Memorial Day 2018 Picnic

Our church had their usual picnic at Murdy Park today. The main activities are eating, talking and playing.

Here’s Lizzie wearing her “smart” glasses. She really doesn’t need glasses. But since Jeffrey has been wearing glasses to look smarter, Lizzie had to do it as well.

Lizzie with her friends, Stephanie, Christeen, and Kendra. Click photo for full size.

The weather was sunny with the temperature around 70 F…which is really nice. However the location of the picnic tables plus maybe the canopy creates a wind tunnel effect. So it is ALWAYS cold sitting at the tables.

Nicole and Jeri chilling out in Murdy Park’s wind tunnel area. Click photo for full size.

Victoria and Joanna enjoying the day.

Victoria and Joanna at Murdy Park. Click photo for full size.

Josiah trying badminton.

Josiah trying badminton. Click photo for full size.

Volleyball is a favorite sport. Here’s Jeffrey serving the ball.

Jeffrey serves the volleyball. Click photo for full size.

We finally gathered up enough people to play Ultimate Frisbee. Here’s Jeffrey (near the center) preparing to throw the Frisbee.

Jeffrey ready to pass in Ultimate Frisbee. Click photo for full size.

Tim looks to pass the Frisbee.

Tim looks to pass the Frisbee. Click photo for full size.

Jeffrey goes up to catch a pass.

Jeffrey tries to snag it from Maureen. Click photo for full size.

Justin (yellow jersey) and Andrew go for a pass.

Justin and Andrew go for the Frisbee. Click photo for full size.

Tim tries to catch a Frisbee.

Tim tries to catch the Frisbee with Lizzie behind him. Click photo for full size.

From left to right, Jeffrey Pau, Christeen, Tim Pau, Tim, Stephen, Justin Pau, Lizzie Pau, and Jason Pau (slightly cut off).

From Left to Right, Jeffrey Pau, Christeen, Tim Pau, Tim, Stephen, Justin Pau, Lizzie Pau, and Jason Pau. Click photo for full size.

More action.

More Frisbee Action. Click photo for full size.

Spring Recital 2018

This Sunday evening was our annual Spring Recital.

Christeen and Lizzie after the Spring Recital. Click photo for full size.

Here are Victoria, Joanna, Lizzie, and Jeffrey singing “Didn’t My Lord Deliver Daniel?”

Jeffrey played his five-string bass along with some other guys from church in a bluegrass version of “O Far Country.”

Jeffrey again played bass and Lizzie played piano in this instrumental version of “Come Thou Fount.”

Visiting the Strip

On Sunday, Jay met up with Jason, Jeffrey, and Tim on Fashion Mall on the Strip in Las Vegas. We ate supper and then enjoyed wandering around seeing stuff.

Jay, Jason, Jeffrey, and Tim on the Las Vegas Strip. Click photo for full size.

On Monday, Josiah, Sarah, Joanna, Nicole and Tim drove to the Strip and saw some sights. One of the things that Tim and Josiah did was get in virtual reality pods that give the sensation of moving. It was pretty realistic!

Josiah, Sarah, Joanna, Nicole, and Tim inside on the Strip. Click photo for full size.

We saw the small version of the Eiffel Tower.

Nicole and Joanna on the Las Vegas Strip. Click photo for full size.

On Tuesday, the entire family (minus Jeffrey who flew back *early* Monday morning for coding school) made it down to the Strip. We arrived just in time to see a show of the famous Bellagio fountains.

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

Red Rock Canyon
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Hoover Dam

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Here’s a view looking down from the first overlook. Tim is wearing a red jacket and is in the center of the picture. Jeffrey and Josiah are close by.

Red Rock Canyon with Tim in the red jacket, Jeffrey, and Josiah in the center of the picture. Click photo for full size.

Here’s a selfie of Lizzie and Jason.

Lizzie and Jason at Red Rock Canyon. Click photo for full size.

Here’s Jeri and Tim.

