I don’t know if it’s because I’m getting older or if it’s because of Rudy but I’m convinced that life really should be ALL about “quality time”. It doesn’t have to be extravagant or exciting or even out of the ordinary but about the people you’re with and making the most of today…whether today is filled with work or play. Rudy is certainly helping us hone in on this and more times than not simple becomes the most memorable! Our summer has been full of simple, quality time and as always, I’m sad to see summer end. Rolf and the big kids got to spend some time with extended family in Boston…our days at home have been filled with lots of swimming, lemonade & avocado stands, visits from old friends and LOTS of movie nights…the summer took a bit of a detour with Rolf’s torn tendon and surgery but we’ve tried to make the most of that too – extra time with Dad! So the challenge will be to keep the focus on “quality” as Wilson heads back to school on Monday for marching band camp, Rudy begins a string of doctor appts starting with a trip to UCLA on Monday as well and as we squeeze in a trip to Ventura to shop for school…the hustle and bustle of the fall schedule is starting to emerge!
We were blessed to get away last week for some final summer fun which was a highlight for me! We enjoyed a drive down to San Diego that included time with Rudy’s godparents, a reunion with dear old friends from our season in San Diego and a trip to Legoland as part of Rudy’s Wish Trip!!! All quality time indeed!!! We cut our trip short by a couple of days because Rolf reached his comfort limit but we packed in enough fun to fill a whole week for sure! Can’t resist posting pics…
We stayed with our friends who live at Indian Hills Camp…the big sibs made sure Rudy got a turn on the giant slide!
Summer 2013…Indian Hills Camp in Jamul, CA.
Rudy with his godfather, Marlin.
Gettin’ some godmama love from Gracie…
A special reunion with dear old friends…(Jerry, Marlin, Curt and Gary with Rolf)
…and Annie, Robbie, Pat, Allison & Gracie
It was fun to visit the aircraft carrier Midway while in San Diego…Rudy liked the “big boat”.
A trip to San Diego wouldn’t be complete without a stop at El Indio…we made it there twice!
If it’s possible to have too much El Indio, this is what it looks like!
Rudy has room for more! Yum, Yum!!
Rudy’s favorite ride at Belmont Park on Mission Beach! He rode the boat 7 times!!!
Livy and CeCe sporting new sunglasses!
Rudy and Grace at the Giant Dipper!
View of Mission Beach from the Giant Dipper!
We spent the next day at Legoland!
Fun for all…
The giant X-wing made out of 5 million legos was a highlight!
Rudy even tried his hand at a carnival game…
…and won a bear!!!
Rudy was fascinated by the fish in the aquarium!
Daddy and Rudy were scooter buddies for the day.
The fun continued at camp with the Vans! Nothin’ says “summer fun” like a slip ‘n slide! (with CeCe and Luke)
Uh, not quite sure what the caption should be on this one!
Or this one!
Rudy had fun watching all the crazies with Grace!
Campfire with Luke and lil’ James
One last run on the BMX course…for Olivia
…and Rudy! Thanks to Max and Luke!
As if that wasn’t enough excitement for one trip…Livy and I topped it all off with a stop in L.A. at the Staples Center on our way home to see One Direction (thanks to Rudy’s nurse Eileen!!!!! – THANKS Eileen)
Livy’s first BIG concert with friend Amy! Woo Hoo!!
Our life is rich because of the love of family and friends that surrounds us. Thank you for adding to the quality of life we’re experiencing with Rudy through your continued prayers! Ever grateful….