Highline Schools Foundation scores chromebooks for every Chinook Middle schooler

Today I was inspired by the great leaders of the Seattle aerospace community and the Highline School District's Chinook Middle School. Three CEOs, Ray Conner of Boeing, Brad Tilden of Alaska Airlines and Gary Greenbaum of Syntonic subjected themselves to learning algebra at the local middle school. Brave men indeed! (I saw the math they were doing and let me say that with a degree in Visual Communications I was pretty intimated by the quadratic equations!)

Boeing, Alaska Airlines and Syntonic came together to donate chromebooks for every student at Chinook Middle School in Seatac. The math students were brought in to teach the CEOs some alegbra.

All three CEOs really impressed me with their authenticity, humility, and generous spirits. We are a lucky community to have these companies in our hood!

Great job to Ashley Fosberg of the Highline Schools Foundation for once again using her super start skills to improve our community.

 Boeing CEO Ray Conner learning algebra.

Boeing CEO Ray Conner learning algebra.

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 Gary Greenbaum, CEO of Syntonic also learning some equations.

Gary Greenbaum, CEO of Syntonic also learning some equations.

 CEO of Alaska Airlines, Brad Tilden getting schooled.

CEO of Alaska Airlines, Brad Tilden getting schooled.

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 Ashley Fosberg working more of her magic with Brad Tilden.

Ashley Fosberg working more of her magic with Brad Tilden.

 A great group of CEOs.

A great group of CEOs.

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Spring Break : Astoria to Oysterville

We did something different for Spring Break this year. We kept it local. While it was not super hot out, we still had a great time. I came home feeling refreshed and with my batteries re-charged. Britta and I took off early as her spring break was the week before her brother's (the problem of having one kid in the public school and one in a private school issue!) Britta and I had been reading a book called Our Only May Amelia where the heroine travels to Astoria, the big city to stay with her aunt. The book takes place in 1899 and got me intrigued about imagining what Astoria was like in 1899. Turns out Astoria is named after John Astor who settled Astoria as a fur trading outpost and is really the first settlement west of the Rockies! Anywho, the history is pretty interesting but I won't go into that. Astoria has a good, arty vibe that I liked. Andy and I ended up going back to Astoria for Art Walk on Saturday night and found it really fun and lively.

Britta and I left Astoria and headed for Seaview, Washington to stay in a vintage travel trailer. Photos and comments to follow.

 Britta admiring the view in the dock in Astoria, Oregon.

Britta admiring the view in the dock in Astoria, Oregon.

 Beautiful spring flowers.

Beautiful spring flowers.

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 The weather turned on Day 2 of our trip. Here we are leaving Astoria and heading to Long Beach, Washington.

The weather turned on Day 2 of our trip. Here we are leaving Astoria and heading to Long Beach, Washington.

 Beautiful but blustery!

Beautiful but blustery!

 Here we are settled in to our trailer at the  Sou'wester .

Here we are settled in to our trailer at the Sou'wester.

 It had started to rain so we played a game of My Little Pony Monopoly. Karsten was Rainbow Dash.

It had started to rain so we played a game of My Little Pony Monopoly. Karsten was Rainbow Dash.

 Our dog Blue made himself cozy during the hot game.

Our dog Blue made himself cozy during the hot game.

 View from the trailer window.

View from the trailer window.

Britta not happy that Andy is trying to wheel and deal in Monopoly.

 I was killing it in Monopoly! ... Although Andy likes to think he was going to win.

I was killing it in Monopoly! ... Although Andy likes to think he was going to win.

Tea and hot cocoa break.

 Yikes, it really started raining.

Yikes, it really started raining.

 After dinner we made jiffy pop popcorn on the stove and watched a movie Andy said he loved when he was in high school, "The Three Amigos." What was he thinking? Not really kid appropriate!

After dinner we made jiffy pop popcorn on the stove and watched a movie Andy said he loved when he was in high school, "The Three Amigos." What was he thinking? Not really kid appropriate!

 Top notch technology in the trailer! A vintage VHS player built in to the TV.

Top notch technology in the trailer! A vintage VHS player built in to the TV.

 Chevy Chase.

Chevy Chase.

 Lots of junk food.

Lots of junk food.

