Monday, June 20, 2011

graduation details

Over graduation weekend we were so lucky to have family able to come visit. First came my mom and my sister, Hailey. They helped get the kids and I outfitted for summer and graduation! Thank you! Then came Chris' brother's family: Thom, Brittany and Jackson, followed closely behind them was Chris' parents and later on my dad. They graciously helped Chris watch my and my friends' kids so we could go run on our last long runs before my friend does her marathon this Saturday and I do another 1/2. She ran 20 miles and I did 14! I've never run that far in my life. It was hard, but strangely felt good.

I'm sad we didn't think to take a picture with everyone who came. But Thom was nice enough to take some pictures for us. Here is their little Jackson:

Sunday was Graduation, we only went to the Computer Science Convocation and watched Chris get hooded by his adviser. Pretty special. I loved hearing the kids cheer, "go daddy!!" as he walked across the stage. We got lots of looks as I'm pretty sure we were the only ones with kids under the age of 10 there! They served lunch after and Martinelli's. Then we had a delicious stake dinner with Chris' freshman roommate and his family, who also graduated that weekend. Fitting to start and end their post-high school academic careers together.

But, of course, the highlight of the weekend happenings was the AGA golf tournament that Chris, Thom and James all played in: Saturday at Stanford's beautiful course, and Monday at Half Moon Bay. Maybe it was long-drive/jet-lag or maybe they were being nice to the man of honor, although probably it was just the fact that Chris is extremely talented....but anyway you look at it, Chris won! Farfel Miller III, one of the usual AGA Tour reporters, wrote about it on the AGA blog.

It was so fun to have family share this huge milestone with us. I'm grateful they could all come. At the top of my emotions; however, is pride....the good kind. I'm SO proud of Chris. There have been some real challenging periods but mainly he's balanced work with family life so well and took the brunt of the balancing act which, for me, will make our time here remembered as one full of fun, sweet, relaxed memories. He is amazing.

Tuesday, June 14, 2011


Chris and his advisor, Yoav Shoham

getting ready...

Pictures with Yoav and his daughter, on old officemate, Thuc and our little family.

more details to come...

Thursday, June 2, 2011

Chris' Birthday and EV Carnival

That's right. Chris turned 30 last month! He's so old. :) I had lots of his friends and family write something for him and I compiled those thoughts into 30 emails that I emailed him every hour for 30 hours on the weekend of his birthday. So many of them made him laugh and some of them were really complimentary, I think he enjoyed it. At least, I enjoyed reading a bunch of Chris-isms.

We had cake and ice cream with our friends that night, and as you can see from the picture, we broke our camera!! The strap came off and it dropped on the pavement. The LCD screen is cracked and all fuzzy looking and since the viewfinder was already broken by being stuck on a totally zoomed in view, one can no longer see what they are taking a picture of. We've got graduation coming up and family coming in town and a lot of other big expenses on the horizon so we're not sure when we can replace it. Its just too bad.

Also a few weeks ago we went to the EV carnival. The boys enjoyed cotton candy, snow cones and train ride. Alec also rode the ponies and visited the petting zoo.

The thing I'll remember most about this carnival was how much Alec LOOOOVED the magician, Daffy Dave. Mostly the jokes were about silly things like singing the ABC's like " A, B, C, D, E, F, Giraffe!" or potty jokes about stinky diapers or wearing pants on our head. But man, Alec was belly laughing for almost the entire show. Charlie was entertained and totally focused too, but mostly with a "why-is-this-guy-so-funny type of expression on his face.

It was great fun and it was sad to think that that was our last EV Carnival since Chris is graduating and we're moving somewhere else next fall for a post-doc.