Throwback Thursday – Balboa Park



Hi and Happy Thursday.  Can you believe that we are less than a week until the end of June?  I sure can’t!  The month has been flying by.

We have had a great month and a great summer.  We have been busy with the family business, activities for our family, parties, and Ian finished his books for the library’s summer reading program.  In fact, he read 4 more books than were on the original list for an independent reader.  Yeah Ian!

We have also had time to sleep in, play games, swim, enjoy ice cream cones, visits with friends and family, walks in the morning (before the humidity), a few nights out to a favorite pizza place, play time at home, and our slower pace.  It has been great and quite relaxing.  After a busy year, that is exactly what we needed.

We are looking forward to an upcoming trip to San Diego, CA, for a family reunion.  This is one of my favorite cities to visit and I cannot wait.  We haven’t been there for a while so we are very excited.

These two pictures are from several years ago when we went to the Organ Pavilion in Balboa Park in San Diego.  The park is full of museums, lovely gardens and grounds, and great restaurants.  And, the San Diego Zoo is part of this park as well.

Balboa Park is one of my favorite places to visit while in San Diego, along with the beach and Seaport Village.  There are so many things to see and do at all three places.  Let the fun begin!

A few things I love about the summer:

  • Waking up without an alarm (for the most part)
  • Ice cream cones on a hot day
  • Swimming
  • Watching Ian enjoy his books for summer reading program
  • Extra time for lazy mornings
  • Games in the evenings
  • Movies during the week
  • Beach time with family and friends

I wonder what summer fun we will have today?  I am looking forward to finding out.

Happy Late Father’s Day

Patti_Dad_2006 SANYO DIGITAL CAMERAHi and Happy Monday.  We were super busy for half the weekend and then yesterday enjoyed a lazy day, so I am behind on my father’s day wishes.

Happy Father’s Day to my Dad!  You have taught me so much throughout my entire life.  Also, you have always given me love, and your attention and opinion on things.  For these things, I am truly thankful.

Happy Father’s Day to my wonderful hubby Kirk.  You are a great dad to our son!  I love you so very much.  I am glad to be parenting with you.  You are a true and wonderful partner who I am truly blessed to have in my life.

Happy Father’s Day to my brother, brothers-in-law, cousins, uncles, and friends!  You all are amazing examples to your children.  I am glad to know you and love how you are with your children!

A few quotes about fathers:

  • “He didn’t tell me how to live; he lived, and let me watch him do it.” ~Clarence Budington Kelland
  • “Dad, you’re someone to look up to no matter how tall I’ve grown.” ~Author Unknown
  • “I don’t care how poor a man is; if he has family, he’s rich.” ~M*A*S*H, Colonel Potter
  • “Any man can be a father. It takes someone special to be a dad.” ~Author Unknown

I may be late with my wishes, but they are sincere!  Love to all you Dads!

June 18, 1965 – Throwback Thursday

Mom and Dad.weddingFifty years ago today, my parents were married.   Happy 50th Anniversary to you, Mom and Dad!  May you have a wonderful time remembering your wedding day.  Happy Golden Anniversary!!!

I love this picture of the two of them.  They are so young and excited about starting their life together.  Little did they know then that one day they would be celebrating 50 years as husband and wife.

What an amazing accomplishment in a marriage — 5 decades together!  Five decades of good and bad, ups and downs, laughter and tears, compromises, fun and adventures, schools and jobs, travels and moves, celebrations, births and deaths, and so much more.

It started with the two of them.  Then they had three children — two girls and a boy.  These children then grew up and married and had families of their own.  Now there are five grandchildren.  A family of 13!  What a blessing.

Here are a few quotes about anniversaries:

  • “True love stories never have endings.” — Richard Bach
  • “An anniversary is a time to celebrate the joys of today, the memories of yesterday, and the hopes of tomorrow.” — Author Unknown
  • “There is no more lovely, friendly and charming relationship, communion or company than a good marriage.” — Martin Luther
  • “Newlyweds become oldyweds, and oldyweds are the reasons that families work.” — Author Unknown

To my parents, I love you and thank you so much everything!  Have a great day!

From The Mouths of Babes

“Listen earnestly to anything your children want to tell you, no matter what. If you don’t listen eagerly to the little stuff when they are little, they won’t tell you the big stuff when they are big, because to them all of it has been big.” — Catherine M. Wallace

It is all big stuff to a child, isn’t it?  This type of listening can be difficult to do at times, but it is very important both to them and to us.

