Christmas program at Carmel Village 2018

The youth from our church minister at senior home (assisted living) place on some Sunday afternoons each month. This Sunday afternoon, they had a Christmas program.

Jeffrey, Lizzie, Victoria, and Joanna sing some Christmas carols. Although they didn’t practice much before today, they still sounded delightful.

 

Jeffrey played bass guitar while two Stevens brothers (Philip and Tim) played guitar and banjo.

 

The youth ensemble consisted of Christeen Oautu (flute), Lizzie Pau (piano), Joshua Oautu (violin), Philip Stevens (guitar), Tim Stevens (banjo), and Jeffrey Pau (bass guitar).

 

Then they switched up instruments. Christeen Oautu (flute/piano), Lizzie Pau (piano/vocal), Joshua Oautu (guitar), Philip Stevens (violin), Tim Stevens (bass guitar), and Jeffrey Pau (banjo) play some Christmas carols on Sunday, December 2, 2018, at Carmel Village in Fountain Valley, California.

Thanksgiving 2018

We started the day with a Thanksgiving day service at church. Our pastor always encourages people to share what they are thankful for. Then we came home and continued working on food preparations.

Early afternoon, we had our Thanksgiving dinner with the entire family. We prepared a small turkey breast for the meat eaters and a Tofurky roast and ham for the vegetarians. Plus we had real mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes, stuffing, green bean casserole, cranberry sauce, pumpkin and apple pies. Yum! Actually we were full so the pies are for later in the day.

Here are Sarah, Victoria, Josiah, Lizzie, and Tim before the meal. Joanna and Jeri are finishing preparations.

Sarah, Victoria, Josiah, Lizzie, and Tim (Joanna and Jeri at the counter behind). Click photo for full size.

Lizzie, Josiah, and Jeffrey next to the (messy) counter.

Lizzie, Josiah, and Jeffrey before the meal. Click photo for full size.

Lizzie, Josiah, Nicole, and Jason before the meal. Victoria is seated at the table behind.

Lizzie, Josiah, Nicole, (Victoria), and Jason. Click photo for full size.

Jeri and Tim in the kitchen.

Jeri and Tim in the kitchen. Click photo for full size.

Here are the four brothers (plus Victoria): Jeffrey, Justin, Jason, and Josiah.

Victoria, Jeffrey, Justin, Jason, and Josiah. Click photo for full size.

Joanna and Sarah working in the kitchen.

Joanna and Sarah helping in the kitchen. Click photo for full size.

Here is the entire family around the table: Josiah, Nicole, Jeffrey, Victoria, Justin, Jeri, Jason, Joanna, Sarah, Lizzie, and Tim.

Josiah, Nicole, Jeffrey, Victoria, Justin, Jeri, Jason, Joanna, Sarah, Lizzie, and Tim. Click photo for full size.

Lizzie took a selfie while Jeffrey and Jason work on dishes.

Selfie by Lizzie with Jeffrey and Jason doing dishes. Click photo for full size.

Another selfie by Lizzie with Victoria, Jeffrey, Jason, Joanna, and Josiah after the meal.

Lizzie, Victoria, Jeffrey, Jason, Joanna, and Josiah after the meal. Click photo for full size.

Here is a montage of the photos.

OCC Fall Choral-Vocal Showcase

A few photos from the concert.

Joanna, Victoria, and Sarah in the middle row. Click photo for full size.

One of the highlights of the concert was a piece by Craig Courtney called “A Musicological Journey Through the Twelve Days of Christmas.” Each of the twelve days was represented by a different time period/composer. Eliza (the choir director) assigned individuals to the various groups.

Three French Hens from 16th-Century Italy (in the sytle of Palestrina).

Sarah (on the right) singing the Third Day of Christmas. Click photo for full size.

Six Geese from 18th-Century Austria (in the sytle of Mozart).

Joanna (on the left) singing the Sixth Day of Christmas. Click photo for full size.

Eight Maids from 19th-Century Germany (in the style of Wagner).

Victoria (in the middle) singing the Eighth Day of Christmas. Click photo for full size.

Eleven Lords from 19th-Century Russia (in the style of Tchaikovsky).

Joanna (in the middle) singing the Eleventh Day of Christmas. Click photo for full size.

After singing the Twelve Drummers from 20th-Century America (in the style of John Philip Sousa).

OCC Chambers Singers Fall 2018. Click photo for full size.

Here we are after the concert. Jeffrey was there but is missing from the picture. (Sorry Jeffrey.)

Lizzie, Josiah, Joanna, Jeri, Tim (front), Nicole, Victoria, and Sarah (back) after concert. Click photo for full size.

Sarah, Joanna, and Victoria sang with the OCC Chamber Singers at the Orange Coast College Fall Choral-Vocal Showcase. Here is a compilation of the pictures that we took.

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.

Great Pacific Airshow 2018

Although the date (October 20th) said “late fall”, the weather said “summer” with a sunny day and temps in the 80’s (Farenheit, of course). Jeri, Tim, Justin, Nicole, Jeffrey, Lizzie, along with two friends from church, Kendra and Christeen, enjoyed a day at the beach to see the airshow.

We were able to put our new folding chairs to go use. Tim picked up two that had a built-in canopy. As in years past, Justin rented a nice telephoto lens for the weekend.

Nicole, Jeri, and Justin at the airshow. Click photo for full size.

There were lots of demonstrations like the Port of Long Beach Fire Department boat.

Port of Long Beach Fire Boat. Click photo for full size.

The Coast Guard helicopter did a simulated rescue.

Coast Guard Helicopter. Click photo for full size.

Some ventured down to the water’s edge.

Christeen, Kendra, Lizzie, Nicole, and Jeffrey near the water’s edge. Click photo for full size.

Here are Christeen, Kendra, Lizzie, Jeffrey, and Nicole.

Christeen, Kendra, Lizzie, Jeffrey, and Nicole. Click photo for full size.

Although the timing wasn’t the best, Tim managed to take a selfie with the Virgin America Airlines 747 flying past in the background (behind Tim’s head).

Jeri and Tim with a Virgin Airlines 747 flying by. Click photo for full size.

Several acrobatic planes were featured. They performed some amazing feats.

Stunt plane tumbling. Picture by Justin. Click photo for full size.

The crowd on the beach was estimated to be around one million people. Because the beach is long, it didn’t seem too crowded.

Kendra, Lizzie, and Christeen listening to Jeffrey at the airshow. Click photo for full size.

The Thunderbirds were the featured finale to the airshow.

Justin photographing three Thunderbirds. Click photo for full size.

Justin took some really nice pictures including this one of a Thunderbird as it flew nearly overhead.

Picture of Thunderbird taken by Justin. Click photo for full size.
Justin taking another picture. Click photo for full size.

Here’s a group photo after the show.

Lizzie, Nicole, Kendra, Jeffrey, Christeen, Justin, Jeri, and Tim after the airshow. Click photo for full size.

Here’s a montage of the day in video:

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.