Friday, June 26, 2015

Grad Days and Morro Bay

Can we ignore that I haven't posted in months and pickup where I left off?
Good :)
Teckie and I returned Wednesday from Morro Bay. The quaint beach community is  located on California's central coast and known for it's 23 million-year-old volcanic plug (huge rock) that is parked on the beach. Our lazy getaway felt like a reward for keeping up my energy and adrenaline the first two weeks of June.
Extra spunk was necessary, as there was alot "shaking down" at our house.

 Daniel graduated on June 2nd, and we hosted a family dinner and after the graduation, had his class of 33 students over for a party. 
Dinner before graduation, Daniel requested my enchiladas, OLE!
 The highlight was "decorating" the principal's house with toilet paper at midnight. What an awesome class he was part of!
In this big transition, he has left "the bubble" of a small private Christian school that he's been floating through since pre-school. As sad as it was to see his class sprout in all different directions, I know he is ready for his next big step at Newbury Park High School.
 Very exciting stuff.
Check out the dollar bill lei I learned how to make. It was a very time consuming craft,
folding money back and forth like an accordion and sewing all pieces together,
 but Daniel LOVED it!
But wait.
 Morro Bay... I veered off course on how we landed at the old massive rock. 

 Soooo, Daniel graduated on a Tuesday and the following Monday my mother-in-law (MIL), sister-in-law (SIL) and brother-in-law (BIL) arrived from Arizona for Lucas's graduation.
 It was wonderful having them with us for the week and they were troopers to attend the Westlake High School graduation in intense afternoon heat. It was a well done ceremony and worth every drip of sweat down my back and under-wire bra.  
Grandma Fish and Overboard
That was on Thursday and on Saturday we hosted a celebration with friends and family to acknowledge his accomplishment. Lucas was miffed on what a "big deal" we all  made of high school graduation.
 I explained that almost half of California kids don't graduate from high school. I pointed out he worked hard, that he never gave up, screwed up, became a father or went to rehab. He kept on the straight and narrow (from what I know) and is a GREAT kid who excelled in high school and we are so proud of him. 
After that explanation he understood why all the hoopala around him. It's a huge (think bigger than the Morro Bay rock!) step toward his independence and bright future. We gave him his grad gift early and he loved his new banjo. He is still in the "making music scene" and wants to incorporate the banjo. It is such a cool-pickin-hee-haw sound!
So, on Saturday, the grad party we anticipated for months arrived. It  can only be described as a spectacular night. My SIL, who is an excellent cook, whipped up a ton of chicken enchiladas, made a vat of beans and a yummy Mexican salad for fifty hungry loved ones. She is amazing that way!
My SIL, Queen of the Kitchen :)
 I ordered carnitas, rice and salsa from our favorite Mexican place, Overboard assemble beautiful flower arrangements and led us in a game of Body Bingo ( I can explain what Body Bingo is in another post as you should know!). 
Our five Body Bingo Winners won a gift card to In and Out. That's where Lucas is working
and spends most of his time these days, so it seemed appropriate!
 The night was packed with joy, blessings and so many special people. My  MIL and SIL ran the kitchen during the party. They cleaned everything up and proved the point that "many hands make light work."  
We could not have handled all the details of  borrowed tables, chairs, linens, amazingly creative invitations by Uncle Lui (Visit to check out his work) without the help! 
Thank God that Families Are Forever
Then our Arizona peeps packed it up and headed back to the 105 degree desert heat. We sent them off with left over floral arrangements. It was an exhausting, joy-filled and emotional two weeks. I felt blessed, sad and glad it was over ... and THIS is what brings you, the reader, to Morro Bay.
Teckie and I escaped for a much needed reconnect-relax-rejuvenating retreat. We laughed a lot, listened to live music, ate too much yummy food, explored and I bought a bag of my favorite salt water taffy!
  Why yes, sugar remains a weak link for me. I wish it wasn't. 

 With two graduations in our dust, my summer calendar is now clear until work starts back up mid-August. The most anticipated parts of my Summer 2015 have passed and now it's time to hit the gym, sit on the beach and cart Daniel to water polo practice. Maybe I will tinker on the new banjo? Who knows? 

Truth be told, I haven't unicycled since I brought Blanche into fourth grade the week school ended. The kids LOVED it!  Blanche still fascinates adults and kids, as it is a unique bike that never ceases to bring out interest and big smiles. Afterward, the fourth graders had so many questions and most of the boys wanted to try riding it right there in the school parking lot! 
Um, no go!

In the big life picture I have struggled to keep centered and balanced whether on or off my single wheelie. There's ALOT going on in my head and heart these days. 
Sidenote: Growing up my parents told me "You think too much!"  and said I was "over-emotional"  so perhaps not much has changed.  I still think too much ... I believe that is called OCD?
 LOL :)

Baby Eva - I can't get enough of this one!
I would love to blog more as I definitely have the extra time, stories and topics to share. Plus, my collection of "things that make me laugh" has only grown the last few months!  Perhaps I will share it all here?
 I love that thought, but for now, I am writing from Hollywood  where I'm babysitting my beautiful precious niece. So, the story stops here.
Peace and keep the Balance!

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