Friday, May 30, 2014

At the other Cathedral

When I stopped by Saint Mark's this morning someone was playing Widor's Toccata so loud you could hear it in the parking lot.

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

At the Jose Rizal Bridge

It's quite the view. One might even say it's THE view.

Monday, May 26, 2014

At the Prep Baccalaureate

We made it through the Prep Baccalaureate. A couple of processions went in original directions but other than that it all went fine. I took a picture of the banner-bearer and he thought a selfie would be even better.

At Folklife

For the first time ever we went to Folklife, where our friends were performing an amazing Scottish fiddle mini-concert. My photo turned out terrible so I added labels for your convenience. They played jigs and reels and at one point Christina did some step-dancing to the amazement and delight of the crowd.

Saturday, May 24, 2014

Crafty Day

This is Zizi asking for a story approximately 30 seconds after getting out of bed.

Thursday, May 22, 2014

A day to remember

Elizabeth's graduation day!  We were lucky enough to have the graduate for tea before Mass. (This is part of a great tradition - click here.)

Christina came up from Stanford for the great occasion.

We whooped and cheered when Elizabeth won the Holy Names Award, continuing a great Smith family tradition!  Here are the two Holy Names Award winners after Mass.

Congratulations from the Cathedral pastor are in order:

One of our very favorite families:

We are so thrilled to be part of your extended family.  

Each picture must be evaluated before being posted to blogs or Facebook.

With the indomitable Sister Mary Annette:

Congratulations, E!  In the words of Junipero Serra, "Always Go Forward and Never Look Back." (Except to days like this one.)


Wednesday, May 21, 2014

A long-awaited visit

I think most of us had long ago given up hope of a papal visit to Seattle.  Think of the crowds, the protocols, the red tape.  Besides, the papal MC would be sure to want to plan all the prayer services.

Leave it to Pope Francis to keep it all so low key.

I think most people don't even realize he's in town.  The Chancery is prepared, though.

Thanks to Kit for the photos!

Sunday, May 18, 2014

A long walk and a giant head

It was such a nice day that we decided to go to the Olympic Sculpture Park to see the giant head people have been talking about/posting pictures of on Instagram.  We thought we'd cut through the Pike Place Market.
It was a bit crowded.
The meadow at the OSP looks amazing right now.
The giant head is near the fountain.  It's hard to miss.
We found out that the head represents Echo of Greek myth.  Fittingly, she is facing Mount Olympus on the Olympic Mountain range.
Weird and interesting and 48 feet high.
On the way back we saw several forklifts loading pallet after pallet of food onto the Norwegian Pearl.  There seemed to be enough to allow everyone on board to gain 15 or 20 pounds in the course of the voyage.  (From what I understand, that frequently happens on cruise ships, also known as "float-and-bloat.")

Saturday, May 17, 2014

At a baby shower

We found the perfect gift for our new nephew... Then we found out his middle name isn't going to be Rainier after all.

At the Seattle Center

We happened upon the Chinese Art and Culture Festival.

Friday, May 16, 2014

Z and the Zoo

Today was the day of our big zoo adventure with the Z and family! We were excited to see Z see giraffes and lions for the first time.

In the monkey area there was this sad creature who gazed out at each passer-by with pretersimian eyes, as if to say, are you the one who is going to get me out of here?

This is Zizi's Komodo dragon face.

She wasn't afraid of this one.

The penguins were really cute.

Here is Zizi's penguin face:

Zizi liked the peacock until it made a sound. Then it became evident that it was nap time. 

Floral update

It seems like all the best flowers bloom at the same time.

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Feast of St Matthias

...also our housiversary! We came, saw, and bought our house four years ago today. One of our best ideas to date!

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Among the undergraduates

We had such a lovely tour of the Law Library followed by lunch with P and J. Too bad they were all too busy taking photos to pose for one.

Monday, May 12, 2014

Artist and intellectual

Zizi, experimenting with bold color(ing) and diving into a book about ecclesiastical architecture.

Sunday, May 11, 2014

Hazel the Goose

This morning we ran into Hazel the goose, who was joining in some First Communion photos.
John is the family photographer/goose-whisperer.
Hazel kept waddling out of the picture.
Lauris came to the rescue.
Hazel showing off her beautiful white wings. 
John told us the first name they came up with for Hazel was Christmas Dinner.  Very Dickensian.  But I think I prefer Hazel--it's so much more Beatrixpotterian.  Hazel was even mentioned in the homily at First Communions today!

Friday, May 9, 2014

At the bookstore

They have reorganized the books in an unusual, yet logical manner.

Thursday, May 8, 2014

Miracle in the Cathedral Kitchen

David found this holy potato in the kitchen today... Do you see it?

Wednesday, May 7, 2014


It's even more spectacular by night.