 Waking up the next morning. The dog jumped up on the bed in the middle of the night. He never does that at home. Andy let him take up his half of the bed.

Waking up the next morning. The dog jumped up on the bed in the middle of the night. He never does that at home. Andy let him take up his half of the bed.

 Dog and human toes.

Dog and human toes.

 Blue waking up.

Blue waking up.

 Pretty light on the popsicle stick lamp.

Pretty light on the popsicle stick lamp.

 My idea of vacation. Reading and relaxing.

My idea of vacation. Reading and relaxing.

 Britta was picking out a movie for Night 2. Quite a selection of VHS tapes!

Britta was picking out a movie for Night 2. Quite a selection of VHS tapes!

 Inside the Lodge. This is the ad for the music scheduled for later that night.

Inside the Lodge. This is the ad for the music scheduled for later that night.

 Cueing up the Nutty Professor! Turns out that one is really not that appropriate for kids either!

Cueing up the Nutty Professor! Turns out that one is really not that appropriate for kids either!

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 Technology break.

Technology break.

 Karsetn was excited to shop at Thrifty Ron's shop.

Karsetn was excited to shop at Thrifty Ron's shop.

 We biked a few miles on the Discovery Trail. What a great trail! The Sou'wester Lodge has some loaner bikes and we brought bikes for the kids. Andy was a rebel and rode the skateboard again... and let the dog pull him.

We biked a few miles on the Discovery Trail. What a great trail! The Sou'wester Lodge has some loaner bikes and we brought bikes for the kids. Andy was a rebel and rode the skateboard again... and let the dog pull him.

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 Andy thanking Blue for pulling him on the skateboard.

Andy thanking Blue for pulling him on the skateboard.

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 LPs for sale in the Sou'wester Lodge.

LPs for sale in the Sou'wester Lodge.

 The Sou'wester Lodge.

The Sou'wester Lodge.

 There is an "honor store" in the lodge where you can start a tab or leave cash.

There is an "honor store" in the lodge where you can start a tab or leave cash.

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 We made our way in to the cute town of Long Beach, Washington, which was about a three minute drive from the trailer park.

We made our way in to the cute town of Long Beach, Washington, which was about a three minute drive from the trailer park.

 The music at night was fantastic! We got the  Green Hills Alone  CD to play on the ride home.

The music at night was fantastic! We got the Green Hills Alone CD to play on the ride home.

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 The next day we drove to the historic town of Oysterville. Wow, is it picture perfect. The houses were all so cute. It felt like a little slice of what I'd expect Cape Cod to look like.

The next day we drove to the historic town of Oysterville. Wow, is it picture perfect. The houses were all so cute. It felt like a little slice of what I'd expect Cape Cod to look like.

 Detail of the church door knob.

Detail of the church door knob.

 Oysterville Oyster Farm. (Willapa Bay?)

Oysterville Oyster Farm. (Willapa Bay?)

 We visited the old cemetery and tried to find the oldest grave. Many were from the late 1800s.

We visited the old cemetery and tried to find the oldest grave. Many were from the late 1800s.

 Then we found a  Goat Ranch  and had to stop.

Then we found a Goat Ranch and had to stop.

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 I highly recommend you stop at Bailey's Bakery and Cafe if you find yourself in Ocean Park, Washington. I had the best frittata I've ever had.   

I highly recommend you stop at Bailey's Bakery and Cafe if you find yourself in Ocean Park, Washington. I had the best frittata I've ever had.

 

Baby Reese turns 6 months!

A few months ago I had the pleasure of photographing the four generations of ladies and Reese's 3 month's of life. Sadly, I learned that Reese's great-grandma passed away after Christmas. She had lived in Southern California and that was her only time with her great-granddaughter. Grandma told me she is so glad they did not wait until spring for the photos, as that was one of their options. Great grandma seemed so healthy so I was quite shocked to hear the news. I am sharing this info here as a reminder that having photos taken is always a good idea, especially when grandparents are getting elderly. This is a good reminder for me to also hop in some of my family portraits. Many family events pass with a gazillion photos taken, usually without me in them. All right, enough with my babbling. Here are photos of Reese at six months with mom, dad, grandma and grandpa. Reese could be the most smiley baby ever!