Jeri and Tim at Red Rock Canyon. Click photo for full size.

Josiah REALLY enjoyed riding on the back of Jay’s motorcycle!

Josiah on the back of Jay’s motorcycle. Click photo for full size.

Afterwards we all went to Red Robin’s in downtown Summerlin for dinner. Lizzie enhanced their welcome board.

Lizzie beautifying Red Robin’s board. Click photo for full size.

Red Rock Canyon

Red Rock Canyon

Most of us drove up to Las Vegas (actually Henderson) Friday during the day. Jason and Jeffrey left late on Friday night and arrived around 2:00 AM.

So Saturday, we headed out to Red Rock Canyon Park. We met up with Jay, a friend from our days in San Jose.

We checked out the visitor center while we waited for Jay to arrive on his motorcycle.

Justin, Joanna, Sarah, and Lizzie at Red Rock Canyon. Click photo for full size.

A few of us climbed out on some of the rocks.

Jeffrey, Josiah, Jay, and Tim. Click photo for full size.

At Red Rock Canyon. Click photo for full size.

Here’s a group shot. The children are from youngest to oldest (left to right) with Mom and Dad in the middle (kind of).

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

Afterwards we drove to downtown Summerlin and ate at Red Robins.

Victoria, Nicole, Joanna, Sarah, and Lizzie in Downtown Summerlin. Click photo for full size.

More Red Rock pictures

HB Air Show 2017

Jeri, Justin, Victoria, and Jeffrey went to the Huntington Beach Air Show on Saturday. Nicole, Jason, Joanna, Lizzie, and Josiah went on Sunday.

Jeffrey, Justin, and Victoria eating lunch at the air show. Click photo for full size.
Victoria and Jeri. Click photo for full size.
The Blue Angels viewed from the beach. Click photo for full size.
Jeffrey, Justin, and Victoria taking pictures at the air show. Click photo for full size.

LA County Fair 2017

Today, Jeri, Lizzie, Josiah, and I (Tim) went to the LA County Fair. The weather was pleasant…partly cloudy with a high in the low 70s. Good thing that we brought our jackets when it cooled down later in the day.

Our first stop was the Magical World of Dragons, Wizards, & Beasts. The place had *lots* of fun kids stuff including animated dragons and a “spinning” tunnel to disorient you.

Here’s Josiah with a live owl in the background.

Josiah with a live owl. Click photo for full size.

One of the highlights of the day was the food. This year, a vegan food truck was at the fair, Plant Food for People. We had lunch there and came back at the end of the day for more.

Jeri, Josiah, and I had the vegan tacos.

Tim and Josiah with vegan tacos. Click photo for full size.

Josiah absolutely loved his!

Josiah with a plate of Loaded Tacos. Click photo for full size.

Here’s a picture of them.

Plate of Loaded Tacos. Click photo for full size.

Lizzie wasn’t so sure about the “jackfruit” (though they had other/soy vegan meats). So she opted for a HUGE plate of Mexican curly fries…which she readily shared.

Lizzie shared her plate of Mexican Curly Fries. Click photo for full size.

Lizzie and Josiah needed new sunglasses. We found a place and all of us ended up getting a new pair. It was one for $10; two for $15; three for $20. He sold us four for $25.

Jeri, Josiah, Lizzie, and Tim with new sunglasses. Click photo for full size.

We then saw a little magic by Brian the Wizard. For one of his tricks, he had fun pulling money from a little boy’s ear, hair, sleeve, etc. and filling a can with coins.

Brian the Wizard Magic Show. Click photo for full size.

We did a lot of walking and ended up with around 16,000 steps for the day.

Josiah and Lizzie at the LA County Fair. Click photo for full size.
Jeri and Tim at the LA County Fair. Click photo for full size.

We always enjoy seeing the Chinese Circus of Beijing. They had a number of amazing feats. One guy had plates spinning on rods.

Spinning Plates. Click photo for full size.

