Friday, August 26, 2011

Foto Friday

I apologize to my internet friends that I have been a little scarce online. Work is kicking my ass right now. There are a few reasons but one is the starting of our new recreation center we are building. We had the official ground breaking ceremony on Wednesday and it's a lot of work putting something like that together when really all it is, is a photo op.

It was nearly 100 that day and I feel like I'm still recovering from being outside for half the day.

Ready for shoveling

The crowd. One of the things that make an event like this hard to plan for is you could just as easily have 20 people as you could have 100. We were estimating 50, and had over 200. I was not exactly prepared for that amount! But it was fun to have that many people there supporting us.

One of the fun parts of our events is seeing the reaction our mascot Zippy gets from the crowd. This little guy immediately came running over and followed Zippy around for most of the event.

Zippy can even get the contractors to smile

Time for the traditional ground breaking. (there was actually a lot of people there taking photos/filming so we were all each others way and I was a little bummed I couldn't get any shots of the full circle of people)

My boss couldn't be satisfied with just your average ground breaking though, so he planned for the Mayor to kick it up a notch from just your average shovel.

Overall it went really well and I'm glad it's over. But afterwards you kind of go through event let down. It's kinda like the day after Christmas. Except you didn't get any gifts. So now back to our regular job. And the start of construction which will be interesting, but I'm guessing just a bit more stress ahead for the next 18 months.

In some non-work news, the canyons are starting to show signs of fall approaching.

As much as I love fall, it's my favorite season, I'm sad about the days starting to get shorter which really affects my ability to go on hikes after work. I need to make sure I take advantage the next couple of months before my sanctuary is covered in snow.

I got a late birthday present from my sister Britta in mail. She made me a beautiful little lidded clay container.

While she was here visiting she was working on a clay tiki mug and teasing Will that it was his face that she was carving. He told her it didn't look anything like him and that he would draw his face for her. She saved the picture he drew and said that she would put it on something. Inside the container I have Will's little drawing of his face. And I love it.

And lastly my baby starts school on Tuesday. I always figured I would be one of those parents that loved my kid going to school and was surprised the wave of anticipation I have about him going. I'm not an overprotective parent, but I'm feeling the desire to just want to be able to watch over my guy a little bit more before sending him out into the world of school bullies and teasing. Here's wishing him luck! He's showing off one of the squash he helped grow with his dad. I sure do love this kid.


Maiken said...

The groundbreaking looks like it was more interesting than most. It's a long time until completion, but I'm really glad the center will be built.

Will may surprise you at how well he does. Besides, you know he'll be one of the nice kids. :)

Marty Wombacher said...

It sounds like your work week was as bad as mine. Zippy must've been boiling inside of that outfit! Very cool present from Britta, Will's face inside of it is great! And speaking of Will, nice shot of him and I hope all goes well for him at school. I hope you can relax over the weekend, I'm bracing up for the hurricane!

Britta said...

Aren't you glad you didn't have to be Zippy? Dang. Whoever did that is awesome. I remember wearing band uniforms in that heat and feeling like I was going to die.

I'm glad you liked the gift - and Will is going to be such an awesome student!

Kari said...

We pulled out the professional to be Zippy, cause yeah, hot is an understatement in that outfit. We made sure he didn't come out until the end to try and help.

Marty, I wish you the best and hope it just passes through without a big deal!

Marty Wombacher said...

@Kari: It turned out to be a non-event. Just a lot of media hype, thanks for the good wishes!

Wade The Rascal said...

Great post; I've missed Foto Fridays.