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Napa Tournament

The varsity girls were added last minute to a tournament in Napa this past weekend.  Two games on Friday and two games on Saturday.  One of the dads took the girls down on Friday and they won both games!  His wife and I then drove with the girls back down part of the way and stayed in a hotel to save some driving time bright and early Saturday morning!  We started our evening with dinner.  It was really nice to have some mother/daughter time.  Here are the girls at dinner (I apologize now – all I had was my cell phone)

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Of course, Friday the weather was gorgeous!  Saturday it rained on and off, but overall was better than anticipated.  Meagan scored in both games on Saturday!!  The girls played great overall and won!!

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This was our last tournament, so it was a nice way to end!  We are currently in playoffs and hoping to forward to sections!


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50th Wedding Anniversary

Last month we celebrated my parents 50th wedding anniversary!!  Not many can say they hit that big milestone!  My mom made me promise on their 49th anniversary that I would not throw a party!  My only comment was – we have to do something and going out to dinner as a family didn’t quite seem to fit the bill for that milestone!  My parents decide they want the whole family to go to Hawaii!  OKAY!!!  Twist our arms!  The kids were ecstatic and honestly, this may be the only time the ten of us get to do something like this.  The trip is planned and we are all looking forward to it!  THEN…….

Two hurricanes decide to head to the Hawaiian Islands!!  It has been over 25 years since the last time this happened – of course!!  We decide that if the airline is flying – we are going and will make the most of it!  We were on the island of Oahu and on the west side.  All we got was some clouds the day after we arrived with early morning rain.  Yep – that was it!!!  The other side of the island had some effects and Honolulu/Pearl Harbor shut down.  All we had to do was rearrange our daily activities and we were good!  (I am warning you now – this is a long post!  I shortened as much as I could, but we had over 3,000 pictures!!)

The reason we are here!!


 We arrived to this in our rooms


We stayed at the Marriott Ko’Olina Beach Club.  We had stayed here before and just love it!!

Our first full day on the island was their actual anniversary, but this was the day most interrupted by the hurricane.  We decided to hang around the resort and enjoy what it had to offer!  We woke to rain, but it was gone by 10:00 a.m. and then it was overcast until just after lunch.  The resort was “tightened down” awaiting the storm and not many were around – we took advantage of a pretty empty pool!!



We ate dinner at our resort at one of our favorites – Longboards.  And seriously I believe they have the BEST mai tais EVER!!  And now they have frozen mai tai’s! – OH MY!  We enjoyed a few of these through our week!



Dad was going a little stir crazy – you flew me all the way here to sit at a resort!  Not exactly his style!  So the next day, Saturday, we decide to head towards the North Shore to check it out, plus a food truck Scott wanted to see, and then over to Bellows Air Force Station to boogie board.  It was overcast all day, but it really ended up being a great day!  North Shore had the smallest waves on the island I believe!  And you can see all the debris that has washed ashore from the hurricane.




We then headed on and happened to pass the famous shaved ice store on North Shore that started it all!!  10:00 a.m. and shaved ice – hey we are on vacation – no judging!  Besides you have to try it!  Meagan actually did it with the sweetened condensed milk and ice cream, which was pretty tasty!




After this we headed our way towards Bellows, which took us right by the food truck Scott wanted to stop at.  He had seen this on Drives, Dives, and Diners.  We found it – but it was closed due to the hurricane.  We were driving – so the picture is not that great!


Next stop – Bellows!  This is the most beautiful beach on Oahu and it takes a military person to get in!  Dad being retired military allows the kids to get to do things they will not get the opportunity to do in the future.  There is a portion of Bellows that is open to the public before you get to the gate where you need ID.  Scott and I learned to boogie board here in 1986.  The sand is like powder!  Again, you can see all the debris due to the hurricane – usually this beach is very, very clean.




We are able to get dad a special wheelchair to get him out on the beach.  He so loved watching the kids attempt boogie boarding.


Rick injured his back the day before in the pool trying to pick Maddie and Nicholas up at the same time, so he did not attempt to boogie board since the waves were strong from the hurricane.  He took almost all the pictures of the day.  Luckily his back improved for the rest of the trip.


Nicholas boogie boarding for the first time.  He had an absolute blast!  These waves were perfect for the kids.



I love this picture of him!!  He had so much fun!



The waves were strong – we would just stand out by the kids riding the waves and would be knocked over!


Noah rode a few waves, but he spent a good part of the day throwing his football with his mom or anyone willing to catch!





