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Sunday, July 6, 2014

Our Little Get-To-Gether

We had a wonderful week together. We missed Mallory, Cody and Brady, but I tried to keep them somewhat informed. We had a slip and slide, went boating, GPS chase, treasure hunt, played fun games, a lip-syncing show, nightly fires and chats, fireworks every night, a visit to the fort, a wagon ride, a loud cannon, birthday cake, lots of good meals and good food, a parade, and more!
WHAT WAS YOUR FAVOURITE ACTIVITY? What was the most fun for YOU?

Monday, January 20, 2014

Jan 20 2014 Martin Luther King Jr. Day

I've been trying for quite a while to get into my own blog in order to be able to write a post. I don't know why I can't access it from my address bar as usual, it just keeps telling me that I don't have permission to do so. I had to go the long way around, that took about 10 steps.

I don't really have much to write today, now that I've accessed the site. Mom has been very busy with her new calling, and our lifestyle will probably change a bit now. She will eventually be released from Family History and Indexing. Yesterday they also released Craig and Norma Bullock the other Family History consultants, so I'm essentially on my own right now. Sunday's class will be fun, especially since we have about 12 people or more attending now. C'est la vie. I'm sure someone else will be called soon enough.

Mom and I are off to Kalispell for another school board planning meeting on Wednesday, a few days away for us. Mom has booked the long arm quilting machine for two days. She will be busy.

Thought it about time I wrote a little something, as I've noticed that everyone's blogging has sort of subsided quite a bit, including mine. I guess maybe nothing much is happening in any of our lives, or we can't be bothered to share our experiences. I'm as bad as everyone else. Maybe I should try a little harder.

Well, enough for today!

Sunday, April 21, 2013


Wed, April 10, 2013
Left home just after 4:00 pm, travelled to Dillon, MT. Spent the night

Thurs, April 11, 2013
On our way by 8:00. Stopped at Cove Fort and watched a video. Continued on to St. George . Walked around the temple that evening. Fairly warm

Fri, April 12, 2013
Headed on towards Vegas. We stopped at an information stop about the Mojave Desert.

We ate lunch at Sue's 50's Diner. 

Arrived at the Courtyard Marriott in downtown San Diego about 3:30 with the help of the GPS. ( It used to be a bank building built early in the 20th century, very ornate. 

Strolled down to the Convention Centre for Pete to register

then on through Seaport Village and along the harbour.

We listened to a jazz band in the square and bought a decoration to hang in our yard. On the way back to the hotel, the Convention Centre was closed so we had to take the stair root, about 100 steps. Had supper at the Old Spaghetti Factory. Had ice cream at Ghirardelli's. Cloudy

Sat, April 13, 2013
Pete went to his conference. I lazed a bit and then walked over to Horton Mall. We took the transit to Old Town where we saw the sites.

We visited the Mormon Battalion Visitors Centre and ate supper at a Mexican restaurant, the PiƱata . Cloudy but warm.

Sun, April 14, 2013
I hung around the hotel while Pete went to the conference. We took the transit to Balboa Park. Very nice area - rose gardens,

old, interesting buildings and architecture.

There were all kinds of museums here, and a model train exhibition that was huge.

We saw the Spreckle theatre where they have outdoor concerts. The buildings here were built for the 1935 World Exhibition and there was a little hut for each country. Returned to the hotel area and had fish and chips for supper. We wandered around the mall and found a grocery store to purchase some breakfast food.  Went to Ghirardelli's for ice cream.  We were becoming regulars here. Kind of misty and rainy today.

Mon, April 15, 2013

I spent a bunch of money while Pete was at conference. We took the trolley to the USS Midway Museum.

It was very interesting. After we got back to the hotel our concierge made us a dinner reservation at Croce's where we had filet mignon. It was probably the best filet We have ever eaten. After we returned to the hotel we wandered around it and took pictures. It used to be a bank and the old vault and safety deposit boxes are still there.

It has beautiful marble everywhere. Warm but not really sunny.

