Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Traveling to India

This is the first installment of my “thankful” journal from our trip to India. I tried to write down all the things I was thankful for each day. These are the pics of our first leg of almost 25 hours and 11,053 miles of flying and 14 hours of layovers!

I was thankful for…

*It all fit in only 3 suitcases and a carry-on!

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*A ride with the Imholtes to the airport.

*Lunch with my parents before getting on the plane in Portland…

days 1 to 3 004* Didn’t get charged for Rick’s extra heavy bags when he told the ticket agent he was going to India to do free dental clinics.

*  Bonine works!!! (this is the first plane ride I wasn’t sick in the first 15 minutes and the entire trip following)

days 1 to 3 005saying good-bye to Mt Hood and the PNW

* Free wi-fi at airports.

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    *Singapore Airlines. Voted the best airline in the world!

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* Our own personal entertainment systems with TONS of first-run movies, music, audio books, games…

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*Sleep on the plane. We needed it! Getting a pillow, blanket, sleeping socks, a hot moist towel, and a toothbrush really helped!

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*Lots of good food on the airplane! It was so good we didn’t even mind that they served it at such funky hours… :o)

days 1 to 3 010 this was our delicious dinner at 4am (yes, that is Tillamook cheese and shrimp salad)

*Clear skies flying into Hong Kong.

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*Gorgeous airports! Singapore’s Changi airport has been voted the world’s best airport for YEARS! It’s no wonder. They have a hotel, shopping, restaurants, free city tours, movie theaters, spas, napping lounges, gorgeous displays, gardens… It was a destination all by itself!

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free movie theater

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the rooftop sunflower garden

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these things were all over the airport (this one was at the ladies’ toilet)

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more of the koi pond

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display about china in SE Asia

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shopping

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fresh flower displays

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Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Tea Parties and Shooting Ranges

Mother’s Day weekend this year was full of fun and varied activities.

Saturday was the Ladies’ Tea at church. It was probably the best one ever! The food was amazing and we had a great turn out! Alynn and Celina both shared a devotional reading. It got a bit teary but that was the best part! Maggie played the piano and Tia sang! They both did a beautiful job!

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On Sunday after church we headed up to Sore Acres to check out the changes with the logging and do a bit of shooting. It didn’t seem any different until we reached the gate! I have to say it was a bit shocking, even if we had seen pictures!!!

mothers day 01mothers day 02mothers day 03But the view from there is AMAZING!

mothers day 07I know just where I want to park our trailer at…

mothers day 04Even the outhouse has a spectacular view!

mothers day 05We walked back towards the road a bit…

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Then we walked up the hill above the range…

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mothers day 22Shooting guns was a fun way to spend Mother’s Day!

mothers day 26                                     mothers day 23 mothers day 24 mothers day 25   Ended the day with a delicious Thai dinner! Who would have known there was great Thai food in Woodland???

mothers day 28 mothers day 27It was a really great Mother’s Day!