Guess who I spent the day with on Sunday? Yes, the day finally arrived for me to see my nephews! I was super excited to see them…besides my wedding, it has been years since I’ve seen Brent or Josh and I couldn’t wait to pick them up on Sunday. I had arranged to pick them up from their Grandma’s church in Ventura at 12pm. I arrived around 12pm but from the look of the parking lot, it looked like church was still in session. I found a nice shaded parking space and waited – eagerly checking the church entrance through my rearview mirror.
As I was waiting Dad called and, of course, once I was on the phone I see the church doors open. Then Brent walks out. I wave, but he doesn’t see me. I tell Dad, “I see Brent, but I don’t think he recognizes me!” At that moment Brent looks my way again and I frantically wave my arm. I see a big smile cross Brent’s handsome face and I know he sees me. He comes running over and I give him a BIG hug! Once reunited with Brent, I tell Dad I better get going – we say our goodbyes as I see Josh heading our way. Another BIG hug is given!
Our day consisted of lots of activities! I have to get as much done with them as I can since they are in California for only two months.
The first stop was Wendy’s for lunch. We ordered, ate our lunch, and talked about their schedule. I wanted to get an idea of how busy they were going to be helping their Grandpa so I could figure out which days I could ask to see them. After lunch we walked next door to Starbucks and ordered a few coffees (thanks Josh for sharing your employee discount!). During lunch we had decided to go to the harbor and we decided to buy coffees to drink as we strolled around the harbor. Unfortunately, we never got the chance. The parking lot at the harbor was packed full of cars and there was no parking anywhere! We circled the parking lot at least three times and the street parking was bumper to bumper. I know they were probably a little disappointed when I asked if there was anything else they wanted to do.
We decided to go to the movies and the boys suggested Pixels. I think Bobby mentioned this movie to me before, but I couldn’t remember what the story was about. Checking the movie times on my phone, I saw it was PG-13 so I said, “OK, let’s see Pixels”. When we got to the movies, I still had a good amount of coffee still in my cup. What to do?!
“Maybe I can fit it in my purse”, I said while Josh chuckled at me.
“You think it will fit Auntie?”
“Sure, I can make it fit. I’m not going to waste my coffee!”
And I did! Even though my purse was small, I got it in there and was able to zip it close…although I did have to bend my straw just a bit. ;)
Coffee in hand (err, purse)…we headed inside to buy our movie tickets. Once inside, we found out that the movie was going to be in 3D. Making sure everyone one was okay with that, we purchased the tickets and a bag of popcorn and made our way to “door number 1 on the left”.
The move was fun! It kept us all engaged while delivering action, humor, and an interesting story line. I even heard Brent and Josh laughing at some of the jokes in the story. Overall a good time was had by all.
After the movies, I decided to take the boys to Hueneme so I could pick up my mail. Heading into town I saw a sign that read “Hueneme Beach Festival”. Since we missed the beach scene in Ventura, I thought we could check out the festival in Hueneme since we were headed into town anyway. We picked up a few drinks at the local liquor store and then walked to the beach (we parked in the Wendy’s parking lot since you have to pay to park at Hueneme Beach). I was kind of afraid we would miss out on the festival since it was almost 5pm, but as we got closer to the beach we could hear music playing; a good sign that the festivities were still going on.
The festival was a gated section with vendors displaying their merchandise. A band was playing music and we decided to listen for a bit. Then we continued to walk around as we looked at a few of the booths. Nothing really eye catching, so after circling the area we headed back out.
Since we were at the beach, we decided to walk the pier. The breeze was refreshing and we talked as we walked, stopping here and there to gaze out at the ocean. Lots of people were fishing off the pier too. It was nice to be outside.
After enjoying the ocean air, we headed to the post office. As we were driving back to Oxnard, I was surprised to see it was already 6pm. I asked the boys if they were hungry and Josh said he was a 6 on a scale of 1-10. We decided on Mexican food.
We ate fajitas at El Torito. I didn’t know El Torito had family style fajitas. It worked out perfectly for us since we all were going to order fajitas anyway. The family style came with chicken, steak, shrimp, and carinitas with bell peppers and onions. Side dishes were refillable and included tortillas (flour for the Beltrans, corn for me) rice, beans, sweet corn mash, guacamole, and salsa. It was SO good! We all ate our fill and we even had leftovers to take home for Bobby!
Our next adventure will be on Sunday (8/30) – we’re going to go to Bethany Chapel, see Grandma Tanny, put flowers on Grandma Mary’s grave (perfect timing too since Mom’s birthday is that week), and then do a walking tour of Hueneme so the Brent can see where his mommy grew up. Josh has been on the tour already, but I’m sure he’ll still enjoy the wild stories I share about his mom, LOL! :D