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Posts Tagged ‘Family’

Families That Quilt Together Stay Together

Wednesday, June 29th, 2016

Road to California is a great place for family members of all ages to enjoy.Vandenberg

Judy Brink, her daughter Lori Vandenberg, and granddaughter Allison Vandenberg are all Road to California veterans. Judy has come to Road the past 19 years and Lori for the past 15 years. Allison’s first visit to Road was when she was just 6 weeks old. She’s been back two other times. Judy has been sewing since she was 6 years old and has influenced both Lori and Allison with their sewing. When Lori was expecting her first baby, she wanted to make a baby quilt and Judy helped show her how.  Allison got her first sewing machine last Christmas. Grandma Judy shared with Allison some of her stash to get her started on her first sewing projects, pillowcases. Judy, Lori and Allison regularly plan their own quilt retreats twice a year. They go to Palm Springs, California where they quilt, swim and share. Lori commented that “Road is an event we never miss.” Added Allison, “Road is really fun and I get to get a half day off school to come!” 018 Kim, age 19 from Simi Valley, California, attended Road 2016 with her mom and grandmother, a third generation quilter. Kim got into quilting when she decided she wanted to make a quilt for her best friend. Since then, she has also made a couple of wall hangings. She finds quilting to be a nice break from school and work. Road 2016 was her third time at the show. “I love it.” Kim likes seeing all the quilt entries. “They are mind blowing.” 019 These three generations of quilters visited Road from Bakersfield, California. Grandmother Kay, Kay’s daughter Judy along with Kay’s granddaughter  and Judy’s niece Alyssa, age 13, enjoyed spending the day together, enjoying the variety of quilts and skill levels on display. Kay has been quilting for 30 years and is 90 years old. Judy started sewing in the 8th grade and has been quilting for the past 25 years. Her first quilt was made from fabric she bought at J.C. Penney. She cut out hexagons, created her own pattern and sewed it together. Today, she prefers to applique. Alyssa started quilting 5 years ago. She likes to piece together fabric to make pillows.  While her aunt and grandmother have been to Road dozens of times, Road 2016 was Alyssa’s first visit. “I liked it,” remarked Alyssa. She especially enjoyed the Carol’s Zoo Booth. Who in your family do you bring along to Road?        ]]>

Carolyn's Christmas Celebration

Tuesday, December 23rd, 2014

Christmas time with Carolyn Reese is very predictable.

When she puts up this wall hanging, her grandchildren know that Christmas is on its way.HoHoHo

She spends hours carefully setting up her extensive Byers Choice CarolersDolls3-Frontwindow

She makes lots of Double Almond Crunchcandy3

And lots of homemade peanut brittle.final pb

And best of all, she spends lots of time with her family Christmas 2012

Merry Christmas 2014 to Roadies near and far

With Love from Carolyn and the entire Road to California Family

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The Reese Family Is Growing

Wednesday, November 5th, 2014

Road to California is a family affair. Carolyn Reese, her three sons, and their families all contribute to the success of the show. Her grandson Matt Reese, is the show’s manager. As of November 1, 2014, the Reese family added another member to their dynamic Road family team.

Meet Mr. and Mrs. Darrell Reese.Darrell and Jill

Darrell is Carolyn’s youngest son. He married Jill Anderson in a small, intimate setting surrounded by family—exactly how they wanted. It had rained the night before in Southern California and Saturday morning had scattered showers and clouds. The rain stopped about an hour and a half before the ceremony providing a beautiful, sunny backdrop to their backyard wedding.  It stayed that way for another hour and a half before the clouds began to gather again. Said proud mother of the groom, Carolyn, “It was a quiet, sweet affair.”Darrell and Jill 5

Darrell’s three children served as the attendants. His son Glen was the Best Man, daughter Rachel was the Maid of Honor and daughter Jillianne was the Bridesmaid.Darrell and Jill 3

Darrell and Jill have been dating the past 2-1/2 years but they actually first knew each other in high school. Jill lived next door to the Reese family where she and Darrell had a “friendly” neighborly relationship but nothing more. It took several decades and Facebook for the two to meet up again.  

