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July 7, 2008

Boo-ya! back in the hizouse.

Filed under: family, flashback friday, me — Jana @ 2:42 pm

We are back from Utah/ northern California. It was a fun trip, but these things are just so exhausting. It’s hard living so far away from family because you have to make these long trips out to see them, yet the time goes too quickly and you can never seem to spend enough time with anyone. Yet with a toddler it is really hard to be on the road that long. It was 11 hours to Utah, 11 hours to Northern California, and 7 hours home. Dude that is a lot of time to spend in a car for anyone, let alone a 2 year old. She was a trooper though. And even though she did throw and unusually high amount of fits on this trip, she is an awesome kid.

We went to Utah to go to my grandparent’s 50th wedding anniversary. Which was cool because we got to hear stories about them and see old photos from their whole lives. It was really interesting.

My Grandma said she picked out my Grandpa’s picture from a year book and said “I am going to marry him”. She then found him at college and strutted around in front of him until he asked her out. It obviously worked… They are still together 50 years later.

I like how in this next picture my grandpa is all stylin’ in his abercromie style clothes… Before abercrombie even existed. That is legit vintage!

Here they are now…

My grandparent’s farm is a really fun place to go to because my grandma has a really young heart, so she always does things that she thinks the grandkids will have fun doing. Like she has a million bikes, skateboards, scooters, and such for us to play with. She also seems to think kids like to play with wheelchairs, so she buys every one she sees at any second hand stores. Now she has quite the collection of them, and the cousins love to ride around on them all the time. Funny story: This woman in my grandma’s ward drove past her house one day and saw all the kids playing on the wheel chairs. The following sunday she walked up to my grandma and said ” I am so sorry Grace!” and when my grandma asked “Why?” She responded “I had no idea you had so many handicapped grandchildren.” I thought that was pretty funny.

Doesn’t Carmen just look thrilled?

The kids also had a water balloon fight, and Carmen thought the whole point was to throw her water balloons at the grass, then she would laugh and laugh… She thought that was the best.

I thought I would throw in this sleeping picture, just because it is so sweet.

Then we took off to northern california to visit my dad for the 4th of July. We snuck up on top of a parking garage where they were having a private event and watched the fireworks, which was awesome.

While we were there, we went to the Berkeley flea market and telegraph ave. Both of which were awesome places to go back when I was single and lived my life with reckless abandon. But now that I have a 2 year old that tags along with us everywhere… It kind of takes the magic out of these places. There are just too many crazies around to feel safe. We ate at fat slice and what I once thought was an awesome pizza place, is now a rat hole that I would never take my kid to ever again.

We even had a homeless guy yell at Lee ” Hey, give me that baby!” We quickly booked it the frick out of there, and realized that we would never go back until we didn’t have little kids with us anymore. It was kind of a let down, because I didn’t even find anything cool at the flea market.

Then we took Carmen to San Francisco, to show her the city. It was really fun. We ate some awesome clam chowder in sourdough bowls, then we took her to see the spot where Lee proposed to me (pictured below). It was overlooking the whole city and the golden gate bridge… It was awesome to catch it on another clear day.

I though this picture was so cute of Carmen squeezing the life out of Lee’s face.

It was a good trip, but it is super nice to be home and sleeping in our own beds again.



  1. Your grandparents are so cute!! That picture of you and Carmen is so adorable. Cam has that same shirt. “hey give me that baby” – man that’s some funny stuff!

    Comment by linds — July 7, 2008 @ 2:56 pm

  2. I love all of the pictures and the great post. It is so awesome to see people married for 50 years – that is like the impossible these days. They are such a cute couple. Carmie looks like she had a lot of fun, but it is hard with a 2 year-old to take long trips. I am sure she likes being back home in her more constant world.

    Comment by Misty — July 7, 2008 @ 3:41 pm

  3. Those last 2 pictures are adorable. Great proposal spot. And yeah, now I know why you are hot – your grandparents were hot too! The Abercrombie picture seriously looks just like an ad! And collecting wheelchairs for grandkids to play with? That is one of the coolest most random grandma things I’ve ever heard. I hope I remember to do something equally awesome.

    Comment by Tami — July 7, 2008 @ 6:40 pm

  4. That spot where Lee proposed is AMAZING! I would love to go there sometime! Supre creepy about that homeless guy….things really were different when we were single huh?! Everything looks different when you’re picturing it through your two -year- old’s eyes!

    Comment by Krystal — July 7, 2008 @ 7:51 pm

  5. my gosh, you have been all over the place!!

    what i can’t figure out is why you didn’t hand over little carmen to the homeless man…..

    he asked semi-nicely.

    glad you are back in biz!

    Comment by mindi — July 7, 2008 @ 8:55 pm

  6. I am so glad you’re back and that you decided NOT to hand Carmen over to that homeless guy! For some reason, my comp won’t load your pictures so I will reserve my picture comment until I can try for longer to load them.

    Comment by Eve — July 8, 2008 @ 12:17 am

  7. Okay, I need you to do the memory post. I have so many good ones and I was waiting patiently (until now) for you to do it. Memory request please!

    Comment by Misty — July 8, 2008 @ 6:32 am

  8. I love the stories about the wheelchairs! They look really fun! My mom and dad just got back from San Fran and said it was awesome! I wanna go so bad now! What a fun trip. Glad you’re home safe! :)

    Comment by Holly — July 8, 2008 @ 9:58 am

  9. Carmen rocks your hat just as well as you do, which is saying A LOT. Hotties!

    Comment by Eve — July 8, 2008 @ 6:40 pm

  10. Sounds like you had a great trip. Wish we could have hooked up with ya. Next time. I swear Carmen is changing before our eyes. She is looking so grown up, especially in the pic with you were Lee proposed. I love the pic’s of your Grandparents too. There’s something about old photos that are so AMAZING.

    Comment by Gwenny — July 9, 2008 @ 8:05 pm

  11. I love that my Eve reminds you of Carmen. She is so crazy beautiful! Your grandparents seem awesome! That’s such a cool story about how they met. Go Grandma!

    Comment by Melinda — July 10, 2008 @ 8:37 am

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