This year John and Deanna, and the Haller family drove up to our house for Thanksgiving. Michael had come up earlier in the month to visit for a couple of days but had to work this weekend so couldn’t join us. Jeanine, Wade, Luke, and Olivia came up on Monday which gave us a chance to head for the San Francisco Zoo on Tuesday. Elizabeth and I had wanted to go since we watched a Netflix show that featured the animals there. They stayed the whole week and John and Deanna came up on Wednesday. On Thursday Sandy cooked an enormously delicious meal while we all took a car ride to the top of nearby Mount Diablo to give her some space. The ride down was fun since we did it in John’s rental car with the gas gauge on E the whole time. The dinner was fantastic and Jeanine added lots of sides to the turkey and ham we had. The next day everyone left and it was just the four of us again. Sad that they’re gone, but we know we’ll visit them down there again soon.
I was so happy that all of us could go to a Dodger game this year, especially with my favorite team doing so well. After the museum we headed to the stadium and met Jeanine, John, Deanna and Tura. It was a great game with good food and a fun time and the Dodgers won. It was great getting to see them during their World Series winning season!
We finally got a chance to go where Elizabeth chose for Girls Day back in March. Wade, Mike, Luke, and Olivia took us to the LA Natural History Museum to see dinosaurs. (Jeanine had to work that day.) In addition to the dinosaurs we saw lots of other stuffed animals, some living ones and lots of butterflies in a garden outside the museum. Afterwards we headed across town to see the Dodger game.
We drove down south to spend Thanksgiving with our Long Beach family and had lots of fun. It was great seeing everyone, but we were sad that Deanna and John couldn’t make it to dinner. We actually had two dinners. One at Wade’s fire station near the Queen Mary, and another one the next day at the Haller’s house. Daniel and Elizabeth really enjoyed playing with Luke and Olivia and we all enjoyed going to P.F. Changs where Mike is working.
One of the benefits of being halfway between Arcata, where Michael is working, and Long Beach where he lives, is that he occasionally visits on the way up or down. He surprised us on one of his visits and we went to lunch and he took a nap for a bit before finishing his 12 hour drive back to school.
Jeanine, Wade, Luke and Michael took Babette to Hawaii and spread her ashes at the Punchbowl Memorial Cemetery. Mom loved Hawaii and often said that she wanted to retire there. But as we all know MS made that impossible. Jeanine picked a perfect quiet spot, under a tree, with a wonderful view of Honolulu. Surrounded by lots of brave servicemen (it is a military cemetery), she is in a perfect place. We plan on visiting the site when we go to Hawaii this Thanksgiving. We all miss Mom so much.
So Michael came down for a couple of days before Thanksgiving and stayed with us. We mostly just hung out but we did go see some cars and motorcycles at Arlen Ness and Kassabian Motors. Then on Thanksgiving day Jeanine, Wade, Luke and Rex came up. We ate tons, played games and drank lots of beer. Jeanine brought Babette’s ashes and we realized that it was the first time mom has been in our house. Hope she liked it. Mike drove all night on Thanksgiving to get back to work but the rest of the family stayed two more days and helped us get rid of some of the massive amounts of leftovers. MMMMM turkey sandwiches.
So with three kids having to put up with the mostly somber few days, we needed something to cheer everyone up. It seemed only appropriate that we spend the day after Mom’s funeral going somewhere where she took us kids dozens of times and always loved visiting, Sea World. Jeanine, Wade, Sandy, Joe, and four of Babette’s grandkids all drove down in the morning and spent the whole day doing what a healthy Babette spent many a weekend day doing, watching fish, and whales, and eating, and playing and having a great time in beautiful San Diego.
Because Dublin is kinda halfway between Humboldt State and Long Beach, Jeanine, Wade and Michael came to our house for Thanksgiving. Apparently there was lots of braiding going on. Pics here.
We spent a week in the real Northern California (the Bay Area is really central California, just look at a map), where we met Jeanine, Wade and Michael who were visiting Arcata to check out Humboldt state where Mike is going to college. We drove up, stayed in Mendocino and Crescent City and even went up for lunch in Brookings, Oregon, just north of the border.