1: In January, we visited Ron's High School friends, John and Julie, in Hudson. Ron was able to talk over old times, good and bad, and Joe and I made new friends. In February, John and Julie visited us. | Happy New Year! | 2011
2: Super Bowl XLV
3: Super Bowl Party 2011! Packers vs. Steelers. Packers Win! We had one happy Cheesehead!
4: In March, I went to Tulsa to visit with my friend from Evangel, Joan Brock. Joan had been very sick and we wanted to cheer her up and be a blessing to her. She was a blessing to us in return. So, Melody Fagerland Baker flew in from North Dakota, Sherri Romberg Martens flew in from Wisconsin and I flew in to Tulsa. We shared memories of Evangel days, Dr. Brock, and the Behavioral Sciences Club. And we shared joys and sorrows from our lives. We laughed and prayed together. It was fun getting to know each other again.
5: We visited ORU and the Tulsa Oil Driller at the fairgrounds. And I took Melody and Sherri on a trip to Sand Springs, New Prue and Pawhuska to revisit schools I taught in and places Ron and I have lived.
6: For Spring Break, Joe went to Spoilsville. Grandpa helped him make an Ark for school. After arriving home, he enjoyed some sporting time in the backyard.
7: A bald eagle takes flight over Crooked Lake above. And we enjoy some time on the water together and the sunset in Paradise.
8: The 8th grade class trip was to Washington D.C. | They traveled throughout the area visiting museums like the Holocaust museum and the Smithsonian.
9: They also traveled to Mt. Vernon and the White House. Joe was thinking he'd like to call this home one day. | Arlington was one of Joe's favorite places they visited. He'd really like to go back again some day.
10: Spring Band and Chorus Concerts at WMA and the Spring Piano Recital for Mrs. Aggabao's students.
11: In May, Joe graduated from the 8th grade at Walker Memorial Academy in a formal ceremony at the Adventist Church.
12: The Poinsett Women Aunt Janet, Aunt Judy, Aunt Jane, Kathleen and myself. | In June, Joe and I traveled to NJ. Aunt Judy arranged a family reunion at her house. Uncle Bill Steffen joined us from NY. | Everyone was complimentary of the family history work I had done. It was good to see everyone. | Aunt Jane and Uncle Keith were visiting from CA. I hadn't seen them since I was a kid.
13: Aunt Judy, Nancy and Nick | Aunt Janet and Aunt Judy | Kayla | Uncle Bill, Joe, Jimmy, Jim, Nick, Uncle Keith and Allen
14: Jamestown, Yorktown and Williamsburg | Summer History Tour
15: In June, Joe and I traveled to Virginia to visit pre-Revolutionary history.
16: Joe and I drove through Chincoteague, VA on our way back to NJ. We visited the beach and had to stop for seafood. Joe FEASTED on this platter of seafood.
17: Ron joined us by flying into Boston. Our first leg of the New England History tour was Lexington and Concord.
18: We traveled into Boston the next day and followed the Freedom Trail. So much history here! | One if by land, Two if by sea. The lantern is hanging in the window of the Old North Church.
19: The Paul Revere House, the Salutation Tavern and Christ Church are among the other sites to see.
20: Before leaving the Lexington area, we visited Sleepy Hill Cemetery and Author's RIdge where Alcott, Thoreau, Emerson and Hawthorne are buried. We rode a tour bus around Boston and stopped off for a stroll on the USS Constitution at the Navy Yard. We wandered over to the Bunker Hill Monument. We were happy to see some "wadda" for sale on this hot afternoon. Afterward, we caught a ride from a good Samaritan tour bus driver since our buses had stopped running for the day. Our final stop for the day before returning to our hotel was to enjoy a snack at Cheers.
22: After leaving Boston, we stopped in Plymouth, MA to wander through Plymouth Plantation and visit the Mayflower and Plymouth Rock. Of course, we took the time to have local seafood before getting on the road again.
23: The "Mooflower"
24: The next day, we took a boat ride to Nantucket, RI. It was a 2 hour windy ride. We wandered Nantucket for the day on foot and by bus. We visited the Whaling Museum and wandered the streets as tourists looking at the highly priced items in the store.
25: On our bus ride, we stopped at the far end of the island to visit the beach. It was rather cold water for these Floridians. We chose to stay out of the water.
26: On our final day in New England, we went to Mystic Seaport in CT. We wandered through the shipyard and village and shopped for souvenirs. Before leaving the town of Mystic, we stopped for some more local seafood on the Mystic River.
28: After being home for a week or so, Joe and I went "on the road again". We traveled through Georgia, visiting Chickamauga Battlefield, and into Chattanooga, TN visiting Ruby Falls, Rock City and the Incline Railway.
29: incline railway | Lover's Leap
31: Next, Joe and I headed to Pigeon Forge, TN and Dollywood. It was a small park, but had some good features and a few good roller coasters. | We also went to the Hatfields and McCoys Dinner Show. It was very fun!
32: Before leaving the area, we hiked a trail and stopped to admire the scenery in Smokey Mountain National Park.
33: Ron's birthday cake made by Joe celebrating his 51st. Below, flowers from my in-laws for my birthday. And a birthday cookie from my friend Dawn.
34: In order to surprise Dawn for her 50th birthday, I planned a party with Cindy Irvine and Diana Gage on my birthday. We were able to keep it top secret right until she walked in the door. We invited her friends from Auburndale, other friends, her daughter Jessie and some colleagues. We played games, ate good food and had lots of fun.
36: In August, Joe started 9th grade at Frostproof High School. He decided to try out for the Swim Team. Joe enjoyed this experience and improved his swimming skills greatly throughout the year.
37: In October, I joined some friends in a trip to the NC mountains. I invited my college friend Debbie Brown Adams to join us. It was great getting to spend time with her again.
39: For Joe's 15th birthday, we invited some of his friends over for a birthday party. They played in the yard with bows and arrows and BB guns. They had fun and there were a few injuries, but all in all it went well. Joe was officially now old enough for his Learners Permit and was he ready to get it !
40: In November, Ron and I went to the Keys for a few days to celebrate our anniversary. We ate at our favorite restaurants and kayaked in the back country. Joe hung out with Gma and Gpa in Spoilsville.
41: Christmas decorations were taken care of in Spoilsville over Thanksgiving break. Much more to be done at home. Lights on the house, tree in the house and train table to be put together. As usual, things are taken care of and Christmas comes with its peace and hope for joy in the New Year.