Our family together!

August 12, 2017

 

We  love anticipating and planning for our family to get together. This summer another neice got married, this time in Washington state near Kent’s parents. So it gave us the opportunity of seeing our neice’s wedding and mom and dad Reimer as well.

So we rented a house in Birch Bay near a beach for our two grandsons to play at the beach.  It had enough room for all of us and it was close to the beach.

 

We picked up everyone at the airport but three hours apart so Kara, Ivan and Silas came first. Silas had spent a few days with Kara, Nick and Ivan in Denver. Silas flew with Kara and Ivan to Seattle. So we went for food and then to a park waiting for Josh and Teresa to arrive. Nick had to work until Friday and would be joining us then.

After we got everyone, we drove back to where our RV house is parked and our friends, Bruce and Melody allowed our family to stay in their guesthouse for one night. That was so nice and that also gave all of them a chance to get to know one another a bit. Bruce and Melody had also allowed us to use their minivan to get around in. What a treat!

So we took off driving to Birch Bay and since this minivan was equipped with a DVD player, we watched and listened to and sang along with the Sound of Music video. It was fun and reminiscent of our kid’ childhood a bit.  We had wonderful sunny weather and could see Mt Rainier and Mt Baker as well as all the other mountains along the way. It was fun just to be together and hear our adult children talking and all in the same place for a time! We were our son in law Nick but knew he’d be coming soon!

We checked into our house and then went to the beach..it was only a short walk. It is a tidal beach so twice in 24 hours you have a lot of watered high tide and twice you have low tide. So it was fun watching the boys play in the stones and looking for shells and rocks and clams. Kent even fried up clams and Ivan especially enjoyed them.

Our rental also had a Xbox with video games so we also enjoyed playing them as well.  It was fun to see how hard it was to bowl, race cars etc on this game. Fun watching Silas and Ivan playing it too!

We had a few days to enjoy each other and we saw our dear friend Ed K who lives in the area. Ed is like another grandfather to our kids. My neice, Jana came for a visit too. She had not seen our son and family for 10 years.

We had family events and the wedding to attend so that is in the next blog.

Check out this video for lots of fun pictures. https://vimeo.com/229232210

Another great family time!

Jan for the Roaming Reimers

Our niece’s wedding and family times

August 11, 2017

 

 

 

 

 

Kent’s neice Amanda got married and that was the reason we all got together in Washington. The outdoor wedding was on Saturday afternoon at a park. They had their two greyhound dogs and two cats as their attendants and had friends be their people handlers. Amanda even walked down the aisle with her dog. I think there was a rabbit there too but I didn’t get to see him.

Amanda and Reggie got married and afterwards we sat around visiting family and some of her friends. Amanda was 15 when aggressive bone cancer was found in her. She had to have a strong protocol and was able to not only survive but here a little more than ten years later she is getting married. It was a special day in many ways.

Kent’s family did have a bunch of get togethers. His brother Glen’s family hosted two family times at their rented house. Kent’s sister hosted two gatherings a their condo’s  community room. And we also got to stop by Kent’s parents place for a visit and a look at the gardens.  Glen’s family and Ron and Jan, Kent’s oldest brother and wife  had done a bunch of weeding in the garden and around the house. I was grateful for that as it is something I have done for them for years but this year I can not.

It was a special time to be with Amanda and Reggie and to see the a lot of the rest of the family too!

Jan for the Roaming Reimers

Enjoy this video with lots more pictures and some videos:

https://vimeo.com/229355226

Gardens tour

August 11, 2017

 

Melody and I decided to continue our fun by doing a garden tour the Saturday after our beach trip.  We both love gardens so this was another treat for both of us!

Meldoy bought the tickets and we were all set to go on Saturday morning. She had a great idea to start at house and garden #4 first. It was a great idea!  That allowed us to talk with the owners more as we were there alone at first. We loved all of the gardens but the first one was our favorite one.

There were two gardens beside each other as it was mother and daughter living beside each other. Apparently it was the family farm that the daughter built a new house in some of it. Her parents still lived next door. But Debbie and her husband had done a ton of work to carve out these garden areas all around their house. She even had a wooden carving of Bigfoot that was 10 feet tall in her back garden, although I didn’t get a picture of him!