After all, these kids are often very insightful and intelligent in their comments.  Other times, they are extremely funny.  They continue to amaze me.

Each day I look forward to hearing Ian’s thoughts and comments. His take on the world is fascinating.  He mostly talks about things that interest him such as Lego, Star Wars, and Minecraft, and the books he is reading.

He also comments on the world around him, his family and friends, school, and his activities. He is very smart and tuned in to what is happening and for that I am truly thankful.

When he wants to talk to me, I make a point to focus on him and truly listen.  I ask questions and have dialogue with him.  These interactions are some of my favorite times of the day.

I recently read a book of great quotes by children and young adults.  I wanted to share 10 of them with you and then a few thoughts.  Please feel free to add your thoughts as well.

  1. Despite all the loving and caring relationships in the world, there is nothing more loving than the feel of my mother’s hand on my forehead when I am sick.” — Rosemary, age 17 —   Isn’t that something that just helps so much when we are sick?  It sure does for me.  I can totally relate to this since I am well into my 40s and still need my mother when I am sick.
  2. Not all learning can be measured by grades.” — Beth, age 16 — Even without being graded, Ian is learning each and every day.  That will continue for years. There is so much out in the world to explore and find out about which is far beyond earning a grade.
  3. If you want something expensive, you should ask your grandparents.” — Matthew, age 12 — Ian has learned this early on, LOL!  His grandparents on both sides of our family are very generous and have provided a lot for him.  We as parents cannot indulge everything, so it’s nice to have someone who can on occasion.
  4. “My mom and dad love me no matter what.” — Abbey, age 8 — Unconditional love is so very important for kids and all of us.  Loving someone no matter what is what that kind of love is.  Kirk and I have that love for Ian and always will.  Always and forever, we will love him, and we regularly tell him so.
  5. “Sometimes the most loving answer is no.” — Leslie, age 12 — As hard as it is sometimes, kids have to be told no.  I remember several long conversations when Ian just didn’t want to hear no.  But, we stuck with that answer and he was fine and the better for it.
  6. “It is okay to fail, but it is never okay to give up.” — Kate, age 8 — “Do your best” is the Cub Scout motto and we are working on that with Ian as well.  Never giving up is the same idea and an important one to remember.
  7. “You will never be happy if all you do is think about all the things you don’t have.” — Christy, age 16 — When is it in life that we are content with what we do have?  I was thrilled to see this teenage girl making such a comment.  She is exactly right.
  8. “I appreciate my mom more than she knows.”– David, age 15 — I am blessed that Ian tells me that he loves me and he thanks me for things that I do for him.  I hope that we can let people know how much they mean to us.
  9. “You should never let your fears become the boundaries of your dreams.” — Robin, age 15 — I really like this and know the importance of pursuing and following our dreams.  Such a wise young person!
  10. “Childhood is not preparation for life.  It is life.”  James, age 9 — It is a great and busy life and one that Ian is enjoying each and every day.  I love that he is always in the moment and makes the most of each of them.  I have learned so much from him.

These are just a few of the amazing thoughts and comments by some wise children.

I wonder when Ian will next say something that amazes me?  I am sure it will be soon and I cannot wait!

Throwback Thursday – Cold Treats

SANYO DIGITAL CAMERAHi and Happy Thursday!  We are almost finished with our second week of summer.

We continue to have a good time and are enjoying ourselves very much.  Time is going very fast as often happens when we’re having fun.

We have had some lazy days and some days where we have been quite busy.   We have enjoyed playing Monopoly, going to the library for summer books, and having cookouts with family.

This weekend we plan to go swimming and are looking forward to that.  I love the water and ease of exercise.  I also enjoy floating on my back in the water, and working with Ian as he is still learning to swim.  He keeps getting better.

Where we live is humid in the summer, so we are in our air-conditioned house for much of the day.  On these muggy days, we have come to truly appreciate our cold treats.  Sweet iced tea, ice water, and cold beers are our drinks of choice.  I actually like semi-sweet or half sweet/half unsweet tea the best.

And, we love our ice cream treats too.  Nothing like a big scoop of ice cream to help cool us down on a hot day.  This photo was taken three summers ago at the beach.  This was the treat he picked from the ice cream truck.  This particular ice cream was extremely messy as you can tell from the picture.  It was also one of his favorites.

