S: Our Year in Review 2008
BC: The End
FC: 2008 | Our Year in Review
1: 2008 was a blessed year. Summer began with a fantastic trip to northern California. Sammie had a garden in the back yard where we all helped out. We volunteered at WOW! Kids on Wednesday nights at our church. Fall festivities and Christmas gatherings added lots of fun. Joe went on a business trip to Japan. Last but not least, we went on our house-hunting trip to prepare for our move to France early in 2009.
2: Our first big trip as a family. We flew to San Francisco, drove up the coast almost to Oregon, and drove back to San Francisco. Here we are on the world's "crookedest" street, Lombard Street.
4: At the harbor in front of Alcatraz. On bottom, the sea lions at Pier 39 and a star fish that Allie spotted.
5: We took a bus tour of the city. Here is the Transamerica Pyramid .
6: The Golden Gate Bridge.
8: The kids at the pier. This is when they didn't mind posing for pictures! | The city scape, Alcatraz, and a rather impressive yacht in the mist.
9: On the other side of the Golden Gate Bridge.
10: On the tour bus. Here is a viewing point of the city. Very foggy!
11: Another view of San Francisco.
12: Sammie, Tim, and Allie at Golden Gate Park.
13: On a pathway there. | A funny little contraption we pedaled around the park.
14: A trip to San Francisco would not be complete without a ride on a cable car.
15: San Francisco City Hall and the kids goofing off in the hotel.
16: To the left, a church with Coit Tower in the background. | To the right: the inside of the Spanish mission Dolores.
17: In front of the very old Mission Dolores .
18: One of the pretty shorelines that we visited during the 12 hour drive up the sinuous Route1.
19: The same beach.
20: Those little black specks are actually birds on that rock.
21: Breathtaking coastline.
22: More beautiful coastline!
23: Our cute kids.
24: Playing on another pretty beach.
25: Pit stop at the coast.
26: The Chandelier Tree in Drive Thru Tree Park, Leggett, California.
27: We just squeezed through!
28: Calistoga Petrified Forest.
30: More of the petrified park.
31: Some of these trees were 2000 years old when living.
32: Standing in front of a redwood.
33: Sammie straddling the path between two of these massive trees.
34: More redwood trees. This place felt like we were stepping back into prehistoric times.
37: Standing in the ferns.
38: Some elk we saw along the road.
39: The beach behind our hotel in Crescent City, California..
40: One of the beaches along the coast around the corner from our hotel in Crescent City.
41: Some pics from around the house.
43: Sammie's 4-H garden. She planted squash, green beans, tomatoes, and cucumbers. We all helped out.
44: Samantha's 9th birthday. April and Marlee came over for the fun.
45: At the pumpkin patch with friends from church and on our front porch ready for a costume party.
46: Having fun around the house.
47: Helping out in Wow! Kids Wednesday nights at church.
48: Joe helping Allie how to learn to skate on our driveway.
49: More fun on the driveway.
50: Allie's 5th birthday party. Nikki came over with her Cayenne. Neighborhood friends Aprielle, Steven, and Alex came over, too.
51: More of Allie's birthday party.
52: Joe's pictures of Tokyo, Japan.
53: Joe playing in Areva's golf tournament.
54: The Eiffel Tower and the Champs Elysses. The Christmas lights lining the street were beautiful. | We went on our house hunting trip in December. Here we are our first night in Paris.
55: Views from our hotel window in Normandy.
56: Celebrating Christmas with Joe's side of the family.
58: Celebrating Christmas with Jill's side. It was both Tim and Mark's birthday.
59: Hitting the piñata in the basement.
60: Tim's birthday with the West kids.
61: Takes for our Christmas photo.
63: Christmas at home.
65: Christmas parties at school for Tim's fifth grade class and Sammie's 4th grade class.