Family Album: “Oh No, Not Them Again!”

Like the bad pennies we are, we turned up again last weekend, all smiles, in Newport Beach.

For couples like Tina and John, who get to live the dream on Lido Isle it’s only fair that they should have to entertain a passel of relatives constantly from time to time, right?

They have nothing to do but entertain us, right?

They have nothing to do but entertain us, right?

And there we were: me, the CE (Chicken Emperor) and PG (Granny), wondering what was for dinner Thursday evening. Tina always knows about the latest and greatest places to eat in Newport, and she made a reservation for us at the trendy and fabulous Cucina Enoteca at Fashion Island.

Granny and Tina make a toast at Cucina Enoteca

Granny and Tina share a toast at Cucina Enoteca

The vegetarian Bolognese at Cucina Enoteca was amazing! (yelp image)

The vegetarian Bolognese at Cucina Enoteca was amazing! (yelp image)

Being as we were staying at the lovely Island Hotel, there was shopping to be done across the street at Fashion Island mall.  We convinced Phyllis that her destiny lay at Neiman Marcus, where the CE tried to talk her into a pair of summer shorts. Hilarity (of the nonagenarian variety) ensued.

Last Call, 70% off, but no, rest assured, she did not for a moment consider buying those shorts.

Last Call, 70% off, but no, rest assured, she did not for a moment consider buying those shorts.

Phyllis and the CE, ready to conquer Bloomingdales at Fashion Island.

Phyllis and the CE, ready to conquer Bloomingdales at Fashion Island.

All this was mere prelude to our true goal. You know how some people want to occupy Wall Street? Our goals are much simpler: we just want to occupy the Duffy Boat, ever so briefly. Say, just for the weekend. And since there was no getting rid of us until this was accomplished, Tina, John and family kindly indulged us.

John and Tina at the helm of the Duffy.

John and Tina at the helm of the Duffy.

These girls! Vivie and Evie on the Duffy. So precious!

These girls! Vivie and Evie on the Duffy. So precious!

And this one! Caleigh! Can you tell how shy she is?

And this one! Caleigh! Can you tell how shy she is?

Group photo!

Group photo!

The Island Hotel has recently undergone a glamorous makeover of its common areas, among them the pool. In the right light, and with a requisite number of umbrella drinks, you might convince yourself that your afternoon at the Island pool approximates a tropical getaway. We were drinking club soda, and had three little ones in tow, but our pool time on Saturday and Sunday still had a whiff of Maui to it. Good practice for our upcoming vacation!

Somehow, Tina always manages to look relaxed, even while tending to a very busy Caleigh.

Tina always manages to look relaxed poolside, even while tending to a very busy Caleigh.

Fun at the pool!

Fun at the pool!

Back at home, Caleigh showed us her “clubhouse”:

I want a clubhouse, too, but mine would be filled with live animals!

I want a clubhouse, too, but mine would be filled with live animals!

And showed off her Minnie dress:

Cutest two-year-old on the planet.

Cutest two-year-old on the planet.

Vivie was feeling a bit under the weather, but as beautiful as ever:

Viv managed a smile, even though she wasn't feeling well.

Viv managed a smile, even though she wasn’t feeling well.

On Saturday evening, Tina and John arranged a date night for me and the CE, sending us off in the Duffy with a lavish cheese plate and a dinner reservation at The Winery, where we docked the boat and dined waterside. Afterwards we cruised the harbor until nightfall. Such a perfect evening!

Date night!

Date night!

Off we go!

And off we go!

Such a lovely weekend trip. We are already missing our hearty al fresco breakfasts on the terrace at Island Hotel. We are missing the Duffy Boat rides. And, most especially, we are missing Tina, John and those adorable girls. Guess we’ll just have to plan a return trip – what are you guys doing next weekend?

The CE and Phyllis at breakfast on the terrace.

The CE and Phyllis at breakfast on the terrace.

Grandpa and those darling girls.

Grandpa and those darling girls.

About polloplayer

Empty nester searching for meaning of life through the occasional chicken epiphany.
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4 Responses to Family Album: “Oh No, Not Them Again!”

  1. citymama says:

    everyone looks so happy and healthy! loved this post, pollo.

  2. dizzyguy says:

    We had such a wonderful time. A great blend of little girls, boats, granny visitation, date nights, good food and OC glamour; all provided by Tina and John. Thanks to all!!

  3. tdevir says:

    We had so much fun having you here! The yummy dinners and relaxing Duffy rides -and what a treat for all of us to spend our weekend poolside at the Island Hotel. You are welcome to visit us anytime! Maybe we can do a house swap one day? I think we can handle the chickens, the dogs, and maybe the cats…
    Thanks for this blog post and all the wonderful pics. Come back again soon. We love you! Xoxo

  4. Jean Gutsche says:

    It doesn’t get much better than this! 💖

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