Thursday, July 30, 2009

Family time in CA

Mom came out to CA in June and July 2009. She visited with Brian and James in southern CA first, then she and James came up to visit us in Modesto. For me, the highlights of their visit was the boating trip, visiting Breanne and Damen, and going to Yosemite. Oh, and going to dinner at Chili's with Leah and also to the Olive Garden in Stockton. James took us boating at Lake Tulloch by Copperopolis. Bryce, his girl friend, and his friends James and Abby came too, and they all went wake boarding. James is very good at wake boarding, Bryce did well too. Leah joined us after she got off work and James barbequed tri-tip for us on the other side of the lake. We had a really nice time!
I think it was Tuesday that we visited with Breanne and Damen and took some fun pictures and videos playing with Damen. For me, these are some of the best parts of our visit; the videos of Mom playing with Damen with the puppet she brought and Damen sitting in my lap doing his "selective hearing" game are priceless.
On Wednesday, July 1st, we helped Leah move into her new apartment. We rented a Uhaul from the hardware store where Leah works. It was the easiest move any of us have ever done--fast and easy. In the evening, after Mom went swimming at Leah's apartment, we went to dinner at the Olive Garden, just James, Mom, Leah and I. We had such a nice time there, even if we did fight over the raspberry cheesecake.
On Thursday, July 2nd, Mom, James and I went to Yosemite in the afternoon. James brought his bike and rented one for me and we had a wonderful time riding the bike trails in Yosemite. It was beautiful! If you ever have a chance to take the bike trails in Yosemite, do it, the scenery is fantastic. Mom, I need you to email me some of the Yosemite pictures. Remember the friendly Asian fellow that took our picture? I would like to have that picture in my collection.
On Friday, Mom and James headed back to southern CA. It was a lot of fun visiting with them. We really missed having Brian and Dad, we'll have to take some time to visit with them soon, also.

Monday, July 20, 2009

Week at Michelle's

With our grandson Bryce going out to sea again, he is in the Coast Guard, James and I headed to my daughter Michelle's on Saturday, June 27 . I had already spent a week and a half in LA, staying at Brian's. The next week was a time to visit family in Modesto and Turlock.

Our grandson, Bryce was leaving on July 1 so we made some fast time and spent some quality time together. On Monday we headed to a reservoir to spend some time boating, swimming and wake boarding. The barbecue in the evening quenched our hunger and then it was time for a family photo.

We spend several hours at Breanne's. I wanted to see more of her but the week went by so fast. Damen is just a little ball of fire. So busy and adorable. He reminds me of the children in the nursery at church.
That too was a good time to take a 4-generation photo too. The only thing that was disappointing, was that we didn't get to visit again. As we spent the next couple of days moving Leah and then we had to head back to LA.

This is Lean in her new pad!

Many hands make work light and we had plenty of help!

Friday, July 10, 2009

Back to Work, but What a Vacation!

Vacations go by way too fast, but I guess I could have stayed a week longer. I was just getting lonesome to see how green it was and if my flowers were still doing well, ready to sleep in my own bed, missed my hubby, KNEW that I had lots to do at work when I returned. That was one thing that had started to nag me the last week.

It is budget time for our museum and I needed to get it ready for our board meeting and for a meeting with the commissioners. I also have several other projects that need to be accomplished, such as getting our fair booth ready, preparing for fall exhibits, and the list goes on. One of the areas that would be nice to see completed this fall is our photo project. I have already picked out several photos now its research time and preparing them for printing. There is never a dull hour at the Roseau County Museum!

I thought it would be fun to share some of the photos I took while on my trip out to LA and Modesto. Brian and I went to the JP Getty museum but I can't find the photos. One of my favorite places was the Huntington Library and Gardens. We ate at the Japanese Tea Garden area. Very beautiful and would be peaceful except for the many people there.
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