Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Memorial Day activities

We got a break in the rain for the Memorial Day weekend so we tried to find some fun family activities.

On Saturday we drove down to Packwood where they were having an all city flea market. The displays and tables and tents went on and on all through the city it seemed like.

We had Talitha and John leading the way. John had been to one before and said it was a lot of fun.

We also had Malachi and Layne come along. They rode in one car with Talitha and John and in the other car was Isaac, Caleb, Jacquelyn and I.

It was really pretty there, you could see cloud covered mountains all around in the background.

In between big activities we kept busy doing geo-caching. We couldn't find this one at Pierce Community College in a stream bed, even though Isaac claims to have found it once before on a different day.

On Monday we went to the Space Needle. It was a cloudy day again but at least it wasn't raining.

Isaac picked this as one of the last things he wanted to do before leaving for Japan, to eat in the Space Needle restaurant.

Here we are in the restaurant. We got a seat right by the window. Jacquelyn had a really good salmon and the boys had really good crispy chicken sandwiches, but everyone agreed my hamburger, although very large, was not very good. And it was raw in the middle.

The restaurant rotated around so we had a changing view as we ate.

It was cloudy but we could still see all over. We just couldn't see any of the mountains in the background.

From the Space Needle we could see both the Mariner stadium and the Seahawk stadiums.

Here's a view of the Puget Sound.

And finally, a view of the Science Center. We had a lot of fun.

Sunday, May 30, 2010

Nathanael's Graduation from Law School

We took a trip down to Salem, Oregon to visit with Nathanael and Mary-Anne and to attend Nathanael's graduation from Law School.

Here were are on-campus at Willamette Law School. Here is Nathanael marching in to the ceremony as part of the procession.

Up on the stage at the front of the line waiting to have his name announced and receive his diploma. The robes were quite colorful. Purple is the color for law.

This is where they hood the candidates and it all becomes official.

Nathanael and Mary-Anne. A lot of hard work and sacrifice from the two of them getting to this day. They did it. Congratulations!

Here's a picture of the group. Talitha and John came down too, and we had Isaac and Caleb with us. It was really special to get to share in the graduation with Nathanael and Mary-Anne.

Of course we had some free time before. We went on one geo-caching hunt with Nathanael, Megan (his sister-in-law), Caleb, Isaac, Jacquelyn and I. It was so hot and sunny we had to stop for Icees at one point. We found two out of three, all within walking distance of their apartment.

The last step was helping load up the truck. We did as much as we could before graduation but still had a lot to do afterwards too. They are off for Utah now and a new chapter in their live. Good Luck to Nathanael and Mary-Anne.