Ice Storm

Park Central West You have all read or seen the weather reports about the ice storm that covered Texas to the Northeast coast. It was pretty significant in Southwest Missouri, with Springfield getting 2 inches over a three day period. The region that was hit the hardest stretched for what would be an hour long drive just West of Springfield up to Lebanon MO along I-44, extending a similar distance on the North-South axis.

The strangest part of the experience is that the roads and sidewalks were hardly affected. The temperature and slow pace of the rain lent it’s self to covering the trees, bushes and ultimately the grassy areas while there was enough heat retained in the roadways that only a light salting ended up being sufficient. The amount of damage has led the Governor to bring in the National Guard to assist in the cleanup, to be done under FEMA rules only.

I lost power Friday night, around 2:30am (I was unable to sleep due to a head cold and was watching a movie) and it came back on Sunday afternoon around 1:30 pm. 36 hours wasn’t too bad and I was able to enjoy some comfort in the meantime at my friend Diane’s house a mile away. Julie had power as well although while sharing a pizza with her Saturday evening the power went out around 6:00 pm. Following one of many ‘bangs’ that were part of the soundtrack of this experience. Between transformers blowing and tree branches full of ice falling throughout the day and night, it was a bit surreal.

Julie’s still without power but has been enjoying the opportunity to bond with her girlfriend Diane who has never lost power. Haylie’s enjoying extended sleepovers at girlfriends homes that have power and her father and brothers take advantage of the gym’s shower facilities while bundling up under extra blankets at night. My ‘nephew’ Dave and his wife Greta lost power early Friday evening and finally got it back Tuesday morning so they were vagabonds, enjoying friends hospitality and spending some time at my place.

Mom & Dad didn’t have a single problem with the ice storm that swept through St. Louis. That’s a welcome relief after their week without power this past July during the thunderstorms that hit the area and the ice storm that knocked them out for a couple of days in early 2006.

All in all, we have been very lucky. The city continues to work well, there is a strong sense of community support in this region that has been one of the best aspects of my move here. Wish us luck as everyone continues their recovery.

Soccer Season Starts

Ah, alliteration. Don’t you love it. Oops, back to the point of this note. Chris’ soccer season started with a home game against the Waynesville Tigers on Tuesday August 30th. The game was tied 1-1 at the end of the first half but the Falcon’s turned on the jets in the second half and scored four unanswered goals. Chris got the last one on a header from about 8 yards out. I was fortunate to capture it on video. Enjoy!

Haylie’s a Freshman

Haylie's 15th Birthday at Walnut Street Inn

It was a toss up as to whether to label this with Haylie’s entry into High School or to recognize the specific event she was celebrating with her close friends (Kalee, Emily & Amy above). Her dad set the four girls up in the Walnut Street Inn for a Thursday evening before school started. The evening included a trip downtown (about six blocks away) and who knows what other adventures ensued. The next morning included a visit with a photographer to capture this brief moment in time. Raise your hand if you think it goes too fast.

Vacation in Alaska

Portage Glacier

Pictured above are Julie with her two youngest during their two week vacation in Anchorage this past July. Julie & family were visiting a high school friend and his family. Ron is a Master Sgt. in the USAF and has been in Alaska for twelve years now across two seperate tours. In what is quickly turning into an annual tradition, the kids got to celebrate the 4th of July and tour glaciers, white water raft and camp. Do you know how hard it is to enjoy fireworks when you are only 100 miles from the Artic Circle? It never gets dark enough!

Senior Photos

Senior Photo

Chris’ senior photos came in this week and we are very happy. Sarah Hicks, an SMSU (MSU later this month) student did the ”shoot” and provided the pictures on CD for our use. I’ve uploaded Haylie’s favorite and I’ll add some more soon (I have a limit on the photo sharing site, may have to pay to go “Pro” one of these days). If you’d like a copy click on the photo and go to the site and download it. Ahh, technology!

Annual Wagner-Olson Float Trip

Thursday August 4th was the date of this summer’s float trip as well as Wedding Anniversary’s for Mary Pat & David and Margaret & Art. We celebrated on the Meramec River with 20 attendees including

  • Mary Pat and her sons Dave, Dan & Drew
  • Mary Kay and Monte with their son Joey
  • Jack
  • Bob and Christy with their two youngest, John & Julia
  • Julie with her two youngest, Chris & Haylie, along with Haylie’s girlfriend Emily
  • Lucy and Bob and their son Eric
  • and of course, moi
  • David was working hard at his new job, JoAnne is somewhere between the UK and DC along with Peter, and Jessica was taking advantage of her new swinging girls bachelorette pad just West of the SMSU campus. We somehow were able to stretch the five mile float into a 7 hour adventure, returning just before the 6:30pm closing time. We used the Blue Springs Resort out of Bourbon Missouri like last year and got to sit out a brief lightning show early into the adventure which gave us a good excuse to hang out on a gravel bar for an extended period. We had one or two folks feel the hair on their necks tingle but otherwise didn’t feel endangered by the conditions. Bob seemed to be on a personal fishing trip for the majority of the day but Lucy & Eric were in the middle of things as her son and Joey, the two youngest floaters, kept things lively and interesting for the rest of us. Oh, and Julie got to share her new tattoo with us!

    Senior Soccer Season

    Chris @ SMSU Team Camp

    As noted in the earlier post, Chris is beginning his senior season at Glendale HS. While formal practice, as mandated by the Missouri HS Athletic Association, doesn’t begin until August 8th, there is a Team Camp put on by SMSU as part of their summer soccer camps. It has become a regular tradition for several of the schools here in Springfield and this year it began on Friday July 22nd and ran until Monday July 25th. There were 11 teams participating including Glendale, Kickapoo and Parkview locally. This photo is from camp and it’s good to see Chris out and working hard. He took the spring club season off and if he can shake off the rust it looks like it will have been a good choice. There are more photos on my soccer site if you are interested.

    Chris is a Senior

    Senior photo shoot

    Chris is going to be a senior at Glendale HS on the Southeast side of town this year. On June 24th an SMSU student in the photography program did a photo shoot in downtown Springfield for his senior photos. Sarah Hicks attends RiverBluff Fellowship church where Chris’ Dad is the head pastor and that is how we found her. This particular location is a block away from my loft apartment downtown. I suggested it since I regular see photo shoots occuring there while working in my office (unit B) or at home (unit A).

    8th Grade Graduation

    Pershing Middle School Graduation

    My favorite niece (she figured out years ago that she’s also my only niece so it doesn’t get me as many brownie points as it used to) graduated from Pershing Middle School this morning. By 10am she and her girlfriends (pictured above) biggest concern was whether to go the the mall or a friends house before joining some additional friends for an early lunch at Fuddruckers. Congratulations Haylie!