The next garden we went to was her mother’s right next door. Moms garden was older and she had given a ton of starts to her daughter. Mom does some small dish gardens that are given to be auctioned off. So some of her best work was gone as there had been an auction the night before.

She had some bonsai type trees and lots of flowering plants around her yard too. She showed us a large lily blossom and also trumpet flower. I think these were some of her favorites. She also told us about making a huge leaf shaped cement decoration in her garden. She made it herself and it was a wonder!

We had to stop for lunch and went into a small town nearby and ate at a small local restaurant called…. we both had a sandwich and I even got a Huckleberry milkshake as it was available and sounded o good! And it lived up to my expectations  I even talked Melody into tasting it and she said it was good too!

Then back on the road to the next garden, we went to a house that was built in a hill and had a wonderful view of Mt Rainier. The owner was a gardener and a pharmacist. He had done a ton of work around their house as well. But the most interesting to me was his vineyard! He grew a grape that he made into his own wine..a Pinot Gris. He talked at length about how he planted and how he cared for the grapes, even to keeping the birds from eating all the fruit. He and his wife were most interesting and their house, gardens and vineyard were beautiful.

The last garden was also by a house built on a hill again with a view of Mt Rainier. These owners had done a ton of work and they had put in and moved a ton of rock and created beautiful grounds. The wife also does quilting and had some of her quilts displayed through the garden area.

It was a fun garden tour, but there was more! Melody next drove us to the house of some friends of hers. They had a craft fair there and the owners had their own antiques store on the property as well. We walked around looking at the crafts booths and talking to the people. Then Melody took me to see the antique store and we looked around there too. I found a man selling local honey and he was offering tasting. So I tasted a few and again bought a huckleberry honey. Delicious!

The owners and Melody’s friends were talking to her and so I was able to meet them. Very nice people! After awhile I found a place to sit and enjoy the atmosphere. I even enjoyed the live music. Then it was time to go home. What a fun and flower filled day! It was just another fun thing to do with Melody! Thanks, friend!

Jan

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Beach trip with my Friend, Melody

July 18, 2017

My new friend and our hostess for the summer, Melody loves the beach like me. One day we got talking about how we haven’t been to the beach enough. Melody admitted. That she had not been to a beach for years. So we started to think and plan… and last week our plans came to reality. Melody got us a hotel room and she drove… this little trip was to be a big part of her birthday present from her husband! Hah! Well, I was grateful to be accompanying her as I love the beach anytime, but especially in the summer.

We left their house in the tall evergreen trees and drove out to the Washington coast. We had a delightful drive, feeling a bit giddy with excitement. We had a nice lunch along the way and then drove in down to the coast. We found our hotel and checked in. We then went for a walk around the town to see the shops etc. we talked to shop owners and other locals and asked about good places for meals. We got two recommendations and went to both places while here. We rested a bit at the hotel and then went out to eat at a place called the Depot. I forgot to get pictures. But it was an old train depot and had a really good chef that had delicious food! We then drove to the beach and walked around a bit. It was quite windy and the sun was going down so after a while went back to our hotel room.

After a good sleep and breakfast we headed out to drive to the Oregon coast. We stopped to pick up a sandwhich to eat on the beach and saw some bargains, so we had to shop a little along the way. But we did arrive at Cannon Beach, Oregon and wow! We found a parking place within a short walk of the beach! How wonderful! I was so excited I almost ran down to the beach… the sand was soft and felt good on our feet…so we took a foot picture! Hah! Then we sat in the beach chairs that Melody had brought and read, talked and ate our lunch! Beautiful and restful! Finally I had to go to the bathroom so we left our chairs and then were able to come back a few minutes later and resume our restful time. Then it was time to leave…sad! “Sigh” oh well I hope to get more beach time again! Thanks Melody!

We then went back to hotel and rested and cleaned up and then went to the other recommendation which was called Gelattis. Sounded Italian and looked it online…we ordered Italian and ate Italian…but when the owner came out to mingle with the guests. he told us a different story. They had bought from an Italian but he wasn’t Italian. Still it was very good food! And he was interesting to talk to!

