Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Road trip to Arizona

On Friday we left Puyallup on a road trip to Arizona.  We're driving down there so Jacquelyn can have a car while she's spending a month with her mom.

The first day we drove all the way to Pocatello, Idaho where Joshua lives.

We got to be there on Christian's birthday.  He had a family party to celebrate and we were glad to be with them.  Christian's 8 years old now.  This is Christian with little brother Asher in the back.

 Christian with Ethan, Agnes, and Elliott watching from the couch.

 Christian with big sister Julia looking on.

We got into quite a bit of snow in Pocatello.  This is their house with snow all around.

For the second drive we drove from Pocatello to South Jordan, Utah, where Nathanael lives.  The roads were bad in Idaho but were clear in Utah.

 We got to see several of the grandchildren on this trip.  Here's Hannah and Jacob.  Hannah will be having a birthday next week and will be five.

Don't know why our pictures here were all turning out blurry but it made for a interesting photo.

For the third day, the longest day, we drove all the way from Utah to Apache Junction.

This is Jacquelyn's mom's home in sunny Arizona.

Mallory and Spencer Birthday Party

We went to a birthday party for Mallory and Spencer last week.

 There was a household of people there at the party, which had a pirate theme for Spencer and a Mermaid theme for Mallory.

 Mallory is 10 years old.

Spencer is 5 years old.  We love them both, they're great children.

Saturday, February 24, 2018

Snow in Puyallup

I was invited to have lunch with Andrew at his Elementary School.  He's in the fifth grade already. 

 We had food from Wendy's and also some cookies Jacquelyn sent with us.  I got to meet some of his friends.  He seems very popular, especially with all the little fifth grade girls in his class.  One of them told me he was funny.

 We've been getting lots of snow in Puyallup the past couple of days.  I measured 5.5 inches of snow accumulation on top of the table on our back deck.

 Our little Jeep in the driveway was totally covered.

And our statue in the backyard was dressed in snow.

Monday, January 22, 2018


We had a birthday celebration on Saturday.  It was nice of everyone to come over.

Thank you everyone that was able to come.  I love you all.

Sunday, January 14, 2018

Goldfield Ghost Town

Last week we were in Arizona to visit our parents.  My Dad was sick and Jacquelyn's mom was recovering from a broken hip, so we mostly spent time with them at home, which was nice.  We're glad we had the opportunity to be there with them.  We also got to see my brother Mark and several of Jacquelyn's siblings (Linda, Rosemerry, Cathi, and Duane).

 One day we went out to Goldfield Ghost Town with Mark and Angela and Kristen.  Kristen's husband Cory and daughter Chell were also there but not around when we took this picture.  Here we are at the ghost town posing in front of the awesome and beautiful Superstition Mountains.

 We had fun exploring around the ghost town.  This is the old mine.  Cactus is more common in this part of the country than trees.

 I though this warning sign was amusing.  I don't think anyone is going to touch an angry rattlesnake when it's raised up and shaking its rattle.  Pretty scary.

 One of the old homes in the old abandoned miners town, which at one time they thought might become a bigger town than Mesa.

 The Cowboy Ten Commandments.  Funny.

 We caught sight of Jacquelyn at the local bordello.

 A closeup of Superstition Mountains.  They are so impressive.  I'm definitely going to hike to the top some day.

Adios Amigos.

Tuesday, January 2, 2018

Northwest Pacific Ballet Nutcracker

Jacquelyn and I have never seen the Nutcracker Ballet so this year we decided to go.

So we went on a date to Seattle to The Nutcracker at McCaw Hall performed by the renowned Pacific Northwest Ballet.

 This is inside McCaw Hall which is near the Space Needle and Science Center in Seattle.

 Outside the doors they had a life size statue of a mouse and other interesting displays.

 So here are some shots of the ballet.  It was a lot of fun to see.  Jacquelyn said the orchestra especially played beautiful.

 A lot of the ballerinas were children.  Clara falls asleep on Christmas Eve and is bothered in her nightmares by giant mice.

 Her nutcracker comes to life to fight the king of the mice and to protect her and her brother.

 Her bother's toy soldiers also come to life to do battle with the invading mice.

 After the mice are dispatched they are visited by various desserts, like this sugar plum cake.

 And these candy canes.

 And other treats like these gum drops.

Finally they are visited by the Sugar Plum Fairy and her French polichinelles.

Jacquelyn and I had a wonderful time out together.

Monday, January 1, 2018

Merry Christmas

We actually had a white Christmas this year.   I was really excited because it doesn't happen a lot in Washington and the last two Christmas' we were in the Philippines and didn't see any snow the entire winter those years.

 You can see snow out the front window past our Christmas tree.

 Snow in the front.

 Snow in the back.

 Snow everywhere.

Caleb was home with us for Christmas.  He's our only one left after eight children, so we didn't have very many stockings to fill compared to earlier years.

 Mark and Angela sent us some Christmas goodies from Wolferman's in Tulsa.  We made Eggs Benedict on two different mornings and pancakes, banana bread, etc.  It was really good and very thoughtful.

 We have our family spread out so much we had several different family gatherings.  We already had one in Utah and saw Joshua, Nathanael, Tianna and family.  On Christmas eve we had a celebration with Malachi and Talitha and family.  The week after Christmas, Tianna and family flew in to visit.  Busy time.  It's so great to see everyone though.  Out of 8 children, 7 spouses, 2 grandparents, and 24 grandchildren - we got to visit with a lot of family - but we didn't see Jarom who is in Michigan or Doranda and her family who are way out in Japan or Isaac and his family who are way up in Minnesota.  We did skype and talk on the phone, but we missed them.

 Opening presents with Caleb, Malachi, Mallory, and Layne.

 Mallory and Malachi.


 Talitha, David, Andrew, and Layne.

 Talitha and David.

 Tianna, James, Evan and James.

Talatha and Dallen.

Merry Christmas everyone.  This is the time to think of family and celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ.  We are so thankful for everyone and for all the blessings we've been given.