Friday, July 14, 2017

Summer so far


We have been doing all kinds of fun stuff this summer. It has been going super fast! Swim team has been the bulk of our mornings of course and all of our Saturdays (except for one 4th of July weekend when we stayed home and really did nothing except play games and hang out. Camille joined us on Sunday).
   Gary and Jerri even stopped in for a quick visit and we met up with them for Dim Sum.
   Almost every Thursday we have gone to the beach (Twin Lakes) with the Lim family. We always enjoy our time with them. Even Oliven has really started enjoying the water. (3 times so far, and once with Colby and Alex - New Brighton Beach). We all really love the beach, and with Carrie it is very simple - the adults get adult chatting time and the kids get lots of kid time, which is great. We also followed tradition and went to the fireworks in Morgan Hill.
  We have been on two camping trips this summer. We started the summer with a trip to Mt. Madonna with Deb and Heather. Deb brought her cute little camper to sleep in. (I ended up feeling miserable with a UTI - Heather was very kind and took me to get some AZO at midnight). In the morning I came back to San Jose for some antibiotics. The first day while I was gone the boys went on a scavenger hunt hike with Deb and had a great time. (Oliven's favorite activity) We played lots of games and really enjoyed our time. Deb had a mystery ingredient dessert challenge for the boys with all kinds of different sweet treats. The adults got to vote on the best creation. It was Oliven, because Vander's was like the kitchen sink of desserts.
Larry, Theresa, Jeff and Marie joined us the second day to hang out, have dinner, and eat s'mores with us. That night I went home to sleep cause I still wasn't feeling great and I drove back in the morning to pick the kids up to get home for swim practice. We had pancakes for breakfast (Vander's favorite part) They had a great time and it really was a treat to get to spend that time with Deb and Heather. I hope we can make this a tradition in the future.
   I attended Alex's bachelorette party in Solvang. I flew to Anaheim to see the Grand's. I was going to ride up with Annie to the party, but she felt very anxious about leaving Hattie for two nights, so I met up with Lindsay and took the train up. It was nice getting to know here better. That night it was mostly lounging in the pool, drinking ( I chose to wait for the next night, cause I don't like to drink two nights in a row), playing the Newlywed game, and chatting. Annie came the next morning and we headed to the wineries, which was very fun. I love hanging out with Annie. We saw Justin Hartley and got a picture of him. So cool. The rest of the day was drinking and hanging out. I couldn't sleep that night for some reason - probably all the alcohols mixed together. It was so much fun. What a great group of women! I did feel like the 10 year younger crowd had a very different vocabulary. I really needed a translator for some of it. We headed back to Anaheim and I got to spend the day at the Grand's house. What a fun weekend!
   Golfland was a treat this summer. I planned it for the swim team little kids. They had a choice of golfing or going on waterslides. My kids chose golfing and did all 18 holes. They really had a great time with each other. I walked through the course with them, but really just as a supervisor. It was a super hot day and the boys really enjoyed themselves.
   We went to Kyoto palace for my birthday meal as a family. It was Vander and Oliven's first time and I think they really enjoyed their selves.
   We took a trip to San Francisco with Gina, Daniel and Ruth for the day. We went to Golden Gate park to play at a park with a cement side. Oliven was very brave and went down the slide several times, we all rode the carousel and saw a lion that reminded us of Aslan (we are reading the Chronicles of Narnia right now as a family). Then we headed over to the Presidio and went to this really cool artsy path and walked down it at a leisurely pace. After that we decided to walk across the Golden Gate bridge. We made it 1/4 of the way, enjoyed the beautiful view (it was super windy and chilly) and headed back as it was a far walk for Ruth. We got in the car and accidentally crossed the Golden Gate bridge due to confusing signage. We decided since we were already in Sausalito to eat dinner at an Italian restaurant there, and it was really delicious (almost like Italy Italian pizza). We re-crossed the bridge and went to Ghiradelli (sp?) for a really yummy dessert. It was super good - not surprisingly. Then it was time to go home after a fun-filled day, with a good friend.
   The boat races and over nighter with swim team was really fun for Vander. Oliven didn't love it as much because he really wanted to play dodge ball and didn't really get a chance.
  That evening I went to a thank you dinner (for helping at Hannah's wedding on the 4th of July, which was an amazing wedding. It was casual around her pool and so unique). Colby and Alex came
to town for a visit. The next day we headed out to Henry Cowell State park for some camping. We played games, had s'mores (of course), enjoyed each others company. We also went to the beach and all three of the boys played in the water despite it being very chilly. Oliven forgot his sandals, which created a big debauchal, with LOTS of wining and annoyance by everyone else. Ollie soaked his tennis shoes, and neither boy brought a sweatshirt. I doubt they will forget that again. Only time will tell. We went on an awesome hike and got a chance to see downtown Santa Cruz through the trees and enjoy the redwoods while Alex worked at Starbucks.
    Karen flew in to visit. I took her over to see Hannah's house, which was her house growing up. She loved it. It brought back all kinds of memories, good and bad. She also got to see a neighbor that was there when she was growing up and they caught up with each other. So cool. We also took her down to see the cabana club.
  Karen was excited to have an overlap trip with Colb and Alex. Alex had to work during the rest of her visit. :( We took a trip to the pool for the swim team's rootbeer float pool party. It was a bit frustrating because Oliven didn't want to come, but then he did, but he didn't get in the pool.
  We took Karen to the Winchester Mystery house, which she loved. In the mean time Vander, Ollie, and I got them haircuts, went to Big Five and Marshalls. It was very leisurely, and we got lots of steps in.
   On Friday I went in for Lasik surgery. I didn't really want to do it while Karen was here, but that was the appointment that they had, so I did it. It was a bit creepy to have a machine holding my eye open, but it was a pretty quick procedure. That night was pretty rough, but the next morning I felt pretty good. It's crazy that the eye is so resilient! Karen hung out with the boys during the surgery so Justin could take me. It's really amazing to wake up seeing and not need glasses or contacts. I still keep thinking that I need to take my contacts out at night. I am in the healing stages now, but it's so cool.
  Saturday morning Karen took me to the follow-up appointment and then we headed over to the swim meet. Karen was impressed and overwhelmed. There were a lot more people there than she had anticipated. That night was Family Fun night with pizza, cookies, and soda at the pool. It was of course delightful.
Sunday was Cookbook Club (theme of "Stuffed") at our house. Karen made cheesecake strawberries and I made canneloni. There were only 6 of us total, so I used the China that Grandma Gretchen gave me when we got married. It was a nice afternoon and Karen got along great with my Cookbook club ladies.
  The highlight of Monday was playing the game Sushi Go and then Karen taking us out for all you can eat sushi for dinner at Mr. Sushi. Who knew 18 years after meeting Justin that I would really enjoy all you can eat sushi.
 Having Karen here to visit was really nice! We all really enjoyed her company and were happy to have her. Vander even let her use his bed while she was here and he slept on Oliven's floor. I think Karen was most shocked by how healthy we eat and I think she loved the fresh peaches on the tree. I hope she comes back again soon, and maybe Uncle Ken will join her. :)