You can meet Jill at Road to California 2015-20th Anniversary Show in the Road booth.

Congratulations Darrell and Jill.  

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Happy Grandparents Day

Saturday, September 6th, 2014

Carolyn Reese has nine grandchildren and most have been involved one way or another with Road to California.

[caption id="attachment_2187" align="aligncenter" width="609"]_i4c4180pg Carolyn with son Mike’s family that includes grandson Matt and granddaughter Sarah[/caption]

Sarah Reese Moore and Matt Reese are the children of Carolyn’s oldest son, Mike. Sarah has had all sorts of involvement with Road from modeling as a kid at the Hoffman Challenge Fashion Show, handling Road quilt entries and helping out with customer service. She has worked in the Road Booth and currently oversees the accounting and tax responsibilities for the show. Matt is Road to California’s current Show manager.

Erika Reese, Carie Reese Ruiz, and Mary Beth Reese are the daughters of Carolyn’s second son, David. When the Reese family started with Road to California, these three granddaughters were freckled faced little girls who asked guests for their tickets at the dinner tent and modeled in some of the fashion show events. Erika is Carolyn’s oldest grandchild. When she was in junior high, Erika worked in the Fabric Patch booth.  In 2003, she and Carie took over as co-coordinators doing all the planning and prep with Carolyn and were also co-show managers during the show.  In 2005, Erika began working for Road full time as the lead Show Manager. At the time, she was the only other full-time employee (besides Carolyn) that worked year round in planning the show.  Erika left full time work with the show after the 2008 Road to California to pursue a career based on her bachelor’s degree in science. She still helps out at night and on weekends as needed.

[caption id="attachment_2188" align="aligncenter" width="639"]Carolyn with David and Susan Reese and granddaughters Erika and Mary Beth Carolyn with David and Susan Reese and granddaughters Ericka and Mary Beth[/caption]

Carie, is a full-time wife and mother living in Virginia, and is not able to be actively involved with Road at this time.

Mary Beth has worked at the Road souvenir booth and currently is the Night Manager for the show, overseeing all of the evening classes. Her day job is an insurance underwriter at Mercury Insurance.

Carolyn’s youngest son, Darrell, has three children: Rachel, Glenn, and Jillianne. All three have helped their dad with the set-up and taking down of the show and have worked at the Road Booth. In addition, Glenn has worked at the Information Booth and Jillianne has assisted with Vendor Relations.

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Now, the next generation is getting on board!! Carolyn has five great-grandchildren and one on the way, a great-grandson due in October. 

Great-granddaughters Adrienne (5) and Paighten (3) are the daughters of Sarah and her husband, Adrian Moore, Jr. When they come to visit Road with their parents, the girls like to ride around with Gg (Carolyn) on her motorized cart, meeting all the guests and getting lots of attention!!!_i4c4202pg

Kevin Junior (KJ) (4), Laura (20 months) and Robert Glenn (6 weeks) are the children of Carie and Kevin Ruiz. Hopefully, they will be able to visit Road to California soon. Carie 5

Being a grandparent and great-grandparent, not to mention owner of the Best in the West Quilt Show, is hard work—and a lot of fun!!!

Happy Grandparents Day to Carolyn Reese.

 

 

 

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Meet The Newest Reese Family Member

Wednesday, July 30th, 2014

Introducing: Robert Glenn RuizCarie 4

Born July 22, 2014

10 pounds!!

