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.”
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.
Note the size of the “slice.”
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 the Princess.
Josiah the Knight.
Josiah loves sword fighting. Here he battles Tim.
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.
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.
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).
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 and Josiah saw the “Flea” Circus. The guy was pretty funny.
After the sun went down, we enjoyed not being in the burning sun.
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)!
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.
Here Josiah is pointing out a Giant Japanese Spider Crab. They are large with long legs!
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.
The aquarium had numerous “petting” areas where one can touch a shark, manta ray, jellyfish, starfish, sponges, and more!
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.
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!
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.
Here’s another group of four.
Here are Joanna and Sarah joined by Katherine and Summer.
For more entertainment, watch the composite video.
Josiah helped Tim take a load of stuff to donate to Salvation Army.
Back in seventh grade (around 1971), Tim wanted to learn how to play the guitar. Here’s what got him started…a course that came with an audio cassette and a book. Remember this was before there were VHS tapes or even YouTube.
After loading up the SUV, we took a group photo and said our goodbyes before leaving for Des Moines.
For our pictures, Tim set up the camera with a 10-second time delay. Here’s a video of our picture taking.