The question: Should we bring the windsurfer? Or the boogie boards?
Both? Okay, you win.
Oh by the way, your water was gorgeous. Perfect temp, perfect waves. And you were right, we’re never too old to play in the waves. You get us every time.
And oh, the wind did blow. It kept the crowds away so the guys could do this:
Don’t you worry.. We’ll be back before you know it.
Pretty, huh? Those, my friends, are California oranges, right in Grandma’s backyard! They’re juicy and delicious.
Oh, by the way, we went to Whittier, California this past weekend for a few days full of family and sunshine. It was a good thing.
We spent time with our California family, who were so welcoming and fun to hang out with.. Not to mention they provided homemade meals nonstop for days for 7 imports from Michigan!
In the short amount of time we had there, we made it to Manhattan Beach, where Thomas got to learn how to bury his feet in the wet sand and to chase the waves back into the surf.
Here he is with his mom, my sister-in-law, Jess. I think this picture is so beautiful!
We spent a little time watching Josh hit the waves on a boogie board. That’s right, middle of January, and there he was swimming in the ocean. In the picture below, at the bottom of the wave toward the middle of the picture, there’s a little blob. That’s Josh right before the wave crushed him. Look how huge it was!
Ready for a random fact/story? This palm tree (below) that Josh is standing in front of is in Grandma’s front yard.. Legend has it that at one point someone offered to pay $10,000 for it! (Uncle Dale – if you made that up, it will now live on as a fact.) Not sure why they didn’t take the deal. I really need to try & sell the mile high pine tree in our backyard – I didn’t know there’s money in it! Let me know if you’re interested. *wink*
As you’ve probably guessed if you read the past few posts here, the reason for our trip was to attend Grandpa’s funeral. He is now buried in the Hollywood Hills, which if you knew him is ironic in the “Hollywood” way, but it is the most beautiful piece of land for a California Boy. Very peaceful.
Sorry for the bad pictures, they were taken from the car. I just wanted you to know that Southern California can really be green!
I’m glad we went. We’ll miss Grandpa but we’ll also see him again one day – of that I am certain.
Thanks, everyone, for all the love you’ve sent our way this week! I thought I’d share a couple things about my Grandpa that are super interesting.
1. He lived his life in Southern CA .. at least the majority of it.. and when he was young he would take the street car to Muscle Beach and SWIM from there up to the next beach, which I think is Venice? A distance of approximately 1 mile. Isn’t that cool? I always loved it when he told me that story.
2. He fell in love with my Grandma while he was in the service during the war. They wrote to each other every day and became engaged by MAIL. Then he barely made it home (on leave) in time for his own wedding.
3. He and Grandma held hands all the time. Over the 65 years of their marriage they never lost their affection for each other. Isn’t that adorable?
I may have some of my facts mixed up but I’m sure you get the point.
I wonder what kind of stories I’ll have to share someday. I guess they’ll be typed up on this blog, archived somewhere.. For better or worse. Ha!
Speaking of this blog, I changed a few things on the very top/very bottom of the page. What do you think? I’m still learning how things go, so if there’s anything I should do to make it easier to access or read, I’d love your advice!
Happy Friday, Friends!
Good morning! Mom and I just came back from a really nice morning swim – my last one for a while. Tomorrow’s the big day! .. I promised honesty on here, and the truth is that I’m scared. Despite all of the things that I am confident in with this situation, somehow fear still sneaks in.
Have you ever heard that the most frequent command in the Bible is “Do not be afraid”? Interesting, isn’t it. Cause let me tell you, it’s so EASY to be afraid. It isn’t coming quite as naturally to me today to take courage – but that’s what I’m going to try to do. And I’m not going to wear mascara.
Today I’m on a liquids only diet, and the wheels get set in motion for tomorrow. I’ll put a post up later once I know more about my surgery time.
Thank you thank you for your prayers.