Sunday, August 31, 2014

Camping at East Lake

August 8th & 9th, the weekend before Kelly left for Antarctica we did our annual camping trip to the Cinder Hill Campground at East Lake.

Our friend Gess came up on Friday to hangout with us.

Kelly by the campfire.

Gess and his dog Elliot.

Norman came up Saturday afternoon and spent the night.  Here he floating with Dave.

Norman and Kelly relaxing in the sun.

Saturday, August 2, 2014

Making it Legal

Since we could now legally get married in the state of Oregon we decided to make it official before we return back to work.  We had Justice of the Peace Andrea Shartel come to our house on Thursday July 31, to perform a quick ceremony.

Kelly getting his ring....again.

Dave getting his ring.

Signing the marriage certificate.

Mom Cheek and...

Dad Cheek were our two witnesses.

We are now legal.

Brad Gilbert - October 10, 1962 to July 23, 2014

Our great friend Brad Gilbert lost his six month battle with Cancer on Wednesday July 23 while holding the hand of his wife Cindy.  Many of our blog readers may have met Brad over the years.  He was a college friend of Dave's since 1981, he stood next to Dave at our commitment ceremony and he and his family have visited us here in Bend several times.  We flew back to the Midwest for a quick three day visit to be there for his visitation and memorial service.

His wife Cindy and children Spenser & Delaney created a beautiful alter in his honor.  Since he was the CFO at Cadillac Coffee it was draped with coffee bean bags and filled with several photos and mementos that were important to him throughout his life.  It was surrounded with beautiful floral arrangements, his mountain bike and his golf clubs.



After the memorial service the family had a gathering at their house to celebrate & share stories of his life.


Dave & John Keller

Kelly visiting with John Keller.

Random Summer Photos from July

We always love seeing our poppies bloom.

Enjoying a Monday Happy Hour at Portello Wine Bar

Our friend Paul from Seattle came down for a weekend.

Dave White & Norman at 10 Barrel.

Kelly, Norman, Paul & Dave White at Nacreous (Our back deck)

Norman & Paul

Dinner at Parilla Grill with Karla & Levi.

We love watching the Humming Birds in our back yard.


They enjoy sitting on our trellis.

Dad & Mom Cheek enjoying their margaritas at Barrio in downtown Bend after a visit to Farmer's Market.

A Full Day of 4th of July Actvities

Our 4th of July started with an early morning CrossFit workout followed by the traditional Bend Pet Parade.  Since we post photos of this event every year, we're only adding a few of our favorites.

Of course we have to have a photo of a pet penguin...even if it is stuffed.






After the Pet Parade, Dave did the Bend Freedom Ride with friends Norman and Dave White.  This ride consists of close to 1,000 people riding from Pioneer Park, through downtown Bend and ending at Columbia Park.  It's a crazy, colorful event that stops traffic and is either hated or loved by the locals.

Norman on the Freedom Ride.

Dave White on the Freedom Ride.



After the Freedom Ride we made our annual visit to 10 Barrel Brewery.  Here's Dave White, Kelly & Norman.

From 10 Barrel we ended up at the Riverside Market.

A woman with these shoes at the Riverside was our favorite fashion statement of the day.

Norman and Mindy at the Riverside.

Dave & Norman

Mindy's selfie of us all at the Riverside.

A Trip to Poulsbo, WA for Kara & Kate's Wedding

We fly back home from Indiana on June 10th with Mom Haney so she could spend some time with us here in Bend and to be here for Kara & Kate's Wedding.  We drove up to Poulsbo, WA on Thursday June 19 where we spent the next three nights and were joined by Mom & Dad Cheek.

Kelly with Mom & Dad Cheek at our rental house in Poulsbo.

The view from our rental house.

Kelly visiting with his parents.

We took several walks around town while we were there and enjoyed taking photos of the beautiful landscapes filled with ornamental grasses and flowers we don't see here in Bend.



Dave with Mom Haney and Mom & Dad Cheek.  Kelly's in the reflection in the mirror.

Kelly, Mom & Dad Cheek, Mom Haney and Dave in Poulsbo.

Kara and Kate got married Saturday June 21 at Kitsap State Park just north of Poulsbo.  It was a beautiful setting overlooking the waters of Puget Sound with the Olympic Mountains in the background. 

Instead of flower girls, Morgan and Addyson were bubble girls.

The reception hall

Gift table

Mom Haney waiting for the pre-ceremony photos to begin. 

Gary, Cinda, Kara & Kate

Gary & Kara

Gary, Kara, Cinda & Eric

Kara, Addyson, Morgan & Kate

Gary & Cinda, Addyson & Morgan, Kara & Kate, Eric & Courtney.

Kate & Kara with Grandma Haney

Dave, Kara, Kate & Kelly

Morgan & Addyson

Mom Haney & our nephew Eric.

Kelly at the wedding

Dave and his brother Gary

Kelly visiting with Eric & Courtney.

Here we are at the wedding. 

Addyson enjoying her cake.