Saturday, June 29, 2013

California Dreamin'

One week ago at this time we were headed home from ten days in Southern California with family.  What a busy and fun time we all had!


Here's the group that was there for the weekend's celebrations. Our daughter who lives in Chicago and our son came as did Dick's brother and his wife. Most of the weekend festivities were held at their oldest son's lovely house in San Marcos. Thanks to VRBO we were able to rent a house nearby for our part of the family. (Three other families, including our younger daughter, were unable to attend and greatly missed.)


The young lady in the hat was the inspiration for our trip as she had just graduated from high school and will be going to Cal Poly in the fall to study electrical engineering.  (Our daughter Jill used to babysit for her!)  This night, however, we gathered at a restaurant to celebrate my birthday and our son's birthday which are two days apart. Kaeli, Mark and Pia's middle daughter, wasn't able to attend because she had a dress rehearsal for a dance recital the next day.




On Saturday night Mark and Pia hosted a very nice graduation party for Jessica, and we got to meet some of their neighbors and some of Jess's friends.



That  same afternoon while the party was being prepared, our household went to the beach in La Jolla where the grandkids experienced their first ocean waves.  If you enlarge the photo, you can see that lots of sea lions inhabit this beach. The kids had a ball!



Sunday evening found us back at Mark and Pia's for our last dinner together.  We all had fun cooking on two special grills, and the trampoline provided lots of bouncy fun for almost everyone. 


On Monday Bob and Mary had to leave for home, and we decided to take it easy.  The kids though spent an exciting day at Disneyland.  So, that's the first part of our week.  I'll be back soon with more photos from the rest of our stay. Ciao!

11 comments:

Dee said...

Love the picture of the kids (and sea lions) in the ocean. I bet that water was COLD! It was when we went to Malibu.

You have a great looking family. Wishing you a belated happy birthday!

Cranberry Morning said...

Sounds like a great time! So glad you got out of there before the [nearly] record-setting heat kicked in!

Now I'll be hearing the Mamas and Papas all day. Thanks, Judy. lol

Nancy said...

Happy Belated Birthday, Judy!

I love to see families gather for happy occasions. Love the Splash Mountain photo.

Nancy Kay said...

Looks like a LOT of fun! It's so great that so many were able to get together for birthday and graduation celebrations!

CJ STITCHING AND BLOOMS said...

Hello Judy, What a very lovely holiday you had with your family.. It looks like you all had a grand time.. Happy 4th of JULY. Hugs Judy

Charlene ♥ SC said...

What a great family celebration!

Tanna at The Brick Street Bungalow said...

Oh, you've been enjoying such wonderful family times, Judy!! I LOVE it! hugs ~ tanna

kathy b said...

Families who get along so well are amazing to me . ow Fantastic that everyone gathered and had fun. The graduation cake caught my eye!

Lynn said...

Such a wonderful visit! I love the pic of the kids swimming with the sea lions lying around watching. They don't seem bothered in the least!

Linda said...

Great pictures! It looks like you had a nice visit!

Sharon Chapman said...

Looks like you are having a great summer. I am on the mend and Teddy is all healed up and doing great. I am ready for some good times. Thanks for your visits. I really have not been on the computer since all this happened.