Weston’s Get-together

Kevin and Darlene Weston and their children drove out from Kansas to visit family and friends. On the night before their drive back, we invited all of the Weston clan along with the Ouatu family to our house for a get-together.

Here are some photos from the evening.

Josiah and the Weston children building with Duplos
Christeen, Reuben, and Lorna
Stephen, Bill, Reuben, and Robin
Jason, Evelyn, and Tim
Victoria, Jeffrey, Hannah, and Sarah
Three Weston boys – James, Adam, and Levi
Jeri and Cris
Lizzie and Christeen
Josh, Christeen, Lizzie, Victoria, Gabriella, and Cris
Around the table
Hannah, Jason, Kevin, Stephen, Johnny, Andrew, Josh, and Jeffrey
Christeen along with two boys shooting Nerf guns
Nerf battle in the parking lot
Darlene, Robin, and Bill
William and Josiah
Lorna and Addy
Jeri and Tim
Singing hymns
Hannah playing piano for the hymn sing
Playing a card game, Dutch Blitz
Lizzie, Hannah, Jeffrey, Johnny, Christeen, Andrew, and Josh
Stephen, Bill and Kevin
Hannah and Jason
Robin and Bill
Stephen, Lorna, and Reuben

Here is the Kevin Weston family. They have two twin boys, Adam and James. Because we’re not sure who is who in this photo, the caption might be incorrect.

Darlene, Kevin and Adam, Levi, James, Philip, William, Addy

Here is a short (two-minute) video collage of the evening.


Low tide at Huntington Beach

Six of us went down to the beach – Jeri, Tim, Justin, Nicole, Victoria, and Lizzie. We (purposely) caught it at low tide. The temperature was in the 70s.

Here’s Lizzie walking along the beach.

Lizzie walking at low tide
Lizzie, Nicole, Jeri, and Victoria along the beach at low tide
Lizzie, Jeri, Nicole, Justin, Victoria, and Tim

A one-minute video composite.


Vegan Chocolate Ganache recipe

A rich, chocolatey dessert! Using a Vitamix and digital scale, this recipe is very easy to follow.

Here are the ingredients:

IngredientMeasurementApproximate equivalent
Avocado300 g2 avocados
Cocoa powder (and/or cacao powder)60 g2/3 cup
Coconut milk (or almond milk)150 g1/3 cup
Maple syrup (or honey)75 g1/4 cup
Saltpinch1/16 teaspoon
Vanilla25 g2 Tablespoon
Dates (pitted)300 g16 dates

Start by zeroing the scale with the Vitamix container on it.

Empty Vitamix container

Add avocado by scooping the flesh into the container. In the following pictures, I had 318 grams of avocado. Other times, I’ve used only 200 grams of avocado and scaled the recipe accordingly.

Adding Avocado
318 grams of avocado added

Zero the scale and add cocoa powder. To be a bit healthier, I use a half cocoa powder and half cacao powder. The amount should be one fifth of the avocado amount.

Cocoa powder added

Next add coconut milk. The amount should be half of the avocado amount. Because I was out of coconut milk, I substituted almond milk.

Almond milk added

Add 100% pure maple syrup. Do NOT use maple-flavored corn syrup! You can substitute honey. The amount should be one quarter of the amount of avocado.

Next add vanilla extract. (I really like to use Mexican vanilla.)

Maple syrup and vanilla

Add a pinch of salt which is about 1/16 teaspoon. In the picture, I have half of a 1/8 teaspoon.

Pinch of salt

Finally add the dates. Zero the scale. Remove the pits and stem caps. The amount should equal the amount of avocado.

Adding dates

Finally blend on the Vitamix. Use the tamper. Gradually increase the speed until you are finally able to blend it on high to get it really smooth.

Ready to blend

If necessary, use a scraper on the sides.

Scraping the sides

When done, scoop into a container and store in the refrigerator.

Scoop into container

For a satisfying treat after a meal, I will take a scoop with tablespoon to slowly enjoy. Yum!

I started with a recipe that I found online. I modified it slightly and simplified its instructions. Original recipe is here.


Playing at the Beach

Some of the young people from church planned a bonfire at the beach for Saturday afternoon and evening. Unlike most of these beach outings, Tim, Jeri, and Justin actually attended this one…for a while.

Here are some pictures. Click on them for full size.

Nicole, Victoria, and Jeri relaxing at the beach
Lizzie playing Frisbee
Jeffrey after tossing the Frisbee with Justin behind him
Jeri and Tim at the beach with the sun setting behind them

Evelyn Baby Shower

Today, after the morning service, our church had a baby shower for Jason, Hannah, and Evelyn. Today was the first time that they have been able to attend church since her birth.

We had food set up inside. To stay within state guidelines due to COVID-19, we had the men and children eat outside and the women ate inside.

Click on any picture for full size.

