Wednesday, July 30, 2014

 Because we are staying in St. George with Papa, we made a visit to see Great Grandma who lives at the Beehive House near Papa's home.  She was fairly alert-whatever that means for an elderly person who suffers from dementia.  We had a nice visit and the boys were good sports about being there. Old people, especially ones who are not in their right mind, kind of creep them out.
 It's not always easy seeing someone in this state of "being", but we chatted and spent a few minutes with her...I sure hope she knows we love her and care about her.
And this guy gets the "Son of the Year Award"! He is so kind and thoughtful where his mother is concerned.  He is a blessing in Grandma's life, even though she has no idea. What a great example of love and service to us all. Such a wonderful son!
 The many faces of Addie.  I do realize this is a little over kill, but I totally justify the overload of pictures because we see our Utah family so infrequently.  We love hanging out with this little girl's family and pretty much allow her to do whatever she wants...
 Uncle Grant is happy to wear NaKya's headband.
 Taking a "selfie" with Grandma's phone is just fine too:)
 Hey there beautiful baby!
 Sunglasses?...don't mind if I do.
 A friendly game of Mario Kart.  Addie must hold her own controller.
 Such a big girl! 
 At this stage of life, it appears she has her Grandma Casper's knees...that will certainly change as the years roll on:)
 One of the many faces of "Little Miss Sunshine":)
 Auntie Christine! I love her!
Uncle Garrett adores me...but who doesn't?:)
 One of the "San Diego days" I drove northeast to Moreno Valley to visit Ashley Rascon...who is near and dear to my heart.  It was little Olivia's 5th birthday, so I had to take her a gift...she is a little doll.  It was so fun seeing where Ashley and her sweet family lives...We are hopeful that she won't always live so far away and that someday she and her family will find their way back to Texas:)
 Such a beautiful little girl!  The perfect blend of her mom and dad:)

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

This is the Pacific Ocean!  La Jolla Shores to be exact.  Grant was insistent on going to the beach at least once while we were in San Diego, so we checked into our hotel in downtown and then headed to the mass of humanity that had congregated in La Jolla.  It was insane. The kids all boogie boarded and I hung out on the shore with my toes in the water and was wonderful.

 And THIS is the reason for the visit to San Diego...Comic Con International...The kids have been looking forward to this for an entire year.  Frankly, Bill and I don't understand the desire to be surrounded by a bunch of odd folks, many who are dressed up in a wide variety of costumes and some who don't apparently bathe for the entire 4 day convention.  It's the coming together of actors, creators, writers, etc. in the entertainment industry.  This year marked the 44th annual event.  The crowd was estimated between 130,000-200,000! It was a crazy spectacle.
 Our hotel was in the perfect location.  We stayed at the Marriott Gaslamp, one block from the convention center. Absolutely prime.  We could see Petco Park, the Coronado Bay Bridge, San Diego Harbor and the San Diego Convention Center from our room.  We felt completely spoiled! It was awesome.
 While the kids were doing their "geek thing", I walked and enjoyed being in the heart of America's Finest City.  I walked to Seaport of my favorite places, every morning.  This was a typical view while I walked.
 Occasionally the kids would send me a picture text...this was them waiting in line...they waited in lots of lines...
 Sitting in a "panel"... this is what they do too.  They were excited to see many of their favorite actors and personalities from movies, tv, the internet, etc.
 I took advantage of being in the same city as one of my favorite temples.  This holy place holds special significance to me.  We were living in LA when it was built and dedicated.  We attended the open house and then I attended the dedication with my mom,  We were blessed to be in the celestial room with President Hinckley.  It was a choice experience.  As I sat in the celestial room, I reflected on that special day. Sacred memories.

 I changed into my swim suit in the car in the temple parking lot...(thank goodness for a big back seat and darkly tinted windows:)...and headed to the bay for some Southern California sunshine.  It was heavenly.
 It was great meeting up for dinner with some of my San Diego family. Uncle Terry and Armida, Jim, Christin and her daughter Marissa met me for some yummy dinner and great conversation.  They live in a beautiful part of the world. 
 I took the opportunity to visit one of my old "haunts"...Yogurt Mill in El Cajon!  It was just as good as I remembered.  Funny thing, I ran into an old girl friend from high school who was visiting from Washington.  It was wonderful catching up after 33 years!!!
 And this is the church I attended when I was a child and youth...Obviously the building has been updated and the huge tree that used to stand on the corner, has long since been removed.  I have some pretty fond memories of this place.  My Grandma and Grandpa Shippen attended this building until they both passed away.  Both of their funerals were held in this building.
 And this is the house I grew up in ... 668 Trenton Street.  Oddly enough, it still looks the same.  My mom sold it in 2003 when she moved to Texas to live across the street from us.  It hasn't changed a bit since she sold it...although the palm tree and the crepe myrtle look taller.

 Get ready for an Addie overload of pictures!  Grant ADORES this baby! She thinks he's ok's amazing the tenderness that comes out of this giant of a boy when his niece is around.
 One of my favorite things is when Addie shrugs one shoulder and smiles.  She's captured my whole heart.
 Garrett loves this little girl too...let's be honest, none of us can get enough of her.  It's a shame we can't see her more often...but when we do, she has all of our attention.
 Daddy greeting his princess after work at the Shakespeare Festival. Nope. She's not loved at all.
 Addie loves the water, so we all changed into our suits and headed for the public pool.  Aunt Christine is one of her favorite she had no problem swimming with her.
 LOVE this...trying out Mom's shades:)
 I cannot believe she is ONE!  She looks so old in this picture.  Sitting like a big girl with her wristband on and Dad's car keys around her neck.  So dang adorable! (and her model mom sitting next to her:)  Two cuties for sure.
 We always try to squeeze in a production at Tuacahn...we saw The Wizard of OZ.  It was good, not great.  It didn't help that Garrett's performance in high school rivaled the Lion in this production....No seriously!  And these are paid professionals.  We did enjoy being together and having William and NaKya with us.  We invited Papa, but with his missionary duties, he doesn't like to be out too late.  Maybe next time:)