Sunday, May 12, 2013

Cousins, Friends, Mountains and Mother's Day

With Dave's Mom visiting, he tracked down her first cousin Janet Delacour who has lived in Bend for over 35 years.  Dave had never met her before and his Mom hadn't seen her in over 40 years, so they had a nice time visiting on Tuesday afternoon.  Dave found out he now has several cousins living in Bend.
First Cousins Janet Gardner Delecour and Marilyn Gardner Haney.

Our McMurdo friend Jason Swindell has been in Bend the past few weeks visiting Amy, so we all got together with Norman on Thursday night.

Friday afternoon Dave took his Mom for a drive up the Cascade Lakes Highway.  Here's Mt. Bachelor with a frozen Sparks Lake in the foreground.

Dave & his Mom with South Sister and Broken Top in the background.

South Sister on a beautiful Spring day.

Kelly's parents came down on Friday for the weekend.  After doing some shopping on Saturday we took them to Crux Fermentation Project for lunch.

Mom Haney with a sculpture made of beer kegs and buckets. 

The temperature reached the mid 80's on Saturday so we cooled off with some Mango Margaritas.

Playing with phones and enjoying drinks on the deck. 

Enjoying a nice evening on the deck with Mom & Dad Cheek and Mom Haney.

We made our annual Mother's Day brunch Sunday morning with the traditional Momosas.  Here's Kelly with his Mom....

...and Dave with his Mom.

Kelly, Ray, Kathy, Marilyn and Dave in front of our blooming Chokecherry Tree.  FYI, Dave isn't really that tall, he's just on the uphill slope.

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Our Third Annual Spring Trip to the Oregon Coast

Tuesday April 30th we drove to Cannon Beach where we rented a beach house for two nights.  Kelly's parents from Yakima and our Niece Kara from Tacoma drove down to join us.
Here are Mom Haney and Kara headed out for a beach walk.

Mom & Dad Cheek on Cannon Beach.

Mom Haney & Kara walking the beach.

Kelly with his Parents.

Here we are enjoying some sunshine on our deck.  We were fortunate enough to have nice sunny days during our stay

The lighting was nice during our walk after sunset.

Mom & Dad Cheek with Haystack Rock in the background.

Here we are with Haystack Rock.

Haystack Rock at low tide during our walk Wednesday morning.

We found these 5 Starfish at low tide.


Kelly was looking to see what else he could find.

Dave with Haystack Rock.

The rocks and tidal pool were just begging to be photographed.

Kelly took this nice panoramic photo.

Mom Haney after a beach walk.  She had to rest at the bottom of the stairs before making her way up.

Dave tried his hand at flying his kite.  It was fun for awhile, but the wind wasn't quite as strong this day.

Enjoying some wine on the deck with Kara.

Here we are watching the sunset with Mom Haney.

A beautiful sunset at Cannon Beach

Sunset at Cannon Beach.

Haystack Rock after sunset.

Back Home In Bend

We moved back in to our house on March 28th and a week later we had some local McMurdo friends over for dinner.  Here are Tracy, Levi, Karla and Cash.  Tracy just moved to Bend in December and we are excited to have her in the area.


Cash decided he wanted to help Kelly make whipped cream to top off our desserts.

He really enjoyed licking the beater.

For the first few weeks we were back we had some occasional snow, but it's really been a fantastic spring with some really warm temperatures.

We've had a lot of House Finch activity around the bird feeder hanging on our Chokecherry Tree.