Quality Time

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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!

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.

Summer 2013…Indian Hills Camp in Jamul, CA.

Rudy with his godfather, Marlin.

Rudy with his godfather, Marlin.

Gettin' some godmama love from Gracie...

Gettin’ some godmama love from Gracie…

A special reunion with dear old friends...(Jerry, Marlin, Curt and Gary)  Did anyone get a good pic of us gals?

A special reunion with dear old friends…(Jerry, Marlin, Curt and Gary with Rolf)

...and Annie, Robbie, Pat, Allison & Gracie

…and Annie, Robbie, Pat, Allison & Gracie

 

 

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It was fun to visit the Midway Aircraft Carrier while in San Diego...Rudy liked the "big boat".

It was fun to visit the aircraft carrier Midway while in San Diego…Rudy liked the “big boat”.

Rudy's salute.

Rudy’s salute.

A trip to San Diego wouldn't be complete without a stop at El Indio...we made it there twice!

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!

If it’s possible to have too much El Indio, this is what it looks like!

Rudy has room for more!  Yum, Yum!!

Rudy has room for more! Yum, Yum!!

Rudy's favorite ride at Belmont Park on Mission Beach!  He road the boat 7 times!!!

Rudy’s favorite ride at Belmont Park on Mission Beach! He rode the boat 7 times!!!

Livy and CeCe sporting new sunglasses!

Livy and CeCe sporting new sunglasses!

Rudy and Grace at the Giant Dipper!

Rudy and Grace at the Giant Dipper!

View of Mission Beach from the Giant Dipper!

View of Mission Beach from the Giant Dipper!

We spent the next day at Legoland!

We spent the next day at Legoland!

Fun for all...

Fun for all…

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The giant X-wing made out of legos was a highlight!

The giant X-wing made out of 5 million legos was a highlight!

Rudy even tried his hand at a carnival game...

Rudy even tried his hand at a carnival game…

...and won a bear!!!

…and won a bear!!!

Rudy was fascinated by the fish in the aquarium!

Rudy was fascinated by the fish in the aquarium!

Daddy and Rudy were scooter buddies for the day.

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)

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!

Uh, not quite sure what the caption should be on this one!

Or this one!

Or this one!

Rudy had fun watching all the crazies!

Rudy had fun watching all the crazies with Grace!

Campfire with Luke and lil' James

Campfire with Luke and lil’ James

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One last run on the BMX course...for Olivia

One last run on the BMX course…for Olivia

...and Max

…and Max

...and Rudy!  Thanks to Max and Luke!

…and Rudy! Thanks to Max and Luke!

"Again...again."

“Again…again.”

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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!!

Livy’s first BIG concert with friend Amy! Woo Hoo!!

Dreamy!

Dreamy!

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….

9 Responses to “Quality Time”

  1. Andrea Says:

    I love your family so much.. always finding joy in the everyday! Makes me smile. 🙂 Rudy is living life!! Can’t wait for Owen and Rudy to meet one day… SOON!

  2. Bonnie Lisama Says:

    It was such a huge treat to get to see you all and especially Rudy and all he can do these days he sure gets around and is such a sweetie pie. Wish we’d had more time to hang out. See you next time. (((((Hugs)))))

  3. Oma + Opa Says:

    So glad you had sooooooo much fun, would have loved to watch it all from a distance. join for a little good food and lots of laughter.
    Love you ALL.

  4. Grace Niklasson VanNortwick Says:

    The Geyling visit was such a highlight for our family!!! You guys are SO FUN, SO FUNNY, and SO LOVING!!! Rudy was AMAZING….full of kinds words, melodies, and rhythms….and we love that perpetual twinkle in his eye !!! LOVE LOVE LOVE HIM!
    Rudy has the sweetest siblings and the most courageous parents in the world!!! And some day….move over, One Direction…..the Smiling Geylings are going to be center stage with all that musical talent! Can’t wait to hear their rendition, of “E I E I O” on the big stage!!!!!!

  5. Donna Woolard Says:

    I loved every picture….a wonderful story of your precious family!

  6. Brian Perronne Says:

    So fun to see Rudy and the whole family having so much summer fun! We just missed you at Legoland, we were there last Tuesday. Praying that Rolf heals quickly and is out of pain soon.

  7. Bobby and Marilyn clinton Says:

    Trish, you really do a fine job with pics. Marilyn’s favorite–both guys in their wheel chairs.
    Thanks. Bobby and Marilyn

  8. Alana Says:

    Sure do love you guys!!!! Thank you for being you….. All of you Rock. I’m glad you had a great time. xoxox

  9. marianne cummins Says:

    Happy Birthday Rudy!!!

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