of Life

Rose, Lucia, Elliot, Susan and I drove to Minneapolis today for Gary Reagen’s celebration of life. Gary is Nate’s dad and passed away earlier this year. The celebration was a great tribute, with many friends and family. Nate, his mom, his brother, and a host of other folks gave loving tributes to Gary.