Thursday, February 14, 2019

Family and Friends make life so much better!

When we sold our boat in Fiji in 2016 (already!), I promised myself that I would keep our blog up-to-date.

Ethen and Kristina's Big Wedding
Well, apparently that isn't happening!

My Little Cowboy
Being in the States isn't quite as exciting as cruising the Pacific, but there is still lots happening and we are enjoying our lives.

Looking good, Pops!

Always something going on, company visiting, traveling, reunions, weddings, babies, work (yuck), sporting events, concerts, etc...
Deb and Kathy - always entertaining!

All the things we missed when we were living out of the country - now we are enjoying them plus all of the time we have been able to spend with Family and Friends.

Josh and Britt - Big Engagement!
Plus, exploring our new/
temporary home - San Diego.

Sisters Becky and Anessa with Mom
It is a great city with lots of history and lots to do - we are still only scratching the surface.

San Diego sunsets are pretty amazing
We are starting to build a com-munity in our little marina.

McEwen High School Class Reunion - finally

It has been a slow process, but it's finally happening.

Ryan and Catherine enjoying Cabrillo

Looking forward to summer returning so that we can throw more dock parties!

Fun and games on the Coronado Beach
And, working on boat projects - of course.  Not making as much progress as we should, but we are getting there.

Finally got her named!
We did have a "Big Revelation" last year - we are not Powerboaters - we are Sailors!

Our family keeps growing!
The sound of the engines just makes me crazy.

Turkey Trot with Larry and Christine
Our favorite times on our Tayana were when we turned the engines off - so peaceful.

Forever Friends!
It only took us 2+ years, but at least we figured it out before we headed south to Mexico.

Fishing Extravaganza!
So, our current plan is to wrap up our projects and put the Trawler up for sale.

The Warren Family Reunion
It has been a great water condo - just not our dream boat.

Karen and Doug - Big Hugs
At the same time, start looking for our next boat.  Thinking a coastal cruiser - maybe a Catalina.

Gavin and Eric - fish on!
Too funny - good thing I am married to a guy who knows a lot about boats!

Steve and Wanda roaming Coronado
Hopefully, this will all happen about the same time.

Ken and Lisa - Surprise!

We definitely can't afford two boats.

Christmas with the Family

As we have learned, life is always changing - you just have to roll with it!

Mike, Ashley and the kids
Hope you enjoyed all of the pictures from 2018 - in no specific order.

Big Kiss!

PS:  San Diego isn't as warm as we thought - hah!

Deb, Kathy, Doug, Mel and Elaine

Still hanging in there!

Friday, June 8, 2018

The Gathering of the Warren Clan

Yup, that meant a trip to Texas and Oklahoma during Tornado season - oh my!
The Warren Clan
It might not have been the best timing and the weather might not have been perfect - cold and stormy with a little bit of hail thrown in for fun...

The Siblings - we are missing a few!
But it was great to see the family together and meet a lot of the Cousins - this group doesn't get together often enough!

Great picture of my Dad!

The Gathering included 4 gen- erations of Warren's.

My Dad being the oldest Sibling @87 and the youngest great grandson @2.
Sweet Aunt Rita - the youngest

6 of the Siblings joined us, 2 couldn't make it, and 3 have passed...
That's a lot of fish!

A lot of the Clan still live around Texas/Oklahoma, but lots of folks traveled from the East and West to join in on the fun.

Very happy that everyone could make it!

Phil and his big Striper
Friday morning, some of the hardy folks got up very early to go fishing (not me!) and what a day they had.
Brave Britt and the Head

72 fish were caught and no injuries were reported - an accomplishment!

We had a hell of a fish fry that night that fed all of us.

Plus lots of fish to pack home - a Fish Papapalooza for sure!
Gavin and Eric - mighty fisherman

Thanks, Brother Phil, for organizing the big fishing trip.

What a day!
Warren's Gone Wild

We ended the day by dancing and whooping it up at Sneaky Pete's - right across the road. 

Plus, some really bad Karaoke... 

Karaoke - oh my!

We liked this place. 

