Joanna’s Voice Recital and Souplantation

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!

Terry, Jill, Audrey, Joanna, and Maggie after the recital. Click photo for full size.

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.

Tim, Jeffrey, Jason, and Josiah at Souplantation. Click photo for full size.

Here’s another group of four.

Victoria, Nicole, Jeri, and Lizzie at Souplantation. Click photo for full size.

Here are Joanna and Sarah joined by Katherine and Summer.

Joanna, Katherine, Summer, and Sarah at Souplantation. Click photo for full size.

For more entertainment, watch the composite video.

Last Saturday in Iowa

Grandma treated all of us to breakfast at Cracker Barrel. Here Josiah and Lizzie are playing a “huge” game of checkers.

Nicole, Victoria, Josiah, and Lizzie waiting outside of Cracker Barrel. Click photo for full size.

Breakfast was delicious! Unfortunately Jonathan had to work and couldn’t join us.

Vicki, Jim, Nicole, Rachel, Lizzie, Josiah, Victoria, Grandma, Jeri, and Tim at Cracker Barrel. Click photo for full size.

We made homemade vanilla ice cream for the family reunion the next day.

Jeri, Grandma, and Josiah cleaning up after making homemade ice cream. Click photo for full size.

The ice cream was good to the last drop!

Good to the last drop. Click photo for full size.

That evening we drove out to see Jim and Vicki’s new house (which is nearing completion).

Jeri, Lizzie, and Tim behind Jim and Vicki’s new house. Click photo for full size.

In this picture, Lizzie is helping with the fire that was used to destroy some confidential papers.

Lizzie feeding the bon fire. Click photo for full size.

High Trestle Trail Bridge

On Friday evening, we drove up to Madrid. Just outside of town, we parked our SUV and hiked about half a mile to the High Trestle Trail Bridge.

Looking down the High Trestle Trail Bridge. Click photo for full size.

Here is a selfie with a photo-bomb by Lizzie.

Selfie on the bridge. Click photo for full size.

We arrived as the sun was beginning to set. At sundown, the lights come on the bridge.

Grandma Stogdill, Nicole, Josiah, Victoria, Lizzie, Jeri, and Tim on the High Trestle Trail Bridge. Click photo for full size.

The dark bands in the two pillars represent bands of coal which were found in the region many years ago.

At the west end of the High Trestle Trail Bridge. Click photo for full size.

A photo of the entire pillars.

Pillars at the west end of the High Trestle Trail Bridge. Click photo for full size.

A passer-by took a group photo for us.

Nicole, Grandma Stogdill, Victoria, Josiah, Jeri, Lizzie, and Tim on the High Trestle Trail Bridge. Click photo for full size.

The lights on the bridge look really cool at night.

The bridge with the lights on. Click photo for full size.

Watch a composite video of the day.

Iowa State Fair 2018

Grandma Stogdill treated us to a day at the Iowa State Fair. We arrived in the morning on opening day. We always start by getting weighed at the Varied Industries Building.

Here are Grandma Stogdill, Josiah, Nicole, Lizzie, Jeri and Tim after our weigh-in.

Grandma Stogdill, Josiah, Nicole, Lizzie, Jeri and Tim after our weigh-in at the Varied Industries Building. Click photo for full size.

Next stop for Grandma, Jeri and Tim was to get a Pecan Cinnamon Roll. We had to wait awhile for them to make a fresh batch. In this picture, you can see the dough rolled up.

Jeri and Tim after getting yummy Pecan Cinnamon Rolls. Click photo for full size.

The Iowa Egg Council had a social media competition where you upload photos and tag it. Later Lizzie received a notice that she had won.

Victoria taking a picture of Lizzie to enter into the Egg Council competition. Click photo for full size.

Here we all are (sans Grandma) in the Agriculture Building. Josiah is in the very front. Then in the next row are Nicole, Lizzie, Jeri, and Tim. In the back are Victoria, Rachel, and Jonathan.

In the Agriculture Building. Click photo for full size.

It was a typical hot (but not overly hot) summer day.

Walking at the Iowa State Fair. Click photo for full size.

Lizzie found a place to use her art skills.

Lizzie using her art skills in the Varied Industries Building. Click photo for full size.

Because we saw how easy it was for this guy to make salsa that we bought one for ourselves. We’ve already used it several times.

Josiah where we watched a salsa-making demo. Click photo for full size.

Watch a composite video of the day.

Last Day in Moline

Josiah helped Tim take a load of stuff to donate to Salvation Army.

Josiah helping drop stuff at Salvation Army. Click photo for full size.

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.

How to Play Rock Guitar course. Click photo for full size.

After loading up the SUV, we took a group photo and said our goodbyes before leaving for Des Moines.

Tim, Nicole, Victoria, Grandma Pau, Jeri, Lizzie, and Josiah out on the deck. Click photo for full size.
Victoria, Jeri and Grandma Pau. Click photo for full size.

For our pictures, Tim set up the camera with a 10-second time delay. Here’s a video of our picture taking.

Construction of the New I-74 Bridge

On evening, we drove down close to the Mississippi River to check out the new bridge that is under construction.

In this picture, you can see the existing I-74 bridge in the background as well the cranes working on the new bridge.

Nicole, Lizzie, Victoria, Josiah, Jeri and Tim near the Mississippi River. Click photo for full size.

This video has humorous ending.

Visiting Grandma Pau in August 2018

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.

Lizzie playing piano. Click photo for full size.

We worked (but never finished) a tortuous 1000-piece puzzle.

Victoria, Nicole and Jeri working on a 1000-piece puzzle. Click photo for full size.

Josiah still found time to create new things. He turned a model plane launcher that was nearly 50-years old into a dart launcher.

Josiah working on his dart launcher. Click photo for full size.

Grandma made a lot of yummy food including sushi.

Grandma Pau fixing supper. Click photo for full size.

We really liked the vegetarian sushi that Grandma made for us.

Nicole and Lizzie enjoying vegetarian sushi. Click photo for full size.

Straight No Chaser

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.

Nicole, Victoria, Jeri and Tim waiting to see Straight No Chaser. Click photo for full size.
Jeffrey and Joanna waiting to see Straight No Chaser. Click photo for full size.

Jon McLaughlin was the opening act for Straight No Chaser.

Jon McLaughlin opened the show for Straight No Chaser. Click photo for full size.

Straight No Chaser featured nine guys. The music and the visuals were fun and entertaining.

Straight No Chaser performing Twistin. Click photo for full size.

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.