Saturday, July 27, 2013

Off to BOISE

Mid-July, Erika and Tyler carefully loaded up their car and drove to their new home in Boise, Idaho.  They were here in Maryland with us to years as Tyler went to school here.  We are happy that they also have family out there.  Erika is a counselor for military families, and is able to work from home--so it's great that she will continue to have her job out there while Tyler finishes school in Boise.

I graduated from high school in Emmett Idaho, about an hour from Boise, and think it's a great place to live. My parents were also both born in Boise, so Erika has family roots and extended family there, too.  So far, I think Erika and Tyler are both really enjoying the mix of urban and rural life there. 

Sunday, July 21, 2013

Daniel is Engaged!

As part of our family get together, Daniel's girl friend, Meg Humpherys, flew in from Dallas Texas to join us.  She arrived on July 4th, and I got a picture of them before they went out that day.

When they came back that night, she had a ring on her finger!

 We are very happy for both of them!

Saturday, July 20, 2013

Our Staycation

Dave's mother and sister, Julie, flew from Columbus, Ohio to join us for a few days while James and Tammy flew in from Seattle and Meg flew in from Texas.  James was leaving for his flight and we orchestrated the picture in about 60 seconds.  We only took one picture, so I'm glad it was a good one of all of us together! [It would have been a complete portrait of our nuclear family if we had Kara, Luke and our grandsons Jacob and Blake.]


After James, Tammy and Meg arrived on the 4th of July, we spent the first day together hiking along the C&O Canal near Great Falls and Potomac, Maryland.

The National Park website is here and has this description:  C&O Canal follows the route of the Potomac River for 184.5 miles from Washington, D.C. to Cumberland, MD. The canal operated from 1828-1924 as a transportation route, primarily hauling coal from western Maryland to the port of Georgetown in Washington, D.C. Hundreds of original structures, including locks, lockhouses, and aqueducts, serve as reminders of the canal's role as a transportation system during the Canal Era. In addition, the canal's towpath provides a nearly level, continuous trail through the spectacular scenery of the Potomac River Valley.

 Everyone but Dave and I continued on the Billy Goat Trail--which is actually quite rigorous and involves climbing up and across hot rocks in the humid, summer heat.

 Dave and I enjoyed some other scenic points.

The Canal has been around and operating since 1828.  The historic looking boat here is in the lock, so that water runs in on one side, but is locked in because the other side is closed off with a huge wooden gate--

  causing the boat to raise several feet and be able to travel upstream
with the help of these mules.


The next day we were off to Annapolis, capital of Maryland.  We went to visit the Naval Acadamany where we met seafarer J. Paul Jones, who looked a lot like Julia.

I had reminded everyone to bring their ID to get past security there. When we arrived, I was the one who had ironically forgotten my ID.  The nice man asked my 8 children and their spouses/fiance and my mother-in-law if they knew me and they all vouched for me, so I was able to get in. :)

All 11 of us then took a touring boat around the bay.  Tyler and Erika were enjoying their last view of Annapolis before the moved west the next weekend.


The next day Dave drove us all down in the van to the capitol where we had tickets for a tour.

Afterwards, we had lunch and then spent a few hours at the National Museum of Art--making a full and enjoyable day of history, and a nice get together as a family.

Friday, July 19, 2013

How many Meiners' does it take to change a lightblub?

Thank you Dave, for changing that high light bulb and Julia and Tammy for helping.  I couldn't watch, and I will take it off future to-do lists. :)