Sunday, August 16, 2015

Saturday, August 01, 2015

lake days with the evans group

IMG_1094I am pretty sure that Mabel was the only one who did not absolutely love our long and adventurous days on the lake this week. However, she tolerated it and even cashed in on a couple of tube rides herself.

The boys said that this week should have been called “Ski Camp” or “Lake Camp”. The also broadly hinted that a grandkid camp along those lines would be most welcome!

Truman went from skiing on two skis to skiing on one ski. He even made a run on his mom’s 20 year old ski! which is the best ski that we currently own!!! Elliot was great pulling out of the water, but it took just a couple of suggestions from his mom to turn him into a confident skier. In addition, he just rocked the kneeboard and was undoubted the master of it. Nolan had his doubts about the whole waterski thing, but even Nolan got the thrill of being up. Our skiers are getting younger and younger!


Sunday, July 26, 2015

president salerno


Over the weekend, President Salerno came to stay with us. He was Doug’s first counsellor in the mission presidency. In addition to being a faithful counselor, he has been a friend. We loved hearing the updates about the wards and branches and our dear friends far away.IMG_1092

Sunday, after church, we drove over to the temple. The grounds were open and we enjoyed our walk and casual conversations there.



saying goodbye


We’ve been here since last Sunday. We worked hard and we played hard and we even managed to relax a little bit. It is always hard to say goodbye!

Saturday, July 25, 2015

happy birthday, dear izzy


While it is not yet actually her birthday, we talked Izzy into opening her presents early so that we could share her birthday joy. Love her!

Friday, July 24, 2015

the queen’s feast


It is restaurant week in Charlotte. That means that you can go to very expensive restaurants and they serve their regular fare, but you don’t pay their regular prices. Love it! We couldn’t seem to remember to take any pictures, but the meals were very memorable.

We ate at the Ritz-Carlton’s Steak House one night,


Blue_Restaurant_and_Bar_4048and the other night we went to Blue. Not only was the food great, but the live jazz band made the ambience even better!


Thursday, July 23, 2015

dan’s office


In uptown Charlotte, you will find the Bank of America Corporate Center and inside that building, in addition to some beautiful architecture and design, you will find Dan’s office.


We didn’t actually go there in the daytime this trip. We went there at night. It involves planning ahead and all the security that you would imagine for the Bank of America Corporate Center. Conquering my fear of heights, I went and stayed well away from the giant windows, but I still enjoyed the beautiful views. Tricia wanted a companion to help update Dan’s office. We spent a long, but productive day making our plans and when the following night fell, extreme office makeover began in earnest.


The best part of it all, was that Dan was pleased with the result.

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

charlotte knights


IMG_1067The Charlotte Knights are a minor league team that feeds the Chicago White Sox. They have a pretty little stadium right in the city center. I can’t remember if it is uptown or downtown, but I think it is uptown. It doesn’t really matter. We watched them win over the Durham Bulls. In a very memorable moment, Jonah caught…not a ball…but a shirt!


Denied the chance to catch a homerun ball. He was sad, but I have to admit, we were celebrating.

Sunday, July 19, 2015

breakfast in savannah


We picked up Brianna this morning and had breakfast at this highly recommended for breakfast place in Savannah. In my opinion, it has a well-deserved reputation.

J. Christopher

Monday, July 13, 2015

scarlett on the stairs

IMG_0811She would not be denied…even with the barracades. She just had to climb those things. Then when she would get to the top and sometimes even before that, she would look back and be scared half to death and start crying for help. Fortunately, she mastered them without incident.

the neilsons

Everyday we played…on the lake.


We skied.


Where, oh where is a picture of Clark!





Everyone went tubing…crazy tubing with Chezzie! But even Scarlett was a fan of Nana rides.


Audrey made mud castles,


and Scarlett, pretty happily, endured her lake prison.


Sunday, July 05, 2015

sunday morning


and sunday afternoon