Our Times News Archive

2013

Michael's 1st Birthday Party 12/15/13
By John & Cheryl Schmit & Heidi Cardona
Birthday number 1! Oh, the fun of watching Michael celebrate his birthday. We had a good group here with Nana and Allen to cheer him on. He enjoyed his special cake and the new toys. Take a look at the pics and enjoy!
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Michael Meets Santa 12/15/13
By John & Cheryl Schmit & Heidi Cardona
What a busy time we had with Michael. It was a lot of fun to take him to see Santa Clause. He was a very good boy, but was unsure about Santa. We then went to see Santa's Reindeer. Even sat in the sleigh.
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Fall Las Vegas Visit 11/12-16/13
By John & Cheryl Schmit
Our fall vacation took us to Las Vegas to visit Mom. Our plan was to do a quick sightseeing the day of arrival, then spend the rest of the week with Mom. That worked well for the first day and a half. Then John got sick and ended up with an emergency appendectomy. Plans changed. Now Mom got to visit John in the hospital. After discharge we had a day left and enjoyed recovery time.
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Early Thanksgiving 11/09/13
By John & Cheryl Schmit
We had a great early Thanksgiving dinner on the 9th. Artie was home on vacation from Korea so he, Heidi and Michael were here. Lisa and Lexi made it over the mountains and they brought Nana up to the house. Even Allen made it after work. It was a fun time with some knitting lessons thrown in.
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Autumn at 7 1/2 11/06/13
By Susie Devries
Here is Autumn's 2nd Grade picture. She is all of 7 1/2 now, time flies so fast! She is also on the B honor roll. Needless to say, we are a proud Gramma and Papa. Enjoy.
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No Family Activities Reported 10/13
By John & Chery Schmit
There were no family activities to report during the month of October, 2013.
 
Park Trip 09/10-17/13
By John & Chery Schmit
Our September vacation trip was wonderful this year. The trip to Yellowstone National Park was full of adventure and surprises. We saw and experienced many things. Our time together was refreshing and relaxing.
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Visiting Heidi & Michael 08/11-12/13
By John & Chery Schmit
We had another good time as we visited with Heidi and Michael. We also were there to view the meteor shower and we all saw many shooting stars that night. Playing with Michael is awesome. Heidi has worked very hard on her home and yard too. It was fun taking pictures. Enjoy.
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Summer House and Yard Plants 07/22/13
By John & Chery Schmit
Most of our plants are doing very well. The yard is full of various green and flowering plants. Here are pictures of some of the more interesting plants.
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Pictures From A Holiday Visit 07/08/13
By John & Chery Schmit and Heidi Cardona
We had a great time visiting and enjoying each others company over the 4th of July holiday weekend. From feeding time to fireworks and getting out and about shopping and sightseeing, our time was especially fun with Michael.
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Michael's 1st Haircut 07/02/13
By Heidi Cardona
Here are some photos of Michaelís 1st haircut. He behaved really well. Such a handsome boy!!!
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10,000 Views 06/27/13
By John Schmit
Congratulations to Artie Cardona and Cheryl Schmit. The video they made a little over a year ago has surpassed 10,000 views. Artie came over to cut out the stump of the Birch tree that had fallen in the ice storm of January 2012. Cheryl picked up the video camera and recorded his work. There is even a cameo appearance by Heidi. When I came home from work and saw the video I couldn't stop laughing. I edited it quick and posted it on YouTube. If you haven't enjoyed this 10 minute video recently, click the link below.
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Tree Trimming 06/25/13
By John & Cheryl Schmit
The tree trimmers were out to our house yesterday. We had five trees trimmed and thinned out. All the trees are Flowering Pear trees. The two trees in the back have been moved several times, but now seem good where they are. The tree trimming with these trees will need to be done every two or three years.
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Ferry Hopping 06/24/13
By John & Cheryl Schmit
We did some ferry hopping on Sunday, June 9th. The day started out cloudy, but cleared nicely! We drove down to Tacoma where we took the ferry from Pt. Defiance to Tahlequah on Vashon Island. Then we drove to the northern end of the island where we caught the ferry to Southworth. We had an hour wait there but it was very pretty and fun to watch the numerous ferries going between Vashon and Fauntleroy (southwest of Seattle). From Southworth we drove through Port Orchard to Bremerton for the ferry back to Seattle. On this one we got an excellent parking spot so stayed in the car for the one hour ride and enjoyed to views. We all had a great day in the sunshine and fresh air.
