Friday, May 27, 2016

April Review

Emily in small ensemble concert on April 1
A Sunday morning reading time with the grandsons
Grandma and Jonathan
Grandpa and Quil and Micah
Joanna and Emily and the beautiful flowering trees at apartments where we pick up kids for church
Another picture of these sweet and beautiful girls
We enjoyed the beautiful flowering trees this spring.

These trees were by the school where Emily took her ACT test.
Joanna and Emily made cookies together one last time.
Joanna with our daffodils and first tulips.
Emily, Joanna, and Ivanna went on a hike in Wyoming.
Ivanna and Emily
Joanna and Emily
A pretty lake on their hike
Joanna driving to church
Emily and Jewelyn by a sign given to Randy on his last day of work.
We had a crowd for Sunday dinner on April 24.
The girls sat outside for the meal.
Adults and little ones inside.
We celebrated Jewelyn's 2nd birthday and also Joy's birthday.
She managed to blow her candles out!
Our lilacs this spring
The grandkids were with us quite a bit the week before they moved.  The boys helped Emily put the trampoline mat back on.
They loved helping her do it!
Jewelyn watched out the screen door.
Jonathan helped Emily cut some lilacs for her sign language teacher.
The last Bright Lights Bible Study for Joanna to get to go to.
We watched Jason online in concert in Cincinnati.
Our dear friends, Frank and Gayle Baxter came over for supper while Jonathan and Jewelyn were here.  
We have enjoyed knowing the Baxters.  Now they are moved to Ecuador.
I think we were playing Phase Ten here.  We tried to play all Joanna's favorite games during her last visit with us.
Ping pong with Joanna
Ticket to Ride one last time

Trip to Iowa-Missouri for niece's wedding

On April 15, we and Emily drove to Iowa and met Jeffrey at Tasos, a restaurant in Oskaloosa where we plan to have the wedding rehearsal dinner on August 5.
Rowen and Jeffrey at the Oskaloosa town square
Jeffrey took us to Omega Church and showed us around.
Then we went to Jeffrey's house in Sigourney to sleep.
The next morning, we enjoyed breakfast with Jeffrey before traveling to north Missouri for our niece Amanda Scoles's wedding to Michael Osborn.
We picked up Lesa on the way and also stopped at a Mennonite store that Jeffrey likes to go to.

We went to Marlene and Scott's house for a meal before the wedding.
Jeffrey looking at his wedding quilt, back from the quilter, but not yet bound.
Lots of our Scoles relatives were at Marlene's for lunch and visiting.
Marlene with Rex and Wanda Scoles, Janet and Marlene's parents
Janet and Wanda, who matched without knowing that beforehand!
Janet with Charissa and Felix
Emily with Felix
Rowen getting acquainted with Felix for the first time!
Lisa and Blaire with Felix and Sayde, Marlene's dog
The church where Amanda's wedding was
The family contingent who were seated early
During the wedding
During the wedding
Leah, Rebekah, and Blaire with Felix after the wedding
Emily, Janet, and Rex
Rex and Wanda with great-grands, Felix and Charissa
After the wedding, we went back to Jeffrey's house and Tim and Brenda came too.  The next day, we ate at Jeffrey's future in-laws' house.  Felix relaxed while we ate.
After dishes, Jeffrey took us to a special bridge in Ottumwa (City of Bridges) where he and Lesa attached a lock to the bridge commemorating their engagement.
This bridge spans the Des Moines River.
The special lock!  Somewhere in this river there are two keys that were "thrown away" after the lock was placed on the fence.
Tim and Brenda and their precious children

The Match-match people!
Felix was tired out!
That night, Jeffrey preached a good sermon at Omega Church.
The next morning, Felix took a nap on our bed while we packed to start home.
Almost to Des Moines, there were these beautiful tulip beds.
We had to stop so Emily could take pictures!
They were so beautiful!
Emily wanted this picture when we got back into Colorado that evening.