Beach Day with Jameson

 Grandpa has a firm grip on Jameson to keep him from jumping into the water.

Grandpa has a firm grip on Jameson to keep him from jumping into the water.

It’s no secret that we love the beach.  Several years ago, Leroy and I committed to spend time (even if it’s an hour or so) at the beach as frequently as possible.  We usually make a trip at least every other month but we strive for monthly trips.  Sometimes we invite others to join us, but most of the time it’s just us.

Last weekend, Sierra, Joey and Jameson joined us on our trip.  This was the first time Leroy and I experienced the beach with Jameson.  (He’s been a few times, but had not been there with us.)  We chose to go back to the beautiful Asilomar State Beach for the easy access and great tide pools.  As expected, Jameson loved it.  He loves the water (even the cold Pacific Ocean.) Grandpa had to keep a tight hold of his hand to prevent him from splashing around.

Jameson loves birds too. He is fascinated by the Pigeons around our house and found joy in the abundance of Sea Gulls at the beach too. It cracks me up how he squeals and points to them (just in case I missed it.)

 Yes Jameson! We see the bird!

Yes Jameson! We see the bird!

Beach days really are a feast for the senses. One of our favorite things about going to the beach is the consistently cooler weather (especially in the summer months.) Even the smell and taste of the salt water is a treat but my favorite part is watching and listening to the sound of the waves. It is mesmerizing and meditative. Nothing calls me to prayer as easily as watching the waves.

You can see more photos from our adventure by clicking here.

Disneyland - Memorial Day Weekend 2018

Everyone thought we were crazy to go to Disneyland over Memorial Day Weekend, but I have to tell you, it was one of the best trips we’ve had in a long time!  I can’t remember the last time we were there with fewer people.  I don’t know why (maybe graduations) but it was awesome.  (And the weather was perfect too.)

Leroy and I drove down with Sierra and Jameson, checked into the hotel and headed straight to the park.  Our first ride was Small World and Jameson really loved it.  He was much more observant this time (longer attention span) and kept looking at us like “Are you seeing what I’m seeing?”

We scored a great spot for the Pixar parade (the Pixar Lamp was Jameson’s favorite part.)  During the parade, Leroy stayed on the other side of the street to try and get us a bench for the fireworks and he was able to save a perfect seat for us.  We kept Jameson occupied with stroller rides and suckers until he finally fell asleep for a quick nap.  He awoke just before fireworks started.  They were awesome!

The next day was spent at California Adventure.  Jameson tried his first pickle (and loved it) while we were waiting for the Disney Junior show.  We sat up front and Jameson danced with the other kids the entire time.  He was particularly fond of one of the cast members (who was blocking the exit) and kept going over to her. 

While Grandpa was watching the Warriors game in Downtown Disney, we went back to California Adventure where we got a great photo with Goofy (the birthday boy!)  Goofy loved Jameson and kept gesturing to him.  When our group photo was done, he asked us to wait and squatted on the floor to get a photo with Jameson alone.  He was very sweet.  We ended the evening with the Paint the Night Parade before heading back to the hotel.

We didn’t really plan it, but we were back in Disneyland at the rope-drop on Sunday morning.  Again, we were shocked at how few people were there.  Since there was no line for the Dole Whip, we ordered, and I was given the “I’m Celebrating” badge for “First Dole Whip of the Day!”  (It’s kind of a big deal.)  I was so proud!  I wore it all day long.  (It dawned on me later that people thought it was because I planned on eating multiple Dole Whips.)  Can you imagine how many Dole Whips are sold in Disneyland in one day?  But on May 27, 2018, I got the first one! We then headed to Pooh’s Corner (again with no one there) and were able to ride the Winnie the Pooh ride twice.

We also had a great time on the Jungle Cruise.  We were on with a couple of rookie guests who thought all of the jokes were funny (and also thought they were going to get wet from the hippos.)

Another highlight for Jameson was meeting Woody.  (His favorite Disney toy at home.)

We ended the day with Jameson’s favorite part of the whole trip.  We took him back to California Adventure for the splash pad in Bugs Land.  He had a ball.  He stood under the water and splashed to the delight of everyone watching.  He cried a bit when we went from one to the other, but quickly realized he was at another pad where the water shot up this time.  He would creep over the valves and wait for the water to shoot up his pants and shirt.  He loved every minute of it.  We changed his clothes and he crashed immediately.

We ended the day back at the hotel with Jameson’s first time in in the swimming pool.  (The kid loves water.)  We played with his new Legos in the hotel room and went to bed early so we could drive home the next day.  Our trips just keep getting better and better.  I can’t wait for the next one!





1st Annual Moms (Gone Wild) Weekend

Once a month, I go to dinner with some friends.  We’ve been doing this for about 22 years and there is no sign of us slowing down.  (If anything, we are more committed than ever.)  During those years, we’ve always talked about traveling together (or at least going away for a weekend.)  Well, it finally happened.  We set a date and made a simple plan for a two-night get-a-way and I think it was the first of many more to come.

We spent the weekend in Angels Camp (about an hour drive from Modesto.)  We shopped around in the cute little town of Murphy’s and even drove a little further up the hill to Avery (to take some photos of a property for Leroy.) 

We ate, drank and laughed… a lot.  We poked fun at each other (and ourselves,) reminisced and planned for the future.  We “hiked” around Greenhorn Creek Golf Course (through the beautiful neighborhood) and got lost but came across some deer who watched us with curiosity. 

Kris Lewis drove (although I’m not sure we’ll let her drive the next time,) Stephanie Pizzirulli cooked (and asked a lot of questions,) Chris Yates documented the whole thing with photographs and I relaxed and enjoyed my time with dear friends.

I’m already looking forward to the next trip.