After another good nights sleep and breakfast we headed back but taking a somewhat different route. We took our time and stopped again for lunch and found some deer alongside the road. Eventually we stopped in Centralia that had a bunch of Antique stores. We got into a few but then we decided it was time to head home,

What a fun couple of days and a beach “fix” for both of us until the next time, Happy Birthday Melody! I had a great time! Thanks a ton for arranging and driving!

Your friend,

Jan for the Roaming Reimers

For more pictures follow this video link:

https://vimeo.com/225790177

Bruce and Melody hosted a July 4th party

July 11, 2017

Our hosts( where we are parked this summer) are Bruce and Melody. They have graciously allowed us to park on their property with a beautiful view of Mt Rainier. They decided to host a party for Independence Day. We were graciously invited too.

We had a blast and the party was a huge success! Many of their neighbors, friends came. I think it must have been close to 60 people. Bruce plays in two bands and one of them played for the entertainment. I was able to get a short clip of them singing.

We had a fun day and enjoyed getting to know Bruce and Melody’s neighbors and friends better.

Follow the video link to see more pictures!

https://vimeo.com/224970099

Love,

Jan for the Roaming Reimers

 

A special treat

July 10, 2017

We met Joan and Peter a few years ago when they hosted us in Portland for the Mission Connexion conference. Joan and I really hit it off right from the start and we had much in common. I have been wanting to do something for her as she has a hard life right now. Her husband Peter, 12 years ago fell and is now a handicapped man with a brain injury that makes him more like a child. Peter is very intelligent and has a PhD and was a chemical engineer before a brain tumor and then a fall off a ladder onto rocks, 12 years ago changed their lives forever!

Last year, Joan also nursed their one daughter until God took her to heaven.  She also had back surgery in March of this year! I felt God telling me to do something special with her to cheer her up. So between her challenges and then my cancer this spring, we both needed a special treat!

God gave that to us in the form of a mini vacation. Joan was able to get a caregiver for her husband Peter and then drove up to Seattle and met Kent and I at a place along the highway. Kent took Joan’s car and Joan and I took off in our little car. We drove to Seattle where I had booked an Airbnb for overnight as we had an early morning. We were there early enough so we went out for a nice meal at a local restaurant within walking distance. We also found a spot where we could see a nice sunset view of Seattle. Our host and hostess were wonderful and we enjoyed their home and them very much!

We were catching the Clipper ferry to Victoria, Canada. We had picked an excursion that included a 2 1/2 hour boat trip, a narrated bus ride around the city and the ride and entrance fee to a beautiful garden just outside of Victoria, called Butchart Gardens. We also had the ride back to Victoria and overnight accommodations at the Grand Hotel.

We had both been to the gardens before but we were excited to see what it looked like now, as they keep changing the flowers for the different times of the year! We saw many beautiful flowers and landscaping. It was breathtaking! Joan had known that we could eat in the gardens at the actual house of the Butchart family, as she had done it before. She treated us both to afternoon tea. We had such a great time and had delicious and beautiful food and very delicious teas!

We had met a young woman in the line for the boat. Natalie and us hung out at the gardens together and we three even rode a carrousel for fun! She left us when we went for tea but we saw her again on the ferry back to Seattle. It is fun to meet and get to know others on these excursions.

We then rode the bus back to Victoria where our luggage had been dropped at our hotel. Our hotel was the Grand Hotel, a 5 star hotel. Our room was beautiful and the hotel was so nice too. After a great night sleeping in very comfortable beds, we leisurely got up and decided we wanted to go to a special place for breakfast. Joan had been to this tea place called Murchie’s and knew they also served breakfast. Again delicious food and very delicious teas. They also sold teas, tea pots and cups and Joan loved their teas. So we spent about an hour for breakfast and then an hour picking our teas. We are still enjoying them. I also splurged and bought a beautiful tea cup to remember this wonderful time.

