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Alaska - Seattle - Vacation

Our lovely niece Carol Manisouk created this terrific video from our Alaskan Cruise and visit to Seattle. We cruised on Holland America's M.S. Amsterdam from Seattle, through the inner passage to Juneau then Sitka, Ketchikan and finally Victoria Canada before returning to Seattle. A wonderful trip, beautiful scenery and great company with Andrew, his Mom and Dad and nieces Carol and Chloe.

Photo gallery and video links.

Florida Family Visit

Sherry and Dylan visited San Diego August 3-11 for a busy tourist extravaganza. Highlights included the World Famous San Diego Zoo and Zoo Safari Park - Balboa Park celebrating its centennial this summer - The military themed embarcadero with its Maritime Museum, the USS Midway and Seaport Village, Mission Beach, La Jolla Coves and of course, Ringling Brothers and Barnum and Baily Circus. A drive up the coast and to beautiful downtown Hollywood. There was even a brief ride down Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills. Check out the pictures from the Madame Tussaud's Hollywood Wax Museum where we got to meet some of our favorite stars.

And then a lovely dinner at the Manisouk home where Andrew's family put on a terrific spread of fabulous food and company.

Dylan, don't forget your
porcupine egg eating skills.


We Love Spring

Not sure which one of them is the jinx, but everytime Andrew and Terry go to a Padres game the Padres lose. Perhaps there is some gambling opportunity here. Everyone loves a sure bet and at Petco Park, a $12 beer.





Congratulations Carol Manisouk

What a Lovely Graduation Party

Can't wait to see all the pictures and hear all the gossip -

Lao New Year 2015 - San Diego

This video shows the Luang Prabang style parade that highlights each New Year celebration at the Wat Lao Buddharam (temple). The temple monks lead the parade followed by temple leaders and community members and the New Year float which seats the 7 Princesses of King Kabinlaphom. Among seven wild animals, representing the seven days of the week, one is chosen each year and seats the eldest Princess. Andrew's family designed and built this lovely float. This year the wild boar adorns the float and rivals any Arkansas Razorback with its 24k gold jewelery and silken saddle. Watch and you will see Andrew's mom and sister Bea.
Lao New Year Traditions



Lao New Year

Community Celebrations

April 4, 5 Jacobs Center - details

Wat Lao Buddharam Celebrations

April 14, 15, 16

Newest Family Member

We Welcome Anne Nahka

Welcome to the world Anne Nahka - Daughter of Kate and Peter Nahka, Andrew's Sister and Brother-In-Law.

Aryn mugs for the camera only hours after Anne was born.

Mother and baby are fine. Grandma adds another name to remember and another soul to love.

Andrew 'Touy' has another darling to shop for and spoil.

Anne and her aunty Tam now share the same birthday... January 15.



December 5, 2013 Nelson Mandela's Legacy "No One is Born Hating. If they can learn to hate they can be taught to love." -