We went to the "secret bench" that apparently all the neighbors love to watch the sunset with a glass of wine.We had a lovely pasta salad dinner and sat outside by the fire pit. We also roasted some s'mores.
Saturday morning Annie and I went for a walk along the coast in Encinitas after having a delicious breakfast at the Potato Shack. It was nice for us to just hang out the two of us, and what a pretty view. It was a very warm Santa Anna windy day. We headed back to the house just in time for Grandma, Grandpa and Bob to meet up with us. The spent a few hours with us hanging out. Freddy BBQ's some chicken sandwiches, which were moist and delicious. Freddy and I took a trip to the grocery store while Annie got ready for an engagement party.
Andrea, Josh, Nick, and Dana met us at a Thai restaurant for dinner. It wasn't super great and Andrea's eggplant came raw. She was too embarrassed to take it back. She is so funny. After dinner we went back to Freddy and Annie's and he gave a tour. Uncle Ken and Karen called me to say that they weren't coming to the family meeting. We talked for a long time. At about 10:30pm we started playing beer sconce- a game Freddy, Colby, and Annie made up. Freddy likes to say that it's beer pong for the over 25 crowd.
Either way, you put party cups up on the ball and throw ping pong balls into them. If it goes in your cup you have to drink. It was very entertaining. The funniest part of the evening; however, was Nick's utter infatuation with the soft toilet paper. It was really very funny. He couldn't stop talking about how it was the greatest toilet paper ever.
The next morning, around 11 Andrea, Josh, Nick and Dana came back over. We were supposed to have a family meeting at 11am, but since my family was a no show Annie had lots of yummy food prepared. I talked to Hedy for a very long time- very emotional. We had a nice hamburger, potato salad and beans lunch. We did lots of hanging out and talking, then played Zombie Flux. After which they had to head back since they all had to work early the next day. They live in Redlands, which is 1hour 40 min. away. We had leftovers for dinner and went to bed. We were all tired.Monday morning Annie took me to work with her and Grandma and Grandpa came to pick me up. I spent the day with Grandma mostly looking at her stuff and her trying to give everything to me. She is so funny. She really wants the boys to have all kinds of toys, but many of them are just too big. I helped her wean down a decent sized pile of things she could send me. She is such a sweet and amazing lady. She left me a message when I got on the plane saying how much my visit meant to her and how she wished I could stay a month or a year. I really couldn't ask for a more amazing woman in my life.
While Ashley went down to San Diego to visit with her grandparents and brother, the boys had a fun little weekend of their own. Ashley left on Friday morning, and thanks to a ride from Jon to the airport, the boys were able to have a normal morning. After cartoons we took off to get new tires on the car. This is not the exciting part at all, but the place we go happens to be walking distance from a Toys R Us. The boys got to play in Toys R Us for a while, and pick out a toy (coupon left over from the holidays). Since the car was taking a little longer than planned, I decided we could eat out and the boys chose Denny’s because they wanted hamburgers. Only Oliven got one (everyone else chose breakfast foods), but it was fun and they both behaved very well in the restaurant. Jon took off to see his sister in the afternoon so the boys and I played and took a walk since we were having leftover quiche for dinner (of which Oliven ate about ¾ of my piece, which is a lot for someone who currently avoids most of dinner).
On Saturday, Pops came up and went to Vander’s soccer practice with us. Vander is doing really well here; he listens, understands where he is supposed to kick the ball, and seems to be getting a little better at controlling it each week. Pops treated us all to bagels afterwards. After quiet time, both Grammy and Pops came up to play with the boys and make dinner (steak, fingerling potatoes, and spinach casserole). The boys took full advantage and played outside with them right up to the time to start making dinner.
Sunday started with a trip to the donut shop for a treat since the boys were being pretty good for the whole weekend. Plus, we wanted Jon to get something in his stomach before he went back down to LA. After that, we did the normal cartoons, milk, and grocery shopping in the morning. Then we got to see Pops and Grammy again on Sunday night as they came up and made Salmon, noodles, and veges. Vander ate really well all weekend. On Monday the boys and I just hung out and picked Mommy up at the airport and whisked her off to a dinner out. The boys were really happy to have her home.