Tues, April 16, 2013
Left San Diego and headed to Ken and Linda's. Stopped to walk around the San Diego Temple on the way.

Arrived in Orange about 10:30. Ken and Linda weren't home so we drove to Downtown Disney and wandered around.

Talked Dad into buying some shoes. Back to Church's. visited with Linda until Ken came home. Went to Chinese food for supper. Visited with them. Warm and Sunny.

Wed, April 17, 2013
Ken spent the day with us showing us around the area. Linda had to work. We went to the harbour. Walked on Newport pier and watched the surfers and saw a sea lion and the fishermen.

Walked on the beach. Rode an electric boat around the bay and saw lots of beautiful homes and boats.

Had lunch in the Newport Beach area. Drove around the Fashion Island Mall area and shopped a little at the Spectrum Mall. Went back to the house and met Linda. Went to supper at the outside food court where we ate last time we were at their place. Stopped at Broadway Shoes, a huge shoe outlet where I spent too much money again. Visited.  Nice weather, a bit windy on the beach.

Thurs, April 18, 2013
Left Ken and Linda's hoping to take the 101 up the coast but missed it so went up the freeway to San Francisco. Arrived at Fisherman's Wharf about 4:30. Strolled around there and then headed to the Golden Gate Bridge where we took pictures.

Followed the GPS through San Francisco up and down the streets

 and travelled to Fairfield where we stopped for the night at our trip's "Bates" motel. The wi-fi cost so we lived without for the night. Very chilly on the wharf and at the bridge.

Fri, April 19, 2013
Dad walked to a Raley's grocery store to get some breakfast and asked some guys he met what was Fairfield's claim to fame.

They told him Jelly Bellys. Dad didn't know what Jelly Bellies were. We looked up the address in the phone book and took our trusty GPS to 1 Jelly Belly Lane.  We were there by 8:45 and couldn't believe how many people showed up by 9:00. by the time we finished our very interesting tour one hour later, the place was packed. It was really interesting and amazing how many visitors were there. Of course we had to purchase some "Belly Flops".

We spent a long day driving and ended up in Twin Falls about 10:30.  We actually had forgotten about the time change so it was an hour later than we were thinking. We found a hotel and had some supper.

Sat, April 20, 2013
Continued up Highway 93 and stopped at Craters of the Moon Park. Decided we should see what was there as we would probably never be that way again so drove around the Craters park.

Worked our way up through Idaho to join the I-15 and arrived home about 9:15.

Had a great time and saw lots of interesting things. Always fun to see different parts of the country.

Sunday, March 31, 2013

Wonderful day on Saturday March 30th 2013 as Steven and Payton were married in the temple in Cardston.

It was a beautiful day, and almost the whole family was able to be here. Unfortunately Hope had to return home on the Thursday before. But some great pictures of the family were taken.

Thanks to everyone for helping Celebrate this wonderful day, I'm sure Steven and Payton will never forget it.


Sunday, August 5, 2012

Our Trip To Eureka, Part 1!

As everyone knows, Mom and I came down to Eureka Montana on Friday to go to the outdoor quilt show that they have here every year on the first Saturday of August. We left home at 10:00 AM our scheduled time of departure, got almost to the border at Del bonita, and realized I had left my Quilt Templates business cards at home, so we were back home at 11:00 AM. We got a phone call from Steve, who had locked himself out of his car in Raymond (second time this week), so we went there with the extra key and got him back into his car. We were finally on our way by 11:30 AM.

It took about 3 hours to get to Eureka, which is about 50 miles west of Whitefish. We hadn't pre-booked a motel, so from about East Glacier on, we were watching out for one, but everywhere was "no vacancy"! We got all the way to Eureka, and there wasn't a room to be found.

This is a picture of Dickie Lake, a beautiful blue colored lake about 20 minutes before Eureka. We drove by it three times in the last couple of days, and there were all kinds of boats on it, and water skiers, wake boards and etc. There's a campground at the far end and a small beach.

