Happy Graduation Ian!

Our Ian has graduated high school!

He has completed both the Computer Science Pathway and Engineering Pathway for Project Lead The Way. He also is finishing his high school career having taken 5 AP classes including AP Physics, AP Computer Science Principles, AP Computer Science A, AP Statistics, and AP Calculus AB. The shawl he wore was for High Honors in Computer Science, and cords for 5 or more AP classes, the Engineering Pathway, and first in family to go to a four year college.

To say we’re proud of him would be an understatement; Dawn and I are in awe of him. Ian has been an exceptional student, has worked hard, and it shows.

He’s always been our computer kid and has decided the first degree he pursues is in Cybersecurity at Oregon Tech.

Family and friends flew in and we got to celebrate our Ian all weekend.

On Friday, we watched the senior awards live-stream with family and friends.

As the head of the computer science program at his school started talking about the program, and about one student who “was methodical at his learning, including each programming language they worked on, and excelled every year he was in the program”, Dawn and I knew he had to be talking about our Ian – and he was! Ian won the award for the entire computer science division of his graduating class. So proud of him.

Later that evening, we went and picked up Grandpa and Grandma from PDX.

Yep – Dawn and I definitely teared up hearing our Ian’s name called as we watched him cross the stage.

Keeping with Dawn’s family tradition, Ian was presented with Hawaiian leis, including a money lei! (that one was his favorite)

Dawn decorated the cars of course as well!

Later that evening we hung out at home for him to open his cards, then went out to Topaz Farm for dinner

On Sunday, we had a fantastic Graduation Party for the dude with friends and family – we’re thankful to everyone who was able to show up to celebrate Ian! The weather didn’t cooperate and it rained for most of the day, but it was still a great time.

Monday morning we dropped off Mom and Dad at PDX. So happy to be able to spend time with them, it’s been too long.

Then we drove Deb and Elmer out to Multnomah Falls, then Superpine Drive-In for some treats.

Congratulations Ian! We love you so much.


Turned 47 on Friday. Dawn reminded me I’m no longer in my mid-40’s; now I’m in my late 40’s – haha.

We started the day with a trip to Pip’s to get some donuts, which is always a good way to start your weekend.

When we got home, I got to open presents – so many awesome gifts from Dawn and Ian. And the card the dude picked out cracked me up.

Then, while Ian was in class, I got to spend some time in my garage gym.

That evening, we rented out the entire theater and watched Godzilla vs Kong. The movie was a blast and it was so nice to be in a theater again. (masked, social distance seating, and private)

Then, the next morning, I got my first vaccine shot – happy and hopeful things will become some new normal soon.

I’m really grateful for everything in my life and had a fantastic birthday.


We just bought a box of mason bee cocoons from Farmington Gardens for the backyard!

Found this video incredibly helpful as I have no idea what I’m doing with these. Linked from this great write up on beebuilt.com.

Dawn found a bee house for us

We’ve put it in the back corner of the yard, furthest from the house, out near the fruit trees with easy access to the garden for our new mason bee friends

We put out about half of the cocoons we bought today – and as the video suggested – we’ll put the other half out to hatch in two weeks

New neighbors are moved in – I hope they like their new home

Pruned the fruit trees

It was so nice to spend some time outside today. Ian and I got to prune the fruit trees, and I started getting a few other things done in the yard. 

Here are a few before/after shots of the trees.

Apple tree (4 different kinds grafted into one):

Pink Lady apple tree:

Dwarf Shiro plum tree

Hard to believe how much the plum tree grew last year.

Not pictured; the pear tree in the front yard. It hasn’t produced yet, but we’re hopeful it does so soon. The cherry tree in the back yard; it was here when we got here and it isn’t looking too good, may need to replace it soon. 

A lot to do still, and a lot of plans for the garden this season, but that means a lot to build in the coming weeks.