Our Times News Archive

2016

Christmas 12/25/16
By John & Cheryl Schmit
What a wonderful family time we had this year. Blanche brought Dick with her and Allen and Barbara came too. We posed with Santa hats, opened presents and had a great meal. Lots of Christmas joy this year. Enjoy the pictures.
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Michael and Rachel with Santa 12/22/16
By Heidi and Artie Cardona
We recently had a chance to get the kids picture taken with Santa. Check it out!
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Cheryl Retires From King County 12/14/16
By Cheryl Schmit
It was a happy day as I celebrated my time at King County. There was good food and good memories. Enjoy these pictures.
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2016 Christmas Bus 12/13/16
By John Schmit
Once again we have the unofficial Christmas Bus on the streets. Here are a few pictures of this years decorations. Enjoy!
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Michael's Birthday 12/12/16
By Heidi and Artie Cardona
Here are pictures from Michael's Birthday party.
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Two Days Of Snow 12/11/16
By John and Cheryl Schmit
We had a couple of days this last week that it snowed. Both times we thought there were some interesting sights to see.
 
Augusta Vacation 2016 12/4/16
By John and Cheryl Schmit
What a great time we had visiting with Artie, Heidi, Michael and Rachel in Augusta. The entire trip was wonderful.
 
Thanksgiving 11/24/16
By John and Cheryl Schmit
We had a great time together with the family. New this year to the group is Dick, celebrating with Blanche. Barbara and Allen helped make for an enjoyable afternoon. Of course, Cheryl made a wonderful meal. A lot to be thankful for.
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Shoe Shopping 09/18/16
By Blanche Glaeser
I needed some new shoes. John and Cheryl took me to a little SAS shoe store way on the north side of Seattle. It was fun trying on the different styles. I finally decided and bought two pair. It was fun and a long ride.
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Birthday Party 09/17/16
By John Schmit
We got together at at Anthony's Home Port in Des Moines for a delicious lunch and a good time. This was Allen's first time there. We enjoyed the meal and each others company. Check out these pictures.
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Party with Friends & Elvis 08/27/16
By Barbara Lawrence
Linda, Elsie and I all had such a great afternoon. This was a surprise 80th birthday party for Darlene so her daughter, Diane, told her that she was going to bring her down to see me. Diane, her sister Kathy and Darlene's step daughter put this birthday party together. Elvis (Danny Vernon) sang for about 20 or more minutes. He is Darlene's favorite person to go see performing. Diane took a picture of Linda, Elsie and me with Elvis on Linda's phone. We were all clapping to the music and some people let themselves be heard by whistling, yelling etc. The three of us got there at 1:30 and didn't leave until 4:30.
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Michael Went To British Soccer Camp 08/05/16
By Artie and Heidi Cardona
We decided Michael needed to end the summer on a high note so we signed him up for the British soccer camp. It was a week long camp (August 1st -5th), where he got to learn some tricks on playing soccer, learning to use his listening and following direction skills. He got to play with other kids his age in soccer as well. He had an absolute fantastic time and Iím sure we will be doing this again next year. The only down side was that it was really humid and hot so it was a good thing Michaelís camp was from 9-10 when it was not too hot. He got his own soccer ball, shorts and jerseyís with the British camp logo so he can continue to practice. If he is still interested in soccer we may be getting him his own cleats. Enjoy the pictures!
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Rachel At 7 Months 07/31/16
By Artie and Heidi Cardona
Rachel is standing now. Check out these month 7 pics.
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Star Trekking 07/24/16
By Cheryl and John Schmit
We had a wonderful opportunity to see the new Star Trek movie Beyond in Imax 3D and we took it. It was great fun. We then had dinner at a favorite resturant, Anthony's Home Port. Just awesome fish and chips!. Check out the pics.
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Rachel At 6 Months 07/04/16
By Artie and Heidi Cardona
Rachel is sitting up on her own and grabbing at things (feet, toys and hair). She hasn't been interested in baby food yet but we're still trying. Rachel weighed in at 14.5lbs and is 24.5" inches tall. She is in the 10th percentile but that's to be expected for breastfed babies. We are now working on transitioning her to formula and continuing our efforts with the baby food. Wish us luck!!
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Allen's Car 06/20/16
By Allen Schmit
Ok, so I've been having troubles with my car. Over the past ten years I've had to put 7 timing belts on this engine. I have included a brief video. What I have done is enlisted the help of a roommate who is good with dremel tools and knows what bits to use and how.
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Vantage Drive 06/08/16
By Cheryl and John Schmit
An overcast sky and threat of rain couldn't keep us home on Wednesday. We picked up Barb and headed over the mountains to visit the Ginkgo Petrified Forest at Vantage, WA. Along the way we stopped to check out Lake Easton and found a very peaceful campground at the state park there. We encountered a few rain drops but otherwise it was a great day.
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Cute Pictures 06/04/16
By Heidi Cardona
Spent the day last Saturday keeping Michael company at the Children's hospital and took some pictures to pass the time. The pictures of Rachel were for her 5 month pics. And the ones with Michael, I thought it was cute that he was sleeping with his buddy who got a shot too.
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Tahoma National Cemetary Visit 05/29/16
