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Grade 11

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With Dennis gone no one really felt like a big Christmas celebration so we decided to have a quiet family brunch and exchange gifts. Jack said to heck with quiet and had a great time playing with everyone. His antics did help make things more cheery and bright and he was definitely the star of the day!

December 14, 2022
Heath Gets His eagle High School Letter In Swimming!

This year Heath was on the swim team for Eagle High. At the December 14 award ceremony he was awarded his school letter as well as an award for most improved swimmer. He is now swimming for a YMCA club team as well as life guarding and teaching swim lessons.

December 3, 2022
The Toomeys Get Ready For Christmas

December 2, 2022
Bowen Wins A Medal In The YMCA Adaptive Swim Meet!

November 24, 2022

Grieving the empty place at the Thanksgiving table this year

November 11, 2022
Aden Has Open Heart Surgery

The surgery was needed to repair his mitral valve. It was successful and he was discharged on November 16 to recuperate at Stephany's house and then at home. Unfortunately his heart went into Atrial Flutter after surgery. This irregular fast heartbeat is not uncommon after heart surgery but when it didn't resolve after several weeks he had an Electrical Cardioversion treatment on November 20 where his heart was shocked back into rhythm. Unfortunately his heart did not stay in rhythm and he is currently being treated by medication and blood thinners to see if it resolves itself. If not he may need to have another Cardioversion treatment. His next appointment is in January.


November 5,2022
Ellery Is Eighteen!

Birthday dinner
with Jena and Kyla
Birthday visit
 with Gram

October 19, 2022
Bowen Is Fourteen!

October 8, 2022 - October 17, 2022
The Toomeys Visit Hawaii


Dennis Leroy Heath
August 6, 1940 - October 5, 2022

Dennis died suddenly and unexpectedly on October 5, 2022. He had taken our new puppy out for his last potty break about 9:30 PM. I was back in our bedroom, I heard him come in and then I heard him crash down. By the time I got to him he was gone. The paramedics came and pronounced him dead due to Sudden Cardiac Arrest. I was devastated. We were all devastated. It is hard to believe we will never see him again.

This is the last picture we have of Dennis. We had driven to Eagle, Idaho to pick up the new mini golden doodle puppy Devon had found for us. I was not totally convinced we should get him but Dennis fell in love with him and said he thought we needed him in our life so we brought him home on October 3. We called him Jack. Two days later Dennis was gone. He was right that we needed Jack. He has been such a comfort as we grieve during these dark times.

His Life: Obituary


Funeral Pamphlet


October 1, 2022

Jack 3 weeks

Jack 6 weeks

Jack 7 weeks

Jack 10 weeks

Jack 10 weeks

Jack 16 weeks

Jack and brother Ringo 20 weeks

Jack is a miniature golden doodle from Sophie's Goldendoodles in Eagle, Idaho. Jack was born on June 11, 2022 and we brought him home when he was 16 weeks old.

Devon saw the 10 week old picture of Jack when she was looking at goldendoodles in Eagle on her phone outside Costco waiting for a torrential downpour to subside so she could go inside. She told us about him and then she and Jeremy went to meet him and told us he was awesome and we needed to come get him. So we did!

When we picked Jack up the breeder Cyndi said she thought Jack had a litter brother in Salem. It turned out he did and he and Ringo are not only brothers but best friends! They get together to play five or six days a week.

Update: Dec 2022
Genetics are interesting. Jack and Ringo are now six months. Jack weighs ten lbs and is looking more and more like a poodle while Ringo weighs 23 pounds and looks like the goldendoodle he is.

Jack and brother Ringo six months

Jack and Ringo's Parents


Their father Auggie is a 14 lb golden doodle


Their mother Poppy is a 18 lb golden doodle


September 29, 2022
Goodbye Sweet Lulu

Dennis and Stephany were driving to Eagle to pick up Jack when they learned the Lulu was dying. Lulu had been part of the family for over ten years and they drove the trip quickly so they could be there for her passing.

In Devon's words:

"We had to say goodbye to our beautiful Lulu last night. Our hearts are broken. Thankfully her passing was peaceful and she was surrounded by all of us who loved her so much. She felt the love until her last breath. She lived a good life and she knew she was loved. We adopted her 10 years ago when she was 3 years old, from the Humane Society in Omaha, Nebraska. Weve been on many adventures since. She was the most AMAZING walking partner. I will miss her dearly on our walks. Ive never met a dog that was a better walking partner. Love you to the moon and back Lulu and grateful that you have been reunited with Bruiser and Newman in Heaven. Goodbye for now our sweet Lulu Belle."


September 23, 2022
Brooks Is Fourteen!


Roland Heath
August 7, 1937 - September 19, 2022

Dennis' brother Rollie died on September 19, 2022.
Dennis conducted his funeral service on September 23 at Lincoln Memorial Cemetery in Portland.
He was buried next to his wife Mary who died in a car accident in 1970.
We will definitely miss Rollie's big smile and great laugh


August 2022
Back To School!

