2013–Looking Back
This last year has been yet another one filled with adventures, travels, projects and new beginnings.
TRAVELS-GETAWAYS
Cloverdale B&B Getaway
Costa Rica
Annual PEAR Family Reunion
Austin, Texas
PROJECTS-ACTIVITIES
New Power
Tree Cutting
Barn Painting
My Illustrations
BIRTHDAYS
Sierra
Aubrey
Rylan
OUTINGS WITH GRANDKIDS
Oakland Zoo
Pixieland
Punky's Pumpkin Patch
DAY HIKES
Indian Valley
Annadel
EASTER
FOURTH OF JULY
HALLOWEEN
THANKSGIVING

OUR ANNUAL FAMILY PICTURE:
Every year we take a photo of all of us together & one of just the two of us.
We have been doing this since we were married in 1974.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cloverdale B&B Getaway

Kathy and Tim surprised us with a B & B getaway in Cloverdale to thank us for taking care of Siera in August of 2012. Her family went to Belize and left her behind because she was too little. See last year's newsletter about Sierra staying with us.

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Costa Rica

In July we joined Kathy, Tim, Rylan, Aubrey and Sierra (and even the Lims) in Costa Rica. Below are some photos from our trip. All the photos we took are on my flickr account. And a detailed write up about our trip is written up in my blog.

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Annual PEAR Family Reunion

I had so much fun at this year's reunion! Not only did I make a pinata, I also came up with lots of entertainment. More details on my blog. And, did you know? There is a facebook page for the Gray PEAR Affair.

 

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Austin, Texas

In October we flew to Austin, Texas for the Austin Families Association of America (AFAOA) annual convention. You can read more about our Austin trip by downloading my October Update Booklet and going to page 4.

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Oakland Zoo

Taking two little girls to the Oakland zoo in March made for a delightful day!

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Pixieland

Taking three little girls to Pixieland in May made for yet another delightful day! Both Aubrey and Sierra enjoyed having their cousin, Briana, join them for this special treat, Uncle Gary joined us too!

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Punky's Pumpkin Patch

You can read more about our outing to Punky's Pumpkin Patch by downloading my October Update Booklet and going to page 2.

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New Power

After being in our house for over 30 years, Robert decided this was the year to run electricity to the barn. He dug the entire trench himself I love having a light in the barn at 6:30 in the morning when I go out to feed the cats.

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Tree Cutting

Robert just can't help himself. When there is a tree in need of cutting, he has to do it himself. The trunk now serves as a climbing adventure for the kids.

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Barn Painting

After more than ten years, it was very evident this year the barn needed painting. You can read more about our barn painting by downloading my October Update Booklet and going to page 3.

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My Illustrations

I have lots! More can be viewed on my flickr accouont in my illustration set. Read my blog to find out why I am drawing so much.

 

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Indian Valley

Before Kathy and family moved up from Southern California I imagined many day hikes with her, Tim, and the kids. Surprisingly those occasions have been far and few between. In February we all did enjoy a very nice day hike in Indian Valley in Novato. It seems I didn't realize the kids just needed to be bigger! Now that they are, I am counting on many more day hikes with the Pines.

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Annadel

Annadel State Park is one our most favorite places for a day hike. Special sights included cattails dropping so much fuzz it looked like snow. Then there was the monster in the woods that chased Robert into the clinging tree branches and the lonely bridge in the middle of a huge field.

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Sierra's Birthday

As often happens, Sierra celebrated her birthday on Super Bowl Sunday. Her actual birthday fell on February 5. I made her a dress with a matching purse, leggings and a long-sleeved top. I couldn't resist making the same ensemble for Aubrey as well. I also made a matching vest for a stuffed rabbit Sierra had sent to my house for repair (Sadie ate it) and wrapped it up to give back to Sierra, all fixed. I celebrated my birthday on February 6 right after Sierra. In the picture below Aubrey and Sierra are posing with me with the flowers Chris sent me for my birthday!

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Aubrey's Birthday

Aubrey celebrated her birthday at our house again this year. Then she was treated (once again) to a weekend in Santa Cruz with her family.

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Rylan's Birthday

Before Rylan and family headed to Costa Rica, we had a pool and birthday party for Rylan. His mom made him a volcano cake. After all, what else do you make for a eight-year-old on his way to Costa Rica?

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Easter

We enjoyed an Easter egg hunt in our field. So nice the weather was warm and beautiful. We even had our dinner outside on our picinc tables.

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Fourth of July

Great fireworks and great food thanks to Chris who again hosted this year! Oh yes, as always, there were great prizes from the game room!

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Halloween

Rylan, Aubrey, and Sierra ready to TRICK OR TREAT!

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Thanksgiving

Tim and Kathy hosted Thanksgiving this year. Very nice! We were also honored by Dennis and DeeDee Pine coming all the way from Southern California. Santa Nick seems to gotten his holidays mixed up.

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