Sunday, February 28, 2010


Look at the looks of anticipation on their faces! When will it begin......what is it going to do? When you visit Disneyland with little ones, sure it's a lot of work, but you also see it through their eyes! All the fun and the magic of Disneyland! The other page is the last one of our breakfast, lots of characters!

Saturday, February 27, 2010

The Kids and Disney Characters

When we were at Disneyland (June 2009), we had breakfast with the Disney Characters. This is a great way to see so many of them at once and at the same place. They come by your table and visit with you. It's well worth the cost plus you get to start off your day right! You can wait a bit until you have to have that cotton candy!

Friday, February 26, 2010

4th of July

What a great family holiday! We were only missing Big Rudy this year. We enjoy the fireworks display at Upland High. The kids had a blast....enjoying popcorn, fried chicken, ice cream and those light up things LOL! Upland does a great job with this event! It's much more fun when you have your family with you!

Thursday, February 25, 2010

Bath Time Fun

Isabel and Little Rudy enjoying their bath time. This photo was taken at my home during their visit in December of 2008. We have been so lucky that they were able to spend the holidays with us. Lots of water always ended up on the floor and on their mother! I just love that smile on Rudy's face and look at the serious face Isabel has while giving her doll a bath!

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Final Cruise Ship Photos

I love buying the photos from the ship's photographer! A great reminder of where you have been on the cruise. What I have to remember about my picture in the large one is that I had been traveling almost 12-hours when it was taken LOL! Now I'm really ready to put all the pages in an album! Yeah!!!!

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Jenkins' Clan

Here are my babies (Michael, Brenna and Heather)! It was December, 2005 at obviously Brenna's wedding. I just am so proud of all three of them! There are times I miss when they were younger and we were together every day. I love my children!

Monday, February 22, 2010

Let's Go Home

Our Alaskan Adventure has come to an end! What a great time we had with our friends. We flew, we rode a bus, we cruised and we took a train trip! Another fantastic vacation. We flew out of the Anchorage Airport to Seattle. We spent one night in Seattle, not enough time to do anything other than dinner close to the hotel. I am looking forward to our next big vacation!

Sunday, February 21, 2010

Scenes of Talkeetna

A few photos of some of the local downtown scenery. The cabin was an actual cabin that belonged to a group of German bachelors. I know I wouldn't want to live there....or visit LOL back in the day. The flowers in the town (and everywhere we went) were absolutely beautiful! Overall, Talkeetna was just a fun little town to visit with great friends.

Saturday, February 20, 2010

Ice Skating!

For Melanie's 5th birthday, her mother (Stephanie) took her ice skating for the first time! She had a blast! They had a full day of fun activities. What a wonderful way to spend a birthday!

Friday, February 19, 2010

Diane 1977

Going through photos can be so much fun! I found this old one from 1977. This picture was taken at the old Claremont High School Sunday Art Fair. The other two people were old friends, Mike and Debbie. I can't believe I was skinny LOL Oh well, that's what makes going through old photos fun!

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Senior Picture / Class of ???? Ha!

This is me! My senior picture. I tried to do my hair like Sally Struthers in "All in the Family". When I was removing the photo from the picture folio, I found a row of blue chip stamps! How many of you remember those?

Making Enchiladas

One of Melanie's favorite things to do is to cook! Here she was preparing chicken enchiladas! She loves to help out in the kitchen. From cooking to washing dishes! I hope it doesn't become old hat to her ! LOL

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Talkeetna Pub

While we were staying at the McKinley Lodge, we took a day trip to Talkeetna. Had lunch at this great pub! This is probably one of our most favorite things to do with friends while on vacation! Finding a great little pub with tasty food and cold beer!

Denali National Park

We took a bus from the lodge to the Visitor Center for a short film about Denali National Park and then into the park. Saw some more great scenery, heard stories about the land from an interesting native Alaskan. It was a cold day there.....the bus driver had hot chocolate for us while we listened to the speaker.

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Relaxing at the Lodge

The main lodge was very relaxing. Big couches, big fireplace, big tables and it's all for us to enjoy! The next day we will be heading into Denali National Park!

Monday, February 15, 2010

That's My Boy

"That's My Boy", Little Rudy! We were having lunch at the House of Blues during our visit to Disneyland. Little Rudy was the only "guy" with all of us girls! We were celebrating his sister's 3rd birthday! He is such a little boy! Loves his cars, climbing on things and playing in the water! I sure do miss this little guy!

