Dressing up for Halloween

Joanna and Sarah were invited to a costume party for Halloween.

Joanna went as Mary Poppins (even to work).

Mary Poppins (Joanna) at work. Click photo for full size.

Sarah was Audrey Hepburn. Professional photography by Lizzie Pau.

Sarah as Audrey Hepburn. Click photo for full size.

Here they are together.

Mary Poppins (Joanna) and Audrey Hepburn (Sarah). Click photo for full size.

Joanna made “mummy” cupcakes.

Joanna with “mummy” cupcakes. Click photo for full size.

Lizzie taking a picture.

Lizzie taking a picture of Mary Poppins and Audrey Hepburn. Click photo for full size.

For fun, here are pictures of the real Mary Poppins and Audrey Hepburn.

Mary Poppins. Click photo for full size.
Audrey Hepburn. Click photo for full size.

Here’s a daily digest.

Dvorak’s New World Symphony

Sunday afternoon, a number of us enjoyed hearing the Pacific Symphony perform Dvorak’s New World Symphony.

Here are Josiah, Jeri, Tim, and Justin before the concert.

Josiah, Jeri, Tim, and Justin before the concert. Click photo for full size.

Here are Nicole, Victoria, and Lizzie before the concert.

Nicole, Victoria, and Lizzie before the concert. Click photo for full size.

We didn’t get a picture of Jeffrey who was sitting in front of us with some friends from church.

Singing for Sunday Morning Prelude

Normally one or more musicians will play a musical instrument starting about 10 minutes before the Sunday morning service. Most often it is the piano.

This past Sunday, all five girls (Nicole, Sarah, Joanna, Victoria, and Lizzie) along with Jason and Jeffrey sang three hymns for preludes. From left to right, they are Joanna, Sarah, Victoria, Nicole, Jason, Lizzie, and Jeffrey.

Here they sing “Are You Washed in the Blood?”

Here they sing “And Can It Be” followed by “How Firm a Foundation.”

LA County Fair 2018

On Friday, September 14, 2018, Tim, Jeri, Lizzie, and Josiah visited the LA County Fair as part of the fair’s school program. We saw a few shows, ate some food, and tried to stay cool on a very hot day.

In the past, Tim has been able to drive to and from the LA County Fair without any problems. It’s about 40 miles away from Fountain Valley. This time the front, right tire of our car hit something really hard while driving in the carpool lane. It was so hard that Tim thought for sure that we popped the tire. So we navigated off the next exit and inspected the tire. Since all of the tires looked fine, we continue driving. However because (unknowingly) Tim missed getting out of the carpool lane in order to change freeways, we started heading the wrong way. Eventually we get to the fair a bit later than expected.

We arrive at the fair and park. By now we’re starving so our first goal is to find food. Last year at the fair, we really enjoyed eating (both lunch and supper) at a vegan food truck. We were hoping (expecting) to find it again but, alas, we were extremely disappointed. Only after touring the fairgrounds in sunny, 90+ F degree weather did we realize that we needed to find food elsewhere.

One manufacturer of cauliflower-crust pizza was giving away free samples. We were so hungry that we gobbled them right up! The good news is that they were delicious! The bad news is that the samples were extremely small.

Lizzie, Josiah, Jeri, and Tim getting free pizza samples. Click photo for full size.

Note the size of the “slice.”

Josiah and Lizzie with their cauliflower pizza sample. Click photo for full size.

We decided to get one personal-size, cheese pizza and a basket of fries for lunch. The pizza and fries were each $12. So we ended up spending $6 a person for each of us to get one slice of pizza and a good amount of fries. We didn’t complain since we knew that fair food is always pricey.

Lizzie, Josiah, Jeri, and Tim having lunch. Click photo for full size.

Lizzie the Princess.

Lizzie the Princess. Click photo for full size.

Josiah the Knight.

Josiah the Knight. Click photo for full size.

Josiah loves sword fighting. Here he battles Tim.

Tim and Josiah sword fighting. Click photo for full size.

Josiah received training in how to be a valiant knight.

The two knight put on a fight as well as a class for the kids. Here’s Josiah afterwards.

Josiah between the two knights. Click photo for full size.

We saw the Peking Acrobats again this year. Each year they change up their routines. The guy on the right just scooted through the tube, feet first, while bent over at the waist.

Two members of the Peking Acrobats. Click photo for full size.