I will have to plan to take plenty of ice cream truck money when we go to the beach this summer!  After all, that is one of Ian’s favorite parts of the day.  It is one of mine as well.  Nothing like the taste of chocolate mint on a cone as I watch the sunset into the ocean. Ahhhhh… summer bliss!

I wonder what tomorrow’s cold treat will be?  Tomorrow is supposed to be another warm and muggy day, so I am sure whatever it is will hit the spot!

Happy Birthday Dear Cindy!


Today is my sister Cindy’s birthday!  She is awesome and so much fun.  I only wish I could be with her today.

She was my first friend and remains one to this day.  She is an amazing teacher, mother, wife, and all-around cool person.  I am honored to have her in my life.

This summer we will have some time together at the beach.  I cannot wait!  We will be with our families and look forward to lots of fun.

May you be blessed and have a wonderful special day!  Love you sis.  Hope you enjoy these pictures!  They are some of my favorite old photos of us.

(They are all I Still Wonder – Patti Cates images.)The drells at Mission Beach

girls at beach Three crazy kids Cindy.Patti.on.slide

Throwback Thursday – Beach Fun


Hi and Happy Thursday!  In honor of my sister’s birthday in a few days, I wanted to post a photo of us from 2009.  I decided to post one of us with a few other people.  We love the beach, so I thought she would enjoy this photo.

From left is my brother, sister-in-law, me, my hubby, and my sister on the end.  Her hubby was not in the picture.  We were sitting on the seawall at sunset at Mission Beach, CA.  This is our favorite place to watch and many, many family photos have been taken here.

This summer we look forward to another beach trip and I am so looking forward to it, as I know my siblings are!  We will be there for a family reunion and will see cousins, and aunt and uncles and dear friends!

There is so much I love about the beach and especially this beach.  I have been honored to share many memories with friends and family.  And, now I love seeing Ian’s generation enjoy it as much I always did growing up.

A few highlights of the beach for me are:

  • Delicious fish tacos
  • Breakfast on our front porch
  • Our tiny beach cottage filled with love
  • Laughs with family and friends
  • Bike rides with family
  • Playing in the bay
  • Long walks
  • Cooking and savoring meals together
  • Our family sing-alongs
  • My aunt’s amazing piano playing ability
  • Sunsets into the ocean
  • Feeling my toes in the sand
  • The feel and smell of the ocean
  • My hair blowing in the breeze
  • The majesty of the ocean and waves
  • The memories of decades of beach fun
  • The waves rushing over my toes and legs

I wonder what fun and mischief we will get into while at the beach this summer?!  I sure cannot wait to find out!

June 3 – Silly

GEDSC DIGITAL CAMERAAre you good at being silly?  We sure are — as demonstrated in this Photo-A-Day Challenge photo for today.   The word for June 3 is Silly.

I took this as a selfie photo of the three of us.  I think I was talking at the time so that is why my mouth is open. My husband had tripped and got that bruise on his head.  Ian was smiling before and after this photo.

As we wore these red noses, we all sounded funny.  It cracked us up as we tried to talk and sounded so very different.  We certainly didn’t sound like ourselves and that made us laugh and be even sillier.

We bought these noses in support of the recent Red Nose Day, a fundraiser for childhood poverty. This is a serious problem that we hope and pray will be changed.  NBC recently had a three-hour special and raised quite a bit of money.

Isn’t it fun to laugh?  I am serious when needed, but there are times that I love to let loose and just laugh and laugh.  Silliness is something I can be very good at.

People say that laughter is good for the soul.  I have to agree and know there is nothing like being silly and laughing.

A few silly and funny things I am thankful for:

  • Sharing a private joke with a friend or family member
  • Giggles with my childhood friends
  • My son’s laugh and joy about life
  • My husband’s sense of humor and wit
  • The laughter of my family
  • Tickle time
  • The ability to make a fool of myself at times
  • Play time for the family
  • Laughing at favorite shows and movies
  • Laughing until I cry
  • Laughing until my sides hurt
  • Laughing until I can’t remember why
  • And then laughing some more
  • Having fun with friends and family

I wonder what silly things we will be doing today?  I am certainly looking forward to finding out!  Have a great one!