Playing with James before work.
My mother-in-law Cher Desautel was honored with a lifetime achievement award from Eastern Washington University. The Alumni Gala was a really fun event and I’m very proud to call her “Mom”.
DHC President and CEO Cher Desautel was the star of the show at this year’s EWU Alumni Awards Gala, earning the Lifetime Achievement award for a career filled with unwavering dedication to her craft and many days that were, in her words, “real rip-snorters.”
At the event, presenters coined the award “the highest honor bestowed by EWU’s Alumni Association”, and we are proud they’ve made Cher part of an exclusive list of recipients. EWU outlines four criteria of award recipients, and well, we think she fits the bill quite nicely:
- Demonstrate a history of active participation in EWU’s community and a commitment to ensuring its future vitality
- Have a lifetime record of substantive contributions to their professional field
- Exemplify outstanding leadership and mentorship to others
- Serve as a role model through a strong commitment to community service
Not only is Cher an active EWU alum, she has served as a faculty member and hired EWU grads as interns and full-timers. Cher has represented EWU and DHC on countless boards and committees over the years, taught at every one of our regional universities, and has served as a powerful mentor for scores of young professionals. We could go on and on about Cher’s leadership in our community, our industry and here at DHC, but this fantastic video created by EWU captures it all.
My dad was featured in a photo in the Spokesman-Review today. Note the gloveless hands.
Keeping buzzy: Beekeeper Thomas Douville tends to one of his beehives, looking for a queen and checking progress among drone bees, as he works to prepare for summer honey production Tuesday in Spokane’s Peaceful Valley neighborhood. Douville owns Selkirk Honey Farm and sells his honey at a number of local markets, including Rusty’s Produce in Spokane Valley and Mother’s Cupboard Nutrition in Spokane. Douville, who got into beekeeping from a friend 13 years ago, said anyone interested in the hobby should contact the Inland Empire Beekeepers Association.
It being so late in the ski season, we weren’t expecting great snow or weather. I figured it’d be raining and we’d be soaked by lunch. The snow gods had another plan. It was dumping snow all day. Total blizzard. The back bowl was endless deep powder. Thank you, all mighty gods of snow. You made a lot of people very happy this day!
Looking through old photos and found this pic of my ’64 El Camino parked at a secret trailhead in Montana. Good car, good memories. It had a rebuilt 230 cu in straight-six and it originally had a three speed manual column shifter (“three-on-the-tree”), but I replaced that with a standard four speed manual (“four on the floor!”). It looked nice but it wasn’t a hot rod.
Sadly, I wrecked this car pretty bad on a different backpacking trip. Long story short: I was ejected from the vehicle (out the door – not through the window) and totaled the car. Major concussion, broken nose, fractured jaw, fractured sinus cavity, ocular lacerations dangerously close to my eye, 80 mile ambulance ride and two full days in the hospital. I recovered fully and only have a barely noticeable scar under my right eye. I may revisit this story sometime in fuller detail, but for now – look at that cool car!
I found another great photo of my dad and I when I was just a wee baby on Christmas day, 1978. Click here to see another old photo I found.
7 days after James was born we had our favorite photographer come to our house and shoot a bunch of photos. She took some amazing shots. It was extremely hard to pick our favorites.
I turned the photo at the top of this post into our birth announcement / holiday card.
Our precious gift
James Thomas Douville
november 20th, 2012
at 12:47 pm
6 pounds, 10 ounces
and 20.5 inches
to overjoyed parents
jake and sara douville
FROM THE DOUVILLES!
Some more animated gifs I made with Cinemagram.
I’ve been messing around with a really fun app called Cinemagram. Click any of the images below to see a larger version.
One of my favorite pictures. It’s my Dad and I out at the farm house we lived in, outside of Spangle, WA. I think I’m standing on a ’55 or ’56 GMC Pickup. I’m 2 years old and my dad is 35 in this picture.
Now that I have a newborn son I look at this photo differently than I did just two weeks ago. Before, I just saw a cute photo – a happy dad and son. But I now see just how happy and proud my dad is. I totally understand what he’s feeling here. That weird pure joy your child can give you.
Sara looked beautiful in her new maternity dress at Cannon’s Edge on Greenbluff. The venue was great with an incredible view and spectacular landscaping. Congrats to my coworker Ryan and his beautiful bride Sara. We had a great time.
Our baby’s gender announcement.
This guy came into the office and told us a fascinating story about space monkeys. Then performed an interpretive dance on Garland Ave.
Grand Cayman Island. British West Indies. Drive on the left. Watch out for Iguanas. Kiss a stingray. Drink a lot.