Happy Birthday Gramma Jan!

    Gramma Jan at our favorite watering hole on her birthday!
    Gramma Jan at our favorite watering hole on her birthday!
    Gramma Jan with Everett at Oakhurst Porchfest
    Gramma Jan with Everett at Oakhurst Porchfest

    Happy Birthday Gramma Jan!!  You’re my playmate, soulmate, travelmate, true love, and best friend!  Enjoy your day today.

    Jan has had a major impact on so many lives.  She brightens every room she enters, makes sure that each of our children and grandchildren are remembered at least once each day, never met a stranger, and keeps my life organized beyond belief.  Don’t know what I’d do without her!

    We all love you, Gramma Jan!!  Happy Birthday!

    Abby’s 2016 Cross Country Season

    Abby at the Coach Wood Memorial race

    Attending Parkview High School cross country meets has become a staple part of our fall activities since Abby took up the sport during her freshman year.  We have enjoyed watching her develop as a runner and have gone to as many of her meets as possible.

    We missed a good bit of Abby’s 2016 cross country season due to our swing through Canada, but got back in time to enjoy the last three events – the Coach Wood Memorial on October 15th, the 7A Area 4 Championships on October 22nd, and the State Championships on November 4th.  Photos of the events are included in the Gallery (see links above).

    These meets were special to Abby and her teammates.  First, individual runner performances at the Coach Wood Memorial were used to select 7 Parkview varsity runners to be on the state team.  Second, the results of the Area Championships determined which teams would go to the state championship meet, and third, participating in a state meet is just way cool.

    Abby qualified for the Parkview state team, the team reached the state meet, and they ran well, finishing 16th out of 24 teams in the 7A category.

    Gramma Jan and I attended the end of season banquet for the Parkview High School cross country team on November 15th to help Abby and her teammates celebrate their season. The team’s three coaches did a great job of recognizing the efforts made by and results achieved by each of the students who participated this year.  Abby made several trips to the awards podium. She received another school letter (her fifth sports letter in three years; earned in cross country, track, and lacrosse), she was recognized as a scholar athlete based on her academic performance, and she received the “Most Improved Female Varsity Runner” award.

    Well done Abby!  We are very proud of our #1 granddaughter!

    Mike and Jennifer Visit Atlanta

    Nice family!  We enjoyed your visit!!
    Nice family! We enjoyed your visit!!

    We started 2016 with a visit by Jennifer, Mike, and Christopher Lombardo and Jennifer’s mom (and Bill’s sister) Sarah.  They spent the better part of a week with us and we had a great time visiting and showing off Atlanta’s sightseeing high spots.

    Photos of their visit are in the 2016 Gallery.  Click here to view them.

    Kickin’ Back in the Keys

    Sunset at Curry Hammock State Park on Little Grassy Key, Marathon FL
    Sunset at Curry Hammock State Park on Little Grassy Key, Marathon FL

    Mom and I will wrap up a delightful week and a half at Curry Hammock State Park in the middle Florida Keys tomorrow.  We’ve had a very relaxed visit, spending our time enjoying local attractions, reading, and sampling the local watering holes and restaurants. We did make one quick trip into Key West for an event Mom wanted to see.

    Weather has been surprisingly nice during our visit. We were expecting rain due to Hurricane Joaquin, but with a few exceptions skies have been clear with a few clouds scattered about.

    We can see coming back to the area for another visit, but if we do it will take place a bit later in the fall or  early spring. This visit turned out to be a bit ahead of tourist season, so quite a few restaurants were not open or are just now opening for the season.

    When we leave the Keys tomorrow (Friday), we will head to Disney’s Wide World of Sports in Orlando. Abby is running in the Disney Cross Country Classic Saturday and we plan to cheer her to a good finish. After that we’ll head south to Bradenton and Sarasota to visit Claire and Sarah and their families for a few days before heading home to prepare for Pat Colon’s visit the following week.

