On The Road Again After A Wonderful 2 1/2 Months With Family

Oh my gosh, I have to learn how to live in an RV all over again!  We have been completely pampered and spoiled for over two months at our daughter Kimberly’s house.  We’ve been there since Halloween!  So fair warning … This update will be the epitome of a proud grandmother’s photo album.   In addition to scheduling all of our annual appointments (of which there were many), our days were filled with family gatherings, grandkids’ sporting events, and just hanging out with the family.  It’s mostly pictures folks, mostly pictures.

As hard as we tried, with all the crazy work schedules (Lance is a firefighter captain and Sean is a police officer), we never got all the kids and grandkids together at the same time for our annual picture.  This one is as close as we got.  It’s missing Sean’s wife, Keni, who was sick that day.  She’s an elementary school teacher, so we can guess where she picked up some bug!

Kids and Grandkids (sans Keni)

Kids and Grandkids (missing Keni)

Here’s a family gathering at Sean’s house for Mike’s 67th birthday.  Mike’s sister Diane and husband Glen are included, but Lance had to work that day.  Oh weird, I’m wearing the same shirt.  Doh.

Mike's 67th Birthday Party (missing Lance)

Mike’s 67th Birthday Party (missing Lance)

This next picture is Thanksgiving Day at Kimberly’s with Lance’s family.

Thanksgiving Day with Austins

Thanksgiving Day

And, we’re all goofy, so we like to do the silly pose, too!

Family Papa Bday silly

Family Thanksgiving silly

This picture includes our eldest grandson Blake’s girlfriend, Holly.

The Family With Blake's girlfriend Holly

The Family With Blake’s girlfriend Holly

Our Christmas Card

Our Christmas Card

We failed to reach out and make dates with many of our wonderful friends and for that we are truly bummed.  We have a list of people we love and promised ourselves we would contact each one, but we let time get away.  Fortunately, we did get to see several of our besties!

Our friends for over 20 years and former next door neighbors, Larry and Mary, came to LA for business so we met for dinner at Duke’s in Malibu.  We really miss hanging out with these two.

Dinner with Larry and Mary at Duke's Malibu

Dinner with Larry and Mary at Duke’s Malibu

Ray came up from San Diego, so we got to have lunch with him and Mikey.

Lunch with Ray and Mikey

Lunch with Ray and Mikey at a brewery in Burbank

I’m so happy we connected with Connie and Lew and revisited our old hangout in Ventura Harbor.  A fun day and it went by too fast!

Ventura Harbor - We Kept Our Power Boat Here Before We Switched To A Sailboat

Ventura Harbor – We Kept Our Power Boat Here Before We Switched To A Sailboat

Connie and Lew

Connie and Lew

Celebrating All Of Our Wedding Anniversaries at Geoffrey's in Malibu

Celebrating All Of Our Wedding Anniversaries at Geoffrey’s in Malibu

Blake's girlfriend Holly is a dancer.  We attended one of her performances in Thousand Oaks.

Blake’s girlfriend Holly is a dancer. We attended one of her performances in Thousand Oaks.

Blake got his Driver's License.   Our car was borrowed a lot!

Blake got his Driver’s License. Our car was borrowed a lot!

Garrett Takes A Selfie With Mom After Getting His Braces Off

Garrett (14) Takes A Selfie With Mom After Getting His Braces Off

Linda Learns To Navigate The New Computer She Got For Christmas

Linda Learns To Navigate The New Computer She Got For Christmas

Papa Juggles Kailyn and Brady

Papa Juggles Kailyn and Brady

Paige and Papa play word games all the time.  He just can’t believe how fast she is!

Paige and Papa word games 3Paige and Papa word games 4Paige and Papa word games 5Paige and Papa word gamesPaige and Papa word games 2

 

Taking The Little Ones Out For Ice Cream Is Always High On The List

Taking The Little Ones Out For Ice Cream Is Always High On The List

We Got Some Exercise By Walking The Dogs Everyday

We Got Some Exercise By Walking The Dogs Everyday

But most of all, it was sports!  All of our kids are involved in at least one sport (Paige does several).  I love it!  I mostly take video of their events, but I managed to get a couple of stills for my blog update.  Lucky you.

Blake plays Varsity Soccer at Moorpark High School

Blake plays Varsity Soccer at Moorpark High School

Header

Header

Garrett Plays Baseball.  He is a freshman at Moorpark High School

Garrett Plays Baseball. He is a freshman at Moorpark High School

Garrett

Garrett

Paige plays soccer

Paige plays soccer

Posing With Her Soccer Besties After Winning a Tournament

Paige Posing With Her Soccer Besties After Winning a Tournament

Paige also plays Softball

Paige also plays Softball

AND she ran less than 7 minute miles in a charity 5k

AND she ran less than 7 minute miles in a charity 5k

Kailyn is our competitive swimmer.  She swims with the Canyons Aquatics Club

Kailyn is our competitive swimmer. She swims with the Canyons Aquatics Club

Thumb wrestling with Papa between races

Thumb wrestling with Papa between races

Happy With Her Race Results!

Happy With Her Race Results!

Brady (6) started Flag Football this year.

Brady (6) started Flag Football this year.  Here he is going for the touchdown!

After The Big Game With Brady

After The Big Game With Brady

When Kimberly isn't attending one of the kids games .....

Paige, Kimberly and I in the stands

In addition to all her kids games, she plays on a co-ed adult team

In addition to all her kids games, Kimberly plays on a co-ed adult team

Kimberly and Paige heading out to a 'boot camp' workout!

Kimberly and Paige heading out to a ‘boot camp’ workout!

As Mike and I were heading out the door to Quartzsite, Kimberly and Paige were heading out to boot camp.  And now I’m going back to eating less and working out more.  Mike and I both gained weight during our visit.  With a house full of kids, there were just too many good things to eat.  My resistance is low around all that temptation.  Sigh.

Thank you Kimberly and Lance.  Not only did you welcome us to live with you for months but you fed us, pampered us, loved us and catered to our every whim.  Love you like crazy!  We love and miss our entire family and can’t wait to see everyone on vacation this summer.

Anyway, here we are in Quartzsite, getting our sea legs back (or whatever you call it in an RV).  We’ll spend a few days here and then head down to Yuma.  We’re still putting our travel plan for this year together.  Cheers!

 

 

24 thoughts on “On The Road Again After A Wonderful 2 1/2 Months With Family

  1. Get beat family time. Looks like you kept quite busy. I do think that new computer screen may be just a tad too small LOL. We leave Texas at the end of the month AZ bound so hope to bump into you guys. Safe travels and I’m sure you’re already back in the swing of things 🙂

  2. Hey… I remember your grandchildren well and they are all little people! What happened? We have not forgotten that you said you would be coming down for a visit once the boat sold. Well… when are you coming?

  3. Thanks for keeping us on your list. We loved the family pictures, especially the “silly poses.” Must be a tradition. You may meet up with friends of ours, Canadians Floyd and Fran Mansell, with their dog Bailey, presently in Quartzite and then heading to Yuma by way of Phoenix. Say hi, from us.

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