Tina and John were living in Connecticut when they took a sharp left turn to Newport Beach and wow, has that been fun for us! We had a great time visiting them there last winter and, if anything, our recent weekend jaunt their direction was even more fun.
We were admittedly a bit on the jaded side after eleven days in Hawaii yet our trip to the OC felt like a real vacation. If there’s such a thing as a Tour Director award, Tina and John have that one in the bag – they planned a perfect weekend for us and it was all the sweeter with constant entertainment from Evie and Viv.
We had dinner at their place Friday night: Tina made the famous Chicken Pasta Salad (yes, I share the recipe) and there was an impromptu dance recital by the girls.
Saturday was Swim Meet day. We’ve been to a few of those in our time but it was big fun to be there without Q time pressures! Viv had a little shy attack around the backstroke but came back strong in her 25 Free. Evie had best times in all her events – I think it’s that magic Nemo cap she wears…
So whaddya think, Viv? Is today backstroke day?
When the lower lip starts to quiver, we might be in trouble…
Will she or won’t she?
Ah, but she comes back strong in the Freestyle!
And there’s nothing like a sense of accomplishment! Big success!
Evie knows ALL her strokes and enjoys going to the meets.
She did good!
Best part of the swim meet? The coin toss at the end!
That night we went out for a lovely dinner and the girls showed off their swim ribbons:
On Sunday, John rented a Duffy boat and we cruised the Newport harbor. The weather could not have been more perfect – it was a great day!
We wrapped up our visit with a little bit of shopping. Buster came along to keep the CE company and showed him where to buy my Christmas presents this year…
Thanks so much, all, for a great weekend getaway! Can’t wait to come back!