Saturday, June 28, 2014
A trip to Stevenson almost always includes eating lunch at the Big River Grill. Bill loves their portobello mushroom salad and everything else there is good too.
From there we drove to Hood River and visited the Western Antique Aeroplane and Automobile Museum. Bill and I had been there a few years ago but Chuck hadn't been there before. And they had expanded the museum since we were there last. It was fun to see all the old planes, cars, motorcycles, jeeps, etc.
Chuck enjoys visiting with Cindy on his visits so we invited Jim and Cindy over for some Thai food. Unusual that we see her two weekends in a row. But very enjoyable evening seeing them again.
On Sunday we went to church as a family and had some bagels. Then we headed downtown to take Chuck to the new East Fork Winery location at the Slocum House. Then to the new Gouger Winery location in Ridgefield. It was Chuck's first visit to both of the new locations although he had been to both wineries at their old locations. It was the first time that Bill and I took advantage of going up onto the roof patio at Gouger to enjoy the scenery from up there. We got to watch the newly shorn alpacas and see Mt. St. Helens in the distance. It wasn't too hot so it was a really pleasant afternoon enjoying a couple glasses of wine up there. We weren't quite ready to head back home so we stopped at Bethany Winery and Northwest Best Fish Market as well. We love the smoked halibut spread that they sell there so we always pick some up if we are in the area. Bill picked up the crab and artichoke dip this time too. Absolutely wonderful.
So as with any visit from Chuck--we ate a lot. We drank our fair share of wine. And we did a bit of touring. But it was a really fun visit.
Christopher arrived home from Bellingham in time to celebrate Father's Day with Bill. It is fun having him back home. Definitely not as quiet as it has been. But he is working full time at his church for the summer as a custodian so that is keeping him occupied.
Sunday, June 15, 2014
The Ellensburg Blue Agate is actually a really rare stone that is only found in Kittitas County, Washington. People go searching in fields there to see if they can find the rocks as they are so valuable. As I was researching it, Indians also made arrowheads from them. It is the perfect ring for them as a couple as they met and went to school there. So proud of him for picking something so unique and romantic to give his fiance. And I am gaining a daughter. Very exciting times ahead!
Wednesday, June 4, 2014
https://brcapitalinc.com/category/nonprofit/ They did a great job singing and dancing to "Everybody Needs Somebody to Love" from the Blues Brothers movie. Shannon Roberts was a life saver being the real talent since Bill and Jim don't really sing very well. And the kids from Groove Nation did a great job with their dance routine to back them up.