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Giant Steps, The Horse Gala

A fundraiser for a great cause

sunny 80 °F

I’d not planned well and dates were slightly off on the schedule I’d made out. As it turned out we had 2 days free before heading to Petaluma for the Giant Steps Gala Fundraiser.

We went home and washed clothes and bedding, cleaned dirt and twigs out of the RV and cleaned in general. Additionally, we had 5 of the little grandkids most of the time. So the RV got cleaned but the house was a total mess.

After 2 full days of cleaning and repacking we left early for Petaluma. This time we had our granddaughter Christabel and Bekki’s younger sister Shanna. Fortunately, Bel helped straighten up the house so that we could walk thru it upon our return home.

I’ve written about the show in past blogs, but I will write again to refresh the memories.

We had a granddaughter who was born 3 years ago with severe disabilities. Our granddaughter, Aubrey Grace only lived 3 months but was loved by all of her family. Upon her death, Clayton and Jen donated money and got involved with Giant Steps. Giant Steps is an organization that provides free therapy for disabled people. The funds are raised by the Gala weekend.

The horse show took place over 2 days; a Sat night gala dinner with some performances by people who ride while performing various gymnastic moves and others singing. The past dinners included silent auctions and raffles. This one only had an auction with trips being auctioned off. Otherwise, we were encouraged to donate, which we were happy to do.

On Sun there was a lunch along with the horse show. Lunch was a buffet with unlimited wines with a good variety of grilled meats, veggies and salads.

Horse classes started early with, what appeared to us, to be based on time and performance. We mostly waited for the Aubrey Grace class. Jen, her mom and Zoey gave the award to the winner.


We camped at the KOA, just down from Clayton and Jen. We did some veggies on the BBQ for dinner. We were not very hungry, but BBQ was good and good wine.

Posted by Miss Chris 07:56 Archived in USA Tagged nature travel camping rv outdoors grandkids petaluma horse_show Comments (0)

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!

Posted by Miss Chris 12:41 Archived in USA Tagged family family_travel grandkids wine_tasting surprise petaluma Comments (0)

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