Monday, March 3, 2008

Kroon Day - Final Report

9 pm

I have checked in with most of the Kroon family. I'm prepared to give my final report....youngest to oldest:

Tillerman - He had to go to basketball practice (regionals is this weekend so you can't skip with something like that on the line - Go Warriors!). But he was making up for it at dinner. He had a bag of candy and a plate of brownies and can of whip cream - and everyone was leaving him alone with his food. This kid and whip cream have quite the history, it wasn't too long ago that he ruled the Junior Achievement group with is business finesse. What was he selling? Shots of whip cream, and if you paid extra you got sprinkles. Genius I tell you!

Keeton - His Kroon Day was a bit dampened by needing to work. He can cancel tutoring sessions but not classes he is supposed to teach. But he did make it in & out of Anchorage twice, managing to fit in donuts at the Donut King and good old Super Nintendo video games!

Brittney - She has fully mastered Kroon Day this year! She slept in until 11 am then went to get donuts with Keet. She then went home and watched t.v. and drank Dr. Pepper. She then went to coach a basketball practice (have I mentioned b-ball is a very Kroon thing?) and wrapped the day up with the rest of them at the Windbreak Cafe.

Teagen - Teags had a rough Kroon Day - he's been working like crazy as a substitute teacher and fell asleep on the couch (which is a very Kroon-like thing). Luckily the rest of the family called to wake him up and come to dinner!

Mom & Dad - I didn't get much of a report other than the Toyota is on the road. But really, what more is there to say than that?

Uncle Loren & Aunt Pam - These guys actually had to work this year! Bummer deal! Good thing Aunt Pam will be retired next year, I'm sure she'll be skiing for Kroon Day. Uncle Loren did branch out this year - with candy grab bags & REI grab bags for everyone (it is incentive to make sure we're in AK for Kroon day next year!). They are enjoying themselves at the Windbreak Cafe as we speak - but eating salads - I guess that is alright as long as Tillerman is at his end of the table enjoying his 'brownie salad.'

I don't have a report from the Keplan Kroons or the Ben Kroons - but I'm sure they have celebrated well in their own way.

I have not sent any cards or gifts yet - but will be doing that soon. I was spoiled enough by my dear friend, Mel, she had dinner with me (where I consumed my Henry's root beer in honor of Kroon Day) - Thanks Mel!

Mark is slowly coming around to the Kroon Day idea - he's eating his donut and Mel sent him a package to help him get in the Kroon Day spirit!

The plans have begun for next year already. There is talk of the Lucky Wishbone being the new dinner joint -very very very Kroon like. Fried chicken, biscuits and Oreo milkshakes. Perfect. Although Uncle Loren said it will be hard to pass up the bar at the Windbreak Cafe - the two t.v.s and radio going adds the perfect ambiance (and keeps Dad's prayer short I guess).

Well that is it for Kroon Day 2008. Don't be afraid to start planning now for next year.

Happy Kroon Day to All and to All a Good Night!

Kroon Day Update II

4 pm

The Toyota is back on the road.

If you do not know what 'The Toyota' is I will give you a brief background. Several years ago my Dad purchased a beautiful red Toyota pick-up truck that he loves dearly and zooms around in. Also several years ago Leslie and I watched that dear truck get hit by an flying car in Hatcher Pass. Thankfully Wes Keller pulled the bumper out of the wheel well for us and taped the headlight back on (with duct tape of course).

Insurance didn't total the Toyota then, they repaired it much to my Dad's relief. This fall, however, the Toyota began having engine trouble. So Dad and a friend decided to rebuild the engine........and three months later it is back on the road - just in time for Kroon Day!

Dad did miss out on the Kroon Day Donut Banquet at the Donut King to work on the engine, but he figured that was okay. Apparently Donut King is a donut shop worthy of a Kroon Day Donut Banquet - they have even let Uncle Loren in the back to fill his own donuts! They know how to keep their #1 customer happy there!

The AK Kroons are congregating at the Windbreak Cafe - this evening - nothing like greasy burgers to top the day off!

I'll give my final report when I get home today! Keep on celebrating folks! A day like this only comes around once a year.....the folks I work with are already planning their own far there has been talk of a Gates day (to take place later this week - skipping 1/2 a day of school to go skiing - way to go Gates family) and a Bailey Day (although they are aiming for a weekend - they'll figure it out eventually).

Initial Kroon Day Report

The 10:00 AM Report:

I have stopped at Gramma Damma Donuts already and purchased my loot. The number one indicator that this is an excellent donut shop: the girl behind the counter & I were the only two under the age of 70 in the store - everyone was sitting around with brown mugs of coffee and red baskets of donuts. Classic.

Reports came in over the weekend: Leslie was planning a stop at Top Pot donuts in Seattle. Way to go Leslie! We'd hate for that place to go un-visited on Kroon Day. Aunt Karyl was headed to a local Olympia donut shop (or Safeway at a minimum) we knew we could count on her! The Larry Kroons were planning a donut banquet....they do know how to celebrate Kroon Day. Keeton was cancelling two tutoring appointments to be able to fully relish in the Kroon Day celebrations......

My plans have shaped up more fully: Mel & I are going to dinner at Marzinni's - although no steak will be consumed I can drink a bottle of Henry Wienhart's Root beer there and nothing is more Kroon like than that (anyone at my wedding knows that!).

Hope everyone else is getting their Kroon Day off to a great start!