Family Cruise to Mexico – Formal Night Pictures

For Friday night’s supper, we dressed up. Then after the comedy show, we had our picture taken in a number of locations.

Back: Nicole, Jason, Justin. Second-to-back row: Joanna, Jeffrey, Sarah. Second-to-front row: Tim, Jeri, Lizzie. Front row: Victoria, Josiah. Click for full size.

Here are Victoria, Sarah, Lizzie, Nicole, and Joanna looking beautiful.

Jeffrey plays the piano (kind of) for his sisters.

Jeffrey at the piano with Lizzie, Nicole, Victoria, Joanna, and Sarah. Click for full size.

Here are some individual shots. First Nicole.

Nicole. Click for full size.

Here is Jeffrey.

Jeffrey. Click for full size.

Sarah’s picture on the piano turned out really well.

Sarah on the piano. Click for full size.

Lizzie reclining on a bench.

Lizzie. Click for full size.

Here is Victoria.

Victoria. Click for full size.

Jeffrey and the girls took a few extra pictures.

Back: Joanna, Victoria, Jeffrey, Sarah. Front: Lizzie, Nicole. Click for full size.
Jeffrey, Victoria, Nicole, and Lizzie (front). Click for full size.

Family Cruise to Mexico – Day at Sea

A day at sea is always relaxing.

Here are Jeffrey, Joanna, and Jason in the Atrium listening to live entertainment.

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They had a Tea Time in one of the restaurants. They served drinks and nice little snacks. This picture is a bit blurry.

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In the evening, we got dressed for formal night. We posed for some selfies outside of the restaurant. Here are all of the guys.

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Jason, Jeffrey, and Josiah trying to look serious.

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Jason, Sarah, Nicole, and Jeri at dinner.

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Jeffrey, Lizzie, and Justin at dinner.

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The food is always yummy…including the desserts.

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Immediately after dinner, most of us went to the 7:30 PM comedy show.

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After the show, we went and had our pictures taken by different photographers and different locations. Here are the girls getting their picture taken.

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Here is a video montage of the day.

Family Cruise to Mexico – First Night

As a Christmas present for the family, Jeri and Tim purchased a three-day cruise to Mexico for everyone. This gift included Christmas money from Grandma Pau.

We embarked the Carnival Imagination on Thursday, February 28, 2019, around 2 PM. First stop once on-board was the lunch buffet.

We chose to dine at 6:00 PM each night in the Spirit dining room. They assigned a large table for all eleven of us. Of course, the food was excellent!

Josiah, Joanna, Sarah, Nicole, Jeffrey, Victoria, and Lizzie looking at the menu. Click for full size.

Lizzie, Justin (with lasagna), and Jeri (with the Indian entree) at supper.

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Crispy Portobello Mushroom. Yum!

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Here is a short video montage.

Short video montage

Sunset at the Huntington Beach Pier

On Thursday evening around sunset, the tide was scheduled to be fairly low (which makes for good pictures). So Justin, Josiah, and Tim drove down to the beach to take some pictures. The temperature was around 50 F and the breeze was quite chilly.

Here’s Justin taking some pictures. You can see that the tide is out.

Justin setting up for sunset pictures.

The combination of rain clouds and the sun setting created an orange glow. Ruby’s Diner is a restaurant at the end of the Huntington Beach Pier.

Sun behind Ruby’s Diner

In this picture, Catalina Island is visible in the distance on the left.

A video of our time at the beach

Semi-formal Winter Country Dance

Saturday evening, a group of young people (mostly home schoolers or home school graduates) met at the Duck Club in Irvine for an evening of old country line dancing. Since this was Josiah’s first time, he was skeptical as to whether he’d enjoy himself. Of course, he had a GREAT time and said that he’d definitely come back.

Since there were (as always) more females than males, Jeri didn’t dance. Some of the girls/ladies danced as males to even things out.

