Family and Friends in Huntington Beach…

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Since my brother’s family was here from Dallas for a week we had an “Open House” on Saturday for friends and family to drop in to visit.

My BIL Nick and sister Vera hosted the event. They always treat us to an amazing amount of food. We all contributed salads and dessert while Nick and Vera served turkey, chuck roast, lamb, regular potatoes, Smoked Gouda Potatoes, Gouda and Cheddar potatoes, plain rice, rice with nuts and raisins. I brought a Tiramisu cake for Nick since his birthday was coming up on the 25th!


ellen b. and my daughter Katie b. She was here for a week with her boyfriend Ben.


Katie with her cousin Hope and her cousin once removed Jackson! Jackson and Katie enjoyed playing Jedi Knights together…


Katie and her cousin Hope. Katie was the youngest granddaughter until Hope was born.

Katie and her boyfriend Ben. They enjoyed all the dizzy parks during their time in Southern California.


My BIL Steve (Lana G!’s husband) and my better half…Dear.

Lana G!

Lana G’s twin, Hope’s daddy, both dressed in seersucker!

Our sweet Miss Hope!

The Bagdanov sisters…Lana G!, ellen b, Vera, and Kathy.


Niece Michelle and our daughter Katie.

My nieces Michelle and Melissa, sisters…

The girl cousins! Debbee, Katie, Michelle, Hope, and Melissa.


Our dear friends. I love the matching expressions on Svetlana and my brother Steve’s face. Our celebration had a time of great singing at the table of good old hymns in Russian and English and some modern worship songs. Good ole 4 part harmonies. Great Is Thy Faithfulness, Peace Like a River, It is Well with my Soul, How Great Thou Art, O the Deep, Deep, Love of Jesus, The Good Shepherd is Seeking (A favorite Russian song of ours).

After all this excitement on Saturday we were up bright and early on Sunday for an airport run (4:30 am) to deliver Katie and Ben for their 6:30 am flight and then a drive across L.A. for my niece Michelle’s baby shower. Thankfully Dear did the airport run while I packed the car for the shower. Dear stayed home during the shower and when I got home at 8:00 PM he had the condo all cleaned up including washing all the bedding from our overnight guests. What a guy!!

I’ll be posting photos from the Pink and Brown Tea Party we had for Michelle and Ryan’s baby girl who is due to arrive somewhere around September 21st.

Photobucket is holding all my photos that I stored on their site from 2007-2015 hostage replacing them with ugly grey and black boxes and asking for a large ransom to retrieve them. It is a slow process to go through all my posts deleting the ugly boxes.

About Ellen am a wife, mother, baba (grandmother) and a loyal friend. Jesus is my King and my hope is in my future with Him.

17 thoughts on “Family and Friends in Huntington Beach…

  1. I just love your family! You guys remind me so much of my own. These days, it’s so wonderful seeing families that truly enjoy being together. What a blessing from the Lord!

  2. Such great photos Ellen! Katie needs to frame that one of her, Jackson & Hope–absolutely precious! I also love all the different family shots.

  3. My hubby is of Mennonite heritage and we always laugh that we assume there will always be grand singing with amazing harmony at any gathering…like it’s a given that they can sing.

  4. Love these photo, Ellen! Feels like we were right there along with you all. Such a beautiful family you have… and precious is the time all together. :o) Happy Days ((HUGS))

  5. Loved every single photo. I got goosebumps when I read the hymns you all sang. You are truly blessed in family times and spiritual blessings.
    Love that Dear…he did a bunch of dear things!

  6. How nice to meet your family. I smiled as I imagined you all singing the hymns in Russian and English…in 4-part harmony…and wish I could have been a fly on the wall. I remember from my childhood…family gatherings often included singing of hymns…mostly in German. It looks like you had a wonderful family time!

  7. You guys always have such great family get togethers.

    You wouldn’t want to share that recipe for smoked gouda potatoes, would you? I have a pot luck I need to make something for.

  8. Love all the pictures. Susanne, all we do for the smoked gouda potatoes, is make our mashed potatos as we normally do with lots of butter, half n half and sour cream and then add grated smoiked gouda to taste. We cook it just til the gouda melts. Very easy but adds a lot of flavor.

  9. Dear Rooster Party Participant,

    Just a reminder that the Rooster Party is this Friday, August 28th. I am so glad you joined and I’m really looking forward to seeing your Roosters.

    Hope you have a wonderful time!


  10. What great pic’s Ellen. I love to see large family gettogethers. It’s only my me and my sister, who lives in Idaho and hardly ever comes down, and mymom. My cousins are scattered across America.


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