22.25 inches

Proud Parents: Carie and Kevin Ruiz

(Carie is David Reese’s Daughter and Carolyn Reese’s Granddaughter)

Carie and Kevin live in Stafford, Virginia. They just moved in to a new house a couple of weeks before Robbie was born. Carie and Kevin have two other children: Kevin Junior (KJ) who is 4 years old and Laura who is 2 years old. Carie 5

While they had wanted to add to their family sometime in the future, Robbie was too impatient waiting and was an unexpected blessing. Carie was in labor about 6 hours. The baby was named Robert after Kevin’s maternal grandfather and Glenn after Carie’s paternal great-grandfather (Carolyn’s father). He is the fifth great-grandchild for Carolyn. Robbie was born with a full head of hair and the Reese dimpled chin.

Carie likes to sew and knit. She made this newborn sized cloth diaper:Carie 3

She knitted for Robbie two wool pants/soakers:Carie 2

and just finished a sweater vest for the Virginia winter:Carie 1

Great-Grandma Carolyn just happened to be back East for a business trip when Robbie was born. She and Stevii Graves went to visit Robert when he was 6 days old. This is what  Robbie looked like after they left:Carie 6

Congratulations to Carie and Kevin and their families.  

 

 

 

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Christmas = Family

Tuesday, December 24th, 2013

The best Christmas memories are those that include family.

Last year the Reese clan gathered at Carolyn’s son David’s home. A huge Christmas tree filled with gifts greeted everyone when they arrived.Reese Christmas Tree

Carolyn was surrounded by generations of her family; her children, her grandchildren, and her great-grandchildren.Christmas 2012

Carolyn’s sister Glenda was even there to join in the festivities.Carolyn and Glenda Christmas

Matt and Jen were having fun (this was a month before Matt proposed to Jen at Road 2013)Matt and Jen Christmas

A Reese family tradition is having Santa come to surprise the kids. Last year, Dave wore the suit that his mother made years ago.Reese Family Christmas-Santa Suit

This year, the Reese family is spread out for Christmas. But no matter where they celebrate, you know they are close in heart.

 

Wishing you a Christmas surrounded by those you hold dear.

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Candy Making: A Reese Family Holiday Tradition

Wednesday, December 18th, 2013

Do you have a favorite holiday food tradition?

For Carolyn Reese and her family, it is her annual candy making that stands out as one of their favorite (and tasty) traditions.

Years ago, Carolyn came across the 1970 edition of a cookbook entitled, Homemade Candy.  Published by the food editors of Farm Journal, it holds the recipes for Carolyn’s renown confections. Using the step-by-step procedures in the book, Carolyn has perfected her own techniques through the years for such yummy delights as Peanut Brittle and Double Almond Crunch.Homemade Candy by the editors of Farm Journal

Besides eating their grandmother’s delicious candy, Carolyn’s grandchildren are also taking an interest in learning how to make her candy recipes themselves.  Several years ago, Carolyn gave each of her grandchildren a copy of her candy making cookbook as a Christmas present. She was able to find copies of the 40 year old publication by doing a Google search. This holiday season, her son Darrell’s children have asked their grandmother to assist them. Darrell is 18 years old and asked Carolyn to help him make Divinity.  Jillianne, age 14, made a batch of Peppermint Bark.  

Carolyn wanted to share her recipe for her famous Peanut Brittle with our blog readers.  If you have ever tried to make peanut brittle, you know it can be tricky. Because Carolyn has made this recipe so many times, she has definitely perfected the technique that can make it easy for anyone willing to try.

Before you begin, it is critical that you have a candy thermometer you can count on. Also, gather all of your ingredients and have them ready before you start.  This includes spreading out a very large piece of heavy duty aluminum foil on your work area, that has been buttered. Your preparation will make all the difference!! 

