Sunday, September 16, 2018

Sierra Camp

Earlier this month we joined our grandchildren ... and their parents ... for a week-long adventure at Stanford's Sierra Camp. Located on the shore of Fallen Leaf Lake (which is just south of Lake Tahoe), Sierra Camp is the ultimate in outdoor charm combined with quaint cabins, excellent food, and spectacular views. Here is the main entrance to the Lodge.

Our cabin ... lakeside
and our lake view. 
We did leisurely things like paddleboarding,
some gentle kayaking,
some pedal boating,
 some orienteering
... where Samantha and I were aptly crowned as the Camp Orienteering Champions.
George was in a fun parade.
Samantha, Jake and I went on a rugged 7.8-mile hike 

up to 8,730 feet which offered spectacular views of both Fallen Leaf Lake and Lake Tahoe.

And then, we had the scary trek back down.

Yes, this is part of the trail down.

Lucky for us, we got to spend a lot of relaxed and low-key time with our cute grandchildren ... and with Samantha and Jake, of course.

It was a time to be together. That is a good thing.

Mega thanks to Samantha and Jake for letting us join you.

Tuesday, August 28, 2018

Crow Mountain Farm

Check out Crow Mountain Farm and the Emerald Waves of Beans.
By the way, if you have any influence with the powers that be, I would appreciate a friendly request for a few gentle and prolonged rain showers between now and harvest time. Thanks.

Saturday, August 25, 2018

Quist Family visit

For 10 wonderful days, we got to host the two cutest grandchildren, ever.  It is hard to recall all of the fun stuff we did, but I do know that we had a blast. Here is a sampling of some fun stuff ... in no particular order:

Using the Crow table and benches - 4th generation. 
Ice cream with Great Grandad.
George flew a model airplane. 
Vintage video games.
Chalk on the sidewalk.
Indoor tent.
Oh yes, Samantha and Jake were here too but I didn't get a picture of the two of them.

Monday, July 23, 2018

Tony and Jamie have a baby

When in Colorado for Philipp's and Nica's wedding, we stopped by Denver's St. Joseph's Hospital NICU to meet Alex ... Tony's and Jamie's newborn son.
They will be dynamo parents. Actually, they already are.
Congratulations to Tony and Jamie.

Monday, July 16, 2018

Philipp and Nica get married

In 2005, we hosted a dazzling young German exchange student named Philipp Beiter. He was in his final semester at Topeka High School. It was the start of a lifetime connection.
Although he returned to Germany for his University studies, he came to visit in the summer of 2007...
and in the summer of 2008 ...
when his parents and brother joined us as well.
It was about this time that we proclaimed ourselves to be Philipp's American parents. His parents graciously acquiesced.

Of course, he was at Samantha's and Jake's wedding in the summer of 2010
where he served as Helen's escort into the ceremony. 
With Jonas and Samantha, we visited him in Paris in 2012 
where he was doing his internship at the OECD
Philipp visited us in 2013 when Ryan was living with us.

After he finished graduate school at the London School of Economics and Columbia University in 2014, he moved to Boulder. Then, in late 2014, he brought Nica for a visit. We could tell from the sparkle in his eye that Nica was special. From that point forward, it was no longer just Philipp, it was now Philipp AND Nica.
They came back for Halloween Weekend in 2015.
In 2016, along with Samantha and family, we met up with Philipp in Denver ...
and got to visit Philipp and Nica in Boulder - although I failed to get a picture. Suffice it to say that we were taking our "American Parent" role very seriously.

It was no surprise when Philipp and Nica decided to get married.

So, a couple of weeks ago, we traveled to Colorado to witness, and to be a part of, Phillip's marriage to Nica in the mountains and rustic settings of Pine, Colorado.
 I was honored when Philipp asked me to be a Groomsman. 
I was equally honored when he asked me to offer an after-dinner toast.

A giant Thank You to Phillip and Nica for allowing us to be a part of this special day.
An extra Thank You to Nica's wonderful family who was as gracious as Philipp's when we announced that we are a part of the Family Package.

 Oh yes ... Philipp and Nica are moving to Rome for a year. The adventure continues.