Thursday, August 29, 2013

New friends ... and the Internet

This last couple of weeks have been filled with wonder and excitement. Samantha and Jake became new parents as grandson George DANIEL Quist entered our world and ... Helen and I made new friends here in California. Yep, thanks to the wonders of the Internet, Helen and Emily connected and became instant friends. Emily and Dave welcomed us (total strangers from Kansas) into their home and their hearts. Like George continues to grow, so does our friendship with the open-hearted and energetic Emily, her gracious and enthusiastic husband Dave, and their wonderful family and friends. It has been a blast.

Emily and Dave are some of the most fun and interesting people we know. They do great things. They step to the plate when something needs to be done. Church luncheon in their back yard? Sure. Baby shower and children's carnival around the pool? You bet. Teach science in an under-privileged elementary school? Absolutely! 

Here is a photo with Dave, Emily and their son Tom as we all help Dave prepare his classroom for the first day of school.
And, here is a photo of Dave administering his magic touch as he attends to the students' needs on the first day.

Our heartfelt thanks to our new friends, Emily and Dave. You radiate joy and inspire others. We hope to do the same. Thanks, again, to the wonders of the Internet. Without it, this friendship would have never been born.

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Team George

Yesterday was a big day. Bambino got a new name.  In a naming ceremony that made me cry, Bambino received his new name ... George Daniel Quist. He slept through the whole thing.
We celebrated George and his rally from a difficult birth. Gramz provided a special dinner.  His Grandmama sang him songs. The entire team gathered for a victory photo.
Yay George!
Team George.

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Baby Boy Quist is born

Yesterday was Bambino's BIRTHday.  At 3:02 AM (California time) on August 19th, baby boy Quist entered the world in grand style. Gramz, Grandmama and I were all there. Here is the tired mother, the proud papa and Mr. Bambino himself at 2 hours old.
This is going to be fun.

Monday, August 12, 2013

German girls gather for pizza and ice cream

Annika has now been with us for more than 2 weeks.  While she is cheerful and kind, I strongly suspect that we have bored her beyond words - both English and German.  OK, our household is boring.  No kids ... just a couple of old people who work a lot.  Fortunately, neighbors and friends have offered Annika some relief.  Now, as school approaches, other exchange students have started to arrive.  Last night we hosted a pizza and ice cream party for a few of the incoming exchange students ...
and their host families.
No doubt, Jeff and I were outnumbered.  And Annika, I think it will get better now. 

Thursday, August 01, 2013

Holy Moly - Samantha is VERY pregnant

Here is Samantha at 36 weeks pregnant.
Holy Moly!  She could pop at any time.