August 2016 - Crescent City beach -layered waves

What a week! 

On Sunday, I joined two of my grown kids and their kids…and a couple of other grandchildren…for our semi-annual lunch.  We met at The Elephant Bar, and here are some shots of our celebration.

First:  a group shot, showing how tall some of us are.  Aaron, in the middle, is around 6’6″. 


July 31 - family group 1***

Here are my two eldest grandchildren:  Alec and Dominic, 21, both born in June.  They are each attending universities.


Alec & Dominic - 731***


A close-up of Aaron, the tallest one, age 18, flanked by Alec and Dominic.  He’s heading off to a university in Phoenix in the fall:


July - Aaron, Alec, Dominic***

Left to right:  Dominic, Fiona, and Aubrey.  Both girls were born only days apart, too, in February 1997….they are also college girls:


Aubrey & Fiona - July 2016 - Dominic, too***

And let’s not forget the youngest of the clan: Noah, at age 13:


July 31 Noah


So…the next morning, after this event, Fiona and I got up VERY early and headed up north to visit my youngest son and his wife in Crescent City, near the Oregon border.  The beach shot at the top of the post is there….and here are some of our other finds:

Into the redwood forest:


August 2016 - redwood forest***

The Trees of Mystery, where visitors are greeted by (Oops!) John Bunyan  Paul Bunyan and Babe the Blue Ox:



August 2016 - Paul Bunyon & Babe the Blue Ox - Trees of Mystery, Klamath


After an unplugged week of enjoying the world outside my Interior one….I am exhausted, but also eager to get back into blogging.

I read two books while I was away!  I can’t believe it, but I read at night before falling asleep.  Just posted my reviews this morning.  The Melody Lingers On, by Mary Higgins Clark; and The Girl You Lost, by Kathryn Croft.



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I loved my time away, and enjoyed everything except the 10 hour drive each way…with constant road work on Hwy. 101.  Family time was great….and I saw some Netflix shows not on my list, including a tear-jerker dog movie called Hachi.

But….I’m happy to be home!  What was your week like?

This post is linked to West Metro Mommy Reads, for Saturday Snapshot.




  1. Beautiful pics- love the beach and the lumberjack one too! The redwood forest looks awesome.

    And of course the Elephant Bar- wouldn’t mind going there. 🙂 The Girl You Lost looks good…

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    1. Thanks, Greg, I felt a little out of it when I first got home…as if I was on another planet for a while. I do love the beach, and I could use the coolness back here at home.

      I remember the lumberjack from when I was a kid and traveled that redwood highway with my parents!


  2. Jackie

    I’ve watched these kids growing up through your blog.
    I just finished The Girl With No Past by Kathryn Croft and really enjoyed it so adding The Girl You Lost to my list.

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    1. Thanks, Louise, and I had definitely waited too long to have this getaway….but it was wonderfully soothing and healing (except for the 10 hour drive up there, of course! lol).

      I always love our little family get-togethers.


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