Another guy did amazing feats with a pot…he could catch it with his head and back.

Amazing feats with a pot. Click photo for full size.

The literally breath-taking feat involved setting four glass bottles on a small table. Then one by one as he climbed the stack, the guy would slowly add a chair. Each time that we thought that he was done, they would bring out another chair. Finally there were six chairs and he was nearly to the ceiling. First he does a handstand on top.

A top of six chairs. Click photo for full size.

Then he balances himself on one arm.

Balancing with one hand. Click photo for full size.

Here’s Josiah and Lizzie in front of a burger truck. Some of the meat eaters in our family would have enjoyed the Double Diablo burger that they were selling (see the sign above Lizzie’s head).

Double Diablo. Click photo for full size.

The sign read “Ghostpepper Cheeseburger – Fresh All-Natural Angus Beef, Ghostpepper Cheese, Sliced Jalapeños, TastiChips, Avocado, Jalapeño Cheese Sauce and Chipotle Mayo on a Fresh Pretzel Bun.”

Josiah and Lizzie near a burger stand. Click photo for full size.

We got some Dole Whip (non-dairy ice cream).

Lizzie, Jeri, and Josiah with Dole Whip. Click photo for full size.

And watched a show by Cirque Mechanics.

Cirque Mechanics. Click photo for full size.

We visited the historic train engines kept at the fairgrounds.

Tim, Lizzie, and Josiah on a steam locomotive. Click photo for full size.
Josiah in the caboose. Click photo for full size.

This train engine looked a lot like Bill Peet’s Smokey.

The Santa Fe 3450. Click photo for full size.

Here’s Bill Peet’s illustration.

Smokey – (c) Bill Peet. Click photo for full size.

We loved the vegan taco place so much that we returned for an evening snack. We got an order of their nachos. Muy bueno!

Loaded Nachos. Click photo for full size.

Lizzie bought a sleeve of cookies…freshly-baked chocolate chip cookies. Yum!

Josiah and Lizzie with freshly baked cookies. Click photo for full size.

We ended our day looking to buy a sleeve of fries. But we couldn’t find the place that we had seen earlier in the day.

Night time at the fair. Click photo for full size.

Labor Day Open House

Normally our church has a Labor Day picnic. But since one wasn’t scheduled this year, we took the opportunity to host a gathering at our house.

The weather cooperated very nicely! Thank you, Lord! In the week prior to Labor Day (including the day before) the temps had been in the low 90’s with high humidity. But, today, it was cloudy with a high of 74 F!

Quite a few people (nearly 20) showed up. Some of the guys headed across the street to play four-on-four basketball. The ladies played Scattergories, Catch Phrase, and Marrying Mr. Darcy (a strategy card game based on “Pride and Prejudice”).

Ladies around the table. Click photo for full size.

Lots of people brought food to share. And someone even brought burgers with the fixin’s.

Jeffrey is our family’s master griller. (Jeffrey is standing next to the grill.)

Jeffrey grilling. Click photo for full size.

We had plenty of food.

Ready to eat. Click photo for full size.
Guys outside. Click photo for full size.

Later people played the favorite game from New Year’s Eve, the “fruit” game.

Playing the fruit-wacker game. Click photo for full size.

Last Day in Iowa of our Summer 2017 Trip

The reunion last night made for a late night. And we (Jeri and Tim) had to rise early to take showers before church at 9:30 AM. We went to Uncle Jim’s church, Messiah Lutheran. So we were a bit tired all day. After the service, the congregation helped Uncle Jim celebrate his recent 60th birthday. Among the gifts were a wheelchair, a bib and some adult diapers.

Celebrating Jim’s 60th Birthday. Click photo for full size.

After church, we went to Hibachi Grill. They have an extensive buffet as well as a build-your-own stir fry noodles dish. It was fun. Unfortunately Jonathan had to work at O’Reilly Auto Parts and Rachel wasn’t feeling well.

Josiah loved building his own plate of noodles.

