Well, the answer to that question is complicated. We wondered ourselves when the thermometer topped 110 degrees on June 8th. There were many reasons: granddaughter, Julie’s, graduation from Fresno State, granddaughter, Jamie’s, graduation from Clovis East High School, Mother’s Day, Mom’s 92nd birthday and knee replacement surgery, daughter, Jenny’s, Julie’s and Jamie’s birthdays, and fireworks. That’s just a lot of family celebrations and we wouldn’t have missed it for the world.
Right now we are in Winslow Arizona on our way to SkillsUSA in Kansas City. This is my first blog in a long time so I will try to catch up on our news a little at a time in the next couple of blogs. I wanted to start with the good news first… our special family events.
Forgive me if I brag a little, Julie graduated Cum Laude, had the most original mortar board, and is now employed as a Design Specialist for the newspaper, The Fresno Bee.
We celebrated Julie’s graduation in the most amazing way; in the Club at Grizzlies Stadium where our son, Jason, is the Executive Chef, and daughter, Jenny shoots the fireworks.
Jamie is also an amazing young lady; in addition to riding her motorcycle (crotch rocket), training horses, has a summer job welding for ProSigns, she is also enrolled at Fresno State College for the fall. In her spare time she shoots fireworks shows with Jennifer. We just don’t know what she will end up doing with her life; maybe an Astronaut?
And speaking of amazing, that’s my Mom who at 92 had her second knee replacement surgery. The Physical Therapists all said they had never seen a patient at that age do so well. The day of the surgery she could bend her knee at 90 degrees, straighten her leg to just short of straight, walked over 30 feet, and never had any pain medication stronger than Tylenol, and now just one month later, Mom is again driving.
We had the chance to spend time with the 2 grand boys, Logan and Ryan. Ryan graduated from Pre-School, Logan was Student of the Month, and both played baseball. So we went to lots of games.
Our last big event of our stay was our Clayton Family Reunion last Saturday. Tom's Mom was one of 11 living children and the family reunion is held in Fresno each year. Sometimes there are over 100 in attendance. This year because of the heat there were only about 45; small but still a great time to get all the cousins together.
So what with birthdays, graduations, a family reunion and other family get togethers, we really enjoyed that part of our time in Fresno. Next time we will go into the details of our stay in Camp Central Valley RV in Fresno.
To borrow an ending picture from one of our favorite blogs, Travels with Emma, by Judy Bell, this is the end of this blog.