Sunday, Pearl Harbor reopened because the hurricane had passed and the second hurricane had turned north from the islands.  It was a gorgeous sunny day!!  The kids met a World War II Pearl Harbor survivor and even got his book and had him autograph it.  We went out to the USS Arizona.  While we waited for our turn to go out to the memorial, we toured the USS Bowfin (submarine).  Mom and dad were not able to do this with us.  While we were touring Rick had overheard someone mention the USS Utah, which is also still sunken in Pearl Harbor and has a memorial, but you have to go out on Ford Island which requires military ID.  This was new to all of us, so we went to see that one too.






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USS Utah, it is laying on its side.  We had no idea there was another ship still at the bottom of the harbor.


That night we ate at the Tropics in Waikiki.  This restaurant is known from the tv show, Hawaii 5-0.  This is where mom wanted to do there dinner celebration for their anniversary.  We were supposed to eat here on their anniversary, but the hurricane had come in that day.




Monday we hung out at the resort and went down to the lagoon in front of the Disney Aulani to rent paddle boards for the kids.  Rick had also learned from a neighbor of ours just down from the resort that there was another small beach area where the turtles like to be.  So we took off with all the kids after paddle boarding to see if we could find the turtles and sure enough – we did!!  The kids swam with the turtles!!





The football was the best buy my mom made the whole trip!!  Noah just loved playing and tossing it!


Tami and Maddie bringing the paddle boards over to the group.










The sea turtles!  This was so exciting to see them out in their natural habitat!  There was another dad and his son that had done the hike over to this area too that had learned about this secret gem!!



This turtle really hung around Nicholas the whole time!!







This was our view!


This is what we climbed over and around!  Noah seriously thought we were trying to hurt him!  He was so funny!  It was rocky and hard to do in flip flops, but not seriously difficult.  Water shoes would have been much better!



This night was our photo shoot.  Our gift to our parents were these pictures.  I highly recommend this photographer if you are on the island of Oahu!!!  He was fantastic!!!  These pictures are just a sampling of what we took and have not been edited yet!  The kids loved him and he was able to catch a lot and make it a lot of fun.

The photographer is Anthony Callejara.

This was the location (shot by us).





I just LOVE this picture of Maddie and my dad.  It is so much them and their relationship!!  Anthony was changing the settings on his camera and Maddie sat down on my dad, which is typical for her.  I grabbed our camera and took some pictures.  Anthony was too and his shots are straight on, but I love this side version.



The following are some unedited pictures from the shoot by Anthony.












LOVE this picture of Scott and Tami with the wave hitting!


This is the same shot I took from the side that Anthony took.






This was absolutely hilarious!!  Look at Noah’s face – he soooo did not want to kiss his mom in front of all of us!!



Our last full day on the island, Tuesday, we had a catamaran tour booked.  Scott gave up his spot, so that mom could go.  She had never been and had tried to go with Tami and the boys on a previous trip they had together and it was rained out.  This was an awesome morning and one that I have always wanted to do!!  We saw dolphins right in front of the catamaran within 1/2 hour of leaving port, enjoyed the ride and the scenery and  then we snorkeled on the way back.  The captain had told us we were going to head to what he believed was the most beautiful part of the island – which ended up where we were the night before for our photo shoot!!
















The only problem with this trip – it went way too fast!!  I just loved being on the water and sailing!  While we were off on this trip, Scott and Dad headed back up to North Shore for the food truck – Scott waited in a very long line for food, but said it was good.  The boys were not happy that they went without them!  Probably a good thing we didn’t know until we got back he was planning that!

That night we went to a luau right at our resort.  We had been to it before, but Scott and his family had never done one.  This is one of the best on the island and is very family food friendly!  The kids have their own buffet with typical kid food – chicken nuggets, mac and cheese, etc.  They have stations set up before the meal, so you can learn different things.  Maddie made poi, the kids all got tattoos, their is shopping for local items, learn how to play the ukulele, and learn to do the hula dance to name a few things.  Through the show there was a part where men were picked to dance and all the kids pointed to Rick!  AND he got picked!!  Unfortunately, it was dark, so many of the pictures didn’t come out and I hear Scott videoed it, but I haven’t seen it yet!  It was a great evening!





Scott and Rick claim to just be watching the hands that tell the story!!





