We had a number of things we wanted to take to Vernon and the east coast, so Kathy drove our minivan out there. We delivered pictures to Vernon, saw Mark's play in East Hampton, enjoyed John's 45th reunion from Yale in New Haven and had a lovely lunch with his college roommates in Boston.
Kathy's mother Ruth died February 29 and we held her memorial service in the spring.
We had an opportunity to visit Boston on John's way to Luxembourg for business and decided to drive down to Newport, Rhode Island to visit some of the lovely old homes there. Spectacular!
We were tickled to travel to NYC and share the joy of the Minnesota Orchestra's performance at Carnegie Hall. We also shared several meals with some of our kids, went to the Broadway play An American in Paris and the Armory Show, a modern art sale of enormous proportions.
We try to go somewhere warm(er) over the long winter weekends and this year we chose Austin for our January get-away. It was delightful! We especially enjoyed the LBJ library Texas museum. We highly recommend a visit!
We had everyone with us for the cruise to four Hawaiian islands. We had a marvelous time!
It wasn't perfect for everyone, though. Emily had significant morning sickness and Kallista had seasickness. But it was fine for the rest of us!
We had a wonderful time in Vernon for Thanksgiving!
A work trip for John, we loved historic Edinburgh. The castle was a special delight!
We had a lovely Labor Day in Vernon, with all kids and significant others. Steve and Linda, good friends of Evan and Peiling, joined us for the weekend and Anne and Tony joined for Saturday's lunch. When you number fourteen, it's always a party!
We joined 23 others on an Odysseys Unlimited tour that included three nights in Copenhagen, an overnight ferry to Oslo, then a swift bus ride up to ski country and the fjords. We later visited Bergen (where it always rains!), then back to Oslo to enjoy that fabulous city for several days. Several of us ventured on the extension to Stockholm. A fabulous trip! The photo below is from the roof of the Oslo Opera.
We traveled to Cuba with the Minnesota Orchestra and had a fabulous trip! Cuba is crumbling and will need to do something before its streets, sidewalks and buildings all tumble to the ground. There was lots of music and an evening when several orchestra members jammed with a Cuban band. Great fun! Photos are here.
John had work in NYC so I again went along to sightsee, enjoying the newly opened Whitney Museum in the meat-packing district. Sadly to me, much modern art is bordering pornographic and not pleasing to my eye, but the building is fascinating and the High Line walkway is beautiful! Photos are here. Thursday night we drove up to Vernon and spent the weekend with several of our kids and their friends. Photos are here.
The Guthrie is doing Music Man as one of its summer plays and gathered a bus-ful of people to head to the real River City, complete with the high school band playing Seventy-Six Trombones. We drove down instead of taking the bus and spent the night at the last remaining Frank Lloyd Wright hotel, the Historic Park Inn. Lovely!