Heath Grade 11
High School

Sydney Grade 10
High School

Brooks Grade 8
North Star

Bowen Grade 8
North Star

Ellery Freshman
Oregon State University

Football game at Reser Stadium With roommate Jena

August 22, 2022
Stephany Has Cataract Surgery on Right Eye

September 12, 2022
Stephany Has Cataract Surgery on Left Eye

Both surgeries were a success and she can see clearly again!

July 25, 2022 - July 29, 2022
Camping at Tugman

This year Brooks flew in from Idaho to join Pa, Gram, Ellery and Sydney for the camping trip to Tugman State Park. Heath was working as a lifeguard so couldn't make the trip. Gram had rented a yurt for the teen-agers so everybody had enough space. We didn't know at the time but this would end up being Pa's last camping trip.

July 11, 2022 - July 22, 2022
Sydney YMCA LIT (Leaders In Training) Training

After completing her training Sydney qualified as a junior counselor and joined Ellery who was already working as a counselor at Camp Silver Creek for the summer

June 19, 2022 - June 25, 2022
Dennis and Stephany Take A Trip to Idaho To Visit The Toomeys

Dennis and Stephany drive to Eagle to give Heath Dennis' Ford Ranger as the clutch has become hard for Dennis to use
Aden, Ellery and Sydney had visited the week before and Sydney extended her visit and drove back with them in the RV


June 6, 2022
Heath Is Sixteen!

June 3, 2022
Ellery Graduates From Lakeridge High School in Three Years!
Next Up: Oregon State University!
Congratulations Ellery!

More Graduation Pictures

May 25, 2022
Sydney Is Fifteen!

First an early birthday weekend with Gram and Pa

Then on her actual birthday Aden takes her to DMV to take her Drivers Permit Test and she passes - of course!

And last but not least a birthday celebration dinner with family at at La Provence in Lake Oswego

May 19, 2022
Lakeridge Signing Day
Ellery Signs Letter for OSU Equestrian Program!


May 18, 2022
Brooks Wins Second Place Out of 90 Entries in Human Rights Art Contest!


May 14, 2022
Ellery and Ayden Prom Night!

May 5, 2022
Dennis and Stephany get a Ford Transit Connect Wagon!

The van will replace our old 2007 Ford Ranger which will be going to Grandson Heath.

April 29, 2022
Stephany's Birthday Celebration at La Margarita!

April 25, 2022
A Week for New Jobs!

Colin gets a new job as a Project Coordinator for Andy Medcalf Construction
Josh gets a new job working at the Winco warehouse
Heath gets a summer job as a YMCA life guard

In addition Ellery will be working as a counselor at Camp Silver Creek this summer.

Congratulations everyone!

April 13, 2022
Spring Snowfall!

9:00 AM

11:00 AM

Record breaking April snow storms hit Salem and Portland this week. The snow didn't last long but it was cold!
 The previous week had hit 74 degrees and today it was 40 degrees cooler!
Weird extremes even for Spring weather

Spring Break 2022

March 21, 2022 - March 25, 2022
Kim, Ellery and Sydney to Lopez Island in the San Juans

March 19, 2022 - March 23, 2022
Toomeys to Oregon

Gram could not believe how tall the boys had gotten!

A house rental on NW 23rd in Portland within walking distance of shops, restaurants and a food co-op.
A trip to OMSI and then Sushi with Aden, Ellery and Sydney who came up for the day on Sunday.
Powells Bookstore of course! Then a trip to Salem on Tuesday to see Gram, Pa and Colin.

March 14, 2022
Sydney Lakeridge High School Orchestra Concert
First live concert in two years!
(next concert May 18)

Sydney and friends Kellene, Chase, Marin, Hannah, Natalia and Sydney

March 3, 2022
Stephany Trigger Finger Release Hand Surgery


February 20, 2022 - February 23, 2022
Sydney's Lakeridge High School Orchestra Disneyland Adventure

And guess who else was at Disneyland at the same time?

The Toomeys!

February 19, 2022 - February 26, 2022
 The Toomey's Santa Monica and Disneyland Adventure

Did you hear the story about the guy named Jeremy who impulsively walked into
 the Tesla store in Santa Monica to look around and twenty minutes later ended up buying a new Tesla!

February 17, 2022 - February 20, 2022
Ellery OHSET (Oregon High School Equestrian Teams) Competition

This was Ellery's first time competing in an equestrian event and she did great- especially considering she has not been riding that long, just recently leased a horse, joined OHSET and started gaming using a western saddle.

2022 Competitions
March 17, 2022 - March 20, 2022
April 14, 2022 - April 17, 2022

January 23, 2022
Bowen Takes Up Snowboarding!

This is a KVTV news story on Bowen learning to snowboard and the Awesome Adaptive Sports Program in McCall, Idaho.


COVID Omicron Score

Even with vaccinations Omicron hit some of the family.
All the Toomeys got mild cases.
Kim, Eric, Ellery and Sydney got mild cases
Dennis, Stephany, Colin and Aden have been lucky so far and haven't gotten it.

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