Noah seemed somewhat bored through some of the evening until this guy came out.  He made the funniest faces, stuck out his tongue, and made his eyes seem huge.  Noah laughed so hard through this!  This guy he could relate to because his personality seemed so much like Noah!



This was a fabulous trip – hurricane and all!!  I think it was a great way to celebrate my parents and a trip that everyone will always remember!


Mahalo Mom and Dad!!


First day of school 2014

Today was the first day of school.  Boy, have the years flown by!!!  Meagan began her junior year of high school.  Everyone has said this is the critical year with everything – yikes!  The pressure is so much more than when we applied to colleges and never did I talk about a college resume!  I am not even sure I knew what a resume was until I was already IN college!  I decided to go back and look at her first day of kindergarten picture – in some ways it doesn’t seem that long ago!

Meagan first day of school

Maddie started 8th grade.  Both are now upper class man in their schools and this is my last year of two schools and two schedules!!  She was super excited to start her classes even though most of her close friends were not in her classes.  She told me tonight – maybe that is good because then I can concentrate on my classes!  We shall see how long that theory lasts!  She makes friends easily.  Super proud of her – she saw a new girl sitting alone in PE during some social time so she left her group of friends and went and introduced herself to the new girl.  She said she got a big smile on her face.  Maddie has come a long way from being my shy little girl who use to hide behind my legs!

Madison first day of school

I love the routine that school gives us, but my cell phone sure was quiet at work today with them not home!  We are looking forward to what this year will bring each of them.  Sure do love these big kids of mine!!!!

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Disney World 2014

Last month, we went to Disney World in Orlando, Florida.  We had not been in six years.  My parents went with us and they had not been since 1980!!!  A LOT has changed since they were there last including more parks!!  They felt like it was the first time they had been there because when they were there in 1980 there was Magic Kingdom and a few resorts.  The girls were really excited to show them all the new stuff.  We stayed off property for the first time and used our time share.  We stayed at Marriott Cypress Harbour, which was 10 – 20 minutes from all the parks.   We would take one day and do one park to help make our days not quite as long.  We spent our first day in Magic Kingdom and did half the park.  The next day we were in Epcot and then in Animal Kingdom.  On our fourth day, we left my parents at the resort for a day of rest and we took the girls to Universal Studios to see Harry Potter World.  This park was new to all of us!  We finished the week in Hollywood Studios and our last day was Magic Kingdom for the other half.  It was a very busy week, but we had a great time!  We managed to only be affected by the rain twice in the parks.  Most of the time the rain would hit and we would be eating inside – we would come out and the sun would be out again!  In Magic Kingdom on both days we somehow managed to leave our good camera behind both times!!  Those pictures we relied on our cell phones!  Other than that, we had no complaints of this jammed full week!!  My parents enjoyed all the parks and were so happy to see them.  This is just a few highlights because this post would be too long otherwise. (in reviewing this it is still long even with a few highlights!)


We managed all modes of transportation that Disney has to offer.  The very first one we did was the ferry boat.  My dad LOVES boats, so we knew this would make him happy and the line was shorter than the monorail that morning!


Liberty Square Riverboat – two boat rides in one day!


Next day we were off to Epcot – we rode the monorail to this park.


Hidden Goofy and Hidden Mickey in the aquarium.

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In London – had to try out the phone booth.  Amazing kids know what that is anymore!!


Maddie finally made it to Paris!!  Well, sorta…..


In France we saw this act going on.  This guy is CRAZY!!!  Look at what those stacked chairs are stacked on – bottles!!



Next day was Animal Kingdom


This poor guy was trying to nap with all these people staring at him!  At one point he looked up at us and then rolled over so he couldn’t see anyone.


One of the best rides in the Animal Kingdom is Kilamanjaro Safari – my dad loved this ride because it is like you are on a safari and four wheelin!!  It is never long enough for me – I could do this for hours.

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Animal Kingdom has some of the best shows – The Lion King is amazing!!  You are in a circular theatre and they are performing all around you.  They use trampolines and fly trapeze.




There is also Finding Nemo the musical – it is amazing how they can bring an underwater show to the stage!


One of the rains that we got caught in was leaving Animal Kingdom.  Luckily we were done and beginning to leave the park.  First time we pulled out the ponchos.  The girls had never seen it rain so hard and we were soaked getting to the car!


The middle of the week is when we left mom and dad at the resort to rest and the four of us headed to Universal Studios Florida to see Harry Potter World!  That was the main goal of the day and even though we walked the park, we really did not do anything else there.  We headed back mid afternoon to the resort so we could have a break as well.  After all, we still had two more days of parks left!

