Gimps Get Around.

March 22, 2014 at 9:37 am 6 comments

Have crutches, will travel. Two weeks into a two month gimp stint and the CE is not letting any grass grow beneath his RoboCop-booted foot.

Two weeks into the two-month experiment. Still hoping to avoid surgery...

Two weeks into the two-month experiment. Still hoping to avoid surgery…

The less intrepid might have canceled travel plans, but the CE forged ahead and off we went to Newport Beach last weekend. Lots of fun with the grandkids!

The CE with Evie, Caleigh and Viv.

The CE with Evie, Caleigh and Viv.

Totally vivacious Viv!

Totally vivacious Viv!

Baby Caleigh is sooo close to walking!

What a cutie!

What a cutie!

She'll be walking any day now, we think.

She’ll be walking any day now, we think.

She's also learning to go up the stairs, thanks to big sister Evie.

She’s also learning to go up the stairs, thanks to big sister Evie.

And her dad is teaching her how to fly!

And her dad is teaching her how to fly!

We found time to do just a little bit of shopping:

Tina and the CE at Fashion Island.

Tina and the CE at Fashion Island.

We grown-ups went out for dinner one night at the wildly popular Fig & Olive restaurant at Fashion Island. Amazing crostini!

Fig & Olive (image from ocmomdining.com)

Fig & Olive (image from ocmomdining.com)

If you go, order the crostini.

If you go, order the crostini.

Tina and John had a commitment to wig out the next night for the kids’ school auction gala so the CE and I enjoyed dinner that evening at the Pelican Grill. Lovely setting and great food.

It was a hairy situation: John and Tina get into the wig theme for the school auction.

It was a hairy situation: John and Tina get into the wig theme for the school auction.

A thumbs-up for the Pelican Grill at the Pelican Hill Resort. We would definitely go back!

A thumbs-up for the Pelican Grill at the Pelican Hill Resort. We would definitely go back!

On Sunday morning Tina and John introduced us to the Mariners church in Irvine. Wow! Now we know what a mega-church looks like!

A view of the Mariners campus. (image from keepitplanned.com)

A view of the Mariners campus. (image from keepitplanned.com)

That morning Senior Pastors Kenton and Laurie Beshore unveiled their “Fearless” campaign to “put radical generosity in action”. Mariners is doing good work locally and globally and it was exciting to be there that morning and to hear about their plans.

The message: be fearless about giving. (image from mariners church.org)

The message: be fearless about giving. (image from mariners church.org)

After church, we all went to brunch:

The CE, Caleigh and John

The CE, Caleigh and John

Evie and Viv at brunch

Evie and Viv at brunch

And then, for dinner, Evie and Viv came over to order up some room service at our hotel:

Viv and Evie enjoy room service.

Viv and Evie enjoy room service.

Snuggly!

Snuggly!

Back home for three days and then we re-packed to head down to LA. Had a lovely dinner Thursday night with a camera-shy Victoria (those darned spring allergies!) at the stylish WP24 restaurant atop the Ritz-Carlton in downtown LA.

City view from the lounge at WP24

City view from the lounge at WP24

Wolfgang Puck's take on Spring Rolls.

Wolfgang Puck’s take on Spring Rolls.

John and Tina drove up yesterday from Newport Beach and took us to the Lakers-Wizards game last night at Staples Center. Amazing seats – it’s the closest I’ve sat to the basketball court since I was in high school!

John and Tina court-side.

John and Tina court-side.

The CE and Tina

The CE and Tina

The Lakers lost, but it was a good game! So much fun!

The Lakers lost, but it was a good game! So much fun!

So now we head home and unpack the suitcases…for a few weeks, at least.

Happy weekend!

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6 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Phyllis  |  March 22, 2014 at 12:18 pm

    Hop a long Steve is determined to keep on going. Much to be admired. Nice family pictures, thanks.

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  • 2. Mrs. G  |  March 22, 2014 at 5:32 pm

    Beautiful family time. What a huge blessing! Go Caleigh!

    Reply
  • 3. pollo amigo  |  March 22, 2014 at 6:29 pm

    Lovely family photos. Caleigh is getting so big!

    Reply
  • 4. dizzyguy  |  March 23, 2014 at 7:45 am

    Such a wonderful time we have been having with all of the grandkids. And the weekend in the hippest part of LA was so much fun. Thanks to all!

    Reply
  • 5. Ang  |  March 23, 2014 at 12:43 pm

    Great photos! Now I’m hungry….

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  • 6. tdevir  |  March 23, 2014 at 9:33 pm

    We had such a wonderful time with you guys in Newport and LA- two fun-filled, action-packed weekends and Dad seemed to keep up with no problem…. he is quick on those crutches!
    Ev & Viv enjoyed their time with you at the hotel- they were only up until about midnight after imbibing several coca-colas from the mini bar :)
    I love all the photos you took – please send me the .jpegs! Thanks again for all the fun times…
    xo

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