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New Pictures 06/03/13
By Susie Devries
Here is a picture of Autumn taken a couple weeks ago. She passed with mostly B's on her report card and is going to be a 2nd Grader in the fall. Also here are some pictures of the current quilt I am working on. It is called a 4 patch posy. Believe it or not, all the blocks on this particular quilt are out of the same piece of fabric. Pretty neat huh. All in all I have 72 blocks and am now putting sashing on them. Next week will be sashing and cornerstones. I don't have a clue what to do, but my good friend Jo, is going to show me, step by step. I hope it works out. Will send more pics later.
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Pasco Trip 05/20/13
By John & Cheryl Schmit
What a nice couple of days we had as we went to visit Heidi and Michael in Pasco. The weather was perfect both days. The lake near Snoqualmie Pass was full and the clouds along the way were picture perfect. The visit was very relaxing and nice.
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Yard Flowers 05/15/13
By Cheryl Schmit
The flowers in the yard are looking so nice. Thought you'd enjoy the spring colors.
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Mother's Day 05/12/13
By Cheryl Schmit
It was a fun Mother's Day as we got together here. Heidi & Michael were here along with Nana and Allen. Even Artie put in a presence with a great Skype call. Check out the fun pictures!
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See The Tulips 04/21/13
By Cheryl Schmit
It was a rainy start but the skies cleared as we headed north. The trees are leafing out and the bright new green leaves mixed with the dark evergreen trees was very nice to see. Spring is here.
We were a little late getting up to Skagit Valley to see the tulips, but we found a few fields still in full bloom. What a pretty sight, the colors are so vivid.
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Desert Heat Means Flowers 04/21/13
By Frank
The Summer heat is beginning to arrive here in Palm Springs as one would expect this time of year. It is in the low 90's everyday but very nice in the evenings and night time. That will soon change to just plain HOT however and the swiming pool will then be the center of attention.
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The Angel 04/02/13
By Frank
Living our here in the desert, in Palm Springs, has some things that are extremely interesting to a few of us and maybe to you also. When we travel we usually think of the Interstate Hwy system or dedicated road ways but here we here have the rare ability to see a very different idea in practice that was used in the 1880's onward. People were moving from the mid-west to all parts of the new country available including Southern California.
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Easter 03/31/13
By Cheryl & John Schmit
We had a little different Easter this year, with Nana still in rehab. Artie, Heidi, Michael, and Allen came over. Of course, we had a lot of fun with the baby. Enjoy these pictures taken by Cheryl and Heidi.
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Sending One Your Way 03/21/13
By Cheryl Schmit
We are checking out a really nice mass of cold wet air right now. Snoqualmie Pass has been closed and the snow level, well, it's in our yard! This is the first real snow we've seen here this season. Now this looks like it's brewing up to be a dandy little storm as it visits you in the midwest and east. Just letting you know, we checked it out and it meets our quality standards. Enjoy!
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WWII Airplanes In The Desert 03/21/13
By Frank
A few days ago Palm Springs had a visit from the only certified flying B-29 Super Fortress remaining in the world and one of two crews certified to fly her. The B-29 was built by Boeing in Seattle when a need to have a heavy duty bomber became very apparent to the Army Air Force during WW II. An airplane like this one delivered the two atomic bombs that we dropped on Japan effectively ending the war then and there.
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Michael and Arizona 03/20/13
By Heidi Cardona
This was Michael first trip to Arizona to see his grandparents. The plane ride down to Arizona was great; Michael slept most of the way. Even a few passengers said he was a well behaved little boy. We got to the house by early Saturday evening, just in time for dinner. Sunday morning Michael and daddy went to church with the family and the Priest even blessed Michael.
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Saint Patrick's Day Parade 03/16/13
By Cheryl Schmit
This is my fourth year attending the Seattle Saint Patrick's Day parade. This one was larger than last year and the weather was cool and breezy, but great for the parade.
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Yakima River Canyon 03/09/13
By John Schmit
On the way home from Artie and Heidi's house last month, we took highway 821 north from Yakima to Ellensburg. It is a nice scenic drive.
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Manager 03/06/13
By Allen Schmit
So we do mystery shops at our company, typical thing trying to see if we are doing our jobs right. The first store this season recieved a 65%...epic failure. The second store knew about the first stores failure and made sure his empoyees knew what to do and he only recieved a 76%...also a failure. 85% is the minimum to pass.
