28 DAYS OF FEBRUARY 2013 – DAY TWENTY EIGHT

Today is the final day of my 28 Days of February 2013 post.  The time seemed to fly by this month (maybe because it’s a short month?:))  I am hoping to make this blog a series of mini-blogs throughout the year.  It feels good to challenge myself, to photograph for pleasure again rather than just on weekends for work.  Walker’s being involved in T-ball will definately put me back on the fun track again.

Speaking of which – Walker and Andrew had their T-ball practice today at Bubbling Springs Park in Port Hueneme as the field at the Navy Base was unavailable tonight.  It was a really nice park with a variety of T-ball and soccer practices going on.  The boys had a blast at practice, but I think it was probably more fun for the parents to watch.  There were a few more additions to the team this week with a total of about 11 boys and 1 cute little girl named Haley.  It is a total crack-up watching the coach toss softballs to the kids and the scared looks on their faces as the balls came towards them.  I did manage to capture a funny shot of Walker as he dove for one of the balls.  I can’t wait to see these kids at their opening game on March 16th.  Those photographs should definately be blog-worthy!

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28 DAYS OF FEBRUARY 2013 – DAY TWENTY SEVEN

It has taken me a couple of days to get this post up since my Photoshop keeps crashing.  Gotta love computers! So it looks like I will be posting today’s photograph without my logo until I get my Photoshop program happy again!  The photograph for today was taken at the office.  These were the beautiful tulips April brought me Monday for my birthday.  Thank you April!

Bob texted me in the morning to invite Walker and I to dinner.  Tri-tip on the menu for tonight!  Yummy.  I couldn’t wait to get off of work – for more reasons than dinner. 🙂  By the time I got off work, picked up Walker and walked to Bob and Sally’s house, Charlie was already there waiting for us.  We sat in the backyard enjoying the sun and a glass of wine; it had been a beautiful Southern California day.  The weather is supposed to warm up the rest of the week.  We should be looking at the 70’s, maybe 80’s by the weekend.  It will be perfect weather for dirt track racing on Saturday.

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28 DAYS OF FEBRUARY 2013 – DAY TWENTY SIX

Walker and I said our good-bye’s to Grandma Pam as she was driving back to Arizona this morning.  We will sure miss her.  Kelly drove with us to Lori’s house, dropped me off at work, then took the car to run errands.  Not only did he return the car to me before 4:00 p.m. with an extra $20.00 in gas, he had it washed too.  I can see out the windows now!  Thanks Kelly!

When we came home this evening, we went next door to Andrew’s house so Walker and Andrew could play together for a while before dinner.  Kim, Jeff and I talked about the upcoming T-ball schedule, Saturday’s field day and the dirt races coming up on Saturday night.  Since Dave, Walker and I will likely be going to the races Saturday night, I invited them along.  They had never been there before so this will be a perfect opportunity to check it out.   I’m sure we will all have a great time!

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28 DAYS OF FEBRUARY 2013 – DAY TWENTY FIVE

Happy Birthday Dee and Janet!

It was tough crawling out of bed this morning and heading into work knowing that I am leaving Grandma Pam behind at the house today.  She doesn’t head back to Arizona until tomorrow.  So, hopefully I can get in and out of work early enough to spend some more time with her.  As it turned out, there wasn’t a ton of work waiting for me so I was able to leave at noon today.

I picked up Walker at Lori’s then headed home.  I was able to get Walker down for a nap which allowed Pam and I to play Sequence for about an hour and a half before Walker woke up.  We met up with Dee and Katelen at Dominick’s to celebrate both mine and Dee’s birthday.  Pam and I did really well at dinner – we split a meal, had soup and salad, one slice of bread, coffee and iced tea.  We were both still exhausted from our trip so we got home, gave Walker a bath and chilled until about 9:00 p.m.  Kelly was at the house when we came home from dinner.  He too was tired so it was an early night for all of us.

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28 DAYS OF FEBRUARY 2013 – DAY TWENTY FOUR

We woke up early this morning and headed back home.  On the way home, we stopped at the Apple Farm for breakfast.  My goal was to make it home before the green flag dropped at the Daytona 500, but that didn’t happen.  However, we did make it home just about halfway through the race and in plenty of time to see my boy, Jimmie Johnson, win the race!  Woo Hoo!  Happy Birthday to me!

Dave made wonderful food for my birthday including poppers, pork and lots of other munchies.  Savannah baked me a yummy cake which ended up being almost completely devoured before everyone left for the evening.  Thank you everyone for the birthday wishes and your presence at our little get-together tonight.  I am blessed to have you in my life!

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28 DAYS OF FEBRUARY 2013 – DAY TWENTY THREE

It was crisp and cool in Monterey when we left the Navy Lodge this morning around 9:00 a.m.  We stopped to get gas, then took Highway 1 to the Pebble Beach/Pacific Grove exit.  Our destination – 17 Mile Drive.  It turned out to be absolutely beautiful weather for our trip – a little chilly, very windy at times, but clear blue skies set among a crisp, blue ocean.

We spent the day on 17 Mile Drive stopping taking pictures and putting a little bit of Dad here and there.  Dad came with us on one of the fairways of Poppy Hill Golf Course, visited the Lone Cypress by a memorial rock, then joined us at Pebble Beach Golf Course on the 1st and the 18th holes.  His last resting place was on the beach just below Pebble Beach Golf Course as the waves came to wash him out to sea.   The girls then headed to The Bench overlooking the 18th hole, having lunch and celebrating our goal of putting Dad on Pebble Beach.  It was a wonderful day!

We headed back to the hotel just before 3:00 p.m. exhausted and windblown.  Sally, Elizabeth and I took short naps while Pam played games on my Kindle Fire.  We stayed in the room the rest of the evening sharing wine and ordering Chinese food for dinner.  We were too tired to go out to dinner and after the cost of lunch at The Bench, we wanted dinner budget-style.  Our plan is to head out early in the morning to make it home in time for the Daytona 500.  Although we likely won’t get there when the green flag drops, hopefully we will make it home to see any good crashes and before the end of the race.

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28 DAYS OF FEBRUARY 2013 – DAY TWENTY TWO

The girls and I headed out about 8:30 p.m. for our trip to Monterey.  We stopped in Summerland to have breakfast at the Summerland Beach Cafe.  Luckily, we all split omelets because the breakfasts were HUGE and delicious.

We got back onto the road around 10:00 a.m. and arrived at the Navy Lodge in Monterey just before 2:00 p.m.  The area is just beautiful and as it turns out, only a few minutes drive to Fisherman’s Wharf.  We dropped off luggage, grabbed our cameras and headed into town.  The Navy Lodge provided us with free appetizer coupons for Old Fisherman’s Grotto, informing us that they had the best sourdough bowl clam chowder around.  Of course, that’s where we ended up for lunch and they were right.  The bread, the bowls, the chowder – everything was awesome, including the drinks Pam and I ordered that arrived “flaming”.  What an experience!

Afterwards, we walked around the wharf, then went to Wine From The Heart for some wine tasting.  The wines were okay, but I did find a bottle of wine that was from “Pierce” wineries so of course, since we came up for here for Dad, I had to buy the bottle if only for its namesake.  We are going to bring the bottle along with us tomorrow for our trip down 17 Mile Drive.  Not sure that we will open it, but it may end up in a photograph or two.

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