Friday, January 8, 2016

Dorothy's Christmas party through the years

One of my deepest pleasures is 
joining my friends at Dorothy's 
for her annual Christmas party.
It started as a cookie and gift exchange, 
now it's a time for munchies and gift exchanging. 

Enjoy some of our yearly photos
some years there was not anyone to take a photo sadly.

This year December 2015

Last year December 2014

January 2013 party was a month late this year
Anna Rose was with her daughter.  Dorothy and
Mildred ended up in the hospital in Dec.  
Do I have this correct?

December 2012
 December 2011

December 2010

December 2009

Could this be the missing 2008?  
Can anyone figure
it out by what you are wearing?  I go by when I cut
my hair's long in this one.

December 2007

December 2006

December 2004
Oh so glad I am Tiny found this in her collection!
Look carefully you will see we have Nancy in 
the back and Diana in the front. 

I started going to Dorothy's when I gave up my job cooking
for North shore School district
that would have been in 1996 or 1997
Does anyone else have a group photo in the 1900's?

Wish we had started taking photos much sooner in our years of meeting
I don't seem to have the year 2008 Did we get snowed out one year? 

What a good many years we have all known one another!
Click on any photo to look at all of them enlarged.  

Thursday, August 28, 2014

The Smith's and Stoke's join us. The big Tillamook day!

Saturday was a really fun day

Lyndy's research lead us to start our day
 at the Cape Meares Lighthouse.
There are several interesting things about this area.
Not that far from Rockaway, a good adventure!
We made a short walk to the The Octopus Tree 
it is a Sitka Spruce shaped like an upside down Octopus.
It is a mystery how it became shaped like this. 
nature or native populations?

The birds on the cliffs are amazing, even some puffins nest here
bring your binoculars

You can tour the light house and on your way in or out 
there is an amazing hike to a very large tree!

Everyone out of the cars and into off to the light house
Once again a really beautiful 
mysterious coast line

We met in Tillamook
and found our way to the park via Internet
directions as you had to go a way to avoid a slide over the road. 

papa seems to be explaining something to Max

Mirishana and I waited with Ryker while the family toured the light house
I'm avoiding that many upward steps right now.
A lady walked by and said how glad she was to see
a well dress little kid!  

 Everyone waves as they tour the light house.
They only let a small group go through at a time.

Natalie has a new purse from Auntie Lauri  
It goes everywhere she goes.
  Cute purse Natalie
I'm always in the back I used to always be in the front taking photos
Still it's an interesting view of the hike

Sometimes the view from behind is sweet 

We are in awe of the octopus tree!

We weren't finished with finding the unusual trees 
so we got in our cars (tiny parking lot) and went
in search of..................

This was a fun little hike
it had possibilities!
It was an oddly marked trail you
could figure it into several directions
So the mystery was 
"Would we get there?"

The group seemed to love this spirit of the unknown
it shows up again in our other mystery hike on Tues.
Everyone smiles and there is wonderment in every one's eyes.
My kids once loved hiking I think the grand kids are catching the spirit of Hiking

This is the tree it is in a full forest

 Now that is a BIG TREE!

Some great fungus growing way up high

Forest peek a boo
This was a very large tree the photos don't do it justice!
Right here is where the road closure is so off we go back the way we came and onto Tillamook for lunch, a tour and ice-cream!

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

The first look at the beach, morning run for the dogs

Morning time is potty time for the dogs
So out we went
We couldn't wait to see the beach.

At home trips to the beach meant eating sand
I was hopeful they are less puppies now and 
will leave sand eating out of this trip!

Oh I see the beach only a few steps away....ooooa
 now to look back at where we just came from
only steps away... I love this.
That's where we stayed on the 3rd floor

oh my this is a pretty beach.

Ok dogs you promised no sand eating, maybe that is sniffing they are doing.

Birds maybe

I am really lovin this beach
breath taking!

Look at this no fog.... it all rolled in after our walk

Well looks like the household is still sleeping mostly.
tip toe

Once everyone was up and fed breakfast it was time to give Clint 
his birthday present
I worked so hard on this from early Dec on and Costco lost the
book before printing it 
I licked my wounds, tried to restore my creative process
and did it ALL AGAIN!
Now that I've seen Clint's reaction to a book with 40 years of his life
I question that maybe that is hard to take.  
Fun to make but hard to take.  

100 pages
nearly 500 carefully collected photos
and only one duplicate not removed 
& one miss labeled child!

Papa gives Flynn a photo of a Cheetah he saw on his 2nd trip to Africa

Now it's off to a our first day on the beach

Monday, August 25, 2014

Rockaway Beach August 2014 The Philip Reagan family

Rockaway Beach
I started out tired. 
We had a calendar full of travel, guests and things
 to do for over a year. 
We rented three condos right across the road from the 
beach, that was the highlight of the week.

 Tearful good-byes!

Getting there was tricky
 Rika our Japanese exchange student
was catching her bus to the airport thurs morning and
we were to be at the condo in Rockaway any time after 4:00.
We made it at 10:30pm  

 We stopped in Battle Ground to drop off some 
stuff for Lyndy, It helped loosen up
 our tightly packed car.  It's a great car
But it's not the Van.

After a good nights sleep (Yikes the sheets were in bad shape!)

Friday we hit the beach
Foggy so we have these lovely 
mysterious photos.
If you wanted time without the fog you had to go out
first thing in the morning like the dogs and I.
wait until later in the day when it burned off
It was warm so we didn't care.
Beach Time!

Cindy Lou is being blown by 
the breeze. 

Hazel watches over the kids

I have a set of Trilby kites
 I got for my birthday long ago.
  I never fly them, too much to handle,
 everyone else sure loves them!
I enjoy watching them.

Clint is telling Flynn how to manage them think only 2 were on at the time.

 The dogs discovered
 that if they didn't run really fast the waves would get them.
They had so much fun on the beach. They seem to be able to defy gravity.

 Sand happens!
We did a lot of eye washes

Cool Kid!

Still waiting for the fog to lift!

The sand castle group worked all day long!
Each new builder added or subtracted something.
So the look of the sand building changed a lot as 
time passed

wet sand, what fun!

One dog or two?  Count the legs.

These kites will lift you off the ground if you aren't careful!

Friday finds only The two Reagan family's and the Dunham's on the beach.
Tomorrow the Smiths and Stokes arrive! 
Time for Sunset on the beach 
and yes the fog lifted for sunset!

I love what warm light does!

Hazel says good-night beach

Cindy Lou Who says "Can't we stay longer?"