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Devon's blog on Bowen and his adoption: One Stitch At A Time


Back to School!
 

Ellery Grade 7
Lakeridge Middle School

Heath Grade 6
North Star Charter

Sydney Grade 5
Rivergrove Elementary

Brooks Grade 3
North Star Charter

Bowen Grade 3
Eagle Hills Elementary


August 21, 2017
Eclipse!

What a wonderful experience we had viewing the total eclipse of the sun this morning! Colin, Aden, Kim and
 Ellery and Sydney came down from Portland the night before. Salem was in the path of totality and they
 wanted to watch as the sun was completely covered by the moon. The light and shadows grew increasingly eerie as the  eclipse progressed and then darkness fell. The birds went silent, the wind came up and the temperature cooled  significantly. At the moment of totality people all over the neighborhood started cheering. We were too! Who could help it! It was truly an awe inspiring experience.

July 23, 2017 - July 27, 2017
The South Coast and Redwoods At Last!

 

Jedediah Smith
State Park

Humbug Mountain

Bullards Beach

Coquille Lighthouse

Valley of the Rogue
with Ranger Aunt Chris

We made it! This year we finally completed our Redwoods camping trip with Ellery and Sydney. We had started last year but had to end the trip abruptly on the second day when I broke my ankle. This year all went well and we had a great time camping along the southern Oregon coast and in the Redwoods.


July 23, 2017
Noble Alexei Vasilchenko

Seren Desdier and Pavel Vasilchenko welcome their new baby boy!
 


July 9, 2017 - July 13, 2017
Camping with Ellery and Sydney at Joseph Stewart State Park with a side trip to Crater Lake

Joseph Stewart SP
Campsite

Joseph Stewart SP
Marina

Max gets a new windy
hairdo!

Crater Lake

Lost Lake Reservoir
Joseph Stewart SP

McGregor Park
Visitor Center

Mt Thielson
Hwy 62

             

June 19, 2017 - June 23, 2017
Family Gathering In Eagle, Idaho!

         
This year we had a wonderful family get together at Devon and Jeremy's home in Eagle, Idaho. Lots of sunshine, a large yard, a beautiful new swimming pool, a three bedroom guest house, plenty of games and Devon's delicious meals kept both kids and adults busy and happy. It was like being at a 5 star resort!
 

June 6, 2017
Heath Is Eleven!
 


A fun Lord of the Rings birthday swim party with friends and an awesome Hobbit cake made by Devon!  

May 28, 2017 - June 3, 2017
Fort Stevens Adventure with Heath and Brooks

Beach time! Battery Russel Fort Columbia Fort Clatsop Astoria Column Peter Iredale
Stephany took Heath and Brooks on a camping adventure to Fort Stevens State Park in Astoria, Oregon. Being from Idaho they loved playing in the ocean almost as much as they did exploring the forts. We did explore all the forts though: Battery Russell at Fort Stevens, Fort Columbia on the Washington side of the Columbia and the replica of Fort  Clatsop where Lewis and Clark wintered from December 1805 to March 1806. We also climbed the Astoria Column and explored the wreck of the Peter Iredale.
It was a great trip and we had a lot of fun!

May 25, 2017
Sydney Is Ten!


May 25, 2017
Audra and Takenori Justice welcome a new baby girl!
Bellamy Sayuri Justice


May 14, 2017
Bowen Meets Nick!

KTVB Channel 7 News in Boise Airs New Story about Bowen and his meeting with internationally-renowned
inspirational speaker, Nick Vujicic. Until that meeting Bowen had never met another person like himself
 who had no arms and legs. He was so excited!

KTVB News Story Link


April 27, 2017
Bridge from Riverfront Park to Minto Brown Finally Opens!


April 17, 2017 - April 24, 2017
Stephany Visits Eagle

 
               

 A visit for Devon's Birthday, Grandparents Day at Ambrose and hanging out with the boys and dogs. Then an
exciting trip in the RV to the Meridian Sanitary Station to dump the tanks! A bonus was Brooks finding a
 mysterious Susan Anthony gold dollar in the RV and then having the great visit end with a rainbow!


March 31, 2017
Bye Bye Subaru Outback!

Stephany decides she and Dennis don't need two cars and a truck so she sells her 2013 Subaru Outback back to
Capitol Subaru and puts the money in the RV fund.


March 7, 2017
More Snow!

Snow in March? Winter is definitely hanging around this year.


March 6, 2017
The Start Of Dennis's Three Month Ordeal!

Dennis had a dental procedure today. Since his heart valve repair in 2009 he has to take three amoxicillin as a
preventive before any dental procedure. This time the antibiotic gave him chronic diarrhea which lasted for three months.
He was very sick and lost almost twenty pounds. Needless to say he refuses to take any preventive antibiotics again.


February 9, 2017 - February 28, 2017
Stephany's Snowbird Adventure!

In and Out Burger
Ontario, CA

Santee Lakes
San Diego

Saguaro NP
Tucson

Gilbert Ray
Tucson

Laughlin
Nevada

Redwoods
California

On February 9 I flew down to southern California to pick up the RV. It had been down at the Lazy Daze factory in Pomona for months after Dennis and his friend Scott drove it down in September to get a roof reseal and some repairs. I had to wait for my broken ankle to heal and the weather to clear before I could fly down and pick it up. The original plan was to head home after I picked it up - after getting an In and Out burger of course! - but the weather called for pouring rain in northern California and Oregon and the Siskiyou mountains were under winter snow warnings so I decided to be a snowbird! I headed south to San Diego. When the rains headed into southern California I decided to go to Arizona and Yuma and then head to Tucson and Saguaro National Park which I had never visited. Eventually I had to turn northwest and head home but first I stopped at Laughlin, Nevada for a few more days of sun. It was a slog home with lots of potholes on the roads and more rain but I swung up the coast to visit the redwoods and that made for a wonderful conclusion to this spontaneous snowbird adventure.


February 16, 2017 - February 20, 2017
The Toomeys Invite Aden, Ellery and Sydney to Tamarack for President's Day Weekend!

The girls had never skied before and after a day of lessons they were ready for the mountain!
Aden was happy to be back on skis and everyone had a good time skiing and playing together.
Thanks Toomeys!
 


January 26, 2017
Dennis Has Second Cataract Surgery

This time it was his right eye but still the same quick surgery and recovery as last April when he had his left eye done. We are still amazed at how easy that surgery has become compared to what it was in the past!


January 23 - January 27, 2017
Bowen Gets New Wheels!

Bowen has his appointments at Shriners in Salt Lake City this week for a new wheelchair - or wheels as he calls it!
The Shriners team also brainstormed various prosthetic options for his legs and a way to adapt his arm for writing.
The week was filled with special adventures for him including skiing at both Park City and Snowbird Mountain.
Best of all he got Jeremy and Devon all to himself all week!


Snowy Start to 2017!

Jan 3

Jan 3

Jan 7

Jan 11

Jan 11 (Aden)

Jan 11 (Colin)

 


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