September 2, 2006

Greetings from Sunny California

Greetings from Sunny California!

Blogging is light because we are enjoying a family vacation in beautiful California! My younger brother is getting married to a wonderful woman. They truly are blessed to have found one another. It is the kind of wedding you really enjoy because you know how good they truly are for each other and how happy they will make each other.

We are staying in Costa Mesa and have spent time in Irvine, Laguna Beach, Huntington Beach, Mission Veijo and Rancho San Marguerite. It is amazingly beautiful here with the mountains and the oceans together. Serona is falling in love with California. That is until we got on the 405 and it took us over 30 minutes to travel 2 miles, literally!

It has been a very busy week filled with fun family activities and lots of running around and then relaxing. Our first day here was my mothers birthday and we all celebrated with a party at a restaurant. It is a rare occasion she has so many of us together for her birthday as we are scattered around the country. In fact this weekend is the first time in 2 and a half years that all my brothers and I have been together with my parents. The last time was when everyone flew out to Minnesota for my 30th birthday.

On Wednesday the guys went golfing, we hung out at my brothers home and then had the rehearsal on the boat (all three of the kids are in the wedding as flower girls and ring bearer). We went out to dinner at a Dave and Busters and the kids held up really well. It was a really nice time and their photographers even had a special slide show showing all sorts of pictures from baby pictures, family pictures to couple pictures and even some pictures from just a few hours earlier. They have a really neat photographer. Instead of just the wedding day they are doing a whole package that started with engagement photos and have followed through the whole process including the rehearsal, rehearsal dinner, pre wedding activities and the wedding itself. These guys are really good they find the really cute moments and capture them in beautiful ways.

Thursday was spent at the urgent care for Serona's eye (he got an infection but is fine now) and then at beautiful Laguna Beach. My brother and future SIL knew the best place to go. A more secluded area of the beach that was not crowded and had nice waves and beautiful beaches, even with a lifeguard. The kids had a great time. Poor Rhiannon in her cast could not really go swimming. But we wrapped it really well in this huge latex glove and duct tape and she was able to at least go in a little bit to her waist with her uncle and daddy. I love the beach so much, it means so much to me and I miss it. I love sharing it with my family!

That evening was spent with Serona's sister, her husband and our youngest newphew (who we met for the first time). They were also meeting Sirah for the first time (yes she is 3) and it was nice to visit for awhile. We plan to see them again several times this upcoming week.


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