Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Chloeefornia dreamin........

Holy Hannah!  This will be a long post and I'll warn you RIGHT NOW - there are a lot of pictures.  Usually, I break our SoCal trips down into days, but not this time so really, you can just move on if ya want.  I don't think anyone really reads blogs anymore anyway and it's essentially my journal so.....whatev's, don't say you haven't been warned.

August!  Our annual trip to the beautiful Camp Pendleton and Oceanside.  Time with the kids, Chloee and sunshine!

Friday night was Splenda Daddy's and mine 29th wedding anniversary so some celebration at BJ's took place

While my steak looked good, they couldn't seem to get it cooked well enough for me, so most of it went home in a box to be nuked for someone else later.   There is no denying their desserts are stellar though!

Saturday was special.  A run in the morning, and some relaxing, but then we drove south and east to meet up with a special couple of friends for a special baptism!
Me, Monique and our other special friend who is a little shy about his picture being taken.  But that's his ice cream cone  - so....there's that.

We were introduced to an excellent new restaurant

Chloee and the girls hit it off right away and had fun all evening.  Chlo and I even took another trip back during the week for a visit and some playing.

seriously, could that spider be any more disgusting?  She lives (or rather lived - she has now passed on) right on the front porch of M's house.   ICK!

The girls are so cute and so fun!  And congrats to Jaycee and her Daddy on their big day!  Thanks for inviting us to be a part of it the special day, we were honored to be there!

Monday was the day that Splenda Daddy surprised Chloee and took us all to Disney's California Venture!  WOOT WOOT!

Fun having the family name at Pixar!

Corb looks like he's just posing nicely for the pic

What a screamin fun day!  Loved, loved, loved it!  Sure, the lines were long and weren't early enough to get any fast passes, but it was so fun to just be there together and have so much fun!  Thank you Spenda Daddy!!

Tuesday was Chloee's first day of 1st Grade.  Holy SMOKES!  Where has the time gone?

She settled right in at her desk and began reading books.  There were other children not so brave.  Some tears and clinging of parents legs, but not Miss Chlo.  She was ready to go!

With some free time, we got a lot of running in

The views are stellar

Not pictured is my great trail run with Corbin on base by the armory.  Rattlesnake Canyon.  Yes, we could hear them.  Yes, it was HOT.  Yes, it was hard.  And most certainly YES - it was fantastic!!

In between all this there was swimming

Some eating at our new favorite restaurant in Oceanside - Swami's.  Holy Smokes so good!

Lot's of playing with Poppa and teasing of Mimi

And the boys got some golfing in

damn, I love these men!

It was such a wonderful week!  Kickin back, playing with my best friend, great talks with the kids and having Splenda 24/7.  Perfect way for us to celebrate our 29th anniversary.  With those we love!

Considering this is likely our last visit there, I was honestly trying to soak up as much as I possibly can.  I've made no secret of my love for the USMC and Camp Pendleton in particular.  

But as it goes in life.....good things will come to end.  And often better things are in the future.


Sue said...

Loved all the pictures. One of my favs was the one you are painting toe nails.

You look happy and it is obvious why? YOU do have a great family:)

BlueAmy623 said...

Awesome family, M-Cat!!! WOW!!! Could have lived a longer life w/o the SPIDER photo though.

BlueAmy623 said...

Awesome family, M-Cat!!! WOW!!! Could have lived a longer life w/o the SPIDER photo though.

Pedaling said...

military life can be really glad you get to be a part of it! looks like the best visit ever!

CountessLaurie said...

I'm still reading... I love the picture that says "Nature's Own Fixer Elixir" and is pointing to you head. That right there says it all.

Chloee looks so healthy and happy. It fills my heart with joy.


" Hit It......." said...

So glad you got to go and spend time with everyone. Did Corb get transferred? I have to say, they look so cute and this is the family you always wanted for him. I can't believe how grown up Chloe' is.

Love you. Hugs!

karen said...

What a great trip! It's always a good time when we get to see our little ones, isn't it? Chloee is only 1 year younger than our two oldest grands. Great day at the Big D and I also loved the toenail painting picture. Chloee must love it when you come!

DesertHen said...

Great post! Chloe has sure grown up! Loved all the pics! The spider pic made me pull my feet up off the floor! Yikes!

Welcome to the Garden of Egan said...

It looks like you had such a great time! Def the best way to spend celebrations!

Chloe is darling!!! She's all legs. When did she get so big?

Love all the photos. You deserve the good times girl.

tammy said...

Want you to know I read every word and looked at every picture. I cannot believe how big Chloee is getting. Holy smokes. Glad you could spend the time there before it's over.

Kristin Klein said...

ahhh . . . looks like fun, such wonderful memories!