    James named to elite list of Georgia lawyers “On the Rise”

    From the web site of Atlanta law firm Caplan | Cobb:

    “Caplan Cobb is pleased to announce that The Daily Report has named our partner, James Cobb, to its 2015 list of the 40 lawyers in Georgia under the age of 40 who are “On the Rise.”  This is a tremendous honor that follows a highly competitive selection process.”

    Congratulations to James for this honor.  We also would like to recognize Gretchen’s role in the honor.  Her support enabled him to perform at the high levels that made it possible.

    More information about the honor and James’ and Mike’s law firm is available at the Caplan | Cobb web site.  Click here to visit the site.


    Devils Tower silhouetted against the evening sky behind our camper.
    Devils Tower silhouetted against the evening sky behind our camper.

    Finally, I have the photos from our trip to Wyoming organized and uploaded to the Gallery.  Click here to view them, or use the menu to go to the Gallery and scroll down to the Wyoming album.

    Our agenda for the month long trip included Wyoming and South Dakota with a stop in Decorah, Iowa during our return journey. This let us visit the Bighorn Basin, Yellowstone National Park, Little Bighorn National Park, the Black Hills, the Badlands, and Mom’s eagle cam eagle family in Decorah.

    We thoroughly enjoyed the trip. Its start was a bit challenging due to Mom’s respiratory issues at the altitudes we encountered. We should have known to expect them and been prepared, but the potential didn’t occur to either of us as we planned the trip. Regardless, with help from the good folks at Cheyenne Regional Medical Center we were able to continue our trip.  We slowed our pace, modified our agenda, and had a great time together enjoying the beautiful scenery and friendly people in Wyoming, South Dakota, and Iowa.

    Thanks to all of you for your love and support during our trip!

    Congratulations Chace!

    Photo of Chace with his high school diploma
    Chace being congratulated by a faculty member after receiving his diploma.

    Chace, congratulations on graduating from Parkview High School!!  All of your family are very proud you, and look forward to watching you move into the next phase of your life at the University of Georgia next fall.

    Sharon, John, and Abby were joined by Gramma Jan, Bill, James, and Dan at the graduation ceremony on May 21st.  Julie sent her best wishes from Las Vegas (business trip) and Gretchen and the boys sent their best wishes from her and James’ new home in Decatur.

    Photos of the graduation ceremony have been added to the Chace Graduation Activities album in the Gallery.  They need no introduction — Chace is easy to spot in all of them — he is the tall person covered by an ear to ear grin.

    Oliver and Gramma Jan


    Jan and I were in the “Little Shop of Stories”, a child-friendly book shop on the square in Decatur, with Oliver this afternoon. Our outings with Oliver usually involve some form of physical activity, but today it was hot and Gretchen suggested that we try the book shop. He and I played with the train set in the sitting area for a while, visiting with other children who stopped by the area. He soon tired of that and wandered through the book shelves until he found a few books that intrigued him and brought them back to Gramma Jan for her to read to him. It was fun watching them together. Oliver is normally full of energy and bounds off after a short reading session, looking for a new challenge. Today he and Jan read three or four books before the magic wore off. The time was a nice treat for Jan and Oliver.

    A few photos of the moment are in the Gallery.  Click here to view them.

    Chace’s Last Week!!

    photo of Chace and his family
    John, Abby, Chace, and Sharon at the Baccalaureate Service

    Chace begins his last week as a student at Parkview High School this week.  I’ll let that sink in for a moment. Chace is graduating.  How can this be?  He is only six!  We wish.

    Our congratulations go to Chace, John, and Sharon.  You all have made it happen and we are proud of you.

    The past several weeks have been an enjoyable whirlwind of activities leading up to Chace’s graduation this Thursday, May 21st.  I won’t try and recap the activities here, but refer you to the “Chace’s Graduation Activities” photo album in the gallery.  Click here to view the album.

    Incidentally, May 21st is also GrandMa Cobb’s birthday.  It would have been her 96th.  I am confident she is beaming with pride over the prospects of one of her great-grandchildren again making that day special.

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