The first day of July escrow closed on our new house and we moved in the same afternoon. What we had forgotten to do was tell the power company to put the bill into our name, so we did not have power over the "long weekend", since the 4th of July was on Monday. Thankfully, our new place has city water, so we had water, but no power for four days! The days are so long in the North during the summer that we went to bed with the sun anyway. We used our camp stove and ate lots of salads and sandwiches and got by just fine!
Our new home is on almost 40 acres and has two big ponds, a seasonal creek, and a swimming pool. Rudi wanted a place with lots of water and he got it! It is also on a dead end road that is super peaceful. We would sit and just soak in the quiet while we were there. We were only there for six short weeks, but they were the best we spent while home in the States this time.
|A view from our new place.|
|The backyard, pool, and back part of the house.|
|Our first dinner in our new home.|
Notice the flashlights hanging from
|Happy 4th of July|
|Taking the parade in with friends and family!|
That's our coffee shop in the background.
|Rudi and Emily at their Fourth of July best!|
Later in the month Rudi took the boys up to Diamond Lake for a long promised fishing trip. They each caught their limit and were back home in time for a big fish fry that same night!
|Clancy at the helm.|
Myles, Clancy, and Kenneth
|Some of the 15 fish caught that day!|
|At the cleaning station.|
|Good looking guys and good looking fish!!|
|Enjoying the catch!|
|Kenneth, Rudi, Brendan (Rudi's brother) and Emily|
during the Camp Dwight Concert Night
|L.to R. Paula, Ruth, Clara, Emily, Vienna (cousin in front),|
Clancy, Kenneth, and Myles in their bib overalls!
Side note: The best recipe for losing shoes is: traveling, packing, unpacking, moving to a new house, traveling, repeat. Most who know me well, know that I have a hard time keeping my kids in shoes! It has gotten worse... argh!
|Ruth ready to run!!|
|Clancy, Clara, and Myles lined up and ready to go too!|
|Riders in the Sky at the Half Shell, Roseburg, Oregon|
|Some of the concert goers!|
|And some more!|
|Emily with her friends and her cool new autographed poster!|
|Making breakfast with Grampa!|
|Pretty Ruth ready for the concert|
|Booher Family Concert!|
|"Bib Overalls" again!|
Emily and David
|Love those smiles...|
Clara and Peter
|Happy at the Beach|
|Paula and Clara|
|Love Birds at the Oregon Coast!|
|So much fun jumping into the sand pit!|
|...and getting buried in the sand!|
|....and just relaxing!|
|Never too old to play in the sand...|
|Ice cream on the go!|
|Dad at the Keys.|
|Dinner at Tolly's|
Carla and Dolores
When we bought our new place it came with a garden already planted. We got to enjoy reaping potatoes, cucumbers, cherry tomatoes, and zucchini without having put any effort into the garden. It was a real blessing.
|Daddy and kiddos enjoying the garden|
|Making lunch in the kitchen|
These two were our fish. Adriana and Ruth LOVE to
swim every chance they get.
|Paula loves her bicycle...|
|Cleaning up the place!|
|Adriana enjoying that good book!|
|Clara making tie dye shirts...|
|Rudi, Myles, and Emily sharing a song at our Spanish church|
|Always a snack and refresco! Rudi brought his Cinnamon|
Rolls from the coffee shop a time or two!
|Rudi and Carla, Adriana and Alejandro Chavez|
|The wedding of David Norris and Karen Chavez|
Our next to last weekend in the States we spent in Central Oregon saying goodbye to my extended family! It was a full, but very special time.
My mother had made all of our adopted children their own baby blankets with their names on them. My mother has done this for each one of her grandchildren. It was a very special moment for me!
|My Chocolate Babies with Grams and their blankets|
with their names on them!! Too sweet!!
|Grampa reading to Peter!|
|Out for dinner with my parents this time.|
Rudi, Carla, Mama, and Daddy!