Josiah enjoying his plate of noodles. Click photo for full size.

Of course, Uncle Jim is always entertaining.

Josiah and Uncle Jim at Hibachi Grill. Click photo for full size.

A group photo after the meal.

Josiah, Uncle Jim, Aunt Vicki, Grandma Stogdill, Jeri, and Tim at Hibachi Grill. Click photo for full size.

Josiah, Jeri, and Tim in the entrance area for Hibachi Grill.

Josiah, Jeri, and Tim at Hibachi Grill. Click photo for full size.

Back at Grandma’s house, Jeri packed up while Tim helped Grandma with some more computer questions. The much-longed-for nap never materialized.

Jeri and Tim headed out to Mercy Hospital to visit a classmate who is battling cancer. He very much wanted to attend the reunion but couldn’t.

Tim and Jeri visiting Gary. Click photo for full size.

We had a very nice visit with Gary as well as with his brother who was visiting with his wife and youngest son. We shared a lot of similarities with Gary’s brother’s family…home schooling, ATIA, Christian faith. We closed our time together with prayer.

We could tell that Gary definitely appreciated our visit. So it was nice to encourage him. He and Jeri reminisced about some fun times in the past. Jeri was his date to the Junior Prom.

One plus of our delayed flight was extra time to visit Gary as well as enjoy supper with Jim’s family one last time. Grandma ordered Casey pizza. Tim made chocolate smoothie. He and Jeri had veggies and hummus.

Jonathan, Rachel, Uncle Jim, Aunt Vicki, and Josiah at Grandma’s. Click photo for full size.

Our flight back home was delayed. So instead of arriving at LAX a little before 11 PM, we got in after 1 AM. Thankfully Jason and Jeffrey came and picked us up. We got home around 2:30 AM and were in bed around 3 AM.

Second Day of Jeri’s High School Reunion

We met Uncle Jim and family at the Cracker Barrel Restaurant for breakfast. It’s a fun place. They even have checkers.

Josiah and Tim played a game while waiting.

Josiah and Tim playing checkers before breakfast. Click photo for full size.

We enjoyed a big breakfast together. Here’s a picture that Vicki took.

Around the table at Cracker Barrel Restaurant. Click photo for full size.

Here are Rachel, Josiah, and Vicki.

Rachel, Josiah, and Vicki at the Cracker Barrel Restaurant. Click photo for full size.

Here are Jeri and Tim.

Jeri and Tim at Cracker Barrel Restaurant. Click photo for full size.

Here are Josiah and Jonathan playing a game after breakfast.

Josiah and Jonathan playing checkers after breakfast at the Cracker Barrel Restaurant. Click photo for full size.

After breakfast, Grandma took us to Jordan Creek Mall for walking and shopping…mainly to find Tim a pair of khaki shorts for tonight.

Josiah and Tim explored Sheels sporting goods store. It is HUGE! Tim spent two dollars so that Josiah and he could play a video shooting game to hunt wild bulls in Africa.

Josiah and Tim after shooting big game at Sheels All Sports store. Click photo for full size.

The big event of the day/evening was Jeri’s high school reunion at the Des Moines Embassy Club West. Jeri’s fears of an awkward night of feeling out of place (like the previous night) didn’t come to pass.

She immediately met some old friends and was talking with old acquaintances alkyl evening. Even though we skipped the meat entrees, we enjoyed some very nice food.

The place, especially outdoors, was beautiful. So before the meal, we mingled outside. A guitarist played some instrumental music.

Live music and mingling outside of the Embassy Club West. Click photo for full size.
Johnston Class of 77 outside of Embassy Club West. Click photo for full size.

The weather was very nice!

Jeri and Tim outside of the Embassy Club West. Click photo for full size.

There was a lot of picture taking.

Picture taking outside of the Embassy Club West. Click photo for full size.

We moved inside for a buffet supper and then more talking and more pictures.

Johnston Class of 77 inside of the Embassy Club West. Click photo for full size.