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Casino 02/19/13
By Barbara Lawrence
If we could have ordered a more perfect weather day than we had today, I doubt it could have been possible. When we left here at 8:30 this morning to go on the Snoqualmie Coach bus to the casino (it holds 56 people), it was cloudy. The driver came right out here to our driveway and picked 16 of us up from these three buildings. We made three other stops on the way to the casino and I'm sure the bus was full by the time we got up there - we arrived a little before 10 a.m. As we turned onto 405 and headed up towards I-90, the sky was perfectly gorgeous - totally clear.
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Michael Smiling 02/17/13
By Heidi Cardona
Michael is 2 months old. 10lbs. 5.8oz, 21.46 Inches long. Started smiling recently, yay!! He's also working on standing and bouncing. Still working on the rolling over but that will come in time. Doctor said he's doing great. He started his shots and his next round of shots are in April. Enjoy!!.
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Fun With Michael 02/11/13
By John & Cheryl Schmit
We had a wonderful time this weekend visiting Heidi, Artie, and baby Michael. The drive both ways was dramatic. The weather in the Pasco, Washington area was good and our overnight stay was fun. Michael seemed comfortable with us and we had a good time. Michael saw his first rocket launch with Heidi and John. On the way home we tried a different way, going north through the Yakima Canyon. It was great and we'll do that again. Enjoy all the pictures.
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50th Anniversary Cruise 01/31/13
By Frank
Carol and I went on a 50th Wedding Anniversary cruise a few weeks ago to Hawaii. We were on the ship 16 days r/t and loved it. The cruise went to three of the islands so we had plenty to time to visit on each. I looked like the Japanese tourist of old with my camera slung around my neck constantly. During the trip I took hundreds of photos of nearly everything. I have included a few pictures that kind of show you the area and waters around the islands. It is very beautiful there still but getting too populated since Carol and I lived in the islands for a few years off and on. Our Anniversary was wonderful and this trip was the topping on the celebration cake.
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Society of Seven Concert 01/26/13
By Barbara Lawrence
The music we heard this afternoon at Muckleshoot Casino from the "Society of Seven" is some of the best music I've ever heard. The two younger people of this group is a gal and a young man that both have voices that give a person goose bumps when they sing (probably in their mid 20's).
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Foggy Day Ride 01/21/13
By Cheryl & John Schmit
Well, you can't stay home because of the fog. We had a quick shopping trip to take so headed out. When we were finished, we stopped in near Mt Vernon to see if the snow geese were there. Sure enough, they were fogged in as well. Check out these foggy images of nature.
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Fog Pictures 01/20/13
By Cheryl & John Schmit
Had a bit of fog here for the last week. It presented some interesting views near our front porch.
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Michael Pictures 01/19/13
By Artie & Heidi Cardona
Here are a few pictures that we took. Hope you like them. My favorite is of Artie and Michael. :) These were done today and last weekend. His one month old pictures. He's now 8 lbs 14 oz! What a porker! LOL :)
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2012 Selected Images 01/16/13
By John & Cheryl Schmit
We took many pictures throughout the year. It was tough picking out a selected few. These show most of the events and activities of ours this past year. Enjoy!
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Concert 01/12/13
By Barbara Lawrence
We had so much fun today as there were four of us that went to an Elvis impersonator concert at Muckleshoot Casino in Auburn. We were told that we couldn't take four walkers on the same Access bus so Linda's and my bus came at 9:45 and we got to the casino at 10:25 - two other people on the bus had to be taken home before we could go to the casino. We started standing in line by 10:40 (for a 1 p.m. show) - one woman beat us there - and by the time it was ready for us to go in, the line stretched all the way around the casino. Darlene and Barbara Moore arrived about 1/2 hr. after we got there. It is so much fun standing in line because it's a way to talk to so many different people.
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Mid-Winter Ride 01/06/13
By Barbara Lawrence
Oh my gosh, what a fun day we had this last Sunday. Cheryl & John picked me up at 9 a.m. and we didn't get home until 6 p.m. When we left here, we drove north to Marysville and went to the Seattle Premium Outlet stores where Cheryl went to Chico's and I went to Naturalizer Shoes - both stores had big sales going on. After trying on a number of pair of shoes, I found a great bargain on a nice pair of dress shoes that had been $100 and were marked down to $50. I really like them. Cheryl also bought some things at Chico's. When we left there we drove north to an area south of Mt. Vernon, hoping to see thousands of the white geese but to our dismay, there were very few of them. We drove up and down a number of roads and saw a few more from time to time but they were too far away to get good pictures of them.
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