The month of August started off with the girls attending Vacation Bible School at the local church. Eric and Kathy volunteered to coordinate the Friday night potluck and show. We had the entire event set up and ready to go in about 20 minutes in the town's outdoor gazebo area. Well...about an hour before the event, the rains came down and the floods came up. We rushed to the church/gazebo and moved as many chairs indoors as possible, drying them off as we went along. Although we wore rain ponchos, our clothes were soaked up to our knees! The folks turned out, and everybody worked together to make the evening a success. Kathy, and her sister, Cindy, went on their first "Sisters' Trip". Would you believe they went to see the Osmonds get their star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame? Of course you would. They also attended a three day fan club event called "OsFest". For lots of stories about wacky Osmond fans, just ask them to tell you about some of the people they met there. Amy and Wendy's braces came off this month, now they just wear a retainer for the next year. Eric and two of his friends decided to work together and take turns helping each other with big projects. They have now spent many Saturdays putting siding up on one man's barn, and working on the irrigation and planter boxes in our front yard. By spring Kathy should have flowers! Eric runs an on-line forum called Our Piazza. One of the members, whom Eric really admires, was going to be visiting Southern California from Pennsylvania. We made a trip to Newport Beach to meet her, and then took the girls to the amusement park at Balboa Island.