Sunday, April 25, 2010

Trip To California

Recently, my Mom, Chelsey, and I spent a long weekend in California for my niece's wedding. The wedding was in Berkeley, we stayed in Oakland, and we visited San Francisco.
The last time I was in CA (Monterey for 6 months), was a little over 20 years ago! I don't think I appreciated the beauty of it then.
We arrived in SF late Friday afternoon. The first adventure was finding the car rental place at the airport...I wasn't expecting it to be so far away!
Next came the driving. The van was in my name, so I was the only driver. And what was one of the first things I had to do?? Cross a very long bridge! I've never been a fan of going over bridges, but I do much better when I'm the driver. And after going over a few very long bridges several times, I kind of like them now! I was actually sort of fascinated by them. Yeah, sounds kind of corny, but let's remember, I've lived in the middle of the corn fields for 18 years now!
After a quick stop at the hotel, Chelsey and I went to Sarah, Zachary, and Quinn's
house...which was only minutes from our hotel! And to top that off, we were met there by Vicki, Joel, and Holly!
Unfortunately, due to how long it took to make our way out of the airport, the visit was kind of late, so the kids were a bit more than the other. ;-)
But wow, how awesome it was to meet them! I started this blog because my daughter had one...that was it. I had never thought I would get the opportunity to meet some incredible people who happen to have a flaw in a gene in common with our family.
Anyway, the visit was great, yummy pizza and wonderful people to visit with! It was a long day, with the Dramamine making it a little longer for me (even the less drowsy version knocks me out a bit).

On Saturday, we hung out with my brother (father of the bride), saw some sites, and just enjoyed being there.
That evening was the beautiful. The reception was unlike no other I've seen; I loved the change.
Sunday was more sight seeing, SF and Berkeley. The weather was a bit uncooperative (rainy and chilly), but it was still a good time.

Of course, how could we go to SF without seeing the Golden Gate Bridge!?

This bridge is so long! And there were cars above us; that's a bit freaky for one who has a little fear of bridges....

Yeah, we don't have hills like that in Indiana...didn't take much to entertain me.

My brother and Chelsey

Great time, would love to go back!


Holly's Mom said...

It was so amazing to meet you and Chelsey, I remember that your blog was one of the first that I found, If I recall correctly I was still pregnant or just had Holly and I was so amazed to hear about Chelsey being another full mutation girl, all grown up and doing so well, and of course entertained by all the wonderful evan adventures. I love how in such a big wide world, sometimes things can be close and small and we can feel connected to a wonderful community!

fragilemom said...

What a beautiful rainbow pic! Glad you had such a good time. I wish we could go back to really enjoy it. Last time we went was for a child study and it was NO FUN! Now I can't get Jim in a plane with the kids again. Probably a good idea not to actually. Getting through the airports were almost worse than the flights.

I'm so jealous you got to meet up with the other bloggers! I hope one day to be able to meet some of you guys myself.

Sarah said...

It was wonderful to meet you and Chelsea. Thanks for making the time to stop by. I wish we all lived closer so we could get together IRL anytime.

Betsy said...

that looks like such a beautful place...I'm glad you got to get away and have some fun! :)