Wednesday, April 12, 2017

My sweet dad, Steve, is in the fight of his life right now.  Prayers are very much appreciated!

You can get updates on his CaringBridge site here:

Saturday, March 4, 2017

Texas Adventure & Naseem's AA Flight Attendant Graduation

Naseem has been living in Dallas for the last 6 1/2 weeks, attending American Airlines Flight Attendant Training. We flew to Dallas last week for her graduation ceremony.
Nas requested gingersnap cookies. I found the quotes on Pinterest, but made my
own labels on PicMonkey.
Omid and I were delayed in Portland, first by a maintenance issue, then we were bumped. We finally made it to Dallas at 1:00 a.m. Matty was luckier and made it in by 3:00 p.m. He hung out with Nas all afternoon.
Naseem had class all the next day, so we were on our own for tourist activities.
First up: South Fork Ranch!!!!
We got to tour the 300 acre ranch AND go inside the house!

Omid & JR Ewing

After the guided house tour, we went to the museum. Omid and I could not resist a photo with JR and Bobby. We tried to get Matty to wear a cowboy hat too, but he didn't want to mess up his hair!

I liked the original Dallas but I LOVED the new Dallas! So very sad it was cancelled.

After our time at SFR, we stopped at Rudy's BBQ for brisket, ribs, pulled pork and smoked turkey. It was good but Matty and I both prefer Omid's food. I completely forgot to take any photos of our lunch. Omid and Matty both bought a baseball cap as a souvenir.
Finally, it was time for us to go to Naseem's graduation! We got there early to get a good seat. So did everyone else. We muscled our way to front and got front row seats for graduation.

Nas wasn't allowed to come down and visit with us until after the ceremony. All we could do was wave and take her photo.

Graduation was alphabetical, so Nas was 2nd to the last to graduate.

So excited!!

YAY! Proud Dad!!!


Nas and her friend Xin Xin

Nas and her favorite instructor, Paul

Nas and her friend Carlos

Nas and her roommate Karen

Proud family!!!!
Warning: This is probably going to be my Xmas card photo!!

Congratulations Naseemjoon! We are so very proud of you and so excited for your new adventure!!!!!!

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Friday, February 3, 2017

Spaaaaahhhhh Vacation!

This past week was spent in Mexico with friends at a spa resort!
Flying first class!

Look who we met in the line for Customs in Mexico City! Evander Holyfield!!
He was sooo nice!
  Our driver picked us up and drove us the 90 minutes to the spa.  The resort included everything but alcoholic drinks, so we had him stop at the local Walmart so we could pick up drinks/mixers.

The spa offers a daily sunrise walk. Katie and I took advantage of it every morning. Walkers could choose a slow or fast walk (easy vs. challenging). We took the slow walk on day one and the challenging walk the rest of the trip. The walks were one of my favorite things to do on this vacation!

Sunrise walk selfie!

The resort had the most beautiful bougainvillea on site. Such a happy plant! I wish we could grow it here in Washington.

Cocktail hour selfie with Elaine, Margaret and Katie!

Fiesta Night

Katie and I took advantage of BINGO one night. We didn't win, but had fun trying!

Cute dog spotted on our morning walk.

This fence was fascinating! It was made out of old bed springs.

After my massage treatment and waiting for aqua Zumba to begin...
A group of us made the trek into town to find a pharmacy. On the way, we came upon this beautiful church. I love the fiesta flags.
This was our one cloudy day (74*).

Wednesday night, Elaine arranged for a group of us to have dinner off site at a restaurant called Matea.
Waiting for our car....
The restaurant sent three cars for us, all big and black.  We felt important, because we are!
Chef Orlando's dog, Hannah. So cute!
First course: shrimp and calamari salad with avocado
Second course: carrot bisque with sharp cheddar crouton

Third course: lobster with au gratin potatoes and veggies

Fourth course: chocolate lava cake with vanilla ice cream and raspberry sauce.

Everything was absolutely delicious! Matea looked like it belonged in Napa Valley or Sonoma.
It was absolutely beautiful!
 Cocktail hour with guacamole!

We took a side trip to the town of Tonatico. Another beautiful church and more fiesta flags!