Thursday, February 23, 2017

MIA... but With Good Reason

Big Kids Overnight.
Levi and I dressed alike, not planned!
Teaching Lulu to do Cross-stitch.
Building towers with colorful, plastic cups 
and watching them fall.

Levi got called on the carpet for bugging his sister and 
jumping on the couch!
Do you think he took me seriously?


Tom and me with five of our grandchildren

We all went together for a day trip
 to Baker City, Oregon.
It's about a two hour drive, north of Boise.

We went to see the
National Historic Oregon Trail
Interpretive Center

It's a hands-on museum and the kids
had so much fun. They even got to play inside a
wagon and dressed up as pioneers.  

What a great museum!
Anything you wanted to know
 about the Oregon Trail, you can learn there!

Did you know that the wagons weren't pulled by horses?
They used Oxen because the Oxen will eat anything!

Oh look, it's a Pioneer family...
NO wait a minute!!

They didn't wear tennis shoes back then!

Or did they?


Valentine's Day Party
Every Tuesday, we have the Kimmy's family 
over to our home, for a dinner.
Just so happened, Valentine's Day landed on
a Tuesday!
Kimmy made us a sugar free, fat free
dessert, that was so yummy!


The day after the party, Tom and I headed over to Seattle.
We thought it was going to be smooth sailing, 
because of all the snow that melted.
Our 8.5 hour drive, took 10 hours 
because of fog, black ice and snow.

But well worth it !

Look at how big Trey and Scarlett are getting!
(Our son, Todd and Stephanie's children)

 Trey is four and Scarlett is one.

 We were so busy.
First off were swim lessons!
Trey is like a fish in water.

Then we celebrated Tom's 65th birthday.
The kids were amazed at Tom's singing ability,
or scared ! 

First time bowling for Trey 
and he beat me!

The kids were amazed at how the ball 
just shoots back up to the rack!

And of course we snuggled and laughed a lot.

Miss you guys!


When you visit Seattle on a beautiful day, there is
nothing like a ferry boat ride.

We rode a ferry to visit my
 ninety one year old,  Aunt Bobbie.

I don't think Tom even noticed he was the only
man in the Tea Room that day. 
 What a guy! I'm blessed!

The ride back was just as beautiful!

my old hometown!


"He must have a strong belief in the trustworthy message he was taught; then he will be able to encourage others with wholesome teaching and show those who oppose it where they are wrong."

Titus 1:9


  1. You absolutely wear me out just watching you! I love to see people who are having fun, and you are. I'm sure the women in the tea room enjoyed looking at your handsome husband! I'm actually looking forward to retirement because of the lessons I've learned from you. It isn't the end, rather it's the beginning of a whole new life with not nearly so many time restrictions!!! Hugs~

  2. You've been MIA for all the BEST reasons!! Oh, I can't believe how everyone is growing!! Too quickly! So glad you've enjoyed such wonderful times with your loves. Happy Birthday to Tom!! blessings and hugs ~ tanna

  3. So many wonderful times (and sweet memories)!!! The kids are getting big soooo fast! Glad you had a safe trip to Seattle! Happy Birthday Tom! many blessings to all- Dee Dee

  4. You have very good reasons for being MIA. What wonderful photos and such a lively, busy family enjoying all that is bright and beautiful!

    Wishing you lots of hugs,

  5. What = blessed joy it is for you to be able to spend so much time with your kids and grandchildren! I felt sorry for you with that long ride to Seattle! Happy Birthday Tom :) Loved the picture of you with your sweet Aunt Bobbie and the ferry ride... so fun :) Retirement seems to keep you a very busy lady!

  6. Dear Christine ... You are two AWESOME grandparents. It looks like you have been having a lot of fun and making a lot of wonderful memories. Evening Blessings ♥ Teri

  7. Awe Christine, looks like you all had a wonderful time. Love looking at the pictures of the family. Makes my heart leap for joy looking at all that love. Your aunt looks AWESOME! WOW! Girl, find out what kind of face cream she is using! I need to know. Enjoyed this today. Hugs and blessings, Cindy


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