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As we left this park – literally stepped in the parking garage the rain started to dump!  Again, another great day that the rain did not affect!!  As we arrived back at the resort, Rick decides to do his usual playing around and started jumping in the elevator – and lo and behold the elevator stops!!  We are stuck!  We couldn’t resist the photo opportunity. We were only stuck for 5 minutes, but the rest of the trip Maddie refused to ride the elevator!


Hollywood Studios!  Mom and dad were rested and ready to hit the parks again!


This is the only attraction that rain caused a problem for us – we only saw half the stunt show.  That was a disappointment because we knew this was one dad would enjoy and he was, as well as, the rest of us!

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Maddie’s favorite place – animation studio.  This had changed since we had been there six years ago.  This time everyone that participated learned how to draw a character.  Today she learned how to draw Olaf from Frozen.  I need to take a picture if she will let me.  She did a fabulous job, but according to her it is not good.  I can draw stick people that is it!!  To me it is amazing!  Not sure where she got this talent from.

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LOVED this picture of Meagan!  Rick, Meagan, and I rode Rockin’ Roller Coaster and we didn’t know what to expect.  It was fabulous!!


On the backlot tour you see how they make movies.  Mom and Maddie got a little more than they bargained for!!  The water came rushing down towards the tram, BUT it was not to come INTO the tram.  Well, this time it did!  Maddie was soaked!  Our docent was quite shocked when this happened!

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Last day we were back at the Magic Kingdom, but before we went in we did a character breakfast.  Part of our goal for this trip was to let mom and dad see as much of the WHOLE Disney World Resort, so we chose a place for breakfast that took us to one of their hotel resorts.  This was 1900 Park Fare in the Grand Floridian Resort.  It was a fabulous buffet and a great way to start our last day.

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From the Grand Floridian we took the monorail over to Magic Kingdom and this was our second run in with rain that we had to put ponchos on.  This is what we saw when we arrived


But with true Florida rain, it was gone within an hour and the rest of the day was great!


On our way home, we were delayed, but dad didn’t care – he could sit and watch all the planes taking off out of the airport.  I think this is one of my all time favorite pictures of him because it describes him perfectly of one of his many loves in life!!


It was a very busy week, but a great one with some great memories!!

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A Grilled Dinner

Here in California, we have been having a very HOT summer unlike some of the country with the crazy rain and flooding!  Wouldn’t it be nice if it would just even out and we all received a little rain and a little sunshine?  With the heat, I try to limit my oven use and we grill a lot more like most people.  Last week, on a whim I did our whole meal on the grill and just threw it together with no recipes and it ended up being one of our BEST meals in a really long time!  Maybe because it was new and different.  I have been in a rut cooking lately – blaming it on the heat and summer laziness.  So when I was prepping the meal I grabbed my cell phone and snapped some pictures just in case it was good, but the down fault to that is the picture quality.  BUT since this is so simple you really don’t need the pictures to get the idea so we are not after the quality of the picture this time, but the quality of the food!

I had planned to grill some steak and decided to do our potatoes in foil.  I had a recipe I wanted to try for baking zucchini, but it was just too hot, so I thought – why not try it in foil and see what happens!  BEST IDEA EVER!!!  So prep your steak to your preference.  I just used a little Montreal Steak seasoning that night on ours.

To do the potatoes:

Take a large piece of aluminum foil and spray with cooking spray in the center where you will put the potatoes.  Dice the needed amount of potatoes.  I made 3 packets for the 4 of us.  My youngest always gets her own packet because she doesn’t like all the extra stuff I was doing to the other two.   After you place the diced potatoes on the foil, sprinkle with some salt and pepper.  I a little bit of butter on top, sprinkled some cheese ( I used cheddar and jack), and then closed up the foil.  You will place another sheet of aluminum foil on the grill and then place your potatoes packets on that.  I have found if I don’t do this extra step the potatoes on the bottom burn.  They take about 30 minutes to cook.

To do the zucchini:

Take another piece of foil and spray with cooking spray.  Slice the zucchini long ways.  Place on the foil.  Sprinkle with salt and pepper, a little bit of butter, and then sprinkle shredded Parmesan cheese on top.  Close up the foil and also place on the sheet of foil laid on the grill.  They were on for 30 minutes.

This was also a super easy clean up!!  All dishes used to prep were washed and put away prior to dinner.  Foil from potatoes and zucchini thrown out after serving.  All you have is the plate from the steak and the dishes you ate with!

