Sunday, October 28, 2007

Singapore report

We’ve been home from Singapore for 11 days now, and I’m finally feeling back to normal physically, though I’m still not sleeping through the night without taking drugs! It was a good two weeks. I loved being with Danny, Betsy and Aaron – especially getting to know Aaron and letting him get to know his Grandma and Auntie Jo a bit. I think he enjoyed us, too.
We did lots of different things…. Visited the tropical island of Sentosa and swam in the South China Sea, went to the zoo, shopped in Chinatown and Little India as well as some malls, ate in ‘hawker’ centers, toured Danny’s school, rode buses and mass rail transits, went to an International night at the school and watched Betsy doing Bhangra dancing, attended their church, toured a strange Chinese ‘museum’ of mythological statues, etc., walked in the beautiful riverfront area, rode a river taxi, ate a slab of corn ice cream sandwiched in multi-colored bread, got refreshment at Starbucks and Coffee Bean shops, experienced torrential rainstorms, endured very hot humid weather (every day), took myriads of pictures, laughed and played, cried and got sick, and fainted and went to an ER (at least I did that!). The journey itself was long and not much fun, but being there was wonderful… and being back home is very good, too!

Following are four more posts with pictures. I hope you enjoy them. (We have LOTS more to show you when we see you).

Aaron was a lot of fun! So cute!!

This is the apartment building they live in. Their apartment is on the 10th floor – open windows – right where the tree limb is!

A view of the apartment -- nice

‘Mr. Whittaker’ helping one of his students
Sentosa was beautiful
Little India was interesting
Vivo City Mall was crowded
There was no explanation for the
Norwegian flags on the riverfront!
The riverfront area was very pretty

Riding in the river taxi
My sweet Aaron….
I miss him!

Danny and the ‘Roo

Drivers’ Ed starts early in Singapore!

Joann enjoying the view of Sentosa island

My Umbrella Girl – isn’t she cute?!!
The Merlion is Singapore’s famous symbol.

Danny and Joann

Aaron and Grandma

Danny, Betsy and Aaron

Danny laughing at pictures Joann took of him….

(No. this picture wasn’t there! But it IS kind of funny!)
Like Suma Mama, like Suma Son!

Saturday, September 29, 2007

Our Labor Trip

Over Labor Day week-end we took a trip to visit dear friends from the past. I thought you might like to see some of the pictures we took:

First we visited the Cowdens in Seattle. Both the girls are living with Twila and Gary at present. Here are pictures of Amy and John and their two little boys, and of Rachel.
From there we went through Acme on the way to the Kaplans near Bellingham. We had to take pictures of our old house... and the little yellow transparent apple tree -- still quite small.

We were shocked to see the condition of the Morrises old house!!

Driving through Acme...
The old church and school building (vacant)

The Kaplans took us to see Duane and Ruby Cooper (our former pastor from Acme). They live in Bellingham now and seem well. When Jim was taking the picture of all of us, Duane requested that we try to make it look like he isn't shorter than all of us....
We also visited Julie and Dave Mitchell,
and then the Rich and Melody Morris and Carol Fentress came to visit at Kaplan's with us.
It was a fun week-end. Things have sure changed since our Acme days!! -- mostly all for the better.

Monday, September 03, 2007


Beth & I found an entertaining function on Paint Shop Pro this weekend. You may need to use the restroom before proceeding...

The original photo is posted first, then follows the kaleidoscopes. For some of the last ones, you'll want to click on them to enlarge the pictures for full hilarity factor.

Another original. This is from Timmy & Heather's wedding.

Yes, Timmy, you were included in this too.

And the famous beach day photo of 2004.