Carolyn’s Peanut Brittle  

2 cups sugar

1 cup light corn syrup

1 cup water

1 cup raw Spanish Peanuts

1/4 teaspoon salt

3 tablespoons butter (not margarine)

3 teaspoons baking soda

Place peanuts in a shallow pan and bake in a slow (250 degrees) oven while the candy cooks.  pb-7

Combine sugar, corn syrup, and water in a heavy saucepan. Cook slowly over medium heat, stirring constantly until sugar is dissolved. Continue cooking until the mixture reaches soft ball stage (236 degrees)

Add peanuts and salt; cook to just beyond the soft crack stage (290 to 300 degrees).pb-1

Add butter and soda, stirring to blend. Mixture will foam so watch out!!!pb-3

Pour candy mixture in an oval shape onto the large sheet of heavy duty aluminum foil that is well buttered.  Leaving the center of the candy clear helps in stretching the brittle.pb-4

Allow candy to cool enough so that you can work with it — about 5 minutes.  Lift and pull edges to stretch as thin as possible.pb-8

When cold, break in to pieces and enjoy!!! This recipe makes about 2-1/4 pounds. final pb

 

 

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A Birthday Wish

Saturday, November 23rd, 2013

Road to California is all about family. It is a family run business under the direction of owner Carolyn Reese, managed by grandson Matt Reese, a business dedicated to promoting a feeling of  family for all who attends.   And while you’ll see various members of the Reese family participating in putting on the show, there is one member of their family who can’t join in but who is always close in thought. 

Glenda Kaye White is Carolyn’s sister.  Born November 23, 1944, Glenda suffered a birth injury which left her with the mental capacity of a seven year old. When Glenda was younger, Carolyn’s mother took care of all of her needs and made sure that Glenda was provided opportunities to experience the world around her. Today, Glenda is happy and doesn’t have a care in the world. She lives in a special facility in Upland, California. Glenda’s favorites include country music, “I Love Lucy” re-runs, the color red, and the song, “You are my Sunshine.” But more than anything else, Glenda LOVES GETTING MAIL.  Birthday cards, postcards, holiday cards, short notes — anything that the postman delivers just for her brings true joy and excitement in to Glenda’s life. She collects each and every letter and safe keeps them in her special RED purse to read over and over again.

So, in honor of Glenda’s birthday and the holiday season that is fast approaching, the Reese family would like to ask a favor of you, our Road extended family….Would you mind sending a card to Glenda? A belated birthday wish, a holiday message — any kind of card would do. Our hope is that Glenda will receive lots and lots of mail, beginning today, through Thanksgiving, and on to the entire month of December. Can you imagine what a thrill it would be for her? Here is her address: 

 

Glenda Kaye White

1289 North 3rd

Upland, California 91786

 

You can be sure that this small act of kindness will make a world of difference to one woman’s life.  A real birthday wish come true!!!       

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Sharing Holiday Cheer

Friday, November 30th, 2012

Are you looking for an easy and meaningful way to brighten someone’s life this holiday season? We have a request that will take only a few minutes of your time and cost not much more than the price of a postage stamp.

Glenda Kaye White is Carolyn’s sister.  Born November 23, 1944, Glenda suffered a birth injury which left her with the mental capacity of a seven year old. When Glenda was younger, Carolyn’s mother took care of all of her needs and made sure that Glenda was provided opportunities to experience the world around her. Today, Glenda is happy and doesn’t have a care in the world. She lives in a special facility in Upland, California. Glenda’s favorites include country music, “I Love Lucy” re-runs, the color red, and the song, “You are my Sunshine.” But more than anything else, Glenda LOVES GETTING MAIL.  Postcards, holiday cards, short notes — anything that the postman delivers just for her brings true joy and excitement in to Glenda’s life. She collects each and every letter and safe keeps them in her special RED purse to read over and over again.

So, we were wondering. ..Would you mind sending a card to Glenda this holiday season? Any kind of card would do.  Our hope is that Glenda will receive lots and lots and lots of mail, beginning today and on through the month of December. Can you just imagine what a thrill it would be for her?  Here is her address:

Glenda Kaye White

1289 North 3rd

Upland, California 91786

 

You can be sure that this small act of kindness will make a world of difference to one woman’s life. Thank you for sharing your holiday spirit with our family.       

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