Thursday, July 30, 2009
Wednesday, July 29, 2009
Our next and last reunion of the summer took place on a huge ranch with an extensive frontage on the Columbia River. This was a class reunion entitled " The Fabulous Fifties" from the small Christian High School that my husband's Grandfather founded. This year all the graduates from the 50's were included, and quite a few attended. The weekend involved much visiting, eating, singing gospel favorites, and enjoying the scenic panorama of the river.
This Beautiful location is owned by one of the class members who told the amazing story of how she and her husband acquired this land. They love to share by letting others enjoy it and be blessed as well.
Monday, July 27, 2009
Aeronautics confers beauty and grandeur, combining art and science for those who devote themselves to it. . . . The aeronaut, free in space, sailing in the infinite, loses himself in the immense undulations of nature. He climbs, he rises, he soars, he reigns, he hurtles the proud vault of the azure sky . . .
~Georges Besançon, founder of the first successful aviation journal 'L'Aérophile,' February 1902
The facts are that flying satisfies deeply rooted desires. For as long as time these desires have hungered vainly for fulfillment. The horse, and later the motorcar, have merely teased them. The upward sweep of the airplane signifies release.
~ Bruce Gould, 'Sky Larking,' 1929.~
Wednesday, July 22, 2009
Catching up with old friends always makes me puzzle over why we don't get together more often- make the effort to see each other. It just surprises me how long it's been, but then how you can almost start up exactly where you left off, like a train just leaving a familiar station. Jack and Donna and John and I almost raised our kids together and now our grandchildren played like they too had grown up camping together and seeing each other constantly.
Michelle, who was a college friend of Jeff's, (Jack and Donna's son), lives out of state and comes back once a year with her 4 children, to visit family. She was the reason for our impromptu get together. Jack and Donna and their family have also moved out of state, just not quite so far.
The evening came to a close too quickly but with lots of promises to not let so much time go by until our next reunion!
Michelle, you have the prettiest babies! Thanks for instigating this get-together. See you next year.
Tuesday, July 21, 2009
and much anticipated event.
Although the parents of this clan are now gone, their children, grandchildren and great grandchildren ( who together number over 70) still consider this event so important that most of them come if they possibly can. Everyone gets along so well and shares the strong bond of this marvelously supportive family.
We eat wonderful food, catch up with those whom we've not seen in a year, meet the new babies, marvel over the changes in the children, play in the river (or just take pictures of those who do) ,enjoy a game or two of volleyball and visit, visit, visit!
There is always some new and interesting gadget/toy brought for the kids to enjoy. This wonderful balloon rocket was a huge hit. It must have gone 60 feet in the air after the 100 pumps it required for blast off.
The long ramp to the dock on the river gets a work out. ( Actually it's not the ramp that gets the work out. Whew! :)
But it was no sweat for the kids who love the activity and fun of the river. The weather was marvelous for swimming and Ron and Al were good enough to give many rides on the jet-ski and boat.
I understand the water wasn't warm but it was definitely refreshing!
Monday, July 20, 2009
Sunday, July 19, 2009
Thursday, July 16, 2009
Tuesday, July 14, 2009
a task was tackled by Drake and Poppy, that has needed to be done for a long time. Errant cherry and maple trees and blackberry vines, that had sprung up in a long rose hedge bordering the front of the property, were sawed, hacked and chopped out and hauled away. It was a huge job, took two days, but actually required only one trip to Home Depot. ;) How did that happen??
Later on we were joined by Holly and Ivy to finish off the evening listening to a great concert in the park.
Ivy, looking adorable, in her brand-new hair cut.
Sunday, July 12, 2009
Here's Leif learning to climb this wall.He ended up doing it many times and loved the challenge.
I don't know if wall climbing is a *sport* but I love the effort and slightly goofy capture in this photo.
Check out all of the fun entries in the sports edition this week.
And here is a sweet (but old- I know it doesn't have great quality) photo for my pet entry. Our granddaughter, years ago, clutching one of our cats- and I do mean clutching.
Things got a little confusing here when I decided to remove another photo but still had my name in the pet catagory-sorry. :)
Saturday, July 11, 2009
Thursday, July 9, 2009
We must remain as close to the flowers, the grass, and the butterflies as the child is who is not yet so much taller than they are. We adults, on the other hand, have outgrown them and have to lower ourselves to stoop down to them. Whoever would partake of all good things must understand how to be small at times.
~Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, The Little Prince,
1943, translated from French~
Monday, July 6, 2009
We enjoyed their recent visit to our neck of the woods. Lots of dinners, and visiting about their trip to Luxembourg, time with great-grandchildren, and outings. Even a Civil War reenactment in 90* heat. And Mom says she really relaxes when she comes here!? Well at home she has a huge garden and there is always something that needs doing. I know how that goes. ( Only I just don't do it ;)
They are driving home today after being gone for a month, so will see this tonight or in the morning.