Anyway, we got to Eureka and there were only 2 motels, the first had no rooms, so we figured we might have to drive another hour to Fernie (the border is just 10 minutes from here) to get a room.
We decided to stop at the second motel and ask if they had a room before we left town. It's another Bates Motel looking place (for all you road trip fans), even has a casino attached to it. I went in, and at the truly Bates style motel desk in the lobby, asked if they had a room. Someone had just cancelled 5 minutes before and we were in luck! (We talked to some other guests later, who had pre-booked, and they said that all kinds of people had been to the motel trying to get a room, but the motel had been pre-booked and full for the weekend). We were the lucky ones!

Actually, the motel has been refurbished in all the rooms, and it is actually a fairly nice place. We decided to stay 2 nights. It was only $79.50 per night!!! Nothing anywhere near this price in Kalispel and Whitfish.

Eureka is actually a very nice little town, with an historic main street with buildings built in 1903 etc, and lots of interesting stores selling clothes, antiques, quilts, souvenirs, fancy household decorations and etc. There's also a really interesting historic village in the town park, where the main part of the quilt show was set up yesterday.

Friday afternoon and evening we went for a drive west along HWY 37 to Rexford where we ate supper at a pretty neat restaurant. The fried chicken dinner was huge and really good. All kinds of people there eating.

After supper we drove further west to what the waitress called the Big Bridge, to look for an Amish community that lived out there some where. The waitress said to cross the Big Bridge and turn right.

A few pictures of the big bridge,In the second picture you can see where Hwy. 37continues along the shore of the lake, which is the southern end of Lake Kookanusa. Hwy. 2 west crosses the same lake in BC. Anyway, you turn right off Hwy. 37, and drive across the bridge. At the other end of the bridge is an old Hwy. and you have to turn left or right. Left goes to Libby Dam, about 45 miles away along the lake, and right goes to West Kootenai a small town where the Amish settlement is. We went right, and drove for quite a ways, about 15 minutes along the lake, through beautiful forests till we got to West Kootenai. There were cottages all the way, and lots with RV's, lots more civilization than we would have guessed. You couldn't see most of them, unless you turned down the numerous access roads where all the cottage hamlets were. We drove down a couple.

The forests were full of these beautiful Larch trees. The bark looks really neat. We took this picture of an especially red one.

At West Kootenai there was a store/restaurant run by the Amish where we could have had supper. It was Friday night and their buffet night every week, and they had mashed potatoes, gravy, all kinds of stuff in the buffet. It looked good! And great looking pie for desert. Another time! There were quite a few people there. They serve meals from 9:00 till 6:00 everyday but Sunday. 

We went back to Eureka and had a huckleberry milkshake at the Jax cafe on mainstreet. It was fabulous!

 Mom says to end the Epistle, so I'll write about Saturday later.

Saturday, July 7, 2012

Our Trip To Fort McMurray

Got to Fort McMurray yesterday afternoon, after staying in Edmonton the night before at Em and Trevors' place.

It was Tylers' birthday a few days ago, and we got to give the birthday boy our gift yesterday morning. It was too late when we arrived the night before. He got a really neat remote controlled car from his parents. He was thrilled with it! He had also received a buzz cut, to keep him cool during the summer.

It rained a little on our way to Mal and Codys' from Edmonton yesterday, but the trip was uneventful, and the traffic was really pretty good. We met Mal at the WalMart store.

A few pictures of their townhouse. It's very nice, and the air conditioning has come in very handy today.

They live in a very nice neighborhood, very quiet, and really clean streets. Some of you will have to come visit them and see what a nice city it is.
The main reason we came was to see Brady Harris, and he's so cute, just like all our other grandchildren. Here are some pictures I've taken.

We're having a very restful day today, it's hot outside and we've spent most of the day just relaxing and enjoying having nothing to do! Here's a picture of Mom, I think she has read half that book today. She's sitting in the shade on their patio.

I'll finish today with another cute picture of Brady that Mom took just a little while ago.