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My entire meal on the grill!!!  It almost felt like we were camping!

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Not bad on a hot summer day!!

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Ordination of a Deacon

Yesterday, we had the privileged to be included in the ordination of a very special person we have known and loved for years!  We met Sarah at church and have quickly come to love her and her family.  My girls ADORE her and three years ago she saw a need in our small church and began our youth group.  Within that year, Sarah discerned about being a priest.  She always knew in her heart she would be a priest and the time had come to begin the process of starting seminary.  After two years of school, she is ordained a transitional diaconate.  She has one more year left of seminary and then next year will be ordained a priest.   Sarah asked Meagan to Acolyte for the service.  She was so honored to be able to do this and be a part of something so special for Sarah.  The service took place at our Cathedral downtown and is presided by our Bishop for this diocese. (There were actually four being ordained.)  Today at church, Sarah was able to worship with us as a deacon.  When she stepped up to the altar this morning, tears came to my eyes.  I knew in my heart that this is where Sarah belonged.  Not necessarily at our church (although we would love it) BUT at the altar!

Meagan before the service began getting some instructions.

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She was so excited to serve in our cathedral


The procession was quite long – three sets of crosses.  Meagan was asked to carry the House of the Bishop Cross.  They were the last group to enter the cathedral.

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Bishop Barry Beisner laying his hands on Sarah’s head and ordaining her as a Deacon.


He then gives her a bible so she can proclaim the gospel.


These next few ones are harder to see as I was dodging heads in front of me, but she was setting the table to begin the Sacrament of Holy Communion.

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The Rev. Sarah Quinney and Meagan!


This morning I realized I still had my camera in my purse, so I quickly snapped this.  She was setting the table for the Sacrament of Holy Communion.


A deacon in the Episcopal Church assists with the liturgy and with the sacraments.  They cannot offer God’s blessing to the people or the forgiveness of of sins.

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Squaw Valley Hike

This past weekend I was hoping for some quality family time.  It was a long weekend and we had many chores around the house to be done, but I knew I wanted to try and do a new hike and preferably in the Lake Tahoe area where it was a little cooler.  We absolutely love Tahoe and it is so close to us!  We came home from church, had a quick lunch, changed out clothes and headed up to Squaw Valley.  We followed the directions in my book and wound our way back to the trail head.  It was an easy hike, but you definitely were climbing over some rocks along the trail, but it was a great trail and many others were out and about.  We had no information about where we were going or how far, but we just explored.  Sometimes those can be the most fun!!  The trail follows along Squaw Creek, which was surprisingly moving right along since we are in a drought!

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The girls both love to climb the bigger rocks.

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Maddie is taking in the view around her!

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Different views along the creek.


Maddie towards the beginning of the hike trying to see the river – we could hear it!  Rick is just taking in the beauty around us – the trees, the blue sky, and the quiet of being outside!

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More of the creek


One of the waterfalls


Love this picture of them!!

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We actually climbed out to these rocks to take these pictures.  Rick was just sure we could get over the river and get closer – we chose not to try!

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The four of us

We saw this great log along the way.  I thought it would make a cute picture – Rick and Meagan hopped on and thought nothing of it!  Maddie on the other hand is the girly girl – she was all worried about what bugs might be crawling along the log!                                   She always keeps us laughing!

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So Rick is always looking for a way to embarrass the kids after all it is a right of a parent, is it not?  We had purchased some clothes for his upcoming mission trip to Haiti in the fall (more about that later) and he decided he would give the clothes a try for the hike and be sure they were going to work.  Maddie was hysterical when she saw him come out with these clothes on!  She thought he looked like a dork!  Well, she quickly forgets until we start heading back to the car!  Rick decides to try taking the bottom of the pant leg off and turning his pants into shorts.  I think everyone could hear the two of them going back and forth.  He walked a few car lengths with just one pant leg to really get at her.  BUT if you notice in the picture – it is Maddie who is taking a picture with her phone of her “embarrassing dad” and posting it!  She loves it – we know it!!

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We hope to make it back to this hike later in the year.  We know there will not be as much water in the creek with the way our drought is going, but you can actually follow this trail all the way to High Camp, which is at the top of Squaw.  We didn’t have time to go that far and I told Rick if we did, we were riding the gondola back down!!  We ended this afternoon trip with pizza in Squaw Village and walked around the fair they had going on and then headed home.  This is definitely on my list to do again!!

