Birthday Girl’s Weekend –San Diego

Hi all–Our grand-girl Charlotte turned 10 years old!!  So to celebrate this special birthday we trekked down to San Diego for a zoo day, some late night swimming and a stroll through the Natural History Museum.

It was grand to spend the time with just Charlotte– We followed our “Fun Map” to see us through the trip.
     

First stop– The San Diego Zoo

     

Sunday morning I was in “breakfast heaven” at– Con Pane–Rustic Breads & Cafe–with a thick slab of raisin hazelnut bread & butter.
     

We ended out trip strolling through Balboa Park, and Charlotte’s pick– The Natural History Museum.

     

After a stop at the “Old Town” for a taco & enchilada lunch, we headed up the Interstate to return Charlotte to Ojai.
     
Thanks Char-Star for all the lively fun to add to our lives– And Happy Birthday 10 year old!!

Out & About In Ojai

 


Hello friends– Last weekend Larry and trekked up the coast to Ojai for a day with the 3 grand-girls and their dear parents.  After these crazy winter rains, the citrus groves and hillsides stretched out green and lush–beautiful drive into the valley…

Jodi pulled out the wok to make us a tableful of a delicious lunch, while Mary Ann and Grandpa set up for a round of her latest game invention– Buzzing Bee.
     

There was a hike down to the creek and some splashy wading (for girls, not grandmas!)

   

Also, a lot of browsing and a few selections at Bart’s Books (a rambling indoor/outdoor used books store) — followed by pizza and gelato at Papa Lemon’s.
     

     

And Jodi rounded us all up for a few family photos just outside their front door (thanks Jodi– you know this grandma loves family pictures!)

Thanks Micah and Jodi– loved loved the meals, the talks and time with you all… It’s the best!!

To China and Back

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Hello all– Our three grand-girls and their amazing mom have been off to China for about 6 weeks.  They traveled to Hunan Province for Chinese New Year with their other Grandparents there!  From all I heard it was a sweet time– here are my favorite photos:

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The girls with their grandparents in China.

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Jodi and the girls sitting down with her parents for the sumptuous New Year’s feast!  (Jodi’s mom is an amazing cook!)

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Twelve amazing dishes for the feast! –my favorite  rice coated meatballs–and the crabs!!

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Welcome Home at LAX.  Missed these girls and their mom, so glad glad they’re home.  Love that big smile Jobay!!!

P.S. Thanks Jodi for all your beautiful photos!  xox

Grammy Camp 2016

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Hello friends– I’m pretty much sprawled out on the couch this morning– winding down after 3 busy days of Grammy Camp with those wacky, lovable, full of fun grand-girls.  It was a fine time– and we tried to stick to our two Grammy Camp Rules:  #1. Eat ice cream once a day  #2. No Grumping (that one had a couple infractions!)

Our Saturday outing was to the Discovery Science Museum– trying out all the exhibits with Grandpa Larry.
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Playgrounds are high on our Grammy Camp list and we managed a couple of good ones.
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And we spent a sunny afternoon painting picture frames in the backyard.
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Three pajamaed girls followed Treasure Hunt clues to find sprinkles, whipped cream, bananas, chocolate sauce… so next morning we could fix up our Oatmeal Sundaes for breakfast– started the days with “breakfast & Bible stories”
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Friday we baked up some chocolate chip pumpkin bread and delivered them to Great Grandparents with a a rousing (noisy?) version of “Gobble Gobble Gobble Fat Turkeys are We!”  — and had extra hangout time with Great Grandma Honey for her 87th birthday dinner with the family.
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And my favorite part of the weekend was reading Thanksgiving books and sketching out blessings on our Thankful Heart Charts.
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We ended the weekend at Yogurtland to get in our daily ice cream before we hit the road back up to Ojai (some people had more toppings than yogurt!)
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Thanks Charlotte, Maryann and Jobay– for all the songs and hugs and giggles.  It’s a joy to watch you grow year by year…

Road Trip to San Francisco with those Grand-girls

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Morning fog across the hills at the old Fort Baker on the Bay (now a hotel, restaurant)

Hello friends–Just back from a trip up the coast with 3 girls in the backseat to San Francisco to hang out with their aunts, uncles and cousins.  We had a lot of crazy kid centric fun–  And stuck to our two rules– #1. No Grumping  #2. One Ice Cream Every Day!!   Here’s my favorite bits of the trip:

First stop, across the Golden Gate Bridge to the Discovery Museum, a wonderland for kids.
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Ani & Brian treated three girls all dressed in their best to a fancy Tea Party!
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We strolled down to Ocean Beach to take in a Corgi Fest!!  Over 600 Corgis on the run across the sand and in the water!!
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And there were plenty of picnics and playgrounds to round out the week!  (This day we were at the west end of Golden Gate Park!)
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And the sweetest for me is seeing those cousins–jump and laugh and color and play together.  Big Hugs for Maryann, Charlotte, Jobay and Little Mae (and Eero back by the window!!).
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Thanks once again Ani & Brian, AA & Jessica for the good times together.  There’s nothing I love more than days with you all. It’s the best.

Grammy Camp

DSC04197_2Hey there friends– It was my plan to send off these pics of a few summer days with the girls while it was still summer!  Is it too late?  January now.  Oh, could this be a case of “better late than never?”  Well– here’s out Grammy Camp days last summer (I’m already making plans for Grammy Camp #2 this summer coming up!).

We spent a quiet afternoon painting in the backyard.  Fun to see what they come up with.
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And a sunny day at Great-grandma Lo’s pool with cousin Amelia– lots of noisy, splashy, wet fun!
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My personal favorite, our library scavenger hunt– stocking up on some bedtime reading.
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And there was our dinner picnic down at the beach with Grandpa Larry– complete with wave jumping, sand castle mounting and gritty sandwiches.
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And there was some fierce UNO games, pulling out their Dad’s old Legos and just playing around the house.
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We had pop corn & movie night, sing-a-longs with Tom Chapin in the car, the obligatory trip to Yogurtland, some messy cookie baking, good-night books and wake up books in bed, hugs–lots of hugs…  It was a grand week.

Just writing up this post made me miss the girls so much, I’m hoping in the car straightaway after church today and trekking on up to Ojai for some more girl time!

Girls Galore!!

IMG_2624Hello all– It’s been a crazy fun couple days.  Micah, Jodi and the grand-girls drove down for the weekend and we’ve been eating, romping, story-reading and play-grounding away!  Here’s a couple of the highlights:

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We laid out on the kitchen floor to draw out this years Thankful Heart Chart– and the girls had a grand time crawling in and out of their new “sleeping tents.”  (We had their little tent village in the front room for bed time).

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There was some “zip lining” at the neighborhood park.

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Always bedtime stories and the morning French toast.

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Thanks Micah and Jodi for making the trek down from Ojai– for a just right weekend together.  (note: Maryann’s got a hold of new family member BooBoo– they are dog sitting for a few weeks.)