This is a stark contrast to where we were a year ago, at my dad's bedside, as he passed away.
My mom has a great network of friends and neighbors, the church members have stepped right in to befriend her and take care of her needs, driving her to dr. visits, etc. It was nice to spend some quality time with Mom/Nana and experience a little of her world last week.
|This is basically my mom's front yard. You walk out her apartment, across a residential street to the park, walk down some stairs and this is what you see.|
|We enjoyed remarkably good weather our first day--for which I was gazing heavenward and whispering "thanks." We had this little beach area all too ourselves--It must be winter to everyone else?!|
|Happy as a clam|
|Kate turned all mermaid on us.|
|Gotta love the view from Nana's apartment. We stayed in a hotel nearby. It was perfect. We just had to walk half a block to visit Nana every day.|
|Taking it all in; Laguna Beach|
|Exploring at low tide. We found anenomes, crabs, and mussels|
|We saw a bride get her picture in this exact spot later in the day.|
I went for morning walks with my Mom along the trails of Heisler Park. One of the highlights for me was watching a pod of dolphins gracefully making their way down the coast.
Cannon also pointed out all the pelicans, calling them "pteranodons." We didn't think that was too far off.
If you asked Adrie, she would tell you her favorite part of the trip was the hotel hot tub. Somehow with all that beach activity we still managed to get in the pool and hot tub every day. We have never slept better!
Our last morning, we said our goodbyes and drove to Huntington Beach and walked on the pier. The girls picked out Shark tooth necklaces and Cannon got an "orca" he calls it, and it actually is. It was overcast and a very cold and whippy wind had us high tailing it back to the car. Good thing too because had it been otherwise I might not have ever wanted to go home!!
Can't wait to do it again!