|We left the boat in Italy and spent two and a
half months in California with our family. Soooooo fun!
They're growing up so fast! Garrett is 9, Kailyn 5, Brady 1,
Paige 6, and Blake will be 12 in a couple of weeks! What
We've gone 5 years without a dog, and couldn't wait any longer.
Our previous bichon frise brought us great joy for 13 years, so we stayed
with a breed we know and love. Lucy already owns our hearts.
Linda and Kimberly took a trip to Texas to visit Linda's mom, Marion
(age 84), aunt Nola and sister Valarie.
Mike's mom, Eleanor (age 87) and his sister Diane came to visit from
Snow fell in the nearby mountains, so everyone drove up to enjoy
playing in it for a few hours. All the kids had fun sliding down the
slopes on disks and inner tubes (the big kids, too!). Lance even
taught Blake and Garrett a little bit about snow boarding.
Lucy had Ruby to play with for 2 months while we were at Kimberly's
house. Then Sally (Kimberly's close friend) bought Maddie, a golden
retriever puppy, and the game was on! It was a riot watching them
Lucy got lots of love all the time. We were worried that back on
the boat she would be bored with us as her only entertainment, but Mike
plays with her all day so I don't think that's going to be her problem!
We loved being there for the grandkids special events and sports
activities. Paige and Kailyn both sing in their school's chorus
programs. Kailyn signed up for basketball and T-ball this year
through the Community Recreation Center. Paige plays fast-pitch
softball for the Moorpark Girls Softball League. Garrett plays
Little League baseball and also plays on a traveling team. In addition,
Garrett plays AYSO soccer and played on the All Stars team this year. Blake plays
Club Soccer and just started Track this season (which
he loves). The track coach saw him playing soccer and recruited him
for track, targeting him as a sprinter. We attended everything we could, and regret how much we
miss when we're away sailing. We were able to help out by
babysitting on several occasions so the big kids could take a break.
I also volunteered to work in the school library, graded papers in
Garrett's class, and helped with a science experiment in Paige's classroom
on science day. Mike was busy with carpool duties, X-box and Wii
competitions, supervising the kids' household chores, and taking them out
for ice cream. Being a grandparent is a full-time job!
Mike summoned the courage to attend Kimberly's work out class one
morning. He was gasping for air and grimacing in pain but he hung in
there like a trooper for the entire class. He was sore for several
days. Even so, Kimberly's trainer said that Mike was in pretty good
shape. I'm not sure if that day or the day they went for
lunch, pedicures and massages was better (but I think I know).
We visited some of our best friends before returning to Italy, and put
many miles on our rental car. Love you all and miss you like crazy!
Fellow cruisers, former next door neighbors, and good friends Larry
& Mary were in California for a brief visit. We hope to meet
them this summer for a little buddy-boating in the Balearic Islands.
Mike and Marquise have their boat in Spain and we also hope to meet up
with them this summer.
Mike made some lifelong friends during his working career, who are like
family to us now. We got to spend a little time with a some of
them. Mike saw a bunch of the guys when he went in the office a
couple of times. He had breakfast with his friends Ken Tomlinson and
Dean Caputo. On another day, Mike had breakfast with the entire SRT
team. He really enjoyed seeing the guys and catching up on all the
The drummer in Journey cover band "Don't Stop Believing" is
in Kimberly and Sally's work out class. He gave us passes to see
them play at the Canyon Club. It was jam packed, standing room only,
but what a blast! I forgot how much fun Journey music is.
Everyone, including us, was singing along and getting our groove on.
Scotty is also the drummer in the TV game show "The Singing Bee".
It will be a year, maybe more, before we see our little munchkins
again. This is definitely the hardest part about cruising.
p.s. Where is Brady's hair? Those golden locks are
gone! I'm told that Keni gave Brady a haircut which didn't turn out so
good. Mike was teasing them saying that he could hear the music from
Deliverance when he looked at that haircut. So Sean buzzed
him! It's a good thing he's got a perfectly shaped head and a
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