Terri, Candice & Andy in Hawaii this summer.
Marlon & Brian just a few days ago.
Okay, I realize and have heard from everyone how remiss I have been in keeping this blog current. I just have a really hard time with being consistent. So here are a few photos to bring you up to date on the highlights in my life. I spent 5 days in Hawaii with my son Andrew (youngest of four) and his girlfriend Candice. We had a great time and believe it or not, I successfully converted both of them into avid "seaglassers"...check out these photos!
So here is a shot of my mom Jackie, grand-daughter Kayla & my grandson, Tyler. We had all just been up at UCLA for the baseball game....T is a player....and my mom brought a few dozen donuts for Tyler after the game to be sure that he is getting enough calories!!! LOL. Kayla is looking on in amazement, as she could not imagine eating that.
Meet my other grandson, Marlon. He was chosen to be the junior announcer at the UCLA game, caught a fly ball and got a poster of the team after running the bases after the game. A very exciting night for a sports fan that is only 5 years old. He LOVES his uncle Tyler!!!! Marlon and his new friend after a UCLA game on the field of Jackie Robinson stadium after running the bases. What a wonderful memory for a young kid to run on the same field as the "Big Boys". Marlon had a blast and so did I that night. The difference is that he got to fall asleep 2 seconds after we got on the freeway back to the OC....I had to drive.
I LOVE spending time with both of my grandsons!
Lauren, very bravely raced around Boomers in Irvine with Marlon loving every turn~
Blaine and I joined them on the tarmac but none of us had as much fun as little Marlon.
We all got totally soaking wet on this ride. Even me..I was the photographer on the
sidelines, but the "gunners" really got a kick on getting me wet! What's up with that?
Marlon Watches not too patiently as uncle blaine brushes up on his swing....so cute!
We headed up to Westwood to visit Ty-wer who happens to be Marlons favorite person on the planet.
Marlon got to see Tylers new dorm "sweet", play x-box with Tylers friends (also baseball players) and also have the pleasure of using the boys bathroom when natured called. The only thing about that was that the bathroom had some pretty sexy girly posters handing right there.....buy the time we realized that he did notice and there was in fact interest in the scantily clad young ladies, Marlon has locked himself in the bathroom.
Back at home, Dodo was exhaused but Marlon still wanted to watch a DVD before he
went to sleep (right next to me)...so ofcourse, that's what we did. The UCLA had was not
coming off, in fact he slept in it all night.
I'm afraid that Stephanie is going to be really annoyed with me for blogging this news (right after she told me) and before she does but I'm going to take my chances....I"m so excited! You know they say it's easier to ask for forgiveness than permission. So here goes.
UCLA baseball just announced their official 2009 starting line up and guess who is the starting short stop? Yep, you guessed it, my grandson-Tyler Rahmatulla! He is also Stephanie's first born son, but who's keeping track. What a great accomplishment for Tyler, to be starting player on a PAC 10 team as a freshman. Really, so proud of that kid. I know he has put forth the effort.....the boy comes from a very competitive family. Looking forward to a great season....Go Tyler & Go Bruins!!!
This is a private residence in Cusco, the sacred valley where they make and sell beer from corn. They make everything from corn in Peru it seems.
The corn is sprouted, cooked in gigantic pots and then fermented. Here is a photo of my friend Dee Dee and our guide Jimmy trying the local beer.
The kitchen was pretty basic....complete with dirt floor.
This sweet lady was our hostess as well as the "beer maker" I believe.
In addition to the beer, the Cinchera raised guinea pigs which they sold to the local restaurants.
Guinea pig is a very popular meat dish in Peru. As our group was checking out all the fluffy little creatures that they were raising in the "barn", we just happened to witness a birth which made us even sadder. As you can see by the looks on our faces, we didn't dig the idea of eating the little "pets" for dinner.
HOWEVER, a few nights later in a very nice restaruant in Cusco, Kayla, Madyson and Peri actually did order and taste the fluffy little morsels. YES, they ate guinea pig! Go girls. Very adventurous.
I'm not sure, but her reaction might be due to the fact that she once had beloved guinea pig pets named Golly & Domp!