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Wednesday, September 08, 2010


Today is the end of my parents' two week visit from California. It's been great having them here and along with hanging out and spending time together, we were also able to squeeze in some fun sightseeing. Even though my parents were pretty sure it was 110 every day with 100% humidity... even on the nice days. I guess that's what you get when you're from one of the best climates in the United States*.

-Manassas Battlefield
-US Capitol tour
-Washington Monument
-Jefferson Memorial
-World War II Memorial
-Five Guys
-Toy Story 3
-yummy local ice cream place
-Baltimore v. Red Sox baseball game (where the Red Sox won!)
-Princess Sparkley's baptism
-easy babysitters for the two funerals we attended
-Washington DC LDS Temple (but only from the freeway)
-George Mason University (but only from the car)
-Great Falls National Park

This trip was much better than their super hot and humid, August 2006 visit to see us in Kansas when my dad was in between knee replacement surgeries and injured the still unsurgured** knee just before their trip. This visit consisted of a him using a walker, limiting us doing just about anything out and about and exciting. BUT, we did get special treatment at Kauffman Stadium for the Red Sox game we attended with him (and someone from the Royals staff pushed him around the stadium in a wheelchair).

This trip was also much better than their freezing cold February 2009 trip to see us in Kansas after Little Guy was born. One, I had just given birth and wasn't really up for being out and about. Two, it was WINTER, and there wasn't much to be out and about doing. Three, Little Guy was hospitalized toward the end of their visit undergoing treatment for his heart problems.

Hopefully we'll make it out to California next year, or to the family cabin in Utah. And then Buddy's baptism is just around the corner (he turns 8 in April 2012), assuming "just around the corner" is about a year and a half in your perspective.

Thanks for visiting Grandma and Grandpa L!
Wish we got to see each other more often.

*At some point of my childhood, late 80s to early 90s, Ventura County, CA (specifically Camarillo, CA) was voted one of the best climates in the United States.
**I'm pretty sure this isn't a word, but it should be. Otherwise you have to go the long way about saying "the knee that hadn't had surgery performed on it yet." I like my way better.

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