Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Fall Branch Christmas Tree

We bought a piece of land in Fall Branch from a private owner who was retiring and moving to Florida. Over the years we went there to get Christmas greens when we got in the mood. Sometimes we even cut a huge tree and used only the top part as our Christmas tree. In 1981, the family had a lot of activities. We went to China together and drove across the American west, all the way from Tennessee. All my siblings were by then settled in the USA and my father was visiting in the U S. And in November, we went to this piece of wild land. I used a chain saw (in my left hand below) to cut some greens for the coming Christmas celebration. We took some pictures to remember the event, although they were not very clear. We were certainly very happy together!





Sunday, February 5, 2017

Christmas Card Exchange

It was a very routine activity for our family to take some pictures in preparation for the coming Christmas card exchange with all our family and friends. Every year, it was usually a bother for our kids to endure the dressing up and posing in various positions for a time-consuming and troublesome few hours. It was much easier this year, as we had a picture taken on the Great Wall of China. It was certainly the most significant picture of our family and it was very natural to use it for our 1981 Christmas cards. Here it is:
Every year, we exchange quite a number of pictures with our relatives and friends. Some we can still recognize today but for many we cannot even identify which family they belong to! Children grow up and it is hard to follow them from afar as they change. We have no problem, however, identifying the following two who are the children of close friends. Their mother was Janice's best friend in college and her roommate for three years.
It took me a while to recognize the next two children. Their parents moved to Canada from Johnson City when they were very young!!! The young lady was the one we took back to Johnson City from Taiwan in 1975, when she was only two years old! She had spent a couple of years with grandparents while her mother was in school in the U.S.

Friday, January 27, 2017

Summers were very busy!

Over the years, I took a lot of pictures with many cameras, both old and new. The first camera I had was an old camera someone had left with my mother when I was in junior high school. Somehow I fixed that one and took pictures with it until I entered the university. Then I started to use Miss Jones's camera, which was brand-less as far as I was concerned. Over the years, I bought and was given many cameras of various types and makes. As long as I had something with which to take pictures I was satisfied and very happy. I might only to take one roll of pictures from January to May. But when our kids started to have more activities in the summer months, I would take ten to fifteen rolls. And when we traveled the number of pictures dramatically increased. Certainly 1981 was a year when we had so many pictures to sort out after the summer that we had to catch up with some of them many, many months later. Some of the pictures taken before May were not collected until even later. Here, I would like to show you a few pictures which I took in the spring of 1981. I like them because they were so representative of that time!





Friday, January 20, 2017

1981 was a very busy Year!

The summer of 1981 was certainly a very busy one. By the time we reached Chicago, at the end of our trip, we had forgotten many of our activities at the begining of the summer! (See some earlier posts elsewhere: http://jat.esmartweb.com/china-1981/china_1981.htm). In Chicago we visited my sister Kai, who was working in Schaumburg at the Quaker Oats Company. (That was her first job after graduate school, where she created her first cereal named "Oh's".) Our former Lutheran Church minister and his wife, Carl and Faith Kalkwarf, were living in that town and we met them there and had a great visit. He was the minister who had baptized Margaret in the Lutheran church in Champaign. My father had traveled to Chicago for a visit with Kai and we met him there. At the time, Ed and Judy were living in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. They joined us, as did Dean coming from Kansas. So we were able to have a picture of all of us together! Unfortunately, Maria was not able to be with us. It was amazing that we were able to have that many of us in one place! Before the reunion, we went to the zoo as a family and took some pictures there first:



 
 

 



Sunday, January 15, 2017

More Activities at Yellowstone

We had quite a few activities at this wonderful National Park. We walked many trails and we took a horse back ride along the rims of several canyons. We certainly appreciated how hot this place was in the month of August! We ate most of our meals at the park cafeteria where some of us enjoyed the grilled  trout from the local waters. We took a few guided tours, including one under the moon light on a path where you could hear the geysers hissing and bubbling in the dark!



Thursday, January 12, 2017

Yellowstone National Park

Before leaving for China, we had reserved a small cabin in Yellowstone National Park to celebrate Steven's tenth birthday. On our way back to Tennessee, we stopped there - driving our station wagon which by then had an air conditioner, installed at the beginning of our trip in Knoxville, Tennessee. We stopped at the Yellowstone River Water Fall and everyone took a picture there. We walked around the whole area. It was a very good experience for all of us, individually and as a group. Both of our children were at a great age to appreciate the beauty and the natural wonder before their eyes. 






Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Our family friends Ginger and Bill Francis

Our old friends from Illinois Graduate School time, were living in Salinas, CA. We went to visit them whenever we could. They were not only friends but also our daughter's God parents. In 1981, after we came back from Taiwan, we went to see them and they took us to visit the Monterrey area. It is a very beautiful place near the California coast. We drove along the ocean, ate some great sea food, and picked up some shells and rocks. We had a lot of fun there. We also visited the harbor where there are many activities. We took a few nice pictures to remember the day spent with our old friends.