Sun Pony Ranch

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Tuesday, March 21, 2006

You're only 80 once

As I mentioned, the first weekend in March Dave and I went to California for Dave's dad's 80th birthday. It was the first time we'd seen all of Dave's family at once for quite a few years, and a bunch of extended family and friends came too. It was fantastic to see everyone, and finally get to meet some of the folks I've heard mentioned often over the years.

We flew in Friday night and came back Monday. Most other folks came in just for Saturday night, so we had a good time to visit with Sarah and Roy. We usually have to twist some arms, but we got out for our walk at the Asilomar beach - which is always breath taking. I'm always glad to see that I'm not the only one who gets a kick out of stomping on the kelp bubbles to make them pop - Sarahs an avid stomper too. Many of them sink into the sand, or are cracked, so they are disappointing, but once in awhile you get those ones that burst in a very satisfying explosion that you can feel through your shoe.

The big event was held at a local hotel. They's set up tables out on the patio outside of the banquet room, however it was just too cold and breezy to go out there. So we spilled out into the hallway, which worked just fine. Caroline had assembled a slide show of pictures from Roy's life. What a handsome devil!

Dave's neice Janel had written an essay at school about whom she thinks should get their likeness on a stamp - she'd written about her granddad Roy. So she read her essay and the rest of her family each said something. It was touching.

Sunday morning we took the mountains of left overs from the hotel banquet over to Uncle Don's house for brunch. Don has an amazing house in Carmel with a yard to be envied, so gatherings there are always grand.

David even got to put on his toolbelt, so to speak, and helped replace a thermostat that Don had been wanting to have put in. Nothing like family gatherings to get a few chores done! (I think Dave was really hankering for a simple task that didn't involve contracors licenses or backhoes) Unfortunately a day or so later Sarah wrote us that Don found out that the problem wasn't so much the thermostat but a cracked heater core (do furnaces have heater cores?) Anyways, his entire furnace needed replacement! Bummer.

As always, we ate spectacularly, both courtesy of Sarah's cooking and out at the Monteray Fish House, where I snuck a pic of the soon to be newlyweds (Eric and Maria) smooching.

We got to get lots of scoop about the wedding in September, so we look forward to seeing everyone again then!



Blogger Phyllis Swenson said...

So, Monica, I don't look for a week and suddenlyI have to go into the archives to see all the postings I have not read! What's up with that!

Also how come your photos don't enlarge when you click on them (like mine do?)

Glad to hear things are going well.

3/21/06, 12:11 PM  

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