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Cathie, Vicki, and Sue weekend in San Francisco 4/1/18

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Cathie, Vicki, and Sue weekend in San Francisco 4/1/18

To celebrate Sue’s big birthday, Cathie, Vicki and Sue met-up in San Francisco for the week-end.

Happy Birthday Sue!

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Easter Dinner at Steve’s

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Easter Dinner at Steve’s

Happy Easter !

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Aunt Pat’s Celebration, 3/26/18

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Aunt Pat’s Celebration, 3/26/18

In preparation for Aunt Pat’s celebration, we scan a number of pictures to share.  While there at J Liu’s Restaurant in Columbus, we met people from Uncle Basil’s side of the family.  People we have never met before.

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Visit Mike and Liane 3/3/18 in Columbia

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Visit Mike and Liane 3/3/18 in Columbia

For the weekend of March 3, 2018, we visited Mike and Liane in Columbia.  We arrived late on Friday night, we checked into the Hampton Inn on the Vista, ate a late dinner at the nearby Liberty Tap Room Restaurant.

Then, the next morning we went kayaking on Cedar Creek, at the Congaree National Park. We put in at the South Cedar Creek Road Canoe Access area, we paddled south east for a couple of miles, got blocked by a shallow cedar tree forest and turned around.  There was a very slight current with us going out, and caused us no delays heading back.  The water was shallow, but passable.  There were several tree falls that we had to navigate around.

Cedar Creek

We had a light lunch at the River Rat Brewery, then headed to Mike and Liane’s house.  We saw their beautiful new house, visited with Pam and watched Loyola play their first round in the NCAAs.

We took a break and then met for dinner at the very nice, very local Terra Restaurant.

The next morning we went to breakfast at the super popular Cafe Strudel breakfast spot. We got there 30 minutes before they opened and we still had to wait for an hour.  Very popular place with excellent food and orange juice.   We met Hana there.

Cafe Strudel

We hung out for a while at Mike and Liane’s then we went back to the airport.

Phoenix Suns vs Portland Trailblazers 02/24/18

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Phoenix Suns vs Portland Trailblazers 02/24/18

After a day of golfing and hiking, Steve and I went to the Portland Trailblazers vs Phoenix Suns basketball game. It was a fun game.  The Suns were leading most of the game, but right at the end, the Trailblazers won.  The Gorilla mascot was fun.  ESPN Boxscore.

 

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Hike Lost Dog Wash Trail, Phoenix 2/24/18

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Hike Lost Dog Wash Trail, Phoenix 2/24/18

After a round of golf at the Wildfire Golf Club with Steve, I went to the McDowell Sonoran Conservancy and walked the Lost Dog Wash Trail.  It was a perfectly clear sky with the Sun getting lower in the sky. The desert landscape was beautiful !

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Liz’s Birthday Feb 2018

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Liz’s Birthday Feb 2018

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It was a snowy day, but we decided to drive up to Madison to take take her out for her birthday.  It had been snowing, alot, and there was a letup in snow, so we decided to drive up.  Half way there, it started snowing and we had a challenging drive.  It did stop right when we got there.  It was a good thing we visited that weekend, because the next week we had nine days in a row of snow, with the next weekend Chicago got 15 inches of snow.

We went to lunch at Merchant Restaurant, just next to the Capital building.  This is our favorite place.  They were still serving brunch.

We finished lunch, went shopping for a little, hung out at her apartment and then drove home — with clear skies and clear highways.

Happy Birthday Liz!

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Christmas 2017

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Christmas 2017

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We opened presents a little late this year.  We waited for Mike and Liane to join us.  They went to Liane’s parents early in the morning and got to our place by 10:30am or so.  Liane’s first Christmas with us!

We opened presents with Grandma, ate an excellent roast.  Liane and Mike went back to her parent’s house for a 5pm dinner.  We did the dishes and watched Dr Who.

Merry Christmas!

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Christmas Eve 2017

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Christmas Eve 2017

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Liane, Mike and Pam were all able to join us at Mom and Dad’s.  Pam was really good with Bennet.  We had to drive through a 4″ snowfall.  It was pretty but did slow traffic a bit.  We had lots of fun opening presents.  Molly brought some Costco pies that were really good. We took some really good pictures of the grandkids with Mom and Dad.  I got Dad a new printer and webcam.

Merry Christmas.

Christmas Eve 2017