Engagement and Marriage

We started dating in the fall of 1972. The summer of 1973 we traveled to England with a Christian Rock Group on a concert tour at schools in England for their religious education classes. At night we’d have community concerts in churches or community halls. Dear’s niece Jenna was born while we were in England and we were able to meet here when we returned. We were officially engaged in September of 1973. Jenna is our oldest niece.

We had another tour in England in the summer of 1974. After being hosted by a few great English families we got to return the favor to some and show them around the Los Angeles area when they came for a visit. I have a post about our tours in England here.

Our wedding was in December of 1974.

Dear’s family upper left. Dear and me with my little maternal babushka. Lower left me and my sisters. Middle, my brothers. Lower right my parents.

Our honeymoon was a drive up the coast of California as far as San Francisco and home again.

Today is Saturday the 18th of March. Looks like our granddaughter is arriving sometime on the 20th of March, the first day of Spring. Sweet! We will keep you posted on the actual arrival time and we hope induced labor won’t go too long.

The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases;
    his mercies never come to an end;
 they are new every morning;
    great is your faithfulness.

Lamentations 3:22-23 (ESV)

Sweet Baby Addy

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My nieces gave a baby shower for Dan and Jamie’s Sweet Baby Addy while we all were in California on Sunday January 15th. This day happened to also be Jamie’s birthday. We celebrated our newest Daughter in law and our sweet baby Addy on the way.

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Our niece Michelle hosted the shower at her home and had help from our nieces Debbee, Melissa, and Kristin. Michelle has a candle business called All Good Things Candles and she made candles for us all to take home as baby shower favors.

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Before the shower started it was good to get a photo of the Bayles with cousin Annie. Dear has one brother who has three daughters. Annie was able to be at the shower her mom Christina. Christina is catching up a bit with Dear in the next photo and with our daughter Katie.

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Our newest grandniece Ellie came to the shower with her daddy, our nephew Timothy.

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Before the shower began we got a photo of the guys heading off for a Shotgun adventure at a local gun range.

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Michelle’s yard and tables were set up with all the perfect touches for the shower. Jamie has decided on an elephant theme for Addy’s nursery.

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2017-01-15-addys-shower2My nieces and sisters made piroshky earlier in the week. Three different fillings meat, potato, and cabbage that we all enjoyed. My mother would be so proud! We had great salads on the side, too.

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The day of the shower was Jamie’s birthday. My nieces honored her day with a candle lit dessert that they tried to get to her before the wind blew out the candle. Just watching the effort to keep that candle lit was hilarious and fun!

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We enjoyed watching little Eleanor/Ellie blowing bubbles in her drink.

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We took a photo of each person and their gift with Jamie. The sun was shining but it was a very cold breezy day. It was nice to have the blankets to drape over our shoulders.

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This was one of my many gifts for this first granddaughter of ours.

addys-shower-087My sister Kathy made this elephant banner for our son Daniel when he was born and Jamie chose an elephant theme for our expected granddaughter so Dan’s elephants will be used for a pattern to make some new elephants for baby Addy and then they will use Dan’s elephants that my sister made in 1980/1981 on a mobile for Addy to enjoy.

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addys-shower-116Our daughters and nieces.

addys-shower-121The Bayles’ side of the family. It’s a treat to get together with our family for celebrations. Our nieces did a wonderful job of honoring Dan and Jamie and our first grandchild. Thank you Michelle, Debbee, Melissa and Kristin. And…thank you to my sisters Vera and Kathy for the baking day to make the Piroshky! Thankful for each one who made the drive out to Michelle and Ryan’s. Thank you to our nephew Ryan for the great adventure he planned for the guys while us gals showered Jamie and Addy.

15978086_10212028345449805_3603031649737570375_nNot only was Jamie’s birthday on Sunday but our son Dan’s and nephew Lenny’s birthday was on Monday. Then on Thursday our son Josh celebrated his birthday at Disneyland with his cousins. Birthdays galore! My adventures continue down here in Southern California. Today my sister Vera and I are taking our dear old pop to one of his favorite restaurants for lunch. Later this evening those sibs who can will gather at my sister Vera’s for a birthday celebration for our brother Tim. His birthday is the 22nd.  My feedly is not cooperating with me since I’m in a different domain so I’ll be catching up with you all when I get back to the Seattle area. For the record sunny southern California is having a bit of a identity crisis and acting more like Seattle with lots of rain and clouds. I’m listening to a constant heavy rainfall right now as I send this off to publish! I believe their drought might be officially over. Glad I got a good beach walk in yesterday…

Good Fences ~California

I was in Southern California for seven days coming home this past Monday night. My original plans were to be there on the weekend for a baby shower and to visit my pop but those plans changed when I got word that my BIL was in the hospital so I flew down earlier in the week. My drive to the hospital took me past Fairbanks Center for Motion Picture Study building on La Cienega Boulevard in Beverly Hills, California. Since traffic is a given on this busy road I was able to snap a couple photos while stopped, waiting for the signals to change.

