June 30, 2015 Tuesday
After leaving later than planned (that happens when you have to go back to get what you forgot), it only took 3 1/4 hours to get here. Taking Rte. 404 and making no “potty stops” made for the shorter trip. Once unpacked, we went to Taylor’s for dinner, then watched the US Women’s World Cup Soccer semi-finals. US beat Germany 2-0 . On to the finals this weekend!
July 1, 2015 Wednesday
Lazy morning then the usual trip to my “favorite” store to stock up on supplies and pantry type foods. Just regrouped and chilled out till everyone else arrives. Brian and Chloe got here earlier than Melanie and Maggie, but all were here for dinner. After some questions, Woods’ and crew were on their way later tonight too, which was good as Chloe was most anxious to see her buddies!
July 2, 2105 Thursday
Weather is looking iffy so Chloe practiced riding her 2-wheeler and Walt and Brian started power washing the house. Chuck and the girls came by (Chuck’s job was to keep the girls busy while Lorraine and Stephanie and Andy worked on the details regarding the purchase of their new house). A trip to feed the turtles was cut short by pouring rain. After lunch, it cleared a bit so Brian and Walt could resume power washing and Melanie, Chloe, Kayla, Liana and Stephanie (who was on overload from house stuff) went to the Sports Pavilion pool. During all this, the A/C guy was here for a check-up (and of course, needed repairs to the unit). Later in the afternoon it was time to rest and chill out, then dinner at home. After dinner, the weather held out long enough for us to go to the go-cart place. I think it was my first time on a go cart! Walt and I rode a double one, as did Brian and Chloe, while Melanie went on a single one. Chloe loved it so much she went on the kiddie one herself. The next track was curvier, and Walt and I opted to watch the others go on that one. With 2 tickets left, Chloe and I went on a Spinning-Bumper-car type ride. Off to Dumser’s just as the rain started up again ~ we needed a treat :-)
July 3, 2015 Friday
We took advantage of a perfect beach day, as did many others. The parking lot was full so Walt dropped us off and he parked at the Convention Center. The Woods’ and Clements were there so the 3 girls had a great time playing together. Brian enjoyed the beautiful weather by taking a bike ride around OP the development. When grilling hamburgers and hot dogs, we had to make a “slight adjustment” as we ran out of gas. The indoor grill pan worked fine. After dinner, Melanie tried a Pinterest recipe for cherry bombs to bring to Woods’ tomorrow. After MANY attempts, we called it a Pinterest fail! We now have lots of cherries – for both kids and adults, but no worry, there will be plenty of desserts at the Woods’ house!
July 4, 2015 Saturday
Looks like another July 4th washout as far as the weather goes. Melanie got a yoga-paddle class in but no meeting up at the beach as we had planned. The weather was just too icky. Kayla and Liana came over after lunch to play and plan the evenings’ entertainment (at least one thing is always a hit on July 4th). The sun did come out late afternoon but by that time we were on our way to the Woods’. The girls decorated their bikes and had a parade around the block. Andy smoked a pork butt for pulled pork and ribs for dinner. All very yummy! We met Steve, Megan’s boyfriend ~ he seems very nice and they both seem very enamored with each other! After dinner the girls put on a dance (to Katy Perry’s “Firework” an appropriate title). They did a great job ~ every year they get better! After the yearly group picture (not easy without a tripod) the idea of fireworks was nixed as it started raining pretty hard again. Later we found out they had the fireworks at the park ~ can’t imagine there were very many people. Maybe next year will be better!
July 05, 2015 Sunday
Melanie, Brian, and Chloe are leaving in the morning. Chloe and Grandma are sad about that :-( Walt and Chuck are playing golf (only sad because the course was very challenging). Joanne stayed home (no car) to clean up, do laundry and chill out. We declined Lorraine’s offer for dinner at their house and went to WalMart again :-( We decided we better eat something, so went to Outback. It was just OK at best. The we watched the Women’s Soccer team win the World Cup ~ whoo-hoo!!
July 06, 2015 Monday
Did some preliminary packing up until it was time to meet up with Jack Sweeney (a client of Walt’s) so they could have lunch at the Yacht Club, then play golf. I drove Walt to meet up with Jack, then I took the car (2 days without one was unacceptable) and went to Floaters. The traffic there was awful ~ guess everyone decided to leave Monday instead of Sunday night. I spent less time in the store than it took to get there! I got some Christmas gifts for the grandkids, so it was a good trip. I continued on, picked up a sub sandwich and ate it on the pier behind the Convention Center. It was hot, but breezy, and the view was wonderful. Then I went around to the West OC outlets to make a quick return and headed home. I packed some more & napped a bit. After Walt got home (Jack dropped him off) we went to DeNovo’s for a pizza dinner. I finished packing most everything else ~ ready to leave tomorrow a.m.
July 07, 2015 Tuesday
For once, as easy trip home. We even stopped for a longer lunch at Harris’ on Kent Narrows. A busy but fun week ~ went by too fast. Next trip will probably be the end of July with the boys.