Monday, July 14, 2008

Grandma & Auntie V Come For a Visit Pt. 1

It has been nearly four years since our wedding, and I have had my sister, one brother, and my dad come out for a visit. Mom has always had foster kids, so she hasn't been able to come. Well, the Lord allowed some things to happen so that Mom could get a much needed break. I'm sure that it wasn't in the way we all would have chosen, but it was a break nonetheless. So Mom and my little sister (Auntie V, or Princess V...just for this blog) came out for a visit! We were so thrilled that they were able to come out finally. They flew in on a Saturday and flew out the following Thursday, and believe me, we packed our time together with TONS of things to see and do and places to visit.

We started their visit out by picking them up from the Oakland Airport, where their bags didn't arrive on the same plane on which they arrived. Fortunately, there was another plane that arrived right after theirs, that came from the same destination. We went to the house, dropped off the luggage, and then headed over to eat at Chevy's Mexican Restaurant with my mother- and father-in-law. Mom and Princess V had never had Chevy's before, but they sure did enjoy it! Mom had the same thing I had: Shrimp and Crab Enchiladas. Princess V had Beef Flautas from the kids' menu. Sir C had a HUGONDO burrito!!!! It was nice for my mom and The Archer's parents to be able to visit and get to know each other a little better.

We then went to their home and had dessert. Princess V got to jump on the trampoline in the backyard, while we tasted plums fresh off of the tree in the back. After we left there, we took them to see where The Archer went to high school (now in a VERY bad and scary part of town).

From there we went to the Berkeley Marina, so they could see their first glimpse of the ocean, off of the plane. It was kind of funny, because we were standing on this walking and biking path, and this cyclist came through. I had told the others to move over to the side, so that he could get through. As he rode through, he said, "This is a bike path. Other bikers might not be so friendly." Well, if that's friendly, then I can't imagine what unfriendly is! The other bikers that rode through, had no problem with where we were standing. We simply moved out of their way, just like we did for the other guy. Oh well. It's Berkeley, right?

We had to take them to the Golden Gate Bridge. That's pretty much mandatory if you're going to visit the Bay Area. It was a little chilly, a LOT windy, and pretty much as foggy as you could get. But as we were walking up the bridge, The Archer was praying that the fog would lift and the sun would poke out just for a bit, so they would be able to see the towers. Really, you couldn't even see the first tower because it was SOOOOO foggy!!! God definitely came through though! We got some sunshine, just for a short time. And check out the picture below where you can see the "stripe" in the sky. The fog was SO low that when you were at the base of the tower, and you looked up, you could see a stripe where the tower was blocking the fog, and the fog moved around it. I hope that makes sense. I think it will once you see the photo.

We also went to Pier 39 for just a short stop. There were no sea lions to see, so that was a bit of a disappointment. We did, however, make a stop at The Candy Baron to get some saltwater taffy. For me, that's a must, when you're at Pier 39.

More to come in the next post.

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