Blending Two Separate Families – there’s an App for That!

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There's no Business like Show Business

Wedding rehearsal begins with “There’s no Business like Show Business” my kid’s favorite song from childhood.

Just kidding! There isn’t an app.; but my son, a science teacher, used a chemical experiment to show the children that it is possible.

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Blending Family “practice run”

Chris was lucky enough to have his older sister Pam, a “Celebrant” officiate at his wedding. The input from the couple and the expertise of Pam made for a lovely ceremony. I have photos of the rehearsal on Friday, and the official wedding on Saturday, June 25.

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Pam Torres Officiater

The weather cooperated and we had clear skies both days. The backyard was in full bloom and the sunshine bathed us in glorious light. After the rehearsal, we binged on ham, macaroni and cheese, bread and green beans. Later we had croissant sandwiches and yummy desserts.

To avoid the heat, the wedding took place at 10 a.m. the next morning. Attendees each took a rose and placed it in a circle around the couple, symbolizing the love of family that surrounded them. Music was also performed by the groom’s younger sister, Holly; a duet with her daughter Amelia. Holly’s husband Mark played the trumpet after the couple were pronounced man and wife.

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Encircled in love and roses.

Friends and relatives congratulated the two families and then went inside for coffee, wedding cake, and conversation. Funny stories and experiences were shared and remembered. The photos speak for themselves.

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Holly & Amelia sing duet; Griffin wearing hat, and Pam on the right.

Hope and faith made the experience joyful. The future is unknown to all of us. We usually walk confidently into our lives knowing that much of what happens is in the hands of fate. For believers, trusting in God to walk with us gives us an additional edge over those who are skeptics.

Below, Tamara’s mom discovers she has cake on her shoe from cutting the wedding cake.

I hope time and shared experience will blossom in the lives of my son and his new family.

I now pronounce you man & wife

I now pronounce you man & wife

Great Grandson, Marcus, arrived before our Flight to Washington

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Marcus

Marcus

Sorry for the delay. It really takes time to pack, unpack, fly across country, and get settled in a new place. There were many complications!

I must first share with you the photos of my husband’s new great-grandson. He came in weighing 7#15oz. and is an absolute doll. His father is Hispanic, hence the dark hair.

Grandpa with his first Great-Grandson

Grandpa with his first Great-Grandson

At Sea-Tac Airport in Seattle, we were picked up by our limo driver, Stan, and driven to my daughter’s house. We no sooner got there than all hell broke loose. My daughter’s granddaughter (my great) was taken by ambulance to the ER and eventually the ICU. She had had some long dental procedures the day before, and during it, her pulse rate went down to 20. The next day she passed out again at home and an ambulance was called. They did CPR to get her heart and respiration going again.

During this time, I had a problem of my own at home. My daughter’s living room is sunken, and the wood floor there blended in with the wood in the hallway. I momentarily forgot the step, hit it with both feet, and fell flat on my face. Luckily, I got only a bloody mess, a fat bruised lip, and a bruised swollen elbow. That floor was hard! So glad it was wood.

Carol's "big lip" from fall

Carol’s “big lip” from fall

When you think that things will go smoothly and normally that’s just when they don’t. To make a long story short, the grand-daughter is doing well; but needs to be watched for a few days.

Her diagnosis was pericardial effusion. Their final decision was that the CPR had brought on this “heart” condition, and that it was a heart event not an epileptic one as they had previously suspected.

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In all of this we still managed to have some great fun. One day, we visited Paulsbo, WA, a small Norwegian village and the next day Northern Trek, a wildlife preserve where my grandson Christopher works. He recently graduated with a major in zoology and is eager to gain more knowledge and skills. He’s working at the preserve for the summer.

Chris and his dad.

Chris and his dad.

Chris hand-feeding some beavers.

Chris hand-feeding some beavers.

Today, we went to another small town, Sumner Washington, and enjoyed lunch and browsing in a few antique stores. I hope you enjoy the photos of some of our trip. I’ll write some more when we get back home! TBC.

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Travel before you are Too Old to Smell the Roses

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Linderhof

Linderhof Castle

I’m reading a book called “The Ludwig Conspiracy” by Oliver Potzsch dubbed as a “historical thriller.” This adventure takes place in Bavaria and Munich and brings back so many memories of when my first husband and I were frolicking over the Swiss Alps and through the magnificent Black Forest.

Ballroom where Wagner's music was performed

Ballroom where Wagner’s music was performed

I’m reminded of places like Oberammergau, where one could find cuckoo clocks, wooden plates with rosemaling similar to that in Norway, and fine wood carvings.

Oberammergau

Oberammergau

We toured the magnificent castles of Neuschwanstein and Linderhof where Wagner performed on stage and where ballroom dances took place in the great hall.

Neuschwanstein Castle

Neuschwanstein Castle

Our trip started in Bremen and was prompted by a conference for my husband’s employment. While he sat in meetings, I was able to tour the fascinating Schnoor Quarter with its narrow streets and colorful houses and shops that were restored and preserved from another era.

Schnoor Quarter

Schnoor Quarter

At night we dined in the Ratskeller and ate delicacies I’d never heard of before. We saw the famous “Bremen Town Musicians” bronze statue and the lovely harbor frequented by Scandinavians who vacation in this area.

Bremen Town Musicians

Bremen Town Musicians

The Berlin wall was still up and we were able to see the contrast between the thriving, robust and buzzing city in the free West and the fearful, regressive, and guarded Berlin of the East.

We chose to eat soup and bread with the workers at lunch time, and I purchased some finds from a local hardware store where planters were still put together with wooden nails. I also bought my children some fantastic wooden toys and a large set of stacking dolls.

In Munich I was able to get some Hummel statues and see the famous Glockenspiel. Here we learned that the residents pronounced the name of their city “Munchen.”

Glockenspiel in Munich

Glockenspiel in Munich

One of my first paintings was of a bridge laden with bright red geraniums with a green river flowing beneath it. I’ve forgotten the city’s name, but I can’t forget the colorful flowers hanging from windows and stoops.

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Each morning, the porches and streets are swept clean. Fall leaves are raked up and given as fodder to the cattle. Nothing goes to waste.

We were also able to dip down into Austria, but discovered that everything was closed on Sundays. We ended up looking into windows and wishing we were inside. We saw all the sights where Sound of Music was filmed such as the Mirabelle Garden and the church and graveyard where they escaped after their stage show. The theater is still going strong, but it, too, was closed.

Mirabell Palace

Mirabell Palace

On our way to Frankfurt and our flight home, we stopped in a small village called Rüdesheim am Rhein along the Rhein River. It was October Fest and the place was Rocking! We stayed overnight and got very little sleep. I will always remember how clean, green and beautiful Germany was.

Rüdesheim

Rüdesheim

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Germany has become a favorite place to visit. Its marbled history has created a strong and independent people who are eager to show the world a different face. Since that first trip, I’ve read many books both historical and fictional about this wonderful and exciting place.

Someone asked me the other day what was on my “bucket list,” and I told them I didn’t have one. Reading Oliver Potzsch’s book about early Germany has made me want to return, just one more time!

"Frankfurt"

“Frankfurt”