In mid-July I took a mini vacation to southern California to visit my daughter and attend a baby shower she was throwing for my granddaughter who is expecting later in August her first child, my first great grandchild.
While the vacation was not as relaxing and fun as I would have liked, I did have a good time. I flew in on Thursday, July 12th. On Friday my daughter had to go down the mountain to Palm Desert to pick up last minute items she needed for the baby shower which was to be on Saturday. When we arrived in Palm Desert it was something like 115 degrees and stepping out of the car felt like stepping in an oven. Not pleasant at all. Anyway, we spent much of the day shopping as well as in the car traveling approximately an hour each way. When we got back home the last minute things began happening for the shower. While it was somewhat cooler at her house, it was still approximately 105 degrees outside and 80 degrees inside with no air conditioning available. Ugh!!!
The shower preparations continued into the evening. The only thing I had had to eat was an all fruit smoothie. By the time they were talking about dinner, which was at least 10 p.m., my stomach was not feeling at all well so I ended up going to bed without eating.
Saturday morning when I got up I made sure I ate something right away so a repeat did not happen. The party was to start about 2 p.m. and it was still quite warm both inside and outside. The party was planned to be indoors, but it ended up being more pleasant outdoors. The baby shower was different, but still fun. The baby’s father’s family is a little odd. It seems whenever they get together it ends up being an all-day affair, so they were still hanging around until almost midnight. It blew me away that they would think it was okay to do that at someone else’s place, especially since they barely knew my daughter and her family.
To show you how obsessive my daughter is when it comes to throwing a party, here are some pictures of her food and decorations throughout the entire house:
This is one of about five places these onesies were hung throughout the house
The dessert table with about 6 different choices
The food counter with about 6 or more choices
Then there were the games
The line up to play diaper pong
My grandson made a slip n slide for the kids
The usual games of guessing how many jelly beans were in the baby bottle and three other games
This is my granddaughter just before the guests arrived
Katlyn opening my gift to her
Brandon opening one of the gifts which was so creatively presented as
On Sunday, my son-in-law’s brother, Mark, and his wife, Kyiomi, and son, Mark arrived. They had been living in Indonesia for the past three years and were in the process of moving back to the states, Hawaii. They were on their way to Washington, D.C. where he will be working for the next few months before eventually arriving back at their home in Hawaii. I wasn’t sure how all this would work out as over the years I had heard things about Kyiomi, but I ended up liking them all quite a lot. We all got along well. They ended up staying until the day I was flying back home.
On Monday all of us ended up going to Palm Desert again. I was going to a doctor’s appointment with my granddaughter. After the appointment we all met up for lunch. Unfortunately Mark’s family brought their 2 dogs so we had to eat outdoors and it was hot and miserable but we still had a good time.
On Tuesday my son-in-law went back to work, Mark’s family went visiting friends in San Diego. My grandson’s girlfriend flew in from Chicago. My granddaughter and her boyfriend both had to work. My daughter and I were stuck at home.
My daughter, grandson and granddaughter were sharing one car and everyone was always going in a different direction so we never really got a chance to get out and doing something fun. It seems that always happens to me for some reason. Dinner every night ended up being about 11 p.m. and then going to bed which is definitely not my life normally.
One day my granddaughter, her boyfriend, my grandson, my daughter and I went to the lake where my granddaughter, her boyfriend, and my grandson work.
Here are some pictures of the water park at the resort:
Katlyn in the water; my daughter has her back to us
One night we all took a walk with the dogs which was fun, but tiring. Every time I go for a visit I forget how it is until I arrive and then I wonder why I am there. I did have a nice visit, but was not what I was hoping for.