We celebrate Christmas with Paula Carlson’s family. Her parents were in town from Finland and Julie Downes was also with us. Morgan was in Disneyland with Jennifer, Scott, and Casey.
We had dinner at Paula’s home to celebrate her 50th birthday. We had brought a couple of tri-tips to roast, while Julie Downes prepared a potato dish and brought a red velvet cake for dessert. A very tasty dinner.
The 1980 Developmental Disabilities Immersion Program (DDIP), a group of 30 students and five staff members that Ron belonged to at UCLA, celebrated their 30 year reunion at Recreation Park in El Segundo. For more pics, click here.
We had dinner with Vickie Johnson LaFleur. Vickie was the sister of Ron’s best friend growing up, Randall, who passed away in 1990. Vickie and Ron’s sister, Julie, were getting together with three other high school friends for a trip to Las Vegas later in the week, but here we’re having dinner with Julie’s girls;… Read More »
As we have for the past few years, we hosted Oshogatsu. For four days, we had been shopping, chopping, cooking, cleaning, and arranging for our largest get-together of the year. This year, we think we had 50-60 guests drop by at one point or the other, including family, friends, neighbors, teammates, current co-workers, old co-workers,… Read More »
We hosted some friends for dinner on Christmas Eve. Paula and her three kids, Eliisa, Oliver and Niklas; Nikki and her son, Alec; and Grace and her daughter, Ava. Like Thanksgiving, we had lots of food. Ron tried cooking a rib roast for the first time; it barely fit into our small oven. Even though… Read More »
We hosted Thanksgiving at our home for the first time in many years. For the past few years, Iris’ niece, Jennifer, had been hosting it, but this year, Jennifer and her husband, Edward, were in London over the Thanksgiving week. It was going to be a challenge, because our oven can’t accommodate anything very tall,… Read More »
Our good friend and former babysitter, Bryce Fukuji, was married in a beautiful outdoor ceremony at the Long Beach Museum of Art. Click here for more pics.
We had dinner with Ron’s good friend, Julie Downes, and her flatmate, Karen. Julie has been here for the past three months, working in Sid Finegold’s lab at the Wadsworth VA. Karen came to town for the last two weeks of Julie’s stay, but, unfortunately, Julie spent most of that time working. We had a… Read More »
We took Stephanie’s friend, Kimberley Davey, who was over on a holiday from England, to Disneyland for the evening. It happened that the Sangha Teens from Venice Hongwanji Buddhist Temple were also at Disneyland for the day, so the girls were able to join up with them, and Morgan had a friend to go on… Read More »