Monday, January 19, 2015

Positioned perfectly

She is only beginning, but if you will notice her left wrist is positioned perfectly on the instrument.  This will allow her left hand to freely move up and down the fingerboard as she learns how to shift from the 1st position into the 3rd position.

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Saturday, January 17, 2015

Matt scores and other pics

Oh yeah!  Matt is doing well in basketball this winter.  Be sure to watch the following short clip.  Really I ought to save this one for his college recruiting video. 

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Matt celebrates with an NBA effort.

At the family Christmas party, everyone was so excited to play the chimes under the direction of Annie Palmer.  Even the teens, especially one, got into the action as you can see. 

Anna & Ally

Rachel & Mikey

Matt & Mason


Holly & Ethan

Katie's favorite gift - a megaphone for a super girl. 

My next posting will feature video shorts of some the action at the Christmas Eve family breakfast gathering.  Everyone is supposed to wear pajamas with the idea that after the evening program, we all go to bed early so that we can all arise early to see what Santa delivered.  It didn't work out that way.

Saturday, October 4, 2014

A Few Good Pics!

Forgive me Katie for plagiarizing your pics, but they were so good I couldn't help myself.   
The football experience is a big deal in this part of the country.

Matty is learning early what female adoration is all about. 

Katie decides to pick the remaining tomatoes in our garden.  Not even rain can stop her.   In all, she got about 50 quarts from our patch.  

Jenna got left holding the bag.

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Matt turns 8

Sunday night 

Matt turns 8 years old!

Uncle Dan & Aunt Annie + family are delighted as Matty opens a multi, multi multi-layered present from them.  

Rachel proudly played her first solo, "Happy Birthday to You."  We all joined in with bellowing voices.  

Jenna made the cake.

A BYU tee makes the party complete.

Everybody there had a great time.  Joke telling, laughing, singing, and Grandpa Rumblebum playing on the floor with Mister T!  Yes we had it all, and we will remember this happy occasion.  

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Tom & Marsha

 "Time changes with time: in youth, time marches on; in middle age, times flies; and in old age, time runs out."  As I look at these photos, I am distressingly  aware that I am fast becoming a part of history.

Ryan, Kevin & John


Bev, Marsha, Tom & John

Only a 50th wedding anniversary will do this to you.  It was held at Thanksgiving Point, and it really was a nice occasion.  As I talked with Tom and his kids, I had many great memories pop into my mind.  The reception was held at Thanksgiving Point, so that friends from both counties could come.  

In three more years, Bev and I will have to opportunity to greet others.  I just hope I will be able to remember everybody's names.


Friday, August 29, 2014

Lincoln City, Oregon

After leaving Olympia, we traveled south on I-5, through Portland and on to Lincoln City, Oregon.   The Nordic Motel was a nice, older place as were all the other establishments along the beach.  The deck was well kept and the view was fantastic.  

I purposely left out pics of the interior of our room as it desperately needed remodeling, but the outside was well maintained.

The coast was very scenic in every direction.  The beach was practically ours. Every now and then a jogger would trot by.  I think maybe the reason for solitude may be two-fold:  1)  Motel rooms along this beach are more expensive than  rooms along Highway 101 which runs through town, and 2)  Public access to this area is about a mile away.  

Gordon Ramsay would love to improve the rooms of this motel so that it would become a major destination for tourists but, in all fairness, I have to admit that I loved staying here.  Upon arrival the first thing I did was to open the windows to let the fresh, moist ocean breeze flow in.  Then I settled into a somewhat uncomfortable chair and spent many hours finishing a novel.   

To walk along this beach was totally refreshing, and after two days I left feeling that my soul had been renewed.  

We had Salmon this good little restaurant.  Upon entering, we talked to several other patrons who indicated they were frequent visitors, so we knew this place had good food.  If you are ever in Lincoln City, you now know where to go for fish.  

In the Tanger Outlets parking lot was this old Studebaker.  Back in the ol' days, my father owned one.

These last two pics are of Mount Washington, located close to Bend, Oregon.  The Cascade range provided us with plenty of beautiful scenery.

Sunday, August 17, 2014

She has been well prepared

Friday, June 6th, 2014 - Belana graduates from Timberline High.

What a great day it was, and proud is only an understatement in describing our emotion, as we watched the ceremony from the bleacher seats of Marcus Pavilion on the campus of Saint Martins University.

John & Beverly McKea, John & Joan Anderson and Belana

Tammy, Brendan, Dayle & Belana

I love this photo

A moment of reflection, for sure

Graduation party at LDS church park

Daughter & Mother.  Who is the cutest?

Friends.  "We will have these moments to remember." 

They came, formal and casual, for a good time.

A group of good friends

Sunday, June 8th, 2014 - Belana graduates from LDS Seminary.

Another graduation day in the life of our beautiful grand-daughter, and perhaps one that is even more meaningful.  It took place in the chapel of this church.  The spire, showing the reflection of the afternoon sun, seems to give divine sanction to the proceedings inside the sacred building.  

No cap and gown, but a big smile

A rose for the graduate

Good friends

Two graduations in three days is enough to wear anyone out

On Monday we left for a two-day stay at a beach in Oregon.  We departed knowing our grand-daughter will make good and correct life decisions.  After all, she has been well prepared by not only public education, but also through religious training.