Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Southward Bound and Merry Christmas!

First of all, my deepest apologies to our good friends, Wayne and Martie who hosted us graciously but an event without commemorative photos!  This lack of graciousness extended to our next good friends, Heidi and Roger.  Pictures perhaps on the Northward Bound trip in the spring.

Doug and I traveled south with joy with year which was unprecedented.  We welcomed into our family our beautiful daughter-in-law, Tammy and a spectacular wedding held in Portland.

The new couple quickly graced us with our first granddog, Pepper who is a Bernadoodle.


Kathy got her birthday gift in time for a winning Cougar season.  Jan designed and knit the double sided scarf.


And Nana knits on.  The family hats...

And Batman got to choose his costume this year and did not have go as furry animal to accompany the twin Cinderellas of last year.


The Northwest showed her stuff for Shari's visit with Taryn and Jude.  Mt. Rainer was spectacular.


The weather allowed Jude to learn to kayak, first tethered by Papa's rope and then solo.


Jude reads to Nana.

A family snuggle.

Where is Maddie as Aunt Jan snuggles her sisters, Peyton and Lulu.

Doug hangs out with his friend, John, from OSU Engineering School days.


John and Denise send us on our way south from Gilbert, AZ.


We arrived just before the Day of the Dead.  We got to watch the artists paint (using cans of spray paint)  wonderful murals that celebrated those who have gone before us.


Linda spent the day with us when her cruise ship docked.


We took her to the port to view the iguanas.....I wanna iguana!


So I missed my friend, Jana, in Vancouver.  On a whim, I emailed and invited her to lunch in Puerto Vallarta to which she instantly replied, "We are in Puerto Vallarta!  Where are you?"


Doug and I were once again blessed in 2016.  We have family that we love and cherish, we have good friends and we live in Paradise Canada in the summer and Paradise Mexico in the winter.  


We send our holiday wishes from our house to yours.  May your Christmas be merry and your new year filled with health, prosperity and happiness.

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