Where have I been and what have I been doing? Aside from working (and concerting and high school reunioning), I have been getting ready for the much anticpated arrival and weeklong visit with two of my children (A & T) and my grandaughter, Grace.

T flies in Friday night and A and Grace will fly in the next morning. T is staying until the following Saturday the 29th and A and Grace are here until Sunday the 30th. Everyone is so excited. The excitement level around here is way up...Bruce and I are like kids on Christmas Eve!

The four siblings will be together hanging out, going places and doing things...we have lots planned. The other two siblings, C and M are taking time off during the week too. We're having a big family BBQ; trips to the Zoo and Sea World and of course, the Beach!! Our weather has been so absolutely perfect. Mild temps. It will be about 80 degrees at our house when they arrive. Our days have been warm and breezy and our nights cool. Perfect. Warm enough for the pool and cool enough for the firepit in the evening. Tiki torches on the patio. Grill fired up. Lots of good family time together.

The kiddos are going to split the week between our house and their grandparents--Nana and Papadaddy. We will have T with us the first part of the week and A and Grace the latter part of the week. But there will be a ton of overlap all week long!

Besides all that planning, Bruce and I went to see Toby Keith/Trace Atkins in concert last week...what a great concert those two artists put on!!! (I was hoarse for two days from screaming and singing). We met some friends early to tailgate beforehand and then tailgated afterwards while the parking lot thinned out. Again, we were blessed with perfect weather for an outdoor concert!

Saturday night was my 35th High School Reunion...and it was held downtown at Taste & Thirst on Fourth in the Gaslamp--a casual affair of drinks and appetizers, mingling, hugging, laughing and sharing memories. There were so many there that I knew! The best part, I reconnected with my high school best friend and we are going to be getting together a lot more now. She does not live that far away (Los Angeles) and comes down to San Diego every 6 weeks.

It's been such a great summer and it's about to get better...I can't wait to have my sweet kids and grand-daughter home for a visit and spoil them all.



Looking back at a few photos that captured previous recent summers...

There was the summer of the puppy. (who is now going on 4 years old)

And the summer trip to Tennessee--camping at the lake and up to Kentucky.

Last summer's anniversary brunch at La Valencia hotel.

And this summer includes a week long visit coming up with Gracie. This is a pic from the 4th of July.

I hope to have some new pics to put up on the blog soon. This weekend we are going to have some good old fashioned down time and go out to practice our photographic skills in our beautiful and interesting city. Bye for now.



It's so hard for me to believe that it's already August....and three days into the month, no less!

For the past several weeks now, I have been busy gearing up for our annual summer party ...and for the past 24 hours, recovering from putting it on! Yesterday, I was so tired. I tried to take an afternoon nap, but only got about 20 minutes worth. Got almost 8 hours of shut-eye last night, but it was not enough.

I'm still catching up. Gimme a week. I'll be back to "normal".

Now that all the party tables have been taken down and stashed back in the garage, the patio back in order, the grill cleaned and we have stashed the leftover food, sodas and waters and a few bottles of wine in our garage refridgerator, I can turn to planning for another wonderful event!

In 18 days, my youngest child/son, T will be flying out for a week with us! He is taking leave time from the Navy for a vacation.

Wait, there is more!

The very next morning, A and Gracie will fly in for a week as well! I am so excited to have them all out to visit !!!! It is going to be such a fun week with the four siblings all together again!