Saturday, December 24, 2011
Then we read the Christmas story, as is our tradition, and shared our favorite parts of the history of Jesus' birth. Our world would not have been the same without Him!
Tuesday, December 6, 2011
We traveled to Cincinnati for Thanksgiving. The trip itself was memorable because we left at 7pm and hoped to travel through the night and reach our destination by 5am. However, our alternator went out and the car died just as we crossed into West Virginia about 12:30am. Our roadside assistance was not actually able to assist us for several hours. We eventually were able to get the car to a safer spot at a rest area and then a tow truck came, and a West Virginia policeman drove us 22 miles with the car to a dealer. We waited in the (cold) car at 5am until it opened at 7:30am. Then, thankfully, they fit us in, got a part and had us on our way at 10:30 am. So, we did reach our destination about 5:15 like I predicted--except it was PM, instead of AM. :) Notwithstanding the inconvenience, we did feel that we were blessed in many of the particulars that could have been much worse.
Once there we had a nice visit with our family--Dave's parents, 3 of his siblings and their families. We had a great Thanksgiving dinner.
The next day, Black Friday for shoppers, and Birthday for me was a nice day. Dave helped his parents with some items around their house. I went to the Mall with some of the shoppers. That night Dave had bought a cake and icecream for me--which was fun to celebrate with lots of family. I was excited to receive a new iPAd and accessories, and a Vera Bradley apron.
Saturday was Erika's 25th birthday. We shopped together that day for some clothes for her. Here she opened a tiny present--that holds hundreds of songs-- an ipod shuffle.
Sunday we attended church where Dave still knows a lot of people from when he was younger, and then we headed home--a much shorter, uneventful trip back.
Andrea participated with her high school marching band in the national competition at the stadium of the Naval Academy in Annapolis. It was a great day for it, and they put on an awesome performance, winning 12th place among bands from many states. She is with the piccolo section above, and shots of her in the show below. Congratulations on the opportunity to showcase your hard work!
Sunday, November 20, 2011
Tuesday, November 15, 2011
Everyone is excited to have a new McDonalds near us, and near the High School. Andrea performed with the Marching Band as part of the Grand Opening Ceremony. They had pizza for the kids afterwards, and non-McDonalds food in a big tent for other guests.
Monday, October 31, 2011
Sunday, October 16, 2011
Dave and I have wanted to take a trip for awhile to celebrate 27 years of marriage, so even though it isn't our anniversary until April, this seemed like a nice time for a getaway.
Our agenda was basically:
*Fly to Phoenix, Arizona,
*See the Grand Canyon-- including a short hike into the canyon and a mule ride-- and to see both the South and North Rim (which are 5 hours apart by car);
*Take a boat trip on Lake Powell,
*Tour the Glen Canyon dam,
*Visit various ancient Sinagua ruins (Tusayan, Montezuma's Castle, Tuzigoot, and Wapatki)
*Look at lots of Navajo jewelry and eat frybread,
*Visit my childhood home and school in Glendale.
Here are some of our pictures.
Saturday, October 15, 2011
Monday, September 19, 2011
Sunday, September 18, 2011
Tuesday, September 6, 2011
Wednesday, August 24, 2011
Tyler got his Orioles hat signed by the Bird.Still, it was a family tradition, and a very nice night--despite the fact that the Orioles lost.
Sunday, July 17, 2011
Thursday, July 14 we drove to Chatenooga, Tennessee-- a 13-hour drive-- for Dave's family reunion. No one lives there, but it is a central place to meet. Erika, Tyler and Andrea were with us in our van. We arrived that evening in a huge thunderstorm and had dinner with relatives at their cabin. We stayed in a cabin with Dave's parents, 3 sisters and 2 nieces. It was in a pretty setting and was a charming, rustic cabin with plenty of room. (Click the title for more pics.)
(Christine and Erika) The lights were pretty at night, and it was right on the water.
Here's Dave with his sisters that night.
Saturday night all 70 or so of us ate at a restaurant in town. We saw a family slide show and everyone took family pictures. It was fun to see everyone again. It's a nice family to belong to!