Friday, April 6, 2012

Flat Stanley on Spring Break

My grandson Michael Kelley has been reading a book with his class called Flat Stanley. He asked me if we would take Flat Stanley with us on our vacation and take photos of him in different places so he could show his class. We took Flat Stanley every where we went. When we got home I realized that we had more pictures of our vacation WITH Flat Stanley than without. Silly us! 

 Flat Stanley with Lance at his graduation. 

 Flat Stanley at Fisherman's wharf. 
 Flat Stanley joined us on a hike at Garrapata. 

 Flat Stanley in the redwoods with
 Logan, Laura, Anne, Danielle, and Lance. 

Flat Stanley at the ocean at Garrapata -
where the redwoods meet the sea!

Thursday, April 5, 2012

Lance Graduated!

After almost 2 years of hard work, 
Lance graduated from the Defense Language Institute
 in Monterey California, in Korean.

Danielle and Lance
Proud parents and wife! 
The graduation gang!

 It was fun to have family there to help celebrate his accomplishment. Funny Lance story - after a year and a half of never once forgetting his beret, he forgot to bring it to the graduation, and couldn't go outside in uniform until he had it! After graduation, we all hung out on a covered porch with him while Logan and Matt made a mad dash to Lance's apartment to find the beret. ( He even missed photos with his class!)  It was an awesome day - I only tell the story because it is sure to go down in family lore.

Enjoying Monterey with Logan and Anne

 We enjoyed our time at the ocean with Logan and Anne. 

Cousin reunion

While walking around Cannery Row in Monterey, we stopped by the Spindrift Hotel where Carol's daughter Renae Hare works. Luckily, she was at the front desk, so we were able to spend a few minutes with her. She invited us to stop by the  store she and Franco are working so hard to get going. We did and it was so fun! Then she joined us for a delicious fried chicken dinner cooked by Danielle at Lance and Danielle's apartment. It was super yummy, and very fun for cousins to catch up! 
( left to right  Matt, Logan, Anne, Renae Jordan, Laura, Lance, Danielle)