Thursday, July 7, 2016

Fourth Of July 2016

Our town did their annual parade and concert in the park on the Saturday prior to the 4th of July.  It was different, but fun and festive, just the same.  Noah and his Dad were in in the parade, so we left early to secure a good spot along the curb on Main Street, to see them coming!  Noah spotted us walking across the street  from where they were set up in the staging area.  He was SO excited to be participating in his first parade!
He was looking sharp, decked in his Patriotic gear from head to toe! 
We were lucky that the weather was unseasonably cool on this day.  So sitting there for a few hours was not a problem.  Our granddaughters, Hannah and Claire, with their little friend Ryan, sitting along the curb with us, waiting for the parade to begin.
Those 10 gallon hats came in mighty handy to haul all of the candy that was thrown from the floats!!!
The National Anthem was sung, and the Pledge Of Allegiance was recited at the beginning of the procession.

Then away they went, one float after another, the Red, White and Blue, proudly waving!   Freshly washed and waxed fire engines.....
Red Tractors...
Men in uniform, scouts, city council, and Jazzercise groups, one after the other, marching and waving along Main Street.  Then came Noah's float, with his  Dad on motorcycle alongside.
My favorite, besides Noah's float, was this one from Jerome's Furniture Store.
I went to take a photo of Smokey The Bear, and instead, someone insisted on taking the photo of me with Smokey The Bear.
I took this photo of my Uncle Johnny's family, sitting just a few feet over from us.  Minus Uncle Johnny.  He was at home making waffles, I was told.
Our little town has sure grown in the 30 plus years that we have lived here.  The parade used to consist of a few local groups, and be done in an hour.  Now, it is quite a production!  Fun time! 
After the parade, we were invited to go next door for lunch and swimming.  So the day was full, despite it being a couple of days before the 4th of July. 
On Monday, the actual 4th, we all went down to Newport Beach, to spend the day on my brother's boat.  We had a wonderful day of swimming, paddle boarding, kayaking, boat rides, food, more food, laughter, and great family time!! 
My nephew and his wife, have a new baby girl, and they live in the Bay area, so having time to spend with them is such a treat! 
Our grands, along with everyone else, had an absolute ball on the paddle boards and kayaks, and dinghy!!

 Noah's Dad Mark, on kayak.
Drew and Christine.
My favorite subjects, Hannah, Claire, and Noah!

Noah's Karate Kid pose.
Miss Claire....looking ever so sweet, and having a wonderful time on the boat!
I took this from the fly bridge of the dock below.
This was taken while out on a boat ride. 
Our oldest daughter Gennifer and her Uncle Dave, my brother.
The beaches were lined with colorful umbrellas on the shoreline.  It was such a beautiful day down there, and so festive with all of the decorations!
It was a perfect day!  Thank you so much David and Glenda!!!
Til next time.....
Toodle Loo
XO  Kris

Thursday, June 23, 2016

He Thinks We're Just Fishin'

Well, summer hit with a bang here in Southern California where I live.  We had triple digits Friday through Tuesday!  On Saturday it was 106 or so, and on Sunday we about 110, and on Monday it was 114!!!!!!  Ghastly!!!!  We packed up a cooler and headed up the hill to the lake on Saturday morning, to escape the heat.  What a great decision!!!  Our grandson Noah, and his Daddy asked if they could join us to beat the awful heat too.  We said, come on up!  They stepped out of the car only moments after we arrived at the marina.  Noah loves to drive the boat with Geeps.  His latest obsession though, is the fish finder!  He is just fascinated with watching that thing, to see where the best place is, to wet his line!
On our way to the dam, he was doing a little front end boat surfing!  I got the cutest video of him on my phone.

As crowded as it was, we were lucky, and were able to clip onto a mooring at the dam.  We bobbed and fished, most of the day here. 
Usually in fishing, there is a lot of waiting.  I hoped for Noah to get lucky and catch a fish that day.  And it wasn't but a short while, before his pole went "bendo" as they say!
He reeled in a big one!  And to add to the excitement, all of the boats around us were watching and clapping, and cheering him on!  It was very fun to watch!!
But once the flopping fish was pulled on board, he didn't want to get anywhere near it!!  At least, he didn't want to hold it!!!

 Oh how I love the look on his face in the shot below!!!  Sheer joy, and fear of that fish slapping his arm again!!
Fishing makes you hungry, so Mark barbequed some hot dogs on the grill and we had a little lunch.
 Gramma always packs lots of goodies.  You can see I didn't forget the "vitamins" either!!

You have to take a little snooze after a big meal, and get ready for another round of fishing.
He was raring to go after a little shut eye, and he checked the fish finder to see where to toss his line.
Turns out he had just the right spot too, because a short while later, he was reeling in a whopper!!
This one was huge!!!  Another keeper, for sure!  He stood a safe distance away for the photo.  Such pride on his face. 
He spent the entire rest of the day, checking on them in the holding tank.  We continued to fish, nap, knit, snack, and enjoy the day.  There was a pirate ship!
Some good snacks, and sock knitting.
Cliff diving.
Noah said he wanted to do that.  We said, how about, not today!!  I loved this sequence of photos I took of Noah and his Dad!

They didn't know I was on the back of the boat shooting these.  I am pretty sure they were discussing the days catch!
At around 5:30 or so, we got a call that my son Drew and his girlfriend Christine were on their way up.
We went back to the marina to pick them up, and headed back out for a lake cruise.  We stopped off at our friends, Mike and Lee's place for a little visit.
The guys were all trolling...
About 5 minutes in, Drew had a hook up!   "GET THE NET!!!!"
It was another lunker!
I loved this shot of the fellas.

We went to the other end of the lake and saw some parasailers.
 And I got a good shot of the observatory. 
You can see the dark grey marks on the bottom of the white structure.  That is where the water is usually at. 
The sun was beginning to set, revealing my favorite time to be on the water.  The Jimmy Buffet tune, "Stars On The Water" always comes to mind. 

I caught the above photo at the precise moment the sun slipped behind the mountain.  The colored orb you see in the middle of photo is a mystery. 
We cruised into Metcalf Bay, taking our time, enjoying every last sliver of daylight left.
I sat on the back of the boat, wrapped in a blanket, camera in hand, observing it all.  I was about to burst I was so happy.  Just being there.  Having had such a stellar day, with these people I love.  Wishing only that the rest of my family had been there too.  I witnessed Noah and his Uncle Drew having quite the animated conversation!  About what, I do not know?  Whose fish was bigger perhaps?

As we entered Metcalf Bay, the colors of the night sky were a gorgeous painting of pinks and greys.
We witnessed a flock of Pelicans flying overhead in formation. 

Yes, it was a perfect day!  We off loaded our gear, and covered up the boat, saying goodbye, until next time, which will most likely be this weekend.  I leave you with my two favorite shots of the day.  I will have to have these blown up for my daughter Erika, Noah's Mom. 

Be still my heart!!!!
Til next time........
XO Kris