Celebrating Karen's Six Oh...

Another reason for our SoCal trip was to help our friend, Karen, celebrate her 60th birthday.

So far, this is the most guests to tour the Camper at one time. Pictured (l to r): David, Nic, Tricia, Me, Christine, Mike and the birthday girl, Karen. What fun! 

Mike created the most delectable ribs and we dined on their amazing patio, with views that delighted.

Karen's sister, Christine, who we entertained in Tahoe last summer, flew in from Ohio for the occasion.

To me, nothing says 'birthday' quite like Sparklers... and being gathered with wonderful family and friends. Here's to wishes coming true.

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Joel & Célina: The Wedding...

We are in Temecula for our nephew's wedding and what a celebration!

We arrived at 3 PM for a pre-wedding ceremony reception. I brought this frame and I loved this family photo of Célina and her parents who are from Paris.
Note our new mobile 'home' behind our kids. Steve camped there for the night.
These are some of the groom's women: his mom, grandma and sister.

The setting was spectacular, with cool breezes and warm sunshine.

The cousins were very happy for Joel.
This is Steve and his six La Jolla first cousins. What a wonderful reason to gather together.

The reception provided a spectacular view of the Temecula Valley.

This is my favorite photo of Célina.
The first dance, and many of the other songs, were from the soundtrack to the movie, French Kiss. It was perfect.

The cake topper captured the essence of this sweet couple exactly.
The photographer had a Polaroid camera and the candids were wonderful souvenirs of the event.

We're all a little weird. And life is a little weird.
And when we find someone whose weirdness is compatible with ours,
we join up with them and fall into mutually satisfying weirdness
— and call it love — true love.
~Robert Fulghum

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Temecula Connections...

We moved to Temecula in 1993 and made some pretty great connections in the almost two decades we lived there. Today, we got together with a few of those great friends.

There was porch sitting and breeze shooting with Scott and Lynne. Lynne and I led a group of students to Japan together in 2004. Bill joined us years back and the Quirky Group 4 was formed and thrives today!
Ice tea sipping happened with Suzanne and Dean. Suzanne was my 29 year old's 6th grade teacher and I was her classroom volunteer. We have been friends ever since.
We met Carol and Mark due to my commitment with the Temecula Sister City Association and we all became friends. We have traveled together, making some pretty unforgettable memories. 

We have friends scattered about that we love traveling to see. We are so fortunate and grateful to each and everyone of them for all they add to our lives.
“Life is partly what we make it,
and partly what it is made by the friends we choose.”
– Tennessee Williams

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Oceanside: Sea, Sun & Friends...

Better than just going to the beach is having friends that live there (Eric & Brady are two such friends).

While we waited for them to finish work, we hung out at the seashore. It was an idyllic day.
Brady then introduced us to an amazing fruit, the White Sapote. Her neighbor gave her permission to pick them whenever she wanted and after eating some, we had to have our own to take home. I loved this description, "Like custard cups on a tree".
The fruit is native to Mexico, Central America and northern parts of South America. The trees ended up in California due to the Franciscan monks transplanting them from Central Mexico 200 years ago. What a surprising find.
Since Brady is leaving for a month in France, on Friday, we celebrated with wine from the Côtes du Rhône... Très bon!

When Eric returned home, after work, we headed to the Oceanside Harbor. It was a truly picturesque stroll.

Our dockside dining was perfect.
Loved this day!

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SoCal Visiting...

Beach, friends, food, fun... a perfect day in SoCal.

I spent the morning having lunch and thrift store shopping with Cindy, my dear friend since we were room moms together in 1999.
Steve then took me back to where 'we' began- Laguna Beach. We had our first date here. We were married here. We spent hours playing with our sons here. The memories are abundant and happy.

I loved this quote in one of the storefront windows, "Be a Pineapple. Stand tall, wear a crown, and be sweet inside."
Our last stop was in Irvine where we met up with Julie (a friend circa 1980). She has been a part of our lives since I was in college. What a sweet reconnect to end our awesome day.

“Sweet is the memory of distant friends!
Like the mellow rays of the departing sun,
it falls tenderly, yet sadly, on the heart.”
-Washington Irving

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