The lady in the middle first balances a small tray on a rod on the bridge of her nose. Then they add four cups. Then they add another tray. They repeat this twice more until finally they add one last glass on top. But that’s not all. Now she climbs up onto a rocking platform and then walks up two ladders attached to each side (seen in the video at the bottom).

Extreme Balancing by the Peking Acrobats. Click photo for full size.

We saw an outdoor acrobat show where girls performed rope routines as well as swung from a trapeze. The guy did some magic tricks including one where we had six members of the audience each pick a number from 1 to 50. After writing all of the numbers down on a large sheet of paper. He pulls out a “Pick Six” lottery ticket that he purchased earlier. He has a member of the audience come up and read the date and the price of the ticket. Then he reads the six numbers…which, of course, exactly match the six numbers chosen by the audience!

Tim, Josiah, Jeri, and Lizzie watching Big Daddy Swing’s High Flyin’ Beach Party. Click photo for full size.
Josiah with the performers with Big Daddy Swing’s High Flyin’ Beach Party. Click photo for full size.

Tim and Josiah saw the “Flea” Circus. The guy was pretty funny.

The Flea Circus show. Click photo for full size.

After the sun went down, we enjoyed not being in the burning sun.

Josiah, Lizzie, Jeri, and Tim enjoying the cooler evening temperatures. Click photo for full size.

For supper, we considered getting some veggie dogs. But instead, we decided to drive back and eat at a Thai restaurant near our house. The food was delicious (as expected)!

Josiah, Lizzie, Jeri, and Tim having supper at Mai Thai restaurant after the fair. Click photo for full size.

Here’s a digest of the day.

Field trip to the Aquarium of the Pacific

On Wednesday, Tim took the day off from work to go to the Home School Day at the Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach. Unfortunately Lizzie was sick so she didn’t go. Jeri, Tim, and Josiah joined up with two other families from church. Because Jeri had to work in the afternoon, Tim and Jeri left after a few hours. But Josiah was able to stay longer and hang out with one of the other families from church.

We started by watching the sea otter show. They were interesting and cute as well. Here’s a picture while watching.

Josiah along with friends (Joshua, Kristie, and Joanna) watching the sea otters. Click photo for full size.

Here Josiah is pointing out a Giant Japanese Spider Crab. They are large with long legs!

Jeri, Josiah, and Joshua in front of the Giant Japanese Spider Crabs. Click photo for full size.

These three boys are good buddies. They play together a lot after church as well as on “play day” at our house a few times a month. Nerf gun wars are a favorite activity.

Josiah, JJ, and Joshua in front of the Giant Japanese Spider Crabs. Click photo for full size.

The aquarium had numerous “petting” areas where one can touch a shark, manta ray, jellyfish, starfish, sponges, and more!

Petting the bamboo sharks. Click photo for full size.

Of course, there were plenty of places to spend money. Although we didn’t buy anything (except for Josiah’s lunch), Josiah checked out some of the stuff.

Josiah trying on an octopus hat. Click photo for full size.

Here is a composite video of the day.

WACA School Photo 2018

Today after church, we took a photo of the students in the Warner Avenue Christian Academy. Josiah and Lizzie are on the far left.

Warner Avenue Christian Academy School Photo 2018. Click photo for full size.

All of the girls sans Lizzie.

Nicole, Joanna, Sarah, and Victoria after church. Click photo for full size.

Selfie time.

Jeri, Joanna, Sarah, Victoria, Nicole, and Tim after church. Click photo for full size.

Jeffrey took a picture of a friend taking a picture of Jason taking a picture.

Jeffrey and Jason taking a picture of a picture of a picture. Click photo for full size.

Here’s the photo.

Picture of a picture of a picture. Click photo for full size.

Watch the photo digest.

Joanna’s Voice Recital and Souplantation

Tonight Joanna had a voice recital at Orange Coast College along with three other students of Dr. Susan Ali, her teacher. Of course, Joanna did a fabulous job!

Joanna sings Sweeter than Roses by Henry Purcell.

Joanna sings Batti, batti o bel Masetto from Don Giovanni by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.

Here’s a photo when the group took a bow. Josiah led a standing ovation!

Terry, Jill, Audrey, Joanna, and Maggie after the recital. Click photo for full size.

Most of the family went to the recital and then Souplantation afterwards. Justin’s leg and back didn’t allow for him to go. Two of Joanna and Sarah’s friends, Katherine and Summer, were able to attend the recital and join us for supper.

