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The Last Days of 2021

2021 ended the same way it began with beautiful, still and peaceful morning snow

Christmas 2021

Well it definitely was a different Christmas this year! It started out well with lights and decorations including a new tree but it took a turn when Dennis ended up spending Christmas Eve and Christmas Day in the hospital. We had to call an ambulance the day before after he obviously had internal bleeding. He had severe bloody diarrhea and was vomiting blood. He lost all color in his face and was so weak and dizzy he fell down when he tried to walk. It turned out he had a bleeding stomach ulcer complicated by the blood thinners he is on for his AFib. He had lost enough blood that they gave him a blood transfusion which made him feel well enough to come home on December 26. The doctor told him it was time to toss the Advil!

We did end up having a small fun family brunch and gift opening on Christmas Day with entertainment by Sydney and Ellery.

And then Stephany was off to the hospital for a visit with a much improved Dennis


December 19. 2021
Sydney has her first fencing competition!

Sydney and Jane


December 5, 2021
Three Beautiful Ladies!

November 30, 2021
Ellery Is Graduating Early!
She has received approval to graduate at the end of her junior year
Next up the SATs and applications to Oregon State, University of Oregon and Boise State
Way to go Ellery!

November 26, 2021
Thanksgiving is over so the Toomeys are getting ready for Christmas!

November 25, 2021


December 21, 2009 - November 1, 2021

Oh, Max, we miss you so much!
We never expected to lose you so soon.
We thought we had more time but the cancer came quickly and then you were gone.
You were the most gentle, sweet dog and you always tried to take such good care of us.
Goodbye sweet boy. We love you

November 5, 2021
Ellery Is Seventeen!

 A family dinner at her favorite restaurant Nicoletta's with
boyfriend Ayden also there made for a fun and delicious birthday.

October 2021
The Toomeys House Gets A New Paint Job!

October 19, 2021
Bowen Is Thirteen!

October 13, 2021 - October 16, 2021
Heath Plays Algernon in Eagle High Schools Performance Of The Importance Of Being Ernest


September 22, 2021 - September 29, 2021
Stephany And Dennis Take A Trip To The "The Resort" at Eagle!


September 23, 2021
Brooks Is Thirteen!

August 2021
Back to School!

Ellery Grade 11
High School

Heath Grade 10
High School

Sydney Grade 9
High School

Brooks Grade 7
North Star

Bowen Grade 7
North Star


August 26, 2021
Colin Moves to a New Apartment in Salem!

August 22, 2021 - August 25, 2021
Ellery is back as a counselor at Silver Creek and romance is in the air! Looks like Max approves!


August 16, 2021 - August 21, 2021
Kim, Ellery and Sydney Have A Disneyland Adventure!


August 8, 2021 - August 14, 2021
Sydney Camp Silver Creek

This year it was Sydney and Sydney!

August 6, 2021
Happy Birthday Dennis!

Dennis turned 81 today!
He said he didn't want to do anything special for his birthday so instead of a big special we did a lot of little specials!

Breakfast at The
Original Pancake House

A birthday cupcake and
family gift cards from
Decadent Pastries

Lucky birthday
Lottery Scratch-Offs

A free birthday
smoothie from
Dutch Bros Coffee

A special confetti
birthday cake delivery
from the Toomeys

July 25, 2021 - July 30, 2021
Camping at Tugman


July 21, 2021
Brooks Knocks out front teeth In trampoline accident!

He broke the alveolar bone around his two front teeth and had to have surgery to put a brace on to support
 the bone so he could heal without loosing his teeth. Luckily after six weeks his teeth did stabilize
and he could get the braces off.

July 13, 2021
Meet Koa!

The Toomeys have a new aussiedoodle puppy!
Jeremy is a woodworker and loves Koa wood from the Hawaiian Islands so they named him Koa
Here is Koa asleep in Jeremy's special Koa wood bowl from Kauai.

July 6, 2021 - July 9, 2021
Stephany and Sydney Take Bikes Over To Camp and Ride at South Beach State Park


June 28, 2021 - August 25, 2021
Ellery and Sydney
have a busy summer working as counselors

Sydney works as Junior Camp Counselor for Lake Oswego Parks and Rec
June 28 to July 2: Tiny Tots Soccer
July 12 - July 18: Fencing

Ellery works as horse camp counselor
June 28, 2021 -July 9, 2021

Ellery LIT (Leaders In Training) at Camp Silver Creek
July 12, 2021 - July 23, 2021

Ellery goes back to Silver Creek as counselor
August 1, 2021 to August 14, 2021
August 22, 2021 - August 25, 2021

June 6, 2021
Heath is Fifteen!

June 11, 2021 - June 20, 2021
Dennis and Stephany go to Eagle to visit the Toomeys
They pick up Brooks and bring him back to Salem for a visit


John Day

Ochoco Lake Campground


Detroit Lake


On June 15 Colin takes Brooks to Silver Creek Falls

Brooks loves the beach so on June 16 Stephany takes him camping at Nehalem Bay
Ellery and Sydney drive over June 17 for an overnight visit

On June 20 Aden and the girls take Brooks back to Eagle with them
Heath was supposed to then come back to Oregon with Aden for his Oregon visit but had to go to summer school instead

May 25, 2021
Sydney is Fourteen!

February 28, 2021 - March 10, 2021

It's been a year since I've been able to hug these two and it feels wonderful!

February 9, 2021
Covid Vaccinated!

February 12, 2021 - February 18, 2021
Historic Ice Storm
Six and a half days with no power!

Luckily we had a gas stove, a gas fireplace and plenty of flashlights and lanterns do we were able to cook and stay warm and have light. It also helped that our cell phones were working. We had the RV generator and were able to keep the freezer cold although we lost the contents of the refrigerator. By the time the power was restored six and a half days later we were so relieved! The problem had been that the pole and the transformer at the bottom of the hill near the cemetery had blown and crews had to wait for a replacement part.

Jan 26, 2021
Morning Snowfall

Beautiful, Still and Peaceful

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