Erin Shannon and Baby Sydney – We’d. Mar. 4, 2015

Enjoying CA sunshine.

Out with Shannon – Wed. Mar. 4, 2015

When I got home this afternoon, Erin was not in her room. I assumed that she was in the kitchen. But, Clark said that she had gone out with Shannon.

They met Vivian and her 2 month old baby girl for lunch at Dos Coyotes. Then they hung out with Vivian at her Mom’s house. ¬†Erin brought home a bag of home grown oranges.


Paco and His New Bowling Ball- Sun. Mar. 1, 2015

For his Feb. 29th 11th birthday Paco got a gorgeous green bowling ball. Steve wrote that Paco has been bowling a lot lately and will have a party at the bowling alley next Sat.

In spite of the 14 degree highs in Traverse City, Steve says that there are not as many indoor activities for kids there as there are in CA.

Erin called Paco today and was excited to talk to him on Skype. He seems to be sporting shorter hair. Barbara

Betsy’s Flash Mob – Sun. Feb. 15, 2015

Fri. Feb. 20, 2015:  Just discovered this on my phone. Press on the white arrow to see the action.


Erin and John Leaving Reception – Sun. Feb. 15, 2015

As we left the reception it was snowing sufficiently hard that it was difficult to push the wheelchair over grass to get to the car. So, cousin John Z pushed Erin to the corner a half a block away.

John is Patricia’s 4th child, 4 years older than Tom. John is the only Zavadil who still lives in Albuquerque where Patricia and husband Joe raised their 6 children.

Erin is wearing a red angora hat knitted by Dean when Erin was on chemo and radiation 5 years ago.

Waiting to take us back to our hotel was Dave Smith, Joan’s oldest. He made a trip just for us, then went back to the reception to pick up his sibs, Janet, Ken, and Alan after they all helped Mary clean up.

We are all in phase 5 of the trip: recovering, looking at pictures, and looking out the window to make sure there is no snow or ice on the street!


Patricia and Her 7 Grandchildren – Sun. Feb. 15, 2015

Elena G (Mary), Jonathan D (Betsy) Joey G (Mary), Jack Z (Joe), Paul G (Mary), Patricia, Gabe G (Mary), Lilly D (Betsy)

Standing behind on right: Ken and Dave Smith


4 Smith Cousins – Sun. Feb. 13, 2015

Shown are 4 of my sister Joan Smith’s children. Her daughter Ginny (a flight attendant) and husband Ron also planned to come, but were flying standby Sat. and waited all day unsuccessfully for a flight.

Joan and Ralph had also planned to come, but Ralph came down with pneumonia a couple of weeks ago, and his doctor advised him not to fly. Joan and Ralph would also have been flying standby, and that would have been exhausting and disappointing for them.

Alan Smith, Janet Keeter Smith, Ken Smith, and Dave Smith



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