Saturday, July 30, 2016

Birthday Celebration

Week three after our return and we were on the road again. We went to Kennewick, WA for Diane's mother's 86th birthday.

We left on Tuesday and went as far as Nampa, ID. We stayed with Tony and Emily in their new home. They really have a nice back yard.
Emily and her apple tree
Three plus "the shadow"
We went to visit Darwin and Missy, who also live in Nampa. Later John and Tiffany came over in the evening to Emily's so we could visit with their family. It has been nice renewing connections with family. Tony and Emily were wonderful hosts.
Piano duet with Liahona
Big smiles from a great family
 On Wednesday we went through Nyssa where Diane was born. It was fun for her to relive some of her fond memories.
A girl from Nyssa
 We wanted to see the headstone where Diane's father was buried. Fortunately her mother has not yet take up residence.
Mitchell headstone
This is farm country 
It is also along the Oregon Trail
 We went to Owyhee where her parents families settled and found their grave sites.
Walking through the Owyhee cemetery 
 Diane's mother recently moved into a new apartment in Kennewick, WA. It is a very comfortable one-bedroom apartment. We were able to help her hang quilts on the wall and set up her embroidery patterns on her computer.
Mother and daughter resting at the mall
 Friday was her 86th birthday. Don and Nadine took her out to dinner. Karen (her sister) and John went with us also. We are staying in Karen and John's house. It comes with delicious gluten-free cookies.
Birthday dinner
 We went through Spokane, WA on the way back so we could visit Blair and Janae and deliver a toy cupboard for him to refinish. This has been a good trip for visiting family. We got as far as Missoula, MT Saturday night and found a motel. We were able to attend sacrament meeting there in Missoula. It is beautiful country (at least in the summer).

On Sunday we continued back to Logan. We took a break to see Grant-Kobhrs Ranch NHS. This was a cattle ranch with a lot of history.
Grant-Kobhrs Ranch NHS
Ranch house
Herb garden
I could ride this kind of horse!
Chuck wagon
Camp cook
Even though it was a bit rushed, this was a nice break to visit family we haven't seen in a long time.

1 comment:

Kim said...

My mom and dad are from the Tri Cities (Richland). Looks like a wonderful trip. You guys are awesome!