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August 28th, 2013 Update from Audrey:

What a fun summer!  Hard to believe the boys have been back in school for one week already.  Where does the time go?  Our last update was in May, for mother’s day.  Two blinks later and it’s almost Labor Day.  And a funny thing has happened.  Our boys are growing up.  Last week, our tall, handsome and sweet science loving 9-year old started 4th grade.  And our hilarious, always smiling and living life to the fullest 5-year old started kindergarten.  I, myself, am in a bit of transition if you can imagine.  Translation:  what do I do know???  After spending about 88 long summer days with these boys, I’m kinda sort of missing them.  Sort of.  Sort of a lot.  Ok.  A ton.  A big ton. 

Summer started for us with a road trip to Mom’s.  We have spent so many summers at her house during our 10+ years in Asia.  It seems odd for us to not live at Maw-Maw’s anymore from June – July – August.  And that we have to stay,  ummm,  at our own house???  Strange.  The boys love being at Maw-Maw’s.  It’s the house that my daddy built.   It’s where I grew up.  And it’s where they have made some amazing summer memories, from 8 hour swim days to Maw-Maw helping them catch frogs.  It’s a pretty awesome place to be.

In early June, we took a short trip to Perdido Key for a long weekend.  Quiet and not crowded, our kind of place.  Around this time, we had also gotten some exciting news.  Tom would be starting in a new position as General Manager for the Valmont plant in Tennessee.  We quickly put the house on the market and Tom began his new job. 

On July 4th, we left for our much anticipated summer trip to Alaska.  We had been planning this trip since December, so we were ready.  And Papa (Tom’s dad) was making the trip with us, so we were extra extra happy about that.   We spent the next 9 days with Papa in a cool, rustic Alaskan cabin with nothing to do but enjoy each other’s company and the beauty that surrounded us.  And there was a lot of it.   The pictures below tell the story and I hope you enjoy them.

Soon after the Alaska trip, we were in reunion mode.  And boy was it fun!  My 20-year high school reunion was at the end of July.  Did I say 20?  I meant 5  ;-)  The very next weekend, was our annual Shanghai couples reunion.  We met up with some of our dearest friends and we celebrated this year in Sonoma, California.   The next weekend was a Shanghai girls weekend reunion in Buckhead.  So.  Much. Laughing.  Tom and I loved all the reuniting and look forward to it each year.

Here we are now, the end of summer.  There is still a for-sale sign in our yard and that’s OK.  All in God’s perfect timing we know.  We had a couple of back-to-school get togethers last week with our Birmingham friends and all the kiddos.  Those are always fun.  Over the last year, those special friends have welcomed us here.  We love them and all their kiddos.

And then, just like that, school started.  Tom and I walked these boys to the bus stop on Monday and in a flash, they were on their way.  Before we know it, we’ll be dropping them off at Tech.  Or at that little school over in Tuscaloosa.  Or possibly at the airport, with only their backpack and their ticket to somewhere in Asia.  Or Alaska.  That day will be here all too soon.

We are now a happy family of four based in Birmingham, Alabama after spending nearly six years living in Japan and five in China.  Audrey and I have spent close to 11 of our 14 married years living outside the U.S.

Our web site once again has become the medium in which we show our friends and family what we are up to and how much our family is growing.  I hope you enjoy it!



Latest Happenings






July 4th - 12th, 2013: For the past few years around summertime we plan a special trip with Papa.  For this years trip we started planning just after New Years and were trying to come up with an idea of where to go. We asked Grant for his input and he said, "Alaska!" It was perfect because it was a place that none of us had ever been to.  So that is where we went. And it turned out to be an unimaginably beautiful land that we all now want to go back to again and again!! Go to the links page here.







Mother's Day Camping 2013

May 3rd - 5th, 2013: Happy Mother's Day to our family and friends around the world. To our own very special moms ... Delaine and Charlsey:  We thank you both for all you've done for us and for your love.  We wanted to share our mother's day weekend with you all.  We hope you enjoy the photos here.







 One-year Anniversary in the House

February 24th, 2013: It's hard to believe that we have been in Birmingham for one year already!  We wanted to do something special for the anniversary so we decided to take a couple of photos to celebrate the moment. But as you will see...it is not always easy to get that 'one' shot but it is certainly fun!! See the photos here.








 Canada 2013

Jan. 19th - 22nd, 2013: For Henry's Birthday and for some fun playing in the snow we went to the Sunshine Village in Banff National Park in Canada for a few days. Banff is west of Calgary nestled into the Canadian Rockies. Audrey also planned a special birthday surprise for Henry's 5th birthday. See snowy Canada here.







 Henry's 5th Birthday Party

Jan. 12th, 2013: Henry has been talking about wanting to turn five for a long time now. We celebrated Henry's 5th birthday with a few of his favorites: being outside for hours, Little Critter, campfires, bugs, and friends. See the birthday party here.



Permanently Featured Links

These are links that are always here showing other interests like astrophotography or places we have lived or visited.



See my latest photos of the Moon, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Eclipses, and various other photos of wonders in the heavens here.

(Updated Aug. 24th, 2008)


JAPAN LINKS - Click on the places in red (including the Sea of Japan and Mt. Fuji) on the map at the left to visit pages about those places.  Or for the page with all the links here and a few others click here.





Visit past trips where Audrey and I have gone including Paris 2000, London 2000, Guam 2000, Chicago 2001, England 2001, Venice 2001, Maui 2001, Australia 2001, New Zealand 2002, Singapore 2002, Hong Kong 2002, Macau 2002 and Los Angeles 2002.






 From Shanghai to Switzerland to Scandinavia and Back - 2009

New Zealand Camping Adventure - 2010

 Rail Adventure to Tibet

Turks and Caicos - July 2010

Yellowstone Camping Adventure - July 2011

Vietnam - October 2011

North Korea - November 2011





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