Please share our life in 2008 through some of our photos


In February we took a cruise from Sydney, Australia, to Bangkok,Thailand. 


Here are a few of our Asian wildlife encounters:

Koala in Darwin


 in Darwin

Unhappy monkey on

Koh Samui Island,Thailand

Obligatory Elephant Ride in Thailand

Karen Likes Topiary Elephants


In April Paul went to Oregon to help celebrate Cousin Red Van Buren's 89th Birthday.

Here are 5 Van Buren men!

Paul also visited Cousins Tom and Bob Thomsen (age 94)

in Walla Walla, Washington


In May we took a terrific, but quite chilly, month-long river trip through 3,000 miles of Russia

 from Rostov-on-Don down near the Black Sea up to St. Petersburg, via Moscow

Paul in Moscow's

Red Square

(still wearing his Stanford cap)

Karen in Volgograd, formerly Stalingrad


Amy spent the summer as an intern at the U.S. Embassy in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, Africa,

where Karen visited her.

Atop the Sindou Peaks

With the diviner/healer & his festishes


In July Don McDonald turned 90. He and Audrey McDonald (Karen's mother) celebrated at a McDonald reunion.


In September we visited Amy

 in Washington, DC


Erik and Paul go to

Stanford football games.


Wait until next year?


Karen (far right) has been

spending silly

time with her

Red Hat group


Kitty Cat Corner: Phantom, Pokey VI & Mrs. Norris

Fat Phantom Rules

Pokey can't intimidate this hummingbird

Mrs. Norris has claimed the big leather chair

 Christmas Mornings with Erik & Amy



 . . . and still cute!


Paul & Karen Van Buren

Los Altos, CA 94024


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