Girls in Venice, Italy

Nicole, Joanna, and Victoria left on Sunday, November 17th, 2019, for Italy. Departing from LAX, they connected in Paris for a flight to Venice (their first destination). Of course, they had to have some authentic Italian pizza. Victoria at Cafe Vero. Nicole at St. Mark’s Square. St. Mark’s Campanile (in the background) isn’t really tipping […]

Converse House Reunion 2019

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 […]


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.

LA County Fair 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 […]

Victoria’s Voice Recital

Victoria worked VERY hard to get ready for her voice recital. She would stay at Orange Coast College many afternoons. Lizzie would help her on piano and Joanna would be her coach. Mai and Victoria opened the evening with a beautiful duet. Victoria and Mai alternated sets of two or three pieces. Here is a […]

Lizzie’s Graduation

Sunday evening, June 23rd, 2019, Lizzie graduated from high school. Grandma Stogdill flew from Iowa to join us for the weekend. It was nice seeing her again. Here’s a selfie taken before the ceremony. This year Warner Avenue Christian Academy had two graduates: Josh and Lizzie. Here they are playing a piece together with Josh […]

Rainy Day in NYC

Sarah and Joanna opted to stay in NYC one extra day after their Carnegie Hall concert. The rest of the choir returned to California on Tuesday. In the morning (after only a few hours of sleep), Sarah and Joanna joined a few others to see the High Line which is an elevated park that was […]

Travel Nightmare!

On Saturday afternoon, June 8th, 2019, Jeri and Tim left Orange County for Moline, Illinois to visit Tim’s mom. However the trip didn’t start off well at all. And it went downhill from there. Our first plane had mechanical issues so the pilot opted to not fly it. The replacement pilot reviewed the issues and […]

Jill and Chris Pau’s Wedding

On Saturday, June 15th, 2019, Jill and Chris were married at an outdoor ceremony in the Catskill Mountains of New York. Tim, Jeri, and Grandma Pau flew from Moline (via Detroit). Mavis and her husband, Greg, drove from Columbus, Ohio. We all stayed at a nice Airbnb house in the country. The weather was cool […]