Sunday, February 14, 2010

Denali Princess Wilderness Lodge

We spent one night at the Denali Princess Wilderness Lodge. In the evening (yes, it's evening though light outside), we headed out to find someplace to have dinner. We were so use to just heading over to our favorite dining spot on the ship! It was nice to do some walking after being on the train for over eight hours.

Saturday, February 13, 2010

Papa's Girls

I love this picture of Isabel and Melanie with Roy! They loved greeting him when he arrived home from work. Those girls have their Papa's heart! I know he would do anything for them! I love how they are both leaning into him; they are so happy and so lucky to have Roy for their Papa!

Friday, February 12, 2010

Onward to Denali!!!

I love how one of the photos shows the shadow of the train! If you look closely at the other photo, there is a moose there! I had to label it because years from now I don't think anyone would be able to figure that out! Ha Ha!!! I do believe that Ron spotted that moose and shouted out to everyone in our car (you were suppose to do that!).

Thursday, February 11, 2010

The train ride continues!

Just when we thought we were really making good speed toward Denali, the train came to a stop! And the stop was almost two-hours. It seems that a passenger on the train going towards Whittier, became ill. That train needed to get those passengers to the cruise ship, so they left that passenger with us and we had to wait for the medi-helicopter to come and pick her up! It was becoming a little uncomfortable waiting.....but what could we do? LOL! Anyway, the train crew decided to treat everyone to champagne and cookies!

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Beautiful Downtown Talkeetna

Ok, I'm jumping a little out of order here with my Alaskan photos. But, it was bunco night and I needed to do a quick page! Talkeetna was a cute town that we visited when we were staying at the Mt. McKinley Princess Lodge. A day trip. Lots of fun, wait until you see the photos from the pub! We had a great time visiting the shops, walking through their little town and trying the local beers!

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Venice Beach, 1957

Growing up I lived in Venice Beach for a little bit. This is a photo of me and Regina around 1957 in front of our home! I love the stories my mother shares about our time there. One of my jobs at the tender age of three, was to make sure my sister Regina stayed away from the canal in our backyard. Take a look at those pants I was wearing.....I know I have some now but I think they're called "cargo pants" LOL!

Monday, February 8, 2010

Beautiful Scenery

Wow, I can't believe how many photos I have of the Alaskan countryside. I'm on a countdown to the end of the trip. Since I love car rides, this train ride was just ideal. You just wish you could just stop the train, get off and explore!

Sunday, February 7, 2010

Train Ride

Like I said, the train was fun and long! And of course, you always fall asleep on long rides. As you can see from the other photo, we weren't the only ones sleeping! Next up will be some shots of the scenery from the train. I better start working on those pages! Should be finished with Alaska later this week!

Saturday, February 6, 2010

On the Train

Here we are! Getting ready to set off on an eight-hour train trip to Denali. The windows in the train allowed for great views of the countryside. We were able to play cards, have refreshments and just visit. We had lunch in the dining car on the lower level of the car. On this trip, we flew, cruised and traveled by train! What a great vacation!

Friday, February 5, 2010

Maui July 2007

This was taken at the Old Lahaina Luau in Maui. We were there with not only Brenna and Isabel but Heather and our dear friends Paula and Bill Crockett. Brenna was pregnant with Little Rudy! We had an enjoyable time!

Thursday, February 4, 2010

End of the Cruise

We disembarked in Whittier, Alaska. The Sapphire Princess provided us with a fantastic experience. When we arrived in Whitter, it was early, a little drizzly and it could have been a sad day but our next leg of our trip was just getting ready to begin! From Whittier, we boarded the train to Denali Wilderness Park!

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Wonderful Meals

We had the most wonderful meals on this cruise! The food and the service were outstanding! One night, Roy had not only Beef Wellington but lobster too! What a dining experience!

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Melanie and Isabel

I love this photo! I took the girls to have their photo taken together last summer (June/July 2009) and it was so much fun. The photographer and the girls had a lot of fun! They both love having their photos taken. That's a good thing too since I love to have pictures of them! Don't they just look so cute in their matching dresses!!

Monday, February 1, 2010

Supper Time!!!

Here we are at our favorite place to eat on the ship! Great company, great service and lots of great food! Who could ask for more? I think it's probably Roy!! Ha Ha! I wish we could do this every night!