Our Fun December

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Russ and I went on a Mexican Cruise at the beginning of Dec! The picture on the beach was taken in Cabo San Lucas and you can see the Mariner of the Seas in the background. The other picture was at the famous arches in old town Puerto Vallarta.
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Russ and I spent Christmas with Aimee and her family in Texas. We had a lot of fun playing with our 4 grandsons! This our newest grandson Titus who was five months old at Christmas. One of our best presents was learning that we are going to have a new granddaughter in May! Congrats Josh and Katie!!
  • apple
    Great pictures!
    Very cute grandkids :)
    by apple at 01/08/10 9:24PM
  • crazy_mama
    Those boys are ADORABLE!!! Congrats on the new grandbaby. So special!
    by crazy_mama at 01/08/10 11:58PM
  • bestill
    Wow. That's a huge ship. Was this an anniversary cruise? And you just went to Hawaii in the fall. That sounds like lots of fun!
    by bestill at 01/09/10 7:52AM
  • dsh
    Beautiful pictures of the vacation AND with the grandkids!
    by dsh at 01/09/10 12:07PM
  • babyelephant
    Thanks for sharing the pictures! It looks like you had fun on your cruise.
    by babyelephant at 01/10/10 5:49PM
  • babyelephant
    Ha ha! I told Rusty what you said about your family not eating meat for a year, and he was like, "What? My family?! When was that? Are you sure? Why did we do that?"
    You'd be proud of him, though. He's really branching out, and trying new things....especially with vegetables.
    by babyelephant at 01/26/10 7:09PM
  • grannywriter
    I love the pictures, especially Titus.
    by grannywriter at 02/08/10 10:18PM
  • whosyourdaddy
    by whosyourdaddy at 02/12/10 12:27PM
  • scrappyhappymama
    Remember Elijah running around your house saying "Happy Love Day!" So sweet. Hope you have a great Love Day!
    by scrappyhappymama at 02/14/10 2:13PM
  • aleta
    When I read your time change story, I got a knot in my stomach for you!
    by aleta at 03/15/10 6:24PM
  • dsh
    Thank you.
    by dsh at 05/18/10 10:08AM
  • mrs_rosshead
    Those grandbabies are the sweetest!
    Yeah, I just melt and really don't function well in the heat! It's awful!
    Thanks for the comment on my site! : )
    by mrs_rosshead at 06/27/10 11:49PM
  • aleta
    Thank you!
    by aleta at 07/02/10 1:48PM
  • aleta
    Thank you, so much! May my quiver be as full as yours!
    by aleta at 01/23/11 8:26PM
  • aleta
    Thank you for your prayers. It was so great to see Moses, Amy and the children last Sunday. Elijah thrilled me with his extensive use of my songbook!
    by aleta at 08/10/12 5:38PM
  • aleta
    Thank you! How are y'all doing these days? Are y'all still in California?
    by aleta at 09/10/13 8:52AM
  • aleta
    Okay, I thought y'all had made a move but couldn't remember where. How great that is to be close to at least one set of grandchildren!
    by aleta at 09/13/13 6:44PM

Our Trip To Hawaii and a Big Surprise

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View from our hotel room

Russ and I were very lucky to be able to visit our daughter, Katie, son-in-law Josh and our 3 year old granddaughter, Roree in Hawaii a few weeks ago. They will be moving to Japan in June so we thought we should visit them before they leave. We just fell in love with Hawaii. It was so beautiful! We visited Pearl Harbor and the battleship, Missouri. We swam in the ocean off Waikiki. We climbed up Diamond Head!! We drove almost all around the island of Oahu, getting to see the beautiful beaches. One night we sat on a beach on the Northshore and watched the sunset!! But, I think the most special time was spent with our family there! We played in the ocean off Kailua Beach with Katie and Roree! That was the most fun day seeing Roree enjoy the water so much! Then we spent one day with Katie, Josh, and Roree at the Cultural Center. It was so beautiful there! We had such a great day learning about all the different cultures there. Then Katie and Josh taught us a new game called Settlers of Qatan and we played it a few times. Our first night there was spent at The Hale Koa. Our room had a spectacular view. They even set off fireworks on the beach in front of the hotel. What a sight!! Thank you so much Josh!! The rest of our visit we stayed with Katie and Josh. Thank you so much for your hospitality!!

