Friday, August 22, 2014

california trip - grandma's house

we've been on a california vacation this past week. we rented a car, packed up our bags, threw in four boxes of fruit snacks (duh), and drove down the 15 freeway for hours and hours arriving in my little hometown late sunday night ONLY to pack up again the next day and go up north to visit grandma betty. woooh! but, the extra car time was worth it because grandma is kinda incredible and being around her is such a feel-good lovefest. I mean, the woman exudes happiness, goodness and has an angelic way about her. grandpa passed away a few years ago, and ever since his passing her days consist of visiting his grave in the local cemetery, walking for miles and miles along the beach, and reading the scriptures. she is, as she said on the phone to me a few weeks ago, "living the rest of my life to truly become as good and perfect as I can to prepare to meet God." this visit also marked the first time that phil and I have seen her since we stopped by during our honeymoon trip and the first time for her to meet simon as well as his two new cousins, lorelai and arla. when it was his turn on her lap, simon was not super gentle with grandma's frailness (grabbing at her delicate skin and "patting" her face), but she loved on him nonetheless and he smiled his cheeks out while she held him.  

^^ I had to do a bit of supervision.

 ^^ simon the breakdancer showing off his moves. what, what!

^^ the whole cummins crew with grandma
^^ after a few sweet hours with grandma, we all went to eat at our favorite local restaurant and then headed to the nearby park and beach. we played frisbee and also spied a group of humpback whales spouting and surfacing while we sat on the beach.

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