Thursday, April 28, 2011

It's all in the family!

A couple of times a year we revisit the roots of our family tree in the Bay Area of San Francisco. Usually we're here in the spring/summer for a couple of months when the rain has subsided and the temps are warming, then back again for the holidays around Thanksgiving and Christmas.

This year our arrival coincided with a late Easter and family celebration at Norm and Wendy's on Saturday in Petaluma with all the Half Moon Bay family joining in. Gary and Stephanie were greatly missed as Steph has been studying non-stop for a major test to become a certified psychologist.

It's all in the family....Easter

On Easter morning we were back to join Christina on an Easter egg hunt in the local park, with Noelle and Wendy participating in the egg toss. This is a great neighborhood for kids and a perfect location for Christina to start kindergarten in the fall.

Noelle and Daniel are both maintaining near-straight A status in their respective high schools while having a very good time on the social scene. Daniel had to cut back on playing every major sport when it was finally determined that he had suffered a broken elbow about a year ago and  recently found when a dr. finally took xrays!

The long rainy season finally ended but the temps are still on the cool side with the winds kicking up spring pollen and allergies. Howard is back in training mode for the upcoming Bay to Breakers 12K foot race in San Francisco in a few weeks and I'm trying to maintain a daily walking regime. My scoliosis-twisted back is resisting though and I'm in the process of getting a referral from my Kaiser HMO for a local chiropractor.

Shollenberger Park, situated across the street from our Petaluma Elk's Lodge RV parking, is a tidal marsh and lake alongside the Petaluma River and offers the best of bird watching, photo ops and walking trails. As I found out on a recent visit to "shoot" birds, mostly ducks and geese, that after 2 hours of clicking away one needs to have a camera card inserted into one's camera. Yes, the camera tried to tell me but I couldn't see the little screen. Oh the joys.....!

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