December 18, 2014

iPentimento Memorial Day Remembrance 2008

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We remember those who have served their country in times of war and peace.

Top Left Clockwise: Gregory E. Wilkerson, US Marine Corps – First Iraq War era; William Gale Yates, US Navy – WWII; David N. Yates, US Army National Guard – Vietnam era; Joyce L. Moline Huntley, US Army Nurse – WWII; James K. P. Yates, CSA – Civil War (Tennessee) Center: John Breedlove – US Army – Civil War (Missouri).

Top Left, Clockwise: Richard R. Bean, US Army – Civil War (Iowa); John Whit(t)more, US Army, Medal of Honor Recipient – Civil War (Illinois); Louis Sechrest, US Army National Guard – Iraq War (currently serving, Iowa); Gregory Wilkerson (see above); James A. Wilkerson, US Air Force – Vietnam era (IA); Loren E. Wilkerson, US Navy – WWII (IA).

We remember those who have been our family and friends and are no longer with us. (Sadly, too many to cite).

We honor them with this day of remembrance.

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Our trip to California was great, but it seemed a bit too short. Probably not for my husband, who did all the driving to Anaheim and back to Port Orchard, but I am sure he thinks the days went by quickly too. If you have been following this blog, we left on December 22 and planned to stay in a motel near Disneyland for four days while we spent the holidays with our son and his family.

It’s hard to believe we crammed so much into those few days, but we did! We drove to Oroville, CA to have a short visit with my aunt and uncle who live in that city, and then got up early the next morning and continued on to Anaheim. We got into our hotel room in the early evening, and then wended our way to the kid’s place. Monday, the 24th was mostly a day of rest and preparation for the “big day” on Christmas.? I had baked cookies and stuff at home, so we sampled goodies and just got to ‘know’ the grand-kids all over again. We had just seen them in July, but it was just for a day or two, and we didn’t get much one-on-one time with them.

Christmas morning dawned bright and early, and windy. We arrived in a gale brought to our doorsteps by the good ol’ Santa Ana winds. Our previously well-combed coifs became bed heads in a hurry! We all gathered at Greg and Jenn’s for gift opening and a breakfast of eggs and linguisa. (Jenn’s mother’s heritage is Portuguese, hence the sausage; it’s their tradition to have it on Christmas). Garrett and Katrina were all smiles and ‘thank you’s’? that morning, and I think they were very happy with everything that they opened. At ages 6 and 7, it is fun to witness the genuine wonder and mystery that is Santa’s visit and their un-jaded reactions to the thought put towards the gifts they received.

Our big gift to them all was a day at Disneyland, which didn’t come off quite as we had planned. It seems that everyone else on earth (and maybe some other inhabited planets) had decided that December 27th was a good day to visit Disneyland too! The skies were clear and sunny, but the temps were in the low 60’s. That brought out the crowds and made for a bit of a disappointing day for the grand-kids. We did get to go on one ride: Star Wars, but all the others had like an hour and a half wait or more. We did get to go on the riverboat cruise, and the jungle cruise, as well as the merry-go-round, but no others. That day happened to be our son’s 36th birthday too. We had never been able to take him to Disneyland when he was younger. Better late than never, eh? :grin:

You would have laughed to see me on the Star Wars ride. It isn’t really a ‘ride’ per se, but with the animation on the screen and the seats jostled around you feel like you are in outer space. Of course, I wouldn’t know because I closed my eyes through most of it. We had just eaten breakfast before going to the park, and when those seats started gyrating, I closed my eyes and held on tight to the arms of my seat. I didn’t want to hurl as I hurled through fake space.? :mrgreen:

We had gotten there at around 10 AM and we were all tired and ready to leave by 3 PM. I had a very hard time walking around because of my fibromyalgia, and I will either have to rent a wheel chair next time, or not go there with everyone else. Yeah, like I would do that. ?:wink:

All in all, it was a good trip and we had a very nice time just visiting with our kids, grand-kids and Greg’s in-laws.? This is just a condensed version of the trip, and I hope to include pictures and other anecdotes in the next day or so.

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