Friday, June 15th we had a beautiful service for Grandma Jean as we honored and celebrated her life. She lived an AMAZING 95 years and deeply impacted every single person in our family. What a legacy she leaves in our hearts. The day was clear and tranquil.
We met at Green Hills Cemetery at 10:30am and spent some time hanging out with my cousins (not pictured) and all our kids (aka the next generation) - the great-grandkiddos.
Service was held at the beautiful chapel and it slowly filled up with people who came to honor Grandma Jean's life.
I love this shot of the pallbearers, as they watched the slideshow and smiled at pictures of Gma and Gpa and the family.
One highlight was seeing Monette and Hiroko who both lived at my parents house for the past 1.5 year as they daily took care of my Grandma. We all miss the caretakers SO much. I will forever cherish the days when they were in my parent's home, filling it with their presence, their laughter, convos and cooking! What I wouldn't give for one more day at my Mom's house with Gma ad Monette.
Monette shared a song "I Can Only Imagine" and it brought me to tears. It was a very special moment.
All the kids behaved very well during the hour service (even the baby!) and right after, I had them sit outside for snacks and they devoured a bag of maui onion chips in .02 seconds.
After the service was over, we drove to the burial site to spend a few more minutes with the family.
A family friend came up to me that day and mentioned that it brought her joy to see and hear the little kids at both the service and the burial. That made me feel better, since we had to keep reminding them to stop running around. She said that it reminded her of new life, even on a day that we are reminded of death.
One of my favorite pictures of the day - my Dad and his older brother, Uncle Glenn.
We had to be sure to get a sibling photo (missing my sister Amie).
Just after the burial time, we went to Uncle Glenn's house and had a beautiful lunch. Look at the cheese platter. The food and desserts were catered by Giulianos.
That night, after a loooong day, we still had The Bridge! Ant shared on part two of his recent series called Grown Up. The message he shared was on overcoming temptation, and looking to God for strentgh.
We sang Happy Birthday to Ant to end the night, and the Bostons brought oreo cake and carrot cake, his two favorite flavors. It was a great day!
Saturday, June 16th was Ant's 32nd birthday! We hit the road at 8am for the 6 hour drive up to Monterey for a weekend getaway. We joined up with his bro and parents in the early afternoon. The girls did great on the drive, each napping for a bit, and all at the same time - what more could I ask for?!
We made a quick stop before we got to our hotel, to pickup 4 FREE tickets from my friend Claudia. Her and I met 2 years ago on a flight to San Antonio. She sat by me and 1 year old Eden, and we became friends. She told me back then that if I ever went to Monterey, I should let her know. Well, I told her we were going up and she offered me tickets. She is so kind. And hey those tickets saved us $200 for aquarium admission.
The suites that we stayed in were legit. They were two-story townhouses right next door to each other!
Our first orders of business were acai bowls and swimming. It was mid 60's with a breeze, but the pool was heated nice and warm.
Our chubby mermaid (10 months old).
After an hour of swimming, we showered up and then headed to a nice dinner at an Italian restaurant nearby.
Party of 12!
The place was adorable and the pasta was fresh. I got gorgonzola and apple gnocchi and forgot to take a picture of it! It was creamy and delish. The frozen berry gelato dessert was the bomb dot com.
Sunday morning was Father's Day and we had a yummy free breakfast at the hotel.
Had to snap this pic of Mike and Ant and their Dad Allan.
Sunday was aquarium day. The kids were pumped and we got there right when it opened at 9:30am.
I'm glad I made sure to snag this group photo before the crowds came - it got pakced by 2pm.
Our six year old niece Isla led us around to see every exhibit.
There was a cool wave simulator machine and you could sit underneith a giant wall of waves.
My fav part was just outside the aquarium. The views were amazing and we saw an otter float by on its back.
Back inside we went - the kids were mesmorized by the giant fish, turtles and sharks. I was mesmorized by the cool artowrk banners!
Around noon, we opted to get lunch outside, for more fresh air. The Dad's chose a poke spot for lunch. It was flavorful, filling and light.
We got the kids spam musubi and they were very satisfied with that.
Literally 5 minutes after lunch, we were getting ice cream at Ghirardellis! Lola and Lolo treated us all to sundaes and ice cream waffle cones. The waffle cone was legit.
We strolled back over to the aquarium for 30 more minutes - specifically to see the penguins! After we saw two exhibits, we all opted to leave as the place was as crowded as Disneyland! WE had the great idea to head to a nearby park.
Only 2 miles away was Dennis the Menace park - a park my Dad took us when we were littlte.
The park is beautifully located and has a lake right next to it.
There were about 10 play structures for the kids, and although it was crowded, the groups of kids were spaced out enough to make it fun. It was also getting hot, but manageable, as we stayed at the park 1. 5 hours.
The park has a cool suspension bridge. Len ran across it with no fear!
We headed back to the hotel around 4pm to lounge a bit and build our appetites for dinner.
At 8pm, we walked to a cute Mexican place - it was still light out.
I had some yummy carne asada and also had a sleeping Eden on my lap. I guess the aquarium and park tired her out. By the end of dinner Ant had Tayah sleeping on him, too.
Good thing we packed our leftovers - Eden was up at 9pm, looking for her dinner.
We crashed out that night and slept at 10pm. I made the comment to Ant, "If I sleep now, I'll sleep 9 hours!" Tay slept in her pack n play from 9pm -7am every night. She's the best! (*see pic of sleeping layout below) Lenny slept with her cousins next door and Eden slept right between me and Ant with a big smile on her face, that she got to sleep in her parents bed. Ha!
Monday morning we had breakfast at the hotel again (waffles, bagels, etc) and then hit the road.
At noon, we stopped in SLO to eat the famous Firestone Grill (tri-tip). And then Lolo bought the girls new shoes at the Nike outlet. Thanks, Lolo/Lola!
With a few more stops, we made it home by 7:30pm. Thankfully it was still light out, so it didn't feel too late, but it was a long day. The girls were so over being in the van and so was I. But they did great and Tay napped 3x, Eden napped 2x and Lenny napped 1x. A successful road trip!