Merry Christmas 2016



Dear Family and Friends,


As this year draws to a close, we are thinking of all our friends new and old and how much we have enjoyed our interactions during the year.  We hope you are happy, healthy, and enjoying this joyous Christmas Season.

Our year began on a New Year’s cruise out of New Orleans with Karen and her family. We all had a great time, but it ended too soon. John drove the children out to California from their home in Texas for their spring break from school.  The kids enjoyed the hot tub and shopping expeditions.


Liberty, Trevor, Payton and Taylor came down at the end of January for a fun-filled day with us at Knott’s Berry Farm.  We all enjoyed the rides and shows.  See them gold panning on the left.

Friends Troy and Geri Goodspeed joined us in Palm Desert during May for a few days of rest and relaxation.  We had fun at the Indian casino and swimming pool. 


In June, all of our children and grandchildren (except for Kevin who lives in Odessa, Ukraine) came to Maui for a vacation with us.  Pete and Katie stayed for two weeks and each of the other families stayed for a week staggered over the time.  There was zip lining and parasailing, dining and snorkeling, swimming, a luau and relaxing in the sun. Trevor turned 10 while we were there. Right is Ethan with his Coconut.   Center is us with five of the grandkids after a dinner at Cheese Burger in Paradise in Lahaina.  Missing from the picture are J.T. and Ethan.



Katie’s sister, Chris, flew out from her home in Minnesota to attend the 50th reunion of Girl Scout troop 107. Katie and Chris had a great weekend in Santa Barbara going whale watching, having massages, and attending two dinners with the other Girl Scouts from the troop.  It was an amazing reunion.


Karen’s family drove out from Texas in July for a three week visit.  They were very busy visiting John’s family and friends and going to the beach.  Karen had to fly home after a week because she is a very busy psychiatric nurse.  She likes it a lot, but works many double shifts and long hours (as many as 84 hours in a week).

Pete was in charge of the sheriff volunteer security force at our Concerts in the Park and did a wonderful job as always.  We both volunteered on several laundry runs and various other activities with the sheriff volunteers.  Pete was just honored as the Volunteer of the Year for Industry Station. It was a well deserved recognition of all of his contributions.


On Pete’s birthday in July, he wanted to spend the day Seadooing.  So we took our boats to Long Beach and rode around in the harbor area for a few hours.  It was too rough out past the breakwater, so we came in and had fun looking at all the boats and houses as we toured the waterways.


In August, we flew to Budapest to begin a seven week journey.  Kevin joined us in Budapest and we enjoyed three days of his company before we sailed on the Scenic Jade river cruise up the Danube and Rhine to Amsterdam.  When we arrived in Amsterdam, we flew to London and boarded the Caribbean Princess ship for a 29 day cruise around the British Isles continuing up the coast of Norway, making three stops in Iceland and stopping in Boston before debarkation in New York. There were so many highlights of these cruises that it is impossible to say what was the best part.   Left is our pet reading Katie’s Kindle.


Unfortunately, Katie had to hobble all around Europe using a cane.  Just before leaving home in August, she was diagnosed with severe arthritis in her left hip.  It has been challenging to say the least.  Hip replacement surgery will be in April, 2017. 

After our return from Europe, we drove to Albuquerque for the International Hot Air Balloon Festival. We attended four events, watching hundreds of balloons ascending into the air above us, a beautiful sight.


Pete met Jennifer’s and Liberty’s families at the Los Angeles zoo in November, and treated them all to an exciting and adventurous journey through the animal kingdom.


In November, we had a quiet Thanksgiving at home with friends Laura and Richie Ohara.  Troy and Geri Goodspeed spent another nice week in Palm Desert with us in late November, relaxing and playing Parcheesi.


Pete tries to get together with his amateur radio friends in Santa Barbara as often as possible for their lunches at Petrini’s Restaurant. 


Katie began playing cards at the Hacienda Heights Senior Center this year and plays for 4 hours on Wednesday and Friday afternoons when we are in town.  This friendly group plays Caliente Canasta with six decks of cards. We both have enjoyed several activities at the center.


We saw a great example of           Beautiful garden in                Alexander having fun        Katie, Taylor and Payton        

Hungarian horsemanship                      Europe                         at the Maui Marriott          with pet Alligator at

in Budapest                                                                                          beach                           Marriott pool


We anticipate John, Kaitlyn (12), J.T. (16), and Alexander (7) Moore spending their Christmas vacation with us at our home this year.  We hope to see Jennifer, Hugo and Ethan Gutierres (8) along with Liberty, Trevor (10), Payton (8) and Taylor (8) McCormick during the Christmas Season for fun, food, and gifts.  We love spending time with family and hope that you all have the chance to be with your loved ones as well.  Please check out Bickerdike.US  > Christmas Letters to see more pictures and these in color.



Merry Christmas and Happy New Year