We brought in our New Year’s 2009 winter camping up at Big Bear, California.  Roy’s son, Jon, his wife, Lisa, and their daughter, Kayla, joined us for the holiday. Later in January we drove up to Van Nuys  to watch Kayla receiving her Yellow Belt in  Kung Fu San Soo martial arts.   She was the youngest in the class!  We were very proud of her and also Jon, who was awarded his 4th degree of Black Belt…Wow!

   Since we’d gotten the condo in Laguna Woods last year to be nearer Roy’s mother, and weren’t going to be “full-timing,” we decided it was time to downsize our 40 ft motor home to a 32 ft again.   We are really happy with our Winnebago Adventurer which has a full side slide-out just behind the driver’s seat. We really like to stay in state parks and a shorter rig certainly is easier.  We drove the RV from California to Santa Fe  in February to visit Roy’s daughter, Kim, and her family. The sun was out, so we got to enjoy some outdoor activities.  Marino (6) and Lucia (4) both wanted to come spend a night with us in the motor home the night we arrived.  And, these grandparents were pleased to accommodate the request!!

   In early March my brother’s grandson, John, was married at Fort Worden in Port Townsend, the site of the movie, “An Officer and a Gentleman.” It was a lovely wedding and we welcome his beautiful bride, Megan, to the family.  One of our Canadian firefighter friends from Lonqueuil, Quebec, flew in to do his first Seattle Stair Climb in March.  Roy was glad to lend him support and equipment for the 1311 stair event.  And, in the no-gear event Roy finished 1st in his age group (for the 7th year in a row).  In March I went to Phoenix for another gathering of college friends.  We are working toward each writing “Our Story” since graduating from Arizona State.  I was glad to have time afterwards to catch up with my sister, Barb, and her husband, her daughter and my great niece and nephew.  My brother’s son, Lloyd, has been competing in local, state, regional, and national bus driving events.  A 33-foot city bus has to be navigated in a timed precision driving course.  We were glad we were here to be able to watch him at the May qualifying rodeo in Seattle.

    We traveled back to California and enjoyed stops in Silverton, Oregon, Mendocino, and the Redwood Forest before a Mother’s Day gathering of family at Jon  and Lisa’s.  It was an especially significant family get together as it would be the last for Roy’s mother.  As some of you know, the following day she went in for testing and learned in a couple of days that she had inoperable, aggressive lung cancer.  Fritzi’s wishes were to use the Hospice program at home which was terrific. However, it shocked all of us that she lasted only 20 more days. While we lost Roy’s mother on May 31st,  a  new baby arrived into the family on June 25th in Arizona.  We welcomed Mandy, daughter of Barb’s son.  Congratulations, Scott, and Venecia…she is a real cutie.  

   Roy and I drove back down for Fritzi’s August 1st Memorial Service. We had a private family celebration of her life and were glad that family could all be there.  Upon getting home, we had just a couple of days before leaving on our previously planned summer motor home trip with my family.

    My brother and his wife from Port Angeles, Washington caravanned with Roy and I for two weeks enroute back to Wisconsin.  Highlights of the trip included an Antique Airplane Show in Montana, Mt. Rushmore , the Badlands, and the Corn Palace in Mitchell, South Dakota, before arriving at my sister Pam’s home  in  Wisconsin.  Pam had arranged the next two weeks for us at campgrounds on the inside upper peninsula of Michigan.  We loved the relaxing campgrounds in Oconto and St. Ignace, where we spent one day of our stay enjoying Mackinac Island.    It’s amazing to find a place today where NO CARS are allowed …definitely a slowed down pace as people walk, use bicycles, mopeds or ride in horse drawn wagons.  Our second week was spent in Au Gres, Michigan, where my Grandma Leone was born over 100 years ago.  It was great to be back and Pam and I were excited that our brother got to walk the homestead property for the first time.  My brother had to fly back to attend his monthly Bank Board meeting while Carol stayed and visited her family in Racine.  Roy headed back to the east coast for a reunion with longtime friends.  The foursome returned to the scout camp they had all gone to in the 50s.  Then Roy and his friend who competed in swimming  events last year drove in for a swim at Jones Beach.  In 2008 Roy was ranked 10th in the world in his age group in the 200 meter breaststroke…so swimming efforts brought reward.  I stayed for a week’s visit with my sister and her family and greatly enjoyed taking in the Taste of Madison as well as the Minneapolis Farmer’s Market.  I flew from Chicago into JFK where Roy picked me up.  I was glad I got to meet the oldest of  Fritzi’s two living sisters.  We enjoyed a good visit, looked at old photos and took her out to dinner.  Enroute back across country we stopped in Cincinnati to visit with the Galemmos. Then it was on to Santa Fe to watch Marino complete 51 laps in a school fund raiser, enjoy a hike and another overnight motor home stay for both Marino and Lucia.

  We relaxed on a motor home getaway to Cannon Beach, Oregon over the Thanksgiving weekend.  Lucky reminded us that he likes walking the picturesque Haystack Rock beach area as much as we do!  We will be driving down to California later this month and will attend my nephew’s wedding.  Mike is getting married at Coronado Beach and we are looking forward to the event.

 

  Check our video of 2009.

 

 

     MAY 2010 BE A GOOD YEAR!!   

 

            PAULA  AND  ROY