Monday, September 30, 2013

The writing's on the......sidewalk?

Last weekend when we had a houseful of people, I dug out a long-ago forgotten box of multi-colored chalk.  In fact, I found the chalk when I started cleaning out the storage shelves in the laundry room in preparation of our departure.  The chalk, nice weather, and the cars and trike provided some needed entertainment (and distraction from the kitchen) for not only the grandkids, but some adults, too.  I think they came up with some fun pictures.  I was so sad when it rained a few days later, washing all those memories down the drain. Glad we got some pictures!

Here's our official greeting!
and we could end up here, in the Gilbert Islands, too!
Big plane to Hawaii; the smaller prop plane, with pontoons, is headed to the islands.

Lydia's drawing of Grandma and Grandpa teaching in the Marshall Islands (notice the math work and the coconut tree on the right?)

Grandpa by Oliver's creation
far away shot so you can see the house that we will miss!
Tabitha giving Evelyn a push
stick picture of Mike and I w/ our Missionary tags!

Evelyn trusting Oliver at the wheel
Isn't that trike too little for Brandon?
checking out the art work

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Farewells and family

Mike and I talked in church on Sunday, Sept. 22nd [ I'm told that is something we need to get used to doing], so as a result, some of the family converged on our house for one last time before we head off into the unknown.  May I say, it was Mahvelous! No, I'm not talking about our talks in church, I am talking about hanging with the kiddies and siblings.  Toys, food, kids, food, talking, food, laughing, food, games, food.  Just an all out fun time, with just a little sleep thrown in here and there.  Thanks to all who came to make it a special time for us!  We love you all!  Here are a few random shots.
my brother, Brad, and his wife, Wendy
my nephew Matt, and Tara, Ryan and their exchange student

Andy chilling before dinner
Lynn and Leah
The "kids" table with the siblings

Nick, Hannah, and Pat
Tabitha and Evelyn
Pat and Lynn, Mike and Lisa
Sisters Diane and Marianne (and Brandon)
Tara, Matt, Nicholas, Alicia and Leah

 And plenty of goofing off by all...
Brandon attack by Luca, Lydia, Oliver and Gavin
crazy kids!