Friday, June 30, 2017

North Dakota Trip

We just got home from a trip to North Dakota- You can see the photos in video above to John Denver's song, Its Good To Be Home Again.  It was a short vacation but a memorable one. (The link below is same video to you tube for those I-phones who do not recognize the top one in blog)

Saturday, June 24th we left at 5am to drive to Billings, Montana on our vacation.

Sunday we drove to Minot and arrived about 4pm after getting lost briefly in Williston due to growth and changes. Minot had changed too- and we visited the grave of my dad, mom and sister first. We also visited Sunnyside Mobile Home park where we lived before sawyer- Lots of Changes!
Monday we all drove to Sawyer- the principal of the school was nice enough to update us on changes.Next year the high school goes to Max due to lack of students. We also visited the Sawyer Cemetery and Mennonite Cemetery where many who made a big influence on my life are buried. I owe a lot to even those who I did not know- your life influences so many- either for the good or bad.
                                    The Hedahl Farm is in background- lived there 61-66

Tuesday we drove to Kenmare- my grandpas old farm where my aunt Carol/Kenny have done such a great job fixing it up- again, the work they put into it I am still enjoying as will those after me. We had 19 attend- mostly aunts and uncles and most, I had not seen for years.

Wednesday I drove Wayne to airport for his flight, and then took off for home. I went home via route  2 and Tim via I-90(the way we came). Lots of good memories and a whole different view of Montana. My parents moved to Tacoma in June of 1966 on that route- and somewhere near the rockies, the van the truck was pulling came loose- luckily my mom was behind that wheel and brought it to a stop. We stayed in Shelby, about a 10 hour drive from Minot. Checked in around 4pm.
Thursday we saw our first accident- but hopefully no fatalities and we, were the 6th car behind lineup that they let us drive in ditch to get around. Around 9am we entered Glacier Park and drove the Going to the Sun Road- the first day it was open for this season- so lots of cars and full parking lots. We had done this with our kids and lots of memories again. We were out of park around noon and headed to Sandpoint to stay at Jans sisters for night.

Friday we left for home about 8;30 and got home about noon. the traffic was picking up for the holiday weekend greatly and glad we go to go when we did. Thanks for our neighbors for watering our plants, to Darcie for feeding our pets, and for Tim, Wayne and so many others for making this such a memorable trip. It was a short trip and wish we coiuld have seen others- but maybe next time.
We left Cindy's around 8:30 and got home about 12:30 on Friday, June 30th- Below are photos from previous trips- you guess the year and who is in it....

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Happy 4th Birthday Billy

Our grandson Billy turned 4 while we were on our cruise-last April 26th.  We missed his party but put this video together for his 4th video. I realize it is old, but I wanted to put this for my June blog- since my goal is one new video/blog per month this year. The other day he said he is almost 5 now- I think he is growing up too fast, and I am growing old too fast.

Sunday, May 7, 2017

Panama Cruise 2017

Several told me to take lots of photos-so here is our cruise photos in a song. On a 17 day cruise with 3,000 you meet all kinds of people, hear all languages, and we experienced weather. From 88 degrees with same humidity, to mid 40's- and even saw some rain. Passing through the Panama Canal was my favorite day. Getting home was a close second. (It teaches me to be thankful for our valley) Thanks Darcie for watching our house and "Mouse".  Thanks Karen for watching our birds. Thanks work for letting me have the time off and for Journey Travel and tours for finding us a low price. We took off for this cruise the date we got home from last years cruise.  This is our 7th cruise and 18  years ago we celebrated our 25th anniversary on our 1st cruise.  Next year I figured we would just stay home and tip every other stranger instead of a cruise.

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Have I Told You Lately That I Love You

April 13th, 1974, Janice and I were married in Coulee Dam, Wa.  It is not what you spend on one another, but it is important never to forget to say "I love You" and to thank God for your spouse at the end of the day; as this song says. The song is more important than the photos, but the photos show us through the years- and on our 42nd Anniversary,when the waiter asked us to hold hands- now that is a smart waiter.... Today,  Let me wish you Happy 43rd Anniversary Janice-  and most of all,  to say,"I Love You."

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Thank God For Kids

Today supposedly is National Women's Day- where women stay home from work(unless they own a business- they must go to work and other women will come to them), and wear read to show their importance. Does that mean tomorrow is National Men's Day, and men stay home to show their importance in society(unless they own the business-they must go to work and men will come to them to shop), and wear blue to show their importance? How about we have a National Children's Day to show the importance of Children in our society? I cannot imagine a world without Kids- Thank God For Kids! I made this song a few years ago- I can ad one more grandchild to the 5 in video now- its fun being a Grandpa.