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PhotobucketRuss and I with our Build-a-Bear

Katie and Josh had quite the surprise waiting for us when we arrived! I had just stepped into their living room to hug Katie when she hands me a Build-a-Bear. I took one look and I said the last time you gave me a Build-a-Bear you were pregnant!!! Katie said to look at Roree's shirt and it said "Big sisters Rock". So, Yes!!!! Katie is pregnant and due in May and we will have our 9th grandbaby!!! What a happy surprise!! So now we are home in Oroville longing to be back in Hawaii.


  • apple
    Great pictures!
    What a WONDERFUL surprise, your 9th grandbaby! WOW!!
    by apple at 10/05/09 6:56AM
  • grannywriter
    I told you so! I knew you would love it! How could you not. It is truly God's wonderful creation. So is our upcoming new addition!!
    by grannywriter at 10/05/09 9:19PM
  • tsarmo
    Now I can finally say to someone else, "Welcome to the club!". When I joined the "been to Hawaii" club, I found myself dizzy with wonder and amazement over the beauty of the little island in the Pacific. I miss it. I find myself even missing the many types of trees that had beautiful flowers. I am so happy that you both were able to enjoy another of one of God's many creations.
    by tsarmo at 10/05/09 11:18PM
  • mrs_rosshead
    Glad you had a nice time in every aspect of visiting the island. What a blessing, another grandchild! I guess you'll be going over to Japan next! : )
    I've played Qatan with my kids too. I like it even though I lose every time!
    by mrs_rosshead at 10/06/09 9:10AM
  • dsh
    I'm glad you got to spend time with your family in Hawaii. What a place to get to go to spend quality family time! Congratulations on the 9th grandbaby due in May!! My 6th grandbaby is due in May, tooooooo!
    by dsh at 10/09/09 5:50AM
  • babyelephant
    I'm glad we have this way to stay in touch too! I need to get skype because my new computer has a built-in web cam. Rusty told me your story about your dad's dog and the kittens. That is SOOO funny!! I just love dogs.
    I'm glad you had fun in Hawaii. Next destination, Chicago!....right? :)
    by babyelephant at 10/12/09 3:06PM
  • dsh
    I'm on FB too. I like pleo better, but am able to keep in touch with so many more friends that are on FB. On pleo, peoples thoughts are so much more in depth. FB for the most part, is just a sentence.
    by dsh at 10/26/09 7:44PM
  • babyelephant
    Thanks so much for the gift card!! I just LOVE Khol's. I am going to try really hard to save it until the day after Thanksgiving. :)
    by babyelephant at 10/26/09 7:45PM
  • babyelephant
    Lol! Unfortunately... he did. I was like, "AH! Don't tackle me!"....and down I went. Luckily, the sand wasn't all that hard.
    by babyelephant at 10/28/09 6:18PM
  • babyelephant
    Lol! Unfortunately... he did. I was like, "AH! Don't tackle me!"....and down I went. Luckily, the sand wasn't all that hard.
    by babyelephant at 10/28/09 6:18PM
  • crazy_mama
    He is in San Bernardion with the Mountain View church. He is really LOVING this week. He is street preaching and just passing out Bibles and setting up Bible studies. Very busy!
    by crazy_mama at 01/06/10 11:17PM
  • crazy_mama
    Where do you guys live?
    by crazy_mama at 01/06/10 11:18PM
  • crazy_mama
    HA HA! I know who you are! You are the grandmother of some of the sweetest kids ever! I'm sure you would agree. I just love your daughters and their families!
    by crazy_mama at 01/08/10 12:17AM
  • aleta
    Thank you for reading our story!
    by aleta at 02/07/10 9:47PM
  • whosyourdaddy
    by whosyourdaddy at 02/12/10 12:39PM
  • whosyourdaddy
    by whosyourdaddy at 02/12/10 12:42PM

Relay For Life

May 16, 2009
My mother-in-law Margaret AKA Grannywriter organized a group called "The Warm Fuzzies" to walk in The Relay for Life. Russ and I walked a few hours around the track which was not easy as it was over 100 that day! Russ and Margaret both gave speeches too! Everyone agreed the event was a sucsess!
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High School Friend Maryann and Me
I was so excited to be able to get together with my long time friend Maryann! We have been friends since high school so that means we have known each other over 36 years! She and her husband Bob just moved back to the Sacramento area so Russ and I joined them for lunch at Olive Garden.Boy, did we reminisce! And we both are going to have our 8th grandchild this summer! It's so wonderful to have such a long time friend!

