On Leap Day of this year, the Orange Coast College had a concert called “The Sound of Broadway”…featuring orchestral medleys and songs from classic American Musicals. The evening included two vocal performances; one of which was sung by Victoria! Her name was even listed on the poster! She looked wonderful and sang beautifully!
Note Victoria’s name on the poster.
Here’s the biography that was included in the program. Victoria Pau is a mezzo-soprano studying voice at Orange Coast College under Dr. Susan Ali. She started pursuing music in earnest four years ago when her older sisters convinced her to join the college’s opera production. Last year Victoria won third place in the NATS musical theater category. She is also a member of OCC Chamber Singes, with which she performed Mozart’s Requiem at Carnegie Hall. When Victoria isn’t singing or working on papers for school, she can be found playing the piano, crocheting, knitting, or baking cookies.
On Friday, February 14th, 2020, Warner Avenue Baptist Church had a Valentine’s Day Dinner. The young people did an EXCELLENT job planning an enjoyable evening for 14 couples. They transformed our fellowship hall into a romantic, candle-lit restaurant. They had a western theme complete with western decorations and entertainment.
Using card tables, each couple had a table to themselves. It came with a candle, menu, cloth napkins, silverware, and flowers.
Here’s the menu. Because some people (including Tim and Jeri) had special dietary restrictions, some additional items were prepared.
Jeffrey singing “I’m My Own Grandpa.”
Josiah told some jokes and riddles for meal-time entertainment.
Jeffrey and crew led the audience in “Deep in the Heart of Texas”…complete with hand clapping.
Jeffrey sang an old love song.
Katie and Lizzie led the singing of “You Are My Sunshine.”
At the end of the evening, the entire kitchen staff joined the musicians in singing “Happy Trails.”
Jason, Hannah, Jeffrey, and Josiah after the meal.
Here’s a picture taken of Lizzie, Victoria, Jeri, and Tim in the kitchen after the meal.
Here’s a picture of Nicole, Joanna, the three Thomas girls, and Lizzie in the kitchen after the meal. Clean up has begun!
What a surprise! Sarah took Jeri and Tim out to lunch and a movie on Saturday. Little did they know that the rest of the family (including Hannah) were busy giving our living room a total makeover. It looks great now!
New sectional, new coffee table, new end table, new lamps, new curtains, new area rug, new mirror, new room decor, and new wall hanging (artwork by Jason Pau).
What a blessing! Everyone enjoys relaxing in the living room now. Thank you, everyone!
Saturday, October 5th, 2019, was the day of Tim’s dorm floor reunion. Tim and Jeri also drove up to Ames the previous night to visit with a lot of the guys and their spouses.
Saturday morning, Grandma Stogdill took us out for breakfast to the Cracker Barrel restaurant. Aunt Vickie and Rachel as well as Grandma’s good friend, Katie, were able to join us.
After breakfast, we stopped by Jordan Creek Mall in West Des Moines. The main goal was to get some steps. Grandma Stogdill tries to get 8,000 a day.
Then Tim and Jeri drove up to Ames. First we visited with our good friend, Annette. This was during Iowa State’s home football game with Texas Christian University.
Then we drove to Campustown and saw some old and a lot of new places. We found a place to park and began walking towards the stadium. We first stopped at the Memorial Union.
Here we are next to Lake Laverne.
As we walk to the stadium, people are leaving the game. (Iowa State won 49 to 24.) We got a picture in the stadium.
We had a great turnout for our reunion. Our group photo had 39 guys. (A lot of us also met the night before in Ames at an old fraternity house that was converted into a bed and breakfast.)
After the reunion, we started the drive back to Des Moines (well actually Johnston). Initially we thought to get a few slices of pizza at Casey’s but they were only selling whole pizzas. So we decided to stop at Hickory Park. It was a spur of the moment decision.
The parking lot was packed; apparently lot of people leaving the game had the same idea. Once inside, the hostess told us the wait would be about 20 minutes. Because we weren’t in any hurry, we decided to wait. Fortunately we were called back in less than five minutes.
We split a plate of deep fried appetizers and a veggie burger.
We finished with dessert. Chocolate chip cookie dough ice cream with chocolate chips and a cookie. It was so sweet and rich that we didn’t finish it all.
Jill, Maggie, Laura, Joanna, and Victoria (in order of appearance) sing “Smile” (music by Charlie Chaplin, lyrics by John Turner and Geoffrey Parsons). “Smile” was the concluding piece for Dr. Ali’s voice recital at Orange Coast College in Costa Mesa, CA on Saturday, September 28th, 2019.
Because Josiah is now 13 years old, we didn’t get free passes to the fair via their school/home school education program this year. Although we had to pay to get in, we were able to choose a day nearly perfect weather. It was partly cloudy with a high around 80 F.
Previously we were planning to attend the fair, the previous Friday. However the high that day was predicted to be around 100 F. We opted not to go that day.
Tim and Joanna worked from home in the morning. Then around 1 PM, the five of us (Jeri, Tim, Joanna, Victoria, and Josiah) headed out for the 50 minute drive up to Pomona.
Because we arrived at the fair starving, our first stop was for food. We found a vegan food truck, Govinda’s Veggie Bomb. We bought three of their Atomic Tacos, a Yogi Bowl, and their Bomb Nachos. Joanna also picked up an order of Chipotle fries from another vendor.
Of course the fair has many vendors. One that we seem to visit every year sells women’s dresses. Some are made in Italy; most are from India. Tim liked one that Jeri ended up getting.
The girls did some shopping and found some dessert.
One of the must-sees for Josiah were the steam engines. The train museum is on the fairgrounds and has a number of old trains.
After the girls finished some shopping, they joined Tim and Josiah to see the trains.
After the trains, we wondered around saw and heard some fun stuff. They had some cutout displays.
We took some pictures with the Ferris wheel behind us.