Traveling and Home Again

SANYO DIGITAL CAMERAHi and Happy Friday!  Hope you are having a great summer!  Mine has been good and very busy.  I just noticed that this is the third posting for July — sheesh!

As you may have read in my post from a week ago, we had the pleasure of attending a family reunion.  It was so much fun but went by way too fast. I did my best to savor each and every moment.  Therefore, I wasn’t on the computer much at all.  Taking a break was nice.

One of the places we visited while in California was Mt. Laguna.  This photo was taken from the last time we visited.  Ian is walking down the path where my grandpa used to say Willie our elf friend lived in his cabin.  It was fun that year to find an actual building.

Being there again was great.  Ian and I enjoyed a day with my mom and her two sisters.  We stopped at a diner for lunch on the way to the mountains, enjoyed the beauty and smell of pine trees, had time to shop and find Ian a new stuffed wolf friend, and on the way back, stopped to get him some Lego toys.  This was one of many great days.

We also had several weeks with family and friends in North Carolina.  That too was lots of fun.  We enjoyed seeing Ian’s best friend from preschool, enjoyed yummy king crab legs and corn on the cob for dinner, went shopping at some favorite stores, and had time to play.

Now after being gone for a month, we are back home.  It is nice to be in our own space again.  Today is full of laundry, catching up on our mail, unpacking all of our stuff, settling into our normal routines, and sleeping in our own beds.  We are busy yet glad to be back home again.

Don’t get me wrong, we had a great time while we were gone.  It was fun to visit friends, chat with family members, sleep in a variety of places, and enjoy food that we don’t often have.  Still, there is no place like home and I am glad to be back.

A few things I am thankful for:

  • Memories of great visits with family and friends
  • Photos of these visits
  • Laughs with loved ones
  • Holding hands at prayer time before a shared meal
  • Cherishing sunsets into the ocean
  • A wonderful flight home and airplane adventures
  • Starting a new book
  • My kitchen and making a yummy dinner
  • Sleeping in my own bedroom
  • Messy morning hair
  • A safe drive home

There is much to be thankful for.  We have had a great summer and made so many memories.  Our traveling was truly wonderful and being home again is also wonderful!

Family Reunion Fun

Nothing says summer like the ocean and the beach!

Hi and Happy July! Hope you are having a great summer!  I just returned from a wonderful week in San Diego, CA.  I was there with my family for a family reunion and 50th anniversary celebration.

It was fun spending time with so many loved ones.  I am blessed to have a family who despite our many differences, we have learned a way to have fun and enjoy being together.  We have lively discussions and don’t agree with everything, but still respect one another’s opinion.  And, love underlies all that we do.

I love these people so very much.  So, it was a true and amazing blessing to see them — parents, aunts and uncles, cousins, siblings, nieces and nephews, and friends.  So many people and so much love.  My grandparents would have loved seeing all of us!

Over the years of growing up, we spent a lot of summers together.  We have many fond memories of our time together.  Now, many of my cousins and I have our own children who are also enjoying time together.  Now, four generations have enjoyed this special family time.

Because of our week of visiting, laughing, eating, walking, swimming, and enjoying the ocean and beach, I have been off the computer.  Taking a break was nice but I am glad to be back.  I plan to write more regularly for the rest of the month and summer.

Our reunion party included a 50th Anniversary celebration for my parents.  This was in the same room of the family church where my great-grandparents had celebrated their 50th.  In another room at the same church, my grandparents celebrated their 50th as well.  It is wonderful to have such long line of great marriages in our family.

A few highlights were:

  • Eating dinner on the beach house porch with 22 other family members
  • Catching up with cousins
  • Family sing-along time around a piano
  • The lovely harmonies of a favorite family song
  • My aunt’s amazing piano playing by ear
  • Old family photos
  • Breakfast out with family at a favorite location
  • Posing for new photos with more family members and friends
  • Walks on the beach
  • Swimming in the bay
  • Spending a few nights at the beach house
  • Holding hands and praying before meals
  • Swimming at the motel one morning with my brother, sister, and our families
  • Getting fish tacos with my cousin and another time with my siblings and our families
  • A trip to the bead store
  • Traveling to the mountains with my mom and her two sisters
  • Watching Ian have fun with his cousins
  • Standing at the sea wall at sunset
  • Ice cream treats from the ice cream truck
  • Time with my parents and celebrating their long and amazing marriage

I wonder when I will next see my amazing and wonderful family?  I sure hope it’s soon.  I so love all of them and cannot wait to see them again.