Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Week end get a way

Paul was talking with his sister Patty who lives in San Diego. She asked why we hadn't been out to visit this summer. He told her all the things that had been going on, and that would still be going on. We looked at our calendar and saw that we only had two birthday partys for the kids to atttend, so why not get a way for the week end.
We headed out on Thursday afternoon and got to Patty's by 10. On Friday we went to the beach with her whole family, plus Dave and Heidi, Steve and his family, Shannon, Dillan and Eden. The beach we went to was Ponto...Patty's fav. It's free and really close to her home.
We had a really nice spot on the sand...lots of toys for the kids to play and even more food. Tug of war, boogie boarding, surfin', kick ball, whiffle ball and some badmitten and volleyball were a few of the things we did while we were there for 6 hours. The weather was great and no one wanted to leave.
Once back at Patty's we had taco salad and hung out and visited. On Saturday we drove up to Paul's other sister's home (Cindy). She was having a big birthday party for all three of her children, their birthdays are just weeks apart. It was a warm day, but the kids had fun bouncing in the bounce house and eating all the cake and ice cream. It was great to see their kids and home. Most of all visit with them. We later went off to the beach to cool off.
Sunday was church and a very yummy lunch, then we drove off to home. It was a short and fun trip. Our friend Brennen Watts came with us and make the adventure even more rememberable.
Thanks Patty for calling.
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Monday, July 27, 2009

Up Date...

So Brittany really really really wants me to up date everyone on our blog about what has happened since the last post.
What hasn't happened?
Brittany had a birthday and turned 13! Whatever! another teenage in the house. (although we have really good ones). She had a family party and got some presents that I can't remember now. (but she could tell ya...)
Next thing I remember swimming lesson...cuz school was out for the summer.

Paul's parents are in England for their mission. They told all of their kids, (9 of them) that they were all invited to come over and visit them. Paul planned and saved without my knowing and surprise me with the tickets. His life long dream (one of them anyway) was to go to the biggest tennis tournament in the world...Wimbledon
We flew into England on Paul's birthday and were met by his parents at the airport in Mancheser with balloons and singing. Paul yelled at his dad as he was driving out of the airport, "Your on the wrong side of the road, DAD!" But a lass Paul's dad was doing it right.
We visited with them for THREE days and saw the most beautiful country side. Highlights: Caernarfon Castle, Conwy Castle, Liverpool, Albert's Dock, The Beatles Story, Ferry ride, Preston Temple and we can't forget the "Dingle", (ask Paul), cannal boats and the best buffet ever, hugs and kisses from parents serving the Lord.
Next stop we were in London. Paul woke up at 4 am, he was soooo excited about Wimbledon. We waited in the "Queue" (or as we call it, THE LINE), for 4 hours. From 9:30 am until 1:30pm. It was well worth it. Paul was like a kid in the candy store.

Tuesday: Out by 8 am. The Original Bus Tour (basically the whole city!), London Eye, City Cruises River Tour on "River Thames", Shakespear's Globe Theatre, Tate Moder Mus. "Les Miserables at the Queen's Theatre. Back to hotel by @ 11pm

Day 7, Wednesday: WIMBLEDON. Got ride to the "Championship Club", got a bag full of goodies and tickets to court 1. Played all day like tennis fans do...had strawberries-n-cream.

Day 8, Thursday: Tower of London, Piccadilly Circus, Shopping...hot day.

Day 9, Friday: Big Ben, House of Parliament, Westminster Abbey, Churchill Museum and Cabinet war rooms, St. James' Park (had lunch on the lawn) Buckingham Palace, walked to Victoria Stayton, British Museum, Had a Great dinner at the Spaghetti House over on Goodge St and Whitefield.

Day 10, Saturday: Kensington Palace, Sunken Garden, Piccadilly, Lillywhites sports store, Leicester Square, Trafalger Square, National Gallary, Walked and Walked and Walked.

Sunday last day. Pack and go home. Oh yeah....take an airplane ride home and eat their small amount of food...We had some great laughs.

We had the best time ever. Our kids did great without us as my mom watched them. Thanks mom. With out you we couldn't have made these memories. I love ya.