Colleen Patricia Erin – Mon. Sept. 1, 2014

The last 2 weeks have been busy ones for Erin. Colleen arrived on Mon. Aug. 25th to stay with Erin
while we went to a bridge tournament in Santa Clara. On Tuesday Clark and I picked up Patricia in
Oakland where she had been staying with my sister Joan and her husband Ralph, then had lunch
with them and brother Jim and sister-in-law Pat at the Lake Merritt Hotel as we did last year.

Colleen and Erin hung out here for 3 days and Deke arrived on Thursday. Erin went with Colleen
and Deke to Camp Sacramento where 18 1/2 year old Wheeler is working for the summer. Erin
stayed 2 nights in a handicapped room. Brandon and Beck went up and got her Sunday and Erin
was here when we arrived home a few hours later.

Pictured back in Sacramento on Labor Day are Colleen serving Deke fish stew as Patricia and
Erin watch. Patricia left Thursday to return to Denver. So, for 3 days Erin had many conversations
with Patricia which always leaves Erin very upbeat. Would that the world had more Patricias!!


Paco Tommy Judy playing Whist – Sun. Aug. 24, 2014

Paco and Tommy introduced whist in Traverse City to their Dad Steve and to grandmother Judy, aka Aba.

Note Tommy has his elbows in the shoebox holder for his cards as he watches Judy deal and Paco shuffle.

Paco and Tommy – Homeward Bound – Tues. Aug. 19, 2014

An Early Morning Departure

Steve came for the boys at 4:45 am this morning. Their flight left at 7 am and he had to turn the rental car in. The boys both rallied easily.

Last night after Chinese food, they had a final swim, then a final game of 3-handed Whist with a dummy. Whoever was the dealer had the dummy. Paco and I both liked this much better … made it more like bridge. Tommy would have preferred the “normal” way. He has learned what trump is from playing Whist on his iPad.

I can’t get over how mature Paco has become. He watches out for Tommy, though they do have their squabbles, and Paco is very helpful with carrying in groceries, or pushing his Mom in her wheelchair. Both Paco and Tommy were a real pleasure to have visit.


Erin Paco Tommy at Toys’rUs – Mon. Aug 18, 2014

The boys planned a busy schedule for their last day here. They wanted to go to Costco because
they said that the nearest Costco to Traverse City was 2 hours away in Grand Rapids. They wanted
to eat lunch there. They ordered pizza, hot dog, and a churro to share. They didn’t find much of
interest in the toy section there, but did get lots of snacks.

So, the next stop was Toys’rUs which Paco wasn’t sure he had ever been to. Erin assured him
that he has been there before. I thought that Erin wanted to get them a small toy to play with
on the plane on the way home tomorrow. But, they chose big boxes, which she FedExed them.

When we got home, they were going to go swimming, but instead are playing with their iPads.
Tommy has a Whist game he is playing. He gets very excited when his Ace takes the opponent’s

Next stop: Chinese Buffet for dinner at their request. Tommy says he loves chicken chow mein.



Erin Tommy Shannon Paco – Sun. Aug 17, 2014

A tired, but happy, foursome arrived home this afternoon.


Paco Rachel Tommy in Shan’s Pool – Sat. Aug. 16, 2014

Looks like a happy trio enjoying the water. Rachel is Cindy’s youngest

daughter. Photo from Cindy. 



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