By Cheryl Schmit
We were headed out to look at flags at one of our favorite cemetaries when Blanche told us about her Saturday ride to the Tahoma National Cemetary where we had never been. So, we decided to check it out.
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Hopeland Gardens 04/23/16
By Heidi Cardona
Saturday we took off with the kids to go exploring in Aiken, South Carolina and came across a place called Hopeland Gardens. It's a decent size garden, big enough to have a doll house, a horse racing museum, an outdoor stage and a couple of ponds with fish and turtles. We walked around and let Michael run around and checked out the turtles and fishes. Nice place for picture taking too.
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Sunnyside Stay 04/20-22/16
By Cheryl & John Schmit
We had a few days off and decide to check out a motel that had been enticing us for years. It was fun to walk through the surrounding vineyards and check out a very large barn. We drove through the winding Yakima River canyon where the spring clouds and flowers were beautiful. Enjoy the pictures!
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Day Out With Thomas 04/15-17/16
By Heidi Cardona
This weekend was a great surprise for Michael. We took him to go see Thomas the Tank Engine in Calera, Alabama.
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Michael & Rachel Easter Picture 03/19/16
By Artie and Heidi Cardona
Here is the Easter picture of the kids with the Easter bunny. Michael is 3 years and Rachel is 3 months.
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Easter 03/27/16
By John and Cheryl Schmit
It was a very nice family get-together as Allen, Barbara and Blanche joined us for Easter dinner. Cheryl made leg of lamb, ham, stuffing and seasoned, chopped, roasted potatoes. We had a great Skype call with Heidi, Artie, Michael and Rachel. We all had a nice visit.
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Saint Patrick's Day Parade Video 3/12/16
By Cheryl Schmit
The St Patrick's Day Parade in Seattle was on Saturday, March 12. There was a winter weather watch posted for lots of rain, flooding and high winds. Didn't matter, I wanted to go. The morning started a little wet but just before the start of the parade, the clouds parted (mostly) and the parade went on, no raincoats required. This year was well attended by both participants and spectators. There were several bagpipe groups, marching bands, dancers, dogs, wee ones on unicycles and the Seattle Pirates. It was windy, so hold on to your hats and enjoy the parade.
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Rachel at 2 months 03/01/16
By Heidi Cardona
So on the first was Rachel's 2 month check up. She weighs 10lbs and is 22 inches long. In comparison, Michael was 10lbs 5.8oz and 21.46 inches long. So she's taller and weighs a little less than where he was at... Fun fact. Everything was good, she's healthy and received her 2 month series of shots. She ended up getting a fever afterwards and wasn't eating but I think that was normal due to the shots.
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Over 100,000 View for "Stump Removal" Video 2/20/16
By John Schmit
Congratulations to Cheryl and Artie on the success of the "Stump Removal" video. In under three years there have been over 100,000 views, many comments and more "Likes" than not. It is a fun video with Heidi helping out. Those that watch till the end get to see the decision making for where to put the stump. I though it was hilarious. Thank you both, Cheryl and Artie.
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Lisa Visit 02/14/16
By John Schmit
What fun we had seeing Lisa. She came to see Nana while she was on this side of the mountains. We had the chance to get over and see her before she had to leave. Enjoy these pictures we took.
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New Haircut 02/14/16
By Heidi Cardona
Got myself a new haicut as I start my new job. I sure enjoy the new look.
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Valentine Faces Of Rachel 02/14/16
By Heidi Cardona
Rachel has a pretty new dress for her first Valentines Day. Check out her cute poses as she models for the camera.
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Valentine Bus 02/09/16
By John Schmit
The Valentine Bus (AKA "Love Bus") is rolling through the neighborhoods this week. We're having lots of happy faces and big smiles as everyone from the littlest to the biggest get on the bus. It's always fun to bring some joy to all who ride with me. Enjoy these pictures from the bus.
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Message Center Closed 02/07/16
By John Schmit
I've closed the message center while I try to stop spammers from using it. Will reopen it later.

 
Blanche Poses 01/29/16
By John Schmit
Farrington Court Retirement Community shared Roger Schmit's photo. A Blast From The Past *Look For A New Photo Album In The Future* Check out this classic look.
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Augusta Snow 01/23/16
By Heidi Cardona
So we woke up this morning with snow in the ground! It's a rare sight indeed here in GA. Forecasters say it won't last very long so I had to hurry up and take pictures as "evidence".
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Snow Day 01/23/16
By Susie Devries
Here are some pictures of our snow. It's about 6-8 inches deep. Autumn is thrilled!! I have to admit, it is very pretty outside. I've taken a few pictures to pass along. I thought the table out front looked like a giant waffle. There is a picture of a guy at the bottom of the hill, stuck. Autumn with a thumbs up, and then just some others of the snow in general.
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Visiting The Cardona's for Rachel's Birth 12/30/15 - 01/08/16
By Cheryl Schmit
What a great time I had as I flew to Augusta to be with Artie, Heidi and Michael for the birth of Rachel. She arrived shortly after I did and I spent many wonderful hours with her. We had fun getting out and taking lots of pictures. Enjoy this sample of pictures from the visit.
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