Monday, September 28, 2015

Family and Friends

We have been blessed by trips to CA and east TN to see family.  Since we got home from Alaska we have seen 26 grandchildren and 5 great grandchildren.  We are very blessed.

We made a quick  trip to CA to see family and friends.  I apologize for those we didn't see. Our schedule was full.  We even got in a dentist appointment.

We saw our son John and his family.

Rebecca (granddaughter) Jeanie, John (son) Calvin (great grandchild) Mark

Mark, Calvin (great grandchild) and Rebecca (granddaughter)

Rick (son) and his family

Richard(grandchild), Kristin, Waylan, and Haylie (great grandchildren)
Christina (grandchild), Matt, Zoe and Devin (great grandchildren)
Luke (grandchild) and Hope his finance

 Jacob (grandchild) Diana, Charity (grandchild) Rick (son)

We had delicious meals at each son's house.  It was so good to see all of them.  It's been two years since we were in CA.

 Grandpa, Grandma, Townsend (grandchild).  Townsend is going to college in CA.

We also saw a cousin and daughter, but I forgot to take a picture.  It was good to spend time with Marilyn and Kim.  They also had a great meal  for us.  

We were able to see some friends also.  We stayed with friends, Larry and Sandy Marsh.  We met them when we went on a mission trip to Thailand in 2008.  We've been great friends since then.

Fish/shrimp taco's are great!!  So yummy.

We both got to spend some time with teachers we worked with.
Mary (English), Lesley (librarian), Bob (English), and Howard (Typing)
They all taught at Hughes Middle School in Long Beach.  We've been able to keep up the friendships.

I also went to the school that I worked at as an instructional aide and computer teacher.  There are still 6 teachers that are there that I worked with.  I retired 15 years ago.  It was good to see them.

When Howard and  I were going through our cancer treatments back in 2002 and 2003, we both went to support groups at the hospital and we had a wonderful facilitator, Dani. We have kept in contact, but haven't seen her in years.  Dani had breast cancer herself this last year.  We spent some time visiting at the hospital.  It was great to see her.

Howard, Ann and Dani

We also had to hit a couple of eating places we don't have here in TN.
In and Out Burger.

And our all time favorite, El Pollo Loco

They have the best seasoning on their chicken.

We got to see a few friends while we were there.

Joan and Ron Mosley

Howard, Ann Nelson, and Ann

 Howard, Ann,  Karen and Jon
Who says old people can't do selfies!!

Ann, Larry, Sandy, Jim and Cathy Parkhurst

 We finished out our trip at Frostbites.  John told us about it.  It's very good and addictive.

Thanks, Larry and Sandy for hosting us and letting us come and go as our schedule demanded.

We were home one day and went over to Laurie's in east TN.  One night Laurie made homemade corn tortillas.  They were very yummy.

After she set them and had them set out all day she rolled them out.

She used a camale and then rolled them out with a rolling pin

 She grilled them on a cast iron griddle
The finished product!

Brett and Laurie (daughter)

Hunter, Daria, and Hannah (grandchildren)

Noah (grandchild)

Chase (grandchild) and his rabbit, Miss Pooper

Last night Hunter was baptized in the creek.  It was thrilling that we got to go over and see that happen.

We are home for awhile now.

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