Thursday, November 16, 2017

Time Slows Down

November 11-16, 2017
Acton-Valencia, California

We're in our old hometown for a combination of necessary appointments and the joy of time with our family. Mostly it's time with Ezra and his parents, but we do get to see Maximus and his folks once too.  If you're tired of grandson pics you can bail now :-) 

Saturday we try a new taco place, meeting Brian, Shalise and Ezra for an early lunch. It's rare to find real tacos without the yucky, fake, formed shells, so we're happy to find good, crispy corn tortillas at Shredded Taco in Santa Clarita.

From there we head to the nearby park where we have fun playing with happy boy and happy dog. The weather is perfect. 


Whatcha got over there Gramma?
Kids and dogs...

When your grandson wants you to hold the Frisbee......
Cooler than all of us.

These double swings are great!
So much fun with Mommy.
The joy of tree bark.


Too soon we need to head out for a birthday dinner two hours away. Our dear friend Michelle is celebrating at a winery in Temecula with her family, and invited us to join them. It turns into nearly three hours with typical southern California traffic. Not that bad when we don't have to do it on a regular basis, and we're not going to work!


Seems like we're either going 70 or 0.7 mph in SoCal.
We have a room to ourselves and enjoy good food and good company, and I fail to take a single photo :-( 

Football takes a backseat to an opportunity to see Maximus on Sunday. Nick and Jillian moved into their new house a couple weeks ago and we get a tour of their dream home. We're so happy for them.


Attempting to "save" Tessa from the backyard.

Sweet face :-))

Clapping to his music - he sings too.

Silly smiles for the camera.
Our time with the little guys is the best part of being home for a few weeks. We also continue to check medical and other appointments off our list. Days run into each other as time slows down a bit with "just life". It's the right time of year for an easier pace, it feels fine. 


Despite our slower pace, work continues just outside our window as the crew lays braces for the solar panels. 
Brian has the great idea that Ezra would probably love going for a ride in PopPop and Gramma's "bus", so he brings him and Shalise to the park on Wednesday morning before he goes to work.

Ezra is not so sure about those walls moving in, but checks out the smaller space with confidence. I'm so mad that I didn't get a pic of he and his mom and Elmo all ready for the big adventure!

Bill drives the Jeep so he can make a quick stop, and the three of us meet him at Valencia Travel Village, where we stayed the last time we were home. It really adds a lot of fun to the trip with a two-year-old cheering "Weeeeeeee" from the back :-)))

Two and a half years on the road, we've never had passengers, and we've never had such a difficult time getting into our spot! Tree trimming blocks our entrance from the "right" side for our pull-through site so I'm forced to come in from the wrong side. This is a crowded, tight park and after side-swiping the short light pole, I make a 26-point turn to get in. Geeez! This would never happen without family on board. We all stay calm through the challenge, get set up and go pick up Brian for lunch.

After dropping off the dad and the PopPop, Shalise, Ezra and I run around for a couple hours before I take them home. 

Bill gets his cataract surgery dates, and Thursday I make more reservations through Christmas. We'll see how slow feels after another six weeks :-)


Looking forward to more of this!







22 comments:

  1. There's no tiring of photos of those two, Jodee. Love the frisbee photo. Thought for a minute that I was back in Prineville looking through the big telescope! :)

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    1. I'm thinking he should be Saturn for next Halloween :-))))

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  2. I agree...keep those pictures of those grand babies coming! I’m so excited as our son, d-i-l , and our 15 month grandson are flying in from South Carolina for the week of Thanksgiving. We have never met Felix! That’s a very cool swing for mom and Ezra.

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    1. Oh how fun!!! You'll be over the moon for the little guy. Such a great age too :-)

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  3. There might be hitch itch six weeks from now, but those grand babies will be tugging at your heart strings!

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    1. That's for sure Lisa! They really have us wrapped up :-)

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  4. Yep, keep the grandson pics coming :-) I love your comment about 70 mph or .7 mph LOL In your defense, sometimes no pictures means you were having too much fun! Best of luck to Bill with his eye surgery :-) Hope to see you guys before you move again!

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    1. I agree! We saw Richie and his girlfriend this morning and had such a good time we again didn't get pics!
      Let me know if you'll be down this way - would love to see you and Ron. And Rufus!

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  5. Family time makes the appointment times better.

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    1. Well said Linda - and I sometimes think the only reason the appointments get made is because the family is here.

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  6. Your grandkids are adorable! It's so much fun to see how much fun you're having with them. They are totally cool in their "shades." Bill looks pretty awesome in his Frisbee hat, too. :-))

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  7. There are never too many photos of those adorable boys! Sure looks like lots of fun going on there with them. How neat to have passengers ride with you but sorry to read about your parking difficulties. Hope Bill's cataract surgery went well.

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    1. We will always remember this spot for the dramatic entrance :-) Bill gets his eyes done next month - thus our extended stay. Fortunately they're able to do them a week apart so we can keep our New Years plans!

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  8. Ezra has really grown up fast. It's always nice to be able to have family time.

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  9. As long as you don't forget grandsons' photos you are forgiven. I never remember take people pics.

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    1. Seems like they change in days so getting their pics is much more important - still I wish I could remember others for future memories :-)

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  10. Okay so how did you slip this in on me and ten days ago. Good grief! I wondered what had happened to you and went looking. I find you in the place we just came from – former home town, appointments and family. Never tired of grandson pictures and boy are they cute. LOL at “hold the Frisbee”. That picture of Tessa looking in at Max is just the best. I am always just amazed at your handling that BIG rig so to hear you had a teensy bit of trouble getting into your site makes me feel maybe a teensy bit better that I hate driving. We did the cataracts last summer. Seems we are living parallel lives on opposite coasts.

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    1. Notices didn't go out for a couple posts, I hope they're working now!! Seems like several of us return to family around the same time of year - no matter the area of the country :-) After almost three years, driving the rig is like second nature. I sometimes wish I didn't hate passengering!

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