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Look what Russ made for me...
I have the sweetest husband! I asked him a while back if he would build me a fireplace. I knew he could do it because he built one for our bedroom a few years ago. Well, I am so happy with the finished fireplace I just had to share with you all! Yes, I know now is not the time to be thinking of fireplaces but I have confidence it will be cold again!

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  • tigerrita
    The fireplace is beautiful. It is nice to reunite with old friends. I also just reunited with a friend I had not seen in 40 years.
    by tigerrita at 06/02/09 10:20AM
  • mcbecci
    Hey there--I'm Becci McKinney and just read on someone's page that you can't find too many people on here from CA. I live in Tampa, FL, but I grew up in CA--Santa Maria, Temple City, Apple Valley. I have family all up and down the coast in CA-from San Diego to San Fran. Where do you worship?
    by mcbecci at 06/04/09 12:43PM
  • mcbecci
    Oh, and I love the pics of Disneyworld and your cruise! We just did the Disney cruise with our two kids and LOVED it! I am a travel agent and if you ever need someone to book another cruise for you, let me know. :)
    by mcbecci at 06/04/09 12:45PM
  • redkoala
    Josh would love to hear that. Next I'll share some of his photos from his deployments. Some are beautiful.
    by redkoala at 06/05/09 4:06AM
  • redkoala
    "
    by redkoala at 06/05/09 4:08AM
  • redkoala
    Here's a photo (not taken by us) of the beach that we see from our living room. You need to come see!
    by redkoala at 06/05/09 4:09AM
  • all_gods_children
    That's awesome that you and your husband were able to do Relay for Life! What a great cause. :)

    Super nice and cozy fireplace! You just might be able to use it sooner than you though! Strange weather we are having!!! Thunderstorms???
    by all_gods_children at 06/05/09 1:07PM
  • whosyourdaddy
    by whosyourdaddy at 06/05/09 4:03PM
  • dsh
    The fireplace is beautiful and I love the big picture above it. :)
    by dsh at 06/10/09 9:54AM
  • grannywriter
    Thanks! Yes Lonnie was getting it yesterday and last night he got the brunt of it. I am feeling some better.
    by grannywriter at 06/15/09 6:48PM
  • tsarmo
    That is excellent work! Tell Russ I say great job on the fireplace and more importantly great job on the husbandry. Take care.
    by tsarmo at 06/21/09 9:55PM
  • rusty
    log in and go to my blog. under my picture and my name in the top right hand corner you should see a link that says "add to friend list"
    by rusty at 07/02/09 7:09PM
  • rusty
    wow, i guess i haven't really looked at that fireplace closely until now. dad made that? i knew he was good, but that looks incredible!
    by rusty at 07/02/09 7:12PM
  • redkoala
    Rabbit Rabbit late!
    by redkoala at 07/02/09 11:23PM
  • trx
    Hover over the word 'friends' in the right menu -- until the little arrow appears. Click on it to get the 'friends' menu. Same technique for groups, links, etc.
    by trx at 07/04/09 6:38PM
  • babyelephant
    Awww! Thanks. I love you guys so much. I miss you a lot!
    by babyelephant at 07/06/09 8:22PM
  • rusty
    I just added some more niagara falls pictures.
    by rusty at 07/07/09 5:56PM
  • ccmom
    Yes, I can do that. Hey, you're gold!
    by ccmom at 07/17/09 1:19PM
  • scrappyhappymama
    Wow that's cool! Little did he know...
    by scrappyhappymama at 08/07/09 1:12AM
  • dsh
    Thanks! I think he did a great job. He'd never constructed anything like that before.
    by dsh at 08/07/09 11:10PM

Our Florida Vacation

Our Family

Russ and I went to visit Family in Florida. Rusty and his wife Catherine joined us there at his sister Christy and her husband Joel's house during Florida College Lectures (February 2009)

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My Birthday at Disney World Hollywood Studios

We spent my birthday with Christy and our grandchildren Zach, Maddie and Andrew at Disneyworld.

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On Disney's Castaway Cay

Russ and I took a fantastic Disney cruise to Nassau and Castaway Cay (pronounced KEY) in the Bahamas. The trip was to celebrate our thirty sixth wedding anniversary. It was our first ever cruise but hopefully not our last. We absolutely loved it and reccomend it to everyone we meet now.

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Valentine's Day with Friends aboard the Disney Wonder

After a wonderful romantic Valentine's Day dinner we met up with Mickey and Minnie for the after dinner Broadway style show.