I’m linking up to Good Fences #84 with TexWisGirl at Run*A*Round Ranch Report.

Welcoming Fences…

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Joining TexWisGirl for Good Fences #76.

This fence makes me smile and invites me in to do a little thrift shopping. It’s been ages since I thrift shopped regularly. Something that was fun while it lasted but good to leave behind for a season or two or three!

Yesterday I worked hard in our yard with all the clean-up after our mighty wind storm on Saturday. I picked up all the tree branches that had fallen and then decided it would just be quicker and easier to mow up all the leaves after I raked them out of planters and away from the fences. It was a bit unexpected to be picking up green leaves. Everything looks nice and tidy again but Fall is coming and soon there will be leaves, golden instead of green and in abundance falling from the huge maple in our neighbor’s yard that hangs over into our yard. Despite the extra work, I do love Fall.

Signs that Teach…

…Good Manners!

Small Points on Table Etiquette

Delicacy of manner at the table stamps both man and woman, for one can, at one glance, discern whether a person has been trained to eat well-i.e. to hold the knife and fork properly, to eat without the slightest sound of the lips, to drink quietly, to use the napkin rightly, to make no noise with any of the implements of the table, and last, but not least, to eat slowly and masticate the food thoroughly. All these points should be most carefully taught to children, and then they will always feel at their ease at the grandest tables in the land.

I’m linking up to ABC Wednesday for the letter G (Good Manners) with thanks to Mrs. Nesbitt and to Roger and the ABC team!

I’m also linking up later this week with signs, signs hosted by Lesley!

Tonight we will be going out to celebrate our son and daughter in love’s 14th wedding anniversary. Thankfully we won’t be at the grandest table in the land and we won’t have a lot of pressure to exhibit the most perfect table manners. The celebration itself will be grand with 4 of our 6 gracing the table!

Make New Friends but Keep the Old…

…One is silver, the other gold.

I’m linking up to ABC Wednesday for O is for Old and for the fact that this post will go on and on! Thank you Denise Nesbitt, Roger, and the ABC team!

One day, four events! I flew from Seattle to Santa Ana (California) on Saturday and had a full day filled with time with old friends!

I arrived at John Wayne Airport at 8:30 A.M. and drove to La Habra, California. My pop and I went to his favorite breakfast spot and I treated him to breakfast. This is what he always orders, 2 sunny side up eggs, hash browns and sausage.  He enjoyed every bite of food and each slurp of his coffee.

My pop is now living with my oldest sister and thriving. He lets me know frequently how much he loves the chair Dear and I bought him. Lately he’s occupied with jigsaw puzzles.

At 11:30 A.M. I drove down Whittier Blvd. to our dear friend Alice’s home for a Baby shower in her beautiful back yard!

This is Alice with her son who will be holding his new son soon and this will be Alice’s first grand baby! Alice has always had an open home and is the most hospitable lady. Many of us at the shower have been graced with hours of good times in her home with good food to eat.

The new dad and mom to be with our friend Natalie in the middle praying a blessing on them, the baby and the festivities.

My best friend from college days and beyond, Heidi, with her daughter Nikki.

My nieces Melissa, Michelle and my SIL Kelly.

Heidi, Alice and I had some fun adventures in our college days. Alice lived in San Francisco and we spent time with her there and she came down to L.A. to spend time with us. We hadn’t seen each other for over 35 years!

I caught my sister enjoying her food with my blast from the past friend, Alice.

I took off from the baby shower before gifts were opened to drive on 2 more freeways to get to my high school mini reunion.

We had a great turnout with close to 50 grads from Montebello High School showing up.

I was so happy to see my friend from elementary school days through high school at the reunion. I hadn’t seen her for over 46 years!

Lots of good memories came back to me and I have to admit some of the people that were there didn’t drum up any memories from my dear old brain.

These girls I’ll never forget. Nancy on the left was my good buddy and Anne her cousin is on my right.

I left the reunion after 4 hours and finally headed to my hotel to check in at 6:30.

My dear nephew David and niece Kristin picked me up at the hotel door to take me out to dinner at 7:00. They had been out on a boat with their friends for the afternoon. How sweet of them to take the time and treat me to dinner and catch up conversation.

My hotel experience was good to start with and I fell asleep exhausted since I had been up since 3:15 am. At 1:15 the room next door was visited by some very loud guests who were pounding on the door. I woke from such a deep sleep that I was disoriented and didn’t know where I was for a few moments. My heart was racing. I called the front desk and they said they’d come up and talk to them. It took me a long time to fall back to sleep and then they woke me up again at 5:30 a.m. oye and bother!! When I talked to the front desk in the morning the person behind the desk said they’d take a percentage off my room. When I got back to my room I got a phone call from another person on staff who told me how sorry he was for my experience and that they would comp my room and I didn’t have to pay anything.

One day filled with so many old memories and friends. I’ll put the hotel experience way behind me!