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Recap: the 12 Days of Chula Vista

Posted on the 31 December 2011 by Simplybrookes
it was a whirlwind beyond whirlwinds
you know,heading back hometo our beloved san diego,at the peak of the holiday seasonalong with every other holiday traveler across the nation...
oh but it was a long time coming.
the girls would say  2 years was a wee bit long to wait before heading 'home'...for a reconnect.
so here is the recap(grab some joe, i might have been a bit wordy with this one)
stick with me...
recap: the 12 days of chula vista
team estrogen at the front end of our ventureacross the coast.the girls after our first leg,ready for what is on the other end. recap: the 12 days of chula vista
hey look.simply books...if only they had remembered the 'r' and the 'e'
arrived safely in sdwith only one delay.lived to tell the 1am tale.
recap: the 12 days of chula vista
first stop on home turf...mexican food.any local san diegan knows there is a limited menu when home:mexican foodin & out burgerand mexican food.need i say more?recap: the 12 days of chula vista
first social visit:the old hood
would you look at the look on michael's face?it was a kid reunion beyond kid reunions.
recap: the 12 days of chula vista
i think miss kim might have even cried a little bit when she saw the girls.aaah. we were together again.
recap: the 12 days of chula vista
the kids played all night, as if not a day had gone by.delightful.purely delightful.
recap: the 12 days of chula vista
it was a bonus seeing our cousin, izzie, play in herayso soccer playoff game.and lo and behold,ran into an old friend from elementary school. why do the children keep growing up on us?
recap: the 12 days of chula vista
one of  my oldest and dearest friendsremember this?recap: the 12 days of chula vistaand  liv,her beautiful daughter
recap: the 12 days of chula vista
i got to hang out with my old, old neighborhood(that means two moves ago)why didn't i take a picture of the whole gang?duh.this is amy and les (les is also known as my sister in law)love them both
recap: the 12 days of chula vista
have to share this most amazing treesee those silhouettes?we all got those when our kiddos where in preschoolhow smart is she?framed them all and hung them on her most amazing tree.do i tell a lie?and you should see the rest of her house...
recap: the 12 days of chula vistanext day,girls met grandma, grandpa and cousins for a sleepover
recap: the 12 days of chula vista
and while the girlies went to the local movies...
recap: the 12 days of chula vista
i got to help celebrate this little lady's birthday,so why do i get to leave with a shopping bag too?have i mentioned how much i love my husband?he a good good man.
recap: the 12 days of chula vistanever will i forget this day.thanks for letting me in on your special day, corine.love you, lady.recap: the 12 days of chula vista
off to dinnerwith dear dear friends.
recap: the 12 days of chula vista
look familiar?you might recognize this rising starcheck her out here:she's on her way to big big things...trust me on this
recap: the 12 days of chula vistayes, i know.where are all the boys?apparently our sole boy skipped out on this picture. oh ben?where are you?
recap: the 12 days of chula vista   maddie and tess measurelooks pretty even, girls.
 recap: the 12 days of chula vistayou can not see the running shoes,oh but they have them on.one more playdate with the old hood.bring it, boys.
recap: the 12 days of chula vista all duded up.ready for our annual fete at g & g's.
 recap: the 12 days of chula vistain front of the infamous tree
 recap: the 12 days of chula vista the men in my life who shaped me
 recap: the 12 days of chula vistaand their wives
 recap: the 12 days of chula vistaone very special g&g tradition:christmas dresses ala grandma for the girlieson christmas eve.
 recap: the 12 days of chula vistathis year plum
recap: the 12 days of chula vistaand girlies weren't the onlyones showered with adornment this year.
recap: the 12 days of chula vistayet another trip to our favorite otay ranch mall.no anthro in fayetteville,or gap,or banana,but who's keeping track?
recap: the 12 days of chula vista another check in the blockwhile in chula.eastlake community churchcan you say filled up?let's just say i had no mascara left after the first worship song.patriece and marcus rocked it as usual.
gosh, i miss that place.
recap: the 12 days of chula vistafinally, one of my favorite moments while in sd.see my most beloved grandma(now suffering from final stage alzheimer's)grandma doesn't talk much anymore,but after showing her a picture of her young self with grandpa,she did.she said, "mom and dad" clear as day.not a dry eye in the house.
recap: the 12 days of chula vistai know she recognized her grandson even if she couldn't say it.
recap: the 12 days of chula vistaone of the greatest  moments for me:showing the fragile circle of life to my girlsand seeing the tender care they showed their great-grandmaas she sat helpless in her chair, talking to her, holding her handand engaging her memory.unforgettable.
recap: the 12 days of chula vista
another unforgettable:trying on prom dresses from 1962,watching the girls flitter around playing dress up,asking if they could wear grandma's dress to their formal. recap: the 12 days of chula vistafinally,one last trip to the  mall.do you think they are spent?
recap: the 12 days of chula vistagreat visit back home.chula vista most defintiely delivered.but  more than chula vista, it was the people who live therethat completely  made this trip for me and my family.i thank each and every one of themfor opening up their homes and allowing us to feel their love.
we are rich in friendship and family.
we thank you.
recap: the 12 days of chula vista

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