This summer, Nicole, Victoria, Lizzie, Josiah, Jeri and Tim flew to the Midwest to visit family. We started our trip by waking at 3:00 AM for an early morning trip to LAX. We flew non-stop to Des Moines. After spending a night with Grandma Stogdill, we drove our rented SUV (a Kia Sorrento) to Moline, Illinois to visit Grandma Pau.
Most of the time, we just hung around the house. We would watch Wheel of Fortune in the evenings. We (especially Tim) helped sort through stuff.
Here’s Lizzie playing the electronic piano.
We worked (but never finished) a tortuous 1000-piece puzzle.
Josiah still found time to create new things. He turned a model plane launcher that was nearly 50-years old into a dart launcher.
Grandma made a lot of yummy food including sushi.
We really liked the vegetarian sushi that Grandma made for us.
On a sunny, Sunday evening, some of us went to the Pacific Amphitheatre at the Orange County Fairgrounds in Costa Mesa, CA to see an acapella group, Straight No Chaser. It was a lot of fun! Joanna treated us with the tickets.
Here we are prior to the show.
Jon McLaughlin was the opening act for Straight No Chaser.
Straight No Chaser featured nine guys. The music and the visuals were fun and entertaining.
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.
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.
Victoria and Joanna enjoying the day.
Josiah trying badminton.
Volleyball is a favorite sport. Here’s Jeffrey serving the ball.
We finally gathered up enough people to play Ultimate Frisbee. Here’s Jeffrey (near the center) preparing to throw the Frisbee.
Tim looks to pass the Frisbee.
Jeffrey goes up to catch a pass.
Justin (yellow jersey) and Andrew go for a pass.
Tim tries to catch a Frisbee.
From left to right, Jeffrey Pau, Christeen, Tim Pau, Tim, Stephen, Justin Pau, Lizzie Pau, and Jason Pau (slightly cut off).
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.
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!
We saw the small version of the Eiffel Tower.
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.
We drove to see the Mike O’Callaghan-Pat Tillman Memorial Bridge and the Hoover Dam. The weather was nice. A little on the cool side…sunny in the 60s. The bridge was completed in 2010 and now allows traffic to avoid crossing the Hoover Dam.
We walked across the bridge into Arizona and then back. Here we are on the bridge.
Here’s a picture of Sarah and Justin taking pictures.
Here’s a picture taken while we are on the dam with the new bridge in the background.