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Point Reyes Lighthouse

This has been on our bucket list of places to go for awhile now.  We have tried a couple of times to make the day trip and things would come up or the weather would not be good.  FINALLY we were able to go on Good Friday (Friday before Easter).  Rick and I both took the day off and the kids were out of school.  It was a much needed family day and the bonus was we were disconnected for 4 hours due to the location.  It was quite funny when we did drive back into cell phone range though – all four phones starting “dinging”.

The drive out to this area is really pretty – lots of small towns and then old farms that were established in the late 1800’s.  They each had signs so you would know how old they were.  We had stopped at a Subway at the last town before heading out to the lighthouse and put our sandwiches in a cooler.  As we neared the coast, it started to get foggy and we were concerned we would be socked in and not be able to see much.  It was super windy when we arrived, so we ate our lunch in the car then headed out to explore.  We had no idea what we were going to find – all I had ever heard was what a great place this was to visit!


The views were incredible and the fog had lifted while we were eating.  It was a beautiful day even though it was quite windy!!  I think it probably typically is there on the coast.


I just loved the trees along our path – as you can see it is all paved to the lighthouse.  The first lookout we went to above was a dirt path through the bushes.


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While we were walking we kept wondering “Where is the lighthouse?”  Usually you can see them standing tall, but here you cannot.  This lighthouse is actually down on a cliff!!


To get to it you have to go down over 300 steps!!!!  (which means you have to come up over 300 steps!!!)  Needless to say, we worked off the Subway sandwich we had eaten!  This is not a very tall lighthouse either, which you can see a person walking around the deck of the lighthouse to gain perspective of height.


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There was another path that the girls wanted to explore from the parking lot.  Rick and I followed to the observation deck, but the girls kept climbing up the hill to the top!

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After all the exploring the lighthouse area, we decided to go check out one of the many beaches they have in this national park.  We all LOVE the beach – it is one of our many happy places!!  We spend time walking around and exploring the beach and just taking in all the beauty around us!!


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If you are ever in Northern California and can take the time – I highly recommend this area!!  And the best part – it is FREE!!!  We thought for sure we would have to pay to get in, but we did not!  This was definitely one of my favorite days!

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Simple Cornbread Casserole

My dear sister-in-law shared this recipe with me from Cooking Light.  It goes so well with grilled burgers, tacos, quesadillas, grilled hot dogs – okay, just about anything!


Here is what you need:

  • 2 egg whites (or 1/4 cup egg substitute)
  • 1/4 cup butter, melted
  • 1 (8 3/4-ounce) can no-salt-added whole-kernel corn, drained
  • 1 (8 3/4-ounce) can no-salt-added cream-style corn
  • 1 (8 1/2-ounce) package corn muffin mix
  • 1 (8-ounce) carton plain fat-free yogurt
  • Cooking spray

Here is what you do:

  1. Preheat oven to 350°.
  2. Combine first 6 ingredients in a medium bowl; stir well. Pour into an 8-inch square baking dish coated with cooking spray. Bake at 350° for 45 minutes or until set.
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Chicken Parmesan Casserole

I have been scoring with the family lately with new recipes!!!  And I love this one because it is all in one dish, which allows for easy clean up!  Our dishwasher has been out, so we have been hand washing – the less dishes used for a meal the less to wash!!


2 lbs. raw boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cubed

2 cloves garlic, minced

1/4 tsp. crushed red pepper flakes

1/4 cup fresh basil, finely chopped (I didn’t have any, so I just sprinkled in some of my dried basil)

2 cups marinara/pasta sauce (I used Ragu Traditional)

1 1/2 cups. shredded mozzarella cheese

2 oz. grated Parmesan cheese

3.5 oz. garlic croutons, roughly crushed, leaving some larger pieces


Preheat oven to 350 degrees and lightly spray with cooking spray a 9 x 13 baking dish.  Spread the cubed pieces of chicken across the bottom of the baking dish in a single layer.  Sprinkle the minced garlic, red pepper flakes, and basil evenly over the chicken.  Spread the sauce evenly across the top.  On top of the sauce sprinkle the mozzarella and one ounce of the Parmesan evenly across the dish.  Sprinkle the crushed croutons across the top and follow the the remaining ounce of Parmesan.  Bake for 40-45 minutes.  Let stand for 5 minutes before serving.

Chicken Parmesan Casserole

I found this recipe on Emily Bites.

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