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  • redkoala
    Rabbit Rabbit!
    by redkoala at 03/02/09 1:09PM
  • ccmom
    by ccmom at 03/03/09 8:28AM
  • whosyourdaddy
    Happy Anniversary! I Love You.
    by whosyourdaddy at 03/03/09 11:06AM
  • apple
    by apple at 03/03/09 12:48PM
  • scrappyhappymama
    Happy Anniversary!!
    by scrappyhappymama at 03/03/09 2:36PM
  • rustin
    Happy Anniversary!
    by rustin at 03/03/09 11:40PM
  • redkoala
    Happy Anniversary!
    by redkoala at 03/04/09 12:53AM
  • lauriw1030
    WOW! What a great visit! Also, such special occasions! Happy Anniversary!
    by lauriw1030 at 03/06/09 12:20AM
  • all_gods_children
    That's so awesome! I'm so glad you guys had a wonderful time visiting family, sharing memories, creating new memories! What a celebration!!!
    by all_gods_children at 03/09/09 5:26PM
  • mrs_rosshead
    What a fun looking trip! Happy Anniversary and Happy Birthday! :)
    by mrs_rosshead at 03/09/09 11:32PM
  • whosyourdaddy
    by whosyourdaddy at 03/17/09 1:24PM
  • redkoala
    Roree had me play this for her over and over.
    by redkoala at 03/17/09 3:29PM
  • scrappyhappymama
    ^^Ezra says "I wike it!"
    by scrappyhappymama at 03/17/09 7:33PM
  • dsh
    We may have discussed our ages before. I don't remember! We're the same age! Steve was born in June of 54 and I was born in February of 55. So which of us is older?? :)
    by dsh at 04/14/09 10:16AM
  • dsh
    You are six days older than me. :) Steve's the old man in the group. :)
    by dsh at 04/15/09 2:57PM
  • babyelephant
    Yes! She is going with a group from school. F.C. plans a trip every summer that anyone can sign up for, and she decided to do it. They will be gone for about a week.
    by babyelephant at 05/05/09 8:28AM
  • babyelephant
    I love you too!
    by babyelephant at 05/05/09 8:29AM
  • ccmom
    by ccmom at 05/09/09 6:34PM
  • grannywriter
    Happy Mother's Day to You!
    by grannywriter at 05/09/09 8:29PM
  • scrappyhappymama
    Happy Mother's Day mom! Love you!!
    by scrappyhappymama at 05/10/09 11:23PM

February 16 ... Happy Birthday Katie!

Our Baby Girl then and now...

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  • apple
    Wow! Roree does look alot like Katie when she was little! Sweet pictures :)
    by apple at 02/15/09 7:42PM
  • grannywriter
    Are you sure that isn't a picture of roree? I knew she did look like her mom but that is totally amazing! Both beautiful girls!!
    by grannywriter at 02/15/09 11:36PM
  • redkoala
    by redkoala at 02/16/09 1:56AM
  • dsh
    Happy Birthday to Katie!

    From the looks of the posts below, it looks like I missed telling you Happy Birthday. Happy Belated Birthday!

    Your classroom looks great, too.
    by dsh at 02/16/09 9:09PM
  • redkoala
    by redkoala at 02/18/09 3:54PM
  • crazy_mama
    It was nice meeting you too. I just love your daughters! I have been feeling better and then I have the bad times too but it is ending so that's always a good thing. Love the pictures of Our Spiritual Heritage. How is that going? We have started that at home and just love it. Good stuff!!!
    by crazy_mama at 02/18/09 8:35PM
  • dsh
    Thanks for the Birthday wishes.

    Yes, Everett Hardin is my father-in-law. They live in Plant City, Florida. :)
    by dsh at 02/18/09 9:33PM
  • apple
    It was really nice visiting with you too! I look forward to your next visit :) Maybe around Christmas time??!! (ha ha ha ha)
    by apple at 02/19/09 11:46AM
  • sarasponda
    Roree is so cute and she totally looks like Katie. How are you all doing?
    by sarasponda at 02/20/09 6:21PM
  • babyelephant
    I'm glad you found it okay. You are so welcome! I miss you guys already!
    by babyelephant at 02/21/09 7:19PM
  • nick_katie
    Thank you! It was nice to meet y'all too!
    by nick_katie at 02/21/09 8:44PM
  • apple
    Logan will be 10 on March 10th.
    by apple at 02/26/09 11:08AM