Great food (especially the red shrimp) and cold beer, plus games and entertainment.  We spent a lot of hours here...
Crazy fun at Sneaky Pete's

Everyone had a great time and I am sure we entertained the locals with our shenanigans. 

The Cousins
That's our style!
Kyle, Bee, Ryan and Cath - the next generation

Saturday, was our Big Potluck.

Glad we had the Firepit!
All day was spent cleaning, cooking, eating, drinking, and lots of quality visiting time (and hanging out at Sneaky Pete's of course).
GrandPa Phil and Jagger

And, that is exactly why we all came together - Family Time.

Mom and Sisters Becky and Anessa

A wonderful time was had by everyone and so much good food (and drink, of course).

Plus a lot of leftovers - we could have fed the neighborhood!
Josh and Brittany - Engaged!

Special surprise -  being together for Josh's Big Wedding Proposal to Brittany - yahoo.

These two have been together for a long time - it was meant to be.

Wishing them many wonderful years of love and happiness!
Mom and Dad still got it!

And, just like that, it is time for everyone to head home....
Ness and Eric shaking it!

Love and miss you all and promise to get together more often.

Thanks everyone for coming!

And a gorgeous sunset

PS: We held the reunion at Lake Texoma Lodge and Resort

Nothing fancy, but a great place for the family to gather.

You could rent houses, cabins, or rooms in the motel, plus a huge lake, a pool, and Sneaky Pete's.

Check it out if you are in Mead, Oklahoma!
I had this much fun!

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

We are surviving the winter - hah!

I know, we shouldn't be complaining - it is San Diego and we do have very mild winters.
Beautiful Balboa Park
But, it is cold to us old people that are use to living in the tropics.
Catherine and Ryan @ Sunset Cliffs

We have purchased a heater, an electric blanket, and a de-humidifier. Oh my!
Enjoying beers and Ocean Beach

However, as I went through our pictures for this blog post, I decided to quit whining.

Sweet Panda!

We are at the beach in shorts and t-shirts and the skies are a gorgeous blue.

Doug and John checking out the tide pools
No more complaints from me - promise!

Plus, we are loving living in a "destination city" and having company on Moondance.
Lots of Flamingos

Our nephew, Ryan, and his sweet wife Catherine came for a second visit.

They are so much fun and so easy to be with - we had a great visit.
Funny Monkeys

We spent a full day enjoying the San Diego Zoo (2nd best in USA), touring the tide pools at Cabrillo Monument, hanging out in Ocean Beach, and lots of time at the brew pubs of course!

View from Point Loma
Plus, we were fortunate to have John, my boss from Sandia, join us for a few days.  Fun catching up with him too.

Come back again soon, please!

Our Besties from Washington, Wanda and Steve, came to visit too.

Wanda and I have been friends since 8th grade (amazing!) and she is such a joy to be around.

Steve and Wanda @ beautiful Coronado Island
Lots of laughter and catching up, pub crawling, plus some tourist stuff of course!

Historic Coronado Hotel - wow!

We drove out to Coronado Island (my first time) and walked along the beautiful white sandy beach.

Interesting creatures in the Tide Pools
And, the Coronado Hotel is amazing - so much history.  Out of my budget, of course, but we loved wandering around.

It felt so good to have my toes back in the sand!

Cool stuff at the Air & Space Museum

While touring the tide pools at the Cabrillo Monument we were fortunate to be invited to share lunch with some sweet people.

First time for Iraqi food - it was excellent.

Never say No to free food and a chance to learn new cultures!

Adam promoting cruising in Fiji

And, we strolled thru the Air and Space museum - lots of great history. There are 17 museums in Balboa Park - we are just getting started.

And, then, it was time to say Good Bye (I don't like Good Bye's).

See you next time Wanda and Steve!

Next, we had a surprise visit from Adam - manager of Vuda Point Marina in Fiji. He was promoted cruising in Fiji, which we highly recommend.

Nice to catch up with you Adam!
Ospreys are back!

Looking back on February, no wonder we didn't get any boat work done.

We were busy, plus there is that whole work thing...
Before company - oh my

But all is well here in sunny San Diego.

Hope the same for all of you.

Spring is just around the corner and more company is coming to visit.

We better get busy!