A Travellerspoint blog

June 2012

A Surprise Father's Day Weekend

A surprise for our son

We are off to Petaluma to spend the weekend with our youngest son and family. This is a different weekend though because it is a surprise weekend for our son.

Jen asked if we’d come up and do a surprise Father’s Day celebration and we thought it would be fun. Jen is the planner in the family so we left the planning up to her. She said that we’ll be doing a wine party and arranged a sitter for our granddaughter. Then we will go to brunch on Sunday at a place they’ve wanted to take us. I wrote in Clayton on the calendar on the weekend of Father’s Day.

Justin was asking what we’d be doing for Father’s Day and I told him about the surprise weekend for his younger brother. Then Justin mentioned that he’d be alone since his kids would be going to their mom’s the week before. I said I’d ask Jen.

I asked Jen about the possibility of Justin joining us and she replied with a question, “aren’t you coming next weekend?” Well we were planning to come in 2 weeks, what’s up with next weekend. She laughed, she has a horse show on Father’s Day itself and they will be gone. She had meant the weekend before. Glad we cleared that up otherwise we’d be at home weeding when we were to be driving.

So we are driving to Petaluma, a 5 hour drive. And by the way, the Coalinga/Avenal rest area has reopened and it is really nice. Everything is automated and clean.

We will play at the park with Zo, go to Starbucks then figure out how we are going to surprise Clayton when he gets home from work. Hopefully we can snap a photo of his face!

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Lots of Trips in the Plans

Planning and planning

So now I have 3 big trips in various stages of planning and 3 small trips. Trying to keep everything straight is becoming a challenge.

In July we have a camping trip to Grover Hot Springs near Lake Tahoe, then a backpack trip up to Cottonwood Lakes at the end of the month.

August brings a long discussed trip to B.C into the First Nations territory. This trip will be a photo trip for me. My daughter-in-law is working on her PhD in Linguistics and will work on a language. I will do some photo-journalism. We’d planned to do this last year but it never worked out.
Over Thanksgiving we will go to Santa Fe and meet our youngest son. His wife Jen has never visited northern New Mexico so we are quite anxious to show her our favorite restaurants and places. I recently won a cooking class for two at the Santa Fe School of Cooking so we will try and get in several classes.

About 1 week after Thanksgiving we will go to Europe. This will be our 40th wedding anniversary so we thought that it would be fun to spend it in Finland at the glass igloo hotel. Then, since we are in the area, we will go to the U.K. for winter solstice and hopefully join the Druids at Stonehenge. Grandkids are planning to go on this trip but our oldest son’s wife will be giving birth in early Dec. We will see about when to get the older kids to Europe. Details!

Of course then we have the big trip where we will live in Austria for 4 months. We will check out some towns in Dec and hopefully have a better idea of where to look for a house. So it is exciting to plan!

Posted by Miss Chris 18:07 Archived in USA Tagged family bc europe thanksgiving new_mexico santa_fe grover_hot_springs first_nations Comments (0)

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