Jeri, Josiah, and Tim at the Duck Club. Click photo for full size.

Line Dance at the Duck Club. Click photo for full size.

No prior dance knowledge or experience was required to participate. The Hendricks led the dances and always gave us thorough instruction before each one. They would walk us through it and then call out the moves during the dances (similar to a square dance).

Listening to instructions. Click photo for full size.

Run the River was a fun dance. Each group of four would eventually run down the river (the line of other dancers).

Run the River. Click photo for full size.

The Hand Jive required way too much coordination. It was a series of (seemingly simple) hand movements that were nearly impossible to repeat correctly.

Lizzie doing the Hand Jive. Click photo for full size.

Tim doing the Hand Jive. Click photo for full size.

Christmas Day 2018

We started with a Christmas Day service at 11:00 AM. We sang some Christmas carols, shared some stories of God’s blessings, and Pastor shared a Christmas message.

Back home, the women worked hard in the kitchen.

Jeri, Joanna, Nicole, and Grandma Stogdill working in the kitchen. Click photo for full size.

Sarah having a snack since Christmas dinner isn’t for a while. Click photo for full size.

Jeffrey got Jeri’s saxophone out of the attic and worked at playing it.

Jeffrey picking up Jeri’s saxophone for the first time. Click photo for full size.

Just before dinner, we took our family photo.

Joanna was helping Nicole get ready.

Joanna touching up Nicole’s lips. Click photo for full size.

Getting ready for our family photo. Click photo for full size.

Family photo 2018. Front: Nicole, Sarah, Joanna, Lizzie, Victoria, and Jeri. Back: Tim, Justin, Josiah, Grandma Stogdill, Jason, and Jeffrey.

Family photo 2018. Front Nicole, Sarah, Joanna, Lizzie, Victoria, and Jeri. Back Tim, Justin, Josiah, Grandma Stogdill, Jason, and Jeffrey. Click photo for full size.

A crazy version.

Crazy family photo 2018. Click photo for full size.

Finally around mid-afternoon, the food is ready!

Sarah and Jeri with plates of food. Click photo for full size.

Joanna, Sarah (by stove), Nicole, Lizzie, and Victoria. Click photo for full size.

Around the table starting in the lower left with Lizzie, Nicole, Jeffrey, Victoria, Justin, Grandma Stogdill, Jeri, Joanna, Jason, Josiah, Sarah, and Tim.

Around the table starting in the lower left with Lizzie, Nicole, Jeffrey, Victoria, Justin, Grandma Stogdill, Jeri, Joanna, Jason, Josiah, Sarah, and Tim. Click photo for full size.

Jeri, Nicole, Sarah, Victoria, and Lizzie went to Eileen Bouma’s to wish her a Merry Christmas. Sarah and Victoria finally returned around 5:30 PM after which we could open presents.

Opening presents. Click photo for full size.

Justin got a Cole Porter songbook for Christmas. Here he’s playing from it. Jeffrey sings along.

Justin playing and Jeffrey singing out of Justin’s new Cole Porter songbook. Click photo for full size.

Jason, Lizzie, Joanna, and Nicole playing Forbidden Island while Justin and Jeffrey are at the piano. Click photo for full size.

Here’s a video montage that runs about 1 minute 18 seconds.

Christmas Eve 2018 and Celebrating Lizzie’s Birthday

Tim, Jeri, Grandma Stogdill, Sarah, Jeffrey, and Lizzie went to Westminster Mall in the morning. We got hungry so Grandma treated us to pretzels.

Sarah, Lizzie, and Jeffrey at Westminster Mall. Click photo for full size.

Having pretzels at Westminster Mall. Click photo for full size.

Josiah was a master chef and created a swan from an apple.

Josiah with his swan created from an apple. Click photo for full size.

Holland is back from Texas and is visiting her family. So she and Josiah played together.

Josiah playing with Holland. Click photo for full size.

