Sunday, July 10, 2016

Sloat Sighting

With Dale and Bonnie Sloat also in Friendsview, along with my parents, it was a great chance to get to see and meet them.  They came over for a delightful Sunday evening dinner.  Rania and their granddaughter also had a chance to play a little bit.  It was a fun chance to catch up after many years.

Friday, July 8, 2016


The girls made it!  It was fun (and a flash-filled picture, for sure!) to welcome them to Portland, Oregon.  There was a missing backpack (in the Phoenix Airport) from Rania, but otherwise, the girls seemed to make it.

*Update:  We were able to get the backpack sent back to us by contacting Phoenix lost and found.  (We have not been as lucky with Reeve's lost Kindle on Alaska Airlines). 

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Soccer Golf

McNary Estates, which was home for grandpa and grandma for a few years now opens the course to soccer golf.  It was some fun shots and a good time on an evening.  After beautiful hikes around Silver Falls, we then went for the soccer golf. 

We made sure we had the collared shirts, and in a dramatic finish, Doug managed a bit of a come-from-behind victory for first place.  Though the driving was definitely not the best, some luck and some better putting ended up with the close victory.  That evening, we stopped for some Mexican food at a restaurant in Keizer. 

Silver Falls

It is hard to truly think of a more spectacular state park than Silver Falls State Park in Oregon.  There may be some beautiful beach ones, both on the Oregon Coast or maybe somewhere in Maine.  But for the sheer, stunning beauty of so many waterfalls, complete with beautiful Douglas Fir trees reaching to the sky and going on a day with beautiful blue skies, it is amazing how much I took it for granted when I was growing up.  A spectacular setting, for sure!

Saturday, July 2, 2016

DC Cookout

Doug flew out to DC to briefly see his brother, spending just about 24 hours there (or less), collecting Reeve and Eli (who were too young to fly unaccompanied - at least on a frequent flier ticket with a non-SouthWest Airlines carrier.  How fun to see Nathan & Kristi and hear all sorts of tales from Nairobi and Africa.

Friday, July 1, 2016

A Celebration

Of course, always nice to have a celebration, include some gluten-free cake and the great times with family.  Plus, looking mighty good!

Thursday, June 30, 2016

Window View

Enjoying the quiet, airy view from our top floor.  Nice to be looking at the window, seeing water.  It sure has changed over the years, and this year all of the condos / apartments on the other side are now done, so our view is no more.  Sigh.  Thankfully, it has been a lot quieter than we feared.  Still a lot of empty places on the other side of the lake. 

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Supreme Court Visit (Boys)

The Boys (Eli and Reeve) went downtown to meet some friends at the Supreme Court.  Going solo on the red line and exploring downtown DC made for quite a fun day out.  A nice reunion with LOTS of boys!

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Great Lakes Museum

With our membership set to expire a the beginning of July, we made another trip to the Great Lakes Museum.  A delightful museum, though the real benefit is going on the James M Schoonmaker Museum Ship.  We found part of an engine room which we hadn't been in before.  The girls had a great time playing some ship stories, re-enacting Titanic, and enjoying a day out.