Summer is officially here. Long days. Permanent sand in our toes. Open windows every night. And plenty to celebrate.
My sweet grandpa, “Do-daddy”, turned 90 a few weeks ago, and to mark the occasion he treated the entire family to a weekend away in Avalon. If you’ve never been to Catalina before, this should be your next family trip, especially if you have young kids. Avalon is 65 miles off the coast of Southern California, and it’s only about an hour boat ride. With few cars on the island, we could leave our carseats at home and walk (or scooter!) everywhere. So easy. We ate lots of ice cream, fish and chips, shaved ice and saltwater taffy. Anna took her first official ocean swim—”all by myself”—with the beautiful Avalon Casino as her witness, and we enjoyed the peaceful waters without the worry of waves knocking Owen over.
My grandpa, still sharp as ever, has experienced debilitating pain for the last year. Many days, he can’t leave the house. All of us were worried he wouldn’t make his own birthday party, and yet, look! Here he is. Not a day over 75, if you ask me.
This is my mom’s entire family— aunts, uncles, cousins and grandchildren. I love the reminder that from two people’s love, and 67+ years of marriage, this legacy exists! Two brothers. Three sisters. Eight grandchildren. Seven great-grandchildren including two sets of twins. And as only a dentist’s family would have…some incredible smiles.