Our hotel concierge had agreed to keep our luggge until we were to board our Clipper ferry ride back to Seattle. So after breakfast and tea shopping we took our time and stopped in every little shop on Government street that took our fancy. This is a Main Street in this part of town. So there were shops of linens from Ireland, there were all kinds of souvenir shops and there was a little craft fair there too. The flower baskets were beautiful and were everywhere. We also stopped at delicious handmade chocolate store. Of course we did get a few for a treat. Joan got some for Peter as he loves them!

We had not known when we planned our trip, that Canada was about to celebrate their 150th year of being an independent country. So when we were in Victoria there were several events at the Harbor. We had a delicious Fish and chips meal at a great permanent food truck called Red Fish/Blue Fish. The line of people never seemed to go down although they served them as fast as the food could be cooked!

Because of this special celebration and which is leading up to Canada Day on July 1st, there was several live music groups playing as we ate our lunch. We had a delicious meal at a place called Dead Beets on Thursday late afternoon. It had burgers with red beets on them and also a delicious veggie burger with various veggie fries which I got. I could recommend both of these places as the food was very delicious.

As we walked around taking pictures of people, mimes, musicians, all of a sudden we heard some military music at the Parliament building. We rushed along with a crowd of people not wanting to miss some special event. We waited behind a rope cord with police enforcing no one could pass. We saw the band and two rows of military personnel standing at attention in front of this building, facing the building. So we waited for about a half hour, when some people came out of the building descended the stairs and got into some cars that had pulled up. Then everything started dispersing. We still didn’t know for sure what had happened, so as we were walking along two police officers were near us, so we asked them. They said it was the beginning of the legislative session. That was an interesting sideline for us to see.

It was a delightful time. The weather was beautiful and we were relaxed and God gave us such a wonderful time. When it was time to board the Clipper we retrieved our luggage and got on for the ride back to Seattle.

We arrived back in Seattle after a very peaceful ride and we were seeing the sunset as we arrived in Seattle. Beautiful! We retrieved our car and drove to where our RV house is parked. Our hosts Bruce and Melody have their beautiful guest house and they allowed Joan to stay there overnight. That was nice so she could be rested for her drive back to Portland on Friday. So we all slept well and then we had breakfast together and Joan drove back to Peter.

Here are some pictures but follow the video link to enjoy more!  It was a refreshing time for both of us and I believe God gave us this as a treat!

Check out the video:   https://vimeo.com/224896448

Love,

jan for the Roaming Reimers

 

 

Memorial Day weekend

June 13, 2017

We had not seen mom and dad Reimer since we moved to Seattle area. So we decided to go there to help around the farm for the extended weekend. Kent took off a few days so we could be there a bit longer and not have to drive in the holiday traffic. On our way we had breakfast with Kent’s cousin Denny and Jeri and caught up with them a bit. Then we took our time driving as  it was an absolutely beautiful day, we enjoyed the scenery along the way.

We had a full two days trying to get all the things dad and mom needed done. Dad was planting his garden and Kent’s sister had helped with planting corn and beans and some other things.   I could help with planting,  although I can’t work as long as I used to… so I had to rest a bit each day. But Dad plugged along and what I couldn’t help with, Kent did. So we got the garden planted. Isn’t that amazing at almost 96, dad still insists on planting a garden. They eat a lot of it and give some of it to friends and family. But dad does take a lot of it to the food bank just a mile down the road. He told me he’d already given 70lbs of rhubarb to the food bank.  Anyway we got that done and lots of trimming and Kent even fixed some things that needed done too. So by Sunday we were ready to rest!

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We had seen our dear friend Ed, and also had dinner with our neice Amanda as well. It was good to see these precious family and friends.

Sunday, we took mom and dad to church and then to eat at mom’s favorite Chinese restaurant. Then we took them back to their place to rest and Kent and I met my oldest neice Jana at the “Ski to Sea” event in Bellingham. Here is the link to explain this fun experience. We could not get there to see the first place winners but we did see some 40 teams cross the finish line. I have always wanted to go to this event and we would have tried out the food but we had already eaten with mom and dad…another time. But we had fun chatting with Jana and catching up a little on her life. We are planning on seeing her again this summer too!

