Tuesday, June 24, 2008

California Trip

We took a trip to California this past weekend for a party
to honor my Dad's cousin Mary and her husband John's 50th
wedding anniversary. Nearly two years ago when we were in
Nebraska for my Aunt Barbra's funeral, we met up with
cousin Margie French out there who we had a great time
meeting. She invited us to attend this party all this time later.
We have been planning for quite some time. My Dad was able
to see family and friends he hasn't seen in many, many years.
It was truly a wonderful time.
On Friday, Chris and I were looking for something to do during
the day so we asked my Uncle what would be good - he suggested
that we go to "Old Sacramento" and see the sights there. It was only
45 min away from Stockton. Having been only 12 when I left Calif I
didn't realize how close it was. As soon as I heard Sacramento - I
was excited as I realized I have brothers that have an office there.
We took off and decided to surprise them at their office. We drove
fairly easily to the address I had which turned out to be Evan's home
address. I called Donna on the phone and got the office address
and we headed out - now we are from Show Low Arizona where we
do not have alot of one way streets - all there was in Downtown Sacramento
was one way streets! After much anxiety we finally reached the building.
The girls were standing on the steps waiting for the guys to come out
and go to lunch. When I announced who I was, Julianna screamed and put
her arms around me and hugged me and made me feel very welcome!
Chris & I surprised Neil and Evan and they were kind enough to take us
out to lunch. As I had had a late breakfast I opted for a great "diet"
lunch of chocolate cake! Then back to the office for pictures and a tour.
The rest of the trip consisted of the family party for Mary & John at their
lovely home of 49 years, a quick trip through San Francisco including
lunch at Fisherman's wharf with Dad on the way to Antioch. A lovely
dinner party in Antioch at the home of my Mom's best friend, and finally
the official anniversary party. We met family and made new friends and
had a terrific time. Thanks to all of you who made our trip special!

Lunch with the group at a great restaurant