I had a less-travelled filled work month - with math institutes at the beach...
and a conference in Seattle, where I was able to see my beloved Space Needle from the University of Washington campus and walk by the "Harry Potter building" multiple times a day.
I love visiting the Vancouver Mini Maker Faire every year - always lots of inspiration for my own making and connections for my work. This year I did a workshop and made a mason bee hotel for our backyard garden.
Fathers Day get togethers around Sunday work schedules - it is what it is. Appreciating all the men in the boys' lives.
Adam filled his June with work at London Drugs, hikes and eating out with friends and continuing to figure out how to build and program his clock. I am glad that he even though he had decided to pursue studies in business he seeks out these creative tinkering projects, what I always thought would lead to studies in engineering or sciences.
June was also about a big change for Neil. I am using this photo that was circulated on social media (thank you Anil Sharma) from the McMath commencement ceremony. Neil always says commencement is one of the best days of the year for being a high school principal.
After seven years at McMath, Neil is being moved high schools. I had thought he would likely retire from McMath, a school he has deep ties to. This is his community, where he grew up and where we live. Many of the boys friends (and our friends' children) have attended McMath while Neil has been there and when we go out to Steveston events, he is always greeted like a celebrity (which of course is not his thing at all!). Neil is all about the relationships with the students.
Now, he has the staff and hundreds of new students to get to know at McRoberts!
Although June was full and busy for all of us with regular (and some irregular) school year end events and tasks, this year, June was all about Colin - awards night, commencement, registering for UBC classes, last day of school, prom.
At the school's awards night, Colin was recognized with a major service award.
Colin's grade 12 commencement ceremony was on Saturday, June 17th out at the UBC Chan Centre. It is such a special day for the families and students and marks a real milestone in their lives. Colin was fortunate to receive two scholarships for service and academics.
Last day of K-12 school...
June 30th brought Colin's dinner dance (prom) and dry grad festivities. There was the photo extravaganza at Minoru Park before the students check in their bags at the school and board the buses to head downtown. I helped with the final set up of the dry grad event at the school and stayed to see Colin arrive back from his prom. He had such an amazing time! When I picked him up at 5:45am from the school, he said both events "exceeded his expectations" - what a great way to close his K-12 education. Here is just a small collection of the photo extravaganza from that afternoon and evening!
Here comes summer...