Victoria and Jeri at the food table
Josiah eating outside under a canopy
Brenda Huber, Sarah, Jeri, Joanna, and Nicole
Sarah holding Evelyn
Joanna taking a picture of the cake
Jeffrey in the church kitchen with some friends: Andrew, Josh, and Maddy
People working on one of the baby shower games
Hannah and Jason opening presents. Jeri and Nicole helped keep track of the gifts.
People watching the gift opening
Jason opening a card while Hannah holds Evelyn
Paul Huber holds a sleeping Evelyn
Sarah, Jeri, and Tim in the parking lot

Here is a short compilation of the pictures.


First Pictures of Evelyn

With her red hair, Evelyn looks a lot more like Nainai (Grandma) Pau than Yeye (Grandpa) Pau.

Jeri and Evelyn
Tim and Evelyn
Sarah holding Evelyn with Jeffrey
Evelyn grasping a finger

Bass Lake Pictures

On Monday, August 17, 2020, Joanna, Victoria, Jeffrey, and Lizzie left for Bass Lake (near Yosemite National Park). They rode along with the Oautu family. They returned six days later on Sunday, August 23rd.

Note: You can click on any picture to view it full size.

Lizzie, Jeffrey, and Joanna waiting at church before heading out
Relaxing with music while waiting
Driving past downtown LA
Smoke near Magic Mountain
Driving to Bass Lake
Jeffrey and Josh after the car broke down
Needing a tow truck
Christeen, Lizzie, and Joanna upstairs at the Bass Lake cabin
Joanna, Lizzie, and Victoria riding with the Oautus
Looking down at Victoria at the Bass Lake cabin
Bass Lake view from the cabin
Jeffrey, Tim, and broccoli
Lizzie, Christeen, and Jeffery on the boat on Bass Lake
Lizzie on the boat with the Oautus
Joanna and Victoria boating on Bass Lake
Lizzie and Christeen boating on Bass Lake
Lizzie the fisherman on the dock
Lizzie at the helm
Lizzie the cook

Big Bear Vacation – Day 7

We watched our church’s morning service at 11:00 AM.

Sunday morning church

Pool was a popular activity for some during our vacation.

Hannah and Jason play pool

We watched the first few episodes of the Korean drama “Stranger” during our vacation.

Watching a Korean drama

Josiah was able to participate in his Bible Bee meeting via Zoom.

Josiah joining a Bible Bee meeting via Zoom

Here’s a group picture. On the couch, starting with Victoria reclining on the left, Joanna, Sarah, Nicole, Lizzie, Justin, Jeri, Josiah, Jason, and Hannah. Tim and Jeffrey are seated in front.

Group photo in our Big Bear vacation house

Some did a photo shoot outside in the evening.

Joanna’s photo shoot

Video compilation


Big Bear Vacation – Day 6

Once again, we start the day with a big, late breakfast.

Jason and Hannah in the kitchen

Josiah was covered with bed bug bites over most of his body. So after the first few nights, we moved him out of his bedroom and informed the owner. Fortunately, he didn’t get any more bites and he gradually recovered.

Josiah with bed bug bites

Jeffrey bought and brought a bunch of meat to grill during our vacation.

Hannah, Jeffrey, and Jason getting the next barbecue ready

A few years ago, Nicole gave Tim his first Lego set. It was of New York City and had the Statue of Liberty, Empire State Building, Chrysler Building, Flat Iron Building, and the Freedom Tower. So finally Tim (with some help from Jeri) put it together.

Here’s a time-lapse video condensing the two-plus hours into 4+ minutes. A few times, Josiah would come over look at the instructions and immediately start putting the pieces together. Whereas Tim had to methodically identify the correct pieces and figure out how to assemble them.

Watching TV (when we could get it to connect) included food shows, Korean dramas, and (clean) stand-up comedians.

Watching TV

Jeffrey periodically tended the grill.

Jeri, Lizzie, Jason (back), Victoria, Hannah, and Tim in Pine Knot Village in Big Bear
Jeri, Victoria, and Sarah on Pine Knot Ave

For supper, we picked up some food in Pine Knot Village (including a top-rated poke place) and brought it home to eat.

Tim, Justin, Josiah, Jeri, Joanna, and Nicole

Some of the Age of Empire (video game) players enjoyed watching recorded matches of top players.

Some are watching an Age of Empires match

A short video compilation of the photos.


Big Bear Vacation – Day 5

We hung around the house today. Some are playing another game of Sequence.

Hannah, Joanna, Lizzie, Justin, Josiah, and Victoria playing Sequence

Jason must have been pretty tired.

Jason napping

Sarah and Jeri did their nails.

Sarah and Jeri doing their nails

Victoria and Jeri played Pac-man in the much cooler basement.

Victoria and Jeri playing Pac-man

Josiah, Jason, and Hannah watching the Food Network. That station was a favorite of many during our vacation.

Watching the Food Network

That evening, Jeffrey and Lizzie went to town and picked up a carry-out order. They shared some onion rings with all.

Victoria, (Lizzie), Joanna, Nicole, Josiah, and Justin