Home for the Holidays in California

Our Fabulous Family

Our Fabulous Family

We got “home” just before Thanksgiving to spend the winter holidays with our kids.  I absolutely cannot believe that 2 months have passed in the blink of an eye!  We’re getting back on the road in the morning and it is really bittersweet.  We look forward to exploring the west this year, but we just hate leaving our family.  We’re already looking forward to coming back to do this again next winter.

We flew to Ft. Lauderdale for a quick trip to check on our sailboat.  Wanted to insure that all systems were functioning properly and that everything looked good.  We were delighted to see her looking so beautiful!

s/v Aquila in Ft. Lauderdale

s/v Aquila in Ft. Lauderdale

Another fun little side trip was made to Phoenix Arizona to attend Mike’s son Sean’s commencement ceremony from Arizona State University.  He received his Masters Degree in Criminal Justice via an online program and decided to go to Phoenix for the commencement ceremony.  Mike’s sister and mom live in Phoenix, so they hosted a party at their home after the ceremony.

Sean at ASU Commencement Ceremony

Sean at ASU Commencement Ceremony – Masters in Criminal Justice

Mike with son Sean top center of photo, surrounded by extended family

Mike with Sean top center of photo, surrounded by extended family

Between all the kids sports events we enjoyed as many family get-togethers as possible.

Kimberly and Lance with family at Thanksgiving

Kimberly and Lance with family at Thanksgiving

Family Gathered for Linda's 66th Birthday!

Family Gathered for Linda’s 66th Birthday!

5 precious personalities (impossible to pose)

5 precious personalities (impossible to pose)

Papa walks the kids to YoFruity (it's a tradition)

Papa walks the kids to YoFruity (it’s a tradition)

Garrett likes to help Papa wash the RV.  He also helped install our new awning covers (a big job!)

Garrett likes to help Papa wash the RV. He also helped install our new awning covers (a big job!)

Paige (10) and Kailyn (9)

Paige (10) and Kailyn (9)

Kailyn and Paige

Blake holding Lucy's BFF Ruby

Blake holding Lucy’s BFF Ruby

Paige treats Papa to milkshakes

Paige treats Papa to milkshakes

Mike and Kimberly's annual father/daughter pedicure and Jamba Juice

Mike and Kimberly’s annual father/daughter pedicure and Jamba Juice

Lunch with Lance and Kimberly at our favorite sushi restaurant

Lunch with Lance and Kimberly at our favorite sushi restaurant.  I’m going to miss my daughter!!

I absolutely LOVE attending the kids sports events.  They are such great athletes!

Blake dislocated his shoulder playing soccer

Blake dislocated his shoulder playing soccer for the Jr. Varsity

Blake goes up for the header

Blake goes up for the header – He was promoted to Varsity in January

Garrett plays basketball when he's not playing baseball

Garrett plays basketball when he’s not playing baseball

Paige at soccer

Paige at soccer

Kailyn at swim meet performing butterfly stroke

Kailyn at swim meet performing butterfly stroke

Kailyn awaits posting of race results

Kailyn awaits posting of race results

Brady needs to be included in the sports category (our little monkey)

Brady needs to be included in the sports category (our little monkey)

Enjoyed lunch with best friend Russ

Enjoyed lunch with best friend Russ

We got together with many other friends while we were here and had such a great time!  We’re going to miss our family and all our friends so much!!

 

5 thoughts on “Home for the Holidays in California

  1. Traveling is awesome but nothing beats time with family. I can so relate to missing your daughter. I haven’t seen mine since September. Safe travels and I look forward to your upcoming adventures 🙂

  2. Linda, great pictures! Tell Russ i send my greetings! Isn’t it fun to watch these grandchildren develop their own skills and interests. I find that so interesting! Jane

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