We celebrated Lizzie’s birthday one day late. We had apple crisp instead of cake.

Celebrating Lizzie’s Birthday. Click photo for full size.

Jason entertained us with his phone by applying Facebook filters which added hilarious features to people’s faces.

Here are some of the videos that he made.

Here’s a video montage of the day.

Christmas Recital 2018

Normally our church’s Christmas recital is in early December. But our vacation caused it to be pushed back (to Lizzie’s birthday).

Victoria, Sarah, and Joanna sang a beautiful arrangement of The First Noel.

Jeffrey played bass guitar with the guys on What Child Is This and Angels We Have Heard on High.

The youth ensemble created their own Christmas medley.

Because it was Lizzie’s birthday, Jeffrey asked everyone to join in singing Happy Birthday to her.

Everyone singing Happy Birthday to Lizzie. Click photo for full size.

After the recital, we gathered in the fellowship hall for food and refreshments.

Lizzie and Christeen. Click photo for full size.

Joanna, Nicole, Sarah, and Victoria. Click photo for full size.

Jeffrey, Grandma Stogdill, Jeri, and Justin. Click photo for full size.

Jason and Tim. Click photo for full size.

Josiah and Joshua. Click photo for full size.

Joanna, Nicole, Victoria, Kristie T., Maureen M., Joanna T., and Sarah. Click photo for full size.

Souplantation with Grandma Stogdill

Grandma Stogdill is visiting us this Christmas for a week. She’ll get to celebrate two birthdays (Lizzie’s and Josiah’s) plus Christmas plus hear some of her grandchildren perform in the Christmas recital at church.

Josiah was initially a little discouraged because he was still full from a big lunch at Carlitta’s Diner. But later he got going and had five or six empty bowls on his tray.

Grandma, Jason, and Josiah. Click photo for full size.

Nicole, Joanna, Victoria, Jeffrey, and Sarah. Click photo for full size.

Nicole, Joanna, Lizzie, and Justin. Click photo for full size.

Jeri and Tim at Souplantation. Click photo for full size.

End of Carribean Cruise and Back in Fort Lauderdale

So we chose self debarkation. That meant that we had to carry off our own luggage but it also meant that we didn’t have to pack up the night before. That was so much nicer. So finally on our last day, we used the elevator to get our luggage up to deck 3.

Since we had enough time to enjoy breakfast, we got a made-to-order omelette with mushrooms, onions, tomatoes, spinach, arugula, bell peppers, and some cheddar cheese. Yum!

Made-to-order omelette with fruit and toast. Click photo for full size.

For our last evening with Aunt Vivian, she treated us to burgers at BurgerFi.

Jeri, Aunt Vivian, and Tim outside BurgerFi. Click photo for full size.

They had some vegan options. Jeri got the BEYOND BURGER: 100% Plant-Based Beyond Burger® From Beyond Meat®, American Cheese, Ketchup, Mustard, Mayonnaise, Lettuce, Tomato, Pickles, Onions. Tim got the VEGEFI BURGER: Crispy Quinoa + Fresh-Cut Veggie Burger, White Cheddar, Lettuce, Tomato, BurgerFi Sauce on a Multigrain Bun.

Vegan burgers and fries at BurgerFi. Click photo for full size.

Aunt Vivian got a “real” burger plus she shared one of their chocolate shakes.

Aunt Vivian at BurgerFi. Click photo for full size.

Pre-Carribean Cruise 2018
Carribean Cruise Day 1 – Leave Fort Lauderdale
Carribean Cruise Day 2 – At Sea
Carribean Cruise Day 3 – Grand Turk
Carribean Cruise Day 4 – At Sea
Carribean Cruise Day 5 – Curacao
Carribean Cruise Day 6 – Aruba
Carribean Cruise Day 7 – At Sea
Carribean Cruise Day 8 – At Sea
End of Carribean Cruise and Back in Fort Lauderdale
Carribean Cruise Photos