The guys at one table.

Tim, Jeffrey, Jason, and Josiah at Souplantation. Click photo for full size.

Here’s another group of four.

Victoria, Nicole, Jeri, and Lizzie at Souplantation. Click photo for full size.

Here are Joanna and Sarah joined by Katherine and Summer.

Joanna, Katherine, Summer, and Sarah at Souplantation. Click photo for full size.

For more entertainment, watch the composite video.

Last Saturday in Iowa

Grandma treated all of us to breakfast at Cracker Barrel. Here Josiah and Lizzie are playing a “huge” game of checkers.

Nicole, Victoria, Josiah, and Lizzie waiting outside of Cracker Barrel. Click photo for full size.

Breakfast was delicious! Unfortunately Jonathan had to work and couldn’t join us.

Vicki, Jim, Nicole, Rachel, Lizzie, Josiah, Victoria, Grandma, Jeri, and Tim at Cracker Barrel. Click photo for full size.

We made homemade vanilla ice cream for the family reunion the next day.

Jeri, Grandma, and Josiah cleaning up after making homemade ice cream. Click photo for full size.

The ice cream was good to the last drop!

Good to the last drop. Click photo for full size.

That evening we drove out to see Jim and Vicki’s new house (which is nearing completion).

Jeri, Lizzie, and Tim behind Jim and Vicki’s new house. Click photo for full size.

In this picture, Lizzie is helping with the fire that was used to destroy some confidential papers.

Lizzie feeding the bon fire. Click photo for full size.

High Trestle Trail Bridge

On Friday evening, we drove up to Madrid. Just outside of town, we parked our SUV and hiked about half a mile to the High Trestle Trail Bridge.

Looking down the High Trestle Trail Bridge. Click photo for full size.

Here is a selfie with a photo-bomb by Lizzie.

Selfie on the bridge. Click photo for full size.

We arrived as the sun was beginning to set. At sundown, the lights come on the bridge.

Grandma Stogdill, Nicole, Josiah, Victoria, Lizzie, Jeri, and Tim on the High Trestle Trail Bridge. Click photo for full size.

The dark bands in the two pillars represent bands of coal which were found in the region many years ago.

At the west end of the High Trestle Trail Bridge. Click photo for full size.

A photo of the entire pillars.

Pillars at the west end of the High Trestle Trail Bridge. Click photo for full size.

A passer-by took a group photo for us.

Nicole, Grandma Stogdill, Victoria, Josiah, Jeri, Lizzie, and Tim on the High Trestle Trail Bridge. Click photo for full size.

The lights on the bridge look really cool at night.

The bridge with the lights on. Click photo for full size.

Watch a composite video of the day.

Iowa State Fair 2018

Grandma Stogdill treated us to a day at the Iowa State Fair. We arrived in the morning on opening day. We always start by getting weighed at the Varied Industries Building.

Here are Grandma Stogdill, Josiah, Nicole, Lizzie, Jeri and Tim after our weigh-in.

Grandma Stogdill, Josiah, Nicole, Lizzie, Jeri and Tim after our weigh-in at the Varied Industries Building. Click photo for full size.

Next stop for Grandma, Jeri and Tim was to get a Pecan Cinnamon Roll. We had to wait awhile for them to make a fresh batch. In this picture, you can see the dough rolled up.

Jeri and Tim after getting yummy Pecan Cinnamon Rolls. Click photo for full size.

The Iowa Egg Council had a social media competition where you upload photos and tag it. Later Lizzie received a notice that she had won.

Victoria taking a picture of Lizzie to enter into the Egg Council competition. Click photo for full size.

Here we all are (sans Grandma) in the Agriculture Building. Josiah is in the very front. Then in the next row are Nicole, Lizzie, Jeri, and Tim. In the back are Victoria, Rachel, and Jonathan.

In the Agriculture Building. Click photo for full size.

It was a typical hot (but not overly hot) summer day.

Walking at the Iowa State Fair. Click photo for full size.

Lizzie found a place to use her art skills.

Lizzie using her art skills in the Varied Industries Building. Click photo for full size.

Because we saw how easy it was for this guy to make salsa that we bought one for ourselves. We’ve already used it several times.

Josiah where we watched a salsa-making demo. Click photo for full size.

Watch a composite video of the day.