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On Memorial Day there is a beautiful ceremony to remember all service men and women at Green Acres Memorial Garden. Their website for more information:http://festivalofflags.org/

It is another thing that I  have wanted to do this year. So the whole family decided to do that as well. It was fun! They had a concert with several artists and then the beautiful and moving ceremony. They call it the “Festival of flags” as they place over 1,800 flags in the cemetery that were given to the relatives of someone who had served our country and now had died( not necessarily in the line of duty). These flags are then donated to the Memorial Garden and a flagpole also so that they can be flown on Memorial Day. It is beautiful!

I have two brothers and two nephews who have served our country and who have passed away and are buried in the same military cemetery in my home state.  I still have one brother who served that is still living. So I really like these kinds of ceremonies especially Memorial Day or July 4th.

A few pics:

 

I have put together a video because I had a wonderful song that was sung that I loved. Please go here for more pictures of this patriotic event. https://vimeo.com/221528471?utm_source=email&utm_medium=vimeo-cliptranscode-201504&utm_campaign=28749

Jan for the Roaming Reimer’s

Our 42nd Wedding Anniversary

June 5, 2017

Not long after we arrived in Seattle area was our wedding anniversary day. Unfortunately it was a cloudy and a bit rainy that day, so I decided to find something fun to do inside. I found a Groupon for a local car museum. I was pretty sure Kent would like that. So we went to LeMay car museum in the late morning. It was fun and one I’d the docents was very knowledgeable about all the cars and  fen knew Mr LeMay himself so had lots of stories to tell.

We then met out hosts, Bruce and Melody for dinner at Outback Steakhouse. A fun day and nice quiet way to celebrate this year!

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Jan and Kent for the Roaming Reimers

 

Traveling this spring

June 5, 2017

We continued our travels on to Washington. We drove through Nevada, a little bit of California and a lot of Oregon and finally arriving in Pacific area of Washington state. We loved traveling along and watching the changing scenery as Kent drove.

I, at times would rest in our bunk behind Kent so I could take our days which were shorter but seemed long to me.

We arrived in Western Washington and had several days of rain before the sun came out but we were sooooooooo glad to see green again that the rain didn’t bother us.

I hope you enjoy our trip to the NW. You can see the changing landscape as we traveled. We were so glad to see green nd then trees and then finally tall trees of the Pacific Northwest. One picture shows a little bit of the bug population that we encountered as well as we found farmland along the way. Even the first day of traveling in the rain did not dampen our spirits as we were grateful to be in the Northwest again! We found the spring flowering trees and even a rainbow on a walk in Portland.

Please check out this video for more pictures.

https://vimeo.com/220100687

Jan for the Roaming Reimers

Settled in NW

June 4, 2017

Our friends Bruce and Melody have 20 acres of beautiful scenic property at the base of Mt Rainier. It has absolutely the best view of Mt Rainier.  Bruce and Melody have been sooo gracious to us and have allowed us to park on their gorgeous property for the summer. So very kind of them!

We all met two years ago on a River Cruise in Eastern Europe. We were all there to celebrate our wedding Anniversaries. We became friends quickly and have seen each other quite a bit in the past few years. These guys came to cheer Kent up last summer when he fell and broke some ribs…they visited us in Phoenix and we all have met up at restaurants when we were in the area etc. anyway, you get the idea they are special friends! Also last January we were at their house for a very special day… they have a new ministry called Dorlinda Ministry Retreat. Their beautiful guest house is fully equipped and beautifully decorated and is a ministry to pastors and missionaries and their families for a place of solace and retreat. It is so kind of them to offer this beautiful and very comfortable house for those who serve the Lord. Kent and I were here last January to help them dedicate this guest house and them to this ministry. Here is the picture of Kent and Bruce and Melody when Kent presented a globe to them…as a token of the people they will touch all over the world with this ministry. They have been using their guest house in this way since January.

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We actually needed a place for a few weeks as we had some battery issues that needed to be resolved, by someone other than Kent. The holiday interrupted that repair. So we moved into their lovely guest house. We do hope to get our issues resolved very soon but in the meantime we’ve been enjoying this lovely, gracious and comfortable home!

Check out their website and send those serving the Lord that need a rest to them.  https://www.dorlindaretreatministry.com

 

Jan for the Roaming Reimers