We visited John, Pari and the
boys first, and the first event was a swim meet. Zach has
a very nice butterfly stroke!
This was a big but very well run meet.
John was a timer for the morning
races. Each race had two backup electronic timers (as well
as touchpad) and one with a stopwatch.
Waiting for the next race!
Ethan did very well in the backstroke.
After the swim meet, we loaded up
and drove up to Lake Tahoe for two days. Doris and Pari
relaxed while the boys hiked down to the lake.
Check out the big blue jay!
This is the very nice condo where
we stayed while at Tahoe.
Sunset from the balcony of the condo.
Boys on BIG bicycle in town.
We stopped at a waterfall on the way back home.
E has the pose thing down!
Hike across bridge to snow bank.
Note Ethan without shirt!
I'm glad I was not the photographer!
Snow balls from bridge.
One (snowball) made it down.
Emigrant Lake is still frozen.
The "boys" headed off for a hike.
GP in usual shorts, tee-shirt and
"E" in the snow.
Marmot checking us out.
When we got home from Tahoe,
Papaya was waiting in the back yard. She had gotten out
before we left; neighbors looked, but could not find her.
She was a little shaken, but otherwise ok. When she was
brought in, she headed straight for her food bowl! GP
removed a large tick from her ear, but no other issues were
Jamestown (on the way
to Los Altos)
On the way to Los Altos, we spent
two days in Jamestown (relaxing and especially SHOPPING).
We stayed in an absolutely wonderful B&B, the
Victorian Gold. The
rooms were great and the hostess (Anita) served one of the best
breakfasts we have ever had at a B&B.
The National Hotel has good food
and a resident ghost!
This is the haul after a day of shopping in Jamestown.
They all made it home safely!
There is a cool train museum in Jamestown.
There is also a shop with LOTS of
"Thomas the Train" trains and books. Mimi had to check
with Melissa to see what Lucas didn't have.
working steam engines.
This engine has a special gear
drive for hauling heavy loads. This engine and #3 above
are used on weekends to carry visitors on short trips.
There is also a working turntable outside of the engine
Los Altos and visit
with Matthew, Deborah and Bob
The electronics projects started
immediately! GP is checking out the motion sensor while
Matthew disassembles a broken lamp motion sensor.
Matthew using the iPad while mom
gives him a quick haircut before swim practice.
Saturday was archery lessons at
the park. Matthew's team won the first contest.
There were two instructors who
taught both form and safety. Matthew is second from the
left in this picture.
The second contest was "shoot the
moving pig". Matthew is on the left in this video clip.
Matthew swam in a meet on Sunday.
He started with the freestyle (here) and ended with a first
place swim in the breast stroke (movie below).
Breaststroke - see movie below.
Matthew in breast stroke.
We went to San Francisco on
Monday so Deborah could go to a doctor's appointment. The
weather was GREAT.
The old and the new in front of
We had lunch at fisherman's pier.
Mimi & GP had clam chowder in a bread bowl; Deborah and Matthew
snacked on our bread!
And then it was it was icee and
pretzel time for Matthew.
That was followed by a hotdog
which was shared with a bird.