Sunday, July 29, 2012

Tanek & Valerie....together again

Tanek & Valerie haven't seen each other in 3 years, but they sure hit it off good like they had never been apart.

Tanek showing Valerie how to play wii.

Watching a movie

The two "moms"
Time for swimming
Tanek loves to be thrown in the air.
Valerie learned to swim
Cannon Ball
Ricky helping Tanek learn to dive
Time Out!
Daddy Time!

Sunday, July 22, 2012

Tanek's Schoolroom

Stephanie set up Tanek's school room last year, but I finally got the curtains finished.  I just love his school room.  It is a fun place for him to do his school.  This is his table where he does his work.
You can see to the right of the table a big corduroy bean bag chair where he and his mommy sit and read together.

I Love this view with his book shelves, and his computer table.

I love his Kazakhstan flag , the American flag, and  his calendar that can be in Spanish or English.

What a relaxing pretty room to study in. 

Summer Fun!

Tanek chillin in the new hammock
Big enough for two....with mommy

and nana

even papa

pretty big for just one though

The Wedding of Rena & Larry Hess

Rhonda, Larry's daughter

Bob, Rena's youngest son, and one of the pastors that did their ceremony.

The Bride and Groom

Lori, Kerry, & Doreen

 My cousin Linda and I.  Her and Chuck came from Yakima to the wedding.  I was so happy to be able to spend time with them.

Rena's two sons with Larry

Rena being walked down the aisle by her brother Don.

 Bob and Jerry did the ceremony.  It was one of the happiest wedding ceremonies I have ever seen.  

Larry's grand-children sang "You Light Up My Life"
Jerry doing the vowels in the ceremony

Sealed with a kiss

Rena & Larry's kids

 Rena's kids and grand-kids
The happy couple

 What a special gift these two have received.  After 50+ years of marriage and both losing their mates several years ago God brought them together.  I think everyone who knows both of them and all their children were so happy for them.  When they decided to get married they just wanted a small family and close friends wedding.  Well, about 350 of their family members and closest friends attended their wedding.  It was a very sweet, happy and humorous 
ceremony led by her two sons.  I am so happy that I was able to make the trip to be at this wedding.  It just goes to show you that love can come at any age.  Congratulations to Mr. & Mrs. Larry Hess.

Saturday, July 21, 2012

Miscellaneous Pictures

Beautiful Mt. Hood
Randee and Dodger
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Lori, Randee, and Dodger.  Walking in their neighborhood.  
 My nephew Richard, his beautiful wife Leslianne and their beautiful little girl Lucy.
 Whenever the family gets together there is always a lot of food. 
Lori is back for her mom's wedding after her first week of "Challenge the Cycle".  
 Lori, Leslianne & Lucy
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 The newest Dr. in our family.  Dr. Jerry Marvel and his wife Kerry.  Jerry is also my nephew.  We are very proud of him.

Lori with Remington

Rena and Don

Rena and Larry.  The night before the wedding.

Two sisters and our little brother

The studs

Jose and Lori

Jose, Lori, and Rhonda

 Lori and her Uncle Don

Me & Lori

My niece Lori, and my sister in law Lori

Lori and Dodger.  

Bob and Doreen all tan from their trip to Hawaii.

My brother Don

There is always laughter when we all get together.  

Rehearsing for the wedding.
We all had a great time.  It was the first time in many years that I got to be with this many of my family at one time.  It was great.  We not only were anticipating my sister and Larry's wedding the next day,  celebrating Lori's first week of "Challenge the Cycle", Jerry just getting his doctorate degree and just getting together for fun, food and laughter.  I also got to meet my great-niece Lucy for the first time and my new niece in law Leslianne for the first time.  
Sure wish my family lived a little closer.